Pam's Corner Archive

 

10/07/10

Despite the call for rain, it was a wonderful weekend.  A little windy, but we didn't get wet and we didn't freeze...so, all was good. 

Congratulations to Renee "Whoopie" Edgell and Brock Bricker - the 2010 Homecoming  Queen and King. Homecoming events were sponsored by the Student Council. Advisor for the group is Erin Moran.  From what I heard, and what I could see - every thing went pretty smoothly. 

Although Homecoming is sponsored by the Student Council, another group puts in more than a few hours in preparation for the annual event.  The PAHS Cheerleaders made more posters and banners than I could count.  They put together the pep assembly as well as the bonfire.  They participate in  the parade and cheer at the game.  They also host a spaghetti dinner for the players, coaches and managers.  It's a busy week for the girls - and probably almost all of them are also involved in other activities. 

I had to make a quick trip to Olean  Saturday morning so I parked my car in the football field parking lot so I would be sure to have a spot if I didn't get back as quickly as planned.  It was early when I made my way to Mill Street.  The cheerleaders had already been around town with signs and were at the field...decorating.  Their efforts did not go unnoticed.  I heard many comments and compliments during the afternoon. 

Before I forget, I want to correct something from last week's column...or I guess add to would be the better way to put it.  I had written, "Although Dick's position as Borough Manager is not a volunteer position, I've been told on more than one occasion that the community has no idea what he does for this community and that his is not a "9 to 5" job."  The second part of that sentence was somehow omitted in print.  Dick was honored as an Unsung Hero for how well he does his job, for going above and beyond and for his volunteer work with groups such as the Rotary Club.  I'm not sure what people were thinking after reading that column, but hopefully this will clear things up. 

Anyone interested in Senior Day/Night events - here is the schedule I have.     Lady Gator Soccer Senior Day will be on October 15; Gator Soccer Day will be October 16.  Volleyball Senior Night will be October 26 and Football Senior Day will be October 30.  

Don't miss out on making a donation to the annual Library Dinner Auction.  Tickets are on sale now.  Space is limited!

 

10/14/10

I just love this time of year.  I love everything about it!   I love the cool crisp weather...the color...the smell...

I love football - Gator football that is - and all the fall sports....and Halloween and collecting for UNICEF and cider and donuts!  

I love taking pictures of family and friends at this time of the year and finding that one last tree with some color.  

What I don't love - is thinking about the snow and cold of winter.  None of it bothers me except for when I want to travel outside the borough limits of Port Allegany.  I can handle driving in the snow at 25 or 35 miles per hour.  Getting on the highway with others who think that you should still drive at 55 or faster even though there is ice and snow on the roads scares me.  
 

I also love this time of year because we usually go to visit Kacie and Jered in Florida...and my brother and his family in Georgia.  Every year is a struggle, trying to find the time to go.  Between Homecoming and Halloween and senior days and nights and banquets and dinner auctions and church stuff - it's hard to leave.  We usually try to pick a time when I will miss the least amount of activities.  This year - we decided to not even try to go in October.  Hopefully, we will make it before the year's end!

Did you see that the Moments to Remember show raised almost $3,800 for the building fund?  Wow!  A sale of DVD's is pending...so that total could go even higher.  Congratulations to all involved!

Now, what are you doing to help the dinner auction along?  Proceeds from that event goes toward the operating expenses of the library...the day to day bills...the money that keeps the library going.  I've seen lots of neat things.  I think I saw a plane ride...a boat ride...a children's wooden picnic table...not to mention the chair and jewelry chest from J and B Furniture and the handcrafted wooden bowl from Bob Stauffer.  I've yet to get my act together, but hope to do so soon! 

There's a cute little place over on Pine Grove Road - it's called The Great Punkin Patch.  Lexi and I and the girls went over tonight.  The girls enjoyed a cow train ride...we all went on a hay ride.  There's a place to pet animals - bunnies, pigeons, goats, turkeys and the like.  There are pumpkins galore as well as a nice little gift shop.  You can buy fresh popped popcorn, apple cider, hot dogs and the like.  It was fun.  Give it a try!

 

10/21/10

Soccer Senior Days have come and gone.  They were both very nice.  The poor girls played and were honored during a huge wind storm...but all involved were good sports and just thawed out later.  

I got a little grief over the time change of the boys' event, but that wasn't my fault.  At the time I sent the info to the paper, I had been told the game would begin at 11 a.m.  Friday night (after the paper was already printed and on the newsstands) I was told the game time had been changed to 10 a.m.  The girls' opted to do their ceremony during half-time...the boys decided to do theirs before the game began.  So, anyone who arrived at 11 a.m. for the game, missed they include Volleyball and Golf (combined) on October 26...and football, cheerleader and band on October 30. Be sure to attend and cheer on your favorite athletes/musicians! 

A couple of safety notes...early this morning, I left the h.s.parking lot and it was still dark out.  A guy was walking a couple of dogs on my side of the road with his back to me.  Had one of the dogs not had a patch o white fur, I would have hit the guy.  He was in all dark clothing, walking in the road, on the wrong side of the road.  I had stopped at the stop sign long enough to send a text and then put my phone on the seat.  Had I hit the guy, there would have been an investigation and someone would check my phone and report that seconds before hitting the guy, I had been texting.  It would have been true, but texting would not have been the cause of the accident, the guy being in the wrong place, in the dark, wearing the wrong color clothing!  

Later in the day, after I left the soccer game, I almost got hit by a guy in a black truck that ran the red light by Sheetz.  I was thinking if I got close enough, I should get his license plate number.  I saw the light turn red and thought maybe I would see who just ran the red light.  He fooled me though...he ran that red light, too!  It wasn't that safe of a day for me. 

On Sunday, October 24, the Sunday school students from the UMC will be collecting for UNICEF.  Beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 4, the Girl Scouts - Kindergarten through high school age - will be collecting for PACS.  UNICEF provides a unique opportunity for children to help children...all over the world.  The kids collecting for PACS will be helping people in their own community.  When the holiday rolls around and children are home from school, they are not eating their breakfasts and lunches at school.  Two meals a day times times one, two, three or more kids per day can put a strain on grocery bills.  Please give what you can to these worthy causes!

 

10/28/10

Every once in a while I get a kick in the pants that sets me on the straight and narrow ...for a while anyway.  This new realization began with Pastor Randy's sermon on Sunday.  The subject was "time"...not having time, etc.   Can you imagine that topic would get my interest?  I'm not good at managing my time.  I used to be, but no more.  In my defense, most of the time when my day doesn't go the way I want it to, it's because I'm doing something for someone else...something for the paper, something for a booster group or church, something for family...once I take a step away from my plan for the day, I get behind.  I'm so far behind now, I'll meet myself on the way!  

The fact that Pastor Randy picked that particular Sunday to speak on time is one of those things that happen that let me know God is looking out for me.  I typically don't hear Pastor Randy's sermons because I'm in the Nursery.  If the kids are quiet, I can hear most of what's going on through the speaker.  When there are a lot of kids or they are having a particularly good time, I hear nothing.  I had planned to go to the Nursery again this Sunday, but we had some kids stay for morning worship and one of them was old enough to take Nursery duty and she offered to take the kids down.  Therefore, I heard the sermon - and I needed to hear it!  

Kids helping kids!  Sunday was a great day in Port Allegany. Kids from our church collected for UNICEF and raised over $200 for their efforts.  Scouts of all ages and their leaders collected two pick-up truck loads of non-perishable food items for the local food pantry (PACS).  The kids can feel really good about what they accomplished that day.  The weather cooperated big time!  It was beautiful.  

I tried to work on the time thing on Monday, but it wasn't going well.  I started thinking about everything that needed to be done while trying to do the first thing on the list for the day and that was not allowing me to complete task one quickly and efficiently.  I was worried about getting my newspaper stuff done as I had appointments that would occupy most of my Tuesday morning.  When things get to be too much, I go to my "poor me" mode and that pretty much seals the deal that I will not have a successful day/evening.  That's when I walked back into my office and the Oprah show was on.  I didn't hear the beginning and was distracted in the middle, but what I did see was a young couple who was dealing with an indescribable loss.  A semi ran into the back of their mini-van and they lost all three of their young children - a son and two daughters.  They were talking about their grief and how they get through each day.  It made my problems seem pretty small.  

When I came back into the room, I had missed a segment and Oprah was talking about a miracle.  I wondered what it could be, but I was called out of the room and missed it.  When I came back, the couple who had previously talked about their grief and how they weren't sure they could go on, were holding three beautiful children.  I don't know anything that was said in between - wish I would have taped the show - but the bottom line was this couple was blessed with triplets - one boy, two girls. Amazing!   The couple explained that while these triplets did not in any way replace the loss of their first three children,  that they definitely brought joy back into their home.  If you don't have a good evening after hearing all that - there's something wrong!

Today, I spent another morning at Charles Cole.  Once again, didn't have to wait long, every one I dealt with was very friendly, very professional and most importantly to me - very kind knowing that I'm scared to death of whatever it is they plan to do to me.  

There were several things I thought of last week that I was going to talk about in this week's column.  Those ideas have all left my memory.  If any of them return, we'll have the column already done for next week!

 

 

11/04/10

First, before I forget, I want to apologize to Tyler Smith.  I gave him a different name in the caption under the Senior Band photo which ran in last week's Argus.  He didn't yell at me, so that was good, but I guess he liked his name just the way it is.  I'd like to blame my forgetfulness on my advancing age - I'll soon be the speed limit! - but I've changed people's names for years.  Every time I mess up a name, I promise myself that I will be more careful, but I'm just like the mother who goes down through the whole list of children's names before ending on the right one.  During my 20 years of taking pictures, there have been thousands of kids and thousands of names.  Usually I get them right, sometimes I don't.  Sorry, Tyler!  

We're having a bazaar at the church (United Methodist Church)  on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  The event will feature local vendors, Baked Food Sale, Bucket Auction and Soup Luncheon.  Please stop by and see us!  Later in the day, the First Baptist Church is having their annual Harvest Dinner.  No need to cook this Saturday!

Then next Saturday, St. Joseph's Episcopal Church will have a soup/chili supper.  They are always great!  Stop by and see them as well!

Fall sports senior day events have come and gone.  Now we're in banquet mode.  I went to the Soccer Banquet Saturday night.  It was announced that Bryanna Evens, Jordan Edgell and Ben Osani were named to the all-star team for their league.  I had so much stuff for the paper this week, that many of the pictures will have to wait until next week.  So, don't be upset if you don't see everything this week!  In any case - congrats to the new all-stars!

That football game with Coudy was something on Saturday.  It was cold, it was windy, it was Senior Day...it was fun to watch the guys do their jobs...and do them very well!  

I heard via parents/grandparents that the JV Football Team went undefeated this year.  Congrats to them and coaches Nate Zitnik and Jason Luther.

At this time of year when Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it's a good time to share for what we are thankful.  As I've done in the past, I'll open this space for others to voice what they are thankful for. E-mail me at pamdfischer@gmail.com or drop me a line at 3786 Route #155 and share your thoughts!  I'll start the ball rolling - I'm thankful that my big brother is feeling better and is back to work, at least part-time!  I'm thankful for a wonderful family and an awesome church family.  I'm going to be very thankful to lay my head on the pillow.  It's way past my bedtime.

 

11/11/10

 

What about those Gators?  Of all games to miss, I am most sad about this one.  I hear it was just great! Congrats to the guys and coaches!  Good luck to them as they take on Red Bank Valley Saturday afternoon in Brockway.

 

Congratulations to All-Stars...AML Football All-stars Zach Ramadhan, Tyler Burr, Seth Lowery, Camrin Stuckey and Matt Bodamer; NTL Volleyball All-Stars Jenny Shelley on first team; Rachel Taylor on second team and Renee Edgell on third team; and Soccer All-stars Ben Osani, Jordan Edgell and Bryanna Evens. 

There was a really nice Veterans Day Service held at Port Allegany Elementary School on Veterans Day.  It's a wonderful sight to see the whole student body saying the Pledge of Allegience together and applauding our Veterans. 

Mike and I were invited to the Veterans Dinner held at the Veterans Memorial Building Saturday night!  What a meal!  Ham, mashed potatoes and gravy...apple or pumpkin pie!  The speaker, Retired Major Don Martin, gave an inspirational talk and Joe Knell was honored with a certificate of appreciation for his service to the club.  Renee Edgell sang the National Anthem and did a wonderful job. 

The high school also had a service recgnizing the Veterans and Sgt. Lawrence Kelley, PAHS, Class of 2005 presented the school with a flag from Charlie Company1/112th infantry which was flown in Iraq. 

It was nice to see the Veterans get a little thanks for their service and sacrifices. 

On Sunday, the annual Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Port Allegany United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.  It always surprises me that the church is not completely full since it is a community-wide event.  Note the change in the location of the service.  A collection for PACS will be taken - monetary or non-perishable food items.  PACS is always in need of donations, but especially during the holidays.  Please give generously. 

Speaking of giving generously, the Angel Tree is up and waiting for community members to select angels...and the Toys for Tots bins are out.  Give what you can. You'll find that you will benefit as much or more than those who receive your gifts. 

The advent Wednesday services will begin Wednesday, December 1 at the First Presbyterian Church at 12:05 p.m.  These, too, will be community-wide events and all are welcome.

By the time you read this column, I will have hit the Pennsylvania speed limit...my 55th birthday is today, November 18th. It's been quite a year.  I feel very blessed.  Many thanks to my family and friends for their love and support this past year and for the 54 years that came before. 

 

 

11/18/10

 

What about those Gators?  Of all games to miss, I am most sad about this one.  I hear it was just great! Congrats to the guys and coaches!  Good luck to them as they take on Red Bank Valley Saturday afternoon in Brockway.

Congratulations to All-Stars...AML Football All-stars Zach Ramadhan, Tyler Burr, Seth Lowery, Camrin Stuckey and Matt Bodamer; NTL Volleyball All-Stars Jenny Shelley on first team; Rachel Taylor on second team and Renee Edgell on third team; and Soccer All-stars Ben Osani, Jordan Edgell and Bryanna Evens. 

There was a really nice Veterans Day Service held at Port Allegany Elementary School on Veterans Day.  It's a wonderful sight to see the whole student body saying the Pledge of Allegience together and applauding our Veterans. 

Mike and I were invited to the Veterans Dinner held at the Veterans Memorial Building Saturday night!  What a meal!  Ham, mashed potatoes and gravy...apple or pumpkin pie!  The speaker, Retired Major Don Martin, gave an inspirational talk and Joe Knell was honored with a certificate of appreciation for his service to the club.  Renee Edgell sang the National Anthem and did a wonderful job.  

The high school also had a service recgnizing the Veterans and Sgt. Lawrence Kelley, PAHS, Class of 2005 presented the school with a flag from Charlie Company1/112th infantry which was flown in Iraq. 

It was nice to see the Veterans get a little thanks for their service and sacrifices.

On Sunday, the annual Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Port Allegany United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.  It always surprises me that the church is not completely full since it is a community-wide event.  Note the change in the location of the service.  A collection for PACS will be taken - monetary or non-perishable food items.  PACS is always in need of donations, but especially during the holidays.  Please give generously. 

Speaking of giving generously, the Angel Tree is up and waiting for community members to select angels...and the Toys for Tots bins are out.  Give what you can. You'll find that you will benefit as much or more than those who receive your gifts.

The advent Wednesday services will begin Wednesday, December 1 at the First Presbyterian Church at 12:05 p.m.  These, too, will be community-wide events and all are welcome.

By the time you read this column, I will have hit the Pennsylvania speed limit...my 55th birthday is today, November 18th. It's been quite a year.  I feel very blessed.  Many thanks to my family and friends for their love and support this past year and for the 54 years that came before.

 

 

11/25/10

We've had a wonderful week of visiting - first in Lemoyne to see my friend, Luann; then to Statesboro, GA, to see my brother Kev, sister-in-law Jackie, and nephew Noah; and last stop in Midway, FL, to visit with youngest daughter, Kacie as well as Jered and his dad, Russ. 

For the most part, the weather has been great!  The only problem with these visits is they end way too son!  Actually there are two problems...we miss everyone we left back in Port, too! 

One thing we didn't miss was the excitement of the Gator win over Redbank Valley Saturday afternoon.  We couldn't be in attendance, but the reports made their way to Florida.

Kacie took me shopping - a couple of days in a row...and then I spent a couple of days wrapping...and wrapping...and wrapping!  I've done so much...but there is so much more yet to do.  Today we went to the movies to see Unstoppable.  It was fun to see familiar things on the big screen...and little Miss Arianna Barnard was adorable.  It was cool to see the map with words like Turtlepoint, Eldred, Olean, etc.  I'm wondering why they misspelled Port Allegany. Other than that - the movie was very good.  I'm not an action movie fan...in fact, I'm not a real movie fan period. I like the movies on the Hallmark channel as the holidays near.  They are more my speed!

Don't forget the Toys for Tots campaign and the Angel Tree at the First National Bank.  Don't forget the local food pantry (PACS).  December will be a busy month with band and choral concerts... Santa's Shop, Church Christmas program...Christmas Advent services...lots of activities will be going on.   Hopefully we'll all be able to take a little time for ourselves. 

Happy Thanksgiving - have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

12/02/10

Our trip to Florida was wonderful...we left later than planned, but that is typical Pam.  The weather was pretty good.  We always take egg and tuna salad from Carlson's and eat our lunches on the way down which saves a lot of time and money and, Carlson's stuff is always delicious!  We found a cheap, decent motel, which is all we need.  As long as it's clean, I'm happy.  When you have kids and grandkids, you need space and pools and all the bells and whistles...but for a couple old people, clean is good!

We also had a nice visit with Luann and family, brother Kevin and family and Kacie, Jered and Russ.  Being away, however, didn't let us escape the sorrows others were feeling in Port Allegany.  With cell phones and internet, we sometimes knew what was going on in Port before those who were here knew. 

Our trip home was not as pleasant.  We were going along great and had hoped to meet my brother and his family in NC where they were vacationing.  We got 20-30 miles away and our van started acting up.  We found more cheap, but decent, lodging and looked up phone numbers for garages that could possibly help us in the morning.  Mike took the van to a place that put it on the computer and of course, found nothing.  So, we set out, hoping for the best.  We drove the next day - all day - and were within an hour of Luann's house and the van again started acting up.  This time we had it towed to a dealership a few miles away. Luann made the drive to rescue us and took us back the next day to check on the van which again was running perfectly...the dealership could not find anything wrong.  Mike had them change a part that he thought might be causing our troubles, but we didn't start for home as we didn't want to get stuck along side the road in the dark. 

We made it back to Port just in time to have dinner at the home of my parents.  Sure didn't want to miss that!  Dinner was, as it always is, delicious!  I'm not sure how Mom does it..and every year I wonder if she'll be up to it the next year.  She is as amazing just like the wonderful meal and pies!  I have to mention that Dad helps - not exactly sure how...maybe he just stays out of the way...but in any case, they are excellent hosts and we all look forward to holidays at their house. 

My aunt and uncle from Lockport stayed with us Thursday and Friday nights and that doesn't happen very often.  So, that was pretty special, too.  On Saturday, I was torn as to whether I should go to the football game or stay with my family.  Typically, my family doesn't chime in on what I do - this day, however, everyone had an opinion and they all urged me to stay home.  I felt bad about it as I missed all the Gator playoff games.  On the other hand, between Pat Crants and Micky Taylor - there have been action shots in the Reporter Argus...and I thank them very much. 

After e-mailing Pat and Micky, I decided that I could attend the surprise party for my friend, Rene, who had a birthday on the 27th.  Mike and I arrived and I learned that although Rene was at the church and it was, indeed, her birthday, the party was for me!  It was a wonderful Saturday afternoon spent with family and friends. I appreciate everyone who gave up their afternoon to spend with us. 

I spent more time at the party than I had originally planned...when I thought it was Rene's party, I figured I would stay an hour or two...however my time there was quite a bit longer.  That left me with not a lot of time to work on the Adopt-A-Family, Unsung Heroes and December Dates newsletter for Sunday school.  After a few hours working on that stuff, I had to go to bed.  For whatever reason, I was exhausted from my vacation and the holiday.  I got up very early to finish things.  On my way to church, I learned of another tragedy...one that involved a good friend.  It set the pace for the rest of my day. I felt an awkward feeling of not knowing what to do...being upset...and trying to keep up with the tasks at hand without giving any thing my full attention.  I also couldn't fall asleep Sunday night.  Monday  morning, I woke up to learn that we had lost two more young people in a car accident. 

Our thoughts and prayers go to all the families and friends of the people that have passed.

 

12/09/10

I had a little preview of the Holiday Band Concert this morning when members of the Elementary Band made a trip to the high school auditorium stage for a rehearsal.  The concert will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m.  You won't want to miss it!

Tickets are also on sale for the upcoming WIntersongs concerts which will be presented December 17 and 18, also at the high school...and also at 7:30 p.m. 

Winter sports are now underway.  The Lady Gators will host Bradford on December 10; the Gator basketball team will host Brookville on December 14; and the Gator Wrestling team will host Sheffield December 16. 

I went to Santa's Shop Saturday morning and took a few shots of some eager shoppers and a few timid tots who weren't real sure they wanted to sit with Santa.  Those pictures will be featured on this week's picture page.  Sunday, we decorated the church at the annual "hanging of the greens" or family festival as it was once called.  The group was small, but eager.  The result was a beautiful sanctuary!  Those who participated, can be proud!

The PAWC was going to surprise Mary Ellen Lewis at their Christmas Gathering but instead they were surprised.  Mary Ellen was very busy on Sunday and stayed at church till 3 p.m...the same time the WC was meeting.  She decided she had too many things to do and couldn't attend.  WC President, Debbie Johnson, gave her a call and explained that the gathering was organized in her honor and that her daughter and granddaughter had come from out-of-town to surprise her.  Mary Ellen was a trooper, got ready, and arrived shortly after being called. Congratulations, Mary Ellen!

Everyone enjoying the snow?  If I don't have to leave town for anything, I think the snow is beautiful.  If I have to venture out of town, it makes me a little afraid.  

I'm not sure about anyone else, but I really enjoy the holiday movies found on the Hallmark channel this time of year.  Some call them sappy, I call them heartwarming.  I've been enjoying one or two every night.  The rest of this week, I'll miss them.  The football banquet is Wednesday, the band concert is Thursday and the basketball game is Friday...we have a social obligation Saturday night, so I won't get another opportunity to turn to channel 64 until Sunday night.  Some of the movies I've seen dozens of times and know every word...some of them are very familiar, but I just can't remember what happens and a few are new to me!  

However you're spending the time leading up to Christmas - in church, shopping, watching holiday shows, at sporting events or concerts - I hope you don't make yourself crazy and that you get to enjoy your time with friends and family.  So far, I'm not crazed...but as time gets closer and my list of undone tasks gets longer, I'll get crazy...it's almost a given.  I'll get through it!  I always do.

 

12/16/10

This column will be short and sweet because I should be at the wrestling match but decided I HAD to get finished with my newspaper stuff so when I return home I can concentrate on the picture pages.  Time is in short supply this time of year and I tend to always be behind!

Check out my new website, www.pamspictures.com.  More galleries should be added weekly.  Hopefully having this site will help people from the long wait they have getting pictures from me.  

There's a lot going on this week - CARE for Children's Christmas Party the Rotary is sponsoring today; the Wintersong Concerts Friday and Saturday nights and the Breakfast with Santa Sunday morning at the Veterans Memorial Home.  I've been to Sunday morning breakfasts sponsored by the Sons of the Legion.  They're pretty wonderful!  Add Santa to the mix and it should make for a great Sunday morning.  The event starts early enough for those who would also like to attend church.

Speaking of church,  Pastor Randy will have a Blue Christmas Service at the Port Allegany United Methodist Church on Sunday at 7 p.m.  These services are for those who mourn a loved one at Christmas.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Everyday Happy-nings is having an open house this weekend.  Stop by and check out what LaWanda and her staff have to offer.  The Everyday Happy-nings window is beautiful...we all hate the empty store fronts so during this holiday season and all through the year, please support those businesses we still have.  I've got a lot great Christmas gifts from our downtown merchants.  You'd be surprised what you can find!

The DVDs from the Moment to Remember show will be available tomorrow.  The cost is $12 and proceeds go to the library.  You can find them at Joel Anderson's office on Smith Ave.; Port Pharmacy; or the library.

Joyce Stehle told me that her connection with the North Pole to have Santa attend Santa's shop this year was made through Kyle Hunt, not her son, Jefferson, as I reported last week.   Sorry about that, Kyle.

Mike and I attended the Breakfast with Santa sponsored by Verallia.  It was held at the Moose...breakfast was great...Santa was great...the gifts Santa handed out were loved...and the crafts and face painting were a hit!  Thanks to every  one involved.

Our Sunday School Christmas Program was held during morning worship Sunday morning following Breakfast with Santa.  The breakfast, prepared by Joy Barnard with some help from her mother Lorraine Bova, was delicious!   Her sister, Jill, was the director of the program that followed.  A new feature was added to this year's performance - a Bell Choir!  The kids did a great job.  The bells will surely appear again throughout the year.  Patty Fabish's class and the Jr/Sr High Class presented the Twelve Days of Christmas with a Christian spin on it.  It was very interesting and the kids did a good job. All the kids took the stage to play the bells from the Bell Choir as the congregation sang Jingle Bells.

Santa made an early stop in Port Allegany thanks to the efforts of Mike Barnard who just happens to have Santa's number at the North Pole. Young and old alike visited with the jolly old elf and promised they've been good and will continue to behave...at least until Christmas Eve.

Congrats to Matt Bodamer who was nominated as an Old Spice Player of the Year.  Matt, along with Seth Lowery, both received custom footballs at the annual Football Banquet for passing the 1000 yard mark...Matt with over 1000 yards passing and Seth with over a thousand years rushing.  The banquet, which was postponed a couple of times due to playoffs, was well worth the wait.  Nate Zitnik did a great job as MC, the Boosters did a great job in planning, decorating, serving, and the kids were great!  The banquet once again featured a Pat Crants DVD which highlighted the season.  It was, as always, amazing!

On the DVD, Pat had a thank you to Al Lacher who has been the voice of the Gators for the past 20 years.  I didn't realize this was Al's last year.  He apparently started doing the radio job when I started taking pictures.  Anyway, Congratulations, Al, on 20 years of service to the community and to the school...you will surely be missed!

