January 24, 2006. Please keep Ruth Sutliff Phillips, 88, Main Street, in your thoughts and prayers. Ruth had three falls in two days as a consequence of a new medication--which she is no longer on. However, the falls caused a fracture in her lower back, but the only treatment for Ruth is pain medication and physical therapy which she is receiving in her home from Columbia/Montour Home Health. Ruth is pretty much homebound for the time being.
The Gun and Outdoor Show arrives in Benton February 11 and 12. The show will feature guns, knives and related items. There will be no flea market items. The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch both days. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM both days. Admission for those over 12 years is $4. Questions? Call 925-5542. All proceeds will benefit the Benton Fire Company.
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Al Funk, a resident of Janesville, WI, had a Benton address from February, 1951, through June, 1954, while he served with the U.S. Air Force's 648th A.C.& W. Squadron on Red Rock Mountain.
Al wrote yesterday, saying that Colonel Ricketts "developed vast acreages of buck wheat, much of which was still growing in the wild during my tenure at Red Rock." Al loved to "urge the cooks to make buckwheat pancakes in the mess hall although that wasn't standard fare." The men ended up having to buy it in local grocery stores. When Al saw our write-up of the Sunday Firemen's buckwheat pancakes it reminded him "of those days over fifty years ago."
Al also remembered that Colonel Ricketts estate also featured a large apple orchard. He told us that "one time on a visit to our firing range, several of us airmen discovered the fine crop. We stuffed the pockets of our fatigues and asked the cooks to make us a pie. Needless to say the hard yellow apples made a great pie. So they sent us out after more apples. Well, I assembled a larger group of G.I.s and a few days later we trekked out to the orchard. Lo and behold, there wasn't an apple in reach! The local deer herd had picked every apple they could reach. I was the laughing stock of the squadron after promising everybody some great apple pie."
If we can get the time toward the end of the week, we'll tell you about one of our favorite places that Al just mentioned. It is the cemetery at the Ricketts' estate on top of Red Rock mountain, near the former Benton AFS. A small marker at that location reminds a visitor that a former slave, John H. Greene, is buried on top of that mountain, a loyal follower of Col. Ricketts. His is an interesting story, and we would tell you today but we are trying to "get out of Dodge" and on our way to Florida.
The Huntington Mills United Sportsmen thanks the 54 hunters who signed up for the coyote hunt last weekend. Two coyotes were taken, both out of Wyoming County. The sportsmen's group would also like to thank all the people that came out for the breakfast.
Ever wonder how we survive the complex world in which we live? We can understand how we make it when more is known about the backgrounds of the four basic groups of people who made up our early Pennsylvania ancestors
All of these diverse elements were held together by religion. Penn and the Germans were in the majority, while the peace policies of the Quakers dominated the life style. This non-combative spirit made Pennsylvania notably conservative in anything offensive, until the struggle for independence changed the balance of forces and created a more aggressive environment.
Tom Austin, Outdoors Writer for the Press Enterprise, will be the North Mountain Historical Society's February speaker. Tom is always fun when he talks with groups like this. He will talk about the history of hunting in this state using a complete collection of hunting licenses beginning with the year 1913. Tom says it will be "entertaining and light enough that both the hunting and non-hunting public will enjoy it." The presentation is free and open to the public and begins about 8 AM with breakfast on February 20 at the Brass Pelican Restaurant, Elk Grove.
Didja know that Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of the worst areas for acid rain in the United States? Fishing Creek, a stream that we all know and love, receives rain and snow with a ph as low as 4. A value of 7.0 is considered neutral. Values higher than 7.0 are increasingly alkaline or basic. Values lower than 7.0 are increasingly acidic. This is very detrimental to aquatic life as the water carries metals such as aluminum that are toxic.
This spring, the Fishing Creek Watershed Association plans to combat the acid in Heberly Run, which flows into Fishing Creek. The Association has a contract with Penn State Liming who will spread lime using a modified log skidder which is equipped with a two-ton hopper. The location is about four miles from what is commonly known as the "White House" in Jamison City.. The location is north of what is known as the Grassy Hollow road at the headwaters of Heberly Run near the intersection of Grassy Hollow Road and Cherry Ridge road. Want to help with pre and post monitoring? Call 784-1310.
On April 28, 1902, a committee of Presbytery organized a 45-member congregation. Mrs. Rohr McHenry donated a plot of ground beside the present Market Street adjacent to Fishingcreek and in 1902 the building was started and occupied in 1903.This church was made of wood, with brick veneer and brick and stone buttresses.
Two and half-hours after the Benton Fire of July 4, 1910, started it destroyed the equivalent of four blocks, an area of about five acres. The Presbyterian Church on the northeast corner of Market and First Street (now Park Street) escaped destruction. The burning pile in the lower left corner is one of several ice houses that burned in the fire.
Eleven years after the church was built and three years after it survived the July 4, 1910 Benton fire, on May 16, 1913, fire gutted the building. In 1914, a $5,000 task of renovation began, and services resumed in the present church on March 16, 1915.
Monday, January 23, 2006, with 56 days remaining until the official start of spring. In 1971 on this date, the temperature reached 80° below zero Fahrenheit at Prospect Creek, Alaska.
Today is the birthday of Robert Lewis, Jr., 48, not to be confused with his father who will be 71 March 24. The Benton Fire Company served 255 people at the breakfast on Sunday. The Fire Company thanks those who came and they look forward to seeing them at the next breakfast February 26. When you have the time, remember Frances Perry Johns, 83, 1204 West Chester Pike, West Chester, who is battling cancer.
A person who is an optimist is a person who has not had much experience.
The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Carolina Panthers in a 34-14 win that set up one of the unlikeliest Super Bowl matchups in recent memory. The NFC champions will play the Pittsburgh Steelers, the winner yesterday 34-17 over the Denver Broncos in the AFC, at Detroit's Ford Field on Feb. 5.
Van Wagner will be live and free at the Benton United Methodist Church January 29 from 6 PM to 8 PM. Wagner plays music with influences from bluegrass, folk and from his own unique repertory. He has played with Ralph Stanley, Kitty Wells and Brad Paisley. He is currently touring with his seventh album If Time Could Stand Alone. Please add to your calendar and come out for this special evening.
Theodore A. "Teddy" Fritz, 50 (July 17, 1955-Jan. 21, 2006), 72-A Wesley St., Stillwater, died Saturday at the Klinger Hill home of his parents, Theodore H. "Ted" and Helen (Morehart) Fritz, after battling cancer for almost a year. Teddy was born in Bloomsburg, was a 1974 graduate of Bloomsburg High School, served with the U.S. Army and was employed by Giant Foods, Bloomsburg, for almost 29 years. Surviving, in addition to his parents, is his wife of five months, Diane, whom he married on Aug. 28, 2005, and three stepchildren and a step-granddaughter. Also surviving are a brother, Dennis D. Fritz, Berwick; a sister, Teresa D. Hawk (James), New Tripoli; a nephew, Larry Fritz; and nieces Sara Fritz, Laura Fritz, Jessica Hawk and Ivana Grace Hawk. Memorial services will held on Saturday at 3 PM in Christ United Methodist Church, Central. Private interment will be in Waller Cemetery. Friends will be received at the church from 2 to 3 PM. There will be no viewing.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of four states of the United States--Massachusetts, Virginia, and Kentucky are the other three--that is called a commonwealth. Commonwealth is, frankly, just a name with no real constitutional basis. It has the same legal and economic meaning as "state." Early framers of Pennsylvania were apparently emphasizing that our structure was "based on the common consent of the people" instead of a government legitimized through a Royal Colony status derived from the King of England.
An earlier Commonwealth period in England occurred when that nation was not ruled by a king following the beheading of Charles I in 1649. After the Monarch Charles I lost his head, so to speak, the Rump Parliament declared England to be a Commonwealth. The Commonwealth remained in place until the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, including the Protectorate of 1653 to 1659. The Commonwealth first ruled England and then the whole of Ireland, the colonies and other Crown possessions during the periods from 1649 to 1653 and from 1659 to 1660. English government during 1653 to 1659 was properly called The Protectorate, under the personal rule by Oliver Cromwell and after he died by his son Richard, as Lord Protector. It was still a Commonwealth.
In Australia, the word "commonwealth" takes on a slightly different meaning; i.e., a voluntary association of colonies or nations. In Australia, a collection of former colonies amalgamated into a one nation.
Anyway, our commonwealth is indistinguishable from a state, and we have the advantage of having a very cool history ordinary "states" just can't match.
We have lots of common words that have odd but specific meanings. Take the subtle difference in Pennsylvania in the makeup of a "town," "borough,' and "township," for example. But that can be a topic for another day.
The music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II will be heard February 10, 11 and 12 on the stage at the high school. The team who went on to create Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music wrote this musical based on the book Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, an Oklahoma native (1899-1954). You guessed it! It is the musical Oklahoma.
This Pulitzer prize-winning play has been around since 1943. Set in the Indian territory of the American West at the turn of the century--against a background of conflict between farmers and cattlemen--it is the story of Laurey and two guys who want her affection: cowboy Curly and Jud, the hired farmhand.
The musical is famous for songs like "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey with The Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're in Love," "Many a New Day," "I Can't Say No," and the rousing chorus of "Oklahoma."
The cast for the musical is made up of Morgan Thomas playing Aunt Eller; Lauren Marinos will be Shirley Jones on the stage playing the part of Laurey; Joe Schultz plays Curly, the part made famous by Gordon MacRae; Ado Annie will be brought to life by Emily Hopkins, played in the movie by Gloria Grahame. Not just anyone is good enough to play a part played by Eddie Albert, but Sean Christian will do just that. Rod Steiger played the part of Jud Fry and on the Benton stage Chris Diltz will do the honors. Gene Nelson played the part of Will Parker in the movie, but Harry Schlichter will rise above the screen version and play the part on stage.
