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Emmitsburg NEWS-JOURNAL VOLUME 2 , NO.3 • W W W.E MMI T S B U R G.NE T • M ARC H 2010 Businesses endure the blizzards NEWS New water plant in Emmit Gardens You might have noticed that Lincoln Ave. was torn up James Rada, Jr. Restaurants, which depend on The Palms also saw its busi- Zeigler said he’s busier than usu- recently - Page 3 customers being able to get to ness drop off during the snow, al- al right now with framing work Carroll Valley Police here to stay Poor communication led to T he two blizzards in February snowed in homes, caused acci- dents and closed schools. Through them, saw their business affected. “If another storm was going to fall on a weekend, I would just though the restaurant managed to stay open. The business the res- taurant did see was people from that needs to be done. Melissa Wetzel saw a similar thing happen with her accounting rumors that Police Dept it all, local businesses adapted and cry,” said Bob Hance with the town who wanted to get out of business. Being tax season, this is would be disbanded - Page 4 found a way to deal with the roughly Carriage House Inn. the house and people on their way a busy time for her, but when the 40 inches of snow that fell in the area. The saving grace for February to Ski Liberty, according to Lisa snows hit, clients canceled their Zurgable Brothers Hardware for the Carriage House was the Rodgers with The Palms Restau- appointments and her workers COMMENTARY sold out of snow shovels, ice melt, Valentine’s Day weekend, which rant. couldn’t get in. Pure Onsense rock salt and sleds during the bad was very strong for the restaurant. For the Rebecca Pearl Gallery, “Nobody could make it in,” said Some wonderful things, have weather. The store closed early a It helped offset businesses loss- the blizzards meant they saw a log Wetzel, who stayed in the apart- yet to catch on in America: couple days, but was able to open es from when the restaurant was jam in their business. People who ment above her office during the the metric system - Page 9 every day that it was supposed to. closed and when customers were were interested in framing or art- storm. “We’ve had to reschedule “The snow was definitely good just staying off the roads. work stayed home during the bad all those appointments.” Down Under for our business,” Ornodorff. The other encouraging sign that weather and then came out when The result is that Wetzel is over- Remembering the life of the Similarly, Harrington and Sons Hance said he’s seeing is that the the roads were clear. booking her time and working even great modern dissidents sold out of their snow blowers. restaurant already had more group “I think the net effect between longer hours to catch up on all of in America - Page 9 “We actually sold out a couple bookings for this year than he had the loss from being closed and the the rescheduled appointments. times,” Paul Harrington said. “We in all of 2009. burst of business we got when we Things are back to normal reordered and tried to get as many “We feel we’ve seen the bottom opened up is a net wash,” said Jay now with businesses hoping ARTICLES as possible from Boston where the and are coming off it,” Hance there won’t be one last snow- Zeigler with the Rebecca Pearl The Blizzard of 2010 snow wasn’t as heavy.” said. Gallery. storm for the season. I’ve always been disappointed in the winters of the Yes, Ski Liberty is having a Emmitsburg area... until now - Page 10 great season! Pastor’s Desk Pastor Rice on the future! An amazing and wonderful place or just a maze of confusion and turmoil? - Page 12 James Rada, Jr. This season Ski Liberty opened a Pets Large and Small bit later than usual, but now it ap- So you want to be a Purple Martin Landlord? - Page 16 I t’s March and there’s still good skiing at Ski Liberty. “Usually things are beginning pears that it won’t end the season until later than it usually does. Ski Liberty has 16 trails, four The Founding of Emmitsburg to slack off at this point, but we of which are expert level, and the March 5th marks the 225 anniversary of the founding haven’t seen it yet,” said Anne vertical drop on the mountain is of Emmitsburg - Page 20 Weimer, director of marketing 620 feet. at Ski Liberty in Carroll Valley. The lodge was renovated to cre- Mount Sports “Since there’s still snow covering ate more of an alpine lodge feel to Despite only starting in 2006, the golf courses and fields, people it. A new ski lift replaced an old- the swim team has their are still thinking about skiing.” er lift on the back of the mountain Conference by storm - Page 23 Despite two blizzards that near- and more snowmaking machines ly shut down the region for days in were added so that 100 percent of February, it still looks like it will be the trails can be covered. JOURNALS a great season for the ski resort. The “We’re trying to make sure ski- early February blizzards dumped ers have a better ski experience The Retired Ecologist Of Snow, and Silence, and twice as much snow on the moun- here,” Weimer said. Salvador Dali - Page 14 tain than it got all of last season. While the snow helped out Ski “The natural snow has absolute- Liberty, the resort staff found them- Four Years at the Mount ly been a blessing,” Weimer said. selves needing to help out the com- Thanks to over 40 inches of snow from two back-to-back snow storms, Senior Jacqueline Quillen “Many years all we have to rely on munity. During the snow storms, the slopes of Ski Liberty have been packed. ponders the future as her is snowmaking.” the Ski Liberty snowcat was able Mount life comes to a Having natural snow not only to reach six people who have been at the airport. Ski Liberty brought ogy back online here at BWI Mar- close - Page 24 minimizes the costs associated stuck on the road for eight hours. a groomer to the airport to help shall. The Airport, the FAA, and the with running the snowmaking Area emergency equipment couldn’t clear snow from around a sensitive airlines are appreciative of the fine Cold War Warriors equipment , but having snow on reach them, but the snowcat could. communications antenna. work performed by the entire Lib- Navy Captain John Murphy’s the ground reminds people that Ski Liberty personnel also helped “This was an innovative, out- erty team,” said Paul J. Wiedefeld, “Was that it? The beginning skiing is still available. the Carroll Valley road crew clear side-the-box solution that brought Executive Director of the Maryland of World War III? Did we miss It certainly encourage the First roads and pull cars from ditches. an important navigation technol- Aviation Administration. it?” - Page 30 Lady and her daughters to take ski- “We’re all part of the same com- ing lessons. First Lady Michelle munity and you need to help out PRE-SORTED The Zookeeper Obama and her daughters, Sasha when you can,” Weimer said. STANDARD Layal Watkins never has and Malia, spent the day at Ski Lib- Ski Liberty was also called on U.S. Postage been, a real girly-girl. Sure, erty on Feb. 13 learning to ski. to help out Baltimore Washing- Postal Customer PA I D she loves a spa day with “It was their first time on the ton International Airport outside a manicure/pedicure... - Emmitsburg, MD snow and we were honored to of Baltimore. The two blizzards Page 31 Permit No. 94 have them,” Weimer said dumped nearly 80 inches of snow 2 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 NEWS Emmitsburg NEWS-JOURNAL 1 East Main Street P.O. Box 543 Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727 Office Number: 301-471-3306 Fax: 301-447-1730 www.emmitsburg.com and www.emmitsburg.net News, events, history, humor and culture for the Historic Toms Creek Hun- dred geographical area: Emmitsburg, Zora, Carroll Valley, Fairfield, Harney, and Rocky Ridge, Detour. The Emmitsburg News-Journal is published the first day of every month by Toms Creek Hundred LLC. Senior Advisers Eric Glass, Taney Corporation Around the town Dan Reaver, Emmitsburg Glass Managing Editor, Michael Hillman Michael@emmitburg.com T he Emmitsburg streets, water and charter review committees are gone. In their place is the citizens ad- The parks and recreation com- mittee and planning commission are unaffected by this change. The in full compliance. The remaining 20 businesses have until the end of the year to comply. Assistant Editor, Katherine R. Au (MSM Class of 1998) Katherine@emmitsburg.com English Editor, Brittany Morris (MSM Class of 2010) visory committee. The commission- parks and recreation committee has ers decided that the change was need- not had trouble with attendance Council passes purchasing News Editor, Jim Rada ed because many times the disbanded and the town is legally required to ordinance committee could not even get enough have a planning commission. The Emmitsburg Town Council Advertising, Sharon Graham members to attend to have a quorum recently passed a purchasing ordi- Sharon@emmitsburg.com and be able to conduct business. Businesses complying with nance. Purchases under $5,000 can Graphic Design and Layout, Brian Barth The new committee will make grease trap ordinance be made without soliciting bids or bbarthdesign.com recommendations to the commis- The Town of Emmitsburg has approval of the town commission- sioners for rules and regulations to begun to enact the grease trap or- ers. Purchase between $5,000 and Copy for advertisements must be received not later than the 18th of the month. Adver- improve the quality of life in Em- dinance that it passed last year $20,000 on budgeted items will re- tising rates are furnished upon request. Newspaper mailed free of charge via Standard mitsburg. The committee can have to keep grease from commercial quire three written estimates but it U.S. Postage to residents of Emmitsburg, Zora, Carroll Valley, Fairfield, Southern Adams County, Harney, Rocky Ridge, Detour, and Sabillasville. Subscription rate for patrons out- up to 10 members, including some- kitchens getting into the town’s still does not require board approv- side of distribution area is $45.00 per year for shipping and handling. one who does not live within the sewer system. According to Town al. For purchases over $20,000 will town’s boundaries and a town com- Manager Dave Haller, 26 busi- require contracts. Letters to the Editor, notice of upcoming events, news stories, and interesting and missioner who will serve as liaison. nesses were contacted about the “I think this will be a major benefit creative articles are welcome and may be submitted via regular U.S. Mail to P.O. Box Commission President Chris need for their kitchens to comply to the management of the town both 543, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, by email to email@example.com, or at our office Staiger said that the new commit- with the ordinance in early De- at your level and the town level,” said on the square - 1 East Main Street. tee creates a, “grassroots ability for cember and by the end of January Town Manager Dave Haller. ideas to circulate up to board.” six of the businesses were already The ordinance passed on a 4-0 vote. Around the borough Willoughby on unsupervised walkie. Have you seen him? C arroll Valley Borough May- or Ron Harris and Police Chief Richard Hileman awarded the dam to determine the extent of the problem. During routine maintenance The erosion caused by the water have undercut the ground beneath the spillway and created the cav- Detective Clifford Weikert a class work at the lake in November ern. Given the size of the erosion, 1 commendation during the Feb. 2009, borough workers discov- it was estimated that the leak had 23 borough council meeting. The ered a hole next to the spillway. At existed for quite some time. commendation is a result Weikert’s first they thought it was a gopher The engineering findings discov- quick response, prolonged pursuit hole, but when they investigated, ered that seepage through the lake’s of burglary suspects and the recov- they saw that below ground, the earthen embankment is not a prob- ery of about $2,000 in stolen good. hole opened up much wider form- lem. The dam remains stable and is The pursuit took place during the ing a small cavern. not in danger of slipping. Jan. 8 snowstorm in Carroll Valley The hole was widened and wa- Due these findings, KPI’s rec- and lasted 2.5 hours. Weikert pursed ter could be seen gushing from a ommendation for repair is, “The the suspects from Carroll Valley and crack in the spillway into the hole. process will involve coring holes into Fairfield. Police used Google sat- The borough engineer was called into the floor of the spillway, and ellite maps on an in-car laptop to try in to examine the leak. Borough injecting grout into the voids un- and figure out where Weikert was and workers also lowered the level of til it is filled.” where he was heading. Weikert final- the lake so that it was well below The hole created beside the ly found tracks that led to the suspect’s the spillway. They also put sand- spillway can be repaired by bor- apartment where the suspect was at- bags at the top of the spillway to ough personnel by opening it up tempting to get rid of his wet clothes. divert water away from the crack. and filling it in with layers of grav- “Someone has taken Willoughby, the statue of a dog that has The Carroll Valley Borough Upon further investigation, it el and earth. greeted residents and visitor to Emmitsburg for years, on an un- Council heard an update on the was discovered that a seam be- The next step is to present the scheduled walkabout. If you’ve seen Willoughby or have any in- repairs to the Lake May dam. KPI tween two pre-fabricated pieces of findings and repair plan to the formation on his whereabout, please contact his owners or call the Technology in Dillsburg, PA, did the spillway had opened up allow- Pennsylvania Department of Envi- News-Journal at 301-471-3306. No questions asked - his owners test borings in the ground around ing the water to leak underground. ronmental Protection for approval. would just like to have him back home safely. Mayor wants bus service to Gettysburg T he boroughs of southern Ad- ams County would like to get closer to Gettysburg. That’s why The Freedom Transit has been in operation since July 2009. It op- erates five replica trolleys on three The Blue Line route for the Free- dom Transit comes down Fairfield Road as far as Deatrick Commons. of the common questions that Carroll Valley staff hears is whether there’s a bus connection to Gettysburg. sider his idea as a pilot program to see if there is enough ridership. “It’s bringing all of us closer to- they are asking that the Adams fixed routes around Gettysburg. Harris envisions another route being Harris has spoken to the bor- gether,” Harris said. County Transit Authority consid- “What I’m trying to do is pro- added to the end of the Blue Route ough councils along the route and A ride on the Freedom Transit er extending the Freedom Transit pose we have a connection to Get- that continues down Fairfield Road they are writing him letters of sup- is currently $1, but it is expected down Fairfield Road to a point past tysburg,” said Carroll Valley Bor- with stops at the various boroughs and port. He plans on taking the letters to rise to $1.10 soon. Transfers are the Carroll Valley Borough Office. ough Mayor Ron Harris. Carroll Valley Resort. Harris said one to ACTA and asking that they con- free. MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 3 News New water plant designed in Emmit Gardens to the west of town and outside Y ou might have noticed that would have cost us to open it up in the neighborhood, though this the additional water taps bring Lincoln Avenue was torn up later just for the new pipe,” said house could cost around $2.5 the total water in town in bal- of the town’s boundaries. recently. It was hard not to miss Town Manager Dave Haller. million to build. This amount ance with the total sewer taps. Hoover said that when the de- the big ditch in the ground. The Since the new pipe is capped can nearly be covered by the cost This is good because they are sign work is completed, he ex- reason for the inconvenience was at both ends, you might be won- of the taps when they are sold. usually given out together and pects that the plan will be shelved that the Town of Emmitsburg dering what its purpose is. “It looks like a house, smells the town had plenty of sewer for awhile. was replacing and repairing wa- At some point in the future, like a house and works like a wa- taps to allocate to future growth “The market is going to tell ter and sewer pipes that run be- one end of that pipe will be con- ter plant,” Haller said. but not enough water taps. us when to build this thing,” neath the road. nected to the existing water sys- The completed plant will Another advantage of the new Hoover said. “When we start However, while the ground tem and the other end will be treat water from wells 7 and J water plant is that it creates re- seeing growth again is when we was open, town officials also connected to a new water treat- and provide between 400 and dundancy in the town’s water are going to need the additional took the opportunity to have ment plant in Emmit Gardens. 425 additional water taps to the system. water.” new pipe laid for a four-inch wa- Design work is nearly complete town. “If something catastrophic Haller said when the plant ter line to run from the town for a new plant to be built on “Today the town doesn’t need happened to the line from the does come on line, the way it pool to Emmit Gardens. property the town owns on First the additional capacity, but our existing plant, the town would will most likely operate is to be- “By laying the pipe now while Avenue. projected growth says we will,” have no water period.” gin supplying water only when the ground was open, it only cost The new plant is being de- said Mayor James Hoover. The existing town water treat- the existing system’s daily capac- us about one-third of what it signed to look like another house Haller also pointed out that ment plant is in the mountains ity is reached. Seeking reimbursement for snow removal W hen six people got stranded on the roads in Carroll Val- ley, emergency vehicles couldn’t get It normally would have been 80 hours. He said the workers got little sleep and poor food as they worked to them. For eight hours they en- hard to try and keep the 65 miles of dured the cold in their vehicles until Carroll Valley roads open. Ski Liberty brought out its snow cat “I pushed those guys to their to rescue the stranded people. very limits,” Hazlett said. It’s just one of the problems that They crews experienced mul- happened during the blizzards of tiple equipment problems such Feb. 6 and Feb. 9 that dumped as a plow breaking off a truck, about 40 inches of snow on Car- stripped gears, a broken axle, a roll Valley. blown transmission and more. Ve- “We weren’t finished cleaning hicles also got stuck or slid off the up from the first one yet when the road into ditches. second hit,” said Carroll Valley The borough got some help from Borough Manager Dave Hazlett. Ski Liberty. The resort brought Because of the unusual condi- out its snow cat and opened up tions of the storms, the borough has some roads and helped pull some an opportunity to recover some of of the town’s vehicles out of ditch- its snow removal costs. To begin the es. Members of the Carroll Valley process the council had to declare Police Department also helped the both storms disasters for the bor- road crews keep roads open. ough, which it did on Feb. 23. Hazlett said the crew was grateful “We have the potential of recov- for the appreciative residents who ering upwards of $80,000 from thanked them and even brought the government,” Hazlett said. them food. Others weren’t so un- During the two-week pay period derstanding, leaving angry calls on around the blizzards, Hazlett said the road department answering ma- that the average hours worked for chine or shining flashlights in the Farmers with big tractors found themselves in high demand after the big blizzard. Most, like Joe Wivell, (pictured the roads personnel was 180 hours. crew’s eyes at night. above) and Bill Kuhns dug their neighbors our for free and in doing so were truly the unsung heros of the storm. Fear of no police department rallies Carroll Valley to support department S ome poor communication be- tween Carroll Valley Borough President John Van Volkenburgh spends annually to fund the police force and how that money is being spent. At the end of the presenta- speakers seemed to fall into two camps: those who were support- ing the police department and Van Volkenburgh said he only wanted the public safety commit- tee to consider different options and banded. “My family resides in Carroll Valley and I like know- ing the help is there if we need it,” and the borough’s public safety tion, he asked, “Is it time for a ‘cost those who supported the depart- what the most-effective use of the Van Volkenburgh said. committee and between a report- analysis’ to be completed on the po- ment but wanted to make sure funds are. Dale Buffington, a mem- While that may be, some speak- er from a local newspaper and his lice department? What is our return that the funding was being spent ber of the public safety committee, ers found his choice of words dur- headline writer caused a fear in on investment? What are our op- effectively. said he got the impression that Van ing his committee presentation Carroll Valley that the police de- tions and what do they look like?” “I want to live in this commu- Volkenburgh did want to pursue to give a different opinion. Van partment would be disbanded. The department employs three nity and always see that [Carroll disbanding the department. Volkenburgh made it clear that “The borough council has full-time and one part-time offi- Valley Police Department] patch,” Van Volkenburgh says that he disbanding the department is not never had the topic of disband- cer. Though this is not enough said resident Dave Etchison. doesn’t want the police force dis- on the table. ing the police department on its staffing to provide 24/7 cover- agenda and it’s not on the agen- age, it has costs taxpayers of Car- da tonight,” Van Volkenburgh an- roll Valley roughly $330,000 a nounced at the beginning of the year. Carroll Valley Borough Council The article in a local newspa- meeting on Feb. 23. per read “Carroll Valley council The worries began after Van president wants to disband police Volkenburgh made a presentation department.” This set off a com- to the public safety committee as munity effort in support of the a public citizen. He made a Power- police department and a rumor Point presentation that focused on that the council would be talk- the amount of money the borough ing about it at their meeting. The 4 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 NEWS Bollinger family runs family of businesses James Rada Josh became partners with his Though the relationship between Josh is her son. The business also em- The companies employ about parents and started Bollinger Con- the construction and the home ploys Josh’s bother and sister-in-law. 50 people, though that fluctuates I t’s always nice to see a local resi- dent create a successful business in Emmitsburg. Josh Bollinger has struction, which does primarily residential construction for other developers. business is obvious, the connection with the other two businesses is not so much. However, maintaining the His father passed away in 1994. Josh has lived in the Emmitsburg area all of his life and is a 1981 grad- widely with workers who are used on a job-by-job basis. Like most companies, the reces- done it four times. “He had a good reputation be- vehicles for the home business and uate of Catoctin High School. His sion has hit the Bollinger compa- Josh Bollinger runs Bollinger fore he went into business for him- the construction business is a costly parents met when they attended St. nies hard. They instituted a hir- Construction, Bollinger Homes, self and he got framing jobs right expense unless you own your own Joseph’s High School together. He ing freeze and are working to keep East Park Automotive and T&M away,” Rosie said. automotive company. Likewise, has sponsored and coached sports busy. Crane from his office building on Josh expanded Bollinger Con- it can be expensive to rent a crane teams and continues to support the “Everybody is in the same boat Creamery Road. struction by moving into the de- and sometimes difficult to sched- community in a number of ways. and as long as they’re sending “Josh worked in construction all velopment business with Bollinger ule the use of one to set roof trusses Though the Bollinger companies some money in good faith, we’re his life, but he decided he want- Homes in 1995. He bought East and other work, unless you own the are based in Emmitsburg, some of going to be fine,” Rosie said. ed to start his own company in Park Automotive (formerly South cranes. them may range quite far to work Business is slowly beginning to 1992,” said Rosie Bollinger, who Seton Auto) the same year. T&M “He’s a local boy who has real- on projects. Bollinger Construction pick up and Rosie said she would handles the marketing and other Crane became part of the business ly done well,” Rosie said with a bit a has done work from Allentown, PA, like to see Bollinger Homes really duties for the companies. group in 2000. pride in voice. It’s not surprising since to Blacksburg, VA. grow in the future. Daughters of Charity consolidation will cause some changes in Emmitsburg James Rada, Jr. in St. Louis, MO. Besides the innovative, inventive, collabor- Charity have served. Many of of the collection. Stewart said provincial house in Emmits- ative, and inclusive. We want to them are being donated to a si- the Daughters of Charity would T he Daughters of Charity are consolidating their provin- cial houses in order to stream- burg, the other provincial hous- es in Evansville, IN and Albany, NY. do what is best to advocate for the issues of immigration, hu- man trafficking, social injus- lent auction the Daughters are holding in May to raise mon- ey for some work that the Seton like to create a research area for researchers who want to use the archives. line their operations and free up “It was a hard decision, but tice, and national health care re- Shrine needs. The retirement facility for el- more sisters to work in the mis- the Daughters are looking for a form,” concluded Sister Claire The remaining Emmitsburg derly sisters will also continue sion field. way to do what is best to serve Debes, provincial superior in sisters will become focused on operating in Emmitsburg. “This building is no longer a the poor,” said Lori Stewart, di- Emmitsburg. Heritage Ministries as the Na- One challenge will be for the Daughter of Charity provincial rector of development and pub- The sisters have already begun tional Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Daughters of Charity to find house,” said Lori Stewart, di- lic relations for the Daughters of preparing for the change, which Ann Seton and other historic uses for their underutilized space rector of development and pub- Charity. won’t become official until July buildings related to Seton will in the provincial house, which is lic relations for the Daughters of The shift means that seven sis- 2011. Stewart said that the sis- remain in Emmitsburg. part of the 390,000-square-foot Charity. ters who serve in an administra- ters have been going through The Daughters of Chari- facility the Daughters of Chari- After months of meetings, tive capacity for the St. Joseph’s closets and storage areas that ty archive will benefit from ty own in Emmitsburg. planning and discussions, the Provincial House will be trans- haven’t been explored in awhile the changes. The archives from The American Daughters of Daughters of Charity are con- ferred to St. Louis and then pos- and finding mementos and arti- Evansville and Albany will be Charity celebrated their bicen- solidating their provincial hous- sibly out into the mission field. facts from different places and transferred to the archives in tennial last year. es into a single provincial house “Our mission calls us to be parishes where Daughters of Emmitsburg, increasing the size Trish Rowe opens her own agency Rowe has lived in Fairfield for 35 years and is a graduate of Fair- field High School. She owned a flower shop, café and bed and A top local Realtor has now opened her own real estate company in Fairfield. Trish Rowe nia in places like Fairfield, Carroll Valley, Gettysburg and Waynes- boro and in Maryland locations Rowe feels Fairfield is a great place for a Realtor, despite the struggling housing market. a normal pricing structure. 