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Try an old ice cube tray to start seedlings. It fits nicely on a windowsill.
"Kind words can
be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
Those who cannot
remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
History never looks
like history when you are living through it.
History is the short
trudge from Adam to atom.
|March 31, 2004,
the wedding anniversary of Joe and Emma Lou Savage
and the birthday of Dottie Ann Pollock, Boca
Raton, FL. Dottie Ann shares her birthday with former Vice President Al
Gore. On this date in 1933, Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation
Corps, ultimately responsible for much of the development of roads and parks
in Sullivan and Columbia counties, thanks to the CCC camp at Emmons (near
Elk Grove). Turn to the FEATURES section for more information about this
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Countless children have ridden Radio Flyer wagons to places that
an adult's imagination would never venture. Sixteen year old Antonio Pasin
came to America after his family sold their mule in Venice, Italy, to
pay for his voyage to America. Pasin ended up in Chicago and looked for
work as a cabinet-maker but had to settle for being a water boy for a
sewer-digging crew and other jobs to save enough money to buy used wood
working equipment. From his rented one-room workshop, he made wagons by
night and sold them by day.
The Towanda School Board has a school district proposed 2004-05 school
budget of $19.2 million, with a $1.56 million funding shortfall according
to the Daily Review.
We continue now with our discussion of warrants as a way of conveying title from public domain to private individuals in early Pennsylvania but we would like first to take a quick look at Michael Schlatters Description of Pennsylvania Written at Amsterdam in June, 1751. "Pennsylvania, lying in the northern part of America, is a country of no small compass. It lies in a healthy climate; it is not merely inhabitable, but very much inhabited, not only by the ancient dwellers in the land, but also by thousands who have emigrated thither from Europe and still arrive every year. It extends toward the north to the five largest inland seas known in the world, along the course of which it is not difficult to reach the celebrated Mississippi River, down which one can sail to the Gulf of Mexico.
"Since the time when the English have taken possession of Pennsylvania, and the country has been peopled from various European nations, it has been divided into nine cantons, these called counties. The most important towns, as they have been built successively, are:
Philadelphia, consisting at present of 2,300 houses, mostly
"In the whole of Pennsylvania, according to estimation, there are 190,000 souls, in which the pagan inhabitants are not included. Of these, it is estimated 90,000 are Germans. These are scattered through all the cantons or counties; still they have more especially settled down in the counties of Philadelphia, Bucks, Lancaster, York, and Chester."
The founding of Pennsylvania, about 40,000 square miles, was confirmed to William Penn on January 5, 1681. Penn started the process of finding people to emigrate, at terms of 40 shillings per hundred acres, and "shares" of 5,000 acres for 100 pounds, one shilling per hundred acres quit rent." Masters got 50 acres free for every servant brought over; at end of service, the servant would get the same amount. Rental 1 Penny per acre not exceeding 200 acres." These generous terms induced many to set out for the new world. Penn "the Preacher, then Penn the Promoter," published "Some Account of the Province of Pennsylvania" in April, 1781, to reach potential investors and emmigrants--primarily rich Quakers--to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the book, he told what they would need to take along. "Passage will come for Masters and Mistresses at most to 6 pounds a Head, Servants 5 pounds a head, children under seven years of age 50 shillings, except they Suck, then nothing."
Land was granted by King Charles II of England in 1662 to Connecticut under the Connecticut Charter for new settlements. In 1768, the Susquehanna Company made arrangements for settling land in what is now the Wyoming Valley and eventually some of its territory extended as far south as Sunbury in what was then a much larger Northumberland County. The land was divided into five townships, each five miles square, with enough land for forty settlers and their families. These five townships eventually became Plymouth, Kingston, Hanover, Wilkes-Barre, and Pittston. When Connecticut settlers arrived in what is now known as the Wyoming Valley, some of the land was occupied by settlers claiming a warrant from the colony of Pennsylvania. King Charles II had granted charters to both Connecticut and Pennsylvania at different times for some of the same land. Both groups claimed the land, the Connecticut Charter from 1662, the Pennsylvania Charter from 1681. Fighting was inevitable in what many call the First Yankee-Pennamite War.
The Penn family discouraged "settlement and improvement" before the time of the American Revolution. Squatters didn't pay for the land, rarely paid taxes and often kept surveyors and rightful owners from the land. Following the Revolutionary War, during the period 1792-1833, settlement and improvement became a requirement to satisfy all warrants so long as the settler or someone acting on behalf of the settler lived on the land year round.
Linda Moss recalls that the Pennsylvania warrants were in 600-acre lots. The Susquehanna Company had long, rectangle lots. Until about 1789, claims were very unsettled and conflicting land grants were common in our area. The last dispute wasn't settled until 1820. Many of the hard-working Yankees from Connicutet lost their land to Penn grants because of loss of many of the deeds after the Battle of Wyoming. Linda's ancestor, Joseph Moss Sr., for example, never received a clear title to his Bloomingdale grant issued by Susquehanna County survey.
When the 13 colonies broke from England, many settlers from both the Pennsylvania and the Connecticut colonies had to abandon their homesteads because of Indian tribes threats encouraged by the English. The English used the Indians along the wilderness frontier to force the colonials to fight multiple foes. At the end of the war, settlers claiming warrants from both states moved back to their old homesteads and conflicts flared up again. Connecticut eventually gave up its claim to lands in the Commonwealth and Pennsylvania gained sole control of the land.
Wealthy merchants, speculators, politicians and military officers sometimes claimed multiple warrants under their own names and those of relatives and friends. In adjacent Sullivan County, Senator Muncy owned multiple warrants, as an example. Settlers started buying land already warranted or took out "junior" warrants on tracts where they had squatted.
It isn't the load that breaks you down. It is the way that you carry it.
"Opportunities are usually
disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them."
"Where is the justice
of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer,
and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and
pillaging the very hills?"
"Nearly all men can stand
adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
March 30, 2004
"England and America are
two countries separated by the same language."
|Tuesday, March 30, 2004.
Don't forget that Kristen Ritter is on Whoopi
The Benton United Methodist Church is having an Election Day luncheon April 27 and will combine it with a bake and a garage sale. Lunch will be served from 11 AM until 2 PM. The menu includes vegetable beef or ham and bean soup by the bowl, pint or quart, hot dogs, hot dogs with sauerkraut, ham barbeques, hot sausage sandwiches and ham salad sandwiches, broccoli salad, pie, cake, coffee, lemonade or iced tea.
1. As you plan your summer garden, do you remember, recall, or recollect last year's flowers?
2. Does a seed packet hold or contain seeds?
3. If your spade can finally penetrate the earth, can you surmise or infer that spring has arrived?
4. Is new growth every year a mystery or a puzzle to humans?
5. Do your flower beds have borders or edges?
The next in the collectible series from the Benton U. M. Church is the "Hotel Moses Van Campen." The collectible may be ordered by calling either 925-6903 or 925-2513. The collectible will be available for pick-up the day of the election from 9 AM to 6 PM at the church. The cost is $17.00 each.
PPL Corporation is asking for a 9½% increase in electricity rates for commercial businesses as part of the company's request to raise prices. Homeowners would pay 9.8% more each month, while industrial businesses would pay an extra 5.7%.
After 60 years of trying to find one location to house all their fire
equipment, Towanda Fire Department has moved all of its trucks and equipment
into the former Towanda Tire & Glass building at 3 Elm Street..
The Guv pleaded innocent to a newspaper report that said his state-owned Cadillac DeVille DHS has been clocked doing more than 100 mph a few times on the Pennsylvania Turnpike--well, if you have to get specific, it was nine times since November. His driver? A state police patrolman.
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Didja know...By 1780, the state had contributed more than $6 million to the Congress and, when the American states had reached financial exhaustion, 90 Philadelphians loaned £300,000 to supply the army?
We received an email from a reader who wanted to know what our favorite part of the local history might be. We'll respond publicly by saying that a little known aspect of the local history is the subject of "warrants." Warrants ranks up there at the top of the list of interesting things with us, mostly because nobody locally seems to admit to having a clear picture of the subject.
In Arcadia, one might expect to hear something like, "There warrant enough gas in the car to go to Naples." In the state of Pennsylvania, however, we give a different meaning to the word. To us, the term means a sales agreement from the Commonwealth to individuals, their assigns or their heirs to either purchase or claim a vacant tract of land.
William Penn founded the colony of Pennsylvania to insure religious freedom, liberal government, and inexpensive land after receiving a grant in 1681 from the king of England. Thomas Holme was the Surveyor General appointed by William Penn in 1682, and he created Holme's Map of the Province of Pennsylvania, that included the names of original purchasers dating from William Penn in 1681. See http://www.mapsofpa.com/article3.htm for more information.
Early land settlement in Pennsylvania can be grouped into periods before William Penn, although our area essentially had little settlement during that period; the proprietorship of William Penn from 1682-1732; the proprietorship of the heirs of William Penn, 1732-1776; and the period from 1776 on.
The history of our Commonwealth began with land warrants, legal documents much like our modern deeds which conveyed William Penn's domain to private owners. Penn permitted white settlers to choose an open piece of land, petition appropriate officials with a valid reason to acquire the land, get a warrant for it, have it surveyed to make sure that the acreage and legal description were correct, get the land patented, and then record it in the land office for a nominal cost per acre. Warrant boundaries are still evident along hedge rows and fence lines and roads, and represent the first cut at modern cultural divisions that date back to the American Revolution. The warrant removed land from the public domain. The rules were that one person could only take out one warrant, a process intended to help poor settlers. No dummy, Penn and his descendants took 1/10th of any new "prime" land as "Manors." In coming days we'll talk about the "Manor Lands" and other aspects of warrants.
(1) We can "remember" last season rather easily. To "recall" something suggests an effort, and to "recollect" implies even more effort to bring back what is lost.
(2) A seed packet "holds" seeds, but both "hold" and "contain" imply the presence of a substance within something. "Hold" suggests a permanent keeping function. Think of the slight difference between a can that "contains" a quart and one that "holds" a quart.
(3) You can "infer," which implies arriving at a conclusion by reasoning based on evidence. If the evidence is slight and suggests the influence of imagination or suspicion, then you'd "surmise." Loose earth is hard evidence of a change of season.
(4) The phenomenon of new life every spring is a "mystery" to humans, meaning that it cannot be fully understood by reason. A "puzzle" applies to an enigma or problem that challenges ingenuity for its solution.
(5) They have "borders" that mark its boundary line, similar to a magazine cover that has a colorful border. A flower garden may have a ground cover that acts as a border to separate garden and lawn. An "edge" is the terminal line made by two converging surfaces, as you'd have on the edge of a table.
Which direction is "yonder?"
March 29, 2004. On this day in 1973, the United States role ended in South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War. Dr. Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho signed the cease fire accord that took place at 8 AM March 30, 1973. North Vietnam agreed to release all prisoners of war. Americans felt a sense of relief rather than a sense of victory, and even President Nixon called it "peace with honor."
June Louise (Hess) Laubach, 82,
(June 16, 1921-March 28, 2004), 735 Market Street, Benton, died Sunday
at Geisinger Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Marvin and
Eva B. "Nettie" (Phillips) Hess, was born in Fishingcreek Township
and graduated from Benton High School. She had worked for Dol-Ang Manufacturing,
Benton. She is survived by daughters Connie Laubach,
Chelmsford, MA; Pam Klinger, Greenville,
NC; and Sandi Knorr, Lightstreet; and by
sons, Morris C. "Butch" Laubach,
Benton, and Dr. Ernest Laubach, Muncy. She
also has a sister, Josephine Ash, Asbury;
nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, Morris C.
Laubach, died November 2, 1987. Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM
at the Stillwater Christian Church. Funeral service will be Wednesday
morning, March 31, at 11 from the church. Interment will be at a later
date in the Benton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to the Stillwater
Christian Church Benevolence Fund, 42 Wesley St., Stillwater, PA 17878.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McMichael Funeral Home, Benton.
Some very exhausted firefighters served buckwheat cakes and sausage yesterday morning after spending half the night fighting a stubborn blaze at the Benton Flower Station Saturday night. The Fire Department served 276 people this week, up from 220 the month before. A number of townspeople even came by at 1 PM and helped clean up so the firefighters could go home and get some well-deserved rest.
Quote of the Day:
We are very pleased about a bill to battle spyware sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D) of California, Ron Wyden (D) of Oregon, and Conrad Burns (R) of Montana that has now joined a similar bill previously filed in the House by Rep. Mary Bono (R) of California. The bill seeks to ensure that users know when programs are being installed on their computers, so they can refuse them if they wish, and can easily remove installed spyware. Users do not need "Peeping Toms" in their own homes. One form of spyware that we have heard of changes the homepage of a user, then when the user tries to change it back it tries very hard to sell the user an antispyware software.
The year 1864 was one of huge turmoil. The conscription law of the previous year allowing men to buy their way out of military service backfired on President Lincoln. The president needed more soldiers, 500,000 to be exact, and that followed the previous year's request for 300,000 additional soldiers. The Confederacy was also hurting for soldiers and announced in February that they would start drafting men between the ages of 17 and 50.
Three years of war, ever-increasing casualties, numerous battles and no immediate prospect of victory over the Confederacy in the protracted conflict resulted in a nation weary of war and distrustful of Lincoln's policies. Few Northern areas were more hateful of the war than our own.
Lieut. J. Stewart Robinson, Fairmount Springs, was shot July 30, 1864, in upper Raven Creek while attempting to assist a deputy Provost Marshal in arresting draft evaders and army deserters.
By August 13, United States troops, cavalry, and mounted artillery arrived in Bloomsburg and more soon joined them to camp at the "Agricultural Fair Ground." After a rest, some 300 or so marched up the Fishing Creek valley toward "the seat of war." The march took two days. The first night, the soldiers pitched their tents in what was called Stucker's Grove, and the next night the troops marched to Peter Appleman's Sugar Grove where they camped just below Benton, in what some called Camp Fishingcreek.
Soldiers arrested many of our local citizens--perhaps as many as 70--in order to find the perpetrator of the murder of Lt. Robinson and took them to the Benton Christian Church, then located on Cemetery Hill, for interrogation. Forty-four "good and honest" older and respectable men were arrested, not informed of their crimes, and marched off toward Bloomsburg, then to Fort Mifflin, on the Delaware below Philadelphia.
This encounter became known as the Fishingcreek
Confederacy. We suggest that you turn to the FEATURES
section and catch up on this interesting part of American history. Many
in our area have relatives who were involved in this complicated episode
that occurred 140 years ago this summer. We'll have much more to say about
the Fishingcreek Confederacy as the summer gets closer.
The area around what is now Mossville was first settled by Joseph Moss at a time when there were no roads, not even the old Susquehanna and Tioga Turnpike that carved its way through Fairmount township starting in 1810. Joseph married Emily Trescott from Harveyville and in 1832 they set up housekeeping in a new log cabin on 600 acres of virgin land. They built the house and barn of Maple Run Farm, located on Moss Road in the area known as Maple Run, finishing about 1842.
Many attended the one-room Mossville School before the school districts consolidated and students trudged off to Huntington Mills. The last classes were held in Mossville school during the 1958-59 school year.