 

12/23/10

A lot has happened in the past week.  I've been to my first wrestling match, boys basketball game and girls basketball game for the 2010 - 2011 season.  I love high school sports!  We also got to see the Wrestling Cheerleading Squad and both basketball cheerleading squads. These girls work very hard and that hard work is evident from the very beginning.  If you don't get a chance to catch a sporting event between now and Christmas, put the Holiday Basketball Tournament on your calendar.

I also attended Wintersongs 2010.  I really don't have a lot to say about the concert that you have not already heard.  The descriptive words I heard from audience members were "amazing", "awesome", "inspiring", and "remarkable"...also "The Port Allegany School District is "so lucky to have such talented kids"..."so lucky to have wonderful directors"...and some audience members even realized that the PASD is lucky to have a group like the Music Boosters who take care of box office, ushering, back stage tasks, chaperoning and refreshments!  The music from Wintersongs not only gives me a dose of holiday spirit, it also gives me a short time to sit and relax.  This year, however, I went back and forth from worrying about my daughter who was about to give birth to our tenth grandchild.  Lexi and Matt left for the hospital after I had already arrived at the school.  Did they need me?  Lexi said to enjoy the concert...she would keep me posted.  If you saw me checking my phone, I apologize.  It's not something I typically do during a concert, but I thought I might have to make a quick trip to Bradford.  That trip, however, didn't happen until the next afternoon.  Christian Lloyd Reed was born at 4:35 a.m.  He weighed in at 7 pounds and 5 ounces and is 19 and one-half inches.  Congratulations to Matt, Lexi, Makayla and Lillianne...what a nice Christmas present!

The "Lloyd" in Christian Lloyd is, of course, after my father...and Christian's great-grandfather. Speaking of Lloyd...I got a pack of the McKean County Historical Playing Cards which as described on the box is "a normal deck of playing cards featuring 58 unique photos of the McKean County, PA area!".  The Jack of Clubs has a photo of my dad. The card was sponsored by the First National Bank and it was noted on that card that he gave 64 years of service to the FNB.  The cards make pretty cool presents.  Call the McKean County Historical Society at 887-5142 to find where you can get this special deck of cards.

Don't forget the Cat's Meow pieces and the DVD of the Moments to Remember show.  These local items would also be great Christmas gifts.

We have an early deadline this week and I want to make a quick trip to Bradford to see Christian and his mom, so I'll end this week's offering with a wish for a very blessed and happy holiday for everyone! Merry Christmas...stay safe!!

 

12/30/10

Christmas 2010 has come and gone but I have yet to wrap and deliver all my gifts.  It sometimes drives me crazy to know that I bought gifts a month or so ago that I have yet to give that are now 50 percent off the price I paid for them.  You'd think that I would, knowing I won't get around to giving my gifts until after Christmas, that I would wait and purchase these gifts at the discounted prices.  Every year I think I will do better.  Every year, the story is the same.  

Now, in all fairness to me, our grandson was born a few weeks early.  I spent the week before Christmas making trips to Bradford to see mom and baby and helping to watch Christian's older siblings.  I also had a lot of last minute phone calls to cover activities for the paper.  I'm not real fond of being tired, but I am very happy to shop, to wrap gifts, to have people visit and all the things that come with the holiday season.  Now if I could just organize  myself so I could do the things I love so much without being tired!  

I don't typically make New Year's Resolutions.  This year I am going to do so.  My resolution will be to actually mail and/or deliver all the gifts and cards I purchase throughout the year in a timely fashion.   I also decided i will give people the hundreds of dollars worth of cards that I have bought, signed, addressed and never mailed.  I've done it before...given someone a 50th birthday card when they are 54 because that's how long the card has been sitting on my desk, in a box, or in one of my hundreds of piles. That's another resolution I should make - getting rid of my "piles of stuff".  We'll see what happens.  Ask Brandon Abbott how long I've talked about getting organized.

Christian Lloyd made it home to Port Allegany on Christmas Eve...what a nice gift for his family!

We had family in from Boston (Leslie and Todd); Lockport (Aunt Lois and Uncle Bob); Los Angeles (Logan); Williamsport (Alana) and Allegany (Lance and Debbie) and Kacie is here from Florida!  It was great to see everyone...but sad to see them go.  Since I don't really like to travel, I appreciate everyone making the effort to come here!

UMC named their December Unsung Heroes Sunday.  The first to be named were the husband-wife team of Joel and Dotty Anderson.  The couple were nominated for their participation in the Moments to Remember program which raised money for the library...and also their service to the community and church.  in December, we try to honor a family of volunteers...in 2008, it was the Stehle family and in 2009, it was the Kysor family.  This year, it happened to be my family!  My husband was actually nominated last year...he and Mike Barnard were both supposed to be honored in April...but I held off until they would both have out-of town family in church in July.  The family thing worked out for Buck, but my husband was not even in church that week due to a family emergency, so we decided to honor him at a later date.  His daughters thought they were going to watch their father be honored.  Little did they know that they, too, would be recognized.    Mike, Jr. and I had both been named Unsung Heroes in the past.  It was a nice moment for me to see the rest of the family honored.  Mike, Sr. and the girls have, for years,  done a lot of work behind the scenes, so their volunteer efforts were not well-known. Congrats to the Andersons and Fischers!

We're looking for nominations for our Unsung Heroes in 2011.  It's easy to nominate the Unsung Hero in your life.  E-mail pamdfischer@gmail.com or mail to Pam Fischer, 3786 Route #155, Port Allegany, PA 16743.  We will need the name of the nominee, their address and the reason they are being nominated.

This will be the last Pam's Corner for the year 2010.  It's been quite a year for me and my family.  We'd like to wish you a very Happy and Blessed New Year.  Stay safe!

 

01/06/11

Happy 2011!  I finally had time to put together a photo holiday card. My cards are never mailed before Christmas because rarely do I have the family together to take the pictures until after the special day. This year, our celebration was on the 26th...and although we did take a group photo, there wasn't a really great photo from which to choose... and our number one grandson has moved to Texas and was not home for our Christmas get-together...leaving any photo would would take incomplete.  I decided to just get a head shot of each - the four kids, their partners and the 9 grandkids.  Again, this is no easy task. Then, there's the fact that you can't just drag that many pictures into a set-up template.  Most labs allow 12 as the max...we had 13 photos.  I also had a hard time with usernames and passwords and ended up using my daughter's account to create my card and place the order.  I think God has a way of making me appreciate the little things in life.  I am so happy to have these cards ordered and look forward to sending them. Had it been an easy task, it may have just been another to-do item on my long list of things that need to be completed.

Before I say another thing I want to make mention of the change of ownership at Port Pharmacy.  Mike and Lynn Farber have sold the popular pharmacy/gift shop and will now enjoy a much deserved retirement.  I have no details on how long Mike has had the pharmacy but I do remember that years ago, when we had an active Chamber of Commerce, we wanted to honor Mike Farber on the occasion of his silver anniversary at the pharmacy.  That never happened as Mike isn't one to agree to such things.  Even though I don't have details, I  do have memories of Mike having a hand in helping other businesses to get started and of so many things that Mike and Lynn have done for our community not only through the pharmacy and the Canoe Place Inn but also through groups like the Chamber of Commerce, Borough Council, Music Boosters, PACS and so much more. The details don't matter, the overall picture is that this husband-wife duo have gone above and beyond in everything they've done and have touched the lives of thousands!  They deserve a round of applause and our thanks.  They also deserve much happiness and that is my hope for them. 

Julia Collver and Rebecca Culver presented a program to the local Rotary Club concerning the Port Allegany High School yearbook - the Tiger Lily.  It's interesting how they put the book together...how the book is funded...it's a far cry from the cut-and-paste process used when I was in school.  Many parents will complain about the price of a yearbook...especially those parents who have two, three or more to buy...but the book is actually sold from much less than the yearbook staff pay for them.  Advertisements and fundraisers make up the difference.  The yearbook has a great staff and are led by faculty advisor Kim Bowser.  It's so much fun to look back through old yearbooks.  It's also fun to see have they have changed throughout the years.  My dad was the program chair for the day, so I'm really appreciative that the girls did a great job i their presentation.  

I haven't really heard about any upcoming events. Sometimes people bypass me with info now that I'm not in the office, but if you let me know what's going on - I'll be glad to share with R-A readers. 

Here's hoping that 2011 has found you happy and healthy and that the year continues to be that way for you and your family.

 

01/13/11

It's been a hard week...a lot going on, but I'm used to that...but it's just that there are odd things going on!I guess I need to learn to adjust even more so than usual.

I hear that Thursday will be a good night to plan to go out.  The Music Boosters are planning a "Souper Supper" from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on the 13th.  The soup, crackers/bread, beverages and desert will be served in the cafeteria.  While at the school, you may as well take in the Lady Gator basketball game when the team takes on Oswayo Valley.  The soup supper/basketball game combination was such a good idea, they will sponsor another evening out on the 26th of January when the guys take on the Sheffield basketball team.  Cost is only $4 for a meal and desert...can't beat that!

Good luck to the District Chorus representatives Renee Edgell, Shane Whitney, Wes Caulkins, Anna McJunkin and Zach Sigafoes.  Seems like there is always some big snow storm when the kids need to travel...but I guess when events are scheduled in January, you can expect that.  I wish them safe travel and good performances.

Congrats to Chet Tanner who earned his 100th career win on the wrestling mat.  What an accomplishment!  I'm wondering if anyone keeps track of such things...like how many other Gator wrestlers have done the same?  It would be nice to have some Gator facts at hand. 

The Snowball Court has been selected...Renee Edgell, Cora Bova, Breanna Foster, Bryanna Evens and Caryne Healy for the girls, and Camrin Stuckey, Seth Lowery, Chad Barnard, Ryan Kio and Brock Bricker are looking to be king.  Good luck to them!

The Seneca Inn is holding their grand opening beginning at at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 15.  It's going to be a busy day for me...first the JH Wrestling Tournament at the high school, then wedding pictures to take in Bradford, the Rotary Holiday Dinner and then, hopefully, I'll still have a little steam left for the Grand Opening at the Seneca.  If not, I'm sure we'll get there soon.  We have been on the go, nonstop, since Jamie, Josh and Kerry took ownership. The Mill Street Band is playing at the Seneca from 9  p.m. - 1:30 a.m.  Should be a good time!

I'm looking for some Sunday school students.  You may find that an odd request, but for the first time since I was 17 years old, I don't have a class...I'm still listed as the Senior High Teacher, but there are no kids attending in that age bracket.  Earlier in the year, we had  blended the JH/SH classes  since there were only 4 kids total...so Laurie Schultz and I are sharing the class - she does most of the teaching as I'm also the SS superintendent and have other duties I could take care of, so it works out.    That doesn't mean I don't want a class, just can't come up with any kids.  I shouldn't feel too bad...we have three class rooms...this past Sunday, there were only two students in the pre-school/K class; two kids in the middle class and one kid in the combined JH/SH class. 

I'm not sure when Sunday School and  church took a back seat to other activities, but apparently that's the case.  For the first time since the 70's, we didn't even decorate our Sunday School rooms during the Family Festival/Hanging of the Greens.  We had three kids stay, but two had to leave for a Girl Scout event and I think the little boy went home because there were no other kids.  It's kind of sad, at least for me!  So, if you're looking for a church school education for your children, please consider one of the local churches to fill that spot.  The kids don't know what they're missing out on!  I used to tell my students - many who were involved with sports, that it is important to know the 10 commandments  and to try their best to follow them.  I likened it to trying to play sports - football, wrestling, basketball, soccer and the like.  It would be hard to play the game if you didn't know and/or follow the rules.  Same thing in life...if you don't know the rules, how can you play the game?  My SS class from last year did a little survey to see how many kids in their age group knew the 10 commandments.  They were surprised to learn that most didn't know any,  let alone all of them.  I'm  hoping to see those SS class rooms full again. I'm sure the other churches are hoping for the same thing.  Give church a try - it's only an hour or two out of your week.  There are no contracts to sign - so if you don't like it, there's no obligation to continue!  Just a thought!

1/20/11

Wrestling night has come and gone...and basketball senior nights are coming up quickly.  Senior night events are bittersweet moments for parents.  They are, without question, proud of their child and his/her accomplishments...yet, it also means that within a few months these kids will be on to the next stage of their lives...the stage where parents are no longer involved in their children's lives on a daily basis. 

We went to visit my mother-in-law on New Year's Day.  While Mike and Lexi were talking to the nurse, Makayla and I went across the hall to visit with Helen Strait.  I've heard about Helen all my life...the Strombergs...Caskeys....Eastmans...and Boteras...and others who grew up in Wrights, PA.  When I got to high school, I was friends with Helen's daughter, Julie.  I spent quite a bit of time at their home.  Later, when the Evangelical Methodist Church (formerly EUB Church) joined with the Trinity United Methodist Church, I once again would see Helen on a regular basis - at church, church dinners and church events.  

I had planned to go visit Helen from the moment I heard she was at Sena Kean...but days turn to weeks...and weeks to...well, you get the idea. It all worked out, though, and I did get to see her.  We had quite a visit.  She told me of the time she went with my Aunt Mariam and my father to New York city for the World's Fair.  My dad was only 17...I forget exactly who else went, but I'm pretty sure it was Carl Stromberg and Duane Ford...there were six of them.  I'll have to ask my Dad.  Anyway, I thought it was funny that she told this particular story as I had just heard about it from my Dad.  

I was glad to see Helen and visit with her.  It was in my New Year's plan to get around and do things sooner than later...and I was glad that I was starting out the new year in a good way.   Helen passed away a couple of weeks later.  It made that visit even more special as it was the last time I would see her. 

Her funeral was very nice.  With Pastor Randy in charge, you know services will be ver nice.  This one was extra special as some of the younger members of her family did some readings. As i sat there listening to them speak, I knew it was nothing I would (or could) volunteer to do, no matter who it was we were speaking about.  On the other hand, I thought it would be such a nice tribute...I hope our kids and grandkids read this column.  I don't know why I would expect, when I couldn't gather the courage to do it myself, my family to participate in my funeral, but it would be something!

I've been told there are a few more DVD's of the Moments to Remember Show available.  Call the library to see where you can get your copy.  I also understand there is still time to get your order in for the great brooms the Lions Club is selling to raise funds for the library.  I think there is a display at the library for that fundraiser as well.

Don't forget - we're looking for nominees for the 2011 UNSUNG HERO program. It's not hard to nominate the Unsung Hero in your life.  Mail your nominations to Pam Fischer, 3786 Route #155 in Port Allegany or e-mail pamdfischer@gmail.com.  Include the person's name, address, phone number and the reason for the nomination.  If you have anything else you'd like to add, do so.  You can sign your nomination or do it anonymously...just do it! 

1/27/11

Wrestling night has come and gone...and basketball senior nights are coming up quickly.  Senior night events are bittersweet moments for parents.  They are, without question, proud of their child and his/her accomplishments...yet, it also means that within a few months these kids will be on to the next stage of their lives...the stage where parents are no longer involved in their children's lives on a daily basis. 

We went to visit my mother-in-law on New Year's Day.  While Mike and Lexi were talking to the nurse, Makayla and I went across the hall to visit with Helen Strait.  I've heard about Helen all my life...the Strombergs...Caskeys....Eastmans...and Boteras...and others who grew up in Wrights, PA.  When I got to high school, I was friends with Helen's daughter, Julie.  I spent quite a bit of time at their home.  Later, when the Evangelical Methodist Church (formerly EUB Church) joined with the Trinity United Methodist Church, I once again would see Helen on a regular basis - at church, church dinners and church events.  

I had planned to go visit Helen from the moment I heard she was at Sena Kean...but days turn to weeks...and weeks to...well, you get the idea. It all worked out, though, and I did get to see her.  We had quite a visit.  She told me of the time she went with my Aunt Mariam and my father to New York city for the World's Fair.  My dad was only 17...I forget exactly who else went, but I'm pretty sure it was Carl Stromberg and Duane Ford...there were six of them.  I'll have to ask my Dad.  Anyway, I thought it was funny that she told this particular story as I had just heard about it from my Dad.  

I was glad to see Helen and visit with her.  It was in my New Year's plan to get around and do things sooner than later...and I was glad that I was starting out the new year in a good way.   Helen passed away a couple of weeks later.  It made that visit even more special as it was the last time I would see her. 

Her funeral was very nice.  With Pastor Randy in charge, you know services will be very nice.  This one was extra special as some of the younger members of her family did some readings. As I sat there listening to them speak, I knew it was nothing I would (or could) volunteer to do, no matter who it was we were speaking about.  On the other hand, I thought it would be such a nice tribute...I hope our kids and grandkids read this column.  I don't know why I would expect, when I couldn't gather the courage to do it myself, my family to participate in my funeral, but it would be something!

I've been told there are a few more DVD's of the Moments to Remember Show available.  Call the library to see where you can get your copy.  I also understand there is still time to get your order in for the great brooms the Lions Club is selling to raise funds for the library.  I think there is a display at the library for that fundraiser as well.

Don't forget - we're looking for nominees for the 2011 UNSUNG HERO program. It's not hard to nominate the Unsung Hero in your life.  Mail your nominations to Pam Fischer, 3786 Route #155 in Port Allegany or e-mail pamdfischer@gmail.com.  Include the person's name, address, phone number and the reason for the nomination. If you have anything else you'd like to add, do so.  You can sign your nomination or do it anonymously...just do it!

2/03/11

While organizing my newspaper information and photos this morning, I had the TV on.  The first thing I heard was about several boys, ages 13 - 17, bullying another youngster...beginning with dragging him through the snow and ending with hanging him up on a fence...with a bunch of horrible things in-between.  The youngster being bullied had done nothing, but for some reason was targeted by this group of boys.  I had to turn the station.  I can't imagine how anyone can be so mean to another person.  The only thing worse than kids being mean to other kids is adults being mean to kids.   The report I heard later this morning was even more disturbing.  The ladies on The View were talking about the mother who disciplined her child by forcing him into a freezing cold shower for not listening and pouring Tabasco sauce in his mouth and making him swish it around for either saying a bad word or just saying something she didn't like.  I remembered hearing about this on promo shots for a Dr. Phil show earlier.  I don't know any more than that about it because each time I heard the show promo, I couldn't change the station fast enough.  I can't get the images out of my head for what I had heard and certainly didn't want to have to deal with any more. Can you imagine treating someone you supposedly love in this manner?  And worse yet, feeling justified in doing so! 

There is never a good reason to be mean to another person.  Adults do all kinds of insane things to keep their kids in line and call it "discipline"...it's ridiculous!  Every time I hear that someone would act better if you could beat their butt or how kids would talk better if you could crack their mouths...I cringe.  Adults, for the most part, don't go around smacking other adults when they swear or say cruel things, why would it be ok to do so to a child?  Where do the kids learn swear words?  I don't remember ever hearing a swear word until I hit seventh grade.  My parents, grandparents, teachers and the like didn't swear.  I didn't know what a swear word was.  How quickly it is to slip and say a swear word when you hear them frequently. 

We often put kids in impossible situations and then expect them to be cheerful about it.  The things that our two youngest girls did that would drive me crazy, were things that they learned from me.  I realized very quickly that someone could come in and sit on the arm of the sofa or track mud though the house and they would apologize and I would tell them not to worry about it.  Sometimes these weren't even my friends...a sales person perhaps, or acquaintance.  Would I afford my husband or children the same courtesy?  Not usually.  

After becoming a parent, I was given what I thought was good advice. I deal with many kids...of all ages... and have done so for most of my life.  The advice was for me to treat other people's children as I would treat my own.  After a few years as a step-parent/parent, I learned that what we really need to do is treat other people's children the way we would like them to treat ours. We aren't always that nice to our kids - quick to snap at them or disgusted about having to say the same things over and over.  For the most part, we are more understanding of children who are not our own - especially if their parents are standing right there.  You know how it goes, you can say things to your family, but you don't want anyone else to go after them, even if you agree with what is being said.  

That's not to say I don't slip up.  I sometimes pick on my parents a little too much - or yip at my husband about things I would never give other people a hard time about...but I do try. 

"Treat others the way you want to be treated"...is one of the most important sentences I've ever heard.  After yipping at one of the kids or at my husband, I think about that sentence, and then I try to make amends. 

Treat people the way you want to be treated.  It's the most important thing I'll ever write in this column. 

2/10/11

I thought I should apologize for sort of jumping around in last week's column.  Probably no one noticed since I typically bounce around, but last week's column was too long and when I chopped stuff out of it, I'm afraid it didn't flow right.  I hope the point was made. 

Early this morning, I was thinking about what to put in this week's offering.  As I sat at the computer and wondered where to start, an e-mail popped up sent by my neighbor, Jackie Austin.  It came in the form of a forwarded e-mail, so I'm not sure who first shared these stories. They are called "important lessons".  The First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady - reads as follows:  "During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz.  I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:  "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"  Surely this was some kind of a joke.  I had seen the clean woman several times.  she was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?  I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.  Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.  "Absolutely," said the professor..."in your careers, you will meet many people.  All are significant...they deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say, "hello".  I've never forgotten that lesson.  I also learned her name was Dorothy.

The Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain  - One night, at 11:30 P.M., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway.  Trying to endure a lashing rain storm, her car and had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's.  The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.  She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.  Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door.  To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.  A special note was attached.  It read:  "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night.  The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along.  Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away...God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others." Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole

The Third Important Lesson - Always Remember Those Who Serve - In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table.  A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.  "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.  "Fifty cents," replied the waitress.  The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.  "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream:" he inquired.  By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.  "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.  The little boy again counted his coins.  "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.  The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away.  The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.  When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table.  here, placed neatly beside the empty dish were two nickels and five pennies.  You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

Fourth Important Lesson - The Obstacle in our Path - In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clean, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.  Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.  After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.  The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The peasant learned what many of us never understand!  Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.  

Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts - Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital , I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease.  Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her five-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.  The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.  I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her."  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek.  Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.  He looked  up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away:.  Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor, he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.  

Now you have choices.  Most importantly...:Live with no regrets; Treat people the way you want to be treated; Work like you don't need the money; Love like you've never been hurt; and Dance like you do when nobody's watching."  

I don't know if these are true stories or just stories... and some may consider them "sappy".   I apparently like sappy stories as I thought they were worth sharing.

2/17/11

The winter sports seasons are winding down and Junior High Basketball and Cheerleading will begin.  Senior night activities were very nice, as they always are. If you enjoy these events or have been a guest of honor at any of them, please thank the Boosters who put a lot of time and effort in not only the Senior Day/Night events, but also the banquets.  It's nice to recognize the kids who work so hard at their activities and the parents who support them.

I was elated to go on my early-morning walk and find the temperature to be at 45 degrees...that was Monday.  Tuesday morning, the temp was 15 degrees.  Such is the weather when you live in Port A., PA.  I talked with our daugher who lives in Florida Monday morning and she said in was warmer here than it was in Tallahassee.  Yet, when I talked with her after work that day, she said her window was rolled down and it was 71 degrees. Guess that's why people head to Florida in the winter.

There will be a benefit Sunday, February 20 for Carolyn Hawver.  Carolyn is once again battling cancer.  She has to make many trips to Pittsburgh and purchase items to aid her in her fight.  Since she's not been feeling well, she's also not been working.  The benefit consists of a soup/chili meal along with a Chinese Auction with some great prizes and a 50/50 raffle.  The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building.  Stop by for a great meal and help Carolyn out at the same time.

As I type this column on Tuesday morning I think of two of my favorite people who are celebrating their birthdays today.  The first is my mother... I'd say how old she is, but I'm not sure she'd appreciate it.  She certainly doesn't look her age, we'll leave it at that!  The other person celebrating today is a classmate from days gone by.  I always thought he was a great guy...my granddaughter has confirmed that thought.  After the first week of kindergarten, she reported that "Mr. Nasto is awesome!"  I agree.  Happy Birthday!  We celebrated these birthdays and that of my sister-in-law, Debbie at the Port Freeze.  The food was delicious and Ed and Judy had the buffet and tables set up so nicely.  We really appreciated their efforts and enjoyed our time there.

Following that celebration, we invited a few people in to meet our youngest grandchild....Christian Lloyd!  It was so nice to sit and visit with people.  It doesn't happen very often.  Christian behaved very well as did his big sisters Lillianne and Makayla.

The day before, we (Cathleen, Lexi, Kayla and I)  took a CPR/First Aid class on Saturday at the Ambulance Barn.  It took the whole day, but was worth the time spent.  Barry Daughterty was our instructor and he did a great job.  I won't be quitting my day job to follow in Barry's footsteps, but it's nice to have some idea of what to do in these situations.

I've heard some talk about helping the Fire Department with "their" financial woes.  They need help!  And by "their" and "they" - I mean all of us.  "They" are the ones doing all the work - training, raising money for equipment, and making sure that every thing runs smoothly.  We are the ones who receive the benefits from their training and fundraising.  It's a little one-sided.  There has been talk of sponsoring some benefits for the fire department.  I hope people follow through with those ideas.  We all need to be thinking about we can do to help our local fire department...we are so blessed to have such dedicated people looking out for our well being. Let's see what we can do to support the local fire department.

 

2/24/11

There are lots of dates to remember, so I thought I'd start this column with some of those dates.

The Veterans Memorial happenings including the Sons of the American Legion Breakfast to be held Sunday, February 27 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  I've been to these breakfasts in the past.  The food is great, you can eat quickly and get to Sunday and/or church on time, and the proceeds go to a great cause...so, what's not to like? 

There will also be a Chili Cook-off on March 5th.  Chili will be judged and prizes will be awarded.  Both of these events are open to the public.

There will also be a St. Patrick's Dinner at the Veterans Memorial Building on March 13.  I'm not sure what they are having or what the price is, but if you've ever had any food made by the Auxiliary, you know it will be good!

Showcase 2011 will be presented by the Port Allegany Music Department on March 11 and 12 at the school.  I've had a sneak preview...I know it will be good...it always is!  Good luck to the performers and  directors as curtain time draws near.

The next event I'm telling you about is not going to happen for a few weeks, but you won't want to miss it.  The folks at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church are sponsoring a soup supper on March 26.  The soup suppers make for an excellent meal at a good price.

I've heard that the benefit for Carolyn Hawver held Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Building.  Thanks to everyone who donated and participated.  It's wonderful the ways people in our community band together to help someone in need.

I've had several people nominated for Unsung Heroes recently!  Thanks to everyone for your input.  We honor people on a monthly basis.  Keep your nominations coming in.  Don't forget the nominee's name, address, phone number and the reason they are being nominated.