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This is a normal market now with are around 20-27 yrs old.” ty.com or by calling 717-642-9400. MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 5 HISTORY One hundred years ago this month March 5 consequence was the school be- public library was held on Monday came uproarious with laughter evening at the whole of Miss Belle A Day at the High School and it took ten minutes to get ev- Rowe. Reports were received from After these ten long years that I erybody settled to work. I think, the different officers of the commit- have been away from the Emmits- if I am not mistaken, that is the tee in ways and means of increas- burg High School, I now recall standard time to quiet a school ing the efficiency of the library were vividly, certain happy days which full of laughter, especially when considered in planned. The pro- I spent there. One day in particu- the teacher laughs himself. ceeds of the cake and candy sales lar I will try to describe to you. amounted to $11.05. The commit- tee returns thanks to all who con- The welcome old bell that hangs March 11 tributed both as donors and as pur- In the lofty tower was rung and all chasers. Last month the committee the scholars took their places. The Never Laugh At the Pitcher mailed a printed letter to each per- boys and girls of the infant room After much trouble and correspon- son who for some reason or another seated themselves in Miss Ruth dence the managers of the Miney had allowed his or her subscription Hoke’s room. School was opened Creek baseball team and the Gray- to run out without renewal. Over with music and devotional exer- son’s specials finally arranged again 30 of these letters were sent out, but cises. Then all the scholars went to between those two teams which so far, we regret to say, only one re- their respective rooms, the doors was pulled off at Zora this week. newal has come from the source. It is hoped that many others will re- The old Emmitsburg High School on Frederick Street (South Seton Ave.) The were closed and work began. The Graysons won by a close score new their subscriptions in the near building now houses a printing business, and on the second floor, which was 16 to 6. future. An institution of this kind added after this photo was taken, apartments. First the C class in History came up to recite and all did very well with The game went nicely want until depends upon the support the peo- the exception of one boy who, when the second inning when the Min- ple of the community give it. he got to the blackboard to discuss ey Creek boys were at bat. Some William Henry Welty justice for the tree will soon be his topic, discovered he had for- careless fellow sitting on the fence Sunday’s Electrical Storm William Henry Welty, of Emmits- served. gotten everything he knew about laughed and pretty nearly broke On Sunday evening and unusually se- burg District, died of typhoid fe- this particular subject, but sudden- up the game. The Grayson pitch- vere electrical storm for this time of ver Tuesday, Welty was 60 years Emmitsburg Milk Company ly recalled something from a pre- er, heard the merry laugh and grew year passed over Emmitsburg. The old. He is survived by his two The Emmitsburg Milk Co. Has vious lesson, that had been drilled wroth and exceeding fierce and disturbance was pretty general and the sons, William and James, and by installed a complete cold storage and hammered in by the Professor. through an wild pitch. By the time lightning was seen in every direction. four brothers and two sisters. He plant. Their milk will be the same And so he roamed across seas, des- the catcher ran out up to the barn to The reflections of several fires were was greatly esteemed by a large cir- pure sweet milk in summer that it erts and mountains into Egypt and get a step ladder to retrieve the ball, plainly seen on the north and onto the cle of friends. After brief funeral has been in winter. Milk can al- commenced his discourse on sphinx the ball was in the creek. Southwest. The latter was the shed of service at the home of his son Wil- ways be procured at Mr. Brown’s and pyramids, in which he partially Frank Borres of New Midway which liam in Detour, the funeral took residence and on short notice succeeded. After some ten minutes Later, one of the Miney Boys pret- was struck by lightning. place in the Rocky Ridge Church. will be delivered to any part of of pumping the Professor got about ty nearly got home, but on the the town at any time. Beginning 62 percent out of him. His subject way from third he fell. After one High School Festival April 1, Patterson’s dairy will sell was something about Babylonians. of the Miney Boys failed to catch March 18 The scholars of the Emmitsburg and deliver sterilized milk in bot- a high pop fly, the Miney pitch- high school will hold a festival at tles and pints and quarts or from Next was the A and B classes in er beaned the batter on his back. Mr. Breichner’s Son the school building on Saturday the wagon as formally to suit the Latin Grammar, Nouns and verbs The next throw was wild, but Operated on afternoon and evening beginning purchaser. After this date milk were alike to one boy, so the Pro- the catcher managed to catch it On Tuesday Dr. Stone and Dr. Jami- at four o’clock. Chicken and ham also be on sale at Patterson’s meat fessor told he and another boy, on the second bounce and would son operated on Newman Breichner, sandwiches, cake and ice cream market at all times. who was equally efficient, to write have put the runner out at first son of the proprietor of the Emmitt will be served. The proceeds are a new Latin Grammar with his had the first baseman not been House. It will be remembered that for the benefit of the Athletic As- New Dump Opened compliments. Next came recess off the field taking a smoke break last summer this lad fell from the bal- sociation. The public is cordial- The Emmitsburg railroad, until fur- and when the good old bell had at the time. The runner was try- cony of the Emmitt House. The in- ly invited to attend to help make ther notice, has given the use of its tolled again, work began once ing for second when the supper juries he sustained at that time made this a success. dumping grounds at Emmitsburg more. bell rang and the umpires had to his operation necessary. It is thought to the citizens for a dump. Earth, leave. When they came back the that there will be no further troubles ashes, tin cans and all other refuse In Composition and Rhetoric game was over. The management from the injured bones. March 25 not deleterious to health may be the teacher gave one of the boys, of these two teams would like to dumped their. The agent at the sta- “Washington at Valley Forge” to hear from others who think they Car for Sale Tree Burned in Park tion will direct anyone inquiring discourse on. This is his version— can play ball. Having contracted for a larger car The big oak tree on the fireman’s where the refuse can be thrown. ”Valley Forge was a small village I wish to sell my Snyder 1909 two ground was set on fire on Mon- and George Washington marched Our Flourishing Library cylinder solid tire runabout, with day evening by some boys. The To read past editions of 100 years in there one bright winter morn- The regular meeting of the execu- top Lance horn complete. Practi- boys scattered as the flames rose. ago this month visit the Historical ing and captured the village. The tive committee of the Emmitsburg cally new a guarantee for $325. But names have been named and Society section of Emmitsburg.net . 6 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 GOVERNMENT—NORTH OF THE MASON-DIXON LINE From the desk of County Commissioner Snyder T he year 2010 in Adams Coun- ty will be remembered for re- cord snow storms, back to back, with law and the United States Constitu- tion requires a national census count once every 10 years. The Census The Adams County Board of Commissioners in 2007 approved the Adams County Green Space Program a total of four (4) feet in one week. data determine the number of seats Guidelines and invite participation The county fared well with no ma- each state will have in the U.S. House by eligible entities to partner with the jor problems occurring. Thanks to of Representatives. Census data also County to preserve lands in Adams our Director of Emergency Servic- can help determine the allocation of County that include agricultural open es, John Eline, and his staff for a job federal funds for community servic- space recreational and park lands. well done. es, such as school lunch programs The program provides finan- Adams County residents will be and senior citizen centers. Let’s look cial assistance to municipalities and hearing the term ‘Census 2010’. at federal funding – for every per- not for profit organizations to part- A complete Count Committee as son not counted in this year’s census, ner with the county to protect lands been formed in Adams County by the local government loses $1,300 in the county. Projects have a match the Commissioners. Vickie Corbett to $1,500 per year in federal fund- of 50% or greater to be eligible. In and Darlene Brown have accepted ing, or $13,000 to $15,000 per per- 2008 and 2009 a total of one (1) mil- Co-Chair persons of the commit- son until the next count. Every dollar lion dollars was allocated to the pro- ty from Gladfelter Pulpwood Com- county maintenance personal were tee. Census questionnaires are going lost from federal funding is made up gram with a match of 2.6 millions pany for $12.5 million dollars until making renovations for the 4th Court to be mailed or delivered to house- from local TAX dollars. If you have dollars provided by local municipal- funding could be generated to re- Room. This project was complete on holds in February and March. The any questions or concerns, please ities, state or federal funds. A total coup their purchase cost. Funding, schedule. The Commissioners are individual in whose name the hous- call the Commissioners at 717-337- of 750 acres were preserved by this now in place, generated by Pennsyl- pleased with the end results and the ing unit is owned or rented should 9820 or you can visit the website at program in 2008 and 2009. Appli- vania Department of Conservation performance of the maintenance Di- complete the questionnaire on be- www.census.gov/2010census. cations are now being reviewed for and National Resources (DCNR), rector and staff for undertaking this half of every person living in the res- The Commissioners are continu- the year 2010. This does not include the Richard King, Mellon Founda- project. The energy saving project is idence, including relatives and non- ing to explore up-grading the radio the acreage preserved by the Agland tion, the U.S. Department of Agri- well underway at Green Acres Nurs- relatives. The Census day or Count system. We are taking time to evalu- Preservation Program in the county. culture, County of Adams, a group ing Home, Courthouse and District day is April 1, 2010…It is important ate the need during this process. The The Gladfelter Tree Farm, number of five (5) southwest county munic- Magistrate Carr’s building. The proj- to complete the Census form, which goal is to develop a system as good 1, a property located in western Ad- ipalities and private trusts and indi- ect is about 80% complete. The cost consist of 10 questions, for many as or better than what we have now. ams County exceeding 2,500 acres viduals, making the final transfer on saving on energy will pay for the im- reasons. If the form is not returned There is a committee helping to de- in size, and containing head waters February 26, 2010 to DCNR and to provements over the next 15 years. Census takers will visit households velop the system and the needs of of numerous regional streams, ex- be managed by the State Bureau of This has been a winter to remem- that did not return a questionnaire all emergency and law enforcement ceptional wildlife habitat and for- Forestry as an addition to Michaux ber but before you know it the snow by mail agencies. The county will be taking est land, was for sale in mid 2007. State Forest for public recreation and will be gone and lawns will be green, Residents may ask why it is so im- its time to explore all the options, in- In March 2008, “The Conserva- Water Shed Protection. snow blowers in storage and lawn portant to be counted. Well, it is the cluding tower sites. tion Fund”, purchased the proper- As mentioned in my last article, the mowers will be humming. From the desk of Carroll Valley Mayor Ron On Monday, March 8th the Snow in the Valley ized information for 72 years af- in attending. On Monday, March Public Safety Committee is ter it gathered. April 1st is Na- 1st the Planning Commission will scheduled to meet. On Tuesday, tional Census Day. This day meet. March 6th and 7th, Straw- March 9th the Borough Coun- D on’t know if you noticed but Be Counted is being used as a point of ref- berry Hill Nature Preserve is offer- cil will be held. Finally, the we do have snow. I have been erence for you to complete the ing a 90 minute program on the Parks and Recreation Commit- told that we had an accumulation In March, the United States (U.S.) form and return it. Census tak- history of maple sugaring. After tee plans to meet on Wednes- of 26 inches which may have set a Census Bureau will be mailing out ers will be deployed during the the lecture, the attendees are led to day, March 24th. The Borough new snow record for Carroll Val- the census forms. The 2010 Cen- period April to July 2010 to vis- the forest where they select a tree, Council, Planning Commission ley. The snow has brought out the sus hopes to count all U.S. resi- it households that did not return drill into in, hang a sap bucket, and Borough Committees meet best in us – that is neighbors help- dents – citizens and non-citizens the form. By law, in December collect snap and watch fresh sap at 7:00 pm and are held at the ing neighbors. alike. To accomplish this goal, the 2010 the Census Bureau will de- being cooked down into syrup be- Borough Office. We are a community of indi- Census Bureau is sending out a liver the population information fore their eyes. The program costs viduals. Sometimes because of our short 10 – question form to ev- to the President for apportion- $5 for members and $8 for non- Again, if I can be of help, please do busy schedules and our desire for ery household. You are required to ment. And by law, the Census members. To signup and to check not hesitate to contact me at may- privacy, we may never get to know fill in the form to account for ev- Bureau completes the delivery of on start time contact Strawberry firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at our neighbors. However, during eryone living at your address as of redistricting data to the states in Hill at (717) 642-5840. 717- 642-8269 Ext. 32. times of need we are pleasantly April 1, 2010. The census pack- March 2011. You cannot fill out surprise by our neighbors. age contains a prepaid envelope so this form online. I have heard many stories where that you can mail it back. If you If you are interested in taking a our people helped others clearing do not fill it out, you will be visit- look at the form before it arrives, out their driveways and offering ed by a census taker who will ob- go to www.2010.census.gov, click to food shop for those who were tain the necessary information. Read More under The Whole Sto- caught short. One such example is The information you provide ry, and on the left side of the web how Brian Wyant who in a qui- is protected by Title 13 of the page, click Explore the form here. et unassuming way helped many U.S. Code. Violating this law Please fill out the form. It will help local retirees in the “K” section is a crime with severe penalties the Borough of Carroll Valley bet- to clear their driveways. People – a fine of $250,000 or impris- ter plan to serve your community like Kevin Richards, Bob Mawl- onment of to five years or both. needs. er, Cindy Clark, John Eddins, Ja- Our Pennsylvania Attorney Gen- son Montgomery and others make eral, Tom Corbett, has said that Upcoming Events and Meetings Carroll Valley a “caring communi- case law exists which has prov- ty” of individuals. en even FBI and immigration Some of the upcoming events or I also want to thank our Munic- may not have access to personal- meetings you might be interested ipal Services Department for the great job they are doing in clear- ing our 65 miles of trails. Please remember that in some places in Carroll Valley snow narrows the road, so slow down when driving. By the way, it was reported by Fox43.com that on February 13th the First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Sasha and Mala enjoyed a day of sking and snow tubing at Ski Liberty. MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 7 GOVERNMENT—SOUTH OF THE MASON-DIXON LINE From the desk of County Commissioner Gardner Mixed Signal! unnoticed by the general public. The County Commission- is the wrong time to even con- sider raising tax revenue when rienced a deferral of almost $200 million in projects. As the county I s the economy in recovery? Has the recession ended? Have we hit the bottom? declined dramatically and proper- ty taxes are falling due to declin- ing assessments. Budgets are be- ers have been working on reduc- ing our budget by going through each and every program with our many of our constituents are al- ready experiencing the impacts of the economy on their personal revenue declines, so does our abili- ty to support debt. The county has deferred schools, roads, branch li- The state of the economy is a ing slashed and unfortunately it budget office, division directors, household budgets. We will live braries, park development and even full of mixed messages. There are only appears to be the beginning and department heads. We are within our means. some maintenance projects due to signs in some areas that the econ- of tough budget years for local reviewing every areas of our bud- Citizens should expect service fiscal constraints. omy is recovering while there are governments. get searching for millions of dol- reductions and the total elimi- While the economy will re- signs in other areas that the econ- In Frederick County, we are fac- lars of reductions. Since almost nation of some programs. The cover, there is uncertainty as to omy continues to be distressed. ing an almost $30 million deficit 60% of our budget is funding to County Commissioners expect when. Most economists agree Housing starts seem to be up, for the upcoming fiscal year , FY public education which is large- to introduce the budget in mid- that the recovery will be slow. In unemployment has fallen slight- ’11. This follows a reduction in ly off limits for cuts due to state March and will hold public hear- county government, we are pre- ly, but there is fear of commer- the current year operating budget laws, major reductions have to ings in April and May. The bud- dicting that our revenue picture cial foreclosures and bank failures. of 9% versus the prior year. Many happen in other areas of the bud- get should reflect the values, will not begin to recover or im- The mixed signals create a lot of programs were cut around the edg- get including public safety, librar- priorities and needs of the com- prove until 2015. We will thus uncertainty. es, highway and road maintenance ies, parks, and public works. The munity. Nothing is more impor- change our focus to maintaining While the federal government accounts were cut, capital projects reductions in services will be no- tant than where we spend our existing infrastructure and pro- is busy printing money to balance deferred, and some reserve funds ticed by the public and citizens tax dollars. Thus, citizen input viding essential services. its budget and provide stimulus were hit. Education has been held will begin to question the wis- is critically important to assist in So, what can you, the resident/ funding, state and local govern- harmless and has actually expe- dom of the choices. identifying the priorities and val- tax payer do about this? Pay at- ments are facing massive deficits. rienced a slight increase in their The County Commissioners ues of our community. tention, get involved, let us know Tax revenues have fallen signifi- budget due to stimulus funding. have no plans to raise taxes or The capital improvement pro- how you feel! Public input will cantly in all areas. Income taxes, These reductions to the county fees. The budget will be balanced gram, which is entirely separate from make a difference in our budget sales taxes, recordation taxes have budget to date have gone largely entirely by reducing spending. It our operating budget, has also expe- process. Stay tuned! From the desk of Town Council President Chris Staiger S pring is right around the cor- ner, or at least that’s what they’re telling me… We seem to to cover emergency related expens- es. So, all in all, I think we’ve made it through okay! Bring on spring! have survived the worst winter in One specific bit of town govern- the last ten years, with a nod to ment news I would like to share the fact that March can still serve concerns recent changes to the up a big storm. But at this point town’s committee structure. The I’m trying to look at the glass as Water, Streets, and Charter Review half full! As you’ve seen, town staff Committees have been discontin- was hard at work putting things ued while a new Citizens Advisory right as quickly as possible - and, I Committee has been established to think, with GREAT success. replace them. The older committees I did find myself joking with seemed too narrowly focused to get people that you could get out and “traction” or prove sustainable. around town the morning after the The new committee will have snow ended (in both cases), but an open agenda to provide recom- the real question was how far you mendations directly to the Board of could then get if you tried to leave Commissioners. It will have up to town! Thanks also to partners at ten members with a Commission- Bollinger Construction, WF De- er acting as Chairperson and there- lauter & Sons, and S&W Con- fore a direct link between the com- struction who provided addition- mittee and the Board. My hope is al plows and heavy equipment. that this body will serve as a source Finally, thank you to all of you for grass roots recommendations to who were able to at least get some the town government. The meet- The Town Council continues sort of path cleared on your side- ing schedule has not been set, but to dedicate the second meeting walks. It’s always dangerous to I would expect once a quarter un- of the month to planning issues walk in the streets. Please contin- less projects are actively being pur- and I hope to make hay while ue to keep in mind your friends sued. If you would like to serve on the sun shines and have our new and neighbors who aren’t up to this committee, please send a let- template in place before devel- the shoveling or don’t have a snow ter of interest to the town office at opment pressures renew again. blower. Events like these are when 300A South Seton Ave. In this same context we also con- we should all pitch in to help where Otherwise, we continue to tinue to try to better define our re- we can. work toward redefining our zon- lationship with the County in terms So our infrastructure survived ing and development ordinanc- of authority, responsibility, and ex- largely intact, although there were es so they are in line with our pectations - keeping the lines of one or two sewer overflows when Comprehensive Plan goals and communication open and the rela- inbound volumes four to five times newly defined State require- tionship cordial, but continuing to the design capacity of the plant oc- ments. I expect to have a Mu- protect our interests as a municipal- curred. Once again, staff has found nicipal APFO ordinance on the ity. Best wishes for a safe and happy ways to cope with heavy rains and books by the end of the year. month! - Chris Staiger snow melts so that all effluent can be processed - except in the most dramatic instances. No one was hurt during snow removal operations and I am not aware of any major accidents or in- cidents specifically related to the weather. The budget will take an- other hit, but a manageable one. The Town Office is already working to claim funds that may be available from different tiers of government 8 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 COMMENTARY Words from Winterbilt mess which included my recom- mendation that we should put high school seniors in charge, since they know everything. Bonuses—Again? I think Congress must have been confused and reversed who was to give up something. Would I am sure that many of you laughed at that idea, but I bet you’re not laughing now. How- T here has been lot written family - and the company went is not that responsible in han- it not have been better if the bank- ever when you think about it, and discussed about the bo- broke because of mismanage- dling our money. They are very ers who when broke - gave up bo- in a strange sort of way adults nuses that the financial institu- ment, the very same management good at giving it to their friends nuses? Would it also not be bet- that act like children are al- tions are giving out, and right- that’s receiving bonuses. Maybe I and they don’t know what a ter if the auto executives who ready in charge. I am not talk- fully so. In a previous paper am being too hard on this, may- “Balanced Budget” means. They went broke gave up something? ing about the bankers, but the entitled “I would take twice the be my perception is incorrect, consistently overspend, go into Seems to me the only people do- congress. As strange as it may betting for half of the money,” and then again, maybe not, may- debt and then need to borrow ing a day’s work, the auto work- sound, adults that act like chil- I explained why bonuses should be I do get it! If the congress had more money. I wonder if the ers, are the only ones that were dren are not that responsibly. not exist. Apparently congress not bailed them out, the compa- big banks on Wall Street are us- suppose to give up something. When someone says that bo- and Wall Street failed to read nies would have failed, the man- ing congress as a management Let’s revisit my idea of the nuses are required to keep the the article. I believe it would be agement would not be employed model! This would explain a lot. bonus in reverse law, or tying best and brightest, they should proper for me to re-state at least and they would not be receiving If you are a large company and compensation to work complet- preference their words with part of my case as to why bo- a pay check, must less a bonus. are suppose to be responsible for ed. I do believe this could solve “Once upon a time.” That’s how nuses should not be given out. “They really don’t get it” money that is not yours, like pen- a lot of problems. We could a fairy tale begins. If they were Bonuses are for good work it is To correct this problem I would sion funds, etc., and you lose even expand it to schools. The speaking the truth, they would a reward for doing good work. If suggest that we create a new law the money - then you don’t re- students that study hard and preference their words with you spend all of the money and directly related to compensation ceive a bonus, you owe a bonus. do well on test should receive “This is no bovine fecal materi- then someone has to bail you out and we would call it “Bonus in We should all remember and it’s the highest grades. The teach- al” Bonuses for failed manage- -you have not been doing good Reverse.” If you are a large com- not as if you need a reminder, that er’s that teach the best and have ment of companies that went work. When you are entrust- pany and are suppose to be re- it was congress that gave billions the best results from their stu- broke, is not only absurd it re- ed with very large sums of mon- sponsible for money that is not to the Wall Street banks - with dents could receive the high- wards individuals for poor be- ey (not your money, but mon- yours, like pension funds, etc., no strings. Which is why we are est salary. Fairness and equity havior. It has been over a year ey from other people) then you and you lose the money - then so annoyed with the bonus issue what a novel idea. Of course we since the financial meltdown on have a responsibility to be reason- you don’t receive a bonus, you and I would predict not for the all know that the students who Wall Street and not one law re- able and prudent with the money owe a bonus. I know this is a cra- last time. Of course Congress also study the most usually receive lating to financial responsibility - period. Of course this could also zy idea, that of tying compensa- bailed out the auto industry but the best grades, but in general has been enacted. I guess the 400 mean we need to fire congress. tion to performance. I think that when they did that they insisted the majority of teachers receive million that the financial indus- Like many of you when you if we did this we could solve many on concessions from the unions. a salary. Apparently the bonus try spent last year on lobbying hear a news report about new problems. I wonder why no- Let me go over that to make sure in reverse rule works well for congress - is just a coincidence. bonuses being given out - your body has thought of this before. I have that right, the banks; the children, but not for adults…. Hum, “Once upon a time.” heart rate goes up, you grit your While I do think this is an billionaires get billions with no I think Congress must have teeth and you think, “they really outstanding idea, I do believe it strings and the people that do been confused and reversed “The significant problems we face can- don’t get it” The company they would be difficult to pass it in physical labor and actually built who was to give up something. not be solved at the same level of think- work for pays them a salary so Congress. After all (and this may something are suppose to give Of course this takes me back to ing we were at when we created them.” they can feed and shelter their surprise some of you), Congress up something to keep their jobs. my first article on the financial - Albert Einstein Pondering the Puzzlement I’d have to make my own cush- ions. All that requires a knowl- edge of lumber and tool craft I don’t have. I’d also have to learn Jack Deatherage, Jr. Instead of trying to grow food of bread. Which leads me to Arete There is a chance I’ll abandon to sew. Which would require my for a market, she seeks perfection in knife sharpening. I used to car- the bread and knives in favor of learning about fabric! Bushido: Japanese, the ‘way of the among the rows of peppers and ry an Arkansas stone and always something I’m already good at- Life would simpler if I accepted warrior’. cabbages for her own use. That kept my pocket and belt knives napping. Currently I don’t have what is available from the stores. led her to taking a serious look at sharp enough to shave with. Hav- a chair suited to perfect napping, But where is excellence in that? Arete: Greek, the goodness or ex- her soil and what she feeds it. As ing long since stopped carrying but I’ve been considering one cellence of a thing. a Pagan, her first concern is to do most of those tools I also lost the based on the Adirondack style. To read past editions of Pondering no harm to the earth, her Mother. stones and the ability to put a ra- I’d have to make it bigger to ac- the Puzzlement visit the Authors’ B ushido and Arete have worked their way into a conversation I’m having with my homesteading Seeking the best additives to feed and encourage the life already in the soil has become part of her zor edge on a blade. Like the Tex- an, I’m finding I need to expand Arete into other areas of my life commodate my long frame, and section of Emmitsburg.net. friend in Texas. She was trying to Bushido, the way of the warrior if I want success in something as express her attempts to perfect a gardener. simple as building bread. wheatless bread she could tolerate At her urging, I’ve begun to I think the Texan set me up! eating on a regular basis. I made consider Arete in my life. I’ve been Knowing how lazy I am she some comment about the Sam- seeking the perfect loaf of bread tricked me into working toward urai Code of Bushido requiring for more than 20 years. Now I’m a goal I wasn’t likely to resist. She the practitioners to seek perfec- taking a new look at my past ef- knew very well what would hap- tion in every aspect of their lives. forts and have decided to toss pen once I began seeking Arete in She came back with the Ancient much of what I thought I needed. bread! Greek’s goal of Arete. No more expensive flours or addi- I guess working toward per- The Texan is evidently a very tives to improve flavor, crumb or fection in simple tasks isn’t so good cook, though few people are crust. I’m bread building with “off bad when I take time to consid- likely to ever test that brag because the shelf ” flour my mother would er how everything sort of pulls she seldom cooks for any but her have used. together. I’m thinking the mead husband. I’m always getting pic- The only items my moth- ferment could be used to start tures of meals she put together er wouldn’t have used (they were the bread ferment. As I’ve not along with descriptions that set never in her house, but are a must yet found the patience to let a my mouth to watering. in mine) are good olive oil, a bak- mead age to perfection maybe For her, Arete in the kitchen is ing stone and parchment paper. I I could pass the time working the goal. Having decided on that, have a recipe I’ve had some success out the perfect bread and get- she quickly realized that perfect with, an Italian bread from Peter ting a knife sharp enough to meals require perfect meats, veg- Reinhart’s “The Bread Baker’s Ap- slice it. While I wont go so far etables and seasonings. Those, she prentice”. Armed with these essen- as to try growing perfect wheat hasn’t been able to acquire from tials, I become a Samurai follow- I could get serious about grow- her readily available sources. She’s ing the code of the Bread Builder. ing excellent lettuce, or chick- turned her mind to her garden And what a Samurai! I haven’t a ens, or beef to put between the and the livestock she keeps. knife sharp enough to slice a loaf perfect slices. MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 9 GENERATION X PERSPECTIVE Pure Onsense If the idea of term limits is to In a column in last month’s is- search, to name a few), our po- be considered at all, it has to be sue (“How come you got us into litical system of representative done across the board as a con- this mess?” p.9), Lindsay Coker governance is designed to be ac- stitutional amendment. Such a cited Mikhail Gorbachev’s distinc- cessible to ordinary citizens. move is not unprecedented. We tion between a statesman and a Aristotle said, “A good citizen Scott Zuke Any means of dislodging this already limit the presidency to politician: “A statesman does what must have the knowledge and status quo are certainly worthy two terms with the twenty-sec- he believes is best for his country, ability both to be ruled and to S ome wonderful things, for whatever reasons, have yet to catch on in America: the met- of renewed discussion, but per- haps the most effective reform is one that may be deduced ond amendment, but even look- ing further back we see examples of democracies and republics in a politician does what best gets him reelected.” Cicero also put it well when he wrote, “So the aim rule,” and this is a major reason we should mourn the loss of civ- ics courses in public education. ric system, the afternoon siesta, from his actions rather than his which measures were in place to of our ideal statesman is the citi- Increasingly it seems that poli- curling, to name a few. One idea words. Having been in office for defend against the rise of overly- zens’ happy life--that is, a life se- ticians are viewed as an exclu- that seems conspicuously ab- over a decade he has chosen to influential career politicians. cure in wealth, rich in resources, sive class, a select group of indi- sent from political discourse in voluntarily limit his term, a wel- In the Roman republic a con- abundant in renown, and honour- viduals solely imbued with the recent months is that of consti- come decision, but not one that sul, the highest executive officer, able in its moral character.” The skills and institutional knowl- tutionally mandated term limits we can typically count on poli- was elected for a term of one year, best way to ensure that the states- edge needed to govern. This se- for elected officials. ticians to self-impose (for exam- and could not be reelected to that man’s understanding of what is verely limits the good citizen’s For many years confidence ple, consider Rep. Roscoe Bar- office until another ten years had good for his country is as accurate chances of participating in the in Congress has been bottomed tlett [MD-06], who advocated passed. In the more chaotic 5th as possible is to ensure that he has political process, and this is only out due to the stultifying effects for constitutionally mandated century Athenian democracy, spent enough time as a private cit- a psychological consequence, to of partisan politics, where lines term limits in his campaign...in the citizens could vote to “ostra- izen under its laws, and that he is say nothing of the more tangible are not drawn in the sand but 1992). cize,” or banish a rising political aware that he will be returning to obstacles that a challenger fac- carved in stone, and even hon- The main argument against figure from the city for a period that roll very soon. Ideally, “poli- es when campaigning against an est attempts at compromise are term limitation is that voters of ten years. This was not done tician” would become only a brief entrenched incumbent. answered with sharp criticism or should retain the right to vote for on any charge of wrongdoing, bullet-point on a citizen’s curricu- While voters on both sides of outright dismissal. whomever they wish to represent but often because the politician lum vitae. the aisle have expressed support The strongest condemnation them, especially since an incum- was too popular, and thus a po- Rather than calling forth for mandatory term limits (the of Congress in recent weeks bent is often the most qualified tential threat of someday becom- charismatic and well-connect- Republicans have repeatedly came from one of its own mem- candidate in an election. Voters ing a tyrant. Themistocles, whose ed rising politicians, a prima- turned to it as a campaign ploy, bers, as Illinois Senator Evan are rightly concerned about any military strategy single-handedly ry goal in enforcing strict term at least as recently as last year), Bayh announced he would not limitation upon their most basic saved Athens and its democracy limits is that it would create a CNN contributor Jack Caffer- seek reelection. In an op-ed for political power, but the system from the invading Persians, was demand for new public servants ty’s observation that “It’s an idea the New York Times he laid out as it is now is, in its own way, exiled in this way. to be drawn from the ranks of that’s long past due and it will a daunting list of dysfunctions even more restrictive. While it is Even with our constitution’s ordinary, good citizens--those probably never happen” appears with D.C. politics, from a bro- often said by critics of that vot- innovations in checks and bal- who may very well be charismat- likely to hold true for the fore- ken campaign finance system to ers should be allowed to enforce ances, the lesson we can learn ic and well-connected, but aren’t seeable future. The same might overuse of the filibuster. term limits at the ballot box, from the past is that it is surpris- seen or seeking to be seen as be said for American adoption The bottom line, in his words: there is no incentive for con- ingly easy for voters to willingly modern day aristocracy. While of the metric system and, sadly, “Congress must be reformed.” stituents to put forward an in- elect their own tyrants, and thus some professions do indeed re- the siesta. I’m holding out a lit- He goes on to discuss a few pro- experienced representative while there are many good reasons to quire special education and are tle more hope for curling. posed changes, but one wonders other states retain their seasoned place certain restrictions on who best left to highly-trained pro- how his decision to abandon the and well-connected career poli- is eligible to run for office, and fessionals (law enforcement, Scott Zuke is a 2005 graduate of Senate fits into any of them. ticians. for how long. military service, and climate re- Catoctin high school Down Under! history, came to flower in Caesar’s Rome, and has been alive and kick- ing ever since. Attempts in the past to shine a light in dark places have Left,right, left, largely failed, as mainstream media is by and large part of the right wing right, left... stream, but, and here is the nub of my article, the success of this book could only have happened in a De- mocracy. Lindsay Coker! that his duty to all Americans, and The strength of any nation is di- Melbourne Australia by extension, all people, was to ex- rectly related to anyone being able pose what he believed to be a con- to freely tell people the truth. Not T his month I would like to re- member the life of one of the great modern dissidents in Amer- spiracy of the right to (a) remove unflattering history from common knowledge and debate, (b) discred- some half-baked jingoistic wish list, not some untruth that has the ve- neer of age, but provable, demon- ican history, Howard Zinn. Born it any and all attempts to tell any stratable facts. And this is what Mr. of Immigrant Jewish parents on truth that was against their interests, Zinn has done. Many, many critics August 24, 1922 in Brooklyn, he (c) promote their world view at all and criticisms have been made of passed away last January 27, aged costs, (d) ensure that the great ma- the book, but it has been embraced 87. jority came to believe that this was by many thousands of ‘ordinary’ His ‘A People’s History of the the right and only way for govern- Americans, to whom it is primari- United States’ is possibly the most ment to be run. ly addressed. An understanding by important non-fiction book to have During one of the many inter- the people of all a nation’s history is been published in the 20th century. views he gave on this and associat- more than power, it gives empower- It was the runner up for the Nation- ed topics, he said in 1998 that his ment, and this was the ultimate aim al Book Award in its year of pub- aim in writing A People’s History of this man. lication, 1980, and since then has was the making of a ‘quiet revolu- Some of his ideas have, of course, nation is to remain strong. rights or constitutional liberties. sold over one million copies in Eng- tion’: Not a revolution in the clas- been shown to be based on a less Zinn also produced a version for Our people are basically decent and lish, and countless more in transla- sical sense of a seizure of power, but than complete understanding of hu- young Americans, and I can do no caring, and our highest ideals are ex- tion. Zinn was awarded Diplomat- rather from people beginning to man nature: Workers may take pow- better than to conclude with his in- pressed in the Declaration of Inde- ic Friends of the World prize for the take power from within the institu- er over their workplaces, but sooner troduction to this. I titled this piece, pendence, which says that all of us French version of the book in 2003, tions. In the workplace, the work- or later generally become part of the ‘Left, Right, Left, Right, because have an equal right to ‘life, liberty, while various high Schools and Col- ers would take power to control the right. Unionists are often less than not only are there two political cate- and the pursuit of happiness.’ The leges across the United States have conditions of their lives. capable of making sound commer- gories in play, but we all march on- history of our country, I point out adopted it as a reading text. The importance of his book is cial decisions. Altruism in business wards. With Zinn, may it be to- in my book, is a striving against cor- It’s not my intention to review not in the doctrine, but rather in is scarcer than hen’s teeth, and self wards a more balanced, humane porate robber barons and war mak- the book – anyone can read it and the searchlight he turned on histo- interest does tend to rise to the top, society. ers, to make our ideals a reality.” form their own opinion – but rath- ry. Ignorance, in the sense of not whether it’s a multi-national or a “I want young people to under- er to put it in context. Zinn was an knowing what has been covered up, union. But that, as I said earlier, is a stand that ours is a beautiful coun- Let’s give thanks to Howard Zinn, avowed leftist, a renowned scholar is not bliss, but numbness. The no- fact of life. Revelations of cover ups, try, but that it has been taken over and above all, lets give thanks to De- and teacher, and he was convinced tion of ‘ignorant masses’ predates however, are vital if the health of a by men have no respect for human mocracy. 10 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 THE BLIZZARD OF 2010 As a native New Englander . . . Michael Hillman my hopes up that this winter just might be the one I’ve been waiting ... I’ll be the first to admit, the for, my hopes were dashed when Blizzard that descended upon the any trace of it was gone with days. area on February 9th & 10th got While January’s cold snap was my attention, and got it good. reminiscent of the temperature Having grown up with snows one experiences in a New England that really did leave drifts too tall winter, but the lack of snow made to look over, I’ve always been dis- the cold pointless. appointed in the winters of the So when the weather channel once Emmitsburg area. Sure, the his- again became abuzz with talk of a ma- tory books do talk of storms that jor storm, I shrugged my shoulders; I caused life to come to a grinding would believe it when I saw it. halt for days at a time. And there have been the occasional storms The first storm that gave one pause, like the great storm of 1993, but nothing like But just to be safe, I fired up the that could even compare to a tra- emergency generator which had ditional New England Nor’easter. sat dormant since last summer, It’s usual for the first snow of and filled up the extra gas cans. a New England winter to come It’s one thing to not believe a fore- in October. By November, roads cast; it’s something totally differ- have become snow packed lanes; ent not to be prepared in case it the asphalt surface was in hiber- did come true. Having suffered nation. The rest of the country through three days without pow- would have flowers blooming be- er after the storm of ‘93, I wasn’t fore we would see it again. ready to risk it again, no matter In New England, snow falls how jaded I had become. upon snow. We didn’t keep track of When the first flakes started to fall how much snow a storm dropped; that Friday, I crossed my fingers. May- instead, we measured the feroci- be this will be the storm I had waited ty of the winter by how deep the 20 years for. But by 11:00 that night, snow was that blocked doors from with barely 8 inches, I resigned my- opening, or by how long snow self to the fact that I would wake up Taking Care of Daily Chores going to have some mighty tired ward and my mind suddenly filled mounds in shopping mall parking the next morning to yet another dis- horses tonight.” And we did. with the thought of him falling in lots lasted. If come July snow was appointment. Boy was I mistaken. The first order of business was As the horses played, we busied the snow, so I did what anyone still present, then all agreed it was It snowed all night, and by to free up the backdoor of the ourselves with digging out and re- stupid enough to be doing what I a bad winter. morning, nearly 20 inches covered barn which was wedged shut by filling the multitude of bird feed- was doing at the time would do; I Coming from that environment, the landscape. In the mountains the snow. Once freed, the ardu- ers. At times, the back yard look like asked him to canter! living in an area where people pan- above Emmitsburg, the snow was ous task of clearing a path to the LaGuardia Airport at its peak. Blue We didn’t canter long before icked at just the thought of a light as deep as 43 inches. But I was ‘muck heap,’ where the manure Jays were stacked up by the dozens my senses regained control of dusting, winter has always been a happy with 20, especially know- was piled, took priority. With waiting for their turn at the peanut my body. “Well that was a dumb major disappointment for me. ing that the cold weather that was four stalls to be cleaned, the sin- feeder; Nuthatches, Chickadees, idea,” I thought. Year after year, I eagerly antici- to follow would ensure it would gle wheelbarrow filled quick- Finches and Sparrows mobbed the Having proven to myself I pate a major storm, only to be dis- be around for a while. ly. The ability to empty it would sunflower and thistle feeders. wasn’t too old to be stupid, I un- appointed over and over again. I My wife, having gotten up be- mean the difference between be- For most of the afternoon, I tacked my horse and turned him grew jaded as weather forecast- fore me, had already made the start ing able to keep the horses in- watched as the horses played. I free once more. er’s hyperventilated into brown of a path to the barn. I followed in side, where they would be safe found myself thinking that, had I By dusk, both the birds, horses, paper bags while prognosticating her tracks to retrieve the snow shovel. and warm, or outside, exposed to been younger, I would have jumped and my wife and I had had our fill the storm of the century, only to My Jack Russell managed to put only the elements. For my wife and I, at the opportunity to ride one of of excitement, and the farm went wake up the following morning to two of his four paws out the door be- there was no question what took them in the snow. “You’re not that quietly to bed. a coating of snow. And when we fore he decided being an outside dog higher priority. old yet,” I told myself, and like a Sunday was spent digging out. were lucky enough to get a good wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. My When the storm finally ended warrior going off to battle, I hiked The radio was abuzz with talk of a snow, it was always followed by lab mix on the other hand, bounded that afternoon, and the sun made out in the waste deep snow and re- major storm on Tuesday, but I was a stretch of warm weather which into the snow drifts with all the glee its guest appearance, I shoveled trieved my youngest horse. happy enough just enjoying what quickly turned the storm into a one expects of a lab. a pathway to the paddock gate. We gingerly walked about the nature had given us the day before. distant memory. With the snow still coming Even though the snow was now field. His easy-going manner I By Monday, the storm which was Let face it, winters around here down fast and furious, there was more than two feet deep, I knew had become so accustomed to now blowing outside my window just suck for a native New England- no doubt in my wife’s or my mind the horses would enjoy some time during seasons of green grass, was was increasingly becoming more om- er, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. that this would be a rare ‘indoor’ out. replaced by a gawking way of go- inous. I cast a wary eye to the snow- While the December storm got day for the horses. The first to go was the oldest, ing. But I persisted. I asked him covered roofs of my house and won- at 23, he had seen a lot in his life, to trot. He shifted his balance for- dered how much they could take. but nothing like this. He walked up to the wall of snow where I had stopped shoveling and turned and looked at me with an express that said, “OK, so now what am I sup- posed to do now?” The next horse I retrieved was one I knew would plow right through the snow, and he did. But still the old horse refused to budge. He waited until the last and youngest horse had been turned out, and a suitable path had been made for him through the snow, before he dared venture out into the snow-covered field. For the next hour I watched as the horses gallivanted about in the deep snow. My wife and I laughed as simultaneously we said, “We’re MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 11 THE BLIZZARD OF 2010 Dumb Ideas the night to the tune of twelve inch- es or more. I made my way out to On Tuesday, with the forecast now the barn where I was once again calling for an additional 16 to 24 shoveling the pathway to the muck inches, I decided to lighten the snow heap. I was just about to step out load on the roof. Knowing my luck, the barn door when out of the cor- I recognized that had I tried to clear ner of my eye I caught a solid wall the roofs while standing on them, I of white bearing down on the farm. more than likely would have fallen The Blizzard was officially on! off. So I pulled out the ladder and, By the time my wife made the placing it against the roof line, be- 30 foot trek from the muck heap gan to shovel them off. back to the barn, the wind was All was going as planned until I howling. With difficulty we man- dislodged one huge pile of snow; aged to close the door, but not be- unfortunately, as I quickly discov- fore snow had made it halfway ered, the mound had been keep- down the 60 foot barn aisle. ing the top of the ladder in its ‘OK Guys,’ my wife said to the place. As it slid off the roof, the horses, “It’s another indoor day for ladder began to slide sideways. It you guys, so settle down and get was a long way down ... too long. used to it.” Having learned our les- I dropped the shovel and grabbed son from a near brush with death the rain gutter and righted the lad- a year ago, the horses were given a der. What to do next was the ques- warm bran mash for breakfast. Braving the Elements floor for them and they rushed to By now, with the sun setting, tion of the moment. I had cheated As I prepared to brave the winds it with abandon. the horses had finally realized death the day before by riding in the and return to the house, I caught a By two the fire was beginning I checked in on the horses, they were not going out. Dinner snow; could I cheat it again? If I let glimpse of Riker, the oldest horse to die, and with it, the temper- who greeted me with whinnies as was all they had on their mind. I go of the gutter for a moment, the in a mad weave. This was clearly ature in the study was becoming if to ask: ‘Can we go out now?” smiled at the thought of watch- ladder moved. I quickly calculated outside of his daily routine and he noticeably colder. I could pro- I threw each a flake of hay and ing them the next day as they that I would only be 1/4 of the way wanted out. “Sorry guys” I said to crastinate no longer. The dogs, headed to the back to get my arm once again pranced around the down before it would fall, carrying him, “you’re better off in than out.” bored from doing nothing all full of fire wood. snow-covered field. me with it. I thought about climb- By the time I got to the back day, jumped at the thought of As I turned the corner near the The sun has now set and with it, ing onto the roof, but then remem- walkway, the path I had taken going out. “You’re going to have door, I saw a finch fighting the wind the wind has returned. Even though bered why I had opted to use the out to the barn had disappeared. to stay.’ I told my Jack Russell. to make it into the safety of the I am warm, I can’t help but worry ladder in the first place. It occurred to me that I proba- He would never make it past the barn. Reaching out my hand, I gen- about the birds that spent the day in With nothing else to lose, I leaned bly should bring in a load of fire huge drifts that now blocked the tly grabbed it in midair. It was clear- a life struggle with nature, or the fe- the ladder in the direction opposite wood, but thinking is about as far pathway to the barn. And had ly exhausted. I set it down on coun- ral cats that increasingly have called of the way it wanted to go, almost as I got. I would soon regret it. he, I knew only too well that he tertop, but then thought better of it. our property home. to the point where it began to slide Having ‘blown’ opportunities would show no mercy for the Picking it back up, I carried it into All I can hope is that they in that direction, then quickly made other snow storms had offered, I birds that I knew had sought ref- the main and much warmer part of have found a safe spot to hide my way down the ladder as it swung was determined not to blow this uge in the barn. Their day was the barn and set it down in a pile and will be there in the morning back. I no sooner touched ground one. Having yet to lose power, I bad enough without having to of straw, sprinkling some sunflower to greet me with the sunrise that then the ladder fell. turned on my computer and be- deal with a stupid Jack Russell seeds for it to feast on. will bring a much different day “Well, that was a dumb idea,” I gan to write. It was a perfect day chasing them. “There you go,” I said to him. than today. thought. to write. No one was coming over, The wind nearly ripped the “You stay here. It’s safe here.” He A day to recover, a day to dig Cold and tired, I retreated into and I sure wasn’t going out. The door out of my hands as I stepped looked up at me as if to say thanks. out, a day to thank God that we the warmth of the house, vowing wood burning stove in my study outside into the gale. My labbie But I found it was me who wanted live in a time where we can ap- never again to regret the lack of was going full bore and the room mix led the way. That is, until she to thank him. His trust in me had preciate a blizzard like today New England winter storms. The was nice and warm. No writer came face to face with a six foot made my day. from within the safety of a warm first snowflakes of what will un- could ask for more. snow drift. Like Riker before her, By four, the wind was dying a house. But most of all, appreci- doubtedly be called the great bliz- My intention was to write about she turned to me as if to ask what down enough that I dared to ven- ate the opportunity to be remind- zard of 2010 were just beginning to this storm, but I soon found myself to do next. ture out refill the bird feeders and ed that all God’s creatures contain fall. It was going to be a long night. sidetracked writing a story about “Go on,’ I said. With my en- waterer. By now the birds were so his divine spark. While the snow fell fast and fu- the great storm of 1993. It was the couragement, she made a mighty hungry, that they mingled at my As the winter winds once again rious at first, the much anticipated storm that saw a neighbor’s house leap and came down in the middle feet pecking at seeds that fell as howl, I find myself thinking of an winds were absent. At ten, I took burn down, which led to one of the of the drift. Then crawling for all the feeders were filled. age old poem, a poem fitting to the dogs out. The air was still and sweetest dog We’ve known coming she was worth she finally made it Having noticed that many birds conclude this tale with. quiet. A light snow was falling and into our lives. Almost six years had to the other side of the drift. I fol- had taken refuge under my truck, not a sound could be heard. passed since he had died, yet his sto- lowed suit. I threw a handful of seeds under Scatter Out the Crumbs A snow plow had made its way ry had remained unfinished. As the As expected, the barn was full of it. Back in the barn, I checked in by a few hours before, so it was day was much like the day we first birds. A few gave flight at the sight on the bird I had grabbed from Amidst the freezing sleet and snow, easy walking. As I walked, I found saw him, it seemed fitting to final- of me, but I spoke softly and put the air. He was sitting on top of The timid robin comes; myself back in the late 1800’s. ly finish the story I had started the them at ease. “Don’t worry guys, a bale of straw. He chirped at me In pity drive him not away, This is what winters must have Christmas night he had died. you’re ok. Just hunker down.” when he saw me, as if to say “I’m But scatter out your crumbs. been like for the first owners of As I wrote, I kept a wary eye I spread some bird seed on the still here.” my house. It was peaceful, almost on the birds that called our farm And leave your door upon the latch innocent in quality. It was at times home. With the wind now gusting For whosoever comes; like this that living in the country to 40 and 50 mphs, our feathered The poorer they, more welcome give, was worth its weight in gold. friends sought shelter where they And scatter out your crumbs. But it wasn’t the blizzard everyone could. Fortunately, even with the had predicted: just a typical New Eng- deep snow, the many native plants All have to spare, none are too poor, land snow falling upon a snow-covered of my wife’s garden offered refuge. When want with winter comes; landscape. I was finally had my wish. I Those unable to find foliage to re- The loaf is never all your own, was finally at home at my home. treat to sought shelter in front of the Then scatter out the crumbs. Little did I know, as I turned my garden’s picket fence. As the wind electric blanket on that night, that whipped the snow against the fence, Soon winter falls upon your life, mother nature was just warming up a wall started to grow, which created The day of reckoning comes: for the big show the next day. a hollow on the opposite side that Against your sins, by high decree, provided some protection. Are weighed those scattered crumbs. The Blizzard Is On! Around noon my wife in- formed me that she had just used —Alfred Crowquill I woke up to the purring of a cat, the last piece of firewood in the not a howling wind as the me- wood burning stove. I glanced But of course, as bad as the Blizzard teorologist had predicted. Huh, out the window and watched a was, it paled in comparison to the so much for the big blizzard, I chickadee holding on to a branch digging out from it. For that part of thought to myself. for dear life. Yes we needed wood, the story, turn to Layal Watkin’s The Snow had indeed fallen through but not right now. Zoo Keeper article on page 31 12 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK Talking about the future Pastor Reginald Rice erated technology? Oh yeah. The become the Baltimore Symphony’s absolute certainty as to what’s go- Incarnation, United Church of Christ space program. Before bridging the music director. But despite her in- ing to happen, the general consen- space between us and the stars may- tellect and charisma (which rivals sus among folks who have studied T he future! An amazing and wonderful place or just a maze of confusion and turmoil? I am not be we need to look more earnestly at the space that separates us from one another. What do you think? that of Lenny Bernstein) we need not just someone but something to revitalize the world of the perform- this thing from an objective per- spective is that the sun will set and rise again on a new day with a futurist, scientist, psychic or soci- ing and visual arts in years to come. no apparent change. But they do ologist. I am someone who believes Education–Please Remember Many orchestras have experimented hope that years later people will that reflecting upon our hopes for to Remember with video projections during per- look back at the time around “the the next two, five, ten or more years I asked a friend of mine who has a formance and some even with audi- great alignment” and say, “you addictions, abuse and other dark may help us in getting through PHD in Education what he saw in ence interactive compositions (the know, this is when things real- angers in ourselves that fuel those the tough times we face right now. the future for education. Basically audience uses clickers to vote for ly started to change.” We can just same fires which can direct pas- Ahead are what I’ll call conversation he expects a revolution in how we which direction the composition hope that it will have been for the senger planes into public build- starters. You may agree, disagree, learn brought on by technology. will take). better. What do you think? ings and convince human beings Regardless, what I really hope you He imagines a classroom in which I hope that new media will en- to become walking bombs. do is talk to others about your re- information, images and comput- able visual arts to come out of the Economies of What? actions to these ideas. Perhaps as a er power at the fingertips of ed- museum (some artists like Chrysto The last century saw a shift from an Will Religion Be “Hi-Tech result our path ahead can have real ucators and students will change are doing this already). Or imag- economy of subsistence to an econ- Holy?” and meaningful direction. the very way we learn. I don’t have ine a play in which each audience omy of consumption. What will the Yes we have seen what I’m sure any problem with that as long as member has an opportunity to next paradigm shift be? Regardless some folks consider the “invasion” Paper or Power? we don’t forget the need to reclaim interact with the cast during the of what it is I’d like to see our chil- of technology and modern mu- A good indicator of how well we the power of memorization. show. Arts are not an extra. They dren receive better education about sic into the world of worship and are doing a decade from now might I know, memorization went out are a reflection of who we are and such things as supply and demand, church but that is a small matter be found beside the sink in a pub- with reciting the times tables, nam- a catalyst for what we will become. the relationship between interest compared to what I see is needed. lic restroom. Are we all using those ing the presidents and all those other What do you think? and inflation, the jobs and market And what is needed is not about electric hand driers that some of us dinosaurs of years gone by. But con- cycles and most of all, the stupidi- technology, it’s about humility. hate or is there still concession being sider this. The best computers need And Then There’s That 2012 ty of too much credit. Maybe the The failure of the “Council on made to the impatient who simply more than the best hardware and pro- Thing–Will It Be Mayans 1, kinds of consequences we are now Church Union” to unite all main must grab one of those forest felling, grams, they need memory. Without Universe 0? reaping can be avoided by a gener- line churches under one banner germ spreading, landfill bloating pa- the capacity to store information, no The Mayan Calendar (which