Linda Moss remembers that "when the school district no longer needed the building, they contacted Roy Moss, my grandfather and grandson of Joseph and Emily Moss. The School District's query was to whom should the land ownership revert (had been deeded back to heirs of Joseph Moss). My grandfather, knowing that at the time (mid 60's) there were well over 200 living descendants of Joseph and Emily, replied to the school district that as the Moss representative, he would waive the school's obligation to return the land and building to the heirs."
The building was utilized as a school, community center and church. In 1843 a Methodist class was formed and met at the school. On April 20, 1867, Joseph and Emily gave, for consideration of $25, the church trustees the land and building known as Moss Church. When it was dedicated, Joseph was very practical and wrote out a unique agreement with the Methodist Conference that neither he nor the trustees of the church would not be personally liable for any debts the church took on.
In 1930, local artist Arden Claude Steele, brother of Rev. Russell
Steele, completed the picture on the plaster wall, entitled "the
Good Shepard." In 1959 Monema Moss Martz from Broadway (she painted
the picture behind the pulpit at the Broadway Methodist Church) restored
the picture. In August, 1969, there was a fire in the church basement,
burning through the sanctuary floor and carpet in the pulpit area. The
picture was blotted out by smoke. Edward Key, an art instructor at Northwest
High School reworked the drawing.
The Mossville School
Picture courtesy of Linda Moss
"No question is so difficult
to answer as that to which the answer is obvious"
March 28, 2004
"The mind is not a vessel to
be filled but a fire to be kindled."
"God could not be everywhere
and therefore he made mothers"
"The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
|March 28, 2004.
Today is the birthday of Mary Ann Bankes, Peggy
Follmer and Pat Meggs. Betty
Ruckle is a patient at the Geisinger Hospital. Do you remember what
you were doing on this date in 1979 during America's worst commercial nuclear
accident at the Three Mile Island plant?
A fire broke out about 10 PM Saturday evening in the rear of the Benton Flower Station building on Main Street. The building is between DR's QuikMart and the building housing Brian Laubach's beauty shop at 215 Main Street and the offices of Clark, Schaeffer, Jones & Eichner, Certified Public Accountants, at 219 Main Street.
The Flower Station building was extensively damaged before it was brought under control by an estimated 100 firemen from Benton, North Mountain, Espy, Orangeville and Millville. Two trucks from Bloomsburg, including Ladder 42, were on the scene. Espy's Rapid Response Team was also on the scene. Tyson Matthews, 14, 212 Main Street, was taken to the hospital because of smoke inhalation. Today's Press Enterprise includes a full report and a front-page picture. The Sullivan Review also had a reporter on the scene as did Channel 16..
The building was completely empty at the time for the fire. The fire of undetermined origin was first noticed by Michelle Pruden, an employee of D.R.'s QuickMart, about 10 PM when flames were seen through the glass in the door of the building leading to the rear of the Flower Station and the Fishing Creek Railroad Club. The alarm went off at 10:07.
The Benton Flower Station is owned by Kenneth A. Druckenmiller, 201 Main St., Benton. The business operates as a full-service florist featuring fresh flowers, balloons, plants, gift baskets, candles, locally made crafts and many seasonal gift items. The Benton Flower Station is also active and well respected in the repair on mechanical clocks and specializes in antique clock movements and case repair. Two years ago the Flower Station burned, December 31, 2000, when it was located at the corner of Main Street and Market Street.
The ownership of the building was not determined at press time. Bob
and Joyce Keller, Benton, long-time owners of the building, have
sold the building several times in the past. A "land-sales"
agreement to sell the building to Ken Druckenmiller was in effect.
The building was recently rekeyed and all doors locked with the same key. Two vacant second-floor apartments over the Flower Station were ruined as the flames apparently spread from the first floor to the vacant second floor and then to the attic. Flames at times were breaking through the sides of the rear of the building and the roof as multiple water lines were trained on the building. The adjacent building, once known as the Jay McHenry Funeral Home, was never in grave damage thanks to water lines trained on the side of the building.
Judy Wenner, manager of the Benton office of Clark, Schaeffer, Jones & Eichner, reported that all client's records were evacuated from the adjacent building. The second floor tenant at 217 Main Street, Kim Mercado, was forced to evacuate her apartment for several hours until it was safe to reenter the adjacent building.
Weary firemen stayed on the scene for most of the night, and had the morning monthly breakfast at the Fire Hall to contend with. Many firemen had breathed the smoke that seemed to come from burning yellow pine in the ancient building. The building at one time housed what was known as Buckley's Five and Dime.
John Watson of the Benton Water Commission reported that water levels in the 230,000 gallon reservoir dropped from 31 feet to 29 feet during the fire. Water was also pumped from the Benton Dam.
Benton Fire Chief Carl Speece called
the fire "undetermined," and indicated that the State Police
Fire Marshall has been called and will investigate.
The CCFNB Bancorp, Inc. declared its 184th consecutive dividend in
the amount of 17 cents per share for shareholders of record March 11,
Yesterday we talked about the Homestead Act, enacted January 1, 1863, during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The act allowed anyone to file for a quarter-section of free land (160 acres). Daniel Freeman, a former Union soldier, was the first man to take advantage of the law and started a farm on Government property at Cub Creek in Gage County, Nebraska.
Under the provisions of the law, the land became his at the end of five years if he built a house on it, dug a well, "plowed" 10 acres, fenced a specified amount, and actually lived there. Additionally, citizens could claim a quarter-section of land by "timber culture" (often called a "tree claim"). This required that you plant and successfully cultivate 10 acres of timber.
Helen Smith Gammon, Chandler, Arizona, notes that was the reason so many Columbia County residents went to Ohio and bought land there.
Helen has copies of deeds showing three sons of James and Elizabeth Bartleson Peterman "went West," each buying 160 acres of "military land" in Wayne County, Ohio, home today to the world's largest Amish population. We recently wrote about the J.M. Smucker Company, and they also call Wayne County home. Sons James, John and Jacob Peterman settled there with their families. Later John moved his family further west in Ohio and Jacob went on to California.
James bought John's acreage and ended up a wealthy man for that era.
This was actually a "like father, like son," story. The boy's father, James Bartleson, had purchased a warrant for 400 acres December 29, 1796, for land in Fishing Creek Twp., then part of Northumberland County, and pioneered the land before 1796. They probably were squatters before that like many other early settlers.
Some Peterman descendants are still living on some of that same land more than 200 years later.
It is interesting that we don't always get things right the first time around. Take Frank Fleer, for example. In 1906, Fleer invented the first bubble gum called Blibber-Blubber gum. After many versions of Blibber-Blubber were tested, a young employee in 1928 founded Dubble Bubble, Fleer's ultimate staple in the bubble gum industry.
Buckwheat cakes were flipping at St. James Church last night, one of the early Church suppers our area is so well known for on Saturday nights. The Church will also hold an ice cream festival July 3 and August 21. On November 6, they will host a pork supper. Mark your calendars. Make sure that you also order your bulk ice cream for the Saturday before Memorial Day.
We continue with the list of items to be auctioned April 25 in the
fund-raiser for the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center.
Sunday's Washington Post includes an article about a private consortium called Safer Transport and Roadways (STAR) Solutions, which is attempting to double I-81 through a toll truck-only highway on Virginia's 325-mile portion within 15 years. STAR and state officials are negotiating the terms of a contract, and if an agreement can be reached, no other approvals are needed.
"Men travel faster now, but
I do not know if they go to better things."
March 27, 2004
"Go, and never darken my
"It is dangerous to be right
when the government is wrong."
"Motivation is everything.
You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead,
you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire
his people. "
March 27, 2004. We celebrate Shirley McHenry's birthday today.
On this date
Running on Seven Cylinders...
We are going to start listing the items that will be auctioned off April 25 at the Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center "Village Sampler and Auction," at the new Benton Fire Hall.
Restaurants and Caterers from Northern Columbia County will offer their specialties at "Grazing Stations" starting at 4 PM, and the popular local group, Raven Creek, will entertain throughout the afternoon. The list is extensive so bear with us as we list items each day. The order that items are listed here are NOT the order in which they will be auctioned.
Framed holograph letter by Mr. Robin
Roberts, entirely handwritten by Mr. Roberts, former Philadelphia
major league pitcher, and hall of fame great, donated by Harold
and Jane Ackerman.
We'll continue with the list in coming days.
An article in today's Press Enterprise talks about Montour County's old barn along Route 11 near Danville. The barn is now unsafe and the county is staggering with the estimates both to repair it and to haul it away. We'll watch how this story develops because of its similarity to a story in Benton. And when you pick up your copy of the Press Enterprise, read about a "wonderful, big old boob nice dog" named Duke, a Great Dane, that has vanished without a trace from Bob Lewis' farm in the Township. The very pretty Richart's Grove Church is the Church of the Week in the Press Enterprise. And while your leafing through, make sure you know about the I-80 highway closings that begin Monday.
The northern states that were left in the Union once the South pulled out began passing a number of measures blocked by the South before 1860. An example is the authorization of the transcontinental railroads, which helped with economic growth and expansion to the western territories.
Congress passed two of these measures in 1862. The Homestead Act permitted any person who intended to become a citizen or who was a citizen to receive 160 acres of public land, and then to purchase it at a nominal fee after living on the land for five years. The Morrill Act, sponsored by Congressman Justin Morrill of Vermont, made it possible to establish colleges to order to receive an advanced education. The act gave every state that remained in the Union a grant of 30,000 acres of public land for every member of its congressional delegation. Every state had at least two senators and one representative, so even the smallest state received 90,000 acres. The states were authorized to sell the land and use the proceeds to establish colleges in engineering, agriculture and military science.
Over seventy "land grant" colleges, as they came to be known, were established under the original Morrill Act and a second act passed in 1890 extended the land grant provisions to the sixteen southern states.
Land grant colleges started as agricultural and technical schools, and many grew into large public universities educating millions of Americans who otherwise might not have been able to afford college.
Penn State was one of the nation's first land-grant institutions and will celebrate its land-grant designation March 29 in Harrisburg. In 1862, the United States was a nation that could barely feed itself. Today, it feeds much of the world, thanks to advances in agriculture pioneered at Penn State and other land-grant institutions nationwide. We salute Penn State University and the many graduates of the University.
Quote of the Day:
Acclaimed storyteller Jay O'Callahan will appear at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, 226 Center Street, April 1-4. Performances are at 7 PM on Thursday, 8 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 3 PM on Sunday. Tickets and information are available by calling the BTE Box Office at (570) 784-8181 or 800-282-0283. O'Callahan will perform his most recent production, Pouring the Sun, which was commissioned by Lehigh University and Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem.
The reward of a thing
well done is to have done it.
What do I think of
Western civilization? I think it would be a good idea.
March 26, 2004
You have to expect
things of yourself before you can do them.
Do not let what you
cannot do interfere with what you can do.
|March 26, 2004.
Retired Army Gen. William C. Westmoreland is 90 today. Ruth
Kline is a patient at the Bloomsburg Hospital.
An out-of-state trucker took a bath in the Susquehanna yesterday but was otherwise OK when his rig plummeted off the route 22/322 Clarks Ferry bridge and dropped 60 feet into the chilly water. The use of a cell phone while driving apparently was the cause of this accident.
From now until the end of March following sunset until roughly 45 to 90 minutes after sunset it will be possible to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter all at the same time with the naked eye. Face south. Jupiter lies to the east, below the constellation of Leo. Saturn is next to Gemini in the south, Mars and Venus straddle the Pleiades in the west, and Mercury lies below them, close to the horizon. Venus, the brightest star-like point in the dusk sky, will appear white, as will fainter Mercury and Jupiter. Mars is orange-red, and Saturn pale yellow. All five planets currently are on the same side of the Sun and fall more or less in a straight line in the sky. You'll need a telescope to see Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Didja know that water is less dense as a solid than as a liquid. Ice weighs less than water, and this is the reason that ice floats.
Here is a list of some of the one-room schools that existed in the
The original Sugarloaf High School was built in 1910. It was the two rooms and the library that became part of the consolidated school, now the Sugarloaf Memorial Building.
Pam Tucker, in commenting on a recent picture of a one-room school we published, consulted her aunt, Ruth Geese, who attended Pine Grove School for first grade in 1926. For second grade in 1927, the school was closed and the students from that area went to Benton. Ruth said that the first year (1927) they had classes in the old wooden building; in 1928 they started attending the new school.
We'll mention basketball next, remembering back to center Bill Russell who led the Boston Celtics to eleven championships in 13 seasons. This record put him ahead of rival Wilt Chamberlain, but Wilt was the first NBA player to sign a $100,000 contract. Russell wasn't down for long, however. In his next contract, Russell insisted on $100,001, which allowed him to brag, "Poor Wilt. Always a dollar short and a basket late."
A basketball star to the folks Back Home in Benton, PA, is Regina Schlichter, who netted 1,960 points during her four-year career at Benton. She is now a Junior at St. Frances.
As a Sophomore in 2002-03, Regina...
As a Freshman in 2001-02, Regina...
As a player for Benton Area High School,
Regina is suffering from tendonitis of the patellar tendon, sometimes called jumper's knee, a condition seen in sports that require jumping, such as basketball. The muscle contraction and force of hitting the ground after a jump strains the tendon. After repeated stress, the tendon may become inflamed or tear. Nevertheless, the Saint Francis University women's basketball team captured its eighth Northeast Conference championship in the last nine seasons. The Flash clinched the school's eighth berth in the NCAA Tournament with the title game win. All of Regina's friends Back Home in Benton, PA, wish her a speedy recovery. After graduation? She wants to coach college basketball.
The Benton Rodeo Association met last night preliminary to the construction of the new bandstand at the rodeo grounds. Final details of the location for the bandstand will be worked out Sunday at 1 PM at the grounds. Armand Stackhouse has removed the old bandstand. By July 1 when the bandstand is completed, just in time for the large bluegrass festival, afternoon performers won't have to worry about staring into the sun, thanks to the orientation of the proposed bandstand. In other developments, the association has ordered new bucking shoots and back pens. These should arrive within the next month.
We would like to live as we once
lived, but history will not permit it.
Do not dwell in the past, do
not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
The great use of life is to spend
it for something that will outlast it.
The only thing you take with you
when you're gone is what you leave behind.
|March 25, 2004.
Sandra Kelsey Hess celebrates her birthday today. Merton Laubach had a Thyroid
Lobectomy Monday at the
Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico. Mert is recovering, and is home doing okay. Geraldine reports that she is getting caught up on her exercise feeding the horses.
Lancaster Farming is on-line at http://www.lancasterfarming.com/ and from that site you can branch out into one of the largest and most modern milking facilities in the country thanks to a web-cam. You can link to an 850-foot long free-stall barn with more than two acres under roof. The cows stand on rubber flooring to eat and can move about as desired. When they sleep in one of the 1,116 comfort stalls, mattresses cushion their weight for a good night's rest. Even the lighting in the 95,200 square foot building is designed to provide periods of darkness as a natural part of the cows' environment.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chamberlain, Orangeville, dropped off a couple issues of the Argus, for which we are extremely grateful. We'll tell you today and tomorrow a little about what was going on in the area 65 years ago according to the newspaper for Thursday, March 23, 1939.