The story can be boiled down to a decision between the two suitors who want to take Laurie to a social. Lauren Marinos plays Laurie, an Oklahoma farm gal who is courted by boisterous cowboy Curley, played by Joe Schultz and by the obsessive farm hand Jud Frye, played by Chris Diltz. Fearing that Jud will do something terrible to Curley, Laurie accepts Jud's invitation to the box social. But it's Curley who rescues Laurie from Jud's unwanted advances, and in so doing wins her hand. On the eve of their wedding, Laurie and Curley are menaced by the drunken Jud. During a fight with Curley, Jud falls on his own knife and is killed. The local deputy insists that Curley be arrested and stand trial, but he is outvoted by Curley's friends, and the newlyweds are allowed to ride off on their honeymoon. The innocent but provocative Ado Annie (Emily Hopkins), her lanky sweetheart Will Parker (Harry Schlichter) and lascivious traveling salesman Ali Hakim (Sean Christian) should be well cast.
Allison Conner, Kevin Richardson, Mick Steward, TJ Schultz, Jon Madera, Miles Cole, Ryan Ackley, Kyle Middleton and Alex Martin round out the cast. The dream ballet dancers are played by Sara Bowman and Mike Strevig. The "out of my dreams" girls are played by Laura Baker, Kayla Savage, Tina Verbyla, Erin English, Heather Motto, and Aylssa Killian. The dance hall girls are played by Steph Spiece, Amanda Lockard and Jackie Evarts.
January 22, 2006. Jennifer DiLossi celebrates her birthday today, but we suspect that she will keep right on with her very busy schedule even today in an effort to make Oklahoma a success next month at the high school. Ed and Dorothy Kocher celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary today. Congratulations to the Benton Boys Basketball in their 59-57 win Saturday over Bishop Newman.
Please keep Julia Fritz, Bendertown, in your prayers, as well as daughter Loraine and son-in-law Max Hartman as they make their way Back Home to Benton, PA, today from Clayton, NC. Our sincere sympathy goes out to Ted and Helen Fritz in the death of their son, Teddy, Saturday afternoon from cancer.
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A lot of excitement is building for the Van Wagner concert coming up at the Methodist Church January 29 at 6 PM. We'll tell you more about it this week.
We begin to operate in a reduced mode for the next several weeks as we prepare to point south and make a trip to warmer weather. We will continue to publish the Benton News from time to time, but we guarantee that it will not be at regular and predictable intervals beginning Wednesday morning.
A great free program that quickly and easily gives you everything including more than you want to know about your computer, including hardware and Software, is called SIW . It does not need to be installed, just run it. SIW does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to adware, spyware, popups, viruses, trojans and backdoors.
Bob Parks reminded us of the roadside marker for the Dorsey Brothers yesterday after he drove through Shenandoah. Jimmy Dorsey is buried in Shenandoah. Jimmy Dorsey (1904-1957) was born in Shenandoah and played the clarinet. His brother, Tommy (1905-1956) was also born in Shenandoah and played the trombone.
We found a poem we liked from "The Letter Box" dated back in 1941. It reads...
In a generation before many of us can remember, the area had its share of "Jot'Em Down" stores, a name that originally came from a radio comedy show with stars Lum and Abner. Virtually all of the stores are gone today. There are generally no buildings left, not even any remnants of a building in many cases, and even the memories of the stores are fading.
Jot'Em Down stores didn't actually exist under that name. They had their own names, but when someone needed something from a store, they simply announced that they were going to the Jot'Em Down store. The stores were immensely popular during an early period in our area.
Stillwater, for example, had two "Jot'Em Down Stores." Howard Smith ran one in the old Stillwater Post Office and for a time he had a garage associated with it where he did a little mechanical work, according to long-time Stillwater resident Whittier Letteer. Howard sold things like cold meats and operated simply under the name "Stillwater Post Office." His operation met the criteria of a Jot'Em Down store in that sales on credit were "jotted down" on 3x5 cards and customers would "settle up" when their paychecks came or when they got their wheat sold or...
Clyde and Martha Thompson operated a Jot'Em Down store only a couple of hundred feet away, in the "bee store" along route 487 once operated by John McHenry, Stillwater. Actually, over the years, several people ran the store, although Whittier always remembers it being called simply the "Stillwater Store." Paul Dressher ran it for a time, the Thompsons ran it, John Stoddard had it for a time, "George Edgar ran it quite a while," and Lyle Benjamin's wife ran it. It was always rented from John McHenry. The Stillwater Store kept their records on 3x5 cards, too, and "most everybody in the Borough had one." You could pick up a quart of milk, a loaf of bread, whatever, and at the end of the week or when you were able you could settle up and pay your bill.
William Beishline, Bendertown, remembers his mother putting the eggs from the farm in a bucket. When she had collected enough, she would head to the Bendertown Store and Bill remembers that is the only time that the family actually went to the store. "No money changed hands," Bill recalls, and if the family needed more than the eggs brought in the bill was "put on account." Both the eggs brought in to barter and the merchandise purchased were jotted down "on the account" in a simple accounting transaction.
Charlie Sieberts operated a Jot'Em Down store in Bendertown. Bill Beishline remembers the stack of books that was in the store when Ray Young operated it. Ray operated the store until Bill Beishline was about in fifth grade. When Ray had a heart attack and died, Arthur Allegar bought it then and Bill remembered how lean those years were and he went "on the account," but always paid his bill every two weeks when he got paid. The books were to keep track of people "on account." The store was a favorite place to "set around" on the benches in the front of the store and men would "chew the fat" until 9 PM or so, sucking on their cigars and going over the harvest and the goings on of the area. The Bendertown Store is a delightful antique shop today, but about 1910 Nathaniel Beishline ran a store from that location. Others who ran the store included the Bullock Brothers.
There was a Jot'Em Down store in Jonestown operated by Allen and Ernie Roberts' father, who was also Ernie Roberts.
New Columbus had two Jot'Em Down stores, one operated by Frank Hayman across from the old Odd Fellows Hall. Art Hayman later had a work shop in the store. The building eventually burned. Diagonally across the street was a similar store and it operated as a Jot'Em Down store.
The men known as Lum and Abner were mimics and in 1930 they staged a fake radio broadcast of the Amos and Andy Show for an Elks Club, performing behind a curtain while a dummy radio appeared to be playing for the audience listening in the hall. At the end of the show, the curtain opened and the audience saw a couple of local boys had been doing the talking. The act was good enough that they were invited to later perform on radio for a benefit and their careers were off and running. Chester "Chet" Lauck ( Lum Eddards) and Norris 'Tuffy" Goff (Abner Peabody) were everything connected with the "Lum 'N' Abner" program.
Lum and Abner did their show as hillbilly characters and initially had a weekly quarter hour on Sundays at 7:00 PM. Very quickly they moved to Chicago doing Lum and Abner for NBC.
Over the next twenty years, the two filled more air time than all the episodes of "MASH" and "Seinfeld" combined. They made seven Lum and Abner movies and appeared on television, but they excelled on the radio as the two portrayed an entire town full of characters.
Sometimes during each broadcast, listeners would hear "Hello, Jot'Em Down Store. This is "Lum 'N' Abner" followed by Lum and Abner telling all about American life in the country as customers came and went buying axle grease, bakin' powder, pork'n'beans, lard, and any number of items.
Those of us who were reared on a farm or in one of the many villages in our area treasure the old-time general store as one of our most pleasant memories. The store at the crossroads that many called a Jot'Em Down store provided all the services we needed in our community. It was our male-bonding retreat, our message center, an informal bank, a place where we could air our political views and mail our letters.
A simple wall with a flat surface was a bulletin board advertising the church socials, farm auctions, elections, turkey shoot, or a steer or a stallion for sale. The merchant presided over the entire scene from his roll-top desk or his post-office window or if the weather was cold he operated from his chair beside the pot-bellied stove. The storekeeper was the justice of the peace, custodian of the land records, the man who doctored the horses and delivered the stubborn calf, or wrote up the contracts for the community.
The arrival of a dray with new items for the store was noticed by the woman of the family who wanted to look at the fabric, the children of the family who figured to get a stick of barber-pole candy or maybe an orange at Christmas. The men loved to get out their Long Wagon Works tow-behind, load the family in the wagon on a Saturday and head for the store. The rest of the time, the man of the house went alone to the Jot'Em Down in order to sit and talk. It was his version of visiting a health club, although only his jaw got the exercise.
The Jot'Em Down was usually a two-story frame building either unpainted or painted white, with the store in the front on the first floor, often with an Odd Fellows Hall nearby or upstairs, a warehouse in the back where the seed and feed was stored. The porch or a raised platform was used to load and unload farm wagons. A bench in front of the store was usually occupied by local philosophers--or the unemployed. This was a marvelous period in our history.
We'll be back on a regular basis to share a morning coffee with you in a couple of weeks. Be well until we visit each other again.
January 21, 2006. Happy anniversary today to Dick and Janet McHenry and Happy Birthday to Louise McGarigle, Bellefonte.
At 1 PM today, Benton Boys Basketball will play Bishop Newman at home. Wear a white shirt! We quote with pride this from an article in Saturday's Press Enterprise: "This, ladies and gentlemen, is Benton: The first area team to a district-qualifying 12 wins for the second consecutive season; the Mid-Penn first-half champion; and a serious contender for the program's first state playoff berth since 2003." We are counting on YOU being in the stands today!
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Sutliff Hummer, Mechanicsburg, is sending three new Hummer H3s to this weekend's Big Boys, Big Toys event at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, for the show from 10 AM to 9 PM today and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday. It reminds me of the lady who was stopped for speeding. She explained that she was going 80 in compliance with the law. The officer said, "Lady, that's the number of this interstate." The lady said, "It is? I'm glad you didn't stop me on Route 118!"