is re- ation that knows some basic truths back in the early 1970’s was the per towels? Whether we opt for pa- information can be processed. I say ally a mosaic of calendars) reach- about resources, wealth and the rela- beginning of what has been the per or power will say a lot about us. all ahead with technology in the class- es fundamental synchronization in tionship of scarcity, time and effort. most precipitous drop in tradi- If we humans go the route of pow- room but please train, drill and prac- late December 2012. That means My greatest hope is for an econo- tional Christianity in our nation’s er driers we are not only helping the tice the next generations so they will that all their little calendars align my of “stewardship.” As opposed to history. Denominations were too environment but our souls. Power have the memory capacity to put to (kind of like a new year’s celebration an economic engine driven by re- proud of their petty particulari- driers force us to slow down, pay at- work all those concepts they have ac- that occurs once every several thou- lentless consumption an economy ties and too stubborn to see one tention to what we are doing in the cess to. What do you think? sand years). No big deal. It’s just of stewardship is a heart driven by true center. The problem is solved moment and they reward us with how their calendar is designed. compassion, conservation, human very simply. Humble up. Forget warm soft hands like no paper tow- Medicine–Enough Wonder We also know that at that time values and thrift. Is stewardship and the differences. Define common el can deliver. Saving the environ- Drugs, How About the Wonder an astronomical event of colossal conservation better than consump- goals. What do you think? ment, slowing down a notch, liv- of Compassion? proportion will take place when tion? What do you think? ing in the moment, enjoying a basic Maybe if enough people become the earth and sun align with the Don’t Mess With The Public Library bodily sensation. That’s a good fu- ashamed of living in the richest, center line of our Milky Way Gal- The Ugly Side Will the most institutional and dem- ture. What do you think? most powerful nation on the plan- axy. And, just to sweeten the pot I remember reading a Time Mag- ocratic of all democratic institutions et that has the least efficient and ef- the earth will also have complet- azine article back in 1976 which be changed in the future. I hope not Space, The “used to be” Frontier? fective health care delivery system ed its once every so many thou- mentioned that one of the great much. Some good things shouldn’t When I was a kid I thought space in the industrialized world things sand year axial wobble. All of that dangers of the future would be nu- change more than they need to. exploration was the coolest thing will be different. Health care for all. is scientifically proven. It’s the clear weapons in the hands of ter- I hope, in addition to still being going. But I grew up. Extended If that’s our future we’ll be right up way things are. The only amazing rorists. That idea has stayed with points of shared information, librar- space travel for people is not only with where most of the rest of the thing there is that the Maya had me all these years. In a post-nine ies will more fully become points of expensive but there is as yet no way industrialized world is today. such sophisticated knowledge. No eleven world, when people start intellectual exchange. Places where to prevent the muscular atrophy In the last fifty years we moved big deal. It’s how the planets and talking about what is next I surely knowledge is not just disseminat- that is experienced due to long peri- from regarding natural, tradition- stars move. can tell them what I hope is NOT ed but created. A good example of ods in zero gravity. And how about al and spiritual remedies as “al- The final thing is the tough and next. Regardless of whatever fu- this is Wikipedia on the net. Imag- that price tag? Then again there ternative” to considering them controversial one. The Mayans ture we may imagine or hope for, ine the excitement if shared creation is all the technology we’ve gotten “complementary.” That’s progress. predict that things will change at the pivot point from which it will of information could take place in from the space program. Well that’s Maybe in another fifty we’ll call it that time in ways that will make either catapult into reality or slide public as well as virtual forums? a two edged sword. Some advances “integral” medicine. Can your Ivy for a future totally different from into oblivion is what the dark forc- What do you think? have been great, but who can afford League educated physician say, the present. Is it the end of every- es of anger do in our world. My Obviously I believe the future them? The people who can pay for “acupuncture?” That would really thing? Will humanity be wiped off three point perscription for elim- needs to be slower, more thought- them I suppose, not me. And then be progress. What do you think? the planet? Will there be natural inating terrorism in all forms: 1- ful and thought filled. A place there’s the whole notion that tech- catastrophe, wars, epidemics, etc? ever decreasing reliance upon oil where we seek less outward action nology is in a runaway state. Accel- Music and the Arts While no futurists, psychic, as a global commodity...2- inter- and more inward satisfaction. But erated technology that is running Three years ago I was delighted apocalyptic, scientist or self re- national mandate for shared lands that’s just what I think. What do away with us. What caused accel- when I heard that Marin Alsop had specting Mayan will weigh in with in the middle east...3-attention to you think? MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 13 LITERATURE The Book of Days from indulging himself with one drop of water during a long sultry harvest day. The legendary history of St. Patrick But human endurance has its lim- its: when the vesper bell at last rang for evensong, Colman dropped down sation of alarm among the country called. Innis-patrick, where he found- dead—a martyr to thirst. Irishmen people. ed another church of Kirkpatrick. can well appreciate such a martyrdom; The most absurd rumours were Again landing on the coast of Ire- and the name of Colman, to this day, freely circulated, and credited. One land, he founded an abbey in East is frequently cited, with the added ep- far-seeing clergyman preached a ser- Meath, called Domnach-Padraig (the ithet of Shadhack—the Thirsty. mon, in which he cited this unfortu- house of Patrick), and built a church The shamrock, or small white clo- nate snake as a token of the immediate in Dublin on the spot where St. Pat- ver (trifolium repens of botanists), is al- commencement of the millennium: rick’s Cathedral now stands. In an is- most universally worn in the hat over all while another saw in it a type of the land of Lough Deng, in the county of Ireland, on St. Patrick’s day. The popu- approach of the cholera morbus. Old Donegal, there is St. Patrick’s Purgato- lar notion is, that when St. Patrick was prophecies were raked up, and all par- ry: in Leinster, St. Patrick’s Wood; at preaching the doctrine of the Trinity to ties and sects, for once, united in be- Cashel, St. Patrick’s Rock; the St. Pat- the pagan Irish, he used this plant, bear- lieving that the snake fore-shadowed. rick’s Wells, at which the holy man is ing three leaves upon one stem, as a sym- ‘the beginning of the end,’ though said to have quenched his thirst, may bol or illustration of the great mystery. they very widely differed as to what be counted by dozens. He is common- To suppose, as some absurdly hold, that end was to be. ly stated to have died at Saul on the that he used it as an argument, would Some more practically minded per- 17th of March 493, in the one hun- be derogatory to the saint’s high repu- sons, however, subscribed a consid- dred and twenty-first year of his age. tation for orthodoxy and good sense: erable sum of money, which they of- Poteen, a favorite beverage in Ire- but it is certainly a curious coinci- fered in rewards for the destruction of land, is also said to have derived its dence, if nothing more, that the tre- any other snakes that might be found name from St. Patrick: he, accord- foil in Arabic is called skamrakh, and A lmost as many countries arro- gate the honour of having been the natal soil of St. Patrick. Scotland, snow-balls: which having been done, he breathed upon it, and it instanta- neously became a pleasant fire—a fire in the district. And three more of the snakes were not long afterwards killed, within a few miles of the garden where ing to legend, being the first who in- structed the Irish in the art of distilla- tion. This, however, is, to say the least, was held sacred in Iran as emblemati- cal of the Persian Triads. Considering St. Patrick’s connex- England, France, and Wales, each fur- that long after served to point a poet’s they were liberated. The remaining doubtful: the most authentic histo- ion with snakes, is really remarkable, nish their respective pretensions: but, conceit in these lines: two snakes were never very clearly ac- rians representing the saint as a very and we may reasonably imagine that, whatever doubts may obscure his counted for; but no doubt they also strict promoter of temperance, if not previous to his arrival, the Irish had as- birthplace, all agree in stating that, as ‘Saint Patrick, as in legends told, fell victims to the reward. exactly a teetotaller. cribed mystical virtues to the trefoil his name implies, he was of a patrician The morning being very cold, A more natural story than the ex- We read that in 445 he command- or shamrock, and on hearing of the family. In order to assuage the weather, tirpation of the serpents, has afforded ed his disciples to abstain from drink Trinity for the first time, they fancied He was born about the year 372, Collected bits of ice together; material for the pencil of the painter, in the daytime, until the bell rang for some peculiar fitness in their already and when only sixteen years of age, Then gently breathed upon the as well as the pen of the poet. When vespers in the evening. One Colman, sacred plant to shadow forth the new- was carried off by pirates, who sold pyre, baptizing an Irish chieftain, the ven- though busily engaged in the severe ly revealed and mysterious doctrine. him into slavery in Ireland; where When every fragment blazed on erable saint leaned heavily on his cro- labours of the field, exhausted with his master employed him as a swine- fire. zier, the steel-spiked point of which he heat, fatigue, and intolerable thirst, To read other selections for Robert herd on the well-known mountain of Oh! if the saint had been so kind, had unwittingly placed on the great obeyed so literally the injunction of Chambers’ Book of Days visit emmits- Sleamish, in the county of Antrim. As to have left the gift behind toe of the converted heathen. The pi- his revered preceptor, that he refrained burg.net Here he passed seven years, during To such a lovelorn wretch as me, ous chief, in his ignorance of Chris- which time he acquired a knowledge Who daily struggles to be free: tian rites, believing this to be an es- of the Irish language, and made him- I’d be content—content with part, sential part of the ceremony, bore the self acquainted with the manners, I’d only ask to thaw the heart, pain without flinching or murmur; habits, and customs of the people. The frozen heart, of Polly Roe.’ though the blood flowed so freely Escaping from captivity, and, after from the wound, that the Irish named many adventures, reaching the con- The greatest of St. Patrick’s miracles the place St. fhuil (stream of blood). tinent, he was successively ordained was that of driving the venomous rep- And here we are reminded of a very deacon, priest, and bishop: and then tiles out of Ireland, and rendering the remarkable fact in connection with once more, with the authority of Pope Irish soil, for ever after, so obnoxious geographical appellations, that the Celestine, he returned to Ireland to to the serpent race, that they instanta- footsteps of St. Patrick can be traced, preach the Gospel to its then heathen neously die on touching it. Colgan se- almost from his cradle to his grave, by inhabitants. riously relates that St. Patrick accom- the names of places called after him. The principal enemies that St. Pat- plished this feat by beating a drum, Thus, assuming his Scottish ori- rick found to the introduction of which he struck with such fervour gin, he was born at Kilpatrick (the Christianity into Ireland, were the that he knocked a hole in it, thereby cell or church of Patrick), in Dumbar- Druidical priests of the more ancient endangering the success of the mira- tonshire. He resided for some time faith, who, as might naturally be sup- cle. But an angel appearing mended at Dalpatrick (the district or division posed, were exceedingly adverse to the drum: and the patched instrument of Patrick), in Lanarkshire; and vis- any innovation. These Druids, being was long exhibited as a holy relic. ited Crag-phadrig (the rock of Pat- great magicians, would have been for- In 1831, Mr. James Cleland, an rick), near Inverness. He founded midable antagonists to any one of less Irish gentleman, being curious to as- two churches, Kirkpatrick at Irong- miraculous and saintly powers than certain whether the climate or soil of ray, and Kirkpatrick at Fleming: and Patrick. Ireland was naturally destructive to ultimately sailed from Portpatrick, Their obstinate antagonism was the serpent tribe, purchased half-a- leaving behind him such an odor of so great, that, in spite of his benevo- dozen of the common harmless Eng- sanctity, that among the most distin- lent disposition, he was compelled to lish snakes and brought them to Ire- guished families of the Scottish aris- curse their fertile lands, so that they land, where he turned them out in tocracy, Patrick has been a favourite became dreary bogs: to curse their riv- his garden. A week afterwards, one of name down to the present day. ers, so that they produced no fish: to them was killed at Milecross, about Arriving in England, he preached in curse their very kettles, so that with three miles distant. Patterdale (Patrick’s dale): and found- no amount of fire and patience could The persons into whose hands ed the church of Kirkpatrick. Visit- they ever be made to boil; and, as a this strange monster fell, had not the ing Wales, he walked over Sarn-badrig last resort, to curse the Druids them- slightest suspicion that it was a snake, (Patrick’s causeway): and departing for selves, so that the earth opened and but, considering it a curious kind of the Continent, sailed from Llan-bad- swallowed them up. eel, they took it to a celebrated Irish rig (the church of Patrick. A popular legend relates that the naturalist, who at once pronounced Undertaking his mission to convert saint and his followers found them- the animal to be a reptile and not a the Irish, he first landed at Innis-pat- selves, one cold morning, on a moun- fish. rick (the island of Patrick), and next at tain, without a fire to cook their The idea of a ‘rale living sarpint’ Holmpatrick, on the opposite shore of breakfast, or warm their frozen limbs. having been killed within a short dis- the mainland, in the county of Dub- Unheeding their complaints, Patrick tance of the very burial-place of St. lin. Sailing northwards, he touched at desired them to collect a pile of ice and Patrick, caused an extraordinary sen- the Isle of Man, sometimes since, also, 14 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 THE (retired) ECOLOGIST Of Snow, and Silence, and Salvador Dali Bill Meredith birds at the feeder were different. truth is that, in our fast-paced world, Within the next few days I had a times when nothing at all is making The horse was lean and lank; misfortune fox sparrow, a rare migrant, and a noise are a rare experience, a golden was his lot. We ran into a drifted bank, towhee, whose usual date is April; moment that may have been com- and we, we got upsot. “Jingle Bells.” and oddest of all was a myrtle war- moner once but we rarely experience James Pierpont, 1857. bler, which I never had seen in the any more. I know of nothing but yard before. snow that can make that happen. I t is mid-February as I write this, and I have spent most of the day shoveling snow off the walk in In addition to its visual beau- ty, snow has an effect on sound. Several years ago, when I was My wife constantly reminds me of the latest horror stories about old geezers having heart attacks front of our house. It is 21 inches still able to wade through drifts, while shoveling snow, so when I deep, a relatively meaningless fig- I walked to Toms Creek one day was clearing the sidewalk I took ure because it came in two separate while snow was falling. There was frequent opportunities to rest. storms a week apart, was drifted by about a foot of it on the ground, Leaning on a snow shovel in the winds that were said to reach 50 and I had to concentrate to keep bright sunshine with the wind mph, and has packed itself down from falling. When I got to the blowing gently at your back and by its own weight. If it had fallen creek I watched the flakes come no background noise makes your all at once with no wind, it might down a while, and then I saw a mind go off on strange tangents. have been three feet deep, but I’ve red fox running across the field I can’t retrace all of the steps my no way to tell. The Weather Bu- about 200 yards away. It had mind went through, but I was re- reau says it’s a record; I’ll take their its full winter coat with a long, calling childhood memories of word for it. bushy tail floating behind it, and snow… sled rides, my first experi- Record or not, it isn’t unusual; it moved without effort, like a ence driving in it, hauling hay to normal for watches to go limp, nation and went off to the kitch- every decade or so, we get snow leaf blowing in the wind. As I the barn on a horse-drawn sled… like letting the air out of a bal- en to start supper. However, I like this. Last month’s article on watched, I suddenly realized that and just then came one of those loon? think it may have piqued her cu- “100 Years Ago” described sleigh there was absolutely no sound. golden moments when it got qui- I never heard that explanation riosity; several times that evening races down Main Street and peo- The storm had stopped traffic; et and there was no noise of any of the painting, and I wished I I noticed her peering at me out ple getting dumped into drifts the road noise that is always in kind. Somehow… it seemed logi- could ask Dali if that was why he of the corner of her eye when she when sleighs ran off the road, just the background and you learn to cal at the time… chose that title, but he has been thought I wasn’t looking. May- like in the song. I remember dig- tune out like elevator music was I thought of Salvador Dali. He dead 50 years or so now, so I be time stopped in her mind too; ging out of snow piled over the missing. There were no helicop- was one of the most eccentric art- rushed into the house and asked maybe the discussion will come hood of the car in the ‘60s when ters overhead, no chainsaws, no ists of the past century; people of my wife what she thought about later. Snow does that, sometimes. we lived out at the college, and a ATVs, no farm machines, no con- my age will remember his picture it. In terms of producing a fruit- similar storm completely buried struction noise… nothing, except in Life magazine, with the ends of ful discussion, that turned out to To read past editions of the Retired our VW Beetle here in town in the a few things that really belonged his mustache waxed and sticking be a failure; she just shook her Ecologist visit the authors’ section of ‘70s. One day in the ‘80s it start- there, like the breeze rustling a up like the horns of a Texas steer. head with an expression of resig- Emmitsburg.net ed snowing about 8:00 a.m., and dead leaf, the water flowing over Everyone remembers his most fa- we had over a foot by noon; the a riffle in the stream, or a wood- mous painting, a strange land- college closed, and I tried over an pecker tapping in the distance. scape in which several watches hour to locate my son so we could My mind does strange things in were laying on tables. The watch- come home. He and his girlfriend, such situations; I had been think- es seemed to have melted, and who later became his wife, had de- ing of Haiku poems the day be- drooped limply over the edges of cided to go for a walk in the snow, fore, and these three lines came the tables. He called the paint- and by the time I found him it to me out of the air. ing “The Persistence of Memo- had drifted over two feet in some ry,” which always puzzled me; places and we almost didn’t make Child: “Grandfather, maybe that’s why I thought of it, it home. And the previous record what makes it so quiet now?” there on my sidewalk daydream- for snowfall was in 1996. Looked ing in the snow. I was thinking of at from this perspective, we were Old man: “Nothing at all.” why memories come back to us, due for such a storm. and it occurred to me that per- I have always enjoyed snow. To I don’t know enough about poetry haps in order to have a memory, be sure, getting old makes you to say whether this is a haiku; it has time must stop in our brain and feel insecure and less certain that the requisite 17 syllables in the pre- turn off the distractions that are you can cope with it, but I still scribed 5-7-5 arrangement, but sylla- happening around us for a brief love the beauty of it. I used to col- bles in Japanese and English are dif- instant. And if time did stop, lect verses for my calligraphy stu- ferent. But, no matter. The essential wouldn’t it would be perfectly dents to copy in Adult Education, and among them was the short- est poem I ever saw. It consisted of just three words: “Snow. All’s new.” Brief as it is, it captures the es- sence, and in that sense the value, of a snowstorm: it explains why it is beautiful. Snow covers up the dirt and disorder of our every- day surroundings, and it forces us to stop whatever we’re doing and think about something other than our daily grind. I looked out the kitchen window the morning after the storm passed and almost didn’t recognize my own yard; the dead vegetation in the flowerbeds on the bank was gone, as were all the bushes less than three feet high. In their place the wind had sculpt- ed the yard into the contours of the sand dunes at the beach. The whole world looked new; even the MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 15 THE MASTER GARDENERS Starting Seeds ditions for a week prior to transplant- ing will help plants to acclimate to outdoor conditions. This process is referred to as “hardening off” trans- Mary Ann Ryan - Penn State Coop- instance, morning glory and gourd plants. This can be done simply by erative Extension Horticulture Ed- seeds germinate quicker if you soften setting the seedlings outside in a pro- ucator the seed coat by soaking overnight. tected area for a few days to one week, This allows for the embryo to break then planting them in the ground. Jim Seymour - University of MD through the seed coat faster. Stratifi- Be sure there is no danger of frost if Master Gardener of Carroll County cation refers to the temperatures re- you are keeping them outside over- quired for the seed to germinate. An night. You could bring them inside S now, snow and more snow! Seems to be the theme this winter; how- ever, spring will come, and it’s time example of this would be the acorn. It needs a cold period, winter, in order for the seed to break dormancy. This each evening if you are hardening off the plants during the time of possible frost damage. You can use any type of container, as long as you provide drainage to start thinking about starting seeds. becomes especially important when The time required to grow trans- Hopefully, you’ve had an opportunity collecting your seeds as opposed to plants to desired sizes will vary with to look through seed catalogs and start buying of, because seed companies the type of vegetable, the tempera- planning, but if you didn’t, that’s o.k. often stratify seeds prior to selling. ture, and the amount and quality of too. Garden Centers now have seeds Consider the container. Seed start- light. The following are approximate available, so you can visit your favorite ing supplies are available from gar- times required for planting seeds un- place and spend time looking at the den centers, nurseries or mail order. til transplants are ready to be planted availability of different types and vari- There are all types of containers and into a garden: eties. It’s still not too late to buy seeds the choice is often a matter of pref- through seed catalogs either. erence. Container types include peat • 2-3 weeks: cucumbers, muskmel- In my experience, the biggest mis- pots, peat pellets, fiber blocks, plas- on, pumpkin, squash, and water- If saving your seeds from one year to another, test first to see if they are viable take many gardeners make when tic pots cell flats and trays. You could melon. starting seed is starting too soon. even make your own containers with • 5-7 weeks: tomato, head lettuce, When buying seeds, be sure to look newspaper, or use cardboard egg car- broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, the original parent plant. Insects, you will know what to expect from on the back of the seed packet for tons. Whatever container you choose, brussel sprouts wind, or other pollinators will trans- the seeds you’ve collected, and you’ll how much germination time the it must provide drainage of excess wa- • 6-8 weeks: eggplant, pepper. port pollen from one plant to another be ready to go again in the spring! seeds need. Count back from the ter from the bottom to keep potting plant of two different hybrids or vari- On your mark....Get set..... time that you are able to plant seed- mix from staying too wet. Do not allow transplants to become eties. This is often noticed in toma- GROW! lings outside. Allow for one to two After the seeds begin to grow, too large, especially if they are grown toes and squash. weeks of growing time after germi- they will send up what appears to be in small containers. Tomato and pep- If you are truly looking at collecting To learn more about how to become a nation and you’ll have your start-up leaves. These first set of “leaves” are per transplants should be about six to seeds, be sure they are collected from Master Gardener call Mary Ann Ryan date. called cotyledons. Next to develop are 8 inches tall. Cucumbers, squash, and open-pollinated plants. Open-polli- at 717-334-6271 For example, I have a seed pack- the true set of leaves. The true leaves related vine crops should be planted nated plants have proven to be true et of red and yellow pear tomatoes. take on the identification features of when the second true leaf is expand- to the parent plant. This is why col- To read other gardening articles, visit the On the pack, it tells me that it takes the plant. ing. If plants are small, remove any lected seed from heirloom plants are Gardening section of Emmitsburg.net 7-14 days for the seeds to germinate. Damping off is probably the most flowers or fruit from plants prior to the same as the parent plant. These In our area, you can safely plant out common disease of young seedlings. transplanting. are open-pollinated. tomatoes by mid-May with no frost It is caused by several types of fun- Now you plants are in the ground, When collecting seeds, allow the protection. Counting back two weeks gi that attack the stem at or near the growing, producing flowers and seeds fruit to ripen completely on the plant for the transplants to grow and an- soil level. This causes a collapse of the or fruit. You’re thinking about col- before picking the vegetable. Harvest other two weeks for the seeds to ger- stem, and the seedling falls over and lecting seeds for next year’s crop or to the fruit when completely ripened, minate, I’m looking at a starting date dies. Once again, be sure to use soil- sharing with a friend. If you are col- and separate seeds from the pulp as of mid April. Knowing that problems less growing medium and practice lecting seeds from hybrid vegetables best you can. Then allow the seeds to could arise, I would give a little extra careful watering to allow the surface or flowers, and you’re hoping for the dry completely. Store the seeds in a time for mistakes or possible replant, of the medium to dry between water- same hybrid that you grew this year, cool, dry place. Your refrigerator is a so my indoor starting time for these ing. This will help reduce damping don’t bother. Hybrid plants are pro- good place, as long as you don’t store seeds should be early April. How of- off problems. duced by crossing the same two par- apples in it. Apples give off a gas that ten do we hear “What do I do with After the true leaves appear, the ent plants. Without this step, your can cause the seeds to not be viable. my tomato plants? They’re getting so seedling can be transplanted into a seedlings will not develop into the hy- In late winter, you may want to tall and I can’t plant them out for an- larger container or planted into the brid it was collected from. check the viability of the seeds. This other month!” If you time properly garden. Plants will cross-pollinate, pull- is done by counting out ten seeds, and not get too anxious, this mistake Reduction of temperatures and ing genes from both parent plants planting them, and observing what can be avoided. moisture or exposure to outdoor con- to produce something different than percentage has germinated. Then After determining when the seeds should be started, giving the seeds the requirements they need become most important. Seeds need four things: light, water, oxygen, and heat. Getting to know your seeds makes this an easy step. Again, reading the seed packet will tell you the depth to plant the seed - this is the light re- quirement. Keeping the seeds evenly moist and the soil temperatures be- tween 75°-85°F should provide just the right environment for these seeds to germinate - this is the heat require- ment. The oxygen comes from the soil. Use a light soilless mixture that is formulated for seed starting. This will give your seeds and roots the air that is needed for good germination and growth. You can purchase seed starting mix and your local garden center or through mail order. Before planting your seeds, find out if they need any scarification or stratification before planting. Scarifi- cation refers to breaking the seed coat. This is sometimes needed for quick- er germination of some plants. For 16 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 PETS LARGE AND SMALL So you want to be a Purple Martin Landlord? Rusty Ryan had martins visit but no success- tic), aluminum boxes or wood boxes. My choice is exclusively gourds. About 2/3 are plastic and 1/3 are natural. Trivia: Prior to the ful nesting. arrival of Europeans, our Native D id you know that martins in eastern North America nest exclusively in bird houses (human A local martin landlord (see mentoring program on web site) gave me some advice about place- Americans were hanging empty gourds for the martins. The height of the housing should be between supplied housing) or that one mil- ment. It was his opinion that my 12’-20’. The housing should also lion households in North America housing was too near my non- be manageable which means the provide housing for martins? manicured lawn. I extended my pole should be telescoping so that Over the past 10 years, numer- mowing but still no luck. the housing can be lowered for ous persons have asked me about The next season I purchased easy access to nests. All housing “my colony” of martins. Some of some plastic decoys and a cd. The should be light in color. these folks have been trying to es- cd consists of recordings of mar- tablish their own colony but with tins performing certain vocaliza- little success. tions. These vocalizations are ba- Supplemental stuff It is hoped that this article will sically those of happy martins Food - There are times when a provide useful information as to letting other martins know that landlord may need to provide what I’ve done or learned to be a my place is good to raise young. I food because of a cold spell. There lucky and so far successful landlord fastened the decoys and proceed- are several ways to provide the to these unique feathered tenants. ed to play the CD an hour before food. I’ve chosen to erect a sepa- General information: The Pur- dawn. My wife thought I was cra- rate feeding station with several ple Martin is the country’s larg- zy but after a few days, I noticed shallow plates. Martins will read- est member of the swallow fami- martins. Since than, I’ve had an ily eat crickets, mealworms and ly. Martins are about the size of established colony. As a footnote, even scrambled eggs. I also pro- a Red -Winged Blackbird. Only for the past several seasons, my vide crushed oyster shells, which the adult male sports the purple/ youngest daughter and I have had they need for calcium and grit. black plumage. The martin can be a friendly competition as to who is I also line each gourd with some found throughout the eastern half the first to locate the first martin. fine grasses or pine needles. This of the U.S. Martins feed primarily Some simplified tips for attract- action provides comfort during on flying insects. ing “America’s Most Wanted Bird” that dreaded cold spell when fly- The martin is a neo-tropical I often joke that I practically ing insects are grounded. migrant. This means they breed provide everything for the martin playing of the “dawnsong” record- Believe me when I say you in North America but migrate except genetics. Predators ings and use decoys. won’t regret being a landlord once to warmer climates for the non- The worse thing that could hap- Why Martins? Because they you’ve been successful in establish- breeding season. Martins win- Location, Location, Location! pen to a landlord and their colo- need humans and we need them ing your own colony. ter mostly in the country of Bra- When it comes to attracting mar- ny is predation! A bad experience if only for the pleasure and stress I hope you’ve learned some basics zil. This annual migration ends up tins, it’s all about location. If you is enough to have that colony nev- relief they provide. They are fun about Purple Martins. In my next being about a 10,000 mile round- ever watch martins, you will quick- er return. A good landlord must to listen to and even more fun to article, I hope to provide guidance trip flight. Not bad for a bird that ly understand their aerial space re- monitor the colony and take im- watch their aerial display and go- on attracting the Eastern Bluebird. weighs a mere 2 ounces. quirements. Martins require open mediate action. Obviously being ing about the job of raising their While not all property owners The first martins (scouts) gen- space for flight in and out of nest- proactive is better than being re- young. Not many wild birds can have the appropriate habitat re- erally arrive at my property about ing area. Martins need to be in close active. The most common pred- provide humans with such close- quirements to successfully estab- the third week of March. They are proximity (30’-120’) to occupied ators are House Sparrows, Star- up activity. lish a colony, it you’re looking to my harbinger of spring. The birds human housing. Martins are people lings, Black Rat snakes and Owls/ So if you have the right proper- give it a try, here are some help- of my colony usually have left me birds. To establish a new colony, the Hawks. ty and you wish to become a mar- ful websites that you can go to for by mid-August. housing should also be a good 50’ I have twice experienced Black tin landlord, check out the web sites more information: from trees and the areas surround- Rat snakes at my colony. I still don’t and move forward with the tons of The establishment of my colony ing the pole should be more or less know how they got up the metal advice given. You still have time! www.purplemartins.org My wife and I built our home clear of obstacles such as landscap- poles but they did. Last year I ap- As per my last trip to the Purple www.purplemartin.org on our Fairfield property back ing. Your odds are made even bet- plied Vaseline on the bottom 3 foot Martin Society web site, the scouts www.chuckspurplemartinpage.com in 1997. The first several years I ter by being near open water and/or of pole and that seemed to work. have arrived in each of the states www.naturesociety.org/ tried to attract breeding martins near an established colony. bordering the gulf coast. The scouts but with no success. I used an alu- Tape and Decoy should arrive in this area around Russell Ryan is the Conservation minum-housing complex, which Housing/nesting If you have the right habitat and Easter. The sub-adults that the new Chairperson of the South Mountain I thought was erected in the cor- There are basically three types of still no success do what many oth- landlord is hoping to attract usually Chapter of the National Audubon rect location on the property. I housing: Gourds, (natural or plas- ers and I have done and utilize the arrive 4-6 weeks later. Society (and husband of MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 17 PETS LARGE AND SMALL The perils of a barn cat Linda Knox bert Doodle trusted more than the or- into a carrier to eat, Dorie stayed as dinary barn cat that his keeper would close as she possibly could. L ittle Bo ate his supper and then ran off to play on the far side of the barnyard. One night as I provide for him and chose to eat in a spot near the beginning of the food distribution line. With him came a After the neutering of Albert Doo- dle I believed that I had accom- plished my goal. Unfortunately an looked to see whether he was into less confident tortoiseshell sharing the unexpected turn of events followed. his usual antics, I thought I saw an same plate. After eating their portions There had come into the group extra furry form scurry behind the of food, they retreated to the tractor a “Bully Cat” that picked on Albert bales placed in the barnyard. Just mower, washed paws and face, and Doodle after the feeding time each torment and bother a cat that had ‘Who’s here for snack?” and ate one kitten flying across the open sat in a cozy spot at the base of a small evening. He continued his prac- been neutered or spayed. This one only after she stretched and re- space and back below the trough? stack of hay bales. As I left the barn, I tice of growling and attacking every drove away a female and she finally ceived special attention. Strange I thought, but at the time I would see one at the base of the mow- night. The feud occurred until I returned after several months. Little Chenille, pictured above, didn’t dwell on the possibility. My er and one nearby in the loose straw by could stand no more. One evening Albert Doodle stopped coming is an adorable little tabby that seeks mind was on Albert Doodle. the bales. After each had gotten short when Albert Doodle had taken ref- around altogether after a few eve- attention and has her own unique Every now and then a special drink they carefully washed again and uge under the mower as Bully Cat nings that stirred hope in my puz- “catonality”. She needs a home cat emerges from among the gen- appeared to settle down. kept advancing and swearing with zled brain. The message has become where she is safe from the perils of eral barn population -a cat that is Little Dorie worried me because ear-wrenching cat curses, I hurried clear: the barn is not a safe haven. life in the country. She needs a pro- unique and stands out in every way. she usually appeared to have a cold; over and yelled, “Stop picking on So, I now return to the case of tected place where she doesn’t have Such a cat was Albert Doodle. He yet it didn’t affect Albert Doodle. I my Albert Doodle.” The two ran Little Chenille. Because she re- to look over her shoulder as deli- was a beautiful grey tabby with dark worried about her simply because in different directions, but it was my sembled a ragmop sweeping across cately eats her meals. stripes, white feet, and white mark- she didn’t get any closer to me than Albert Doodle who was not seen for the barnyard that late summer kit- Do you know someone who- ings on his face extending down his necessary; most of the time staying several days. ten became known as “Little Che- would want to adopt such an ap- nose and over his neck. behind Albert Doodle. Even af- Never in all the years I have had nille.” Gradually she chose a place pealing little creature? She is spayed From the time of his kitten hood Al- ter I decided to lure Albert Doodle barn cats have I seen an “alpha cat” to be served dinner as I called out and up to date on all her shots! Seasonal challenges an open wound. The dead tissue provides an environment in which the maggots flourish. While the first few days of a eas of fur that tend to stay moist, they can generally prevent mag- gots. I can spin several yarns on maggots, but will save them (and Dr. Kim Brokaw, DVM ed her stomach because abdomi- fluids and, standing like the maggot infestation are arguably of your stomach) for a later article. nal surgery in this kind of weather Statue of Liberty while hold- benefit to the animal, their con- As we all sit around complain- W inter poses its challenges. I certainly am not a fan of standing out in frigid tem- would be very unpleasant. A quick physical exam revealed a dehydrated and ketotic cow but ing up the fluid bottle, start- ed them running into the cow. After a few minutes of stand- tinued presence does not contrib- ute favorably to the pet’s recovery. The maggots stimulate an anti- ing about winter, and idealizing summer, we need to remember that each season of year has cer- peratures in the middle of a field luckily no stomach twist. I got a ing there, the chill returned genic response and slow the heal- tain medical problems associat- while treating a horse. Even tak- bucket of hot water and put a bot- to my hands and toes. Well, it ing of the wounds. ed with it, even summertime is ing care of my own horses and tle of dextrose and bottle of elec- could be worse. Winter has its I see maggot infestation most- not perfect. When I think about dumping frozen water troughs trolytes in the bucket. I like to discomforts, but at least there ly in pets confined to the out- maggots, warbles, and all the oth- gets less and less pleasant as heat up the IV fluids for the cows aren’t any maggots. doors with situations in which er crawlies, I start to almost enjoy the temperature drops. Ev- before giving it to them because Maggots have received some at- their skin remains moist. This our wind, cold, snow, and ice cov- ery morning I find myself put- the thought of cold fluids running tention in human medicine for includes pets with draining ered ground. ting on enough layers of cloth- into my veins seems objectionable their health benefits. Maggot de- wounds, urine or fecal stained ing that I look like the Michelin unpleasant, so I assume it would bridement therapy involves the hair coats, or bacterial skin in- Editor’s Note: Kim Brokaw applies man. My parents have found be similarly unpleasant for a cow. intentional introduction of live, fections. Sustained skin mois- her talents and love of animals at that toe warmers and wool socks I placed the IV in, but my hands disinfected maggots into a non- ture can cause damage, inflam- the Walkersville Veterinary Clinic. are always welcome gifts as I go were cold so the IV came out of healing skin and soft tissue wound mation and infection, setting through them so rapidly. the vein while my cold, partially for the purpose of selectively up a favorable environment for Have a pet story you would like to For a few days after the second numb, hands were trying to hook cleaning out the necrotic tissue. maggots. This applies especial- share? If so, send it to use at editor@ huge snowstorm this year, the vet up the fluids. However, in my cases, the mag- ly to weak and debilitated pets. emmitsburg.com clinic was closed for regular ap- I warmed my hands in the gots are not introduced intention- If owners clip the heavy coats of pointments yet we remained open bucket of water and then tried ally but rather are the result of dogs who are left out full time in For more stories on pets visit Em- for large animal emergencies. again. Success! I hooked up the summertime flies laying eggs on the summertime, or clip any ar- mitsburg.net A couple feet of snow were on the ground, and there were five foot drifts on parts of the clinic driveway, but my Ford Explorer had already been dug out. As the snow shoveling had already been done (albeit, not by me), it left me time to pursue my other hob- by, cooking. Over the past few days I had time to make chocolate almond soufflés, penne with sausage and tomato, banana bread, cookies, sausage lentil stew, and molasses bread. I was contemplating my next cooking endeavor while look- ing through the cupboards to see what ingredients I had, when the pager went off. It was a sick cow. The owner reassured me that their street and driveway were plowed out well enough for the milk trucks to get to them, so I shouldn’t have any trouble at all. I had no problems getting to the farm. It was cold—about 20 de- grees—and during the entire drive to the farm I was crossing my fin- gers that the cow had not twist- 18 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 CIVIL WAR DIARY Captain Albert Hunter, a true leader John A. Miller not a part of my duty, I would drill a which we balloted for a Second Lieu- we received the Cap- Emmitsburg Historical Society squad of the new recruits, after reg- tenant. But, after several unsuccess- tain’s resignation, he Civil War Historian ular drill, in cavalry on foot. (We ful attempts we gave it up for another sent for me and told did not have horses yet).” day. Hunter ran six ahead of Walker, me that I must notify L eadership in both the Union and in the Confederate armies was very crucial. Generals and colonels as “Our 1st Lieut. John Motter An- nan was accidentally shot through the head and killed by his best having thirty-eight to Walker’s thirty- two, it requiring 45 to elect.” Still without a second lieutenant, our 1st Lt. Morrison. He wanted his resig- nation too and told well as captains in some cases, were friend, J. Wallace Morring of Em- the men of Company C again at- me he would nev- appointed by military officials while mitsburg. Our brigade was allowed tempted to fill the vacant slot. Pri- er make him captain many company level officers and to select their own commissioned vate Joseph Wible on November and that if he would non-commissioned officers in a reg- officers by ballot. After the death of 23rd wrote: “We had two trails today not resign, he would iment were voted into their positions Lt. Annan, an election was held in at electing a Second Lieutenant but have him dismissed. I by the men of their company. There our company to fill the vacancy. My were not successful in either ballot. told Morrison about are many instances of company ros- having been successful in giving in- In the first ballot, Hunter received it, and he was very ters that reflect a man who was a pri- structions in drill made me a prom- 41 votes to Walker’s 34 and the sec- angry; he swore that vate in 1861 and was then promoted inent candidate, even before Lt. An- ond Hunter 43 and Walker 32, af- he would see Miles to officer status; and yet, I have also nan was buried. I felt grieved and ter which the election was postponed about it. I knew that seen in a few instances where an offi- compelled by friends to wait. To tell until the week following.” he never would and cer was demoted to a private. it all, I only wanted to be a soldier; On November 26th, Albert advised him to save An officer is someone who led by office had no allurements for me, Hunter was officially elected as sec- his reputation. He authority and someone who had the and perhaps I would have refused ond lieutenant. Private Joseph Wible got me to write his trust of his men. Take into consid- positively to stand, but a majority of again recorded in his diary that day, resignation and told eration Captain Albert Hunter of our company insisted that I must, “We succeeded this morning in me he would hand it Company “C” of Cole’s Cavalry. and the other candidates, eight in electing Hunter our Second Lieuten- in. I pitied him. He Captain hunter was born on number, combined, and one or two ant. Hunter received 49 votes and he was a good fellow, his family farm just east of Mid- of them misrepresented me.” has now entered upon his duties with but awfully ignorant, dle Creek on old Harney Road. e “As ‘opposition is the life of trade’ good wishes of the company.” and utterly unfit to enlisted as a bugler; a few months was the opposition I had, I set my Albert Hunter later wrote: “I can perform the clerical later he was commissioned as sec- blood to win, and I did. I took the conscientiously say that shoulder duties of an officer. ond lieutenant, and by 1862 he plan of gaining votes by refraining straps did not change my feeling to- And he knew a hun- was promoted to a captain. and restraining all manner of vitu- ward the privates, and I feel sure that dred fifty dollar per After the war, Albert Hunter peration. But with all I could do, we whatever else they may charge me month job was too recalled when he was promoted still had a long and hot fight. A ma- with, there is not one who would say good to be careless- from 2nd bugler to lieutenant: jority of the whole company was re- anything else. They were welcomed ly thrown away, so he Captain Albert Hunter “After being in a camp of instruc- quired to elect, and although I got in my tent at all times. Their wants put the resignation in tion at Frederick, Md., until about a majority of all the votes cast every were duly attended to, as far as the his pocket.” were made Majors. One was an Eng- the middle of December, 1861, we time, I was not elected until nine or rules and regulations would allow, “I met Col. Miles a few days af- lish fool who knew no more of mili- were put on duty. I enlisted with the ten ballots were had because 10 to their complaints adjusted as near as terward, and when he asked me tary or a Major’s duty than a dog does understanding that I was to be 2nd 15 of our men, who were off on de- I could judge demanded. A hundred why Lt. Morrison did not send preaching, and was a coward to boot, Bugler. I was extremely fond of the tached duty, and could not vote.” men as soldiers become children. in his resignation I told him I had and thus it went all along the line.” Drill. All of us were green in that Private Joseph Wible of Gettys- The officers are looked to much as written it for him and that he told “My company was a good one, line; I had taken lessons in Gettys- burg served in the same company children look to their parents, and it me he had. He said it had not the most of its members were my burg from other soldiers there. We that Albert Hunter was in. He re- is only right, for they have no other come and that he would have him acquaintances and friends. I loved created a sensation, as it was new called the difficulties involved with way to get what they want or need.” dismissed. I hurried to Morrison them and think I can safely say, and rather fantastic: movements electing a new second lieutenant. He In June of 1862 nearly eight and advised him to save his repu- without egotism, that they respect- quick and difficult. Our lady visi- wrote on November 18, 1861: “This months after being elected as second tation. Finally he agreed to hand it ed me all that any Captain could tors were delighted with maneuvers, evening after dress parade we bal- lieutenant, Albert Hunter was pro- in and in a few days the captain’s ask. But I must acknowledge that a and I had as many interested spec- loted for First Lieutenant but were moted to Captain of the company. and his were accepted and I got feeling of dislike grew on me dur- tators as the Dress parades, but this not successful in choosing one.” He “In June 1862, on account of in- my commission for Captain.” ing the summer, that reopened into was not cavalry drill. I spent my lei- again wrote on November 19th, firmity and old age, Captain John In February of 1864, during the a determination to quit the service sure time reading the tactics on cav- “We balloted for First Lieutenant to- Horner tendered his resignation. re-enlistments of Cole’s Cavalry Bat- in September when the three years alry drill; I soon mastered the ini- day and elected a Second Lt. Mor- Col. Miles was commanding with talion, enough men re-enlisted and were up, which I did.” tial maneuvers, and although it was rison for our first Lieutenant, after headquarters at Harper’s Ferry. When new recruits came in, making the bat- “But strange to say, that after a talion a full-sized regiment. During month, civil life became so anon- the reorganization of Cole’s Caval- ymous and dry I could not stand ry, Albert Hunter exposed a criminal it. I determined to go back to ser- ring within the command structure vice. Of course no commission was of Cole’s Cavalry. This is what ulti- waiting for me, and I had to list is mately led to Albert Hunter resign- a private. I chose old company “B” ing his commission. Albert Hunter knowing it would not the proper for recalled: “In the promotions battal- me [to reenlist in Company C].” ion, officers were ignored. Seniori- And as some would say: so goes ty was nowhere; bribery was freely the war. Through the corruption of charged and more than likely true.” officers and enlisted men alike, the “I was a senior Captain, and I got true leaders would shine through. nothing at all. The fourth Captain was made Lieutenant Colonel. But To read Captain Hunter’s full per- Orderly Sergeant Oliver A. Horner sonal account of the war between was made Adjutant and afterwards the sates visit the Historical Society made a Major. Civilians in Baltimore Section of Emmitsburg.net. MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 19 MY HEART IS IN EMMITSBURG Paradise or parking lot? Donna M. Sterner for goodness sake! I sang along to it all the time. “Don’t it always I sat here on Thursday, Febru- ary 11th, and watched giant snowflakes fall softly from the sky. seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone? They paved paradise and put up a park- It was like the angels were hav- ing lot.” ing a pillow fight in heaven, and So now I was sitting in a big city we were being hit with the fall- watching snow fall and realized out. Oh, I know the East Coast that I miss that little one horse has been clobbered with snow in town where everybody knew ev- recent weeks and most of its res- erybody and said “hi” when they idents don’t want to hear about passed on the street. Skyscrapers snow. But I have been in Dallas, and bright lights block the night- TX for nearly 22 years and, in all time sky with its soft spray of stars of that time, I have never been twinkling like diamonds on a deep able to have a good snowball fight blue jeweler’s cloth made of the or build a decent snowman. softest velvet. When I was growing up I longed I have my taxicabs and subway for big city lights with taxicabs and and city busses that belch out clouds subways. I dreamed of fine res- of black diesel exhaust who cut you taurants were folks sipped cham- off and give you a one fingered sa- pagne and nibbled at toast points lute like it was your fault. I am sur- dripping with caviar. Emmits- rounded by 5 star hotels and restau- burg was a little one horse town. rants but would be just as happy Its claim fame was the burial place with a good old cold cut hoagie and of Mother Seton, the Grotto, Mt. onion rings from Corney’s Corner. St. Mary’s and, later, the National Who needs fish eggs anyway? And Fire Academy. I was destined for champagne is overrated. The Square in Emmitsburg after the Palm Sunday Blizzard of 1942 greater things. There are no fireman’s carnivals I vacuumed the house and dust- here with cheap bingo played with ed and got a whopping $5 a week. corn kernels on wooden bench- I put some in savings at Farm- es that surround prizes to make er’s and Mechanics Bank on the a child gasp with wonder while square. I bought comic books at the air is redolent with the smell Carter’s Drug Store and Crouse’s of grease and French fries. Here I On the Square. At holiday time I can go to the State Fair of Texas... always had a Christmas Club ac- that is, if I could afford it. The ad- count at the aforementioned bank mission and rides are outrageous; so I could buy gifts for my family. prizes are cheap and the booths are We had a color TV bought from rigged. And when you come out Matthew Appliance Store on West with a stuffed teddy bear that cost Main Street. But, like most kids, you a week’s salary to win, you car I whined because there was noth- might not be where you left it be- ing exciting to do. Oh, sure, there cause it was towed or stolen. was the Mother Seton School Ba- The words are interchange- zaar and the spring and Christmas able. Yes, there is the heavy smell Bazaars at Elias Lutheran Church. of grease because every year they Behind my house there were boul- have a contest to see who could ders that would become castles or deep fry the weirdest stuff. Don’t forts, depending on which way the get me wrong...I like a good corn imagination wandered. There were dog, and bacon on a stick sounds monkey vines that could turn any interesting. Like Emeril says, pork kid into Tarzan or Sheena. But there fat rules. But let’s be serious...just was nothing to DO! Patty Lane on who wants to eat fried butter? “The Patty Duke Show” led such an I got my snowball fight and my exciting albeit disaster-fraught life. 28 year old son had a ball making And I had nothing to do. I bought 2 snowmen. We got nearly 12 inch- the latest 45 records and albums es, a record for Dallas. It took me from Gene Myers shop on East Main 51 years to realize I left paradise for Street, right down the street from my a parking lot and simple things are grandmother’s house. the best of all. So when this snow We had an annual Halloween melts away and my son’s snowmen Parade, but I outgrew that. May- are nothing but puddles, I will re- be what I needed all along was to vert to my second childhood and listen to Judy Garland in my fa- whine...”there’s nothing to do!” vorite movie say “there’s no place like home,” or gain infinite wis- To read other articles by Donna dom from Judy Collin’s song, “Big Sterner visit the Authors’ section of Yellow Taxi.” I bought the 45, Emmitsburg.net 20 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | FMARCH 2010 HISTORY The founding of Emmitsburg, March 5, 1785 I n 1880, Samuel Motter, the edi- tor of the Emmitsburg Chronicle published the first known written ac- In the deed in which Samuel Em- mit conveying 35 acres to his son for William “where the lots of a new count of the founding of Emmits- town Called Emmitsburg’ are laid burg, to whit: out,’ Samuel Emmit specially men- tions a meeting in which ‘Articles of “In the year 1786 the male inhab- Agreement’ were made with ‘Pur- itants of the village and vicinity as- chasers’ on that date. sembled at Hockensmith’s tavern, While no known copy of the ‘Arti- only one and a half miles from cles of Agreement’ exists, one can in- town, now the home of Mr. David fer from the body of text in the 1785 Gillelan, to deliberate concerning deed that the Articles were related to a change of name [of the town]. an agreement between the Emmits’ Hon. John McGurgran having and their neighbors for the Emmits’ been called to preside, proposed to lay out lots which were to form the to change the name from ‘Poplar basis for a new town, and a commit- Fields’ to ‘Emmitsburg,’ after Wil- ment to purchase those lots by the Depiction of the signing of the Letters of Agreement in Hockensmith’s Tavern, March 5th, 1785 painted on the front of the Jubilee Foods supermarket. liam Emmit, Esq., one of the larg- signers of the Article of Agreement. est land holders in the District. All While we have no idea where the cision was to name the town after the ment, so this confusion looking back that the land chosen by the Emmits’s present threw up their hats, clapped meeting actually took place, given owner of the land upon which the through 100 years of history is under- for their town was virgin woods. In their hands and hurrahed for Em- that most community meetings in the town would be built, in this case, the standable. his note, Rev Brute describes Em- mitsburg. The company had quite late 1700s took place at local gather- Emmits. What we do know for certain, mitsburg in 1786 as: “... a wood ...” a merry time; drank to the health ing points, such as taverns or church- While we’ll never know for sure however, is that there were no exist- In a later note Rev. Brute states: of the newly baptized town, and es, meeting at the only known tavern what really happened at the March ing structures on the land chosen for ‘Mrs. Hughes told me that she thinks returned home full of sanguine ex- in the Tom’s Creek Hundred, which meeting, what we do know is that in the new town. In the deed transfer- it was about 1786 that she came on pressions of the rapid growth of the just also happened to be within wak- August, five months after the March ring the land for the new town from the spot of the present town then a infant settlement.” ing distance from Samual Emmit’s meeting, the lots for the new town his son, Samuel Emmit makes no complete wood cleared some ground house, makes Hockensmith’s tavern had been laid out and the town had note of any existing structure, im- and built the first house ever built ... Unfortunately, we have no written the mostly likely sport. So let’s chalk been given its name - Emmitsburg. provement, or settlement, a standard there was indeed no street, no road to first hand account of this meeting to that one up for Motter’s version. entry on deeds at the time had struc- Frederick or any other place - a mere substantiate Motter’s version of the A pre-existing village? tures existed. wood - “I see yet as it were, she said, meeting, but with a few minor excep- Choosing the name for All deeds of all the houses in the all the big trees that stood all here tions, we have no reason to doubt the the new town What Motter did get wrong in his original plat of Emmitsburg date to around that small house.”’ veracity of his history. version, was the notion that there was the 1785 deed. No deed pre-dates As the Hughes were one of first In 1880, when Motter put togeth- Another item we can tick off in favor a pre-existing village that predated the that time period. Each original pur- families to purchase a lot in the new er his account of the founding of Em- of Motter’s version, is the notion that founding of the new town. No re- chaser of a lot in the new town was re- town, their first hand description of mitsburg, he did so without the ben- the meeting included a discussion of cord exists anywhere to support this quired to build: “One snug house not the nature of the land is the best ev- efit of modern technology that allows what the name of the town should claim. To the contrary, a close read- less than 16 square feet, and two sto- idence, supports the plethora of legal historians and Historical Societies to be. As noted in last month’s article, ing of each of the deeds from Samuel ries high, with a good bring or stone document that quash any suggestion access and correlate vast archives of the area chosen by the Emmits to Emmit to his son clearly proves that chimney.” of a pre-existing village on the spot documents with simple clicks of a lay out their town was called ‘Poplar the town was ‘new,’ not an expansion Had houses existed, there would chosen for Emmitsburg. mouse. Instead, Motter had to rely Fields.’ The name referred to a geo- of an existing village. not have been this requirement, or upon knowledge passed down from graphic area, much like today where That said, Samuel Motter may at least one deed would exist without Founded in 1785 or 1786? generation to generation. the ridge north of Emmitsburg is re- very well have had in mind the Tom’s this requirement, but there is no ex- Like the old children’s game ferred to as ‘Popular Ridge.’ Creek Hundred Community when ception - every buyer of a lot was re- Samuel Motter’s date of 1786 for the “Whisper Down the Lane” in which In selecting the name of the new he was referring to inhabitants of quired to build a house. meeting at Hockesmith’s tavern is a message is passed along to each per- town, it is easy to assume that the the village. A vast majority of those A note dated June 21, 1821 for wrong. As noted above, the date of son through a whisper usually end- geographical name - ‘Popular Fields’ - that would take ownership of lots in Rev. Simon Gabriel Brute, who as- the meeting of the signing of the Arti- ing up muddled and unclear by the would have been one of those offered the new town were members of the sisted Rev. John Dubois in establish- cles of Agreement was Mach 5, 1785. time it gets to the last person, facts be- up for considerations. But in the tra- Toms Creek Hundred at the time of ing Mount St. Mary’s College and And given that the 1785 deed also hind Emmitsburg’s founding slowly dition of the time, the assembly’s de- the signing of the Articles of Agree- Seminary, supports the legal records refers to the new town by the name changed as it was passed down from one generation to another. But in spite of the all the difficul- ties he faced in weeding out facts from folklore, Samuel Motter did a respectful job in portraying the his- tory of Emmitsburg’s founding. So with a tip of our hat to Samuel Mot- ter, lets pick up our story were we left off last month, and hopefully by the end of this article, you’ll see why Motter’s versions was as correct as one could make it at the time. Signing of the Articles of Agree- ment As noted above, according to Samu- el Motter, the male inhabitants of the vicinity assembled at Hockensmith’s tavern to deliberate concerning a change of name of the town from ‘Poplar Fields’ to ‘Emmitsburg.’ While there is no official record of this meeting, or its whereabouts, we The original 1785 boundaries of Emmitsburg only encompassed the area around In 1786 the boundaries were expanded West along what is now Main do know it took place on March 5, the present day town square down to Willow Run next to the post office. Street and North, toward Northgate to allow for more houses. 1785. MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 21 HISTORY Emmitsburg, the town clearly had its and other places. There were half a selves with the task of measuring and In 1797 a commission was estab- name by 1785. dozen bands of music. In the after- marking out the lots, roads, and alleys lished to settle once and for all the While Samuel Emmit transferred noon a great multitude of people of the future town. The deed granted actual boundaries of Carrolsburg, the land to his son in 1785, the first assembled in a grove near by and to William by his father was an out- the title of the land owned by Sam- deeds for lots were not signed until addresses were made by Capt. Jo- line of these. The town was laid out uel Emmit. Much to the dismay of December of 1785. The vast major- seph McSherry, of Frederick, and East to west along the great road lead- William Emmit, the commission ity of the lots for the town were not Eugene J. Rowe, Esq, of Emmits- ing to Baltimore, and to the south, found that the northern boundary, signed until 1786, with actual con- burg. The festivities closed with along a lane that led to William Em- below which the town was laid out, struction of houses within the new brilliant fireworks and a cotillion mit’s mill on Tom Creek. in fact ran right down the middle of town limits not beginning until the party in the evening. Many hous- As late as 1797, the road now the town. More than 60% of the lots spring in 1786. es were beautifully decorated with called South Seton Ave, ended at Wil- William Emmit had sold for his town When one takes into account that bunting and evergreens.” liam Emmit’s mill on Toms Creek. It actually lay on land owed by others. a majority of the original town laid would be sometime in the early 1800s And that was only the beginning of out by the Emmits was burnt to the But that said, March 5, 1785, the date before the road would be extended to William’s problems! ground in the fire of 1863, resulting of the signing of the Articles of Agree- meet up with the road to Frederick, at In 1742 Daniel Dulany, the found- in an untold loss of documentation, ment, is a more accurate date for cel- which time it was christened Freder- er of Frederick, had purchased 100 and the fact that Motter was depen- ebrating the founding of the town of ick Street. acres of land which he called Silver dent upon information from descen- Emmitsburg. The boundaries of the land given Fancy. Unfortunately as can be seen dants of the original settlers, the fact While Samuel Motter for the most to William by his father in 1785 were in the mapped entitled Silver Fancy, he missed the actual founding date by part, got the history of the founding rectangular in nature, bearing little re- more then half of Emmitsburg lay only 1 year is impressive. of the town right, what he failed to semblance to the town we know to- on the Delaney property, not on land As most of the lots sold in 1785 record was the fact that William Em- day. What is of most interest in this owned by the Emmits! were in the ‘burnt’ section of town, mit had a dickens of a time getting deed is the fact that the Emmits be- It would not be until 1797, 12 the deeds he did have access to were his new town off the ground. And lieved that the deeded land boarded years after the founding of Emmits- mostly lots sold in 1786. So the error that’s where the story of the founding what they believed was their northern burg, that William Emmit would ob- is fully understandable. of Emmitsburg really gets interesting! property line. tain control of Silver Fancy. The pur- Again, one has to appreciate the In 1786, William Emmit discov- chase cost him dearly, but in doing so, task before Motter. Unlike today The Boundaries of Emmitsburg ered that the 1785 deed did not in he was able to finally obtain clear ti- where one can log into the internet fact border their northern property tle to all the lots he had sold that the and download all the deeds related As noted in the first article in the se- line. So William obtained a revised owners of Silver Fancy could have to the founding of Emmitsburg, in ries, land surveying techniques of the deed for 55 acres that included the also claimed had they chosen to press Motter’s day, looking up the original 1700s left much to be desired. With land to the north. By the time of the their rights in court. deeds from Samuel Emmit to his son sometime up to 3 degrees of error in 1786 deed, building of the town had In that same year, the commission would have involved a two day trip each line of a property, property lines begun in earnest, a fact noted in the established to set the boundaries of to Frederick and a painstaking metic- could easily be off by hundreds, or deed by the words: ‘For the use of a Carrolsburg worked out a deal with ulous search through paper files. So even thousands of feet. Such was the town which was began on said small all reaming adjoining property own- 100th anniversary celebration flyer we give him a lot of credit for what he case of Samuel Emmit’s deed. parcel of land.’ ers to settle their overlapping land from the 1886 Emmitsburg Chronicle did with what little he had. While well never know why the In 1787, William Emmit had his claims. As part of this settlement, We have no doubt that Motter’s re- Emmits chose the spot they did for father draw up a new deed to once William had to go back and re-issue search directly contributed to the de- their new town, it would be reason- again correct errors in property lines new titles to all the lots in question. mit’s life was consumed with address- cision of the community to celebrate able to assume that its isolated loca- and to enlarge the area of the town In the tradition of the time, each ing legal issues related to property ti- the 100th anniversary of the founding tion, away from other properties with eastwards along the northern proper- deed for these new lots referred to the tles of land he had erroneously sold of the town in 1886. potently overlapping claims, played a ty lines. This last deed expanded Wil- current name for the land as well as as being his own, but which in fact The accounts of the centennial cel- role in its selection. In a subsequent liam’s town to 80 acres. its prior name, such as “lying in the belonged to others. It was an honest ebration, which was held in a field deed made to correct the boundary Unfortunately for William Em- town of Emmitsburg, formally know mistake to be sure. The fact that the just outside of town on what is now errors in the first deed, Samuel Em- mit, what his father thought was the as Silver Fancy.” town grew and prospered in spite of North Seton Ave., was subsequent- mit even specifically noted that land northern boundary of this property In an effort to stem the confusion these legal obstacles is a credit to his ly reported in numerous newspapers selected was not ‘bounded,’ mean- was not. that resulted from this declaration, skills and vigorousness of those who from around the state, such as the ing that he believed he held all adja- As the community grew, the influx in 1808, the courts directed that any called the new town of Emmitsburg July 13th entry from the Gettysburg cent land and could expand the deed of new settlers brought an exodus lot sold in what once was Silver Fan- home. Compiler. boundaries as he needed. of old settlers. As property changed cy drops the reference to Emmitsburg A hardy well done to William Em- On August 12, 1785, Samuel Em- hands, the demand for better defi- and simply have it noted that the lot mit for setting up the town, and to “Saturday week Emmitsburg cel- mit deeded 35 acres to his son Wil- nition of property lines by the new was from Silver Fancy. This resulted Samuel Motter for saving for pros- ebrated its centennial in a lively liam ‘wherein the lots of the new property owners brought to light er- in even more confusion, and eventu- perity the history of William’s efforts. manner. There was a firemen’s pa- town of Emmitsburg were laid out.’ rors in the boundaries of the Emmit’s ally led to the later day misconception rade in the morning by the home By these words, it is clear that in the land. that there was a town prior to Em- To learn more about the founding of company and similar organizations five months between March 5 and The Commission of 1797 mitsburg called Silver Fancy. Emmitsburg, visit the Historical Society from Littlestown, Westminister August 12, the Emmits busied them- The remainder of William Em- section of Emmitsburg.net In 1787 the boundaries were expanded East along what is now Main street toward Unfortunately for William Emmit, most of the land deeded to him by his father for his Flat Run to allow for even more houses. new town actually belonged to others. The overlapping Dulany family Silver Fancy deed being one of the more problematic 22 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 MOUNT CREATIVE WRITERS Home improvement Jackie Quillen pected so the office is changing back and he is very proud for having the to a bedroom for Christina so that I greenest grass on our block. When- O akfield Lane has been my home since I was four years old. There has been talk of mov- have a place to stay when I’m home from school. So the oldest was de- moted to the smallest room and the ever my friends’ parents brought me home from a play date they al- ways commented on just how green ing and my mother spends a lot of youngest was promoted to the larg- and beautiful the grass looks. Even time looking at houses for sale on- est. Sometimes being the middle the bus driver told me how nice it line, bigger houses, but we never ac- child has its perks! looks. tually move. Usually when families Every room of the house was put One day a plumber came to the need more or less space they move to together with careful consideration house only to deliver the most dis- a more accommodating house, but and much debating. I never knew appointing news of my father’s not my family. how many different shades of green life - there was a problem with We know how to make our lit- there are and how the wrong one, our plumbing that could only be tle house accommodate whatev- which looks almost identical to the fixed at the source underground, er needs we may have. When Mom right one, has the potential to com- under the luscious green blanket mentioned how nice it would be pletely ruin the whole mood of the covering the front yard. There is to have a bigger kitchen, Dad got room, and possibly the entire house. still that small patch of grass that to work right away sketching out I always stayed out of the color- stands out from the rest of the yard all the possible ways to expand the choosing process because I started - the blades are different, the an- kitchen. Sure enough, within a week thinking I might be colorblind, or at gle is off, and there is a clear scar- our kitchen was bigger and the din- least “shade-blind.” like outline of where the “surgery” ing room was smaller. The dividing My bedroom walls evolved from took place. build the shed because I liked the I love every aspect of it. wall between the two rooms was an- baby pink to puke yellow and then to I bet no one else besides my family platform better. I even love the concrete steps that nihilated but Dad built a new one, the most vibrant turquoise color. At notices it. Lawns may not have any My backyard holds so much char- used to lead inside through a back no biggie. one point I liked the yellow walls but significance to other people, but I acter that defines my household. door, but now just remain connect- My parents have been remodeling somehow one of the brightest colors spent most of my childhood on that I moved to Oakfield Lane after ed to the back of the house and lead our home both inside and out since became shady and dull. When it was grass, running around barefoot even my mom and adoptive father were to nothing. the day we moved in seventeen years time to cover up the yellow my best in the dark until my mother called married seventeen years ago. With Those steps are a reminder of how ago. I love remodeling projects - there friend Sharon and I got all the nec- me inside. I also learned how to ride some love and remodeling we be- my home has developed since we be- is something so satisfying about de- essary supplies and went to work. a bicycle on the front lawn with my came a family, and our house be- came the Quillen family. stroying a room that I once consid- This remodeling project was par- Dad. That was the only time bikes came a home. ered perfect and putting it back to- ticularly special to me because I de- were allowed on the lawn! The pool in my backyard was Jackie Quillen is a Senior at the Mount ma- gether with a fresh new look. When signed and produced it. My father The neighbors were not very fond moved from my dad’s old house, joring in English and Communications we are in the middle of remodeling was quick to point out the spots of of us when we moved in because my and the tent that covers a picnic ta- something I put off all other respon- blue paint that accidentally made father built a shed that blocked the ble was moved from my old house. To read other articles by Jackie visit the sibilities and get to work right next it to the ceiling, but I like the spots sunlight from their gardens. This is These two families joined together Authors’ section of Emmitsburg.net to my father. where they are. Seeing the mistakes no ordinary shed. It is a house sport- to create a loving home. As I grew older and stronger I on the ceiling reminds me that I ing the same vinyl siding as the main started rearranging my room many painted that room myself! house, equipped with attic storage, times a year. It’s amazing how many Every year I leave for college my two windows, kitchen cabinets, elec- different ways I could arrange all the parents do something different to tricity, and all our toys. This is Dad’s furniture in a perfectly square and the house, and I feel lost when I first “pad.” shockingly small room. I do this walk in during Fall Break. This year For a while there was a star-shaped kind of “rearranging” in all aspects it was the family room. Nothing object hanging from the roof that of my life, and no matter how much too extreme, just a new couch and spun with the wind and made differ- of a mess I create, I always get every- new curtains, but my mother prais- ent shapes. Dad loved it, but Mom thing in the right place. If it’s not in es those new curtains as if she made thought it was the most pointless the right place then I’m not in the them herself. She “just can’t get over” and unattractive device she had ever right place mentally, physically, and how much they make a difference in seen. Eventually it “disappeared.” emotionally. I don’t start homework the room! Dad likes the curtains but Dad was always finding little until I’ve done some type of organiz- they don’t change his life in any way. things like that to add character to ing in my room, which is not always He gets more excited about build- the yard. Before he got around to a good habit. ing things and working outside. The building the whole shed, Dad built My home has survived seven- lawn is his masterpiece. a platform that we used for dance teen years of my fastidious, handy- My dad owns a lawn and land- routines and performances at fami- man father and my mother, an in- scaping company called Grass Roots, ly parties. I didn’t want him to the decisive decorator who gets bored with scenery very quickly. Needless to say, my house has changed dras- tically both inside and out since the time we moved in. It feels like I have moved to new houses, just with the same address and on the same street as my old one. It’s a more convenient move. My older sister, Christina, has moved out and back in a few times, each time into a different room. Af- ter the second time she moved out, my parents promoted Sarah, the youngest, to Christina’s old room so that Sarah’s original room could be an office. Recently, Christina moved back home again and occupied my room because I wasn’t living at home and she was only planning on stay- ing for a short time. While she was staying in my room I felt like a guest going home to my own house because I didn’t have a bed to sleep in. Christina’s stay is becoming more long-term than ex- MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 23 MOUNT SPORTS Swimming their way to victory Ananda Rochita time.” Stated Griffith, “when I was Her family has remained incredibly around ten years old, I was national- supportive of her in swimming even D espite the team only start- ing in 2006, the Mount St. Mary’s swim team has seemed to ly ranked top 10 in several events.” When more kids were more in- terested in comic books or watching when she tried to quit the sport all to- gether earlier in her teenage years. “My mom told me I had to finish take the Northeast Conference by Pokemon on television, at the age of the year first,” stated Dubois. “She storm. ten, Griffith was at the pool swimming knew me better than I knew myself, The team currently has twelve everyday to perfect her talent. While in and by the end of that year I was re- swimmers for the 2009 to 2010 high school, she practiced everyday and dedicated to swimming.” Another year. The team started with Se- twice a day on the weekends. When figure that has remained supportive niors Kate Ansman, Paige Chenet, Griffith started high school at West- is her husband whom she married Mary Beth Kasda, and Maggie minster High, she switched to the Ea- the previous year. “It was a big de- O’Connell Dubois in the 2006 to gle Swim Team located at McDonogh cision to decide to get married this 2007 season. School in Owings Mills Md. summer, knowing that I could not Prior to attending Mount St. “It was here that I fell back in love help financially,” stated Dubois “I Mary’s Ansman, who is a New York with swimming,” stated Griffith. had to finish out my schooling and native, was a four year letter swim- “My personal times and overall per- swimming.” As for Dubois future, Mount Senior Maggie O’Connell Dubois mer on the Sachem East swim team. formance improved drastically, the she could never imagine giving up She was also team captain for her coaching was great, I met some of the sport that she has spent sixteen Mount Athlete of the Week for tered his fifth season as the women’s last two years of high school. She my best friends there, and it was an years competitively doing. the week ending on Feb.18. swimming head coach for the 2009- also received All League honors in overall incredible experience.” “I think I will take some time off, Benedetti led the Mount St. 2010 season. Yost started the program 2003, 2004, and 2005. As for Griffith’s future, she is con- but I eventually plan on swimming Mary’s team at the Northeast Con- in 2006-2007 with the team finish- Another Mount St. Mary’s se- centrating on her schoolwork. She is in a masters league, and possibly ference Swimming and Diving ing ninth at the Northeast Conference nior on the team is Paige Chenet. currently pursuing a career in nurs- coaching,” stated Dubois. While Championships on Saturday when Championships. Prior to coaching at In high school, Chenet remained ing and wants to attend a specific Dubois has posted incredible scores she finished ninth in the 1650 free. the Mount he already had nine years to be the tremendous swimmer nursing school afterwards. “I have during her swimming career at the She is also the third Mount swim- of coaching experience under his belt. she is today. She was a four-year always loved taking care of people,” Mount and she is also an inspira- mer to finish in ninth at the cham- letter winner on the Conesto- stated Griffith “I’ve known that I tion. She is the one of the first in her pionships for a time of 18:28:13. Ananda Rochita is a Communi- ga girl’s swimming team for four have wanted to get into the medical immediate family to attend a four The Mount St. Mary’s swimming cations - Journalism major at the seasons and was named All-Main field for quite some time.” year college or University and is also team is coached by Neil Yost that en- Mount. Line second time while picking up Last but definitely not least to be a survivor of Lime disease. an honorable mention. mentioned is Maggie O’Connell Dubois caught the disease during However despite the swimmers Dubois, one of the other senior her sophomore year and it took her that helped set the foundation of swimmers of the Mount St. Mary’s a full year to recover. When Dubois what the team is today, a fresh- swimming team. was able to swim again, it was a very man has shown her potential to In the previous year, Dubois emotional time for her. carry on the team after the seniors placed fifth in the 100 fly at the “Last year at Youngstown Universi- graduate and leave the University. Northeast Conference Champi- ty I broke the minute mark in my 100 Courtney Griffith is a new addi- onships on February 13, 2009. butterfly. Even though I had broken tion to the Mount Women’s swim Dubois was also named Scho- this mark before, it had been a while,” team and has become a valuable lastic All-American in 2007 and stated Dubois. “I broke down in tears asset to the scoring table. 2009 and has ranked top five in on the pool deck, and my coach walked Griffith won the 200 back with Maryland in several events while over to me, patted me on the back and a time of 2:16:35 and took home in high school. said ‘glad to have you back.’” first place in the 200 fly with a time Dubois started her swimming While conference championships of 2:18:14 at the Randolph-Macon career at the young age of three. just ended in mid February, the Yellow Jackets Invitation this year. When one of her teachers took Mount swimming team finished This freshman prodigy started notice at her swimming capabili- sixth out of the rest of the com- swimming at the age of five. Her ties, Dubois was suggested to join peting Universities. family is comprised of athletes in the swim team. Despite some seniors not com- particular swimming. Her talents “I tried it, loved it, and the rest ing back for the next year, Jean- may have derived from her father is history,” stated Dubois. nie Benedetti who was named a who was a swimmer at Universi- ty of Nevada Las Vegas. Her sis- ter has also inherited the swim- ming gene since she is a swimmer as well. Despite all, her family has remained one of her biggest sup- porters especially her mother. “For years and years she has driv- en me to practice back and forth countless times, taken me to my meets, and sacrificed a huge amount of her time for me, and never com- plained once,” stated Griffith. Griffith started her swimming career in summer league for fun. She has lived in Westminster, Md. her entire life and started swim- ming all year round at McDan- iel College for the Green Terror Aquatic Club. “I fell in love with it at a very young age,” stated Griffith. “And then later on started taking things more seriously.” Griffith was at the Green Ter- ror Aquatic Club for six years and swam for two years on the Carroll County YMCA team. “It was a lot less serious at the Y, which was what I needed at the 24 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 FOUR YEARS AT THE MOUNT Senior year vocation, not mine. As a second semester sophomore, I changed my major to English with a minor er, a pediatrician, a physical therapist, a nurse, a writer, and an astronaut (for a short time) led me right back to and Kindergarten. Being in a class- room at Mother Seton calls me home. I always knew what the word ‘voca- When I grow up... in communications. In the early stages of my study of these disci- plines I wanted to pursue a career my original goal of being a teacher. I guess that’s why they always say to go with your gut feeling. tion’ meant but never experienced it in my own life until I was in second grade for the second time, 14 years Jackie Quillen say that I am satisfied with my col- in journalism. Though journal- Senior year has helped me put my later and a few feet taller. During lege experience and have no regrets. ism is still something that inter- goals of writing and teaching in line my days at Mother Seton I observe A round this time of year conver- sation typically revolves around plans for the future. During fresh- That doesn’t mean I’m ready to grad- uate and leave this wonderful place I have called home and all the people ests me, my dreams of becoming a teacher recently resurfaced. This past Fall I finally took the with a career path. First semester I had an internship with the Career Cen- ter doing journalism work with the the classroom, grade students’ work, and work individually with students on written assignments and reading. man and sophomore year people who have made it the most incredi- FOCUS aptitude test for help me se- school newspaper and internship bul- When I interact with the students I inquire about the first-year experi- ble experience of my life. If I could lect what career path to pursue. The letins. While interning at the Career feel like I am fulfilling my purpose ence, summer plans, and what you I would ask for one more time of ev- test determines potential careers suit- Center I had the opportunity to not in life just by answering a question or intend to do with your major - the erything - one more first day of class- able for individuals based on person- only explore the journalism field but listening to the students read. It’s an usual. Junior year begins the “So se- es, one more basketball season, one ality, work ethic, skills, academics, also to utilize the help and resources extremely powerful feeling that I’m nior year is coming up…” conver- more stressful advising week to regis- interests, and hobbies. The test tells available at the Career Center. thankful to have experienced. sation starter, and it starts getting a ter for classes, one more move-in day, you what kind of careers best suit One of the last things my mother Since I struggled with fitting vol- little uncomfortable, but the pros- but most of all, one more dance. each of the five categories separately said to me when I moved into college unteer service into my regular sched- pect is exciting nonetheless. Now The Mount has trained me well and together so I could see what kind freshman year was, “Make sure you ule over the years, I would like to it’s senior year and the most com- for the next direction I take on of career would best suit my academ- go to the Career Center and find out dedicate time to service and simple- mon conversation starter is, “So my path of life. My journey since ics and work ethic, or personality and what kind of internships and jobs are living after I graduate, before set- you’re graduating in a few months, freshman year has been somewhat skills, and so on. available.” I always knew she was right tling down into a more long-term eh?” Before responding to this un- of a rollercoaster, but every experi- When I combined all five cate- and that I should become acquaint- routine of a job and family. Not comfortable reality, I look around ence and decision I made along the gories to see what career best suits ed with the Career Center through- that I’m avoiding the job market-- for open doors and windows that I way has led me to the right place. my whole character, FOCUS de- out my college years, but the name who wouldn’t want to dive into that can dash through. I know I’m not Freshman year I was an elementa- termined that I should be a scien- “Career Center” was scary enough to mess of unemployment and that the only one… ry education major pursuing the tific linguist. My immediate reac- keep me away. I imagined that once mass of job-seeking grads? No matter how depressing it beginning stages of my childhood tion was, “Huh?” However when I I stepped into the Career Center I The class of 2010 will still face a is to think about, seniors have to dreams of being a teacher. discovered what a scientific linguist would be a changed person forever; it competitive and struggling job mar- face it - our college experience is After one semester of education does I realized how accurate the as- was like leaving Neverland and grow- ket, which is why options like grad- coming to an end in about two courses I decided that teaching sessment test proved to be. I would ing up for real. Well it turns out the uate school and volunteer service are and a half months. It has been a was not right for me anymore, and need specialized training to become Career Center is actually a lovely place becoming more appealing to today’s little more than a month since the I changed my major to bio/nurs- a scientific linguist so, for now, that that does not make you grow up in- seniors. I also plan to go to gradu- semester started, and it feels like ing. My mother motivated me to is on the back-burner. stantly. I loved experiencing journal- ate school to pursue a master’s degree the first day of class was just last become a nursing major because I The majority of the results across ism with my internship and definitely to earn the necessary certification for week. The next two months will admire her for her work and the all five categories of the assessment feel that writing needs to be a part of teaching. The path of my post-gradu- only go by more quickly. effect she has on people’s lives. I test indicate that teaching is in fact my my life in some way. ation life is still in the making, but one When I reflect on the past four wanted to change the world like calling in life. Sixteen years of school This semester I am interning at thing is for sure - when I grow up, I years of my life, I feel very blessed to my mother has, but nursing is her and aspirations of becoming a teach- Mother Seton School in second grade want to teach! Freshman year ply to all parts of my life, like be- ing patient, and never giving up when something is difficult. Sona helps me with having the mindset plish everything I needed to do that night. Honestly if I didn’t have that time with my horse, I don’t know if I would have gotten it all done. I can’t getic, or about to cry, Sona knows and will act accordingly. If I’m sup- per energetic and hyper we will have the ride of a lifetime! Yet, if I’m up- Samantha Strub raised by my family and all my that I can conquer anything that I imagine college life without her. Yes, set she will put her head over my friends: where will you keep her? set my mind too, and having the she cuts into my social life a little bit, shoulder and let me cry for as long H orses-beautiful, incredi- ble creatures that every lit- tle girl falls in love with. Those How much will it cost? How will you get her out there? How will you have time to take care of her patience that you need to accom- plish anything in life. Every day when I go to the but I wouldn’t be the same person without her nearby. It sounds crazy that one animal as I need to. This is why my horse is sometimes my whole world and my only safe place. crazy horse kids have every horse and handle your social life and barn, it’s my time--my time to re- can do all of this, but it’s true. My Always there, she lets me ride my statue, are always engrossed in classes? No one thought I would lax and not have to deal with the relationship with my horse is one of troubles away whenever I wish! horse books, and constantly beg be able to do it. I knew I could. class work and drama, at least for the closest that I have, and she knows their parents for a horse of their I had balanced my studies, activ- a while anyway. Every student me better than anyone. If I’m in a Samantha Strub is a Freshman at own. When this phase happened ities, work, and horse since my finds his or her own way to have bad mood, incredibly happy, ener- Mt. St. Mary’s majoring in English to me, my parents thought that I junior year of high school. Yeah, this time; some do sports, work would outgrow the “horse fever” people told me that college is a lot out, run, play music and so on. and move on to a different activ- harder than high school, but I still My way is just little bit uncon- ity. That, however, didn’t happen- knew that I could handle the re- ventional. It’s an amazing feeling I stayed completely enamored by sponsibility. Not bringing her to be able to put everything aside these wondrous creatures. wasn’t even a choice. and just get up and ride. I will tell They were my whole world. I started getting answers to all Sona everything that is going on I stayed this way through high the questions and came back to and she listens and helps in her school: even though I was in- prove them wrong. Everything own way. volved in a lot of different activ- worked out amazingly: the place, Anytime that it all becomes too ities, horses were always my pas- cost, travel and so on. The only much to handle, I go out to the sion. The barn was the place I thing missing was the proof that barn. As I’m cleaning her stall, went to when things got rough. I could actually do it, but I had grooming her, saddling her up, Just being around these amazing the right mindset. Everyone then and finally riding; I tell her all the animals brought me up when I just gave up trying to talk me out problems that I have been hav- was down and gave me a reason to of bringing my horse to college. ing, who is getting on my ner- keep going. Despite all the stress- Basically they were like, “Well, vous, what I’m stressed about, and ful competitions, races, expenses, you’re going to regret this, but what’s been going good in my life. and drama that came with owning apparently you have to learn the She helps take me away from the a horse, I found it all worthwhile. hard way…” pressing problems and focus on In her own special way, my horse, This may sound childish, but something that I can control and Sona, was always standing beside Sona is the thing that makes me instantly I feel better. me, helping me go on. click and gets me through every Recently, stressed with all the pa- When I was picking a college, it day-good and bad. If anything pers and tests, I went to the barn, was a no brainer that Sona would goes wrong, she is the one being even though I didn’t really have the come with me. Everyone thought that I can always rely on to accept time to, and ended up staying there I was crazy to bring a horse from me for who I am. She brings me for two and half hours! Time just flew Wisconsin all the way to Mary- up when I am down, and teach- by! That time there gave me the fo- land. Practical questions were es me incredible lessons that ap- cus that I needed in order to accom- MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 25 MOUNT FOUR PILLARS Marty Qually - class of 1994 Marty Qually Alley, be sure to check out the ar- Egg Farm, Hillside Turkey Farms, Chelsea Baranoski ticles on Marty displayed on the Shuff ’s Meat Market and Shriv- right-hand-side of the restaurant. er’s Beef Farm. Smokehouse Alley A Mount St. Mary’s graduate is cooking up some delicious barbeque on Chesapeake Avenue If you do not feel like making the trek to Smokehouse Alley during the cold, snowy winter, don’t fret. helps the local economy thrive and creates a sense of unity be- tween the restaurant and local in Emmitsburg. Marty Qually, Smokehouse Alley has a delivery farms. from the class of 1994, and the service for both the local com- Recently, Marty gave back to son of former Mount business munity and Mount St. Mary’s the Mount community when he professor Robert Karsteter, took University. Smokehouse Alley is provided a barbeque meal for the over One More Tavern and trans- a great place for someone who Mount’s screening of the Super formed it into Smokehouse Al- loves homestyle barbeque at a Bowl. Even though temperatures ley. Smokehouse Alley may look great price. were low and the roads slushy, small on the outside, but it serves Smokehouse Alley is not just a Marty provided a large quanti- up big flavor that reflects his Tex- restaurant, it is also a bar. Smoke- ty of food for hungry Mount stu- an roots. “My hope was that by house Alley serves area beers, in- dents, including barbeque chick- changing the menu and focusing cluding Snake Dog IPA and Snow en, beef brisket, pork sandwiches, on local products, we could turn Goose Winter Ale, both of which chips, cole-slaw, baked beans, a struggling business around, be- are brewed in Frederick County. and pickles. He worked non- come successful, and give back Ironically, the owner of Smoke- stop making sandwiches for the to the community at the same house Alley stopped drinking Mount’s avid football fans. Many time,” he said. twelve years ago to get a better fo- Mount students will surely start Smokehouse Alley is truly a cus on his life. For Marty, refrain- taking advantage of their proxim- Marty Qually is truly living out one of the Mount’s four pillars: community. small treasure in the heart of Em- ing from alcohol allows him to ity to such a mouth-watering bar- mitsburg. The restaurant offers properly prioritize his life. Marty beque experience. He acknowledges that it “was Marty Qually represents the a great selection of barbeque - indicates that Smokehouse Alley Marty Qually also displays one of the greatest experiences value of a Mount education. He Slow Cooked Beef Brisket BBQ, is much more than a bar. “Being a leadership, another one of the of my life. I learned more about took all that he learned at the Smoked North Carolina BBQ bar is just what happens after the Mount’s four pillars. After work- the people of Adams County and Mount and applied it to his work Pork, and Mesquite Smoked sun sets, and I don’t let my not ing eight years for the City of about the area where I grew up in local politics and his manage- Pulled Chicken BBQ to name a drinking interfere with responsi- Frederick and serving on the Bor- than I thought possible in one ment of Smokehouse Alley. He few. And let’s not forget Smoke- ble people coming out for a good ough Council in Gettysburg from year.” When he ran for office, appreciates the Emmitsburg com- house Alley’s signature fried cat- time,” Marty said. 2005-2007, he ran for County he spent 40 hours a week cam- munity and wishes to give back fish, attributed to his grandmoth- Marty Qually is truly living Commissioner of Adams Coun- paigning and faced the challenge as much as he can. The next time er, Opal Karsteter. There is also out one of the Mount’s four pil- ty in 2007. He credits his educa- of asking strangers to support you find yourself shivering from a great selection of homemade lars: community. Qually prides tion at Mount St. Mary’s for giv- him. However, the most difficult the mountain air, be sure to stop soups, including one of my fa- himself in using locally grown ing him the tools needed to get thing for Qually was not being in Smokehouse Alley for a hearty vorites: cream of crab soup. products. “Supporting the local involved in local government. there for his son, Lucien, who meal to warm up. Be sure to say Smokehouse Alley also offers a community, by putting our mon- “There are three things you need was four-years-old at the time. hello to Marty and thank him for variety of pies and cakes for those ey where our mouth is, defines to serve the community, you need Both Marty and his wife learned his commitment to home-grown with a sweet tooth. If you wan- who we are. Ever since I realized to care, listen to people, and learn to make sacrifices for the sake of products and the Emmitsburg der into Smokehouse Alley, you the importance of giving back to as fast as you can. When you are local politics. “My son on the community. will immediately notice its “down my community, I would never a local official you never know other hand still won’t let me talk Over the next year Mount Ju- home country” vibe. When I ate dream of running a business that what issues you will face, so you to people on the street,” he said. nior Chelsea Baranoski will be dinner there, all of the custom- couldn’t find a way to help out its need to be able to learn quickly. Unfortunately, Qually lost the showcasing local Mount grad- ers seemed to know each other. If neighbors. The great thing about Mount St. Mary’s gave me these race for County Commission- uates who turning the Mount’s you want to catch up with your restaurants is that you can focus tools, and I have no intention of er. Nevertheless, he is a respect- Four Pillars: faith, discovery, neighbors, Smokehouse Alley is your spending locally, which also wasting them,” Marty said. The able figure in his local commu- leadership and community, from a great place to dine. And if you helps to preserve local jobs, farm- Mount also gave Qually the love nity. In addition to supporting words into action in the never- enjoy pool, you should test your land, and a sense of community,” of learning needed to succeed in the local economy, Smokehouse ending pursuit of becoming more skills at the pool table in the cen- Marty said. his local community. Alley supports the Vigilant Hose fully realized human beings who ter of the restaurant. Currently, Smokehouse Al- Running for County Commis- Company and Emmitsburg seek to make the world a better While eating at Smokehouse ley buys products from Weikert’s sioner was a major step for him. Youth Sports. place 26 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 STAGES OF LIFE I’m a dad again am? No, I said. I just got the wind knocked out of me. I apparently hit a rut in the driveway. I finally Lizzy Bizzy Cabin fever The Snowstorms got to my feet and within the hour kids to clear out, daddy was go- had the driveway all clear. ing to blow some snow. My son Surprisingly the kids were hang- said, “Dad you show the snow ing outside with me the whole time Lizzy Ryan C abin Fever: A condition of in- creased tension, boredom, blahs, etc... caused by living for whose boss.” You betcha. You should have seen me, I thought I was hot stuff with my but kept pulling on my coat asking when can we play? I said let me put the blower back and we can play. A I really liked the snowstorms that we had. When I first found out some time in a confined space or an blower. I kept the garage door bit exhausted I got a quick drink of about the first one I was at school. My isolated area, especially in winter.” down while I tried to start this water and went back outside. whole class was talking about it. They After two weekends of steady snow eating monster. Really I was I said, “What do you want to were all guessing how much snow snow, I’m beginning to think we afraid it wasn’t going to start and play, a snowball fight, sleigh ride, we might get. Some people were say- should consider moving south for didn’t want to look foolish for not take a walk?” No they both said ing two feet; others were saying just the winter. The kids are suffer- testing the machine before the in unison, I want you to build a a couple of inches. I honestly didn’t ing from a lack of outdoor exer- snow came. With a couple puffs snow fort with a tunnel. Crap! I know what to believe. I listened to the cise and their pent-up energy and of smoke and a strange grind- just finished moving around 4+ Weather Channel the night before, crankiness can be contagious. It’s ing noise we had success. Open- feet of snow and now I have to but the Weather Channel says a lot of time to be creative. ing the door with a proud smile dig a tunnel. Somehow I think things that I always get so excited for, tried to sled and build a snowman After three days in the house upon my face I pushed my shoul- I was being punished. My luck and then it just doesn’t happen. again, but I couldn’t. The snow was with caged animals ready to ders back and engaged 3rd gear would just have it that the snow School got out early, which is al- still not packable. Every day that pounce on each other I decid- to attack the snow. I was rolling plows pushed about 8 feet of snow ways exciting. Once again, that week I would go outside after school ed it was time we get dressed and out of the garage and hit the first to one side of our drive way. I was what my whole class was talk- to see if the snow would stick. Final- wear something other than what big pile of snow. Smack. My kids reached for the shovel and began ing about; they were all saying that ly, the snow began to stick. I spent we slept in the night before (well, looked at me and said “What hap- digging. Two hours later the tun- we would get out early. School was an hour and a half building snow- some of us did, anyway) and actu- pened?” I disengaged the machine nel was complete. The kids went very hectic. Parents were coming in men. I built two snowmen and one ally brushed our hair and teeth. turned around, tears in my eyes, through twice and said this is bor- and out of the school, and the teach- snow puppy. The snowmen’s eyes, It was time to venture out in slumped over gasping for air. My ing, we are going inside. Really. I ers were going to different classes to mouth, and buttons were made out the 4+ feet of snow and start dig- son ran over standing over my ear went into the garage, grabbed a get kids to send home with their par- of black-eyed susan seed heads and ging out. Luckily my father-in- asked “dad are you having a heart beer, and sat in my tunnel. ents. When I got home from school, the nose was made out of sticks. The law gave me a gas powered snow attack?” A heart attack, I thought So much for having fun outside. I my sister told me that her classmates dog’s face was made out of the same blower when he retired. I told the to myself, how old does he think I need a vacation. Bring on spring. were talking about the crazy storm stuff but I used dried sedum flowers coming, and so did my mom. That’s for the ears. Mom’s time out when I really started to get excited. Then the second snow came. When I woke up the next morn- Three days of school - canceled. My ing my mom said that all Saturday mom worked on shoveling a trail to activities were canceled. That meant the goat pen and chicken house so we Abigail Shiyer Is it really best for the kids? Would tor’s to be told the same thing my club meeting was canceled too could get out to take care of the ani- it be better if they were in a daycare each time. Give him Tylenol to because it was snowing - a lot. Right mals. Oscar, the goat, didn’t make too A s a parent, I am always ques- tioning what I should do about this or what I should do about that. setting where they would be around other kids and be “socialized”. Would they be more independent and outgo- control the fever, make sure he away I got out of bed and looked out stays hydrated and come back if the window, and the snow was falling. the fever persists. The ground was white and covered many trails in his pen. I’m not so sure he likes the snow as much as I do. The last day that we were off Some are little “don’t really matter” ing if they “got out” more and were • After the first major snow deeply. It snowed most of the day. school my friend, Monica, and I decisions - like …Should I get my around a larger variety of personalities? storm, my daughter declared My parents went out to shovel the went out in the snow at my house daughters hair cut short?, Should I Would they have nicer clothes to wear the she “hates winter” and re- snow while I went outside to play in and tried one more time to go sled- let my kids eat candy before dinner?, and better “stuff” if we had a second fused to go outside anymore. it. I tried to get into the shed, but it ding, but we just couldn’t. Should I let my daughter wear sum- income? Would I be a better Mom • We have been snowed in for was snowed shut. After digging the We tried on snowboards and all mer dresses in the winter?, Should I because my time with them would be weeks on end and my kids are doors open, I went into the shed to we could do is sink right into the let my son wear girls shoes and pink so much more precious? Would they climbing the walls. We final- get our sled, but there were tools in ground; then we would have trou- sun glasses?… be safer on the road if we had a newer, ly had to let them ride their front of it, so I couldn’t get to it. My ble getting up because the snow Some are medium “kinda mat- larger SUV? scooters in the house. dad quickly found a plastic lid to a was just so deep! ter” decisions - like… What’s the I have even wondered if this deci- • I am embarrassed to say we have bucket to sled on. When I tried to best way to discipline my kids?, sion was made out of selfishness. I watched so many episodes of Dora, sled I sank right into the ground be- Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Ryan Do I need to worry about letting mean - let’s face it kids adjust to just Kai Lan, Blue’s Clues, Special cause the snow would not pack. lives in Fairfield and attends St. my kids visit with kids who may about anything - quite well I might Agent Oso, Mickey Mouse Club- The next day I went outside and Francis Xavier Elementary School. be a bad influence?, How much add. Am I being selfish because I house - that I find my self singing TV is too much?, Am I feeding don’t want to miss anything? They along with the theme songs… them enough fruits and vegeta- are only going to be this small once bles? Do I call the doctor every Based on the list above, I firmly be- - this is it - it’s not a dress rehearsal. time one of them has a fever?... I want to experience it all. I would lieve that had these children been in Then there are those big “really the care of anyone else - they would go crazy if I were sitting in an office matter” decisions - like… Should while someone else was enjoying my have been killed. I have saved 2 lives. I send my daughter to all day kin- kids at the park. All joking aside - I feel so lucky dergarten the day after she turns So - Am I being selfish? Have I to have the opportunity to be home 5?, If so - should I send her to made a decision that could alter my with my children. I’m sure every public or private school?, … or children’s lives based on my wants Mom wants to be the one to com- Should I home school my kids?... and needs? Well - I have come to the fort their children when they are not Who should have custody of my conclusion that the answer is a big feeling well - but, not every Mom has kids if something should happen fat NO. And this winter has really that option. And - who knows… to my husband and I?, and the helped prove to me that my decision who really knows if kids are better off list goes on - and will continue to to stay home and care for my childrenbeing home with a parent during the grow as my kids get older. was a solid one. Here are the facts: day or having a “day care” arrange- But - one decision that we made ment outside of the home. I guess I - which I would consider one of the • My son has been sick 35 out of will never know if we made the right big “really matter” decisions was for the last 45 days. He has had decision for our family - but it sure me to stay home with them instead days on end that he has been was nice not having to worry about of working outside of the home. It’s so miserable that only his own taking off work because the kids are funny because it was an easy decision mother could stand him. sick again…and it sure is great to for us. Don’t get me wrong - we had • My daughter has been sick know that if they are sick again to- to get pretty creative with our financ- about 20 of the last 45 days. morrow - I can just hold them all es, but we felt it was worth it. I have When she is not happy - no day… again. So - for me - Best De- waited my whole life to have kids and one in the house is happy. cision ever… be a Mom. But, even though it was • I have collectively wiped noses an easy decision, I have come back to about 589 times. To read past editions of Mom’s Time Out vis- this one quite a bit. • We have made 6 trips to the doc- it the Authors’ section of Emmitsburg.net MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 27 STAGES OF LIFE A teen’s view correct language. This month’s topic is learn- A day in the life of... ing to deal. Since August, I have Learn to Deal learned more about people than ever before. I have learned to deal with moving on from old friends Kat Dart to make new ones. I have made Danielle Ryan friends with so many different I n the months since I moved to Emmitsburg, I have learned a types of people - kids with social problems, boys, girls, cheerlead- ers, sports players, goths, and so S ome may wonder what a typical day is like in the life of a teen- age girl. For those who are wonder- lot about people - one of the big things being that no one really on. ing, I am here to tell you all about is what they seem to be at first. In terms of moving, I have a typical day in my life as a teenage For example, one of my friends learned to deal with finding new student. is about six feet tall and tends places to hang out at, and learn- Every day begins in the same way. to wear very intimidating cloth- ing about the other side. In York I wake up to the bright light in my ing (to me, at least). When I first one of these people that I found I lived in the suburbs, pretty far room and the voice of my mom strumental Music, and Psycholo- saw her, I was very nervous, be- out about how much school we away from a real town or city. who, for certain, has been trying to gy. Luckily, as a junior, I was able cause this girl was downright were going to have off because of Here, I am in a great neighbor- wake me for at least fifteen minutes. to choose almost all of these class- scary looking! When I took the the snow! There was so much of hood and right next to a town My mom has become so accustomed es; most of them were electives, time to talk to her, she turned it last month, and I went sled- that I have walked down to sev- to this delay that she wakes me ten so the interest factor is there for out to be a very nice girl, who ding a few times and took a few eral times to go eat out or shop minutes earlier so that I don’t have the most part. I will say, though, loves to draw and has strengths hours outside to build a snow- or visit someone. to explain to my homeroom teacher that the time the class falls in in reading and writing. man. Shoveling was a pain; how- Also, in Emmitsburg I have the reason I was late that day. What the day is crucial. For instance, On the other hand, I met a boy ever my dad has a snow-blower gotten my first job. I currently a caring mom, right? if my math class falls first period who I thought looked very nice so our driveway was cleared a lot write for a newspaper called the After I roll out of bed in the typ- on a Monday morning, I proba- and seemed to have a very posi- quicker than other people’s. And Emmitsburg News-Journal, and ical teenage fashion, I slowly slump bly won’t be too excited or enter- tive attitude, but then I talked to still the snow kept falling - I got it comes out a once a month. to my closet to grab my uniform. tained by the thought of endur- him and found that he tended to some amazing pictures of the ici- Okay, I’m sorry for that one. I I suppose I should consider myself ing a math class for an hour first look out for himself and was ob- cles and the snow itself. just had to put it in there. lucky that I don’t have to pick out thing in the morning. noxiously competitive. But because of all that snow, But seriously, there have been an outfit each day. I have it easy be- When the bell after fifth pe- I admit I do tend to group peo- one of the school’s plays was de- a lot of changes, and a lot of ing in a Catholic school. riod rings, everybody rushes to ple. I don’t want to talk to girls layed. We are still going to be them have been very life altering After changing, I usually go to lunch. On a good lunch day, walk- who constantly giggle during putting it on, but I’m guessing and changed me in ways I never the mirror and stare at myself for a ing down the halls could spell dan- class like no one can hear them, there will be some really hard re- thought I would change. couple of minutes, wondering what ger for someone who is in the way I dislike talking to most of the hearsals to get everyone caught Of course, from the very be- I should do to my hair for the day. of the football players. One thing middle schoolers on the bus be- up. ginning I was excited about the Most of the time I think of many that has not changed, I’m sure, from cause they act so immature, and I love helping out in these move, and I was probably the different options, most of them be- high school now and high school most guys who act out in class plays; it forces me to participate person most willing to pack. I ing very time consuming, but usu- forty years ago: never get in the way I avoid. What I have learned is and talk to other students be- know both my younger sisters ally end up putting my hair back of a hungry football player. that some of these people are cause I have a little trouble talk- were terrified at the prospect of in a braid or a loose bun and then At lunch, I find my friends at likeable; I simply have to go and ing to people on my own accord. moving, and my elder sister was straightening my curly bangs and our typical table and I sit down as I talk to them. It’s amazing what I’ve also gained a lot of confi- very angry about the move, but calling it a day. wait for the lunch line to go down. you can find out about a person dence in speaking out, which was we all chalked it up to her being Once my hair is done, I eat a Lunch time is the perfect time for in one conversation. very helpful in passing a Span- a teenager. quick breakfast, brush my teeth and teens to tell the stories that they Also, a lot of the people who ish exam. I had to speak a whole Well, she got over it very quick- then apply some make-up to my didn’t get to tell their friends in the seem to be by themselves all the paragraph in Spanish in front of ly when she met a few of the girls face just in time for my friend’s ar- morning, or tell new stories that time can find out some really the class, and I managed to do it here, and is probably one of the rival at my house. may have happened in the first half cool information - it was through with proper pronunciation and most popular girls in the school As soon as we get to school, my of the day. Either way, the lunch pe- by now. friend and I go to our lockers and riod in the cafeteria seems to be the Anyway, I have learned to deal prepare for the day ahead of us. most looked forward to time of the with many new ideas and new When walking into school, the first day for most teens. people, but I think everyone thing you notice is the noise. High Once lunch is over and I have came out for the better because school is very loud in the morning; heard a few new stories to hold me of it. well, high school is very loud all the for the rest of the day, I proceed to See you next month! time, but I suppose I notice it more my last two classes to complete my in the morning. Everyone likes to school day. Kat Dart is a Sophomore at Catoc- gossip about who is going out with Ahh, the final bell at last. The tin High School. whom, or about last night’s par- last bell rings to let everyone know ty. I, however, am not a morning that the day is over, and we can all To read other article by Kat Dart, visit person and prefer getting my books go home. the Authors’ section of Emmitsburg.net out of my locker and going straight I usually hurry to my locker in to homeroom without being in- excitement, knowing that the rest terrupted a million times with the of the day is mine, or sort of. I same story. still have after school activities and When I’m at my locker, I have clubs, the occasional appointment, to figure out my schedule for the music lessons, as well as the dread- day. The schedule at Delone Cath- ed homework, which I can honest- olic is a rotating schedule, meaning ly say is never in short supply at De- that there are eight classes that ev- lone Catholic. erybody takes but there are only sev- When my activities are over and I en periods in a day. The schedule have attended all after school meet- rotates, so each day is started with ings, I ride home with my friend and a different class, and one class does think of all the possibilities of things not meet that day or is “dropped.” that I can do at home. Then I real- After realizing which class if have ize that I have several hours worth first that day, I organize my locker of homework to do and know that and then head to homeroom to ei- the homework will take me most of ther study for a test later that day or the evening; so I sit down, do my talk to my friends. homework, and think about the rest Once the first bell rings, we of the week, and the other terribly all exit homeroom and go to our monotonous days ahead of me. first period class. The classes that I take as a junior are Pre-calculus, Danielle is a Junior at Delone Cath- Biology 2, Anatomy and Physiol- olic High School and lives with par- ogy, English, Religion, Latin, In- ents in Fairfield. 28 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 STAGES OF LIFE Bringing up Ben to act more mature and take on more responsibilities. We’ve told this to Ben plenty of times and I think it’s just getting through to him that it does work. The more Olivia Sielaff ten, so I can have a few quiet hours difficult tasks he takes on and with no little brother bugging me! the better he does them, with- T his month my little brother isn’t going to be so little anymore. He’s not going to be a little child, Being able to go more places with- out your parents is one of the ex- citing elements of being a teen. out complaining, the more he’ll be able to have fun and be treated like a young adult. not even a pre-teen. He’s going to In the past, Ben wouldn’t go any- I’ve realized this is one of the be a teenager - and a boy teenager where without our mom or dad. most stimulating parts of being a no less. That’s a scary thought! Yes, Now he’s getting used to going plac- teenager, but also one of the most this month is Ben’s birthday and he es without them and realizing that difficult. There’s a fine balance be- is turning thirteen. it’s not as intimidating as it might tween not acting like a kid any- I’m sure we can all remember when seem. In fact, within a few years more and trying to be an adult. we became a teenager. For me, it felt Ben will be driving places by him- On one end of the spectrum, ev- like I was “grown up” and mature. self. But I won’t get ahead of myself. ery new teenager wants the world In some respects I was. I had more Even I’m still working on my driv- to know that they’re not ‘lit- chores to do around the house, I was er’s license. I, let alone my parents, tle’ anymore, so they continue to eager to learn new things, and my par- don’t want to even imagine Ben tak- strive for maturity. ents trusted me more and with that ing control of the road! Anyhow, On the other end, every teen came more responsibility. Also, just going and doing more things by wants to still have fun and not quite having the title “teenager” was stimu- himself means that Ben will have to grow up yet. This is the predicament lating. And I’m sure we all remember build up our parents’ trust in him. of being a teenager. Teens want to the emotional side of being a teenager. In order to do that, like any teen- grow up, but maybe not as fast as There’s more drama and excitement, a ager, he’ll have to take on more re- they think. It’s hard to find the right roller coaster of emotions and feelings, sponsibilities and accomplish them balance of keeping one’s innocence the pressure to please everyone and do well. while at the same time leaving be- your best, and the journey of figuring Probably some of the most hind one’s childish ways. out what to do with your life. dreaded things for parents, and Speaking of leaving behind child- We’ve all been through those siblings, of new teenagers are ish ways, when Ben becomes a teen- somewhere. By the end of the teen has an appetite impossible to satisfy, stages, are going through them, or the emotions and ‘attitude’ that ager hopefully he’ll understand that years, a teenager will have perfected nor will he be able to get away with will go through them. But I asked come with being a teenager. You asking our parents in a nice, mature the art of logical persuasion to over- as many things since he’s not a little myself, “What does being a teen- know the look on a parent’s face way for something pays off much come his or her parents’ minds. This kid. However, during these next few ager mean for Ben? What does it and the way they role their eyes better than whining does. All teen- is something Ben will just have to years, I hope Ben will explore all the mean to our family?” when someone reminds them that agers have this problem of always learn as time goes on. possibilities for his future. When I asked Ben what he their son or daughter is going to asking for the latest innovative gad- Now that Ben is going to be a It’s within the teen years that thought of being a teen, he said he be a teenager soon. They’re brac- gets. I’ve found myself always want- teen, he’ll have more opportuni- we young adults really look for didn’t care too much. But every- ing themselves for the meltdowns ing to go shopping or get the latest ties to mature and become a young knowledge, find out who we are, one knows how some boys are. I and apathetic attitudes. It’s as if thing by pleading with my parents adult; he’ll get to have more freedom what our interests are, and grow think behind his nonchalant atti- the teen has gone from the ‘terri- or not really weighing the pros and and fun; and he’ll have more chores from a little kid to a responsible tude he’s excited to be a teenager. ble twos’ to the ‘terrible teens’. I’m cons. I do think, however, that teens and responsibilities. Ben won’t be adult. But we won’t put too much Turning thirteen means Ben not trying to say that every teen are the best at persuading their par- able to order from the kid’s menu pressure on Ben just yet. After all, won’t be a child anymore; on the is like this or that it is something ents to get something and to go at restaurants anymore, he already he’s only going to be thirteen. other hand, he’s not going to be terrible, but at some point a teens an adult anytime soon. Being an emotions are going to get the bet- adolescent literally means ‘to grow ter of him or her. I can speak from up’, and during Ben’s teen years I experience on that. My parents think he will have plenty of time and I haven’t seen too much of to grow up and mature. In fact, this from Ben yet, but I hope I’m he’s already growing so fast that ready for it. he’s almost as tall as I am! I don’t With Ben no longer a kid, he’ll like that, but I knew it would hap- have more responsibilities around pen some day. Hopefully, Ben the house, but also more free- won’t get too overconfident and dom. I don’t think Ben is look- think that just because he’s taller ing forward to having to do more than me he can boss me around; chores. But he can’t get away although, he already does do that. from it. One of the tricks parents Becoming a teenager means Ben use, I found out, is they tell their will be doing more fun things and young teenagers that if they want going more places. That means to be treated like an adult and be he’ll be out of the house more of- respected as one, then they need MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 29 STAGES OF LIFE Losing mom cause I have had to make friends and found a beautiful card. It that may make you feel you won’t with it so many times. That is not was not dated, however it must make it, but you will. You will. good. Not good at all I thought. have been written at least 7 years And your loved one will commu- OK, my crazy grief is calming ago when I felt very sick. I be- nicate in my opinion, from be- feel you! Where are you! I can’t down until the next wave of grief lieve someone had died. Yes, it yond the veil in ways you would remember the way you smelled. smacks me with all it’s reality was from my Mother. The words never before imagined. May you Can’t stop this crazy kind of cry- in the face again. There is a lull were like they were for just to- all have peace within your hearts ing. I feel crazy, but know it is ex- in the angry grief, the I want to day, here and now. The card it- and souls as you walk the journey treme grief. I feel like I am walk- move out of state grief, the I can’t self said: Today I was thinking of of losing a parent. God bless you ing in a dream. My eyes look so stand up grief, the where is my you I was thinking of you today all. Dream of angels darlings! bad that I wonder if it is me in the God and angels when I need you and I was wishing that I could mirror! Is it me? Did I die also? grief! I sit alone. My pets have all just drop in and chat with you. Love, Sandi Am I dead? The thoughts that scattered I wail so loud, grief. But since that isn’t possible, this go through your head with crazy I stumble and try to hold the little card comes to remind you grief! This too will pass. walls as I grab on to anything that that you are special to me and I feel dead but I remain breath- feels upright and normal. Now you are often in my thoughts ing. I am semi-here. “Where the beast is calm. The lion of grief and prayers. are you Mom I screamed! Are is now a kitten. But for how long? The hand written note said, you praying for me? I can’t feel A night? A day? An hour? A sec- Sunday night: Dearest Sandi, I it” This is being grief stricken ond? just want to help you as best I too hard. I can hardly breathe. My Mother was so loved that the can honey! Remember the fun- Sandra Polvinale “Where are you Chris? Aren’t you world shrieks and wails for her. ny things Chris used to say to praying for me? Where are all the Mourners like the Jews of old. I you that made you laugh. Try Part 4: The Ruby Slippers from angels and saints in heaven when am wiped out. I am my Moth- to remember anything that will the wizard of Oz? you need them? Did I step on er’s only blonde she watched be- make you laugh! I know what them?” (I thought to look under ing born and I watched and held you are going through is more My insane night my shoe to make sure and then, my Momma Chic be born as she than rough. I have been down that made me laugh.) I am cried entered Eternity. That’s not such that road many times darling, be- M y Mother was dead. Not out. SPENT. I want so much to a bad deal. Heaven. Peace. Well, lieve me. It takes guts and spunk in this world as flesh any- go to bed. we’ll see each other one day, but I and you have both! So, when you more. I have seen the ugly face of I am looking like a crazy per- can’t feel you Mom. Where were can’t take much more, and noth- extreme grief and knew the one son for Mom’s pictures, her video all those prayers you promised ing seems to work, remember to intense day was coming where on my camera and listening over me? Are they on your street? give it over to God! Talk to Him you feel totally crazy. I have seen again all the messages on my an- Come here to my shack of a and tell Him you can’t handle it, this demon and was waiting to swering machine just to hear her house! I could use the angel pow- but HE can. It really works. Re- come face to face. And so it came. sweet voice. “Hello darling, it’s er! And bring your lipstick, be- member, you’re always in my Bring it on! just me, Mom. I haven’t heard cause my lips are all chapped prayers and I love you with all I felt like I was a drift at sea. from you in a few days. Call me from crying now. That’s it! I have my heart! Keep up, my little one. A song by Phil Collins “Against back”. The thought that I couldn’t had it! I am going to bed. I hope Love, Mom. all Odds” from 1984 was running call her made this dragon of grief and pray I can sleep. Goodnight Yes, this was a diary of one of through my head. You were the crazier! I am walking to get tis- Mom. Dream of angels darling. I the greatest losses of anyone’s life. only one that really knew me at sues but my legs feel like stumps. hurt Mom. I hurt badly. What’s The death of a Mother. A true in- all. I looked on line and sang the “I am hurting all over Mom! this more tears? I thought I ran timate love story of just a glimpse song as I wept out loud. Every Where is my Mother to soothe out of them. into the wounds of a grieving soul word was Momma Chic and I. It my wounds? Where? I want my My Mother had enough love is for you to see what normal grief was late, so I emailed a friend. Mother! She is in no pain, and for anyone that came her way. can be like. The intense feelings My dear friend, I feel like I am now I have it all? What is this?” A Mother in all true sense of the having a nice little neat nervous Not fair is the beast of grief. It word. How Blessed I am how breakdown right now, although is a big fat bully of a beast, it is! very blessed. Goodnight Mom. nerves do not break down. I can Not fair to a soul. Yet, what I am Dream of angels darling. hardly type. It is so late. My feet feeling, I know is normal. This feel cold from walking in slow is why I am sharing my deepest My Mother spoke to motion on the kitchen floor and pain with you. So the grief will be me from the grave downstairs from my bedroom. unveiled and exposed for the nor- I was screaming for my Mom! mal reaction it is. Normal, yet ev- After I came home from the fu- Where are you? You said you could erything seems so abnormal now. neral, I opened my favorite de- do more for me in heaven! I can’t I hate this grief, yet I love it be- votional book called God calling 30 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 COLD WAR WARRIORS World War III will be at 8 A.M. in the morning! Captain John Murphy, (1953) and had formed an alliance USN Retired known as the Warsaw Pact (1955). The U.S. had launched it’s first nu- I was the Operations Officer at a Black Sea warning site at the northern end of the Bosphorus strait clear submarine (USS Nautilus in 1955). Soviet tanks crushed a revolt in Hungary (1956) and followed in the late 1950s. We were about one this in 1957 with an impressive set mile from the Black Sea. About 100 of “firsts” - the first ICBM, the first miles from the Soviet Union and 50 earth satellite (Sputnik 1), an animal miles from Bulgaria to our west. In in earth orbit (the dog Laika aboard the 50’s, before satellites…. Sputnik 2) and the world’s first, nu- We were an outpost of U.S. mili- clear icebreaker - the Lenin. John Murphy celebrating his 50th Birthday and 25th Wedding Anniversary in 1983 - tary power. Part of a worldwide net- Would a Soviet “Nautilus” soon be about 15 miles north of Murmansk/Severomorsk in the Barents Sea. work of “listening posts” and ra- announced? The U.S. czar of nuclear dar sites with names such as Kami submarines Admiral Hyman Rick- details, but get ready. A car is coming That was it. Follow-up CRITICs that the intercepts were from a War- Seya, Bremerhaven, Elmendorf and over did not think so. He did not be- by to take you to the station immedi- would be issued - if and when addi- saw Pact Air Defense site in Yugo- Todendorf. We had teammates in lieve that an inferior system such as ately. Tell your wife to get packed. A tional information was available. slavia and had been misinterpret- Germany, Italy, Turkey, Iran, Pak- the Soviets’ was capable of achiev- bus will be by for her and your daugh- The message was clear. “Pre- ed. “World War III was not going istan Japan, Korea and Alaska and ing what his American program had ter Katie shortly. Tell them to pack for pare for the worst” and that was to happen at 8 AM this day.” all were wired together by modern done with Nautilus. He was wrong at least a three day trip. In Asia.” It what the worldwide U.S. strategic Years later I was chatting with communications systems and re- - the Soviets launched their first nu- was around 4 or 5 AM as I recall. warning system was doing. an analyst who had been present porting methods. clear submarine in 1958 - the Lenin- The car arrived within minutes Our three ELINT and two CO- at the NSA Watch Office this day By 1958 the National Security gradskiy Komsomolets . and we were speeding up the west- MINT positions were intense- and he told me what really hap- Agency had created a special CRIT- Meanwhile, Soviet forces were ern shore of the Bosphorus to our ly listening for any indications pened. It seems that two Yugo- IC (Critical Intelligence) reporting training and testing their new Cold normal Turkish ferry boat landing of suspicious activity. Particular- slav soldiers were chatting via system that was designed to place War “toys”. At the four U.S. Black at Sariyer. No ferries were running ly any absence of normal activi- radio telephone late in the eve- a message on the desk of the Pres- Sea warning sites at Istanbul, Sinop, at that time of the morning and ty which was a good indicator of ning. Both were drunk. One mut- ident of the United States with- Trabzon and Samsun - we were we commandeered a fishing boat possible military operations. We tered that he had been drinking in 10 minutes of an event. Quite a daily observing Soviet jet aircraft to take us across the Bosphorus … did not detect anything. The air too much. The other responded challenge in the days before satellite bombing exercises, new submarine about 2 miles to the Turkish Navy defense sites from Bulgaria to the something to the effect “So had communications and high speed and surface ship developments. You base at Anadolu Kavak. Here, a U.S. Crimean and over to the east to- he. That he was going to be in big data systems. Still we practiced hard were ever conscious of the fact that Navy jeep from the site was waiting wards the Caspian appeared to be trouble with his wife when he got at meeting CRITIC reporting stan- there were major Soviet jet air bases, to take us one mile up to our site in their normal Monday morning home in the morning. World War dards and by 1959 were pretty con- ICBM test facilities, and the pow- which was hidden behind an 11th routine. We reported this to NSA III will be at 8 AM tomorrow!” fident we could do what was expect- er of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet just century Genoese, Crusader castle in and then waited for any updates The rest is history. The new NSA ed. This tale is about one of the first over the horizon from our little site a highly restricted, controlled mili- from them. 8 AM came and went CRITIC system had a good test. I bona fide CRITIC messages ever to in Istanbul. Every time I heard a jet tary zone. Any civilian wandering and we heard nothing. continued on with a normal day’s rattle the national leadership and its roar south over the Black Sea to- into this area would be met by Turk- About 9 AM in Istanbul (5 PM of work at the Black Sea entrance. intelligence community. I believe wards us I would wonder “Was that ish soldiers - at gunpoint. in Wasington D.C.) NSA sent a Watching, photographing and report- this incident occurred in the sum- it? The beginning of World War III? When I entered our four room, follow up CRITIC saying they be- ing on any Soviet ships transiting the mer of 1960. Did we miss it?” Operations Building around 6 AM, lieved the initial “intercepts from Bosphorus or keeping an eye on the By the summer of 1959 when I ar- It’s interesting how paranoid the Supervisor of the Watch met me a Warsaw Pact site were ‘suspect’. Soviet military in the Black Sea. rived in Istanbul, the “pucker factor” you can be when you are a mere and handed me a Top Secret CRIT- Stay tuned -details to follow.” between the U.S. and the USSR had 15 minutes by air from the Soviet IC message from the National Secu- About an hour later we received a Editor’s Note: Captain John Mur- reached a pretty high level. Each was Union. You really didn’t want to rity Agency. All it said was that they CRITIC follow-up from NSA saying phy now calls Gettysburg home port trying to show the other that it had get caught by surprise. had just received a CRITIC from a we could go back to normal opera- and will be a regular contributor to just come up with some new super And yet, very early on a Sunday warning site in Europe. The site was tions. That they had analyzed the in- our Cold War Warrior series. weapon that put them ahead in the morning I had the surprise of my reporting an intercept of communi- tercepts that led to the initial CRIT- Cold War arms race. young life. It came in the form of a cations from an unknown Warsaw IC and found them to be baseless. Have your own Cold War Warriors’ The Soviets had quelled anti com- phone call from my Commanding Pact unit saying that ‘World War III The final CRITIC wrap up mes- story? If so, send them to us at histo- munist revolts in East Germany Officer. All he said was “Can’t go into will be at 8 AM this morning.” sages from NSA went on to explain email@example.com MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 31 THE ZOOKEEPER MANual Labor blow in, completely obliterating the paths I’d worked so hard to clear just days before, I tried to fight the despair that was settling over me. Again, Wayne had to go Layla Watkins went on, the snow would be so deep into work, but this time he would that when it was time to bring them be gone for four days. “This is I am not, nor have I ever been, a real girly-girl. Sure, I love a spa day with a manicure/pedicure. And yes, at times into the barn, I wouldn’t be able to open the gate to their field. Midday on Saturday I made my too much, I just can’t do this by myself.” But since I really had no choice, I gave myself a pep-talk I like to get all gussied-up with my hair way out to the barn to check on and got to work. and make-up just so, jewelry, heels them and freshen their hay and wa- The kids were easy - grilled - dressed to kill, so to speak. Most of ter. I had to shovel around the gate cheese, tomato soup, and The the time though, I’m a jeans, t-shirt, to get out of our yard and shovel a Disney Channel. I kept my cool and pony-tail kind of girl who can use little around the barn door to get in, as a watched the snow and ice power tools just as confidently as I can but other than that, I was able to get pulling the gutters off the house use the vacuum cleaner. through the snow fairly easily. and tried to not listen to news Case in point: Last month I was By evening though, it was a differ- reports of roof collapses. I filled working on remodeling our mud- ent matter. My knees, mangled and jugs and bathtubs with water in room. All day, every day, and often arthritic to begin with and worsened case we lost power and brought until 2:00-3:00 a.m., I was smack in by weeks of working in the mud- extra loads of wood inside for the middle of the construction. Not room, couldn’t trudge through the the woodstoves. Everything was just painting and caulking, but rip- 2 ½ feet of snow that now stood be- under control - except I had no ping up flooring, sawing, sanding, tween me and the barn. So this time, idea how I was going to get to the and finishing drywall too. For my I had to shovel a path through the barn to take care of the horses. birthday, Wayne got me an orbital yard, out the gate, and to the barn. By Wednesday evening, it was sander - not quite a manicure/pedi- I fed and watered the horses, clear that it was not going to get cure, but it did save my hands from then started cleaning their stalls. As better anytime soon so I would just being torn up more than they al- I pulled the muck bucket towards have to make my way through. I ready were. the door, I realized I would have to took my shovel, which doubled as Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shovel another path to the manure a walking stick, and wove my way complaining. As hard as all the work spreader. “Wow,” I thought. “It’s between the biggest drifts. The gate was, I got a great feeling of pride times like these I wish I still boarded out of the yard was completely bur- and satisfaction from being able my horses.” ied so instead of digging it out, I to do things that were a challenge. Sunday morning was beautiful. scaled the fence. Though I must say, if I never see an- It was time to get the horses out, As I approached the barn, my other bucket of drywall mud, it will which meant I now had to shovel a heart sank. There was a 6-7 foot be too soon. I have a whole new re- path from the barn to their field and snow drift up against the door. By spect for drywall professionals - dry- dig out the gate enough to get them the time I shoveled through enough wall work is truly an art. in and out. “You guys better appre- of the drift for me to get to and open At any rate, once my “man’s work” ciate all this shoveling I’m doing for the door, it had been over an hour was done on the mudroom, it was you,” I told them. I don’t know if since I’d left the house. It is normal- time for my “woman’s work” on the they did, but the incredible beauty ly about a one-minute walk. rest of the house - cleaning up all of them running through the snow Over the next few days, I shov- the construction mess and washing under sunny, crystal blue skies made eled new paths to the barn, to the drywall dust and sawdust off of ev- me briefly forget my exhaustion. horses’ field, and to the manure ery single surface imaginable. I had Wayne had come home Saturday spreader. I shoveled out around just gotten started on the clean-up night but went back into work Sun- the gates. I shoveled out my car. the morning my farrier (horse-sho- day morning. When he got home And then finally, when Wayne er) came for our appointment. Sunday afternoon, I unleashed my got home on Friday, I gave HIM “Hey Darren, have you got a min- tales of snow-woe. “My knees are the shovel. This time, I really was ute to help me load some drywall? shot, my hands are raw, and my done. After all, it’s called MANual I’ve got a few extra sheets I need to back is killing me. I can’t do any labor for a reason. return.” more - I’m done.” “Sure, have you got a tarp?” To read other articles by Layal Wat- “Yeah, why? Are we supposed to Here We Go Again kins, visit the Authors’ section of Em- get some bad weather?” As I watched the second wave mitsburg.net “You haven’t heard? Snow is mov- ing in this afternoon - we’re sup- posed to get quite a bit.” “Really? I’ve been so wrapped up working on the mudroom, I haven’t watched any TV or seen the weath- er. How much is ‘quite a bit?’ “ The First Wave Wayne went to work Friday morn- ing before the snow started, and be- cause he had to help plow there, he would not return until late Saturday night - I was on my own. Shovel at the ready, I prepared for my return to doing “man’s work.” At first it was really pretty - snow covering the trees, making every- thing look fresh and clean, very pic- turesque. The kids were having the time of their lives playing in it too. They built snow castles, slid down their snow covered slide, and when it was too deep for them to walk through it, they “swam” in it. The horses were not so happy about being kept in their stalls. I had brought them in Friday night but didn’t turn them back out Saturday morning because I knew as the day 32 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 IN MY OWN WORDS February flashback though he was able to get the truck out of the drive and the few yards to the main road, he was not going to be able to get to herald a good omen. Symbols are important, but sometimes life needs some liter- al wonders as well. The day af- Katherine Au just after the world was snowless the storm and try to keep ahead back into the roadway to my ter the snow stopped, I looked again, another storm was pre- of the shoveling process. We house. Luckily, however, he got up from my barn chores and M arch is usually the month when I start to think about spring. Somehow the name dicted to hit, and this one was rumored to be worse than the first. And yet, hearing people knew we needed to keep a path to the shed beside the cottage and to keep its doorway open to the new place and informed Mom and me that it had pow- er. So, with two dogs and sleep- here came the biggest caterpil- lar tractor I had ever seen open- ing up the road; then two men says it all to me, spring march- talk about thirty inches or so of since that was where the gener- ing bags, we abandoned the old who were asking for work shov- ing onto the set and starting to snow still didn’t prepare me for ator was located, and I needed and tromped off to the new. Of eling driveways showed up at turn the landscape green once what thirty inches actually was. to keep the pathway open to the course, I had to be dropped off the door of the new place. They again, the cold marching away I did, however, prepare as best I manure spreader. Dad and I be- at the roadway’s entrance the got more work than they had and warmth beginning to sweep could--I had extra gallons of wa- came very good friends with our next morning so I could walk in planned! Using Dad’s pickup across the atmosphere, spring ter, extra food, and gasoline can- shovels. to feed the horses, but at least truck as well as their own, they flowers beginning to creep up isters full for the generator. So I Saturday morning brought my walk was only less than five moved the big furniture pieces through the earth to bring the was ready to “hunker down” and the dawn of a new day, but we minutes. A neighbor had to and the heavy boxes and moved first signs of vibrant color after let Mother Nature do her worst- had lost power and more snow walk in to the end of the road to me out just two hours ahead of so long of barely any shade be- -right? Well, not quite. I was was forecast to fall. There was feed his horses, and it took him the next storm which began on yond grey or brown. But, this also scheduled to move in the nowhere to turn out the horses, three hours just to get in. Tuesday afternoon. winter has been different for me, middle of it all! so stalls were done with horses So did I ever get moved? Yes, Winter may not yet be over, for now I can still barely think My parents had come up the in the crossties. Then as soon indeed I did! Life, I’ve discov- but the digging out from the of spring even though March is week prior for a performance in as the barn was done, the pro- ered, is full of wonders. Won- “great blizzard of 2010” has been just around the corner. I know D.C., and hearing all my “life cess of digging out the truck be- ders come in all shapes and siz- accomplished. The “blizzard” it will come whether I anticipate blizzard” news, they decided to gan with my dad. Dad had got- es. Some of them are symbolic; of my life has calmed down as it or am prepared for it; one of stay around for a while since it ten a jump start on it all while I some of them are literal. On the well. I now have only one job the beauties of the seasons is seemed clear that a little bit of was doing the barn, but as soon symbolic side, shortly after the and am getting settled in a new their coming and going without help might be in order. (May- as it was clear that the snow had snow had stopped, my father home where I feel comfortable our permission or direction. It’s be they just wanted to see if I stopped falling, we both hit it and I were shoveling a pathway and secure. just that this winter has shown could actually pull it all off in with a vengeance. If Dad could for the truck to leave, and my fa- As Emily Dickinson puts it: me new depths of what winter the midst of the biggest project- get the truck out to the main ther noticed that there was blue We “meet the Road--erect--. . . can be, for even now, as I write ed blizzard in memory!) Since I road, then maybe he could get sky peeping through the clouds. And Life steps almost straight.” this I still barely see any earth had decided to move and leave to my other house and maybe it It was such a wonderful sight, I’m ready to be surprised by exposed at all, even brown or my horse job, they figured they still had power. and as we were talking about spring! grey; rather, all the color I see could at least help with the pack- We were able to dig the truck how Native Americans must on the landscape around me is ing since I was planning to work out late on Saturday, and Dad have thought it a great sign to To read other articles by Kather- white save for the bits of paved not just one job but two straight was able to get out to the main see blue sky after such a snow, ine Au visit the Authors’ section of blacktop carved out of the snow through the move. road. It became quite evident we saw a bald eagle flying over- Emmitsburg.net. to allow life to be mobile again. In the span of days just before though, quite quickly, that al- head. That event truly seemed So, for this March I’m hoping the blizzard hit, I had accept- spring leaps into our lives full of ed the new job offer, given no- surprise, for even now the cold, tice to my full-time job, found bleary days hold sway to winter. another place to live and signed It’s not a yearly occurrence to the lease, and given notice to my have a blizzard every winter, let other job and current landlord. alone two, but this winter clear- My move date was set for the ly has not been normal, and nei- Monday after the blizzard was ther has my life, as a matter of set to hit on the previous Friday. fact. I started February working I’m nothing if not interesting two jobs, living in a small cot- with my timing. