Archives for the Benton New
for June 2011
June 29 & 30, 2011.June 29, the birthday of Dean Newhart, Judy Yaple and Richard Kriebel and the wedding anniversary of Marjorie and Dick Shoemaker, Larry and Judy Paul and Robert and Gloria Milnarik.June 30, the birthday of Corey McHenry, Ainsley Grigas, Diane Janney-Crist, Carey Stoneham Stewart, Susan Dzoch, Shirley Hittle and Tanner Lenhart and the wedding anniversary of Jerry and Donna McMichael and Frank and Rebecca Beishline.There is a barn sale and flea market Saturday beside Route 487 half a mile south of the Benton Borough line at the former Bubb Laubach farm. Featuring antiques, tools, fishing equipment, glassware, household items. Something for everyone. Food available on site.
My forgetter's getting better,
But my rememberer is broke
To you that may seem funny
But, to me, that is no joke
For when I'm 'here' I'm wondering
If I really should be 'there'
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven't got a prayer!
At times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!
When shopping I may see someone,
Say 'Hi' and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, 'who the heck was that?
Yes, my forgetter's getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it's driving me plumb crazy
And that isn't any joke.
--Author unknownThe Fishing Creek Players need to fill one role in the cast of To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. The play will be performed at The Center on September 16, 17 and 18. The actress should be in her 20s or 30s, and can be experienced or inexperienced. Rehearsals schedule are flexible. Interested women should call email Kevin Hickman, director, at kevin.a.hickman.pacATgmail.com or M.R. Daniels at mrdanATepix.net, or simply show up at the reading at The Center July 5 at 6 PM.Didja ever think that if you put both feet in your mouth,
you won't have a leg to stand on?The Benton Area Lions Club and the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center are proud to announce the formation of a community-based "Leo Club" in the greater Benton area. A Leo Club is a youth-volunteer organization sponsored by a Lions Club and chartered by Lions International.
The club will include both male and female members ages 12-18. The meetings will be held at The Center and the club will elect its own officers. You can get more information from Lions Club International or from the local Lions Club President Dave Riley, 925-2563 or djdrileATepix.net , Lisa Campbell, the First Vice President of the Benton Lions at 864-3638 or by email at lisacaATepix.net . Rob Hutchinson, Center Director, can provide information. Rob is at 925-0163.
The target date to get the club formed is August 1. The Lions Club is looking for teens who want to be part of this new club and a part of history in our area. Consider signing up now.
Didja ever think that you should drive more carefully?
It isn't just cars that can be recalled by their maker.
Didja know that a typical Marcellus gas well uses approximately 5 million pounds of sand (about 25 railcars) during the fracking process? For more information on what goes "between the rocks" during the fracking process, go here.
Richard Benefield, the former manager of the Hotel Magee who was famous for his "Groaning Board" smorgasbord, would turn over in his grave with the news published Tuesday in the Press Enterprise that Harry's Grille will close in July and be replaced in September by "The Hardware Bar," a nightclub where people dance on the bar and get entertained by midget wrestlers. A companion "Hardware Bar" on South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, has "half-naked girls dancing on the bars, a stage for live bands, three bars and barber chair shots" where you get your butt belted. If you really need to know more, Google "The Hardware Bar."
Didja ever hear about the local doctor who made a house call to a farmer years ago? Before going into the house to see the farmer, the doctor stopped at a well for a glass of cold water to get some of the dust out of his throat. The crank handle backfired on him and pulled him down 20 feet into the well. The farmer's son eventually saved him, but the lesson to be learned is that the doctor should have tended to the sick and left the well alone.
One of our favorite stopping place is Mount Morris, New York, in the middle of the Genesee River valley of New York state at the gateway to the beautiful Letchworth State Park. It is where the author of the Pledge of Allegiance was born and lived for the first four years of his life. Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), a Baptist minister with socialistic leanings, the son of a Baptist minister, wrote the original Pledge in August 1892. The Pledge was published in the September 8 issue of The Youth's Companion.
In its original form, it read:"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The words "the Flag of the United States of America" were added in 1923 and President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add "under God" in 1954 despite Bellamy's daughter's objections. Today, the Pledge reads,"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."The July 4 weekend is almost here. Is your flag ready to fly?
William Arthur Avery, Jr. (December 23, 1936-June 26, 2011), Savage Hill Road, Orangeville, died Sunday at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He had been in failing health for the past six months. He was 74.
Bill was born in Millville. He was a son of William Avery, Sr. and Irma Musselman Avery. He graduated from Millville High School in 1955. Bill was first employed by William F. Sutter Construction. In 1961, he went to work for S.H. Evert and later Bloom Penn as a construction superintendent. He was a farmer for more than twenty years. He attended the Jonestown Methodist Church.
Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Ray L. Avery, and by a stepbrother, Clyde Watts. He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley M. Rhinard, with whom he celebrated their fifty-third wedding anniversary on June 21. He is also survived by children William Avery IV (Melissa), Scranton; Kathy Bowman (Donald), Bloomsburg; Gerald Avery (Jill), Fairmount Springs; and Arnold Avery (Karen), Orangeville; thirteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Robert Avery, Salisbury, NC; sisters, Darlene "Dolly" Sellers, Marie "Peachy" Reynolds, both of Millville and Shirley Farlow (Harry), Bloomsburg; stepsister, Doris Poole, South Williamsport; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received Wednesday, June 29 from 10 to 11 AM at the McMichael Funeral Home. His funeral service will begin at 11 AM following the visitation hour. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Jonestown United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Shirley Good, 214 Winding Road, Orangeville, PA 17859. For online condolences, please visit: www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com .
June 27 & 28, 2011June 27, the birthday of Kenneth Heaton, Dianna Davis, Mary Ruth Krygier and Tanner Lenhart. It is the wedding anniversary of Jerry and Donna McMichael, Frank and Rebecca Beishline and Tami and Kris Letteer.June 28, the birthday of Sheila Fornwald Kile, Jan Laubach and Ken Kelsey. It is the wedding anniversary of Carl and Ann Spiece. It was on this day in 1914 when World War I began. Exactly five years after it began, World War I ended with the signing of The Treaty of Versailles on this day in 1919.The East Lycoming Shopper printed a Benton Odyssey of the Mind "Congratulation Page in today's edition. Copies of the East Lycoming Shopper are available at the businesses that buy sponsor blocks and also at the Quickmart and Country Side Groceries.While the potential for "if something can go wrong, it will go wrong" is great and we need neighbor by neighbor to keep our guard up for contamination issues during fracking in the Marcellus shale and otherwise disturbing Mother Nature, an article written by Mike Knapp and published June 26 in the Indiana Gazette puts "worst-case scenarios of fracking into better perspective. We'll let you read the article about fracking a gas well in Western Pennsylvania in a minute, but first we'll partially summarize. The article used as an example the recent Chesapeake incident during fracking in Bradford County where a flange on the wellhead broke. For simplicity, the article assumed that 10,000 gallons of frack water would escape the well pad and leach onto the soil. The fracking is 99.5% water and playground sand. The article analyzed the remaining half-percent of the 10,000 gallons of frack fluid.Using a typical chemical mix in fracking fluid as shown on www.energyindepth.com , there would be 12.3 gallons of hydrochloric acid in the 10,000 gallons, an additive which lowers pH in swimming pools, 8.8 gallons of petroleum distillate, 8.5 gallons of Isopropanol (rubbing alcohol), 6 gallons of Potassium Chloride (an alternative to salt in water-softener systems. Other ingredients don't seem so bad: 5.6 gallons of Guar gum, used as a thickening in food; 1.1 gallon of table salt (Sodium chloride); 15 fluid ounces of a biocide to kill algae; some citric acid and some borate salts. There are some not-so-nice ingredients, including 4.3 gallons of Ethylene glycol, a constituent of automotive antifreeze and 32 fluid ounces of Dimethylformamide, a common solvent for chemical reactions. Read the entire article here.One of the programs which assists in rehabilitating veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.. Many veterans who return home suffer from permanent injuries and disabilities. Project Healing Waters is working to help hundreds of wounded warriors through a therapeutic fly-fishing program The program works toward the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying.Over the weekend, five wounded veterans who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan were given the royal treatment fishing in the waters of Fishing Creek thanks to Fred Pfeifer of Featherbed Bed and Breakfast , Jamison City, in conjunction with the Fishing Creek Sportsmen's Association and members of Benton Boy Scout Troup #51.Each of the veterans had a chaperone and all enjoyed the hospitality of the Featherbed Bed and Breakfast Friday and Saturday nights, Saturday morning they fished in the chilly waters of Fishing Creek and enjoyed a lunch served on the Twin Bridges courtesy of the local sportsmen's club. Sunday, the Benton VFW provided breakfast for the veterans. President of the Covered Bridge Association and Mrs. Chris Young attended the activity at the Twin Bridges. Events at the Twin Bridges are available for viewing here. The local sportsmen's association deserves a lot of credit for all it does for the community.While PPL Corporation continues to do well (the company announced May 5 that first-quarter earnings were $401 million, or $0.82 per share, up from $250 million, or $0.66 per share, a year previous), the situation in Montana has been a matter of concern. PPL Montana owns and operates 11 hydroelectric projects that have a total generating capacity of 604 megawatts, as well as one reservoir. The projects help to control floods and are used for irrigation and public recreation, and provide fisheries, wildlife, wetlands habitat and water quality. Nine projects are “run-of-river” because they generate electricity using the water as it flows down the river while two use water stored in their reservoirs to generate electricity. The Montana Supreme Court confirmed a decision that goes back to when Montana acquired statehood that the state owns the riverbeds and that the company must pay accrued rent and interest, plus rent on the riverbed. Some of the generation plants have been producing electricity for more than a century. PPL Montana recorded a total loss accrual of $78 million as of March 31, 2011, which includes the original judgment of the Montana courts plus the company's estimate of interest and rent that has accrued since the state court's ruling. The matter will now go to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case will be of significant interest to streambed users of hydroelectric plant operators, ranchers, cities, dock owners, recreationalists and federal landholding agencies.Didja hear that there is now conclusive evidence that Osama Bin Laden is dead?
This week he registered to vote in Chicago.
The Out Among The Stars Bluegrass Festival known as O.A.T.S. begins Thursday in Benton. The shade tent was up as of Sunday afternoon, the two stages were being prepared for the shows and final mowing of grass was underway. The festival is great fun for the entire family! Activities include 12 hours of music each day on the main stage, two days of workshops taught by festival performers, two days of Americana music on the new-this-year "Roots and Branches" stage, Danny Stewart’s Slow-Jam Tent, arts and crafts at The Kidz Corner and for young budding musicians the Bluegrass Academy for Kids.
The lineup on both stages includes...
Gibson Brothers (Sat.), The Boxcars (Sat.), Hillbilly Gypsies (Fri. Sat.),
Dan Paisley and Southern Grass (Fri.), Blue Moon Rising (Fri.), Lost and Found (Sat.)
Travers Chandler and Avery County (Thursday), The Doerfels (Friday), Cabinet (Sat.)
Mason Porter (Sat.), Stained Grass Window (Thursday, Fri., Sat., Sun.), Lykens Valley Bluegrass Band (Sat., Sun.), Louie Setzer & Appalachian Mountain Boys (Sat.), Coal County Express (Fri.), The Forgotten Mountain Boys (Sun.), Folk Spirit – (Thursday, Fri.), Manatawny Creek Ramblers (Thursday), Keystone Mountain Boys (Sun.), Wissahickon Chicken Shack (Fri.)
Greenwood Valley Boys (Thursday, Fri.), Hogmaw (Fri.), Summer Reign (Thursday, Fri.)
The String Band (Sat.), Rev. Al Lumpkin and Friends (Sun.).
The 2011 O.A.T.S. bluegrass vendors areB&C Food Services, LLC, Hot and Cold Sandwiches, Bloom Chicken and SandwichesBenton Area Rodeo, Pizza and SodaEarly Bird Concessions, Burgers, Cheese Steak, Grilled Chicken, Italian Sausage, Chicken Fingers, French fries, Funnel Cakes and Deep Fried OreosHorr's Hot Dog, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Cheese Steaks, Nachos and Soft PretzelsAsbury's Music, CDs, DVDs, Music BooksEarthwares, Scroll-Saw Work. Pictures, boxes, bookmarks, earrings, military insignias, cigar box instrumentsFerdstrings. Hand-crafted instruments. See and play the handmade guitar to be raffled off in December. All proceeds to go to the OATS Festival, Inc.G&H Sales. Glass and Gemstone Jewelry, Charm Earrings, Rock and mineral Specimens and Related ProductsGreen and Serene Textiles. Handmade Hemp Bags, Brackets, Hats, Slippers, hand-made "Nana's Remedy Bag" and PillowsHarry's Homeblown Glass. Hand blown glass art, marbles, beads, pendants, sculptures etc. Watch the free demonstrations.Sugar Mag's Rags. 60s style stuff including silver and beaded shell jewelry, incense and burner boxes, bandanas, hats and lots more.Uniquely Nepal. Handmade jewelers, purses, and homemade paper products from Kathmandu, Nepal.Kay Betts von Sneidern. Ukuleles and Autoharps, instruction books and standsAl Dedicke. Licensed Massage Therapist. Have a massage while listening to great musicThe 2011 Benton Volunteer Firemen's Parade was held Saturday night in conjunction with the Benton Firemen's Carnival. You can view pictures of the parade and the water battle as a slideshow by going to https://picasaweb.google.com/bentonnews/2011FiremenSParade#slideshow/5622299813535791202 . The pictures can be copied, emailed or printed by going to https://picasaweb.google.com/bentonnews/2011FiremenSParade .
June 25 & 26, 2011. Are your kids ready for vacation Bible school? It begins Monday. There could be an afternoon thundershower Saturday, but Sunday and Monday will be keepers.June 25, the birthday of Jill Pascale and Ronnie Flick. It is the wedding anniversary of Pastor Dave and Cathy Mansfield. Forks Farm Market , 299 Covered Bridge Road, Orangeville, 683-5820, is open 10 AM-3 PM. Eggs, cheese and pasture-raised meats and poultry. The Royal Order of Raccoons annual clam bake will be held at the Benton VFW this afternoon from 1 to 6. Food and beer are included. Rick & Nick will provide the music from 4 PM. The fee is $20 for those older than 21; $15 under 21. The event is open to the public following Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board rules. For tickets, contact Dawn Powlus, 925-5252, or Karen Parsons, 925-5991. Tonight is the last night of the Benton Volunteer Fire Company carnival and the night the kids have been waiting for--the water battle on the second round of the fireman's parade. The parade forms at 5 and moves at 6 PM. There is an ice-cream social at the Town Hill UM church from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.June 26, the birthday of Joshua Jackson Fritz and the wedding anniversary of Ruth and Don Whitenight and Rich and Sherri Plocinski. It was on this day in 1926 when the Bloomsburg and Sullivan Railroad ended its rail service to Jamison City. Track crews the following day tore up the tracks north of the Benton borough limits. Auditions for "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" will be held at The Center Sunday from 5-7 PM and Monday 6-8 PM. The production needs 2 men and 3 women in the range of 30 to 50 and 2 teenage girls. Performances will be September 16, 17 and 18.
An acting workshop begins Wednesday at 7 PM at The Center, but you must sign up by June 27. This is open to anyone ages 14 to 100! The children's workshop has been canceled.
About five miles of Route 487 in Sullivan County will be resurfaced during the coming months for approximately $1.3 million. Work will take place from Pigeon Creek Road at Lopez to Connells Dam Road in Cherry Township. Traffic will be via a single lane through the work zone during daylight hours with traffic flow directed by flag persons. The project includes roadway base repairs and resurfacing, drainage improvements and guiderail upgrades. Completion is scheduled by early September. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. is the prime contractor for this project.
The first iPad arrived in the hands of users about 15 months ago and now it seems that every company that makes phones or computers is racing to get into the market that Apple created. Alternatives to the iPad include Motorola's Xoom, RIM's PlayBook, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. So what is the future of the personal computer as we seem to be moving away from the standard keyboard and mouse computer into the world of touch screens? Will tablets stick around and replace the computer? Is this the beginning of an era?
By the end of 2011, the industry expects 55-58 million units to be in the hands of consumers. Users love the iPad since it is such a natural way to interact with electronics. Future generations will probably head more into speech recognition since that is also an natural way to interact. There is almost a zero learning curve for the iPad. Grandma can be up and running in minutes. Kids interact as if they were using a cell phone. For those who have had zero experience with a computer, this is a breeze! Touch computing has not reached its full potential, but next-generation software promise great strides. I recently saw Steve Martin perform live and he used an iPad to read jokes to the audience. Think of the computing strides made during your lifetime. Consider what will be in the same period in the future.
Drinking coffee is good for you. Coffee drinking is bad for you. Reading glasses should be horn-rimmed. Glasses should be rimless. Solve the energy crisis with nuclear energy. Put the brakes on nuclear energy. We can't make up our minds what we want. Remember the "baby-doll look" girls loved in 1955? What about the "trapese" skirt in the shape of a triangle which came along in the early 1960s? The "sack" dress with its straight waist came along in 1957 as Marcia Kay and I were graduating from high school. Some dresses were fitted sheath dress and some were loose straight short-shift dresses. By the time I started college, the sack dress was popular. The style hung around for awhile (no pun intended) and moved into the mini-shift dress during the 1960s. Many boys from that era will remember the mini dresses; girls may have shorter memories about how they liked the dresses.
There were those of us who felt when the sack and chemise and trapeze in women's dresses first came out that women would turn them down cold. To most of us Back Home in Benton, PA, they looked like something someone would throw on if a fire broke out at 3 AM. As you will see in a minute; that view was not universally held. The dresses reminded me of the feedsacks worn out of necessity during the Great Depression. How sexy would it be to see a woman walking down the street in a feed-sack dress with a round circle on her sitting end displaying the words "Iola Mills?"
Before we get to someone else's view of sack dresses, here is mine. If Marcia Kay got up in the morning and put on a dress cut like a sack, my day would not start on the right foot. If I were to take a walk and the women I saw were dressed as though they were bags of cement, it would be depressing. If I got to the office and my secretary resembled a South Sea island belle who looked like a missionary Mother Hubbard, it would be double disarming. Boys generally felt that sack dresses should be filled with grain. They generally felt that women should wear dresses that accented the woman's figure not hide it. Women at the time generally disagreed.
Father used to talk about "gunny sacks" made from burlap. I am not actually sure what their use was, but I think it was to take grain to the Benton Roller Mills for processing. As I remember them, they resembled the millions of sand bags in use along the Morganza spillway outside New Orleans. Yes, there were gunny-sack dresses!
In April 1954, Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower wore a trapeze-line sack dress that flared from shoulder to just below the knee. The popularity of the dress climbed.
Roy M. Davis an occasional visitor to Jamison City, writes a column in the Tri-City Record, Watervliet, MI, called the "Paw Paw River Journal." In this week's column, Roy recalls his "chief accountants" sack dress. Roy recalls that Marian "had a dress that I thought was gorgeous. Called a sack dress, it was like a colorful tube. A wide-brimmed hat completed the outfit.....High fashion, and I loved her in it. We were somewhat taken aback later in the summer when we vacationed out in our favorite Pennsylvania mountains. The natives, I suspect, referred to us as flatlanders, and were somewhat scornful of our styles and customs."
Roy was of course talking about Benton. The couple stayed with their Aunt Hope Merrill in Jamison City, and went to Benton for Sunday dinner at the Hotel Moses Van Campen on the site where the present Acorn Market is located. The hotel was noted for the "delicacy on the menu" of chicken and waffles! Roy remembers that "they served a whole dinner with homemade waffles on the side. I loved them with chicken gravy, and then would finish up with a couple more smothered in maple syrup. It was no place for a coward....or a dieter!"
Roy, via his column, describes the scene in the hotel when the sack dress made its grand entrance. "Everyone dressed up for church and Sunday dinner back then. We came into the hotel lobby for dinner. Dining-room tables were set with silverware and white linen-table cloths. Marion was wearing her drop-dead stylish sack dress and wide-brimmed hat."
The dining room was filled to capacity. Roy continued, "As our names were called, and we walked in, we passed a line of people also waiting. And we heard one older gentleman--probably hard of hearing--say in a loud voice, 'Look there! That beautiful young woman--why is she wearing that awful dress?' "
Roy concluded, "Poor old guy....just hadn’t caught up with the new styles! Oh, it did bother me a little, but I soon recovered when they served the food."
June 24, the birthday of Russ Castrogiovanni, Collin Machamer and Carol Parks.
The OATS Festival will bring a few thousand visitors to the rodeo grounds June 30 through July 3. Twilight tickets will be available to local Benton residents this year for $12 for Friday and Saturday from 7 PM to close of the show. The twilight tickets will be available at First Columbia Bank on Market Street, The Bakery Antiques Store, The Benton Antiques Store and at the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center. Patrons should pick up the ticket from these local venues and pay at the gate upon arrival.
Expect that the area will see a number of visitors from the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area following a Washington Post article " Escapes: Falling for a nature trail through Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park." The article described the popular park as "one of the most spectacular hiking routes in the East, "pretty much where the urban East ends and nowhere begins." The article by a New Jersey food and travel writer, described the area as "a place where those who want nothing more than a walk in the wilderness and a warm bed afterward can have an experience they’ll remember for a very long time." The article was extremely positive about the Ricketts Glen Hotel, the Mattress & Muffin Inn, Trail's End Restaurant and Smokehouse Bar-B-Que.
BauerFinancial, Inc. recently gave a high ranking to First Columbia Bank & Trust for its "strength and performance." The 5-Star Superior rating has been achieved for the last nine consecutive quarters.Several have asked what to use as a free anti-virus program. If you want to use what others use, know that Microsoft Security Essentials has been downloaded 30 million times and is ranked as one of the most widely-used, free antivirus programs for Windows. Microsoft Security Essentials is particularly strong in uncovering malware. The second most popular is Avira Antivir Personal, followed by AVAST! Free antivirus. Is there a better anti-virus program out there that you can buy? Yep! Somewhere.
After visiting family in Gresham, Oregon, several times, Bob and Jackie Parks have purchased a condo there. They love living on Parks Road in their now 10-year-old home, but Rapid Robert is getting a little older and would like to have the pleasure of not mowing the grass, shoveling the snow or other maintenance work. His handyman days are about over. Jackie also wants to be closer to her family in Gresham where she can enjoy teaching her daughter and granddaughter quilt making and where they can travel around Oregon and Washington, two very scenic states. They have put their home on the market and are awaiting its sale. Interested in the house? Go here.
Buster and Chloe recommend that dog lovers watch a video on a remarkable dog by the name of Skidboot by going here. If you aren't into dogs, you might prefer watching a "smoking card" trick by placing the URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCm4r0F0tts&feature=player_embedded into your browser.
Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) expects full production in Japan to resume by September, two months earlier than originally predicted. Advocates of "Buy American" know that the dollar has slid from over 90 yen a year ago to about 80 yen now, making all Japanese exports increasingly expensive. For every yen of appreciation, Toyota would need to raise the price of its autos in the United States by 1.25% to maintain the same profit, not a very appealing alternative in this challenging economy. Toyota builds 40% of its vehicles in Japan, compared to 28% for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (NSANY) and 27% for Honda Motor Co. Ltd (HMC).
The AARP 8 hour driving course on June 27 is under subscribed. It is an 8 Hour AARP Driver Safety Program, sponsored by the Benton Women’s Club on Monday, June 27, from 9 AM to 5 PM at Christ the King R.C. Church on Mendenhall Road off Main Street in Benton. Call Barbara King, 925-6242, for information and reservations.
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Cleaver was honored at a retirement ceremony at the Keystone Conference Center at Fort Indiantown Gap on June 12. The ceremony marked Colonel Cleaver's retirement after 28 years of service in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and United States Air Force. Cleaver has served as Public Affairs Officer at the Joint Force HQ since 1990. Major General Wesley Craig, Pennsylvania's Adjutant General, praised Lt Col Cleaver's dedicated service in dealing with numerous sensitive public affairs challenges over the years and was presented the Meritorious Service Medal as well as awards marking his service during his recent deployment to Afghanistan. Lt Col Cleaver mentioned his deployment to Afghanistan and the deployment to provide public affairs support in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Mother Joann Walk is very proud.
The Rule of Capture, as applied to natural gas in Pennsylvania and in many other states followed English Common Law, and holds that the first person to capture a natural resource owns that resource. It helps to determine the ownership of natural resources including natural gas, oil and even groundwater. Gas drillers can drill adjacent to land that has not been leased and take that gas without compensating the owner, but are not permitted to lay pipe under land where mineral rights have not been leased.
There are many questions about the fracking of the Martin gas well adjacent to the St. Gabriel's church. Here are a few videos in the public domain that will help to explain fracking. Some of the videos are now out-of-date in some respects and some don't directly relate to the current fracking operation. They are provided for information only. YouTube videos may not open when you double click them; cut and paste the URL into your browser.
Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing: www.youtube.com/watch?v= O0kmskvJFt0& NR =1
Quote of the Day:If parts ain't flying, you ain't trying.--Doug Pennington
Today's Blast from the Past comes from Arthur Godfrey. Go here to see how commercials came together in 1957.She and her husband, George D. Heintzelman, celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in January. Surviving in addition to her husband, are her daughter, Carol E. Bogert (Wayne), Stillwater; grandchildren Leland Bogert, Sr. (Kristen); Janell McCracken (Douglas W.); Brandy and Brittany Bogert; and great grandchildren Leland Bogert, Jr., Joshua Bogert and Renee Howell. Also surviving are numerous brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 AM with viewing preceding at the McMichael Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Columbus Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. For online condolences, please visit www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com
Pierce Ashelman, a decorated veteran of World War II from Benton who distinguished himself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service and now resides in Greenwood, was the featured speaker Monday at the June meeting of the History Buffs at the Brass Pelican Restaurant, Elk Grove. His talk was about "92 years of fabulous experiences" as a Pennsylvania farmer including the time served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Picture of Pierce Ashelman courtesy of Richard ShoemakerCorn was an important crop on the farm. Three teams of horses each pulled one twelve-inch bottom plow. When Ralston and Pierce first considered buying a corn picker, Pierce's father looked everything over, then announced, "Boys, it won't work" and said that the farm would continue to hand-pick the corn and load a wagon of corn in the morning and one in the afternoon. When they finally yielded to technology and bought a corn picker, Ralston thoughtfully said "Well, it does pick them little ears, don't it."Life on the farm came to an end in 1942 when Pierce was drafted. He headed to Indiantown Gap and then on to Ft. Knox for basic training. He was assigned the job of driving for officers, then migrated into "driving tanks." He served in the First Armored Division during the African Campaign. He began testing tanks 8 hours a day on a testing schedule that ran 24 hours a day. He was deployed to Africa where it was "dirty and hot." He said "you don't know how hot it can get until you go to Africa." Cpl. Ashelman was assigned to a tank outfit that was the first to get the M10 3" guns, shooting 90mm projectiles compared to the Germans 88mm guns. The guns were mounted on open-topped turrets and fired armor piercing M79 shot that could penetrate 3 inches of armor at 1,000 yards.During 550 days of fighting, he drove his 65,000 pound M10 tank with straight shift--its governor set for a maximum of 30 miles per hour-- for the 776th Tank Destroyer Battalion of the 7th Army in the Battle of Kasserinv Valley during the Tunisian Campaign, Salerno in south-western Italy, the Battle of Monte Cassino, through Rome, Sarrebourg, Weisslinger, Mannheim and Ulm. One tank in his group knocked out six of Rummel's tanks and "two 88s in '43." Read more about the M10 tank here. His list of medals is impressive, and included (but was not limited to) five Bronze Stars, the Silver Star and the Victory Medal.During his wartime service, he got malaria, ran for shelter while German planes flew so low he could see the bomb-bay doors open above his head, forged rivers, fought his way through Germany, had the tracks of his tank blown out from under him, but never experienced so much as a scratch on his body. The Army worked Pierce so hard that often he didn't have water for several days at a time and his main food was sea rations--stew, hash and beans. "At least," he recalled, "we always knew what we would have to eat: stew for breakfast, hash for lunch and beans for supper."His link through the censored world of Army communications to the "folks back home" was with with Annabelle Edwards and with his mother. Every letter Pierce wrote was heavily censored. So his mother began asking Pierce questions, which he would then answer in his next letter. A typical question might be "Are you serving in the front of the battalion? If you are, when you write back ask me what is new in the front of the house. If you are serving in the back of the battalion, ask me what is new in the back of the house. "The method worked, was refined and an elaborate communication system developed--slow, but effective.Annabelle Edwards was a Lightstreet girl who lived on Fowlersville Road. Pierce met Annabelle before the war. She was also a friend of Charles Smith and Dayne Kline. They were all participants in what was known as "Columbia County Extension." One day, Pierce recalled, tears suddenly welling up in his eyes, he received a letter from Annabelle. He replied. Her next letter was signed "with love." He pondered the words for some time, then wrote back a short letter and simply asked "Did you mean that?" She did and a long-distance romance began to blossom. There were no furloughs to be had during the war years. Pierce had come home for ten days immediately after basic training, then did not return Back Home to Benton, PA, until the end of the war. Pierce carefully guarded the $40 a month he received from the Army and sent home every penny he could.Pierce and Annabelle married after the war and moved in 1951 from Benton to the Greenwood Valley. They had "two wonderful children--Peggy J. Morris, Millville, and Harry E. Ashelman, Orangeville--three grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren. Annabelle died at the age of 81 in April 2005 and is buried in St. James Cemetery.Longevity is a blessing for Pierce. He has had five major operations, wears two hearing aids, lost his gall bladder and his appendix and one finger, "both eyes have new lenses," is unable to stand erectly and he uses two canes "as a wheel chair."Tears welled up in his eyes again as he closed his talk by telling of eating "at the Pelican" one Sunday. He entered the restaurant and hung up his cap which was inscribed with the words "World War II." A young man "about 18" walked up to Pierce, extended his hand and said "Thank you. You make me feel real proud." Pierce forced his hand down hard on the podium and said "War is hell--and it is hell!" Slowing, Pierce asked the assembled full house to always thank a veteran. The audience responded with their thanks by giving Pierce the longest session of applause I have personally ever heard a speaker receive at the History Buffs meeting.
Monday and Tuesday, June 20 & 21, 2011. Expect the mid-80s through Thursday, with the possibility of thundershowers each afternoon.June 20, the birthday of Carol Ginger Seigfried, Deborah Brewington, Kris Stewart Antos, Gerri Newhart, Ed Vandergrift and Ann Sutliff Ganshaw. It is the wedding anniversary of John and Jessica Geffken. Pierce Ashelman will reflect on his memories of "A Benton Township Farm Boy" when the "History Buffs" meet at the Brass Pelican Restaurant for breakfast and presentations this morning. Breakfast is on the table by 8 and the program begins about 9 AM. The program is free and open to the public. The Benton Area School District school-board meeting is tonight in the Middle/Senior High School cafeteria at 6:30 PMJune 21, the birthday of Joseph Robert Pascale, Bernard Shultz, Don Miller, Sheila Thompson, Wes Phillips, Jim Remley, Helen Steinruck and Max Hartman. It is the wedding anniversary of Jeff and Sandra Kelsey and Fred and Florence DePoe. Today is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. It is the first full day of summer in the northern hemisphere. Entrance fees are free today at Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton. Jeff and Jodi Andrysick, Pulteney, New York, will lead a discussion about natural-gas drilling on Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM in Faxon Kenmar Community Center Gymnasium, 1301 Clayton Avenue (corner Clayton Ave & Sheridan Street), Williamsport. Jeff attended Millville High School. He and Jodi graduated from Bloomsburg State College, Jeff in geology and Jodi in chemistry. The farmers turned filmmakers produced the movie All Fracked Up and ended up classified as eco-terrorists by PA Homeland Security. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Speakers include Weston Wilson, the EPA whistle-blower featured in Josh Fox's film Gasland; Tara Meixsell: Colorado author of Collateral Damage dealing with her years of gas-industry resistance; and Rick Roles, a Colorado cowboy who appeared in Gasland and Split Estate. The plant a row for the Benton Food Bank begins its third season Tuesday. Fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers and eggs are welcome. Please drop off donations at the rear of the Community Center after 8 AM.Many readers will remember hearing about the storm 39 years ago that blew across the Florida Panhandle and began moving up the Atlantic Coast. The storm grew in intensity during a six-day period June 20 to June 25, 1972, causing approximately $3.1 billion in damage in 12 states and producing the most devastating floods ever encountered in Pennsylvania, the hardest hit of five Middle Atlantic states. The history books of the day recorded Hurricane Agnes as the worst disaster yet experienced--at least 117 died from Georgia to New York. A cold front stalled on June 21, 1972, along the Ohio and Pennsylvania border. As Agnes moved into North Carolina, its counterclockwise circulation sent increasing amounts of moisture inland. Intense rain fell over the state.Didja ever think that money can't buy happiness,
but it sure makes misery easier to live with?You can all have a little inspiration and a cup of coffee on me this morning by going here.Didja hear about the man who walked into a computer store and told the clerk that he was looking for a mystery adventure game with lots of graphics, something really challenging. The clerk looked at the man and asked, "Have you tried Windows 7?"Bradford County doesn't seem to worry about gas drilling. North Towanda Township supervisors will vote Tuesday on a proposed amendment to the township's zoning ordinance which would permit many types of businesses, including gas-related businesses, to convert all of the township's Agricultural District to a new zoning district called Agricultural Business. If adopted, with a permit from a zoning officer, permitted use would be general retail, company headquarters with outside storage, and a truck or motor-freight terminal.
Didja ever notice that the business of gas drilling is filled with misleading assertions? What the U.S. Energy Information Administration tells us about gas production is awfully optimistic. We look at the problems that would have to be solved before natural gas can be used for much more than fuel for heating buildings and for industrial-process heat. Frankly, we don't expect in the next ten years to see a whole lot of progress on cars powered by natural gas or on long-haul trucks powered by natural gas. While many will disagree, we frankly don't see natural gas displacing much oil. We see natural gas continuing along the path of its current uses.
We are told that the United States has "X" number of years of gas production assuming normal economic growth but not adding in new uses for natural gas. Estimates of domestic natural-gas supply could start to head downward within 35 years. And if production increases and if domestic gas supplies are actually less than projected, what happens after that? It appears that shale gas will be plentiful for the rest of most reader's lifetime, but isn't something that solves our problems forever.
While the flow from a gas well is high in year one, it can decline greatly during the second year. After that, flow declines at low levels. In order for overall production to increase, new wells have to come on-line quickly. We suspect that well drilling isn't going to get cheaper. Expect constrains in the industry of both lack of capital and skilled labor. Expect that concerns over the environment will result in new and more stringent regulations--resulting in higher costs and slower development. We all demand that drinking water aquifers and rivers are environmentally protected. We don't want fluids seeping from the wellbore into our drinking water either now or years from now.
Natural gas is usually considered cleaner to burn than coal--but is measured with gas from conventional "liquid-rich play" reservoirs rather than from gas that comes from the Marcellus in this part of the Commonwealth. Gas that comes through the fracturing process finds methane escaping at the beginning of a well's life. What we can take to the bank as fact is that natural gas is less polluting to burn at the burner tip than other fossil fuels. That is an important fact. But as to the claims of abundance, low price, and low-carbon footprint, we'll see later how shale gas will play in future energy.
Want to catch up on Marcellus activity in Pennsylvania? You might head to the webinars at Penn State, where topics such as ambient air sampling, trends in leases, gas taxes, legislation on Marcellus, the geology and technology of the Marcellus and other topics are discussed. Head here for much more.
Didja ever think of the value of walking? Walking can add years to your life and enable you to spend many additional months in a nursing home shelling out large amounts of money each month.
We all like old-time music. There is a festival on July 31 that you might like. The Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival includes workshops that include introduction to old-time music, flatfoot dance, claw hammer banjo, advancing banjo, singing with guitar and banjo, "fiddle from scratch," beginning and intermediate fiddle, beginning cross-tuning and beginning and intermediate lessons on banjo, fiddle, upright bass, autoharp, backup singing, lap dulcimer, mandolin and hammered dulcimers. You can learn how to fit in with traditional old-time jams. You can jam without participating in workshops or attending the concert. Call Meadowood Music at 610 916-1285 for ticket information. The festival takes place at Maier's Grove, Grove Road, Blandon, PA 19510.Parishioners at the Benton Christian Church are enjoying their summer. They have Rev. Dr. David Mansfield as their pastor and that is a blessing. Sunday, June 20, was a treat as the Feola family--Joe, Loraine and Grace--provided musical entertainment, much of it from their new CD, "Raven Creek, Live." (The CD is available, by the way, for $15 by calling Lorraine at 925-5201 or emailing jlgfeoATfrontier.com ) The temperature is cool in the church thanks to three new 36,000 BTU Fugitsu ductless heater and air conditioning units.
June 18 and 19, 2011. Expect a generally nice weekend. Humidity returns Monday with very warm temperatures by Tuesday.
June 18, the birthday of Shirley Lockard, Diane Hubler and musician and songwriter Paul McCartney. It is the wedding anniversary of Michelle and Allen Turner and Dale and Esther McMichael Franklin.
June 19, It is the birthday of Curt Stauffer, Nicole Karr, Joe Stackhouse, Judy Paul, Sherry Jones and Ricky D. Karns. It is the wedding anniversary of Debby and Charles Ross, the day in 1862 when the U.S. Congress outlawed slavery in all United States territories. It is the third Sunday in June and time for Father's Day .
It's nice that fathers spend more times with their kids
than they did 40 years ago. Didja also notice that Arnold Schwarzenegger
spends time with twice as many kids as he did three weeks ago?
Sonestown will be all "gussied up" for its current favorite son--Aaron Kelly, a local favorite during season 9 of American Idol. Saturday morning at 10, Sullivan County officials will erect a sign to let by-passers know that it is the hometown of Kelly. The Pocono Mountains Bluegrass Festival, a family-oriented festival for the past 14 years, is ongoing at Greene Dreher Sterling Fairgrounds, Newfoundland. Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival is at Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Fork. Festival information can be found at www.smokedcountryjam.com, or by calling 570 753-8878. Annie Get Your Gun is being performed at the Community Theatre League, Williamsport. 570 327-1777, www.ctlnet.org. The Nanticoke Music Fest takes place today on Patriot's Square,in the center of Nanticoke. Many will head tonight from 4 to 7 PM to the Waller Memorial Hall to eat. Riverfest is a favorite. Canoe the Susquehanna, explore the natural riverside trails on guided hikes, enjoy children's activities and games to learn more about the Susquehanna River's wildlife, history and much more. Boat launch in Nesbitt Park, Wilkes-Barre. www.rivercommon.org
June 18 is the day for the Butterfly Count at 8:30 AM at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center. You can ride the Fun Fest Express from the Berwick Test Track Park to Lime Ridge and back again. Times for the excursion are 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM and 5:30 PM. The Williamsport Soap Box Derby is on Saturday in Brandon Park to Little League Blvd., Williamsport. www.williamsportsbd.com . Details on the Upcoming Events page of the Benton News.
The idea of Father's Day came to Mrs. John Dodd as she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Her father raised his children alone on his Washington farm after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Mrs. Dodd proposed to local authorities that they celebrate a "father's day" on June 5, her father's birthday. The idea was liked, but the ministers of Spokane needed extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers. The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and soon spread to other towns. Father's Day didn't become a permanent national holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June.The national heat waved passed during the past week and the Henry Hub price for natural gas decreased 31 cents per million Btu (MMBtu) for the week (6.4 percent) to close at $4.52 per MMBtu on June 15 while working natural gas in storage last week rose to 2,256 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of Friday, June 10, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report (WNGSR).A cell tower is being considered for the area in the general area of Route 118 and 239 in Jackson Township on land owned by Richard and Tina Wood at 74 Keller Hollow Road. A conditional approval hearing will be June 28 at 7 at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The proposed 195-foot tower would be constructed by Summit Tower. This company has constructed a number of other towers in the area, then leased communication space, primarily to Verizon.
The "Great Race" went through Benton Wednesday with about 25 beautiful old cars participating. The race began in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on June 11. The cars spend the night Tuesday in Hershey, stopped for lunch Wednesday in Hazleton and spent the night in Binghamton, New York. The race ended in Bennington, Vermont, Friday, June 17.
A gazebo proudly graces the grounds of The Center, thanks in part to members of the "Sit n Fit class" who contributed $1,750 dollars to the gazebo without even being asked. Rev. David Diehl said a prayer and blessed the gazebo Friday. Rick Iddings donated all the material and labor to construct the site. A handicapped-accessible walk will be built in July, then the Job Corp brick shop will lay the "Memory Walk" bricks on July 18. Applications are available at the Center for the bricks. They are $50 per brick, but if one buys two or more, 20% will be deducted from the total bill. For the July 18 laying, the orders have to be in by July 1. There will be another laying in September. The trail will be 36" wide with room on each side for landscaping. The landscape committee will plant flowers and shrubs and grass around the gazebo and alongside the "Memory Brick Walk."
The gazebo proudly rests adjacent to the bank of Fishing Creek beside The Center.
Some of the members of the "Sit 'n Fit" group relaxing at the gazebo Friday morning after class. This is only a small portion of the generous people who participated in the placement of the gazebo. Chuck and Kay Chapman, not shown, moved the project to fruition.
Pictures courtesy of Richard Shoemaker
Nancy Spencer needs help with a postcard which was identified as Hillsgrove. Nancy does not think the town shown is Hillsgrove. The postcard was postmarked September 10, 1909, in Millville and addressed to a gentleman in Hillsgrove. Can a reader help to correct name of the town shown?
You have a chance tonight and Saturday night to see "Annie Get Your Gun" at the Community Theatre League, Williamsport. There is a pig roast today from 4:30-7 at Patterson Grove Campground, 1128 Bethel Hill Road, Shickshinny. The Nanticoke Music Fest runs today and Saturday with two bandstands on Patriot's Square in the center of Nanticoke. Tonya Sagar will speak on "Saving Your Surplus: Food Preservation Techniques" from 5-6:30 at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center. You can canoe the Susquehanna through the 19th and learn more about the Susquehanna River's wildlife and history by heading for the boat launch in Nesbitt Park, Wilkes-Barre. More at www.rivercommon.org .
Plant a row for the Benton Food Bank begins its third season Tuesday, June 21. Fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers and eggs are welcome. Please drop off donations at the rear of the Community Center after 8 AM. The program has been successful thanks to all the great and generous gardeners in the Benton area, from children offering sandwich bags of beans that they grew themselves, to heirloom vegetable growers, to farmers bringing boxes and buckets of corn and cucumbers and pears, to food-bank recipients bringing homegrown produce. All contributions large or small are very much appreciated. Thank you in advance for your support of this important program at a time when the Food Bank is serving more families than ever before.
The Benton Area School District, an equal-opportunity employer, is accepting applications for Business Office Manager from those with five-years experience in school finance or business-office operations. The applicant must have experience with payroll and health-care benefits. The school district is also looking for a library aide/central-supply clerk, someone with computer experience, capable of multi-tasking and with exceptional organizational skills. Send letter of application, current Acts 34, 51 and 114 clearances and three letters of recommendation for these full-time support staff positions with benefits to Penny Lenig-Zerby, Superintendent, Benton Area School District, 600 Green Acres Road, Benton, PA 17814. The deadline is July 1, 2011.
Jenny Albertson has a "cute little beagle/blue tick that has been hanging around her house in the area of Buck Road and Lower Raven Creek road for a week or more. Call 925-6807 if you have a clue as to its owner.
A favorite pastime of mine when I had time for pastimes was to sit on the shoreline of a pond or lake and dream of the fish that swam just below the water surface. I would sit by the hour and watch bubbles float to the surface and wonder if a turtle or a fish was below the breaking water. Little did I know that was lurking beneath the water was often methane, which I now realize is a component of natural gas. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas as illustrated in a YouTube video, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wofv9o0j1Ew (Some will only be able to watch this video by cutting and pasting the URL into your browser).
Methane has contaminated water from five water wells near a XTO Energy natural-gas drill site near Lairdsville in Moreland and Franklin townships with gas finding its way into Little Muncy Creek. XTO Energy is a division of ExxonMobil. The Department of Environmental Protection has not yet determined the source of the gas or indicated that the methane has disturbed the creek's aquatic life. XTO has voluntarily halted drilling operations in the county. The Associated Press and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette can provide up-to-date information.
Fracking began at 7 AM Thursday at the Martin Well adjacent to Route 487 near St. Gabriel's Church. The sound of powerful diesel engines drowned out conversation in the immediate area. Trucks circled the well opening as wagons circled early settlers during the onslaught of Indians. Tanker trucks filled with sand traveled north all day through the borough of Benton, and every one I saw politely kept its speed to the posted speed limits in Benton. One truck stopped for a pedestrian as he crossed Main Street at the posted walkway at Main and Market Streets--something that the vast majority of automobile drivers do not do, including local residents.
Three water trucks ferried back and forth to Upper Raven Creek Road via "The Gabe" gathering the 99,000 gallons that can be removed daily from the Inez Moss property during the hours of 7 AM to 7 PM. Tanker trucks made short work of dumping loads of water, then headed North in a continuing round trip to Tunkhannock to get more water from the Susquehanna River. Sand mixing with water for its long-distance journey into the depth of the earth dumped a fine mist of pure white sand over the otherwise sparkling clean red, white and blue trucks and water-containment vehicles.
You can see some of Thursday's activities at the Martin well by going to the slide show here. Pictures can be printed, copied or downloaded by going here.There are many who are in favor of drilling and many who look on the process as the incarnation of evil. The fact is that the Martin well will be the turning point for the upper Fishingcreek Valley. If this well is successful, Williams will seek approval to drill five or six more wells in the same location and will frack those wells at a later time. If successful and additional drilling is required, a water line will be laid from Upper Raven Creek road to the pipeline, then down the steep incline to the drill pad.
The local bluegrass group known as "Raven Creek" has a new CD out. The title is "Raven Creek Live at the Jerseytown Tavern." The CD has a lot of gospel, some old favorites and some classic bluegrass. The CD starts out with "Amazing Grace, appropriate because Grace Feola performs with her parents, Joe and Loraine Feola. We intended to tell you about "Raven Creek" and the talented performers on the CD and the help of Rev. Al Lumpkin in putting it together, but things didn't go well yesterday and my trusty desktop computer took a dive and I wasn't feeling well enough to nurse it back to health. My notes are on that computer. Perhaps in a few days... When I tell you that story, I'll also tell you about "Stained Grass Window" cutting a new CD and who is in that group.
We are getting close to the start of the O.A.T.S. Bluegrass Festival . The show opens June 30 and runs to July 3 at the Benton Rodeo Grounds, Mendenhall Lane, Benton. Bands start kicking bluegrass Thursday as the Manatawny Creek Ramblers and the Greenwood Valley Boys will play at 3 and 4 PM. For those who have a four-day ticket, the picnic takes place at 4 PM, following by the "Manatawny Creek Ramblers" at 5:30, Folk Spirits at 6:30, Travers Chandler and Avery County at 7:30; Stained Grass Window at 8:30; Summer Reign at 9:30; and Travers Cahndler and Avery County closing the show for the evening at 10:30.For those who buy a full weekend ticket, the festival throws in rough camping and an opportunity to "shake and howdy" over the Independence Day weekend among bluegrass friends. O.A.T.S. is a family-oriented event with children's' activities all weekend, an extensive performer lineup on the main stage and a "Roots and Branches" stage where on Friday "Gogmaw," "Doerfels" and "Wissahickon Chicken Shack" will perform. Go here to have a look at the schedule.
June 16, 2011, the birthday of Nicholas Wisniewski, Joelle McDonald, Mike Ender Kass, Nancy Joan Hess, Cora Sacks, Nicole Anjanette Hummel LaPoint and Melanie Gordon. It is the anniversary of Ed and Alice Allegar and Scott and Karen Edwards.
Times have changed from June 16, 1979, when Scott and Karen were married! President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel had signed a peace agreement, and President Carter had declared that "Peace has come." The Pittsburgh Steelers were the top dogs, beating the Cowboys in the Super Bowl. Chrysler was on its way to losing more than $207 million in the second quarter. Presidential brother Billy was cleared of bad business dealings obtained through Burt Lance. Ronald Reagan said, "For the average American, the message is clear.Liberalism is no longer the answer. It is the problem."Expect thunderstorms this afternoon and a chance for more Friday in advance of a lovely weekend.Jeremy and Shanna Hess are proud parents of a baby boy born June 14. Blake Jesse Hess arrived to great the world at 2:34 PM. Mom and baby Blake are doing very well. Dad is glowing .The Royal Order of Raccoons and the Laporte Station is sponsoring a Charity Golf Tournament at Mill Race Golf Course today. The price to participate is $65, which includes greens fees, cart, coffee and donuts, two Mulligans and lunch and beer on the course after 10 AM. Contact Bill Black, 946-4156, or Donnie Rooker, 925-5986.
Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts was asked in 1812 to arbitrate an important matter in the new nation. You couldn't have asked a better man. Before becoming Governor of Massachusetts, Gerry had signed the Declaration of Independence, been part of the Constitutional Convention and served as a member of Congress.
Gerry was asked to determine the lines of reapportionment for the State's senatorial delegation. He drew a group of crooked lines that duplicated the route that a black snake would take through a wheat field. The squiggles coincided with the strong points of Gerry's party and were the basis for a new word--Gerrymander--which meant to abuse your power in order to enhance the election chances of your friends and yourself. Gerrymandering takes place when a political party creates a political advantage by manipulating geographic boundaries that plop people with certain ideologies together to protect the incumbents of one party.
As punishment for what he had done, Gerry was elected Vice President of the United States under James Madison a year later.
The act of showing favoritism to your political friends or of attempting to do something crooked suddenly found a place in the annals of American politics.
As an aside, Elbridge's family pronounced the "G" as in "Gary" or "Good." Most Americans tend to pronounce the drawing of squiggly lines for political purposes "Jerry mandering."
However you wish to pronounce it, politicians in the southwestern part of the Commonwealth are redrawing a congressional district in something akin to a seahorse shape and dropping a congressional seat to a total of 18. It is taking place because of a relative decline in population. The 2010 census figures showed Pennsylvania’s population rose 3.4% since 2000, but that is less than the national average. Republicans control the state House and Senate and the governor’s seat and will lead in redistricting the Commonwealth. Expect the demise of the 12th congressional district, represented by the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha, which includes all of Green County, and parts of Allegheny, Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Hearings on congressional redistricting will take place this fall. Expect a decision before primary elections.Benton resident Tonya Sagar, PPL Riverlands Naturalist, will present a program titled "Saving Your Surplus: Food Preservation Techniques, Friday afternoon, June 17, from 5-6:30 at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center. Enjoy your favorite foods year-round. The class is appropriate for any level of canning enthusiast. Even veteran canners can learn some tricks from Tonya. She’ll describe the history of canning and provide some unique recipes as well as describe other ways to save your fruits and vegetables such as fermentation, dehydration and root cellars. This program will be very interactive. For more information, call 866 832-3312 or email email@example.com."Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be."
--Harriet Beecher StoweThanks to a bout of feeling lousy, the Benton News will resume normal distribution Friday. Articles promised for today will have to slide for a day. The inconvenience is regretted.
Pictures of the activity Wednesday, June 15, at the Martin gas well are available for viewing at https://picasaweb.google.com/bentonnews/20110716#5618623745426545346 .
June 15, 2011, the birthday of Duston McElwee, Kelly Ditzel, Allen Turner III and David J. Baker. Happy anniversary to IBM, founded a hundred years ago today as the Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation. The local Red Hats meet at 2 PM at the Sub Shop. There is a full moon tonight with every indication that it will be a clear night. The Algonquin tribes knew the June full moon as a time to pick strawberries. Cinda Hartman, Berwick, is scheduled for her third hip-replacement surgery today. Ron Kelsey came through his "double-knee" replacement Tuesday. Ken Kelsey said after the operation, Ron "sounded just as normal as could be." Louise McGarigle is doing well for her 91 years as she recovers from hip surgery.The Civil Air Patrol, Hazleton Composite Squadron 203, wants to expand its membership and is recruiting adult and youth members. The patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, operates out of the Hazleton Airport. It is comprised of 16 senior members and 14 cadets. CAP provides aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. In its emergency services role, CAP is best known for search-and-rescue efforts, flying more than 85% of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force. Disaster-relief operations, humanitarian-services and participation in numerous other types of missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force are in its mission. Membership in CAP Squadron 203 is voluntary and comes with member benefits. Those interested in joining CAP as a senior member, or those who have a child 12 or older who would like to join the program should contact Captain George Kerrick at 760-2128 or visit the Civil Air Patrol website at www.gocivilairpatrol.com or the CAP Squadron 203 website at www.caphazletonsqdn203.webs.com .On June 11, Brittany O'Handley and Austin Kelsey were married by a chaplin from Geisinger Hospital. Following the wedding, Best Man Matthew Slonaker gently took Brittany's hand and placed it on the table. He then took Austin's hand and placed it carefully on top of Brittany's hand. He then announced to the wedding guests that this was the last time that he expected Austin would ever get "the upper hand." The excited couple are now in Jamaica on their honeymoon.Fairmount Fire and Ambulance Association holds all you can eat breakfasts and dinners each month from April until October at the fire hall, State Route 118, near Rickett's Glen State Park. A ham dinner will be held starting at 4 PM June 18. The meal is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free. Take outs are available. Call the fire hall at 477-3691 for more information.
There is a medieval re-enactment group that meets on the third Saturday of every month. The next meeting is June 18 at 2 PM at the Bloomsburg Town Park bandshell. Call 854-6050 for more information.
If you are interested in participating in the "Plant a Row" project for the Local Food Bank, please call Dottie Winter, 925-2501
Congratulations to Tina Wood, since March 2010 the Assistant Branch Manager at the Vice President level of the First Columbia Bank, Benton. Tina was a dedicated customer-service representative of First Columbia Bank for a number of years before and after the merger. Her winning smile makes banking in Benton a pleasure.
A house representing Bailey Park is completed in the village of Central, and construction is ongoing on Distillery Hill Road in the 55-plus community. The homes offer floor plans you grow into, not out of. There are two- and three-bedroom plans with two full tiled baths available and nearly 1,300 square feet of open-living space. Homes get a choice of one- and two-car garages, covered porches, cathedral ceilings and green amenities such as geothermal heating and cooling systems, Energy Star Appliances and Pella windows and doors. Each home will be handicap accessible. You can tour the show home and lots by calling 925-2077. The web site, www.baileypark55.com , provides information about more than $20,000 in tax credits, upgrades and discounts.
Fishing Creek Players will hold an actors' workshop this summer. This workshop will be aimed not only toward those wanting to have a role onstage, but will help with public speaking, abolish stage fright, develop confidence in working with a team, as well as increase skills for holding the attention of an audience and using stage presence in front of a crowd. The Acting Workshop will start on Wednesday, June 29, and meet every Wednesday at 7 PM through August 3 at The Center. The cost to Center members is $40; $60 for non members. It is open to anyone ages 14 to 100--older and younger applicants should talk with M.R. Daniels at 925-2080 for more information.
Max and Loraine (Fritz) Hartman are in the area from their North Carolina home visiting for a week. Max attended his 55th Millville High School Class Reunion, but lamented that a number of his classmates were getting up in age. He said that some were so old they didn't even recognize him.
Forecasting the weather is right too often for us to ignore it
and wrong too often for us to rely on it.
Didja notice that everywhere we turn there seems to be some sort of disaster? On the weather front, the nation has endured heavy snow and ice storms and related high amounts of precipitation, arctic-air outbreaks and heat waves, flooding and tropical winds of tornado intensity. The word "Tsunami," not in our vocabulary a few years ago, is now a much-feared word in many parts of the world. There are record droughts and fires of massive proportions. Comatologists predict a "well above-average activity for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season." It is going to be a boozy of a year!Weather is not our only problem. The state of health of our nation is a larger national concern. There isn't an easy answer to the problems. We aren't sure just what will work to wrestle us away from our problems, although politicians always seem to have the answer in advance, but when things don't get better they point to "the other guy" as the problem. Some people favor tax cuts, many favor spending cuts, some say a smaller government is better as they point to government's past levels of achievement. Some are in favor of drilling for natural gas, others predict doom and gloom. Most favor the traditional approach--continue doing things as they have in the past.
We continue to live beyond our means. People are caught up in an economic crisis which tends to get the nation embroiled as many of us are at our level. In other parts of the world, coal, oil and natural gas are playing out and nations will soon have to rely on imported energy sources. Germany and Switzerland have decided to give up on nuclear power. As the world population continues to grow by approximately 70 million each year, supplies of food, water and electricity are becoming a global issue which in turn fuels turmoil. Although some claim that temperatures are not rising, the strain on fossil fuel and existing power stations is beginning to show.
Countries of Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh are barely able to cope with unusually high temperatures while keeping its infrastructure and factories operating. India tucks 1.2 billion people into its border and grows at a rate nearly that of China, but are on the shy side of water and coal. We will probably soon see a downward economy in southern Asia coupled with political unrest. Japan's tsunami/nuclear events have dealt a considerable economic blow which even in normal times would take many years for recovery. As fossil fuels are imported into Japan, the country certainly cannot maintain its former status as a world leader. Don't believe that? Just try to buy a Prius or get parts for a Prius from Toyota.
In Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, there are no sources of fossil fuel. These countries will eventually have a very gloomy economy. China grows at 9 or 10% a year, but its future can't be as bright as its recent past. The aquifers that supply water to 440 million people living in the north China plain are about to run dry as the country experiences its worst drought in a century. Beijing is attempting to divert water from the Yangtze in the north, a process somewhat akin to diverting the Mississippi River to New England. Assume that cash-rich Beijing may soon begin importing food, oil and minerals in such quantities that there won't be much left for the rest of us. Watch prices begin to climb because of this.
If there is a bright spot in our economy, it is here in Northeast Pennsylvania and other areas that straddle the Marcellus and the Utica shale. The fracking of the Martin well, just a few miles north of Benton, begins today and we will soon have a better understanding of the amount of natural gas we have under our area. In the meantime, head to https://picasaweb.google.com/bentonnews/20110715 to see the beehive of activity which took place Tuesday at the Martin Well.
Edward Paul Bogert, Sr. (July 2, 1968-June 14, 2011), Stillwater (Fishing Creek Township) died Tuesday at the Bloomsburg Hospital Emergency Room. He was 42. He was born at the Bloomsburg Hospital. He was a son of Ernest H. and Jean M. (Kile) Bogert, Stillwater. He attended Benton Schools and later Columbia Montour Vocational Technical School. Mr. Bogert was a milk-truck driver for many years and at the time of his death was employed by Arndt's Trucking Company.
Surviving are his parents, his wife, Kimberly (Rhone) Bogert, Benton; children Britney, Edward P., Jr., Sierra, Keith and Olivia; a grandson, Gauge; a brother, Ernest Bogert (Candy); sisters Kristina Bedient (Bill); Tara Bogert and her companion, Thomas Shoemaker. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held Friday at 2 PM with calling preceding at the McMichael Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the family to help defray expenses. For online condolences, visit www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com .
Monday and Tuesday, June 13 & 14, 2011.June 13, the birthday of Kate Arthur, Dianne Laubach, Spencer Vincent and Shirley R. McHenry. Do you know where your flag is? You'll need it tomorrow.June 14, the birthday of Amy Fornwald Crist, Ruth Ann Allegar and Donald Trump. It is the wedding anniversary of Will and Sherry Jones. It is the third anniversary of Black Bear Pottery & Fine Art, Main Street. Proprietors are Frank and Sandy Trainor. Keep Ron Kelsey, 53, and his family in your prayers today as he undergoes surgery on both knees. Louise McGarigle, Bellefonte, is having a hip replacement today in State College. Louise is 91. Mill Race Golf Course has $20 Tuesdays for a limited time. Greens fee and cart are included and there is no stipulation on time of day.June 14 is Flag Day, a day to proudly display the American flag on the outside of your house and from flag poles across the country. There are guidelines that should be followed when displaying the flag and when correctly folding the flag. You can purchase a flag that has flown over the Capitol. Here are instructions on how to order a Capitol flag .
You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
--You're a Grand Old Flag, George M. CohanQuote of the Day:You’ve got to know a lot about our past in order to know how to proceed successfully into the future.--Sarah PalinIt is a funny world. We are told that Washington was not a good general and that he won only because his opponents were nincompoops, that Paul Jones was an adventurer who never did the country any good, that Arnold was not really a traitor, that Charles Lee was quite the honorable citizen, that Paul Revere warned the British and that Betsy Ross didn't make the first flag in her home on Arch, near Third Street, in Philadelphia.The way the story was reported in an old book owned by Father, Elizabeth Griscom "Betsy" Ross was a charming young widow in Philadelphia. She was educated in a Friends (Quaker) public school where she was taught reading, writing, and received instruction in a trade--probably sewing. After finishing school, Betsy's father apprenticed her to a local upholsterer. Today we think of upholsterers primarily as sofa-restorers and such, but in colonial times they performed all manner of sewing jobs, including flag-making. It was at her job that Betsy fell in love with another apprentice, John Ross, who was the son of an Episcopal assistant rector at Christ Church.
Quakers didn't take to inter-denominational marriages. The penalty for such unions was to be "read out" of the Quaker meeting house. This meant that the guilty party would be cut off emotionally and economically from both family and meeting house. But sometimes it is hard not to fall in love with someone and so on a November night in 1773, Betsy, 21, eloped with John Ross across the Delaware River to Hugg's Tavern in New Jersey where they married. Her wedding caused an irrevocable split from her family. The couple started their own upholstery business.Betsy answered the bell one morning in June 1776 that sounded in the living quarters behind her little upholstering shop. There were three men there--obviously men of importance judging from their elaborately trimmed greatcoats and embroidered waistocoats.One of the men was her uncle, Col. George Ross. The second man was Robert Morris, rumored to be the richest man in the colonies, the Rockerfeller of the day. The real hero of the colonies was the third man, the commander of the continental army, Gen. George Washington. Betsy knew General Washington because they both worshiped at Christ Church, Philadelphia, where they occupied adjacent pews. Read more on this subject here. For an exhaustive history of the American flag during the Betsy Ross era, go here.According to the story, it was Washington who showed Mrs. Ross a rough sketch of a flag with 13 stripes. The "union," the technical name for the square in the upper corner, contained 13 white stars arranged in a circle on a blue field."Can you make a flag, Mrs. Ross," asked Gen. Washington. She with hesitation in her voice said that she didn't know, since she had never tried. The men laughed. After the men left, Betsy Ross sewed and stitched in her rocking chair.Historians have a way of letting facts get in the way of a good story. Some historians say that the adoption of the stars and stripes grew out of the grand union flag designed by Benjamin Franklin. This banner, with 13 red and white stripes, was first unfurled by Washington on January 1, 1776, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, when the American army was giving the king's army thunder in Boston. Washington first unfurled the stars and stripes during the American Revolutionary War in the battle fought at the Battle of Brandywine September 11, 1777. And what happened to John Ross? John was killed in January 1776 on militia duty when gunpowder exploded at the Philadelphia waterfront.Whatever you believe the true story of the development of the flag which we hold so dear, proudly display it Tuesday..The Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society has formed a committee dedicated to collecting and preserving the memories of local veterans of World War II. The Society is seeking participation from those who served. The primary activity of the World War II Veterans Oral History Project Committee (or the “WW2 Group,” for short) will be interviewing area veterans about their wartime experiences. Interviews will be captured on video and then archived on DVDs. The group will follow guidelines set by the Library of Congress for its ongoing Veterans History Project. Take an early look at the Veterans History Project on the Library of Congress website .
The committee is hoping to attract more members to conduct the interviews and more local vets to submit to the interviews (just talk, really). Some of the interviews will be transcribed for publication in a planned series of books. An appendix in the first volume will consist of one-page “profiles” of area vets, so if you don’t have much to say, you could at least give the group your basic info: name, rank, branch of service, theater of operations, induction date, discharge date, etc. This process is made easier by filling out a form available on the Library of Congress website (the Biographical Data Form) or available from Mark Fritz, chairman of the WW2 committee. Also required for the “profile” is a photo of the vet in uniform. For those who don’t have their photos as JPEGs, the Society will scan and return photos. The group is also seeking financial assistance to underwrite the printing/publishing costs of the overall project. The committee’s next meeting will be June 13 at 6:30 PM at the Society's headquarters on the second floor of the Bloomsburg Public Library. For more information, email markfritz10ATverizon.net.
At the present time, all death certificates recorded since 1906 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have restricted access regardless of how long ago a person died. Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records regulations require the requester to supply several pieces of information (including when and where the person died), spend $9 and wait three months to as much as eight months for each and every death certificate. A requester is also required to have a direct relationship to the deceased in order to obtain a copy of a death certificate. Often a requester doesn’t know if the person is related and needs the death certificate to find out. This is especially true when compiling family histories and trying to find the descendents of a common ancestor. The information a requester is expected to supply is quite often the very information a requester is looking for and the very reason for wanting a death certificate. Learn more by going here.Please contact your state Representative or Senator and tell him or her that you would like to see the older Pennsylvania state-death certificates be made more accessible and also available on the internet. Please pass on this information to anyone you think may be interested in making the death certificates more accessible. With your help, researchers may finally get access to a usable index for research.Pennsylvania is one of only six states that restricts access to death certificates to certain individuals, and has no publicly accessible index to the records, making searching more challenging for genealogists. CCHGS, along with many other organizations, has supported People for Better Pennsylvania Historical Records Access in its efforts with state government to make this information more open to all.
The Genealogy Vital Records Bil would allow birth records more than 100 years old and death records more than 50 years old to become open to the public. The bill passed unanimously by the Senate State Public Health and Welfare Committee on June 8. It will move to the Appropriations Committee next, and with your encouragement, hopefully move to the House and the Governor.
Learn more about the bill and follow its progress by going here . Please contact your state senator and representative to support it. Names and addresses of the legislators are shown here.
Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2011.June 11, the 162nd day of 2011 with ten days until the official beginning of summer. It is the birthday of Alanna M. Bath and Katie Knorr. It is the wedding anniversary of Paul and Joan Franklin. Today would be a good day to float from Bloomsburg's Town Park to the Danville Soccer Fields. The Pocono Raceway Festival takes place in downtown Stroudsburg . The Love 'N Care Street Fair is on in Sunbury. The village of Morris is having its annual rattlesnake hunt and festival today and Sunday. The Battle of Chamber's Ridge Civil War Encampment is on at the VFW Fairgrounds, Mifflinburg. The Waller Community Yard Sales take place today from 8 AM to 4 PM, with several new sellers this year. These and other events are listed on the Upcoming Events page, www.bentonnews.net/events1.htm . Chance of thunderstorms today.June 12, the birthday of Hobe Whitenight, Greg Kelchner, Larry Hayman and George H.W. Bush. It is the wedding anniversary of Tom and Denise Kline. It is Whitsunday or Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter, a traditional time for baptisms. Whit, a corruption of white, refers to white baptismal garments. Festivities in Europe often continue throughout the week that is known as Whitsuntide. Pentecost will be celebrated at the Wesley United Methodist Church during both the 8 and 10:30 AM worship services. Today is the running of the NASCAR Pocono 500 over the Pocono's 2.5-mile track. The Billtown Blues Festival takes place at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds, Hughesville. There is a Strawberry Festival at the Warrior Run Church, Turbotville. The Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival takes place in Wellsboro. Chance of thunderstorms today.Possibly the 15th copy of an email arrived in my inbox yesterday. The same email has been arriving for two months and always says the same thing; i.e., that this year "July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So, forward this to your friends and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui. The one who does not forward.....will be without money." Any email that tells me to forward it to everyone down to the fourth-cousin level is suspect. This one is especially so, since I don't have any cousins who know diddly about feng shui. In 2011, July does have five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays, as does any 31-day month that begins on a Friday. It happened in October 2010, will happen again in July 2011 and March 2013. Learn more here.
Didja know that natural gas futures have risen more than 17% over the last three months?Father was a firm believer that "anything that can go wrong will go wrong." His concerns were with human intervention in an otherwise orderly process. We have entered a period where an upstream natural-gas well will be hydraulic fractured--"fracked," as we usually refer to it locally--on behalf of Williams Production Appalachia LLC. Some concerned people fear doom and gloom during the fracking. Radiation has the potential to come to the surface in wastewater laced with carcinogenic chemicals, heavy salts and other contaminants. Because of the gas well's location, radioactive materials and hazardous waste have a slim possibility of ending up in Fishing Creek.During my morning coffee session yesterday, one pessimist on his third cup of coffee said that "If the fracking doesn't get us, something else will," referring to the diesel fuel spill in March 2010 in Armenia Township at Talisman's Putnam 77 Marcellus natural gas well pad. Clean-up cost from that spill was approximately $500,000, plus the DEP fine of $24,608 for the spill. Where there is heightened activity in any endeavor, the potential increases for something to go wrong.The vertical drilling at the Martin Well completed in late September-early October 2010 when about a hundred feet of the underlying Onondaga limestone was reached. The drillers entered the Marcellus at the 5,790 foot level. Subsequent horizontal drilling took place in March 2011.
More than 100 containment tanks for storing hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and solids are now at the Martin site from Adler Tank Rental. These water tanks are manifolded together to store the reclaimed fracking fluids for disposal or re-injection. Workers wearing hard hats, safety glasses and steel-toed boots are everywhere on the drill site. Facebook followers can cut and paste the URL www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1988613068569&comments into their browser for a video provided by Dean Marshall of activity Friday at the Martin drill site.
Pump units are ready to inject the water, chemicals and sand into the well bore. We'll see an increase in the number of water trucks coming from Upper Raven Creek Road to Route 487 as--according to some estimates--up to four million gallons of water will be necessary for the fracking. Assume that the driver's shifts of 12 hours on, 12 hours off, will tend to wear the drivers down. When you pass these trucks, remember that the drivers are working for a living, while you may only be out for a weekday drive. Never argue with a vehicle three times larger than yours! Expect some air pollution from the non-stop running of the diesel generators. It should be over in three to ten days.Could we "call the whole thing off," as was considered in the song from "My Fair Lady?" We have to do something! We are, after all, atop what is possibly the second largest natural gas field known. It is too late to tell the drillers to leave and do their drilling in some other state. It is unfortunate that the gas industry has downplayed what it knows about drilling hazards and anti-fracking forces have mischaracterized the risk. We have to minimize freaking over fracking. We can't be terrorized by technology. We don't want any shortcuts taken in drilling, but do want oversight in drilling procedures--whether it is neighbor looking after neighbor or the Government looking over driller's shoulders. We must take safeguards, but America needs the gas from the Marcellus Shale and therefore we will have to put up with short-term inconveniences as our country moves toward less dependence on the Middle East.Let's examine the facts. To do that, we have to use statistics gathered by others, since the whole thing is over our level of expertise. Using figures from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division to project world, regional and national population size and growth, there should be roughly nine billion people on the planet by midcentury--about two billion more than we now have. Half the world lives on less than $2.50 a day and if we could all do that we might be able to get along. But we are not accustomed to living on $2.50 a day. It is a human tendency that as we get more affluent, we consume more energy.
How much energy will we need? MIT's Daniel Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy, writes that global energy consumption in 2002 was 13.5 terawatts. By midcentury using the current U.S. rate, Nocera says we'll need 102 terawatts--seven times as much. We have zero chance of producing that much energy. If we dropped our lifestyle back a peg or two, the world would still need more terawatts of energy than we're consuming right now. If we build massive numbers of nuclear plants (a dim possibility), make everything that is green into biomass, dam up rivers to produce hydroelectric, slap a wind farm on top of all the hills--we still could not keep up with our need for energy. Coal, oil and gas are with us and with our grandchildren.
Fracking of the Martin well begins soon. Others will follow.
Alfred Wayne Hilley (October 2, 1927-June 1, 2011), New Port Richey, Florida, died Wednesday at Tampa Hospital, Tampa, Florida. He was 83. He was born in Benton. He was a son of Bruce and Leatha (Kline) Hilley and grew up in Jamison City. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948 and 1951 to 1955 on aircraft carriers and blimps. Mr. Hilley moved to New Port Richey in 1970. He was a retired construction worker.
Surviving are daughters Gloria (Larry) Sharpe, Tennessee, Lori ( Tom) Liberge, Florida, son Bruce Hilley, Florida, and seven grandchildren. He was married to Virginia Piatt who preceded him in death in 2007. Also surviving is a brother Keith (Ruth) Hilley, Punxsutawney, PA. He was preceded in death by brothers Charles (Reese), Robert (Bob) and Richard (Dick).
Services are private and under the direction of Dobies Funeral Home, New Port Richey. View guest book at www.tampabay.com/obits .
June 10, 2011, the birthday of Debbie Antanitis, Mitchell Worley, Carrie Flynn and Shirley Wodrig, along with Prince Phillip of England. Eric and Kelly Kocher and Dale and Deanna Ruckle have wedding anniversaries today. The East Berwick Firemen's Carnival is on tonight at Fifth & Central Streets, Berwick. You can eat ice cream in Millville from 4:30 at the Millville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Sullivan County Council on the Arts will present "Diamonds and Coal" at St. Francis Hall, Route. 487, Mildred tonight at 7.Today is Friday and time for a little fun, followed by serious discussions. Read the following instructions, then go here and type in the space on the left something that you want said. Watch the eyes move as you move the mouse. After you type what you want, click on "Say It." Pick a language and a country of your choice.One of the sharpest minds in the political field tells me that Tim Pawlenty has announced his run for the presidency, teaming up with Dwight Gooden, a former major-league pitcher. The duo will run as the team of Gooden Pawlenty.
Didja know that one of the women Congressman Anthony Weiner was communicating with was a porn star? When asked how it was possible to get involved with someone in such a sleazy business, the porn star said, “I don’t know.”Now we need to get serious. Get up and take a walk. A cardiologist says several new studies show prolonged sitting is linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and even early death. Learn more by going here.
The first week of June watched what seemed to be two different trading markets--“before” and “after” the Memorial Day holiday. Natural-gas prices were listless going into the holiday weekend but started to climb with the heat wave. The Henry Hub price advanced 27 cents per million Btu (MMBtu) (6.2%) for the week to close at $4.63 per MMBtu on June 1. For the week ending June 8, natural gas prices rose with moderate increases in most areas and steep increases in the Northeast. The Henry Hub spot price rose 20 cents on the week from $4.63 to $4.83 per MMBtu Wednesday.
People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. Didja know that June 14, Flag Day, is a legal holiday in Montour County? Flag Day is a nationwide observance, but generally not a public holiday.Get Ready Kids for the "Shake it up Café."
Vacation Bible School will mix up some real fun this year in its kid-friendly café full of chef's hats and aprons, pots and pans, checkered tablecloths, and chalkboard menus, as the group explores the Bible as a cookbook filled with recipes for living out God's Word. Through exciting lessons that are easy to apply to our lives today you will celebrate biblical festivals that reveal ingredients for being a follower of God. So get ready to Shake It Up at the Benton United Methodist Church June 27 to July 1 8:45 AM to noon.Didja ever wonder why it is that so few gardeners pay attention to the evergreen mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia, now alive with color in the higher elevations of our area? There are probably a thousand rhododendrons and a thousand azaleas for every mountain laurel, but it is almost impossible to see a more beautiful shrub than mountain laurel at this time of the year. The plant is not very particular about either the soil or the exposure, but it is hard to acquire at the nursery and not at all easy to transplant in nature. It is a wonderful shrub to plant on the borders of natural woods or in other wildlife situations. It does not suffer from drought.There was a time when the mountain laurel had its critics. A March 26, 1915, article in the Philadelphia Inquirer recorded when laurel was "discarded as the official State flower of Pennsylvania" with a single pen stroke of then-Governor Brumbaugh. The Guv seemed to favor the "gentle daisy," as did his predecessor. His reasoning was that the leaves of the laurel were "poisonous and that it was the official flower of Connecticut."Actually the Philadelphia Inquirer was no friend of mountain laurel. In a March 17, 1915, article the newspaper wrote "There is plenty of it in Pennsylvania, to be sure, but--well, how many of you are familiar with it? How many tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians have even a nodding acquaintance with it?" The paper was making the point that it wasn't found in fields, it wasn't cultivated, it was something that to see you had to head for rugged, hilly country. City people simply didn't know about mountain laurel. The paper summed up its argument by writing, "There is nothing popular about it, nothing typical of Pennsylvania." A Philadelphia politician had a solution. He promptly introduced a bill to make the myrtle the state flower.Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot decided what would be the official State flower in the 1930s. The General Assembly passed two bills each naming a different favorite shrub--mountain laurel and the pink azalea. Governor Pinchot chose the mountain laurel and signed the bill into law on May 5, 1933.Mountain laurel is poisonous to horses, goats, cattle, sheep, and deer, but not toxic to household pets such as dogs and cats. For more on the negative side of mountain laurel, go here.
When I lived in Arlington, Virginia, I made numerous attempts to transplant mountain laurel to the Old Dominion. Digging a plant is not easy and always resulted in root damage. I would recommend that you get balled and burlapped nursery plants. For the people in the back of the room holding up their hands, it is only a myth that one can't remove the state flower or that it is in protected status. Of course, you can't remove anything from private or public land without the permission of the landowner or land manager! There are no legal restrictions on the cultivation of mountain laurel.
Mountain Laurel blooming June 9 East of St. Gabriel's Church.
Laurel gets along in deep shade, but you'll get more flowers if you plant mountain laurel in light shade. Soil is another factor to keep in mind in growing mountain laurel. Soil should be moist but well-drained by adding peat moss, humus and sand before planting. It will take a while, but laurel will grow to 5 to 8 feet high. Soil should be on the acidic side. Don't plant too deeply; where the trunk meets the roots should be out of the ground. As with azaleas, pinching off the seed heads after blooming promotes better flowering for the next season.
To learn more about the Pennsylvania State flower, go here.
Final preparations for the beginning of the fracking of the Martin Well beside Route 487 near St. Gabriel's Church. There are more than 100 water wagons waiting for the air compressors to turn on and fracking to begin.
Thomas G. "Tom" Orzo (April 20, 1950-June 9, 2011), Third Street, Benton, died Thursday at his home following a brief illness. He was 61. Tom was born in Queens, New York. He was a son of Joseph and Mary (Bardunios) Orzo. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy. Tom was a long-time employee of Bloomsburg Mills where he was a supervisor until the plant closed. Surviving is his wife, Darla K. (Force) Orzo, with whom he celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on May 7. There are his four children: Joe W. Orzo, Cincinnati, Ohio; Petty Officer Second Class Alex J. Orzo (Michelle), currently serving in the U. S. Navy; Autumn L. Shultz (Benjamin), Berwick; Amber L. Orzo, at home. Also surviving are grandchildren: Justin, Hunter, Xander, Olivia, Connor, Peyton and Paige. A sister, Mary Ann Serio (George) lives in Sacramento, California.Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 PM at the McMichael Funeral Home with viewing preceding. A private burial will be in St. Gabriel's Cemetery, Sugarloaf Township, with full military honors accorded by a combined Veteran's group. For online condolences, visit www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com .
David F. Hardy (May 14, 1938-June 7, 2011), Benton and formerly of Skippack, died Tuesday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was 73. Mr. Hardy was born in Paradise Valley. He was a son of Lawrence and Ada (Oney) Hardy. He had been a heavy-equipment operator for Horgan Brothers, West Point, until his retirement in 2004. Surviving are his sons Granville Eickhoff and David Hardy (Lisa); his daughters Hattie Tribe (David), Roxanne Nicschke (Robert), Linda Hardy, Susan Dixon (Tony), Brenda Hardy, Jacqueline Lane (Leroy), Tammy L. Hardy and her fiancée, Charles Jeffries. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and his siblings Ted Hardy, Shirl Nace, Doris LaBar and Annabelle Cavanaugh. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary R. (Gouger) Hardy, on March 13, 2007, and by a brother, Lawrence Hardy.Services are private and under the direction of the McMichael Funeral Home. For online condolences, visit www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com .
Wednesday and Thursday, June 8 & 9, 2011. Hot and humid Wednesday, leading to strong to moderate thunderstorms through Saturday.
June 8, the birthday of Charles Ross, Becki Strouse, Becki Lazowicki, Debra Davis Wojciechowicz, Miranda Kocher and Mary Louise Buckalew.
June 9, the birthday of June Hartzell, Kasey Wise, Christopher Stephen Michael Diltz, Fran Adams, Heidi Hauber, Tara Timpanelli, and Betty Fritz Victory. It is the wedding anniversary of Harold & Miriam Johnson.
Deborah & Jonathan Hutchison are singer/songwriters and recording artists and will perform their original music at the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center Wednesday evening, June 22, at 7. There is no admission, but donations will be shared with the Community Center for its programs. Recordings of the Hutchisons' music will be available. For more information, call the Center at 925-0163. The Hutchisons are singers, songwriters and long-time musical partners who got their start as winners and headliners at the 1973 Northeastern Inter-Collegiate Folk Festival. The Hutchisons perform their original music in clubs, coffeehouses, churches, house concerts, schools and on college campuses nationwide. Their music is featured at Earth Day celebrations, peace and justice rallies, retreats, conferences, interfaith events and benefits for community groups. Along the way, they've produced five albums of original music. Ranging from folk to rock, classical to jazz, R&B to gospel, and featuring trademark vocal harmonies, these songs of hope and celebration uplift spirits and encourage listeners to join in.
Didja ever think that if we were meant to pop out of bed, we would have been born in toasters?The Benton Class of 1981 is hosting a happy hour August 19 at the Jamison City Hotel at 6 PM. Benton alumni who graduated from the late 1970s to the early 1980s are invited to attend. On August 20, the class will host a dinner at the Links at Hemlock Creek located off of the Buckhorn exit on I-80. Dinner cost is $35 per person. All 1981 graduates of Benton High School along with 1981 graduates of Vo Tech from Benton are invited. For more information, contact Karen Cotter, 784-4274.
The local Soup Kitchen is scheduled to open in September. Any group or person wishing to help with this should contact Joe Feola, 925-5201.
Anyone with extra vegetables this summer is asked to drop them off at the Community Center, the first and third Tuesdays of each month before 9 AM to share with less fortunate families. Help is also needed with the sorting and bagging of these vegetables.
This is a reminder that Vacation Bible School is June 27-July 1 at the United Methodist Church from 8:45 AM to noon.
America’s Got Talent winner Neal E. Boyd has a track of “God Bless the USA” from his debut album. Listen here.
A reader noticed that I sent an email from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and asked how the borough got its name. Camp Hill is in Cumberland County, across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. The borough has approximately 7,600 residents.
We often brag up the calendar put out by Google which goes hand-in-glove with its Gmail service. Didja know that you can add a short-range weather forecast to your calendar? It is free and you don't need to add any doohickeys or gadgets. Add your local weather forecast by logging into your Google account and open Google Calendar. Click on the gear icon at the top right of the Google Calendar page. Click “Calendar settings” and then select the General tab. Enter your zip code in the ‘Location’ section. Select "°F" in the ‘"Show weather based on my location’ section" section, then save your settings. Close Google Calendar, then reopen it to see the weather forecast. The forecast will show up in icons in the top left of each day. Hover over the icon of the weather to see temperature, or click on the weather icon to see more details including cloud cover, wind, and humidity, as well as the entire forecast in one view. This feature gives you today's weather, plus the weather for the next three days. The weather forecast will also transfer to your smart phone and iPad.
As you enter the borough of Camp Hill, there are simple historical markers with the notation "Camp Hill, Named for Adjoining Camp Ground." In small letters, hardly visible through the window of a passing car, an additional notation is made: "Founded 1756." So what did the term "Camp Hill" mean? Was it used in the sense of Patterson Grove Camp Ground, whereby the Methodist Episcopal Church had camp meetings or like the camp meetings held at Chillisquaqua Creek near Northumberland or the ones held in West Pittston or in Trucksville?
Or did the name come from the camp ground used by militiamen assigned to defend the area during the June 1863 invasion by the Confederate armies during the Civil War? You may remember that the Battle of Sporting Hill in Camp Hill was the northernmost engagement of the Gettysburg campaign.
We do know that Camp Hill had five others names. It was called "Hendricks" following the order by Thomas Penn that only Tobias Hendricks could live in the area. Hendricks lived at the present location of 24th and Market Streets, Camp Hill. When Major General Edward Braddock was defeated on the Monongahela River near Pittsburgh during the French and Indian War (Seven Year War) in 1755, Hendricks took precautions and fortified his house. He opened a tavern and called it "Fort Pleasant." Another tavern came along in 1814 at Trindle Road and "the Great Road" and "Oysters Point" became the name.
A man by the name of John Bowman bought Hendrick's business in 1796 and refurbished the wooden building into a stone building which remains to this day at 2324 Market Street. Bowman and his son were prominent enough that people began calling the area "Bowmanstown." The family opened an academy known as White Hall and after the Civil War the academy became the White Hall Soldiers' Orphan School which remained open until 1890. "White Hall" became the unofficial name for the area. One of the Bowmans became the first post master and was given the honor of naming the post office. White Hall was a post-office name in use in the Commonwealth, so Bowman suggested the name "Camp Hill" in honor of camp meetings held by the Church of God. When the people petitioned for incorporation in 1885, the name was given to the borough.
Monday and Tuesday, June 6 & 7, 2011. Temperatures today will be in the low 80s, progressing through the low 90s Thursday.June 6, the birthday of Janice Dietrich and Will Jones and the wedding anniversary of Nina and Ralph Ford.June 7, the birthday of Michele Gould Charles, Amy Kosinski Albert, Trevor Dietz, Donald Hess, Gloria Kremer and Richard Lehet. It is the 53rd wedding anniversary of Carolyn and Lynn Watson. On June 7, 1907, the Susquehanna & Tioga Turnpike was abandoned in parts of Sullivan County after being used for more than 100 years. The abandoned road was a continuation of the road up Red Rock mountain.
The first contingent for the Civilian Conservation Corps camp left Fort Meade, Maryland, on June 5, 1933. The men arrived in Benton by train on June 6, 78 years ago and were transported by "community" trucks to the site of the camp thirteen miles north of Benton. The location chosen for the camp was at that time a swamp, covered with weeds and boulders, infested with insects, adjacent to a temperamental stream. They arrived at a good time of the year. Little did they realize what the severity of the winter months would bring. The men cleared enough space to pitch tents the for the first night's stay. During the night, a heavy wind and rainstorm tore down many of their tents. First Lieutenant. L. E. Mielenz, Engineer Corps, was in charge.
Eighteen men quit the camp the first night. What a difficult night for men who probably had never been out of their home state--and yet many of these men never again returned to where they had originated. They chose to stay in the area. They married, raised their children and put down roots in the upper Fishingcreek valley. Those who eventually returned to the family homestead often took a bride from the local area with them. The men's living quarters for the entire duration of the camp were cold and damp tents with minimal flooring. Officers and employees of the camp had wooden buildings in which to sleep.
But after a rough start, Camp Morton, as it was called, grew and prospered. The camp of almost 200 men won several contests with other camps in the state. The camp got honors in 1935 as the "outstanding camp for Pennsylvania." Its work projects--six days a week, excluding Sunday--included building roads, bridges and fish dams, stream improvement, fire and truck trails and reforestation. The camp lasted 4½ years. The men were paid $30 a week for their own use, while $25 per week was sent home to the camper's family. In addition, men received room, board and clothing. Most felt that the $5 was sufficient for cigarettes, soap, razor blades and snacks and the few necessities required for survival.
Names familiar to us in the upper Fishingcreek valley were at the camp: Bender, Hess, Young, Hacker, Cole, Mika, Brown, Kile, Smith. Camp Morton was officially known as "Company 341, S-104-Pa, Benton, Pa." You won't find the boundaries of Camp Morton on maps today. It was one and seven-tenths miles from the Columbia County line at Elk Grove.
The camp remained in operation until December 12, 1937. At that time most of their work in the area was accomplished and the draft was calling many of the young men of that age into the army.
You can read more about life of the town of Emmons and the CCC Camp known as Morton by clicking on www.bentonnews.net/Features/Civilian%20Conservation%20Corps.htm .
I propose to create a Civilian Conservation Corps to be used in simple work,
not interfering with normal employment, and confining itself to forestry,
the prevention of soil erosion, flood control and similar projects.
--President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933
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Didja know that Price-Look Up (PLU) codes for fresh fruits and vegetables sold in random-weight produce departments tell you information you might want to know? PLU codes have been used by supermarkets since 1990 to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster, and more accurate. Here is an example. Fruit grown that was exposed to chemicals carry PLU codes on the sticker with four numbers. Organically grown fruit have a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 9. Genetically engineered (GM) fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 8. A banana plucked from a banana tree would have a PLU of 4011. If that banana were organically grown, it would be 94011. If that banana was genetically engineered (if for example the banana was grafted with a walnut to make it easier and quicker to make a banana split), the PLU would be 84011. And didja know that more than 8% of all processed foods we buy are genetically modified, although the countries of Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg ban them? In the US and Canada, food manufacturers are not required to label if their food is genetically modified or not. To read more about this subject, go here . Want to check the avocado you bought yesterday? Go here and enter the PLU code.
Neighboring and nearby counties, such as Lycoming, Tioga and Bradford, are receiving significant tax revenues assessed on lodging as a result of natural-gas drilling and related industries. The Tax Reform Code of 1971 imposes a hotel occupancy tax of six% of the rental fee of a room or rooms in a hotel in the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania is the fourth most visited state in the nation, and combined with additional revenue from all the gas activity in the gas-drilling areas is pulling in money in a big way. We continue to attempt to find additional local lodging facilities in anticipation of 2012--the year of natural gas exploration in a big way in Columbia County.
Didja hear about the North Carolina bank which was foreclosed on by a homeowner? Months ago, Bank of America filed a foreclosure on a home without a mortgage. The couple had bought the house for cash. In court, the couple proved they didn't owe the bank any money and never had a mortgage. The bank was ordered by the court to pay the legal fees of the homeowners for wrongfully trying to foreclose on the house. Five months later, the bank had not yet paid the legal fees and so the homeowners seized the bank's assets. Off to court they went, which gave instructions to remove everything of value from the building, including money in the drawers. The bank manager finally wrote a check covering the legal expenses to the homeowners from "outside the bank" so that he could enter the bank. Read the whole story here.
Many will remember the pinball machines in the back room of the Kozy Korner restaurant, at Yost's Restaurant and at Joe Dalto's Restaurant. The pinball machines have gone the way of the 1950s. But wait! Thousands of pinball fans attended the 2011 Northwest Pinball and Gameroom Show over the weekend in Seattle. The show featured 350 pinball and arcade games all set on free play. As someone lost once said, "What goes around, comes around." The closest pinball machine we know of is at Whispering Pines Camping Resort.
The "Bat Factory" in Stillwater, now known as Taylor Tool, will breathe a sigh of relief now that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture no longer will restrict the movement of firewood and ash materials within the state. The move was a little like the general who was losing a battle, so he simply declared victory and retreated. The ash borers, which live much of their lives beneath tree bark, didn't flinch when the state and the Federal government placed a four-year quarantine on firewood, lumber and nursery stock. The state has therefore lifted the ban on the movement of firewood and ash.
The Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association will sponsor a program on woodland management on June 12 at 1:30 PM at the Park Family Farm near Benton. The Parks have a diverse wood lot with many of the issues facing central Pennsylvania woodland owners. They have built a 10-acre deer enclosure fence and smaller fences with oak seedlings, allowing participants to see first-hand how much deer really impact the forest. Attendees will also see how old pine plantations have been managed and the results of new hardwood plantings in some of the fields. The site also has mature forests with looming questions: what can be done with the hemlock trees being attacked by woolly adelgid and with the ash trees given the impending impact of the emerald ash borer? The public is invited to come and learn about what the Parks have done so that participants can better manage their own wood lots. This free program will be held at the Park Family Farm and Forest, 2098 County Line Road, Benton. For further information and directions, contact Henry Williams at 458-0157.
June 5, the birthday of Edd Sidinger III and Kevin Little, along with Kenny G (without a period). Skyhaven Airport Fly-In Breakfast & Craft Show is Sunday from 7:30 to 1 PM at the airport located on Route 29, Tunkhannock.
On this day in 1933, the first contingent bound for the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania left Fort Meade, Maryland, and arrived in Benton by train the following day. From the train station, the men were transported by truck to the Elk Grove area, in what must have seemed like the end of the earth. A heavy wind and rainstorm tore down many of their tents during that first night under the stars. Eighteen men quit the camp the first night. The camp became known in the Civilian Conservation Corps as Camp Morton. Over the next four and a half years, the men built roads, bridges and fish dams, improved streams and built fire and truck trails, plus much more.
There is a sneak preview available of Krysten Ritter's new series on NBC, "Love Bites." The preview is on youTube so you may have to cut and paste to view. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xtfj36WwA0
Indians claimed that the finger lakes in upstate New York were formed when the Creator laid his hands on the earth to bless the land. The resemblance to fingers on a hand is actually rather accurate if viewed from space or a map. Marcia Kay and I spent Friday on one of the Finger Lakes--Keuka, a "Y-shaped" body of water with about 70 miles of shoreline and lots of bays and coves. There is a delightful little town at the southern end of the lake and another at the northern end. The Indian word for the lake meant "canoe landing." White settlers chose to call the body of water "Crooked Lake."
The name of the lake finally ended up with the Indian name. Much of the water for the lake comes from an inlet at the base of the "Y" and flows out of the lake and into Seneca Lake from a stream known as the Keuka Lake Outlet at the northeastern end of the lake. The grapes on Keuka are a popular crop, but the lake has other claims to fame. It is where Glenn Hammond Curtiss--his middle name coming from the town of Hammondsport where he was born--lived, got an eighth-grade education, worked and was buried. He first built bicycles, then moved on to motorcycles, then to engines for balloons, then to the first airplane flight in New York state. Naval aviation began here. He opened the first flying school in America in Hammondsport in 1911. Curtiss developed his biplane known as the "Jenny" in which many flyers learned to fly during World War I. Twice as many people were employed in the Hammondsport plant for Curtiss than lived in the town.
Glenn Curtiss's minister grandfather and his harness-dealer father both died when he was four. His younger sister went deaf at the age of six. He began to race bicycles and developed an uncanny sense of balance. He got married and slowly turned his bicycle business into an avocation. Alexander Graham Bell called him to work when he was still in junior high school. With Mr. Bell, he developed the moving wing part known as thee aileron, brought about tricycle landing gears and turned aeronautics into a multimillion dollar business. His innovations ranged from the Curtiss Pusher to the hydroaeroplane, the flying boat and the Curtiss Jenny. Curtiss and his inventions dominated America's early aviation.
Kay and I visited the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum which displays a great deal of early aviation, local history and the creative genius of Curtiss. Featured are early aircraft, bicycles and motorcycles, engines, boats, an early travel trailer and a large display of Americana from the early 1900s. Artifacts include antique dolls, toys, clothing, farm implements, fire engines and much more. Permanent exhibits also include displays pertaining to The Civil War, World War I and World War II. The museum is a worthwhile stop. You can see a great deal of the museum by turning to pictures we took. You can view as a slideshow, or view for printing or emailing.
Kathy Arcuri's June article is entitled It All Started With a Chicken.
"Well, seven chickens, to be exact. Here at Skymeadow Farm, we have a motley crew of seven happy healthy hens, working hard each day to deliver the best-tasting eggs. Big orange-yolked treasures appear in nesting boxes mostly, but also in various hidden stashes throughout the barn. We reward their good work with a patchy pasture of clover, timothy, an odd assortment of weeds, bugs aplenty, and daily rations of grain. But since we are the primary beneficiaries of their nutritional status, we’ve decided to create a more interesting menu and environment for the girls, and perhaps save some money on store-bought feed.
"So we’re going to plant a food forest to help them stay in tip top shape – a crazy-quilt chicken yard filled with all sorts of tasty morsels that will enrich their diets, provide comforting shade in summer, create interesting diversions for these surprisingly curious birds, and ultimately benefit their daily egg deliveries. The concept of a food forest is not new; but here in North America we tend to grow our food in neat rows and raised beds, and seed our pastures with a monotonous mono-culture. In the tropics, however, food is often grown in mixed multi-story plantings that look more like an untamed jungle than a cultivated garden. Our hens will thus be part of an experiment in alternative agriculture.
"Trees will go in first, for shade and fruit. A June-ripening serviceberry will start off the food feast. Then an everbearing mulberry will drop large sweet berries from June through August. Just when the berry crop ends, a pear tree will start bearing fruit, serving up delicious windfalls. To finish off the season, we may also include a Persian medlar tree whose fruit ripens in cool autumn weather.
"Then we’ll add some shrubs -- currants, elderberries, and guomi (a non-invasive relative of Russian olive with tasty late-summer fruit). Hackberry and Siberian pea shrub (with its nitrogen-fixing potential and edible pods) are other possibilities. And tall seed-producing flowering annuals will decorate the scene and contribute protein – sunflowers and amaranth to start. Plus one of the all-time favorite chicken foods may be trellised up the fence – ‘Sungold’ or ‘Sweet Million’ cherry tomatoes.
"Tying the food forest together, and creating a look that is not so much jungle as planned ecosystem, we’ll plant some low-growing herbs around each tree and shrub. Comfrey around the mulberry; chicory, yarrow, and borage encircling the other large plants – each providing nutritional forage, soil-building mulch, and flowers to attract lots of tasty insects and pollinators.
"Now that I have a plan in place, I just need patience for our multi-year plan to get established. Oh, and a husband willing to do some of the heavy digging."
Kathleen ArcuriNew York Congressman Anthony Weiner, a Democrat from Queens married to a glamorous Hillary Clinton aide, has been denying allegations by saying that he couldn't say "with certitude" whether the image of a man's crotch in underwear sent to a 21 year old female was in fact his. He claims that someone hacked into his Twitter account and played a “prank” on him, yet has not denied that the picture is of his weiner. Rep. Weiner had been viewed as a serious contender in the 2013 race to succeed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The score in New York state is now 1-1 following the loss of a western New York House seat formerly held by Republican Chris Lee, a married legislator who resigned after the revelation that he'd sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman.
Third-grade students from the L. R. Appleman Elementary School toured the Lightstreet Office of First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. on Tuesday, May 31, where bank employees gave them a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of a bank. Students exceeded a goal in raising money for Camp Victory by reading books. They earned a tour of the oldest bank in Bloomsburg. For their efforts, First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. treated students to a pizza party at the Bloomsburg Town Park following their tour.
thick, muscular used for grinding up food, often with the aid of gravel and rocks. That mistake only happened once.
Mother became an excellent cook. In the lifestyle of the upper Fishing Creek valley, it was never unusual for uninvited guests to show up at mealtime or for six or so farm workers to join us for lunch during the "haying" season. When we brought in the straw, we would be covered with dust, when we filled the silo we would put an aroma through the house of ensilage, on the Fourth of July we would have every known relative to picnic by Fishing Creek. The food was always spectacular. There were always requests for recipes, but few existed, unless they were hand-me-downs from friends. Mother's idea of baking was to "throw the flour to it" by simply reaching into the flour bin and pulling out the hand full that was needed to bake the cake or make the milk pie. She loved to make German food, there was ham salad in the refrigerator every day when I returned from school and there was always desert. In cold weather, there was always homemade soup. She loved to make fruit cake and a little rum always made its way into the mixture where it was encapsulated in layers of cheesecloth.
As the years rolled on, Mother became a diabetic. Her rich meals slowly evolved into ones with lots of vegetables and fruit. Spinach--always cooked, never raw--carrots, broccoli and green beans became more of a staple with meals. Fish began appearing more than red meat. The high-fat Golden Guernsey milk and the creamery butter yielded to skim and margarine. Little of what Mother did seemed to help. Her health continued to deteriorate. She loved to read scandal sheets, but had to do that behind the back of Father. When I was home, she wanted me to take her to Huntington Mills where a store had a good collection of trashy reading. She certainly needed something exciting in her life, so I took her and then walked away while she made her magazine selection largely based on the headlines. What I didn't see wouldn't hurt me.
A call from Mother jolted me. A doctor had told her that her leg would have to be amputated. In a flash, I told her to do nothing except to call another doctor for a second opinion and I would call a doctor of my choosing and get a third opinion. I drove the 200 or so miles from Arlington, Virginia, as quickly as I could.
Mother and I made the trip to the doctor of her choosing, with a trip to the doctor of my choosing planned for later in the day. The old country doctor whose name I am unable to remember thoroughly examined Mother and I waited for the worst to happen. But what happened next was very remarkable and completely unanticipated. The doctor said "you are not to have your leg amputated. I will have you walking in three weeks." He then, with the calmness and assurance of an old friend asked Mother if she would explicitly follow his directions. She said she would. And what Mother said she would do she did.
"Okay," the doctor slowly said, as if to make sure that each word sunk in. "You are going on a diet. Starting with tonight's meal I want you to eat nothing prepared with salt, white flour or with sugar. I want you to drink one glass of red wine with your lunch and one glass with your supper." The doctor carefully watched to make sure his message had sunk in. The busy doctor then dismissed us and told Mother to come back in three weeks saying "And I expect you to walk in that door!"
I was impressed with the doctor's direction and with Mother's firm resolve to keep from losing her leg. I canceled the doctor's appointment that afternoon for the third opinion.
Three weeks after her doctor's visit, she and I walked south on Main Street in Wilkes-Barre and into Percy Brown's cafeteria for something to eat, a stack of National Inquirer's tucked under her arm. While I had always loved to eat Mother's cooking, her newly acquired eating habits chased me out of the house to eat. I much preferred stopping Friday nights at Howdy Brewington's cafe for clams and a burger than eat the tasteless stuff Mother started preparing. But on balance, not having a leg was too great a loss compared with eating a meal with little taste.
Mother stuck with her diet until the day she died as she approached 90.
June 2, the birthday of Kendra Everitt, Andy Gordon, Tami Wise Collae, June Pennock Barber, Sharon Truskoloski and Sandy Kogut. It was on June 2, 1865, that the Civil War came to a formal end. Confederate Major General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, surrendered, and the last Confederate army ceased to exist. Six hundred and twenty thousand American lives had been lost. The war was over. Many readers will remember this day in 1953 as Queen Elizabeth II, 27, had her coronation broadcast on black and white television. The live coverage was relayed by telephone cable. Most will have forgotten, as we wake this morning in a sweaty mess, that Back Home in Benton, PA, the morning temperature in 2003 was 46°. We will experience that low temperature or lower again overnight.Every other dayTake a bath in water.You'll be better soonOr at least you oughter.
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Didja ever consider that going to church doesn't make you a Christian
any more than standing in a garage makes you a car?
Legislation has been reintroduced restoring Pennsylvania's motorcycle helmet law. State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation on May 23 that would reverse a 2003 law which allows motorcycle riders 21 or older to ride without helmets if they have completed a motorcycle safety course approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
This abbreviated version of the Benton News comes from north-central Pennsylvania on the shoreline of the 1,085 acre Cowanesque Lake.
Remember Shirley (Charles) Wodrig today. Shirley lost her father, Jesse C. Temple (Aug. 16, 1912-May 30, 2011), formerly of Muncy. He was 98. Shirley's mother, Della Brown Temple, and father were married 71 years.
William F. Bolles Jr. (Oct. 13, 1939-May 30, 2011) died Monday evening at his home on Main Street. He was 71. He was born in Jersey City, NJ and was a was a graduate of Snyder High School in that city. He was a son of William F. Bolles Sr. and Anna (Murphy) Bolles. Mr. Bolles was a chemical operator for Hartz Pet Products and later was an inspector for Air Flight Electronics in Hackensack, NJ. He retired in 1986. Mr. Bolles proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Christ The King Catholic Church. He and his wife, Antoinette (Bellino) Bolles, would have celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary this Sept. 23. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his children Michael Bolles, Vineland, NJ; Bridget Bowman, Saddle Brook, NJ; Patricia Young (Joseph L. Young III), Benton; Anna Anderson, Shickshinny; eight grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Butchie Bolles, who died in childhood and two sisters: Rita McAndrew and Mary Longo.
Private services will be held at the McMichael Funeral Home at the convenience of the family with military honors accorded by a combined veterans group. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family. For online condolences, visit www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com.