It is difficult for many of us to see well in our declining years, and the fact that we write with a cursive style copied from a surgeon who wrote a prescription for us does not help matters. We often research handwritten documents and letters and come across handwriting that is misspelled, cramped, small and difficult to read. It is a relief when we find an old document that is a combination of cursive and printing, although many would consider that a sign that the art of handwriting was on the decline.
Although it takes some getting used to, a writing style with roots here in Columbia County helped bring about a new writing style that is still in use.
We'll get to that in a moment, but first we'll tell you that a reader asked about the derivation of the name "Zaners," an area South of Stillwater in Fishing Creek Township, an early stop on the Bloomsburg and Sullivan Railroad. The town was named for Charles Paxton Zaner (February 15, 1864-December 1, 1918) who founded the Zanerian College of Penmanship in 1888 to prepare students for careers as penmen in those BPC (Before PeeCee) days.
Penmen once hand wrote most of the documents used by business and industry. Zaner's school trained students to become teachers of penmanship and illustrators in the kind of ornamental writing used for diplomas and certificates, somewhat akin to what we now call calligraphy.
Zaner and a partner, Elmer Ward Bloser, began the Zanerian College of Penmanship in Columbus, Ohio. The intent was to prepare students in penmanship skills essential for the world of work in which they would spend their employed days. A snap you say? Zaner and Bloser in their teacher education penmanship program required graduates to prove themselves by completing a 10,000 word thesis in addition to their coursework.
Zaner was born here in Columbia County in 1864 and died in 1918. He liked handwriting right from the git-go, finished common school and headed to Oberlin, Ohio, in 1882 to enroll in G.W. Michael's Pen Art Hall course in penmanship. He soon decided to become a penman and became a teacher of penmanship in Wilmington and later in Columbus. In 1888, Zaner decided to establish his own school which he called the Zanerian Art College, In 1891 Elmer W. Bloser joined the partnership forming the Zaner-Bloser Company.
Zaner was sometimes called "the world's best all around penman" and his writing was considered an example of perfection. In 1904, Zaner-Bloser published The Zaner Method of Arm Movement, a simplified style of writing taught to children in elementary schools all over the United States.
On December 1, 1918, Charles Paxton Zaner, 54, died when the car that he was riding in was struck by a train in the darkness of night.
Zaner-Bloser remains a publisher of reading, writing, spelling and study-skills programs.
Details are now finalized for the Cabin Fever concert February 18 at 7 PM in the Benton High School auditorium. There will be four major groups--including Cabin Fever, of course, and Tim Johnson, and Al and Pat Hess and friends and the local group that is becoming very popular, Raven Creek--and we'll tell you all about it tomorrow. The concert is to benefit the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center.
On Sunday, January 22, at 2 PM, the Anthracite Heritage Museum will host a 47th anniversary commemoration of the Knox Mine Disaster. The event is based on the book Voices of the Knox Mine Disaster. Poetry and other readings compiled by Kenneth, Nicole and Robert Wolensky will be read throughout the day and 'mining music' will be played by Donegal Weavers, a folk music group. Attendees will also be able to view the documentary Knox Mine Disaster that was produced by WVIA Public Television. Admission to the event also covers the main exhibit, Anthracite People: Immigration and Ethnicity in Pennsylvania's Hard Coal Region, which features a section on the disaster. For more information call 963-4804.
A state historical marker honoring band leader Les Brown will be dedicated at 6 PM on Tuesday, March 14, at 1944 East Grand Avenue, Tower City. Brown was famous for his 'Band of Renown' which hosted Doris Day and starred with big names like Bob Hope and Dean Martin. The Band was inducted into the Guinness Book of Records as the longest-lasting continuous organization in the history of popular music. One of its biggest hits was Sentimental Journey. Brown's son, Les Brown, Jr., is expected to be there.
Here's a fun game to play. The object of the game is to move the red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching the black walls. If you can go longer than 22 seconds you are phenomenal. Reportedly, the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots. They are expected to go for at least 2 minutes. As a result of personally playing the game about 40 times, I am now qualified to drive a John Deere on a level hay field with only a 37% chance of running into anything.
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Today is the 60th wedding anniversary of Dayne and Ruth Kline, Green Acres Drive, Benton. We won't divulge any ages here, but Dayne is five years older than Ruth, married when he was 26 and she was 21. Ruth often walked from Maple Grove to the farm of Robert and Evelyn Kline, just south of the Borough line, to buy milk. A romance began.
January 18, 2006. Today is Bill Boston's birthday.
Regular, unleaded gasoline prices in the area remain at the lower end of prices in the state. The average price for gas in the Bloomsburg and Berwick areas Tuesday was $2.45. Back Home in Benton, PA, for the prices were $2.31 and $2.35.
We take some things for granted today. In a 1926 column from the Benton Argus entitled "The dream of years is to come true," readers were told that "there seems now to be no obstacle in the way of building of Route No. 237, from Benton to the Luzerne County line."
The article described how bids would be advertised for the building of the road and that the bids would be opened February 6, "If the low bidder's figures are within the estimate of the engineers, and the contractors responsible, there should be work started on the road by March 1st, as much of the grading can be done in the winter as well as the summer."
The promised route would up the "dug road" using "the present road at the summit of the hill at the first field of Jacob Minnier, and from there on goes in a straight line, touching the old road in but one part and that for a very short distance." The article states that four miles of road will be completed in 1926 and will leave only about four miles of dirt road between here and Shickshinny, "which will no doubt be contracted for before the close of 1926."
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, we get these birdbath tips...
Term of the Day: "Pie in the Sky."
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If you look up Joe Hill, you'll find he is best known, however, for the way he died. Found guilty of murdering a Salt Lake City shopkeeper in 1914, he was executed by firing squad.
In 1870 a group of sixteen people formally organized the Methodist Episcopal Church, Benton. They met in homes until 1872 when the first church building was erected where the present building now stands. That church was used for thirty-five years. In 1907 the old building was moved back on the lot to make room for the present edifice. The window above the altar was a gift from Dr. Frank C. Laubach who was reared in the church, and his was the first wedding solemnized in the church. The history of the Benton United Methodist Church is under CHURCH on the side panel.
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Why do some sausages have meat at one end and corn meal at the other?
The Ben Franklin Museum of Science in Philadelphia hosts Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies through April 23, 2006. Philadelphia is the only city on the East Coast where the exhibit is scheduled.
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The genealogy page for Sullivan County contains information about the settlers of Sullivan County, its history, the Endless Mountains, and a lot of useful resources to research family surnames. It is a free genealogy resource. Within a few days, this web site and a new section under PERSONALITIES on the side panel will feature stories about one of our favorite people, Helen Smith Gammon. The two sources will be very different; the Sullivan County site will be much more complete and informative. Our objectives are the same, however, and we hope that readers will end up with a more complete history of this remarkable woman.
January 17, 2006. It is the birthday of Glenda Watts Friend and the 60th wedding anniversary of Grant and Mary Conrad.
On this date three hundred years ago in 1706, Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706-April 17, 1790). was born in Boston. Over the next 84 years, he made expressions like "No gain without pain." or "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" a household expression.
Franklin was the fifteenth son of a soap and candle maker's seventeen children, a self-educated man, who had careers as a printer, publisher, scientist, teacher and diplomat. He organized the country's first public library (1731) and the first fire department (1736), and invented the lightning rod and got a charge out of tinkering with all things electrical. He organized an insurance company (1752), an academy (1751), and a hospital (1751). The lightning rod and bifocal eyeglasses also were his ideas. He invented a type of stove to give more warmth than open fireplaces. Bifocals came from Ben and an arm extension to get things off high shelves. He got the French to support the American Revolution, helping the colonists win. and he signed the Declaration of Independence, the treaty that ended the war and the U.S. Constitution.
During Franklin's lifetime, he was one of the most famous men in the world. By 1748, he was financially sound enough to retire after having started a newspaper, begun a tradesmen's club called the Junto which lasted for 40 years and eventually became the nucleus of the American Philosophical Society. He founded the first American subscription library, become clerk to the Pennsylvania legislature, established the first fire company, became postmaster of Philadelphia, and launched "Poor Richard's Almanac," a collection of wit, wisdom and financial advice that he headed for twenty-five years. His religion was that of a deist.
He was a mover and shaker in the Pennsylvania legislature, and was sent to England as the colony's agent in 1764, emerging as the leading spokesman against the Stamp Act.
He didn't always listen to his own advice about "temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility" that he dished out in "Poor Richard's Almanac." "Be temperate in wine, in eating, girls, and cloth, or the Gout will seize you and plague you both," Franklin wrote, while at the same time basking in the company of women, dressed to influence and loved good food. Gout plagued Franklin for much of his life.
Even his accidents achieved! His illegitimate son, William, who assisted at the silken kite experiment, became the colonial governor of New Jersey until his arrest in 1776 as a "virulent enemy to this country." He was exchanged for a patriot prisoner and lived the rest of his life in London.
Franklin sat in the Second Continental Congress, was a member of the committee that formed to draft the Declaration, and was sent to Paris to negotiate an alliance with the French. Happy birthday, Ben! You certainly were a man of BENergy
He that lives on hope will die fasting.
The Thrift Shop associated with the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center (N4C) will accept donations on Friday, January 20, from 10 AM to 2 PM at their Mill Street location. The thrift shop will accept items of utility and value. Space limitations preclude acceptance of seasonal items at this time. There is a special need at the moment for shelving and display items, but clothing in good condition, furniture and other items are welcome. The thrift shop will not open for business for several weeks but will eventually be open for both business and donations Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Donations will also be accepted Mondays during limited hours once normal hours begin.
Rent for the N4C thrift shop is coming from a generous donation from the Steve Shannon Tire and Auto Centers. Additionally, six board members of the N4C have pledged to pay building rent for the next six months. All other expenses of operation will be paid out of thrift shop earnings.
Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee.