Lets start with restaurant food. There were the local eateries including the Kozy Korner Restaurant and the Yost Dining Room and the "Casey Restaurant, Albert Casey, Prop.," all popular places to eat.
Albert Casey's restaurant was between Guy Miller's barber shop and the Harry Hess general store, the North half of what is now the Village Ceramic shop on Main Street, plus an "L-shaped" section in the back of the building. This restaurant, first opened by Dan Hartman and then taken over by Elwood Knouse, was locally called the "Blue Plate Cafe" during the time that Albert Casey owned it. Albert's son, Bob, remembers that the pies were made by Clem Shannon's wife and the customers continued the tradition that Dan Hartman started of playing quoits in the back yard. The Casey's moved to Bloomsburg in 1940 ending their restaurant career in Benton. The South side of the building was occupied by Ray B. Keeler, jeweler and optometrist. Mr. Keeler sold "complete glasses, with Kryptok Lenses." The first fused bifocal, called Kryptok, became the biggest thing to hit the optometry industry and the product produced unheard of profits, selling $12 to $20 lenses at a time when other lenses were selling for just a few dollars.
The local restaurants had lots of competition in the ham and egg department from "Penny Suppers" at the Central M.E. Church (ham and eggs and meatloaf), and the Grange Hall (ham and eggs), a ham and egg supper at the Stillwater Church for the price of 40¢ and 20¢, and the Ladies Aid of the Central M.E. Church (ham and eggs). "Penny Suppers" were very popular at the local churches and at the Grange. As nearly as we can figure out, people would pay a penny for a fork, a penny for a knife, a penny for a plate, etc. and a penny for a serving of each type of food that they wanted.
Karl Fritz, R. D. 4, placed an advertisement to sell a "Model A 1929 Ford 2-door sedan in good condition," a car Eleanor Fritz Sands remembers driving to school. The Benton Fire Company advertised that they held a dance in the silk mill building every Wednesday (admission, 25¢) and everyone seemed excited about the "big dance" at the Red Rock Dance Hall coming up Saturday night. The Ritz Theater was playing Burn 'Em Up, O'Conner, the "70-minute thrilling story of the auto racing racket."
The Benton Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month. The April meeting is on the fifth at 7 PM and since the group does not have a current home they will be forced to again borrow a meeting room to conduct the business of the town. A number of weighty issues are up for discussion at this meeting and we'll discuss a couple of them over the coming days.
The Fishingcreek Sportsmen's Association plan to ask the Benton Town Council at their monthly meeting for permission to "take over" the lookout area on route 239 adjacent to 42 acres they recently purchased from Bill Follmer. The Lookout is adjacent to what we used to call the "dump," but is a completely different piece of ground. Exept for a few feet of rolling, but generally level, ground, the land is vertically inclined.
|The land we know as the "Lookout" consists of 1.94 acres and was acquired from A. Ross and Mary Pennington April 17, 1936.|
If you have a lemon, make lemonade.
The Sportsmen's Association promise to take "necessary steps to improve the overall safety aspect of the land," including "new posts, fencing, etc." The club wants to "beautify the area with improvements suggested by their club members. President Clair Harvey feels that the lookout would make a great tourism attraction and the group even suggested to the Borough governing body the possibility of adding a sign inviting tourists to the hospitality of the Benton area.
The group has opened the door to the Town Council for further action,
saying that any work done would be within applicable "codes and stipulations."
The view from the Lookout could be unsurpassed and the possibilities for
the improvement of the tract are endless.
The Overlook as it Looks Today.
The Overlook on route 239, East of Benton.
Unfortunately, a close examination shows that the site could use a custodian.
Listen with your ears, not with your mouth
Trust that still,
small voice that says, 'This might work and I'll try it
|The need for tourism dollars in the local
area is important. We have some excellent restaurants and an excellent antique
mart and--well, for anyone who knows the area we have "excellent"
almost everything except streets. We need to bring the tourists Back Home
to Benton, PA. Mayor Jan Swan tells us that
she has locations available for additional antique shops and for used furniture
outlets, an excellent location for a farmer's market, a spot for a miniature
golf course. Benton has a good location for a floral shop. There is a masonry
three-bay garage with office space that also includes a two-bedroom one
bathroom apartment for sale within the Borough. The town could use your
thoughts and help in filling these locations with businesses that will help
the Borough through the coming years.
The elk herd in Pennsylvania is somewhere between 500 and 600 elk, and something like 100 calves should be born this spring. Road-kill and crop-kill claimed 116 elk last year and over the past three years, 156 elk were shot. These figures will be further refined this September when the state's first fall elk survey takes place.
Elk were native to Pennsylvania, but disappeared by the late 1800s.
The wild elk inhabiting Pennsylvania today are descendents of elk released
in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk and Potter counties from
1913 to 1926. A total of 177 elk from places like Yellowstone National
Park were released in the Commonwealth to serve as a breeding base for
what was hoped would develop into a population that could sustain hunting.
Elk were hunted from 1923 to 1931, and then received closed-season protection
from 1932 through 2000.
a bowl of roses, a poem should not have to be explained.
March 24, 2004
has reasons that reason does not understand
Don't ever let go of something until you've got hold of something else.
If it happens, it must be possible.
Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb at.
The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky
Hell has no fury like a pacifist
March 24, 2004. Today are the
wedding anniversaries of Ed and Jackie Davis and Richard
and Tracy Fritz and Bob Lewis celebrates
his 69th birthday. There are "sixties" in the forecast, and
if you are from Back Home in Benton, PA, that should make you very happy!
Elaine A. Hess, 55, (Oct. 26, 1948-March
22, 2004), Floral Park, NY, died Monday. She was born in Bloomsburg, the
only daughter of Beatrice M. (Swisher) Hess, Asbury, and the late O. Edward
Hess. She resided in New York City for more than 25 years. She graduated
from Benton Area High School in 1966, was employed for several companies
as an office administrator in New York City, but had been plagued with
health issues for a number of years. She is survived by her mother and
by brothers Frank Hess, Asbury; and Robert Hess, Benton. Also surviving
are three nephews, one niece and her friend, Fern Pearl, who resided with
her. Graveside services will be Friday at 3 PM in St. James Cemetery.
Arrangements are in charge of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home,
For anyone affected by the smell of wood smoke, Main Street in the Borough was not the place to be last night.
Mavis Rae, "a cigarette-smoking, alcohol-drinking, menopausal and especially opinionated hotelier," played by Whoopi Goldberg, is the lead character on the hit NBC show, Whoopi. Next Tuesday night, she challenges an elderly tenant, played by Celeste Holm, in a new episode called "The Squatter." Mavis manages to get her placed in a retirement home because she is annoyed at the woman's eccentric behavior. But the home is as horrible as the apartment's new tenant, the old lady's hard-partying granddaughter, played by guest star Krysten Ritter.
Lights will soon be on at the Southeast corner of Main and Market as the old flower station springs back to life as Benton Coins & Collectibles under the ownership of Bill Yanchick. Bill sells all sorts of coins and has long specialized in military payment certificates. He hopes to soon start selling metal detectors. Bill's store has been operating at 227 Main Street.
The building that Bill just purchased traces back to Paul Hartman, who built it in 1941. Paul had worked at a gas station in Muncy and decided to build and run a station in Benton. Mary Hartman sold the building yesterday, following years of rental as a gas station and in recent years as a flower station until Ken Drunkenmiller moved to the former Buckley Store building. The building had an unusual past in that on one summer day in 1956 the operator of the Gulf Station where the Columbia Country Farmers National Bank now have their drive-through windows and the operator of the Mobil Station across the street each packed up, loaded all their belongings on trucks and exchanged locations. Dick Sands began 1956 running the station on the Southeast corner selling Mobil brand gas and Harold C. (Harry) Ackerman ran the corner on the Southwest corner of the "square" in Benton selling AMOCO brand of gas. Richard later moved to Palmerton and opened a Chevrolet car agency.
Following Harry's move to the station on the Southeast corner, he specialized in gas sales, service, car washing, oil and filters, radiator flushing, etc., and continued with his business until he suffered a heart attack about 1966. The business operated for a time, but then closed for health reasons. Harry purchased his gas from Charles Long, Sweet Valley, and sold under the AMOCO brand.
Harry had worked at the station on the Southwest corner when Bill
Heckman owned it, but about 1951 Bill passed away and Harry took it over.
GULF later pulled out their franchise and the building was sold to Richard
Sands and the exchange of the two gas stations took place.
All the former operators would be amazed at the current gas prices in Benton of $1.669 and $1.689. And that brings us to our next story, right after this picture...
In this picture, the gas station on the right is the subject of the preceeding story. At the time of this picture, the station sold Texaco gasoline. It is now the new home of Benton Coins & Collectibles.
Didja know that Christopher Columbus was the first man to get nineteen hundred miles on a galleon?
In 1859, the United States relied upon wood for 91% and on coal for 9% of its inanimate energy. By 1973, oil supplied 46%, gas 31% and coal 18% of the country's energy needs. By early 1980, imports accounted for nearly 50% of the nation's oil needs.
The modern petroleum industry began in the oil region of western Pennsylvania.
We read that Pennsylvania Indians rubbed in crude oil as an ointment and
used oil carried in hollowed gourds for medicinal purposes. The white
man used the oil as a lubricant. Later the crude was bottled as a cure-all
medicine called Seneca Oil. Other brands followed, including Kier's
Rock Oil, bottled near Pittsburgh.
The Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company of New York was founded in December, 1854, and the company later founded the Seneca Oil Company. Seneca Oil began operations in Titusville in April, 1858, under the direction of E.L. Drake, then 49, a man usually referred to as "Colonel," a strange title for a man whose only qualification for the job was that he needed the money. He didn't know petroleum or drilling and wasn't even successful as a businessman. "Drake's Folly" struck oil south of Titusville in August, 1859, at a depth of only 69 feet. It was the first such well drilled anywhere in the world, and followed the general guidelines used to drill salt wells.
Like the 1849 gold rush which drew would-be miners to the frontier regions of California, two similar phenomena took place a decade later. The first was in Oil Creek at Titusville for crude oil. The same year as Drake found oil, a man by the name of Henry Tompkins Paige Comstock located a vein of silver worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the Western United States and the race was on in both the East and West.
Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.
Some people don't meet up with problems that aren't complicated, and these same folks often make them more complicated.
For every credibility gap there is a gullibility fill.
In planning your garden, remember that you get the most of what you need the least.
March 23, 2004. It is 16° at press time. Didn't we read somewhere that Spring just happened? Happy birthday to Alice Strauch and happy anniversary to Alice and to hubby Gary.
Today is Jim Edson's birthday. Ira McHenry, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, enjoyed his day thanks to some changes in his Parkinson's medication. There are still limited short-term memory problems for Ira.
The Second Virginia Convention convened March 20, 1775, at St. John's
Church in Richmond to consider some pretty weighty matters concerning
tyranny and oppression of the Crown. Think for a moment as Patrick Henry,
then 39, would have thought. Many around him favored continued conciliatory
measures with England. Henry knew he would be opposed by many powerful
and wealthy members. Attorney Henry
pleaded with delegates to vote in favor of the resolution to have
Virginia join the war. Speaking passionately without notes, he explained
why a militia must be raised and the colonies must do battle. He said,
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the
price of chains and slavery?" He ended his speech by saying,
"but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"
Maryland and Pennsylvania legislators seem to be racing to legalize gambling using the argument that thousands of their residents are crossing borders every day to gamble away millions in New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware and New York. Both states face an array of fiscal problems, but there is a deeper fear with the governor of each state: that the other state will legalize gambling first. These men feel that the question is if Maryland legalizes slot machines, shouldn't Pennsylvania do the same? Make no mistake about it. The fight for gambling is lead by The Guv on the premise that slot machines could help pay for schools, lower property taxes, and close budget shortfalls without raising taxes.
The 189,000-square-foot blighted Edwardsville Shopping Center and adjacent Gateway Cinema are about to be sold, according to this morning's Times Leader. The people of Edwardsville are enthusiastic.
We'll take a quick look back today at the year 1898, both Back Home
in Benton, PA, and at the national level. First at the national level.
William Randolph Hearst told Frederic Remington to "Furnish the pictures
and I'll furnish the war." Commodore George Dewey obliterated a Spanish
fleet in Manila Bay, and Hawaii became part of our nation. The battleship
Maine blew up in Havana harbor killing 252 men aboard as a total of 289
lives were lost in battle and 4,000 to disease during the Spanish-American
We don't jump over the county line south of Benton too often, but we took a look at the Montour County web site and found lots of reasons to suggest that you visit. You can get the history of the county and if you are a genealogist, you can search wills dating as far back as 1850. Nearly every department in the county, from the District Justice to the transit office and treasurer's offices, has information on the site.
The United Law holds that if an organization carries the word "united" in its name, it means it isn't! For example, United Nations, United Arab Repulbic, United Kingdom and United States.
Those who don't study the past will most certainly repeat its errors. Those who do study it will find other ways to err.
Laugh at your troubles and you'll never run out of things to laugh at.
This is one of those centuries when everything goes wrong.
There seems to be insufficient evidence to judge some women by the clothes they wear.
|March 22, 2004.
There are 80 days until the official start of Summer. Don
Kocher, Central, and Ira McHenry, Danville,
celebrate birthdays today, along with actor Karl Malden, 92, and Andrew
Lloyd Webber, 56.
Louis Dearborn LaMoore was born in North Dakota on this date in 1908, the last of seven children. Well disciplined, he loved to write and started his day each morning, seven days a week, by pounding out pulp-fiction, often working on several different stories at the same time. Louis often met cowboys as they came through the Dakota Territory on the Northern Pacific Railroad, traveling to market from their ranches in the western part of the North Dakota or Montana. He eventually shifted over to writing western stores and eventually wrote more than a hundred under the name Louis L'Amour. Once L'Amour was typing rapidly at the typewriter, and his young daughter asked why he was writing so fast?" L'Amour answered, "Because I want to see how the story turns out!"
Quote of the Day:
Mark your calendars now for the dedication of the Benton Area High School Thursday, August 26, at 6 PM, following the picnic in the park for the students of the school system and their parents. There will be an open house and we'll all be eagerly looking forward to seeing the inside of the new school.
Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, home to the Phillies and the Eagles for more than 30 years, bit the dust after 3,000 pounds of explosives took down the stadium section by section yesterday. The location will ultimately be a 5,500-space parking lot.
"The Pennsylvania Experience" debuts tonight at 7 on WVIA-44 and focuses on people, places and history of Pennsylvania. The show will be repeated on Friday evenings. Wednesday nights in that timeslot, the popular WVIA-FM show, "Homegrown Music with George Graham," will make its television debut. Regional artists, usually with original music, are featured in performances at the WVIA-FM studios. The radio show has been around since 1982.
A reader asked for the definition of various cousins. Here 'tis...