Bob Webster, Hughesville, was the featured speaker at the North Mountain Historical Society Monday morning. Bob graduated from Hughesville High School in 1946, two years before Harry Ritter, North Street, and the two were excited to sit down before the meeting and talk about "old times." Their conversation centered on the sport of wrestling from their Hughesville high-school days.
Harry was a big guy back in 1946, and even on a diet of raisins and water Harry weighed in at 154 pounds, while Bob wrestled at 138 pounds. Harry remembers that he had never seen a wrestling match, but a teacher by the name of Joe Martin said to Harry that wrestling would be real simple for a boy the size of Harry. "You just get down and you sit on him," his teacher said, offering his brand of advice. Muncy had a team--which consisted of two wrestlers--and Hughesville wanted to field a team. Hughesville came up with two wrestlers in 1946, Harry being one of them. Weight was always a concern and a set of bathroom scales was used for the official weigh-in. The dressing room was beside the basement furnace at a gas station where the team practiced.
Hughesville fielded their first official team and had their first offical match in 1947, wrestling on the stage of the high school, much as Benton did for many years. Harry would put on a pair of long underwear that his mother had dyed green, then slipped on a pair of shorts borrowed from the basketball team. Harry wrestled at 154 pounds and then often turned right around and wrestled at the 165-pound class. The team didn't win a single match--and carried that record through the 1948 year, too!
By 1948, the wrestlers had official uniforms. Harry progressed to the District finals, but during one hard-fought match Harry injured his knee. His opponent sensed Harry's injury and knew that if he simply stayed away from Harry until the end of the match he would win and go to the state finals. Harry's opponent didn't count on the outpouring of sympathy for Harry, however, and after the match Harry's opponent realized that what he had done was wrong and he declined to go to the state finals, then held in the Kingston Armory, insisting that Harry be permitted to go as the better wrestler. Harry drew a wrestler from Canonsburg, which Harry referred to as "Pistolville," a boy who "threw me every which way."
During Harry's first match, he remembers that he "stretched out his leg, and the other guy pulled it back." The two rolled around the mats for a time, then "the first thing I knew, the other guy throwed something on me" and Harry found that wrestling was not as easy as he thought that it would be--especially when he had to walk 14 miles to get home at the end of each practice .
Harry's father, Mac Ritter, later brought the Hughesville wrestling team to Benton and demonstrated the sport at the local high school. Roy Evarts, Charlie Woodrig and Dayne Hartman liked what they saw and helped promote the sport in the local high school where it has remained as an honored part of the sports scene in Benton ever since.
Allen Turner reminds us that "despite the lack of numbers," and being a small school, Benton has achieved "a high level of success over the past thirty years" with its wrestling program. Allen talked glowingly about the coaching efforts of Bill Pasukinis who restarted the program in the late 1960s and early 1970s; Nelson Fritz, who coached during the "glory years" of Benton wrestling; and of Scott Hughes, Eric Schaffer and Eric Kocher.
Wise men learn by others harms; fools scarcely by their own.
January 16, 2006. On this date eighty-six years ago in 1920, Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect. On this date in 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. The United States and its allies began bombing Iraq in the Persian Gulf War on this date in 1991.
Few will remember the early part of the 2006 Martin Luther King Memorial weekend or the first 55 minutes of the Pittsburgh Steelers/Indianapolis Colts game, even though the Steelers ran all over the Colts. But the story will be told for years about the excitement of the Benton/Bishop Newman basketball game at Millville Saturday and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his one-handed tackle at the Indianapolis 42-yard line Sunday. Both the Benton Boys Basketball and the Steelers won this weekend, the Steelers winning their sixth straight 21-18 to become the first sixth seed to advance to a conference championship game. Good luck in Denver to the Steelers (13-5) and the same to the local basketball team!
Today is also the day that the nation celebrates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). King was born in Atlanta, the son of a prominent minister and grandson of the man who had organized a protest that created Atlanta's first black high school, named for Booker T. Washington, a school that he had attended. He went on to Atlanta's Morehead College, studied theology and philosophy at Crozier Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania and had completed his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955 when he accepted the pastorale of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi in the areas of nonviolence and civil disobedience, King planned a civil rights movement using teachings of Christianity.
The whites of Montgomery looked for ways to retaliate. A lady by the name of Rosa Parks was arrested, King was arrested on charges ranging from drunken driving to organizing an illegal boycott. Black homes were firebombed, a shotgun blast shattered a window of King's house and an organization known as the Imperial Klans of America, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, appeared on the scene.
The Supreme Court was beginning to roll back "separate but equal" statutes and ended Montgomery's bus segregation in November, 1956. On December 21, blacks climbed back on the buses in the city. The battle had been won, but the war was just beginning. In 1957, King moved to Atlanta and organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Later that year, he led a civil rights march in Washington, D.C., as part of a prayer pilgrimage and even later he returned with hundreds of thousands marching with him. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court ruled in May, 1955, in a decision known as Brown II that states needed to make a prompt, reasonable start toward full compliance with their 1954 order as Chief Justice Warren wrote, "with all deliberate speed."
In August, 1963, King delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech in Washington, D.C. in front of an estimated quarter of a million people. The Civil Rights Act followed and was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson in June, 1964, and in October of that year King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
J. Edgar Hoover was having none of this "King is a good guy" stuff and began to eavesdrop, attempted to prove that King was a Communist and reportedly even went so far as to send King a note suggesting that he commit suicide.
The year 1963 brought the assassination of President Kennedy and Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers was gunned down in front of his home. Violence and death met the nonviolent activities of King at every turn. A Birmingham church was bombed and four little girls were killed. In 1965, Black Nationalist Malcolm X was shot and killed at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, while preparing to speak. A month later King, with Army protection, walked from Selma to Montgomery. A white civil rights worker was killed on that march. A Klansman shot her, it turned out, and he was riding in a car with an FBI informer. Men like Floyd McKissick and Stokely Carmichael grew tired of nonviolent methods, preferring instead the rhetoric of Malcolm X.
The kettle boiled over in places like Watts, a run-down section of Los Angeles. Dick Gregory tried to calm the thousands who were rioting and got shot in the leg for his efforts. When the dust settled, the toll was thirty-four killed, more than a thousand injured, 4,000 arrested and an estimated $35 million in property damages. King was heckled by blacks when he tried to tour Watts after it was all over, as it became evident that his "soul" power was overtaken by "black power."
Martin Luther King was killed in Memphis in 1968, and his killing set off another wave of violence over the nonviolent man. James Earl Ray confessed to the killing and was imprisoned, but conspiracy theories about the guilt of Ray, fueled by lingering theories about the death of President Kennedy, hung on.
President Ronald Reagan signed a bill making the third Monday of January a national holiday celebrating the birth and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the third Monday of January, schools, federal offices, post office and banks close as we celebrate the national holiday.
The "30 Seconds" concept of the Press Enterprise has hit the internet. A website called "Everyday Hogwash" collects "rants" from people about various annoyances and things they've had to endure from companies, things like hidden fees, fine print that no one would ever see, overbooked airplanes, punk rock," that sort of thing. We've all had bad experiences, so the website's concept goes, so let's "have some therapeutic yuks at the millions of little ways companies stick it to us." Check out the rants from everyday people about the Everyday Hogwash they've endured, and you can contribute your own. But you do have to sign your name and be prepared for differing opinions... Find it all at www.everydayhogwash.com/
The comics are on the left side of the opening screen, click COMICS. Here is a partial list of the ones available: Andy Capp, B.C., Baldo, Ballard Street, Boondocks, Captain RibMan, Cathy, Cleats, Close to Home, Doonesbury, For Better or For Worse, Garfield, Heathcliff--oh, heck, just go and check for yourself...
From sources like Pennsylvania Cooperative Potato Growers Inc., Pennsylvania Livestock Association, Penn Ag Poultry Council and Penn Ag Feed and Grain Council come the statistics that food sold at the Farm Show Food Court last week included 240,000 potato doughnuts, 60,000 cups of french fries, 30,000 baked potatoes, 26,000 roast beef and pork barbecue sandwiches, 6,200 whoopee pies, 3,360 pounds of chicken nuggets, 3,500 cinnamon rolls, 3,300 red-beet eggs, 2,000 cookies, 1,600 bowls of lamb stew, 1,300 pounds of chicken breast sandwiches and 750 steak salads.
January 15, 2006. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this date in 1929. He was the nation's most famous civil rights leader and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Sue Artman still needs our prayers during her recovery in the ICU of the Geisinger Hospital. Temperatures in Loma, Montana, set a record on this date in 1972 for the greatest change in a 24-hour period. Temperatures went from 54° below zero F on January 14 to 49° F on January 15.
The best time to buy a used car is when you are moving. The new neighbors will think you bought it new.
Remembering our heritage...
Do you remember when Dr. John Morris, Brooklyn, NY, arrived in Benton in March, 1945, and rented the office and equipment of the late Dr. Confair? We do. In fact, we're sitting in Dr. Confair's and Dr. Morris' examination room as we prepare this edition.
Carmen E. Hittle, (April 17, 1924-Jan. 14, 2006), Jonestown, died Saturday,at the Orangeville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was 81 and born in Jordan Township, a daughter of the late Walter W. and Stella D. (Young) Keller. She was employed at the Lightstreet Hotel, the former Magee Carpet Company, and the former Dockey Shirt Factory. She was a former sales representative for Stanley Home Products. She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred R. "Fuzzy" Hittle, on June 26, 2005; a son, John Lee Hittle, on May 20, 1980; a great-granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Hittle, on May 3, 1998; two brothers: Jacob Keller and James Keller; and a sister, Mabel English. Surviving are a daughter, Devona. Albertson (Marvin), Orangeville, and a niece: Anna Brown, Benton, along with other relatives. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 AM in Zion United Church of Christ, Forks. Interment will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge. Friends may call Tuesday from 7-9 PM at the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home, or Wednesday at the church beginning at 9:30 AM.
A friend was talking about the Dead Sea and I didn't understand what she meant. Turns out she was talking about her waterbed.
If you want to know your external IP address, simply go to www.ipchicken.com/.
The name Haudenosaunee is not well known as part of the history and heritage of this area. Haudenosaunee is the name given to the Six Iroquois Nations Confederacy, which includes the Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Tuscarora Nations. This confederation has existed for centuries by authority of an orally transmitted constitution called Kaianerekowa, or "The Great Law of Peace." It is the oldest constituted participatory democracy in the world. This confederation of nations protected the English colonies during the 17th and 18th centuries, and was influential in the development of methods of governance for the fledging United States. If you go to FEATURES at the top, then to the section on Indians, you'll find an interesting series on the Haudenosaunee written by guest writer Tonya Boston Sager.
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Didja know that the original "Uncle Sam" was Samuel Wilson, from West Cambridge, MA, who,with his brother, Ebenezer, moved to Troy, NY, where they formed a partnership in themeat-packing business. The brothers contracted to supply the Army with beef and porkduring the War of 1812, and marked their shipping barrels "US." The soldiers jokinglycalled the meat "Uncle Sam's beef." A soldier drew a caricature of Sam Wilson withhis goatee and flowing hair and labeled the picture, "Uncle Sam of the U.S.A." Thispicture is the exact one you see today.
Have you noticed that Government regulations are like salad dressing--you usually get too much or too little!
The folks at Google come up with so many good ideas that we are constantly in awe of them. Google has now released a Google Tool Pack, where you can choose from a shopping list of essential and some not-so-essential programs for your computer. You can choose to include a number of worthwhile programs to install all at one time. Google Pack consists of essential, simple and safe software. Choose only the software you want. Already have some of this software? It will only be updated if a newer version is available. Go to http://pack.google.com/pack/pack_installer_custom.html .
What is there in this Google Tool Pack, you ask? Well, at the moment, Google Earth; Google Desktop; Picasa, a photo organizer; Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, to search from any web page, autofill forms and block annoying pop-ups; Google Pack Screensaver to view pictures full screen or as a collage; Google Talk for voice and IM applications; Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar, a web browser with tabbed browsing; Ad-Aware SE Personal to safely detect and remove spyware; Norton AntiVirus 2005 Special Edition to protect your PC from viruses, worms and Trojan horses, a 6-month subscription; Adobe Reader 7 to view, print, and search PDF files; RealPlayer to play popular media formats, organize music and videos; GalleryPlayer HD Images to work with high-quality artwork and photos; and Trillian, which lets you chat with friends on AIM, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo!
January 14, 2006. Tonight's full moon is known as the "Full Wolf Moon" or the "Old Moon." Isn't this a wonderful time of the year. Last year, the temperature hit 64° and yesterday it hit 60° locally. But we don't have a great forecast for today! Keep those prayers and cards coming for Sue Artman and for Sue's family. The address is David and Susan Artman, 1524 Millertown Road, Millville, PA 17846.
January 20 begins the Huntington Mills United Sportsmen Coyote hunt. Hunters can start on Friday, January 20, at 6 AM. On Sunday, a breakfast buffet will be served at the club's hall from 9 AM to 1 PM. The hall is located on Waterton Road and Cann Road, just west of Huntington Mills. Turn at the concrete bridge. Brian Bower, 683-5472, can provide more information.
The January meeting of the Red Hat Society will be at the Hoboken Sub Shop on January 18 at 2 PM. The menu will Becky's choice at $8 including tax and tip. Proper attire of a red hat and purple outfit are required. The chapter is open to new members and guests are welcome. A white elephant sale is planned to raise money for the upcoming "Lark in the Park."
Most readers know that pressing the CTRL key plus x cuts an item, CTRL+ c copies and CTRL + v pastes. Remember to "unload" the clipboard after copying a large graphic or hitting "Print Screen." Just copy something small, like a word, to replace that large load or it will tie up valuable memory. Here are some other shortcuts...
Jean S. (Starr) Deitrick, a licensed pilot, past president of the Columbia County Republican Women's Association, a retired clerk in the Columbia County Treasurer's Office and the owner of the former Main Street "Quaint Shoppe" died Thursday at the Bloomsburg Hospital. Jean (Jan. 6, 1927-Jan. 12, 2006), 79, Shannon Hill Road, Benton was born in Morris, OK, a daughter of the late Theodore and Eva Ina (Barrett) Starr. Surviving are sons Doug A. Deitrick (Roxann), Milton, and Rod A. Deitrick (Tiffany), Pine Grove Mills; six grandchildren; a sister in Mechanicsburg and one in Tulsa and a stepbrother in Atlanta. Her husband, Robert A. "Bob" Deitrick, a self-employed welder, preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 1988, as did a son, Steven Starr Deitrick, on May 14, 1983. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 PM with viewing preceding at the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc. Burial will be in the Benton Cemetery.
Pennsylvania has always been a leading agricultural area. The rise of agricultural societies like the Grange and gatherings like county fairs led to improvements in farm methods and machinery. The number of farms has declined since 1900, but farm production has increased.
In 1874, a dairymen's association was formed in our state. In 1876, a State Board of Agriculture was created and was made a department in 1895. In 1887, the federal government established an agricultural experiment station at the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania (the predecessor of the Pennsylvania State University). In 1895, a state veterinarian was appointed.The first statewide farm products show was held in Harrisburg in January, 1907. The State Farm Show became an annual event beginning in 1917, and the Farm Show Building was completed in 1931, although it was later modified and expanded. The state is nineteenth in the nation in total farm income. In livestock, Pennsylvania is ranked fifth in milk cows, seventeenth in total cattle, fifteenth in hogs, and twenty-fourth in sheep. It ranks seventh in production of fruits other than citrus fruits. These statistics come from the state Department of Agriculture.
As a result of this record agricultural involvement, the state takes the final assembly of its food products very seriously. Virtually every time you buy a package of food, you'll spot the cryptic words "Reg. Penna. Dept. of Agr," and that is true in every state of the union, Canada or most other overseas markets.
Back in 1933, Pennsylvania enacted the "Pennsylvania Bakery law" to ensure that baked goods coming across our borders met the same high standards for cleanliness and honest weight as those produced in the state. The law required that any bakery sending baked goods into our state must hold a Pennsylvania bakery license. To get a license, a bakery must pass an annual inspection for cleanliness and labeling accuracy and its employees must undergo yearly medical examinations. Bakeries are "Reg" or "registered with," not "regulated by" the state of Pennsylvania.
It is true that a state inspector does not personally visit every bakery out of the state. The officials of agriculture departments of other states provide annual inspections of bakeries under their jurisdiction and submit their findings to Pennsylvania. The notation "Reg. Penn. Dept. of Agr" is proof that the product has met required standards and is licensed to be sold in Pennsylvania. Most bakeries find it easier and less costly to include the notation on all packaging rather than specially printing just what is destined to wind up on grocery store shelves in the state. Every state in the union now requires inspection and licensing of bakeries, but only our state requires an inspection notation. Because of a similar law in Connecticut, many packages also bear a license number from that state. Since standards still vary from state to state, the mark continues to ensure the quality of baked goods sold in the state. Besides, it has been good advertising since 1933.
If you have driven along Mill Street lately, you probably have seen a red sign belonging to the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center. The center is now renting a temporary headquarters on Mill Street, and will use it for meetings, a storage area for items donated to the library, museum and auction, and a new store for the Borough--a thrift shop. The thrift shop will be used for fundraising in support of the NCCCC. Diane Laubach, a member of the Board of Directors of the NCCCC, will oversee the thrift shop.
The store will be staffed by volunteers, and will sell second-hand items donated by the public. Because the items were acquired free, they can be sold at a low price. All profits from sales will go to benefit the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center, except for overhead costs like electricity, phone and lease. All money taken in will be kept in the upper Fishingcreek Valley and will support the local area. Benefits will also go to the people who donate items, since the recipient is a tax-exempt organization.
Every effort is being taken to raise money in support of the Community Center. Will you please take the time to look around your house and gather up those things of value and utility that you no longer need so that item can be shared with a neighbor. Hours of operation will be announced soon and additional volunteers are needed. Please help!
The store will be located on Mill Street adjacent to the Dollar General Store in the former garage originally built by Hervey Beishline. During the early years of the building, it served as a machine shop and later became a garage owned and operated by Doyle Chevrolet for the purpose of selling Chevrolet cars. Dan Stoneham later owned the garage and operated his tire business from that location after he moved from the Hoboken garage once operated by his father, Emerson Stoneham, adjacent to the present Hoboken Sub Shop. Steve Shannon is the current owner of the building.
We believe that you will enjoy the new form of thrifting and we'll tell you much more about it in the coming weeks
January 13, 2006.
We were asked to tell the story again of the fate of old Moses Savage. So we'll do that at the end of today's report and we'll also add it to the PERSONALITIES section on the side panel in the section about O.B. Savage.
The Benton Volunteer Fire Company will hold a gun and outdoor show at the Benton Fire Hall February 11 and 12 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Guns, knives, ammunition and hunting-related items will be available. Both breakfast and lunch will be available. Admission for those over 12 years is $4.
Parents of children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2006, and are planning to attend kindergarten in the fall of 2006 should call the L.R. Appleman Elementary School office to pre-register their child. Please call 925-6971 between 6 AM and 3:45 PM. Actual registration will take place February 7. At that time, a copy of the birth certificate and social security card should be available.
You may have noticed a drop in the amount of spam you receive relating to mortgages and debt consolidation services. CIS Internet Services, an internet service provider, was recently awarded an $11.2 billion judgment against a Florida resident for sending more than 280 million illegal spam emails using false return address to disguise their source.
Spam is broadly defined as any electronic mail message that is commercial in nature and transmitted to a large number of recipients, but not explicitly and knowingly requested by the recipients.
The 2006 O.A.T.S. Bluegrass Festival has signed the following for their June get-together at the rodeo grounds: The James King Band, The Grascals, Special Consensus, David Davis & Warrior River Boys, The Bluegrass Brothers, Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, James Reams and the Barnstormers, The Stringdusters, Like Father - Like Son, The Chapmans, Stained Grass Window, Lykens Valley Bluegrass Band, and Rev. Al & Jean Lumpkin & Friends. It all begins in five months and 16 days, June 29-July 2, 2006.
Recently we said that asparagus and rhubarb are perennial vegetables and Max Hartman responded with "How about Vegetable oysters" or Salsify? Mom had it in the garden and it was there every very early spring---no replanting."
We had to look up the meaning of "Salsify," an herb we knew nothing about. The root herb has long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap. The seeds should be sown 1 inch or more deep, 4 inches apart, as early in March as possible to give a long season for its growth. The roots may be lifted in October and stored in the same way as beets and carrots or they may remain in the ground until the spring. The herb is listed as biennial.
January 12, 2006. Happy birthday today to Walt Lysk, Ray Kishbach and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. The television show All in the Family debuted on this date in 1971. Sue Artman is through her heart valve replacement at the Geisinger Medical Center Wednesday.
. There is no obvious Republican successor to George W. Bush in 2008, an electoral situation previously only faced by Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman.
• A beauty of a brook trout graces the cover of the March, 2006, issue of FlyRod&Reel Magazine. The picture was taken by Barry and Cathy Beck.
• Ah, the joys of retirement! Rep. George Hasay of the 117th District, 57, will leave office at the end of the year with 34 years of service in the legislature and an annual pension equal to his salary of $72,182. The generous state-retirement program permits lawmakers to collect full pensions at age 50 if they have at least three years of service and if they have ten years of service they will get free health insurance coverage for the rest of their lives.• Businesses in the area are breathing easier this morning following the Tuesday State Police arrest of two Borough residents and two others believed to be in connection with the string of recent burglaries. The couple, Jade Moore, 25, and Miranda Drasher, 19, 340 Park Street, lived directly across Park Street from the elementary school, according to an article in Thursday's Press Enterprise. A search of their residence turned up 109 bags of heroin, syringes and other paraphernalia, plus items believed to have come from area burglaries. Bail for Moore and Drasher was set at $50,000 each.
Localism of the Day: darsn't [aux. v. DAIRS-unt].
A young reader asked his mother to write to us about the tooth fairy, another in the long list of subjects of which we know nothing. It has been a very long time since we were equipped with the twenty teeth normally associated with kids under five or six. About all we know is that when a "baby" or "milk" tooth falls out, we would leave the tooth under the pillow when we went to sleep and somehow the tooth fairy not only got into the room and under the pillow but he managed to slip a couple of small coins under the pillow. We even tried once to claim that we had lost a tooth in a crass attempt to fool the tooth fairy, but unfortunately we didn't get past Mother who seemed to know how many of our teeth were missing. Ah, the difficulties of growing up.
Another time, I decided that like a shark's tooth necklace, I would wear a discarded tooth on a string around my neck. A single child's tooth actually looks mighty lonely, and the idea was discarded and the tooth was given a decent burial before Father, with a grin on his face, hauled out the pliers and threatened to "make the necklace bigger."
As I grew older I concluded that the question of the existence of the Easter Bunny, a man who came down the six-inch chimney in our farm House, and a tooth fairy was suspect--none of whom could ever have snuck past Beau, Mother's Boston Bull dog. And besides, what would the tooth fairy have done with all those teeth? I made the mistake of openly questioning the chimney theory, but wised up and never said a word about the tooth fairy, who continued to show up until my baby teeth were all gone.
To make a good chowder and have it quite nice
January 11, 2005. Happy birthday today to Jack Gulliver. How nice it was Tuesday to have a thaw day rather than our typical January raw day. Consider the situation in Seattle where it has rained for 22 consecutive days. The record was set in 1953, with 33 consecutive days of measurable precipitation.
Watch for construction dirt in the spring around the Montoursville Wal-Mart at 1015 N. Loyalsock Avenue as it gets transformed into a "Super Center." The existing building will be expanded from 114,000 square feet to 200,000 square feet.
There seems to be trouble in paradise. A local curmudgeon told us that he and his bride of 35 years have a wedding anniversary coming up. His wife asked where he was going to take her for the anniversary, that the cold of the winter was getting to her. The man said that he told her he was going to take her to the Caribbean, maybe Saint Martin, for their wedding anniversary. She was thrilled and quizzically asked how he would top that next year. His answer was simple. He said that next year he would come back and get her.
A reader asked about the tableware of local settlers. We have a few examples in poor condition so we'll simply tell you about our family experience and not pull out the camera and take pictures that are hard to understand.
I eat my peas with honey;
There just were no utensils like a fork until after the American Revolutionary war, even though Hollywood may show them from time to time. Spoons were the second most important utensil and were used to eat various "spoon meat" that came from the stewing kettle filled with the meat and the vegetables of the day.
Beautiful soup, so rich and green,
We suspect that some early settlers used a version of an animal's horn as an eating utensil, and we have read that mountain laurel, native to our area, was made into a usable item. Settlers even drank out of wood using utensils called "tankards" and "noggins." A noggin is a small mug or cup, and also means a liquid measure equal to one quarter of a pint. Drinking utensils in varying sizes were made from gourds while Hollywood prefers to show them made from leather.
All my soul is in delight
The article that origianlly appeared here about the Kozy Korner Restaurant has been moved to the FEATURES section at the top of the page.
The North Mountain Historical Society meets the third Monday of each month at the Brass Pelican Restaurant. The griddle goes on early and the buckwheat cakes start sliding off by 8 AM. The speaker gets behind the podium about 9 AM. This month the speaker is an old favorite of the North Mountain group, Bob Webster. The discussion will be on the Fabulous Fifties and the turnaround that took place in this country following World War II. Please throw back those covers and join the group. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Slide that deadbolt over tonight! Burglaries in the area continue. Monday night, three more businesses in the Borough were burglarized, the Classic Grill, the Benton Roller Mills and the Center Street Video Store. The nighttime activity shows the strains of the economy with high gas and heating oil prices as well as the lack of a local police presence. State Police apprehended suspects Tuesday evening, although there was no confirmation of the relationship to this case. The local businesses that have been burglarized include the Market Square Classic Grill, Benton Roller Mills, Fireside Video and the Brass Pelican. Other businesses in the area include Heritage House and Diggers Diversion, Orangeville. Anyone with information on any of the suspected burglaries may call State Police at 387-4261.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission's staff has concluded that hunters should not be allowed to use a prehistoric weapon known as the atlatl to kill deer. The atlatl (pronounced "ott-lottle") propels a 4- to 6-foot-long hunting dart. Some scientists claim that the atlatl was used by American Indians 12,000 years ago and they were used more than 20,000 years ago in Europe. The nonbinding recommendation comes two weeks before the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners votes on permitting atlatl hunting.
January 10, 2006. Birthdays today include Eleanor Kocher, Gertrude Stowe and Alecia Schlichter.
Today in history...
From the Farmer's Almanac:
The article that origianlly appeared here about the Kozy Korner Restaurant has been moved to the FEATURES section at the top of the page.
January 9, 2006, a day known as Plough Monday, the first day to return to work following the twelve days of Christmas. It is the birthday of Tom Fought, Jr. and the anniversary of Jack and June (Boudman) Gulliver. On this date in 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda, CA.State Police are warning businesses to beware of crooks! A rash of burglaries in Northumberland, Montour, Lycoming and Columbia Counties have had police on alert for the past week.
Have you noticed how people used to have time to stop and talk. Now we rarely even have time to say "hello" and move on.
A new documentary film airs tonight on the Discovery Health Channel. The show is titled "Dwarf Family : Meet the Fooses." and tells the basic "dwarf family lives the same way everybody else does and just wants to fit in" story. Discovery Health Channel is a pay subscription channel on Dish and is not available to all readers.
Take a look at www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html, a history of the United States.
January 8, 2006, the 71st anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley, which isn't bad considering that in 2005 his music brought in $45 million. Jim Edson, 82, is doing well in Philadelphia following emergency surgery for a hernia problem, the night before he and Pat were leaving for Florida for the Sunshine State portion of their honeymoon.
Benton Jr. wrestlers did superbly at the Myers Invitational over the weekend. The 7th, 8th and 9th graders from the Benton Area Schools represented one of 22 teams invited to the tournament, and all teams were AAA schools except for Wyalusing, Lake Lehman and Benton. Ten Benton boys wrestled and the school came in third for the tournament bringing home three first-place medals, three second-place medals and three fifth-place medals. WAY TO GO, GUYS!
We recently attempted to provide the email subscribers of the Benton News with a replacement for the plain text of email. For technical reasons, formatted email did not work for many subscribers, while others were happy about the change, Comments were both positive and negative, but because of the number of problems that were caused, we have dropped a formatted delivery of email.
Production of an email version of the Benton News is becoming increasingly difficult and time consuming simply because of the numbers we have to send out. We continue to look for an "ezime" format for delivery of the daily rant, but we haven't found one that will work satisfactorily for us. We continue to believe that our only solution is to terminate the email version of the Benton News except for the visually impaired and for those who can receive email but cannot receive a web version. For all others, we suggest that you consider bookmarking the Benton News on your browser or making the Benton News your home page. We will announce our decision shortly.
Recently Benton News readers were told how to use the "Table" option on the Microsoft Word menu bar to sort items. As you probably know, that table option can also be used to convert a text to a table (or a table to text). For example, assume a listing of check numbers linked to corresponding check values and check dates. Also assume that the three components of each list item are separated by commas.
To convert this text to a table, it is first necessary to "Select" (highlight) the whole document. Go to "convert" in the top pull-down menu. When you select the "Convert text to table" option in "Table," options appear to make the conversion. Designate 3 columns and choose "automatic" as the column width. You need to declare that the delimiters defining column segments is the "comma" or whatever other delimiter you have used.
Next, complete the dialog to produce the 3-column table. Further assume you want to sort the check listings by check value. Assume that you chose to make column 2 the check value column. You next need to go to the top of that column and "Select" (Highlight) it. You can do this by using the "Select Column" option in Table. While the whole column is highlighted, do "alt a" to go back into Table. If you follow with "alt s," you will proceed to the "sort" option for column 2. Dialog options allow you to declare that you want sorting by "number", and you can declare whether you want ascending or descending order. By hitting the "enter" key, the sort is completed, and the whole table should appear sorted according to the values of the checks.
Columns from tables created in Microsoft Word can be selected and pasted into Microsoft Excel pages to perform computations. This is very handy for converting text material to a data base.
The 90th version of the Pennsylvania Farm Show is ongoing in Harrisburg and we paid a visit Saturday. We saw some different color farm tractors than we remember at the show the first time we visited many years ago, but generally things are very much the same. The 1,000 pound butter sculpture in the Maclay Street entrance is of a milk-delivery wagon and I wished that I could have borrowed a little of it to eat on my baked potato sold by the Pennsylvania Co-Operative potato growers. The longest lines were for the milkshakes--at one point, eight lines each had an estimated fifty people in each line. French fries also had long lines. Other food items included frozen maple yogurt, apple butter, cider floats, mushrooms sold as "Schroomies," whoopie pies and scores of more typical farm-show eating. The 25-acre Farm Show site is well worth visiting.
To have a friend, be a friend.
We read a view of things offered by one woman that we'll pass along to you. She wrote, "If you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that. Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that, too. If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers you or your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them, too. Your husband expects you to growl when you wake up. He expects you to have hairy legs and excess body fat. I wish I were a bear."
January 7, 2006. Happy birthday to Danielle Deitrick, who celebrates with Trace Adkins, 44. On this date in 2002, the Borough had 14" of new snow on the ground.
On this date in 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation's first president. It's the anniversary of the first motion picture ever made. On this day in 1894, Thomas Edison Studios filmed a man by the name of Fred Ott while he was sneezing, a plot even slower than the last movie I saw.
It is pop quiz time again. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables? (Answer at end)
You can never tell about a woman, and if you can, you shouldn't.
Mary Lou Kitchen Buckalew, a native of Mountain Springs Lake, near the site of the Job Corps Center on top of Red Rock Mountain, is a wealth of knowledge about Mountain Springs Lake. Mary Lou was born there and a few years ago shared an article from an issue of the Wilkes-Barre Record in 1949, the year the #2 ice house burned down.
The article told about the Mountain Springs Ice Company storage building at Mountain Springs burning to the ground at 3:45 in the morning. We have often looked at pictures of the ice houses that burned to the ground on July 4, 1910, during the devastating Benton Borough fire, and remember wondering how an ice house, filled with solid water, could ever burn.
Harvey's Lake Chief of Police Fred Swanson was returning from a fire at Harvey's Lake and noticed the red glow in the sky over North Mountain in the vicinity of Mountain Springs. By the time the police and firemen arrived, the icehouse was nearly consumed by the fire. Arthur Kitchen, superintendent for Davis and White, found out about the fire by Chief Swanson. The property was acquired from Robert Stull through the Stull estate. Arthur and Albert Stull, brothers, operated the ice house many years ago and cut ice from the three lakes in the vicinity.
For more information on Mountain Springs Lake, we suggest that you buy The White Gold of Mountain Springs, by local writer Peter Tomasak. The price is $19.95 and if you like local history, pick it up. There are a number of pictures of Mary Lou's childhood home and lots of good reading, starting with this introduction to the book...
For thousands of years, cold caves, wells, cool running streams, and root cellars were used to keep food refrigerated. Later, as time and man progressed, someone discovered by accident that liquid in a porous container left in the wind to dry actually cooled the container.
Have you noticed that too many dads worry more about their golf swing than they do their offspring?
Asparagus and rhubarb are perennial vegetables.
Here are my 2 cents on the need for increased revenue from the sale of stamps. A first-class letter will shoot up to 39 cents Sunday--a 2-cent increase from the 37-cent stamp that has been used since June, 2002. The increases will affect all types of mail and packages, including postcards, which will go up by a penny to 24 cents. The postal service admits they had a bumper year last year with over $1.6 billion in profit--the same amount that clothing company Tommy Hilfiger Corp. agreed to accept in cash from Apax Partners, the same amount that Congress in late December approved for hurricane relief for schools and colleges, the same amount in cash and assumption of debt that Paramount Pictures signed to acquire DreamWorks SKG. The point is that the profit of the Postal System is on sound footing. The increased revenue will simply build the coffers of the Postal Service's retirement fund.
So my 2 cents worth is simply here is another case of a herd of Guvvies deciding their constituents would look favorably on them passing a new law, which they did. After the law was passed, the deal was that the Congress would define why it was passed and what the increased revenues would be used for and in what manner they would be used. We should point out that Cecil Adams, writing in the Chicago Reader, says to "Kwitcherbitchen." His point is that of the countries that do not subsidize their postal rates, the U.S. has the lowest rate for standard-size letters of any industrial country--with Japan and Germany more than twice as high.
God grant me patience, and I want it right now.
January 6, 2006.
With the high price of everything, it is refreshing to know that you can get information on telephone calls free by dialing 1-800-FREE 411 or 1-800-373-3411 without incurring a charge at all except for the minutes required to make the call. Free 411 also has a web site at www.free411.com/searchresults.php?searchtype=2 .The Fly Fishing Show event, sponsored by FlyRod & Reel Magazine, is scheduled for January 20, 21 and 22 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA. Seminar leaders include Barry and Cathy Beck. For information about directions, accommodations and admissions log on to www.flyfishingshow.com or call 1-800-420-7582.
Just as we think of the upper Fishingcreek valley as filled with members of the McHenry family because of the high population of residents with that last name, residents of the area around Almond, New York, have what they call "McHenry Valley." There are some similarities between the two places; i.e., Moses Van Campen and McHenry were familiar names in both places. We'll tell you a little about McHenry Valley, Henry McHenry and about Moses Van Campen.
How 'bout those Penn State Lions! We wondered why Bill Hess and Russ Seward didn't bother to head for Miami and now we suspect they are wondering why, too!
The celebration of two relics with great staying power--Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden --went well beyond regulaton last night and this morning in the Orange Bowl as the two coaches claimed their 713th victory between them. Freshmen Kevin Kelly missed his previous two field goals, regrouped and sent a 29-yard attempt through the uprights in the third overtime as No. 3 Penn State took a 26-23 triumph over Bowden and underranked Florida State.
January 4, 2006. Happy birthday today to Amy Remphrey and Nick Chabra.
Betty Hess Shultz, Warminster, died Tuesday, January 3, 2006, of cancer. She was 80. She was a daughter of the late Cleaver and Leah Hess and wife of the late Carl R. Shultz. She is survived by her son Scott A. (Jayne) Shultz, Warminster; her brother, Larry Hess, Benton; and her grandson, Christopher S. Shultz. Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, from 12:30 PM until her 1 PM funeral service at St. John's United Methodist Church, 820 Almshouse Road, Ivyland, PA 18974. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Feasterville.
Mark your calendar for the fourth Sunday of each month and the Benton Fireman's Breakfast. The menu consists of all the buckwheat cakes and sausage you can eat, and the firemen throw in eggs, ham, bacon, buttermilk cakes, home fries, french toast--and it is all made to order. Adults pay $6 and children pay $3.
"Common sense is very uncommon!"
From the "who cares" department...
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We pick up the story of O.B. Savage today, and we'll conclude the article in Thursday's edition. We should mention that the reason we started this series was that Elizabeth Christian told me of a former Danville resident, now deceased, who worked for O.B. at one time. The man was George D. Young and he passed away in 1986 at the age of 90. Mr. Young often told his son, George, now in his eighties, about the experience of working for O.B., including the fact that he rode his bicycle to the farm from Danville every day.
Dayne Kline remembers that he "saw O.B. really upset one time. O.B. got taken." He decided to sell out and he had a auction. Dayne recalls that it was "quite a sale." Guy Bangs asked Dayne to help clerk the sale. Everything seemed to be going pretty smoothly until 1 o'clock when they were to sell the farm. O. B. had previously sold three or four acres of his land to a feed mill owned by Otto Ford, who wanted the whole farm. O.B. had primed Frank Beishline and Dave Floyd to bid up the price on the farm. One o'clock came and bidding was going pretty good. Dayne saw Frank Beishline bidding and knew that he had three or four hundred acres and thought "well, maybe, he is going to buy O.B.'s price." Bidding got up to $60,000 and the bidding slowed down and the auctioneer worked and worked to get another bid. It got to the point that there were not going to be any more bids. Dayne didn't realize and most people didn't realize that something was going on. Dayne went back out to the house to where the bills were being paid. In just a few minutes, the main auctioneer came back and took out of the cashbox about $3,600. Dayne witnessed that he had taken out his money. Pretty soon O.B. came in and wanted to know if the auctioneer had been in. Dayne innocently said, "yes, this is what he took out of the box." Dayne later said, "Well, I'll tell you. That sale didn't pay off too well for O.B. It came out in the paper the following Monday that Frank had bought the farm. Frank didn't buy the farm and never did buy the farm. Eventually, Otto Ford did buy the farm, but it was a private sale when it was sold."
Every spring O.B. came up to Bub and told him that he had first chance to buy the farm. Bub said that "it wasn't in my line of work to pay what he was asking" for that farm.
At that sale, there were at least a dozen new scoop shovels sold. Mac Johnson looked the shovels over and gasped, "O.B. right here are my initials. I know where you got this shovel." O.B. had not got all his shovels at the same place, but he usually came home with a shovel.
Charlie Knowles always prided himself on his hunting ability. He always said that he would never shoot a ringneck unless it was flying. O.B. took him to task on that, saying "Charlie, that is a bunch of bull." "No," Charlie said, "I would never shoot a ringneck unless it was flying." O.B. knew that Charlie went by the farm each morning, so "O.B. took a nice, mounted ringneck rooster and sat it there along the cornfield. O.B. got back in the cornfield." The next morning, "Charlie came down the highway, saw the ringneck and jammed on his brakes and jerked the gun out the door and banged the stock so hard that it broke it right off." In 1988, when Charlie was getting up in years, Dayne asked Charlie if he remembered how "O.B. would fool those fellows who would hunt down that way with that dead ringneck rooster." Charlie, said, "You son of a bitch, what did you bring that up for?"
O.B. had a sister, Mary, who was a schoolteacher who lived in Asbury. She taught Dayne Kline in sixth grade. Dayne remember that he had always called her Mary, and remembered the disappointment when she told him, "Now, Dayne, you are going to have to call me 'Miss Savage.'" Dayne said "That imprinted on me so much that when she was in her 70s, I still called her Miss Savage." Dayne notes that she was "A great educator and instilled a lust for education in her students. Dayne said "She saved the farm with her school-teaching money back in the 30s. Her father was about to lose the farm. It was all but gone."
January 3, 2005.
It is always nice to know what goes on in our own back yard, and Lou Traini provided some insight into the FAA long-range radar on Red Rock. Lou tells us its range is 200 miles--from the East end of Long Island to the West just past Pittsburgh, the north shore of Lake Ontario, to south of Woodbridge, VA. This radar information is sent to the New York, Boston, Washington, and the Cleveland ARTCC. The North Mountain Remote Communication Air to Ground site is used by the New York Air Traffic Controllers to communicate with airplanes flying over that part of Pennsylvania.
The radar site has redundant systems with the latest solid-state electronic systems. A technician comes out of the Wilkes Barre/Scranton airport on a regular basis to do checks on the various systems and they are on call 24/7 for standby-system problems.
This is a far cry from the 1960's when the Benton AFS had 35 FAA technicians maintaining the Main Search Radar, as well as a lot of Air Force technicians maintaining the Air Force systems. When the Air Force moved out in September, 1972, the FAA had a reduction in force and 17 were transferred, including Lou Traini. Lou requested and got the Washington ARTCC. The FAA then trained Louis to maintain the IBM 9020 Central Computer Complex System.
Anthony "Tony" Pavalonis (July 18, 1917-Jan. 1, 2006), a decorated veteran of World War II and an retired employee of the Bechtel Corporation, died Sunday at the Orangeville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 88. Born in Askam, PA, he was a son of the late Simon and Agnes (Keragus) Pavalonis. He served in the 1st Battalion, 115th Infantry Regiment 29th Division, and participated in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, and the invasion of D-Day. He and his wife, Ina E. (Kearkuff) Pavalonis, St. Gabriels Road were married 58 years. In addition to Ina, surviving brothers include Geoge (Frances), Raven Creek; Albert (Jean), Benton; Andrew, Benton, and John (Joann), Bell Vernon, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Simon and Frank and sisters Blanche Pavalonis and Lillian Falvey. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 PM. at the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., with visitiation time preceding. Burial will be in the Raven Creek Cemetery with military services.
Here are some famous natives and residents of Pennsylvania...
Louisa May Alcott, novelist; Marian Anderson, contralto; Maxwell Anderson, dramatist; Samuel Barber, composer; John Barrymore, actor; Donald Barthelme, author; Stephen Vincent Benet, poet and story writer; Daniel Boone, frontiersman; Ed Bradley, TV anchorman; James Buchanan, former president; Alexander Calder, sculptor; Rachel Carson, biologist and author; Mary Cassatt, painter; Henry Steele Commager, historian; Bill Cosby, actor; Stuart Davis, painter; Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, band leaders; W. C. Fields, comedian; Stephen Foster, composer; Robert Fulton, inventor; Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco; Martha Graham, choreographer; Alexander Haig, former secretary of state; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Lee Iacocca, auto executive; Reggie Jackson, baseball player; Gene Kelly, dancer and actor; Gelsey Kirkland, ballerina; S.S. Kresge, merchant; Mario Lanza, actor and singer; Dr. Frank C. Laubach, world missionary; George C. Marshall, five-star general; George McClellan, former general; Margaret Mead, anthropologist; Andrew Mellon, financier; Tom Mix, actor; Arnold Palmer, golfer; Robert E. Peary, explorer; Man Ray, painter; Mary Roberts Rinehart, novelist; Betsy Ross, flag maker; B. F. Skinner, psychologist; John Sloan, painter; Gertrude Stein, author; James Stewart, actor; John Updike, novelist; Honus Wagner, baseball player; Fred Waring, bandleader; Ethel Waters, singer and actress; Anthony Wayne, military officer; August Wilson, poet, writer, and playwright; Wallis Warfield, Duchess of Windsor; Andrew Wyeth, painter.
In this section on this date we continued with the life and times of Orville Bartley Savage, a man known locally simply as O.B. The story is now under PERSONALITIES section on the side panel.
January 2, 2006. Sandra Kelsey celebrates her birthday today.
In 2002 on this date in Philadelphia, loyal customers of the Old Original Bookbinder's were lamenting that the restaurant at Second and Walnut Streets in Society Hill did not reopen after New Year's Eve.
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A restaurant built long and narrow like a railroad car is generally called a diner, short for dining car. Some would accept that as a definition, while others would insist that there needs to be a counter and stools, stainless steel, porcelain, tile and glass, lots of bright, art-deco colors with a jukebox thrown in. Breakfast served all day is another characteristic of a diner.
A familiar sight on Route 11, Berwick, is the sign for the Zephyr Plaza where a diner called the Zephyr once stood. The diner was popular with truckers long before I-80 was built, in the days when route 11 was a concrete rumble strip known to truckers heading both north and south and east and west.
The Zephyr was built by Jerry O'Mahony, Inc, Elizabeth, NJ, a company that made diners from 1913-1956 (when it went out of business). The diners from O'Mahony usually had barrel roofs, bright red-porcelain exteriors, and cream-colored lettering. Mickey's Dining Car, St. Paul, Minnesota, is an example, and it even made it to the National Register of Historic Places. One of the last diners the company built was the Mayfair Diner in Philadelphia.
The Berwick diner was built in 1949 by O'Mahony (serial number 2154) and operated as the Zephyr Diner from 1949 until 1997.
Carol Bath provided us with more insight into the history associated with the diner. Mike Bath's great aunt Sara Newman and her boys, Junior and Hurley Hankey, started the restaurant. When Sara retired, her sister Alma Pollach took it over, but did not keep it up so another sister, Dottie Long, took it over, but she failed to keep up with the taxes and lost it. These three ladies were sisters from a family of seven sisters, who all worked at the diner to support Sara, Alma and Dottie. Dottie also bought Villa Capri (alias "Longs") and Bennett's Restaurant, both in Berwick, and ran these for many years.
Ruth Michael Bath, Mike Bath's mother, said that the Sunbury railroad engineers would stop everyday on their route to eat at the Zephyr. Sara would give the hobos who were getting a free ride on the train a free meal. Sara lived behind the Zephyr and across the railroad tracks.
Zephyr Bowling Lanes belonged to Sara Newman's sons, Junior and Hurley Hankey. Sara helped her boys with the collateral to purchase the lanes, with the money coming from the Zephyr Diner. That started a multimillion business for these boys which included bowling alleys and rolling-skating rinks up and down the east coast. The Zephyr Diner started it all. Junior now lives in Victoria, British Columbia, in summer and Florida in winter. Hurley lives in Florida permanently.
The diner was refurbished after it left Berwick. It began a new life in Cleveland Heights as "Dottie's Sweet City Diner." The diner at 1975 Lee Road, north of Cedar Road, was just 20 minutes from both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Berwick High School's national football rival, St. Ignatius. For a time, Dottie's/Sweet City had a reported brisk business but the owner was unable to make a profit and it closed. The diner has now reopened as Chris & Jimmy's Diner. Head on over to www.oh-diners.com/dotties/ and see if you recognize the Zephyr.
One reason why a dog is such a loveable creature is that his tail wags instead of his tongue.
We are asked for this tip twice a year, and here it is again. This is the way to make a data base or a spreadsheet in Microsoft Word...
1) Just type a list of things, and it is not even necessary to highlight the entries. (Each on a line by themselves, type "dog," "cat," "horse" and "rooster," for example.)
2) Click Table in the menu bar
3) Click Sort in the drop down menu
4) Click the appropriate box if the list has a header row, and choose whether to sort A-Z or Z-A.
5) Click OK
6) Now repeat after me, "that was so easy." Now do this to inventory your CDs, list your phone numbers, organize your shopping list, etc.
|Good morning and Happy New Year. It is January 1, 2005--oops, 2006. Marcia Kay and I toasted the New Year at home last night. She had rye and I had whole wheat. There is only one thing worse than going out on New Year's Eve--and that is staying home on New Year's Eve. But, we didn't want to be like the man who passed out about the same time as the old year or like the couple who misplaced things at New Year's--like New Year's Day!
Attorney William Kreisher, Bloomsburg, celebrates his birthday today, and Frank and Brenda Conrad, Lebanon, celebrate their wedding anniversary. Country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, died of a drug and alcohol overdose on this date in 1953. In 1966 on this date, all US cigarette packages began carrying the health warning, "Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health."
We aren't going to say anything surprising about the New Year when we are still cluttered up from the Old Year. So we'll take a quick look around the town during the year 1963 and reflect on it and bring you up to speed on things then and now. We'll quickly pause and reflect on the last year and do a little mental preparation for the year ahead in anticipation of the reality of a Community Center in the upper Fishingcreek valley.
On the national level in 1963...
And Back Home in Benton, PA, in 1963...