Cousin (often referred to as "first
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Cousins
The words "once removed" mean that there is a difference of one generation. For example, your mother's first cousin is your first cousin, once removed. Your mothers first cousin is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents. This one-generation difference equals "once removed." Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. You are two generations younger than a first cousin of your grandmother, so you and your grandmother's first cousin are first cousins, twice removed.
The terms "niece" and "nephew" spring from Latin words which meant "granddaughter" and "grandson," so you may find them used in that context.
The North American Securities Administrators Association has come up with the ten worst scams, schemes, and scandals that investors will most likely face in 2004. The Nigerian scam we talked about yesterday didn't even make the list.
Want to shut down your computer quickly? Press the Windows key, release, and then press the "U" key twice. Windows will automatically shut down.
USAToday includes an article on job loss in Reading, but much of it could apply to the entire state.
Didja know that there are no wild deer of any kind in Australia. The small red deer is the only one found in Africa. At this time of the year, the Pennsylvania white-tail deer population seem to concentrate each night a few feet from any road we travel.
The Lady Lions had an easy time in the NCAA opener against Hampton, except many students couldn't tell. March madness set in on the Penn State campus Sunday when students hoping to see the Lady Lions play Hampton were instead shown another game. Connecticut routed Pennsylvania with a 91-55 victory in the first round. The Purdue Boilermakers defeated the Red Flash of St. Francis (Pa.) 78-59 in the first round of the West Regional. Benton's Regina Schlichter was in for 19 minutes and scored 4 points.
|Pam Tucker sent us a picture of the Pine Grove School, 503 Lower Raven Creek Road. It had first through eighth grades, then the kids walked to Benton to attend high school. The building, heated with a pot-bellied stove, was used until 1926, the last year of classes. The chalk board is still in the school as is the "riser" at the front of the room. Garner Keefer owned the land that the school was on. The picture was taken in the fall of 1998.|
Seconds count, especially if you are dieting.
March 21, 2004
One way to measure success is if you have a tough problem, and it is not the same tough problem you faced last year
We don't have to be perfect, but we must grow. We should grow from a mistake as well as from a success.
We have seen love as a medicine cure many ills.
Not everything that you face can you change. But you can't change it unless you face it.
It is always interesting to notice people rearrange their prejudices in a conversation.
The smallest deed is far better than the grandest intention.
|March 21, 2004.
Birthdays today include Robert Sands, Jr.,
Dorthea Mather and George
Sheri Fowler suggested that we watch the Discovery Channel on Sunday, March 21, at either 8 PM or 11 PM. Discovery will air the episode that features the myth that the duck's quack has no echo. She writes that "I am sure you will find it fascinating," which we suspect is Sheri's way of suggesting that she thinks that viewers will be told that a duck's quack does not echo. We'll lay in a fresh supply of pop corn and some olive oil to pop it in and we'll let you know what's up. One thing we know for sure is that a duck's quack casts no shadow! The show is called Best Animal Myths.
When operating Windows XP as shipped, files named "readme.txt.exe," for example, show up as "readme.txt." The ".exe." is hidden, making the computer user think the file is a harmless text file when it could harbor a virus. You can better protect your computer from disguised executable files by turning off the "hide extensions." Click the "My Computer" button in Windows XP, choose "Tools," then "Folder Options." Choose the "View" tab and uncheck the option marked "Hide extensions for known file types."
In basketball, No. 1 seed Stanford fell to No. 8 Alabama on Saturday
and No. 10 Nevada upset No. 2 Gonzaga.
On the weekends we like to review the stupid things that circulate on the Internet, mostly things that we received during the week. Here are some examples...
CLAIM: 911 days separated the September 11 terrorist attacks on
the U.S. and the 2004 train bombings in Madrid, Spain.
CLAIM: Photograph shows a 115-pound coyote killed in New York.
CLAIM: Steven Spielberg plans to direct a film about the Crusades
following Mel Gibson's success with the Passion of the Christ.
CLAIM: On the vernal equinox, eggs can be balanced on end.
CLAIM: Someone wealthy from Nigeria who writes like he likes you
a lot because someone in your family has a sirname like his needs an "urgent
business transaction" to help move megabucks from his homeland to
yours and, by the way, he'll cut you in for a good chunk if you agree
to assist him.
We love to find mistakes that others make, since we make so many ourselves.
Here are a couple you may enjoy.
Mark April 18 as Scottish Heritage Day in Benton as the folks at the Presbyterian Church honor their Scottish Heritage with a highland tea at 10:30, a Celtic worship service at 11:00, followed by fellowship and more tea. Pastor Al Lumpkin will provide the music, Stuart Erwin will bring his popular bagpipes, and John Herbert Laubach accompanied by Eleanor Klementik are practicing a Scottish Psalter. Robert Burn's poetry will also be featured. The Community is invited to attend and participate.
The Highland Tea planned by the Ladies Service Circle of the Presbyterian Church will feature Scottish scones, shortbread, and oat cakes as well as clotted cream, lemon curd and marmalade. Coffee, tea and punch will also be served. The traditional strains of Bagpipe Music, the talents of friends and neighbors, and wonderful Highland Food will make a great Sunday Service. Bring your relatives and children.
And speaking of the Presbyterian Church, they are planning a shindig on Memorial Day that we'll call a yard sale. Oops, maybe we used an incorrect word, since the Southern use of the old term "shin-dig" literally meant a kick to the shins.
Terms of the Day: Flotsam and Jetsam. Flotsam is any part of the wreckage of a ship or the cargo on the ship that is lost by accident and found floating on the surface of the water. Jetsam are goods or equipment deliberately thrown overboard to make a ship more stable in high winds or heavy seas. And for good measure, we'll tell you that "Lagan" are goods cast overboard with a rope attached with the intention of retrieving them at a later time. When not floating on the water, the term flotsam and jetsam means odds and ends of no great value.
Here is a quick tour of the roadside highway markers in Columbia Country.
Marker Name: Catawissa Friends Meeting
Marker Name: Catawissa Friends Meeting
Marker Name: Columbia County
Marker Name: Fort Jenkins
Marker Name: Fort McClure
Marker Name: Fort Wheeler
Marker Name: Wyoming Path
Wise men talk because
they have something to say, fools talk because they have to say something.
March 20, 2004
We live in a moment
of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present
only when it is already disappearing.
it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference
of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice
when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the
future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
Once you get into
this great stream of history, you can't get out.
|March 20, 2004,
the official start of Spring. Spring began early this the morning (1:49
AM EST) as the Vernal Equinox arrived. And somewhat like Groundhog Day,
the old saying is that if the wind is northeast or north at noon of the
vernal equinox, there will be no fine weather before midsummer. If the wind
is westerly or southwesterly, there will be fine weather until midsummer.
The temperature at press time was 22° and Monday's temperature will
be more Winter-like, with the temperatures during the day not reaching the
freezing level and the overnight temperature below 10°. Come on Spring,
give us a break!
Ed Davis celebrates his birthday today. Don't forget the bluegrass jam at Jerseytown tomorrow.
And I think if you listen closely
The Fourth of July in 1910 changed Benton forever. Oh, we all know the story of that peaceful afternoon about three o'clock when George Crossley's blacksmith shop and barn just East of Third Street on Center Street caught fire followed by blazes at three more barns within minutes. George Turner interviewed our father, Robert E. Kline, then 13, who witnessed the fire and remembered the burning roof shingles. You can read the entire article George Turner wrote under FEATURES. Father recalled how the shingles were sucked into an updraft by the fire and quickly spread the fire onto other roofs over an area of about five acres, leaving 200 Bentonians homeless.
We're forced to think of the fate today of the old Town Hall that sat just hundreds of feet from where the fire began. The people who guide the town wrestle with a decision about the fate of the building. We all look at the building and we see it from the positive side or from the negative side. It reminds us how we all see things differently. There is an old story about the American shoe company that sent two sales representatives to different parts of the African backwoods to see if they could drum up some business among the natives. The company heard back from both agents. The first said, "No business, natives don't wear shoes." The second one said, "Great prospects, natives don't wear shoes!"
Following the devastating fire, business in the town was severely hampered. The fire destroyed sixty homes, stores, barns, and outbuildings. Thirty homes in the area of Market and Two and a Half Streets burned. The town turned to the Town Hall for a number of solutions. All the rooms in the building filled following the July 4th fire.
Justice of the Peace John Keeler and his wife along with Mr. and Mrs. Ray Keeler moved to the second floor of the Town Hall to live. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Gibson also lived in the building. The Argus made quarters in the first floor, along with a meat market, the U. S. Post Office and the telephone exchange of the United Line.
The North Central Telephone Co. quickly strung temporary phone lines to the Columbia County National Bank makeshift quarters in the Presbyterian Church, to the Argus Office in the Town Hall, the office of Dr. Bruce Hess and the home of Charles A. Hess. The noted photographer, H. A. Kemp, moved his office to his home on Third Street and advertised that "all work will be done at my home." Kemp advertised that he had a "large line of souvenir post cards of the big fire." The Argus ran large section advertisements that would begin, "Notice to the Benton Sufferers!"
By Thursday following the fire, the first foundation was being laid for the construction of a permanent house. H. E. Everitt started construction on Two and a Half Street. A. R. Pennington started construction of a house and barn for Charles W. Hess. The Argus reported that A. T. Chapin (father of Ernest Chapin, grandfather of Ike Chapin, great-grandfather of Dave Chapin) then began construction on Market Street of two buildings, one for a furniture store and one for an "undertaking establishment." The other building was for a residence for A. T. Chapin's son-in-law, William Austin, who was connected in business with Mr. Chapin.
Right behind the first wave of construction was a residence for Evan Buckalew on Market Street, a home later owned by Donald and Dottie Rabb; a house for J.L.C. Kline, and a house for Mary Kase. Harry and Boyd Gibson, both carpenters, later built the house now owned by Louise Lewis. Dr. Bruce Hess announced that he would build a residence and office as soon as possible. By Saturday following the fire, the Argus announced that "fourteen contractors from out of town" were waiting to build something for someone. The paper said that there was a lot of dickering on the lot of D.J. Donovan, the former site of the Hotel Exchange.
The town of Orangeville immediately rallied their townspeople to help their neighbors to the north. They held a meeting in the Presbyterian Church with Burgess C.H. Dildine in charge of the meeting in an effort to raise cash, food and clothing for those affected by the fire. Light Street rallied much in the same way as Orangeville residents. In Danville, the Elks spearheaded must of the relief work.
The town quickly passed ordinance No. 35--on July 11, 1910--creating
the office of building inspector and requiring and regulating building
permits. The ordinance was quite severe: "From and after the passage
of this ordinance it shall not be lawful for any person or persons, firms
or corporations to construct or repair, or cause to be constructed or
repaired, any building or buildings within the Borough without first having
applied for and obtained a Building Permit. Ordinance No. 36, which prohibited
the erection of any wooden barns, stables, carriage houses or other out-buildings
fronting upon the streets of the Borough, quickly followed. This ordinance
also required the construction of fireproof roofs. The ordinance didn't
keep ten houses from starting construction with a week after the fire.
The town was springing back to life.
We'll come back and revisit the Town Hall in an upcoming issue.
Readers who go to the WWII Memorial website, http://www.wwiimemorial.com, can add their family member's names to the Memorial. They can list the names, branch of service, rank and the war theatre they served in, or for civilians, what kind of war work they did to support the war effort. They can also, for a small fee, post pictures of their loved ones in uniform, or at work in the factories. Family members can in this way be recognized for posterity, at the WWII Memorial. Ruth Cavanaugh, who writes from Staten Island, listed her Mom and Dad, who worked in the Eastern Aircraft plant in West Trenton making Grumman Avenger airplanes for the Navy. She also listed her brother-in-law who was in the U. S. Navy, and her husband, who was a young boy who collected newspapers and scrap metal for the war effort. Anyone who lived through WWII participated in some way, such as growing "Victory Gardens" to help feed their families and friends, or by helping out at the U.S.O. organization, and by abiding by the Food and Fuel Rationing Rules and Regulations.
And at this point we might as well tell one of our favorite stories
about dogs and World War II. Well, actually, it is the only story we know
about dogs and World War II. Anyway, among the passengers of a Navy ship
returning from France was a small mutt of a dog. One of the wives meeting
the ship complained about the dog being on the ship when none of the wives
could be. An officer reassured her by telling her that this way "all
the men can pat the dog."
Do you know of anyone with experience looking for a job cleaning residential and commercial? Contact us.
The Press Enterprise has an article about educators from Guatemala visiting Benton to see how rural American schools operate and an article about a Danville school bus with 33 students in route to the Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech School getting whacked on route 11. The Daily and Sunday Review reports that a production crew was in Towanda Friday to film and interview police for an upcoming episode abut the Dianne Odell murder case for the A&E Cold Case Files documentary series.
The military don't start
wars. Politicians start wars."
We shall defend our island, whatever
the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the
landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we
shall fight in the hills;we shall never surrender.
I can't say I was ever lost, but
I was bewildered once for
March 19, 2004
I'm fed up to the ears with old
men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
|March 19, 2004.
Dan Stoneham, Linda
Bronson and John Herbert Laubach celebrate
their birthdays today along with former White House national security adviser
Brent Scowcroft, 79, and actress Ursula Andress, 68. This is the date the
swallows traditionally return to the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California.
How long do you think that an 18-mile (or so) train ride from Bloomsburg to Jamison City took in 1910? We'll give you a couple of clues before we give you the answer at the end of this email. Our first clue: the train started from the D.L.&W. station in Bloomsburg. Often the DL&W reference meant "Delay, Linger and Wait." We'll even narrow the choices down a bit. Is the correct answer (a) 1 hour and 15 minutes; (2) two hours and thirty minutes, (3) three hours, or (4) four hours and 15 minutes? (Answer at end of email). Now make your guess.
Nearly 59 years after the end of World War II, the National World War II Memorial will be dedicated in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 29, 2004, to honor "all military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms." The National World War II Memorial will be the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II.
As kids, we remember with awe and respect those who served in the first world war. With the death of Karl Fritz at the age of 104, those men we once knew are gone. We continue to have great admiration for those who have served their country in the armed forces. The memory of those who served their country during world War II will soon be refreshed with the opening of this memorial.
There is no such thing as a "short history" of anything, but many readers of the Benton News may need some of the details of 1945 and the end of World War II refreshed in their memory. On April 25, 1945, thirteen days after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, United States and Russian troops linked up at the Elbe River, cutting Germany in half and trapping an estimated 300,000 men, two dozen generals and an admiral.
On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker along with his long-time lover and the woman who was briefly his wife, Eva Braun. Adolph Hitler was dead, his Thousand Year Reich destroyed and the war in Europe was over. Hitler had appointed successors: Karl Donitz as the new Fuhrer and Joseph Goebbels as the new Chancellor of Germany. Goebbels himself committed suicide May 1, leaving the new Fuhrer to work out the surrender of Germany. The final surrender documents were signed by General Jodl May 7, and the following day was declared Victory In Europe or V-E Day.
The remains of the former Third Reich were partitioned by the Allies into an area of Soviet control, later known as East Germany, and an area of British/French/American control, later known as West Germany.
The Memorial Day weekend celebration on the National Mall will culminate an 11-year effort to honor America's World War II generation. Congress authorized the memorial in 1993. Construction began in September, 2001, after several years of fund raising and public hearings.
The official dedication celebration will cover a period of four days and will include a WWII-themed reunion exhibition on the National Mall. Read more about the memorial at http://www.wwiimemorial.com/ .
The Memorial Day parade in Benton this year will be on the 23rd of May, forming at 12 PM, moving at 12:30 PM and arriving at the Benton Cemetery at 1 PM. This parade is a remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
Connie (Thomas) Williams has started
a group page in Yahoo. It is for anyone who went to Millville Area Schools.
The web address is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/millvillegraduates/
. If you went to the Millville Area Schools, sign up and see how many
friends you can find. Please put the year you graduated in your information.
Connie says, "Thanks and use wisely." An ice breaker for the
group can be the Millville Junior High Drama Club production of Kisses
for the Princess, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 PM.
The annual Easter Egg hunt sponsored by the Benton VFW will be at the organization's building Saturday, April 10, starting at 1 PM.
The 2003-04 hunting season recorded the fourth highest deer harvest in state history, including the second highest antlerless deer harvest. Hunters took 464,840 deer, including 322,620 antlerless deer and 142,220 antlered deer during the deer seasons that ran from Oct. 4, 2003, through January 10, 2004.
Have a little extra time? Try this.
Richard Charles Hawk Jr., 26, and Casey Ann Cunningham, 19, 430 Third St., Benton, face charges in connection with a burglary of the Hess Market, Orangeville, where $2,660 was taken. The story is in Friday's Press Enterprise.
The Bloomsburg & Sullivan Railroad schedule that became effective December 1, 1909, had the train leaving the D.L.&W. station in Bloomsburg going North twice a day. The morning train left at 9 AM, left Paper Mill at 9:14, Light Street at 9:18, Orangeville at 9:26, Forks at 9:36, Zaners (stop on demand) at 9:40, Stillwater at 9:48, Benton at 9:56, Edsons (stop on demand) at 10, Coles Creek (stop on demand) at 10:03, Laubachs (stop on demand) at 10:08, Grass Mere (sic) Park (stop on demand) at 10:10, Central 10:15, and arrived in Jamison City at 10:18--one hour and 18 minutes after leaving Bloomsburg. That train would then turn around in Jamison City, leave the station at 10:48 AM and arrive back in Bloomsburg at 12:05. The first south-bound train from Jamison City left at 5:50 AM and arrived at 7:18 in Bloomsburg.
The Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association are holding their annual book sale on Saturday, Sunday and Monday March 20, 21, and 22 in Andruss Library. The times are 12-5 on Saturday, 12-5 on Sunday, and 10-3 on Monday. The sale will include cassettes, records, CDs, videotapes, DVDs and books.
Happiness can be achieved by making
others believe they are the cause of it.
March 28, 2004
Good habits result from resisting temptation
The greatest griefs are those
we cause ourselves.
18, 2004. Author John Updike was born in Shillington, PA, on this
date in 1932. There are now over 12 hours a day of sunlight. Today, the
sun rose at 6:11 AM and will set at 6:16 PM. The moon is a little tough
to see today. It rose at 5:28 AM and sets at 3:52 PM.
Jane (Dildine) Clewell,
82, (April 24, 1921-March 16, 2004), Rohrsburg, died Tuesday at the Millville
Health Center. She was a daughter of the late Bruce C. and Ruth W. (Chapin)
Dildine, Benton. She was a 1939 graduate of Benton High School and a 1942
graduate of the Bloomsburg Hospital School of Nursing. Mrs. Clewell was
a member of the Rohrsburg United Methodist Church and was a former member
of the Benton Presbyterian Church where she had been a Sunday school teacher.
Mrs. Clewell was a charter member of the Benton VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving, in addition to her husband of 60 years, Bob, is a daughter,
Roberta Jane "B.J." Davidson and a son, Gary Alan Clewell, Fogelsville,
PA. Also surviving are four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at noon at the McMichael Funeral
Home, Inc., Benton, with burial in the Benton Cemetery. Friends and relatives
may call Saturday from 10:30 AM until the time of the service at the funeral
Question of the Day:
Donna Anderson, 38, and her son John, 18, lost
their home at 247 Honeytown Road is a blaze that destroyed their mobile
We are passing along an excellent idea concerning a genealogical codicil to last wills and testaments. The tip came from the folks who put out the software program Family Tree Maker, who suggest that your will include words to the effect that your spouse, children, guardian, administrator and/or executor is requested not to dispose of any genealogical records in your possession including books, files, notebooks or computer programs, for a period of two years after your death. The suggestion recommends that during this two-year period someone be found who would be willing to take custody of the materials and maintain the family histories.
President Bush signed the nation's first federal anti-spam law, known as the "Can-Spam Act," three months ago. We all expected great things from the Federal legislation. Now Microsoft, AOL, EarthLink and Yahoo announced they'll finally sue six of the most active spammers! Six! Most of us get that many spam emails an hour. We have seen reports that indicate that spam accounts for 60 to 80% of email traffic. The federal government has not filed any lawsuits under the Can-Spam Act to this point.
Back on March 1 we forgot to mention Elmer Hunter's birthday, and it was his 85th birthday, too. Pretty good for a couple that has been married for 60 years. Many remember Elmer's picture from the Raven Creek article where we showed him playing at the Shed at Ivy Farms. Elmer has been having some hard times with his health lately. We'll keep Elmer in mind and prayer.
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Winter is having a hard time being finished even
though there are only two days until the official start of Spring. Ten
inches of snow fell in the Towanda area and much of the upper Fishing
Creek valley got 6 inches or so Tuesday. Across the state, 10 people were
killed in weather-related accidents. We have heard a number of Borough
Columbia County Cuisine will be showcased at the "First Annual Village Sampler and Auction" April 25, at the new Benton Fire Hall. Restaurants and Caterers from Northern Columbia County will offer their specialties at "Grazing Stations" starting at 4 PM, and the popular local group, Raven Creek, will entertain throughout the afternoon. Items donated for the PM auction will be on display and include some exciting things like:
-a weekend in New York City
-a stay in a beachfront penthouse
-a catered dinner for six
-stays at local campgrounds
-two round-trip airline tickets to selected major cities in the U.S.
-pieces of art, hand-crafted woodwork, sporting equipment, dinners, desserts, goods and services,
-coupons for area restaurants
Businesses and supportive individuals in the Community have been most generous with their donations. We guarantee something of interest for every taste and every pocket. If you believe in the Community Center and would like to donate a special item, please call 925-6974 or 925-6972.
The auction will be conducted by J. Vance Auctions, AU-002109-L. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling 925-6972 or 925-6974, and will be available at the door, up to the limit of 300 tickets. The $10 fee covers the food, the music and the auction. All proceeds from this fantastic afternoon go to help finance the Northern Columbia County Cultural and Community Center. Mark April 25 on your calendars now.
Penn State became one of America's first land-grant institutions 141 years ago. It was established in 1855 as an agricultural college by the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society.
Our mystery quote from the top of the page comes from Abraham Lincoln, from an 1858 speech.
my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep
The only person you are
destined to become is the person you
March 17, 2004
A good laugh and a long sleep
are the two best cures.
17, 2004. It is St. Patrick's Day Back Home
in Benton in "The State Of Independence."
There really was a St. Patrick, although his
name started out as Maewyn; he was born around the year 385, in a village
in Wales. At the age of 16, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish
pirates that raided his village on the west coast of England. Patrick
was kidnapped and carried off to Ireland. He escaped after six years of
working as a herdsman, and after returning home had a dream in which he
received his call to preach the Gospel and convert the Irish to Christianity.
He spent the next 15 or so years in a French monastery, preparing for
his missionary work of spreading Christianity throughout the land. Later,
in Ireland, he founded monasteries, schools, and churches.
Gas prices in Benton ranged from $1.579 to $1.639 yesterday, and it doesn't look as though prices will go down anytime soon.
We would like to share some Irish sayings that
we have heard over the years...
It is said that there are only three kinds of Irish men who can't understand women-young men, old men, and men of middle age.
And St. Patrick's Day needs a limerick. So here
The area has another web site, http://www.the-patriot-s-voice.com/ . The site founded by Robert Runyon, Nescopeck, and Evy Lysk, Benton, is "dedicated to all those brave Americans who gave their all; that makes it possible for this organization to exist as a freedom right, to express the people's right of redress on issues that are corrupting the very documents that guarantee us these rights."
An Irishman by the name of O'Mally proposed on St. Patrick's Day. He gave his girlfriend a ring that had a synthetic diamond. The excited lass showed it to a jeweler who immediately saw it wasn't real. The lass returned the ring to the crafty Irishman who explained "It was in honor of St. Patrick's Day that I gave you a sham rock."
are your computer skills? For many of us, we need to do some brushing
up. For starters, please turn to the L.R. Appleman
Elementary School web page, http://www.bentonsd.k12.pa.us/elementary/index.html
, to see how the younger generation is doing. Be prepared to be impressed
with the web page, and with a wonderful offer that the school and some very
dedicated teachers and students are making for adult education computer
These basic computer courses
for the adults of our area begin in the middle of April at the elementary
school. There will be two sessions, each consisting of four classes. The
courses are free to residents within the Benton Area School District.
All classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 PM until 4:30
PM in the Technology Lab at the Elementary School.
Registration must be made on or before March 31 at the L.R. Appleman Elementary School Office through Kristina Wood or Cherie Roberts, or you can link directly to the elementary school website and scroll down to the yellow area marked Adult Education Classes or print and use this online form.
Don't put it off another minute. This is your chance to keep up with those who use computers all the time. Check this out. It is probably something that you should make the time to do.
| Session 1 (4 classes) will run from 4/14/04 - 5/5/04 and will cover computer basics including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher.|
| Session 2 (4 classes) will run from 5/12/04 - 6/2/04 and will cover Internet, E-Mail, and Instant Messaging basics.|
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
--George Bernard Shaw
Tuesday, March 16, 2004. Happy anniversary today to Ted and Shirley McHenry and to Ken and Lynn Sutton. And in New York City, happy birthday to Lori Andrysick.
We won't laugh at Punxsutawney Phil next year! The storm now sweeping through the area fulfills Phil's promise of six more weeks of winter. We welcome the official start of spring late this week.
Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on this date in 1802. The My Lai massacre was carried out by U.S. troops under the command of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. on this date in 1968. In 1984, William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen and died in captivity. Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut in 1985 and held until December, 1991.
From time to time we publish gasoline prices to reinforce the need to buy our gasoline locally. Lets pick out a couple of representative gasoline prices for regular gas yesterday. Sam's Club, Hershey: $1.639; Sheetz, Shamokin Dam, $1.699; Sunoco on Route 11, Bloomsburg, $1.639; Uni-Mart, Benton: $1.579; DR's Quick Mart, Benton, $1.599.
|The 1937 Hahn Fire Truck, officially named "Truck #1," under inspection on the day of delivery. The Pennington Store Company is at the left rear. Notice the fire hydrant and the stop sign in the lower right corner.|
Picture courtesy of Kelly Yost
Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
--Daniel J. Boorstin
We suspect that the newspaper The Arizona Republic headline could have phrased it better. The headline read, "Janet Jackson Has Another Single Out."
Monday night, the Benton School Board received an invitation to participate in an Educator Exchange Program with a school in Guatemala. Carol Vance, a former principal of The American School of Guatemala and a current member of the Bucks County Organization for Intercultural Advancement Board, presented the program.
The American School and it's partner, the University of the Valley, is the largest private bilingual educational facility in Guatemala. On a campus of 50 acres, these two institutions educate students from Kindergarten through the Doctorate level. The University was recently named one of three schools in Latin America cited for excellence in education.
Guatemalan educators will visit Northern Columbia
County to observe the Benton educational system, our Intermediate Unit
and the Pennsylvania State Education Association. They will also participate
in school functions, field trips and classroom projects. Everyone involved
is thrilled with this opportunity, and look forward to a rewarding liaison
with the American School.
Do you like grapes? We haven't personally tried it, but a sweet, colorful red seedless grape called "Sweet Scarlet" has a light, pleasant, muscat flavor. Developed by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the new grape has an attractive, raspberry-red skin. The grape would be harvested in this area in late August.
|We enjoyed our buckwheat cakes at the Brass Pelican
yesterday morning as a superb Hughsville story teller by the name of Bob
Webster filled the restaurant with stores of the origin
and the economics of the country store.
While others were finishing their breakfast, we sat chatting with Bob and got thinking about various buckwheat cakes and how long the "starter" has been around. Monica Diltz of the Brass Pelican has kept her starter going since the restaurant opened and we always enjoy seeing Monica get a wry smile on her face when someone asks about her cakes. We won't spoil Monica's fun by telling how long the starter has been going, but when you see her ask her in person.
We remembered the story that Dennis Threlkeld told us recently about the sour buckwheat cakes that Zell Seward used to throw on the griddle. Dennis had stopped at Zell's Red Rock country store for buckwheat cakes on a spring Saturday after trout fishing, a favorite fish-related ritual.
Dennis was eating his cakes and Jug Albertson's Pappy came in the restaurant to talk about just about anything. He asked Dennis how he liked the cakes and asked how old Dennis thought the starter was. It turns out that Zell made the original starter in 1928, but actually was older than that. Seems she was given the original starter by her Mom or some other such relative in 1922, but it froze one winter. Fortunately, they had more, so she resurrected the batter with more of the original starter, which was a distant ancestor of what Dennis had on his plate.
Phillip Shultz told of his grandfather, Phillip Giddeon Shultz, a former owner of the Benton Store Company. Phillip and Anna Pennington, both related to local store owners, brought in objects from the original stores, as did Monica Diltz. Gwen Swisher Hall from Swisher's Store on the Beech Glen Highway was introduced. Gwen with her husband and sister run Swisher's Store, now in its 125th year of operation.
Bob Webster then took command of the room, and the 53 years of experience in the public schools became very obvious. Without consulting notes and although severely limited in his visual skills, he was a dynamic and interesting speaker. From the determination of locations for the country store, through the introduction of canning jars and glass bottles, tin cans and paper bags and cardboard boxes, Bob walked the 70 in the capacity crowd through the concept of the country store. He ended with country-store credit, and recited a poem to illustrate the point. It went something like this...
To trust is bust!
Bob Webster, Hughsville.
Bob was the featured speaker March 15 at the North Mountain Histrocial Group. He spoke on the subject of Country Stores.
Of local interest...
There are no hopeless situations;
there are only men who have grown helpless about them.
Never put your hand out farther
than you can draw it back again.
March 15, 2004. Happy birthday to Michelle Turner and to Kay Chapman today. The American Legion was founded in Paris on this date in 1919. All the major newspapers include articles today on the reign falling in Spain.
Today is the ides of March. In the Roman Calendar, ides occurred on the fifteenth of the month in months that had thirty-one days. Brutus and Cassius saw to it that Julius Caesar had a bad day on this date in 44 B.C.
The Press Enterprise has an article about Anne Beck being on the cover of Fly Fisherman Magazine
Here are two good ways to flip through desktop
From the "It Can Happen to Anyone"
Department comes this:
the 74th day of 2004. There are six days until the official start of Spring.
Robert Rabb, II, celebrates his birthday today
along with comedian Billy Crystal, 56. Physicist Albert Einstein was born
in Germany on this date in 1879.
Several people have written asking about the bluegrass, gospel and country group called Raven Creek. They want to know what connection the group has to the area East of Benton known by the same name. The group who will be featured at the Spring Fling at the Fire Station April 25 consists of Joe and Loraine Feola, with Blain Long playing bass and coming along that Sunday to fill in the musical gaps. Others may make a surprise visit.
Joe and Loraine live in the Raven Creek valley and own the Shed at Ivy Farms where the popular Jamin' at the Shed takes place on the third Saturday of each Summer month from 3:30 to 9 PM. Incidentally, the dates this Summer are June 19, July 17 and August 21. These are benefit jams, and no admission is charged. Donations are accepted with gratitude and go to feed hungry children.
The group specializes in bluegrass, and love to play gospel songs and old-time country. In fact, they are considering cutting a gospel CD in the near future. Joe and Loraine have played together for twenty years, Loraine on rhythm guitar and vocals. Joe covers the guitar and the banjo and has been known to pick up the fiddle on occasion.
According to a study called the "Sperling Best Places study," the Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazleton area is the 6th safest place to live in the U.S., based on the number of major crimes in relation to population size. The safest? The Nassau-Suffolk county area. The least safe? Tucson, Arizona.
Quote of the Day:
Are you voting for the first time in Pennsylvania? First-time voters in the spring primary and voters using a new precinct will need an identification card, as part of Pennsylvania's amended election laws aimed at improving election procedures.
The Scott Kriebel farm above Benton seems heading for auction within the next 30 days, according to signs posted in front.
We have a few questions this morning...
Writer Richard Halliburton was a world traveler. As a kid, I loved reading his book The Complete Book of Marvels. Halliburton crossed the Panama Canal by swimming it in 1928, paying 36 cents. Halliburton died in 1939 trying to sail the Chinese junk, the Sea Dragon, from Hong Kong to San Francisco. The vessel went down in a storm soon after Halliburton sent out his last signal: "Southerly gales, squalls, lee rail under water, wet bunks, hard tack, bully beef, wish you were here--instead of me!"
Richard Halliburton wrote about the Seven Wonders
of the World. The Great Pyramid of Giza, built near the ancient city of
Memphis for Pharaoh Khufu, still survives as one of the Seven Wonders
of the World. The other six were...
"There is only on thing more
painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from
March 13, 2004
|March 13, 2004.
Happy birthday, Tom Hartman! Tom celebrates
his birthday with actor William H. Macy, 54, and our former Northumberland
neighbor, chemist Joseph
Priestley, born on this day in 1733.
Saturday's Press Enterprise includes an article abut Greenwood Township's 6 million junk tires on Max and Martha Starr's 14-acre tire pile and the $400,000 fine levied on the Stars for the states largest collection of used tires.
The Sullivan County Department of Emergency Services will assign city-style street addresses, like 14 Deerlick Trail or 300 Route 23341, to all houses that currently lack such addresses, according to a Saturday article in the Daily and Sunday Review.
The math teacher noticed that little Larry wasn't paying attention in math class. She called on him and said, "Larry! What are 22, 28, 6 and 44?" Little Johnny quickly replied, "CBS, NBC, QVC and Sesame Street!"
Most of what we write in the Benton News is personal opinion based on what is of interest to us. We make every possible effort to be historically accurate and try not to include anything that is outdated or too politically slanted. Many agree with what we say and many don't agree. We hope that what we write about gives you some insight and some food for thought. We are not trained professional writers and we won't give up our day job to make sure that every "I" is dotted and every "t" is crossed. We continue to ask for your recommendations on topics that would be of interest to you, and we'll make every effort to include them. We would love to have guest writers help out, since we are rapidly approaching the time of the year when we want to get on the open road.
Quote of the Day:
Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best both experimented
with various forms of steam tractors for farming use and were pioneers
with track-type tractors and gasoline-powered tractor engines. The need
to develop new farming technology using bigger and bigger equipment led
Benjamin Holt to try to find a way to keep the large equipment from getting
stuck. He first laid down a series of planks about 1904 so the huge steam
machinery could roll right over the soft ground. Someone said that it
"looked like a caterpillar" and the name stuck and the name
of Caterpillar Tractor evolved. Holt's first gas track-type tractor came
along in 1906.
The Queen Mum, Joselle Confair, who isn't mum about anything, reminds members of the Red Hat Society that the March meeting of the Fishing Creek Femme Fatales will be held March 17 at the Old Filling Station. Menu is corned beef and cabbage with a beverage and dessert for $8.00, including tax and tip! Members and guests should bring a small green gift in a bag to play "I want it." Time is 2PM. Proper attire of a purple outfit and Red Hat are required! Guests are welcome. You can order off menu if you don't like corned beef and cabbage.
From the Change of Direction Department: beginning Monday, March 15, Radio station WSM will begin charging $6.50 per month, or $65 for a year, for high-band internet streaming. Low band stream will continue to be offered at no charge. The impact of this is that this is the last weekend you can listen to free high-speed audio of the Friday night Opry and the Grand Ole Opry.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program recently got $750 million in funding by Congress to help fire departments provide improved operations, increased safety programs and expanded fire prevention initiatives. Grant applications can be obtained on the Internet through the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/odp and though the U.S. Fire Administration's Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.usfa.fema.gov. The 2004 program will require all grantees to obtain a special identification code known as a DUNS number, which will be used in an electronic database to help better identify those organizations slated to receive funding. The DUNS or "Data Universal Numbering System," is a unique nine-digit numbering system that is used to identify a business. Businesses can get a free DUNS number by calling 1-800-333-0505 .
Hotel Sterling, Wilkes-Barre, will light up Sunday,
March 14, at 5:30 PM when electricity is restored to the landmark hotel.
The Sterling to many represents the best of old Wilkes-Barre.
If at first you don't
succeed, you're running about average.
thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to get
credit for the wins and the losses. Successes have many fathers, failures
March 12, 2004
fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
There is more
to life than increasing its speed.
It is Lydia Becker's birthday. On
this day in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first radio "fireside
chat," speaking to the nation about the banking crisis.
It is time for a couple of computer tips...
The Governor's Center for Local Government
Services has a most interesting web site, http://ctcoas01.state.pa.us/dced/MSS.mainmenu.show.
On this web site, is a...
Quote of the Day:
. We heard about an Amish divorce. Seems that he was driving her buggy.
. Army Spc. Edward W. Brabazon, 20, Bensalem, died this week in Iraq, a victim of a non-hostile gunshot wound.
. Friends in Washington believe that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will get the Veep nod from John Kerry.
. The Philadelphia Flower Show's 175th birthday anniversary runs through March 14.
. Penn State has increased its football ticket prices $2, bringing the season ticket costs to $252, or $42 per game, and single-game tickets to $46.
If you are having relatives visit, you
might have them check
They're back! If you are 17 or younger, you don't know the sound of humming, buzzing insects heard on summer nights. The cause can be traced to cicadas, the small, stout-bodied, large-headed insects with sucking mouth parts. Cicadas are green with red and black markings. They are an inch or more in length and have 2 pair of wings. Cicadas also have a 3-jointed beak, an abdomen of six segments, prominent compound eyes, and three eyes. They will be back in June. Then, if nature repeats itself, they will rest for 17 more years.
Didja know that in 1762 the fourth Earl of Sandwich, a gambler by the name of John Montagu, would get so involved in card games that he would not take breaks to eat? He prepared for the card games by bringing slices of bread and meat and played while he ate. His invention now bears his name.
Andrew Carnegie dipped deep into his pockets
on this day in 1901 and gave New York City slightly more than 5 million
dollars to construct sixty-five libraries and later donated money to create
more than 2,500 libraries all over the United States and Britain. Carnegie
gave away over 350 million dollars by the time of his death. We wish that
Mr. Carnegie could help out now to raise money for the Northern Columbia
Community & Cultural Center, but we know that we have to do this one
on our own with the help from some very generous people.
Quote of the Day:
"Those people who will not be
governed by God will be ruled by
March 11, 2004
Being overweight is often just desserts
Narrow-minded people are a lot like narrow-necked bottles. The less they have in them the more noise they make in pouring out.
Some of us don't recognize an opportunity when we meet it since it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking a lot like hard work.
No one will ever become muscle bound by exercising the mind.
We, the people of Pennsylvania,
March 11, 2004. Happy birthday today to Jackie Malhoyt, Major Andrew Vincent, Judy Search and Nancy Fox. We know the ages of all of these fine people, but we will be gentle and not divulge the information.
Today is the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Old Filling Station in their new Main Street location and they are celebrating Friday, Saturday and Sunday with specials and drawings for gifts, gas, desserts, a prime-rib dinner and lottery tickets.
The man who started his career with the "The
Hotsy Totsy Boys" was born on this date in 1903. His name was Lawrence
The most famous snowstorm in American history, known as the Blizzard of 1888, occurred on this date creating weather never again matched. The East Coast including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington were paralyzed, two hundred ships were grounded, at least one hundred seamen died. Property loss from fire alone was estimated at $25 million and more than 400 deaths were reported. The days before the blizzard were unseasonably mild, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Torrential rains began falling, and on March 12 the rain changed to heavy snow, temperatures plunged, and the wind began. The storm continued unabated for 36 hours. The National Weather service estimated that fifty inches of snow fell in Connecticut and Massachusetts with forty inches in New York and New Jersey. Winds blew up to 48 miles an hour and created snowdrifts forty to fifty feet high. The transportation crisis created by this blizzard led to the creation of the New York subway, approved in 1894 and begun in 1900, but that is a story for another day.
Lots of people love Knoebels Grove in any season, and one of those people is Mike Reilley who has an interesting web site that looks at Knoebels Grove in the Winter. Take a look and turn the speakers up.
The Bloomsburg antique show is March 13 and 14 in the Industrial Arts building at the fair grounds from 10 AM until 5 PM on Saturday and 11 AM until 5 PM on Sunday. Seventy-five exhibitors have signed up.
After reading yesterday's email, we do wish that people would be more specific! What kind of kite? What lake?
Quote of the Day:
A reader recently discussed the beginning of the
Unityville Fire Company, writing that in the early years of the company,
a local garage owner made sure his repair bays were empty at night so
the company could store its equipment in his building. He also kept them
inside during the day in the coldest part of the winter, somewhat limiting
Term of the Day: Neck of the Woods.
We had such an overwhelming response to our request
for information on the subject that we will offer this as an introduction
and when we get time we'll get more into detail.
When Jesse moved to Benton she remembers her Grandfather working from early morning until late supper time, except for Sunday. She remembers the story her grandfather told her about Carter Bache's second wife occasionally driving around the farms in a new car wearing a new suit the color of the car, quite a sight in those depression years. Jesse remembers that she had a goal as a kid to someday be able to drive a new car with a suit to match.
Many families who worked for Carter Bache saved
enough to buy their own small farms.
The Wary family live on one of the Carter Bache
foreman's homes, the one who ran the chicken farm, and they have found
three foundations of buildings to house the chickens.
The Red Rock Corner Store is at the foot of Red Rock mountain, nine miles North of Benton, at the intersection of routes 487 and 118. Freas Seward operated the store as a general store and later sold the store to Zell and Bill Seward. Zell opened a restaurant in the store, and maintained a service station with gas pumps. The garage did minor garage work.
Russ Seward remembers that the garage survived until a truck came roaring down Red Rock mountain and ripped through part of the garage.
The restaurant had two large round oak tables, and
there were some tables spread out in the store, so that about 20 could
be served at any one time. The specialty of Zell Seward's restaurant was
buckwheat cakes, unlike any we know of being sold today. They were sour!
Customers would drive for miles to eat the cakes, while others felt they
were too sour.
David R. Millard, Member, 109th District
PA House of Representatives
In order to have a happy marriage, it is necessary to keep your mouth shut and your pocketbook open
What right does Congress have
to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?
March 10, 2004
H. L. Mencken once said that "A woman usually respects her father, but her view of her husband is mingled with contempt, for she is of course privy to the transparent devices by which she snared him."
It is easier to forgive an enemy
than to forgive a friend.
March 10, 2004. Happy birthday today to David Depoe.
Zelda Fitzgerald died in a fire at the Highland Hospital outside Asheville, North Carolina, on this day in 1948, after suffering a mental breakdown that kept her in and out of psychiatric hospitals for 18 years. A fire broke out just after midnight on a night in March. She was locked in a room on the top floor, awaiting electroshock treatment scheduled for the next day, one of nine women who died as the fire swept through the building. Earlier in the evening, she had written to her daughter, Scottie: Today there is promise of spring in the air and an aura of sunshine over the mountains, and that is our quote for today. Read the fascinating story of the love affair of Scott and Zelda at http://www.zeldafitzgerald.com/fitzgeralds/index_ie5.asp# .
Auntie Anne's Inc. is opening the first of 17 Australian stores in Sydney this fall. Privately held Auntie Anne's supports more than 100 international and 700 domestic stores. The company certainly has come a long ways since 1987 when Anne Beiler began twisting pretzels as the manager of a concession stand in a Maryland farmer's market. A year later, she opened a stand in a Downingtown Farmer's Market, selling the original pretzel and lemonade.
Those of us who are German rarely mute our words. German carmaker Volkswagen AG said the first quarter of 2004 would be "lousy" and planned to slash 5,000 jobs.
Carter Bache farms are still something that we know very little about. Can you help? Larry Hayman reminds us that one of his farms was on what is now Honeytown Road near Bendertown. Carter Bache "had a store up the river somewhere where he sold stuff from the farm--meat, eggs, lard, turkeys, chickens, etc. He had several farms, one was a dairy, one was a turkey farm, one was chicken farm. Another farm was at the bottom of what we knew as dairy hill, another was where Mark Wolfe lives out toward Bendertown.
It is always nice to have the ability to laugh at ourselves when we make a mistake. Evy Lysk tells us about when she was a courier for a small business in New York. She recalls that she "was given a car and a beeper, and I noticed my boss was always leaving his junk on the front seat. This one day I was out delivering packages and sometimes I picked them up on stops along the way. I was out all day and wondered why my boss hadn't beeped me, he always did before. When I got back to the office, my boss said, 'I have been trying to beep you all day.' I said, 'I had the beeper with me, maybe the battery is dead.' I handed him the beeper and he laughed and said, 'This isn't the beeper, its my shaver.' Funny how that shaver looked a lot like that beeper. What an embarrassing moment I had that day."
George W. Bush who has been on Republican ballots in all the primary states now has enough votes to guarantee his nomination for re-election. U. S. Senator John Kerry, who won in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi yesterday, is still short of the required number of delegates to claim the nomination, but is rapidly gaining on it.
We were leafing through some very old handwritten notes and came across a couple of what appear to be tidbits of superstition. We are unable to determine the year. Here are some samples...
Monday's child is fair of face;
Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.
To cure a sty,
The day you find the first flower of the season can be used as an omen: Monday means good fortune, Tuesday means greatest attempts will be successful, Wednesday means marriage, Thursday means warning of small profits, Friday means wealth, Saturday means misfortune, Sunday means excellent luck for weeks.
Knife falls, gentleman calls;
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.
Snowbirds Marisa and Ted Whitenight are back in Benton after two months in Myrtle Beach, and this year they came back with the same car that we left with! (Last year their car was stolen). They are happy to be home with their family.
When you have a little extra time, take a look at the history of general stores in our area.
"When we seek to discover the
best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves."
"I spent a year in that town,
March 9, 2004
"A word to the wise ain't necessary
- it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
"I was married by a judge. I
should have asked for a jury."
9, 2004. Helen
Fritz (Mrs. Albert Fritz) celebrates her birthday
today and Dan Rather celebrates the 23rd anniversary of his debut as principal
anchorman of The CBS Evening News. Martha Stewart announced that she will
leave the board of directors of her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
The Fishing Creek Sportsmen's Association meet tonight at 7 PM at the VFW.
Do you know where...
The major newspapers report on a study showing that lowering cholesterol levels far below what most doctors recommend can substantially reduce the risk of a heart attack.
We tried to find out yesterday what the Town Council was doing about the proposal that was submitted for the renovation and rejuvenation of the Town Hall. We tried to find out from the President of the Town Council, but her phone is "no longer in service or has been disconnected."
Readers tell us that historically it is too
early in the year to complain about rising gas prices. The average retail
price of gasoline has now reached $1.74 per gallon. We repeat, $1.74 a
gallon. There are still piles of snow; the price of gas should not be
a topic of discussion at the coffee table for months yet! The reason for
the high price for fuel ranges from the greed of the oil-producing cartel
to environmental policies in effect since January 1 relating to producing
fuel with less sulfur. There seems nothing that we can do, and little
that even the President can do. The American people held Jimmy Carter
accountable for the energy crisis of the late 1970s. Ronald Reagan defeated
him in 1980.
We don't make any bones about it, we like shoofly
pie, and for those readers who haven't a clue what a shoofly pie is we
will simply say that it is a pie with a filling of molasses and brown
sugar, so called because early bakers supposedly had to shoo away the
flies attracted to the sweet filling.
That story reminds us of the story about the punishment dished out by the Amish father who found out that two of his sons sneaked into a bar for a drink. The father disciplined his sons by taking the horse home. The boys had to bring the buggy.
With the 2004 General Primary fast approaching, Rep. George Hasay reminds residents that March 29 is the last day to register to vote. Pennsylvanians will vote on several important offices this year, including those of President, and some U.S. House and Senate seats. State offices up for a vote include Auditor General, Attorney General, Treasurer, and State Representative. Half of the State Senate seats are also up for election. Pennsylvania voters will be asked to respond to a ballot question dealing with the authorization of the state to borrow $250 million to improve the state's sewage and water infrastructure.
The U.S. Census Bureau's Dynamic Population Clocks is at http://www.census.gov/main/www/popcld.html . Every time you go to the site, you'll get the latest updates on the U.S. and world populations. Click the "clocks" to get information behind the numbers.
A man took his wife to the doctor for her annual physical. After she was done, the doctor consulted the husband. The husband mentioned that he thought his wife was losing her hearing. The doctor gave him suggestions to test this condition. He said "When you go home, go in the farthest room in the house and ask her a question. If she answers, her hearing is OK" They went home. The husband went in the living room and asked, "Hey, what'for dinner?" No answer. He went into the bedroom and asked, "Hey, what'for dinner?" Still no answer. Next he went into the family room and asked, "What'for dinner?" Still no answer. Finally he went into the dining room and asked, "What'for dinner?" His wife answered him, "I told you four times... Chicken."
We liked the John Deere sign we saw which read, "The only machine we don't stand behind is our manure spreader."
The answer to the pop quiz is PENNSYLVANIA, specifically, York, Germantown, Baumstown, Philadelphia, Fairmount Park, Titusville, Bethlehem, Carlisle, Germantown, Gettysburg, Litiz.
Being convinced one knows the whole
story is the surest
March 8, 2004
Although Spring will be here in 12 days, we recommend that you stick to your winter flannels until your flannels stick to you.
March 8, 2004. Happy birthday to the stock
market rally today celebrating its one-year anniversary, although we haven't
much liked the way it has only crawled for the last two months.
The congregation of the Benton Presbyterian Church is at it again. They have declared that April 18 will be Scottish Heritage Day and are planning great things like a Highland Continental Breakfast with scones and clotted cream, followed by a Celtic Worship Service led by Alan O. Lumpkin with music and readings and the rich sounds of Scottish bagpipe music, A fellowship hour and refreshments will follow. As the schedule gets firmed up, we'll keep you posted.
in the sun
From the newspapers...
Quote of the Day:
It all depends on your perspective. If something is "obsolete," it is old and you are wanting to sell it. If something is a "collector's item," it is something that you are trying to buy. If something is a "pep talk," someone is trying very hard to get you to buy. It is "harangue" when it is your arm that is being twisted.
Don't like the weather outside? Here are some things that you can do today. Smile...set out a mouse trap in the attic...take down the Christmas wreath from the front door...pick up that loose paper that you keep hoping will blow over onto nurse Nancy's lawn...stop complaining about all the mud that gets tracked into the house...prune those tree limbs that are edging up toward the power lines...keep your kids away from the game of "zip code." It is like post office, only faster...read a good book...get into your Firebelch 500 and drive to one of the three real country stores we mention in the next couple of paragraphs.
The Stillwater Cardinals Baseball Players
From the left, John Unbewust, Donald Rabb and Jack W. McHenry
The year is either 1947 or 1948.
"The road to a
friend's house is never long."
March 7, 2004
"Live free or die."
7, 2004. Today
is the birthday of Richard Fritz, celebrating
his birthday with TV personality Willard Scott, 70. We should also mention
that we recently missed the birthday of Wendy Kriebel.
Happy birthday and Happy belated.
Although Richard and Wendy do not qualify because of age, many of us have seen Willard Scott wish older Americans a happy birthday, with his birthday wishes sponsored by the folks at Smuckers. Didja know that the original family name was "Schmucker," but was shortened to Smoker? Gideon Smoker, a Swiss immigrant, strongly opposed smoking, and so the name was changed--this time to Smucker. Gideon's son, Jerome Smucker, opened a cider mill in 1879 near Orrvile, Ohio, selling his cider for a penny a gallon. Smucker made and sold other products made from apples, including apple butter. Smucker peddled the apple butter door to door and sales of the apple butter grew steadily. In 1915, he sold more than $59,000 worth of it and he decided to invest in better machinery for making and canning the apple butter. By 1923, apple butter sales were so good that Smucker expanded his product line and sold other types of preserves. Smucker's jams and jellies began selling nationally in 1942. The company still isn't sitting still! The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and International Multifoods Corp. (NYSE: IMC) recently announced that their boards of directors have approved an agreement, under which Smucker will acquire Multifoods in a transaction valued at approximately $840 million.
Poem of the Day:
Some people don't have enough to do. California Gov. and former Mr. Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger has accepted a new role of executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines.
The Internet Service Provider Digital Freedom announced that any emails showing up from the following addresses are actually viruses and are not from Digital Freedom. The web site of Digital Freedom recommends a solution. The bad email addresses are: email@example.com, administration @dfnow.com, staff @dfnow.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Quotes of the Day, from Groucho Marx:
Pennsylvania has a historical marker program that came into existence in 1946. The familiar blue and gold markers highlight people, places, and events significant in state and national history. There are more than 1,900 markers recognizing Pennsylvania's history.
Nominations for historical markers may be submitted by any person or organization. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is usually in December or January. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of independent experts from across the state.
So isn't it about time that Dr. Frank C. Laubach had an historical marker erected in his honor Back Home in Benton, PA?
There is nothing so easy to learn
as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
If we could sell our experiences
for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires.
The years teach much which the days
Experience keeps a dear school, but
fools will learn in no other.
We should be careful to get out of
an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we
be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit
down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will
never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Experience is one thing you can't
get for nothing.
6, 2004. We suspect
that we will have to spend the day rounding up and throwing out our Martha
Stewart table settings now that she has been convicted of obstructing justice
and lying to the government (even if CNBC and MSNBC at first reported Stewart
was not guilty on some of the four charges). We understand that her magazine
will be renamed Martha Stewart Leaving.
The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, was attacked on this date in 1836, with Mexican general Santa Anna leading the charge. Dr. Andrew Pollock, superintendent of the Benton Area School District, has been a Benton resident about two years.
Alvin L. Kile,
86, (Sept. 30, 1917-Feb. 24, 2004), Anchorage, Alaska, died last month
in Alaska. Mr. Kile was born in Sugarloaf Township, the son of the late
Clarence E. and Nora L. (Fritz) Kile. He graduated from Benton High School
in 1935, entered the Army in 1944 and with his late brother-in-law, Mack
Thomas, built and operated the original Wenner-Burton garage in Benton.
Mr. Kile moved to Alaska in 1956, and worked at Elmendorf Air Force Base
for seven years, and later invested in trailer courts and mined as a hobby.
Mr. Kile is survived by his wife Elizabeth Brandt Hundley Kile; four children:
Randy Hundley, Eric Kile, Mrs. Jeff (Laura) Thimsen, Mrs. Dave (Lesa)
Hultquist; a niece, Dorothy Hess, Hill Street,
Benton; a nephew, Larry L. Laubach, Millville;
eight grandchildren; four great-grandsons. He had one sister, the late
Mary A. (Kile) Laubach. A memorial service was held February 28 in Anchorage.
Thomas Glyn Jenkins,
59, (June 17, 1944-March 4, 2004), Benton, died Thursday at home. Mr.
Jenkins was a local resident since 2000 and formerly lived in Downingtown.
He previously taught elementary science in the Downingtown School District.
He attended the Raven Creek Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his parents,
and his stepmother, along with three children and two brothers. The funeral
services are private and there will be no viewing.
What is that attachment? Do You know? Do you really know if the attachment in that email is from whom it seems to be from? Well, let's explain. You can't even tell any more that the extension JPG, as in oscar-pic.jpg. exe has a hidden ".exe" at the end. We have now regressed in our Internet life that we should never again click any attachment in any email. Always save it to your desktop and scan it with a good, updated anti-virus program. Most anti-virus programs allow you to scan a single file. It only takes a second to do and could save you and the rest of us in your address book a lot of problems. The only reason why these worms are spreading all over the Internet is because people will not stop clicking attachments in email.
Why can't today's country superstars sing like those country superstars of years gone by who sang about broken hearts, broken fists and broken bottles?
Pennsylvania will participate on April 24 in the "Great Pennsylvania Cleanup," an statewide effort to remove litter and trash from the state's roadways, parks, river banks and open spaces.
We promised to make comments each weekend on the
absurd things that go around on the Internet. Here are the latest that
we have seen...
CLAIM: Neiman-Marcus now sells chocolate chip
cookies, and McDonald's collects pull tabs for a charitable cause.
CLAIM: Paul Harvey wrote a widely-circulated
review of the movie, "Passion of the Christ."
CLAIM: Boycotting a couple of gasoline brands
will bring overall gas prices down.
Instead of spreading inaccurate email, we suggest
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest grocery chain, opened its first California supercenter, a 225,000-square-foot store, on March 2 in La Quinta. Wal-Mart has 40 supercenters planned for California over the next three to five years, and now operats nearly 1,500 supercenters in the U.S., which helped raise Wal-Mart's total sales by nearly 12%, to $256 billion last year. The Wal-Mart Supercenter in the Buckhorn area opens in October, 2004.
. Harold Sitler, Hershey,
came across the article iunder FEATURES
on this web site about Raven Creek,
and wrote that Lavinia Campbell was "sort
of a foster sister to me. When my family broke up about 1930, Lavinia's
parents, Alfred and Zella Dietrich took me into their home. I lived with
them until late 1935 when I entered the Hershey Industrial School (now
Milton Hershey School)."
Bill Lenhart remembers Burma Shave signs on route 15 going up the mountain to the Turkey Hill Restaurant south of Blossburg. Bill would go there with his parents for Sunday dinner, an all-day trip up and back, most of the time spent going up the mountain in their 1947 Dodge 6 cylinder flat head with a fluid drive transmission. Bill's dad would call out to the three kids in the back seat to quit dragging their feet! The Burma Shave signs read...
Think what a better world it would
be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock
every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
What is the use of a house if you
haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
The three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere are "Hold my purse.'"
March 5, 2004. We
missed a birthday. Richard Strauch
is now 19 years old. Richard celebrated his birthday on leap year day,
February 29. Thanks to Joyce Keller
for reminding us, and for Dayne Hartman
for verifying it.
Tomorrow night, March 6, is the Full Worm Moon, so called because the ground begins to soften about now and earthworms reappear bringing the robins. This moon is also known as the Sap Moon, marking the time when the maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.
Towanda was incorporated as a borough 176 years
ago today. That Borough faces the prospect of minor flooding this weekend,
and we all face the prospect of snow on Sunday night.
The hen riding the donkey photo and story from the Press Enterprise will air during the first half-hour of this weekend's U.S. Farm Report to be aired Sunday at 5 AM (ET). Locally, it can be seen on WOLF-TV, channel 56. Check your local, cable or satellite provider for channel in your area.
The Muncy Historical Society presents Ed Wentzler at 2:30 PM Sunday. He will discuss the life skills of the Native American Indian, how things were made and what materials were used. Those who arrive early can take a guided stroll through the museums treasures at 40 N. Main Street, Muncy.
What highway do Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Naomi
Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom T. Hall, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Dwight
Yoakam, and Patty Loveless all have in common? These country music stars
all hail from areas along 150 miles of pure Appalachian Americana from
Ohio to the Virginia State Line through eastern Kentucky along U.S. 23,
called The Country Music Highway. This designation will soon to be expanded
50 miles through Virginia with legislation expected to pass the Virginia
General Assembly next week.
Nicotine, one of the greatest threats to human health
since it is addictive and toxic and can constrict blood flow, is being
rethought in some circles. Outside of cigarettes where it raises heart
rate and blood pressure, if tweaked molecularly and carefully administered,
nicotine appears to hold promise as a treatment for illnesses from Alzheimer's
to depression to schizophrenia. Much of this research is coming from the
tobacco industry. The industry is saying that cancer and heart disease
are not caused by the nicotine but by the tars and carbon monoxide in
Do you want your kids to develop an interest in
gardening? Do they need a show-and-tell project? Try one of these...
Line a shallow bowl with pebbles and scatter a handful of lentil seeds over them. Fill the bowl with water. In just a few days, a bowl of greenery will emerge.
|The very pretty lady on the cover of the March, 2004, edition of Fly Fisherman Magazine is Annie Antoni-Beck, daughter of Cathy and Barry Beck. Annie is currently training 12 horses in West Palm Beach, a winter job she has held for a number of years. The horses include both show horses and polo horses and the education she is getting in Florida will greatly help starting at the end of April when she comes Back Home to Benton, PA, and with her boyfriend Greg Galanda open an equine facility for retired show horses at the very top end of Raven Creek Valley.|
|The farm where the facility will open was known as Springdale Farms when it was built in 1863 by Ezekiel Shultz and that is the name that Annie will return to the farm this Spring. For years, we have known the farm as the Harry and Lavenia Campbell farm, and many know it as adjacent to where the Benton Cider Mill is located.|
If you don't like something, change
it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
"Do the hokey pokey and turn
yourself around, that's what it's all about!"
March 4, 2004. On this date in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president, based partly on his pledge of leading the country out of the Great Depression. FDR (January 30, 1882-April 12, 1945) was the 32nd (1933-1945) President of the United States, elected for four terms, the only U.S. president elected more than twice. FDR was part of the reason the United States Constitution was amended to limit presidents to 2½ terms (10 years). For his program involving the Civilian Conservation Corps, turn to FEATURES.
The Benton Volunteer Fire Station celebrates their first anniversary of the pouring of the first section of the concrete floor in the truck bay. The second pour took place March 6. The Social Hall was the old showroom of the Little Lumber Company.
In 1789 on this date, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York, then adjourned for lack of a quorum.
In 1861 on this date, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated president. The threat of secession hung over Abraham Lincoln's inauguration. Jefferson Davis had been inaugurated as the President of the Confederacy two weeks earlier. The former Illinois Congressman arrived in Washington by a secret route to avoid danger, and General Winfield Scott's soldiers guarded his every movement. Ignoring advice to the contrary, the President-elect rode with President Buchanan in an open carriage to the Capitol, where he took the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Roger Taney surrounded by a sheathing of scaffolding because the copper and wood "Bulfinch" dome was being replaced with a cast iron dome.
You might watch U.S. Farm Report this weekend on WOLF-TV, Channel 56, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. If all goes well, they will show the Press Enterprise picture of the hen riding the donkey on Brien McGrath's farm near Benton. The WGN farm folks are trying to get permission from the Press Enterprise to use the photo on the show in exchange for credit to the paper and McGrath. There are somewhere around 200 TV stations that carry the show, which is part of Tribune Company's network. The show features Orion Samuelson, WGN agribusiness director, and his associate, Max Armstrong, both well-known and highly-regarded in the agriculture industry. Channel 56 carries the show at 5:00 AM (ET) Sunday, so set your TiVos now.
Many of us are now backing up our computer data on CDs which we create on our computers. Be aware that applying labels to a CD may not be a smart thing to do since it can accelerate the rate of data loss on a CD. Many recommend using a marker specifically designed for writing on CDs and write only on the inner hub to be extra safe. Use only high quality media, and keep the CDs out of strong light. Store vertically in a case in a cool, dry, dark location. Avoid flexing the CD or getting fingerprint on the reflective surface. Make a second copy with a different brand of CD for extra security.
The Press Enterprise wove a story in today's edition involving charges against two men over an incident back in November in which Amanda Kingston, 17, North Street, was run over by a car as she chased her boyfriend Timothy Newhart during an argument.
John Herbert Laubach remembers watching Grant Johnson weigh out carpenter's glue, nails, butter, sugar, candy etc. when his Uncle George Parker took him to shop. Paul Girton was the cousin of George Parker and John's mother, Bernice Parker Laubach.
Grant Johnson had what the old folks called "a
hitch in his gitup." In later years he would be in front of the store
and take 10, 15, or 25 steps whithout moving an inch. After a while he would
master forward motion and start walking home.
Notice the number of employees in the picture above, as many for this small store as some of the large stores have today--and we betcha they knew the answer to all the questions customers asked, unlike the employees in many stores we visit today.
We would love to borrow some pictures of the inside of the old Pennington store and other stores in the Benton area for the purpose of displaying them on the Benton News..
The general store was the focal point of a community. crammed with everything from axe handles to zippers, a place neighbors could drop by to share the gossip of the town and do a bit of shopping. Most general stores had a few things in common; i.e., a porch out front, where people could talk and load and unload goods; large windows for display; pillars supporting an upper balcony at the front of a second story where the merchant often lived; a large undivided merchandise area for the store, and the stores usually had long, wonderfully built oak cabinets that extended to the ceiling. The employees were local people, and everyone was called by their first names. Often the store served double duty as the local post office. Barter was common, and credit was often extended until farmers got paid for their crops. Many eventually sold gasoline from pumps installed in front of the stores as automobiles arrived in the communities.
It is hard to forget, for those of us old enough to
remember this sort of thing, the crowded shelves, the glass showcases and
all of the things that hung from the ceiling. The long counters were always
piled high with inventory and heavy brown paper and cast-iron string holders
and chocolate bars and gum and candy and butter, cheese, meat and vegetables.
We remember the smell of fresh ground coffee, sharp cheddar cheese, dried
fruit, and kerosene. The items that were kept "under the counter were
asked for in a whisper and then pre-wrapped in brown paper. Young boys on
one leg and then the other asking delicate questions were always surprised
when the clerk anticipated the question and fielded the question with ease.
In the case of the Pennington Store in Benton, we certainly remember Doyle
Pennington with his constant cigar and plastic cigar holder. As Archie Bunker
would say, "Those were the days."
"There is no limit
to what can be accomplished if it doesn't matter who gets the credit."
March 3, 2004
A friend is someone with whom another person can be sincere, a person with whom you can think aloud.
And if you are looking for a friend without a fault, you are never going to have many friends.
3, 2004. Today
we celebrate Bob and Iva Conner's wedding anniversary,
the birthday of Herr Klink, the designation
of the "Star Spangled Banner" as the US national anthem, Alexander
Graham Bell's birth in 1847, and the dedication of Mount Rushmore.
Quote of the Day:
Father Joe Hess, long associated with St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, gently wrote that while we often write of Mother's saying that something was in a "mell of a Hess," he respectfully recommends that we change it to "If you're ever in a mess, call on Hess."
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is going to study the feasibility of collecting tolls on Interstate 80. PennDOT Secretary Allen Biehler told lawmakers Monday the study is in the form of a cost-benefit analysis being done in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
A state representative is reportedly initiating legislation leading to a law requiring police officers to notify local newspapers of the arrest of persons for possession or distribution of illegal drugs, hoping that it will cut down on the "recreational" use of drugs through public embarrassment.
Today's Press Enterprise includes two articles about Monday night's town council meeting, you can have doughnuts with your morning coffee and get the "hole" story in the Times Leader about the family owned Krispy Kreme doughnut, you can trace three generations of the Adcroft family as WVIA's "State of Pennsylvania" takes a closer look at the story of Krispy Kreme tonight at 8 on channel 44, USAToday includes an article about the soaring gas prices and mentions that regular gas near San Francisco hit $2.85 a gallon, the Washington Post headlines "Kerry wins nine of 10 states in "Super Tuesday" voting and "Kerry Locks Up Nomination," an article entitled "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" is one we can relate to in today's Christian Science Monitor, and finally the Pittsburgh Tribune writes that "US Airways and its unions must settle on a way to turn a profit by July or its board will start selling assets or find a merger partner."
A farmer that some might describe as a "small" farmer was accused by the Wage and Hour Department of not paying his help the right amount. He was required to provide a list of employees and what he paid them. The farmer slowly took the tattered piece of straw out of his mouth and pushed the straw hat back on his head a bit and explained that the hired man had been working three years and he was paid $600 a week including room and board. The agent wanted to know who else worked on the farm. The farmer explained that he had a cook who had been around about 32 years and was worth he figured about $500 a week including room and board. The agent wanted to know if there was anybody else.
"Yep," the farmer said, "yep there is. There's the half-wit, works 'bout 18 hours a day, gets about $10 a week and gets chewin' tobacco.
"A ha!" the agent snarled. "I want to talk to that half-wit!"
"You're talkin' to him," said the farmer.
A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.
March 2, 2004
The concept of two people
living together for 25 years without a serious dispute suggests a lack
of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
Elevate those guns a
Children aren't happy
with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for.
Happiness is having
a scratch for every itch.
Marriage is the alliance
of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who
never forgets them.
As my plastic surgeon
always said: if you gotta go, go with a smile.
If I have seen further
than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
2, 2004. One hundred
years ago on this date in 1904, children's author Theodor
Seuss Geisel, better known to the world simply as Dr. Seuss, was born
in Springfield, Massachusetts. His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, frequently
chanted rhymes remembered from her youth in order to get her kids to sleep.
Ted credited his mother with the rhymes for which he became so well known.
Most responsibility for raising the young falls upon the female in nature. Some male animals are even considered dangerous, such as the male black bear. A male bear normally does not recognize his own offspring, so the animal is actually capable of killing and even eating his own young, something exceedingly rare in the animal world. A male bear makes life tough both for its mate and for its young. Once a bear leaves its mother, about the start of the breeding season, most bear become solitary animals, except during the mating season when testosterone levels overflow. After a young male bear leaves its mother, he also leaves her home range. For this reason, early in a young male's life the young male must avoid any larger male bear. A young female, on the other hand, stays fairly close to the mother's range.
Quote of the Day:
Local residents left the comfort of their television
and easy chairs and came out in force last night to say what they felt
to the town council at the high school. The items of interest centered
on a proposal by the Historic Benton Preservation Society for rejuvenating
and recycling the town hall on Third Street and on the rental of a house
previously condemned by the code enforcement officer for the Borough.
Although the group was quite vocal, staying home would have had about
as much effect on town council.
The intersection of Second (Main) and Markets Streets
is in the foreground in this picture taken from the roof of the Presbyterian
Church. The Opera House on third Street is in the center top of the picture.
and Dean Kelchner of the Columbia County
Farmers National Bank and Judith Scavone
of the First Columbia Bank & Trust Co.
In other developments, it was announced that Ed Kocher is acting code enforcement officer as well as being the borough's zoning officer. A claim was made that fish had been seen swimming in some of the potholes in Fink Street (the street running from Market Street between the Market Square Restaurant and Sophie's bar), but that did little to persuade town council that they should devote any time or money to the street. Karen Reed announced that she had given Nevin Hartman written permission to rent two Market Street houses that previously had been condemned, and did that on advice of council. Her letter to Mr. Hartman stipulated that the repairs required by the September, 2003, ruling be completed "prior to occupancy." No action was taken on the remaining condemned property on Main Street, usually known as "the bakery," to take it out of the condemned category.
There may be someone somewhere in Pennsylvania who has never heard of the Shady Maple Smorgasbord and the Shady Maple Farm Market in East Earl, Lancaster County, but we would be surprised if that were the case. Lets look at the market first. The market totals 50,000 square feet, the buying offices total about 70,000 square feet, the bakery shop is something like 60 feet by 300 feet and employs over 60 people. The soup and salad department is 48 feet of service display cases with over 150 different heat-and-eat selections, plus desserts and salads. The deli department consists of 48 feet of full service cases and 48 feet of self-service cases. The dairy department has 168 feet of five-deck refrigerated cases. Produce is 448 feet of self-service produce displays and 45 feet of deluxe candy displays. The meat department now has 60 feet of service meat cases and 56 feet of four-deck self-service display cases. The seafood department includes 24 feet of full-service fish cases, 16 feet of self-serve fish cases, 16 feet of frozen seafood glass door cases. Frozen Food has 215 feet of refrigerated glass door cases. That sure does beat the tar out of old Harold's Market in Maple Grove, doesn't it!
On the smorgasbord side, Shady Maple is planning
a significant expansion from its current size of about 100,000 square
feet with an addition of 52,600 square feet. Shady Maple's gift shop will
be expanded, too, and that is now in a building about the size of a Giant
or Safeway grocery store. Construction began yesterday and is expected
to be completed by February 1 of next year.
Those trout being dumped in Pennsylvania's lakes
and streams by the Fish and Boat Commission this week are safe to eat,
according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. All recreationally-caught
fish in Pennsylvania are subject to a one-meal-per-week consumption advisory.
The town of Dushore was founded in 1859, but the
area traces back to
As a member of the Benton girls basketball team,
6'1" Regina Schlichter's numbers--21.6
points and 15 rebounds per game--got her plenty of attention from college
recruiters. She is still at it, getting an article in the sports pages
of the Press
Isn't it interesting that when Russian men talk to each other, a comfortable talking proximity is about ten inches. American men, however, feel much more comfortable about two feet apart. And we know some husbands and wives that seem to like to be about a thousand miles apart.
"March comes in
with adders' heads and goes out with peacocks' tails."
How times have changed. President Grover Cleveland said in 1905, "Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote."
March 1, 2004
Never miss a good chance
to shut up.
1, 2004. Today
is Rodney Van Pelt's birthday, and Rod shares
his birthday with blind bluegrass picker Doc Watson, enjoying his 81st.
In 1961 on this date, President John Kennedy created the Peace Corps and
in 1932 on this date 20-month-old Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., son of Charles
and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, NJ.
In today's news, we have a story with pictures about Oscar and Mabel and their Benton owner Brien McGrath in the Press Enterprise, a story about the World of Racing Motorsports Expo at the Kingston Armory in today's Citizens Voice, and the Associated Press is quoted in all the local papers with their story that "The Passion" which debuted on Ash Wednesday was the No. 1 box-office attraction for the weekend with $76.2 million from Friday to Sunday.
"The Return of the King" won all 11 categories
in which it was nominated, including the year's Best Picture. The winners
at the 76th annual Academy Awards bash included...
Is your boss looking over your shoulder while you are reading the Benton News? Hold down the Shift key and click on the close box (X) in the upper right corner of the folder window to quickly close multiple folders. On a Windows-based computer, hit the Windows key (it has a picture of a flag on it) and the letter "D" and you will go to the desktop.
A simple adjustment in email software is all that is needed for "spoofing," a way for spammers to hide their tracks. Microsoft, Yahoo! Inc., and AOL are experimenting with systems designed to authenticate senders of email. Microsoft's proposal is known as Caller ID for E-mail and requires Internet service providers to submit lists of unique numeric addresses for their mail servers. On the receiving end, software would check a database to verify that a message said to come from an email provider actually originated at one of its registered machines. AOL's system in testing is called Sender Policy Framework. Yahoo calls their system DomainKeys, and it would use encryption to digitally sign messages. If the sender or message content is altered, the signature gets rejected. Additionally, Sendmail Inc., Brightmail Inc. and Amazon.com are also testing systems. All these competing proposals are enough to get the Internet's standards-setting bodies in a lather.
Quote of the Day:
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said something to the effect that rules are not necessarily sacred, but principles are. Well now that we know that, we'll change it. If you go to http://www.everyrule.com/ you can access the largest database of rules in the world for sports, games, etiquette and--well, everything.
Baker Installations is a telecommunications outsourcing
company headquartered in McMurray, PA, and marks its 28th year of operation
in 2004. From the time of the company's incorporation in 1976, the company
has grown to approximately 2,000 employees with anticipated 2004 revenue
of $134 million.
Didja know that snow can actually be different colors? Snow can be red, for example, if the air during the snow contains red dust particles. Red snow is relatively common in parts of Europe where the air is filled with dust particles from the red sands of the Sahara desert. Certain types of algae stain snow yellow, purple, orange, green, and red. We hope that we don't see any more snow of any color this winter.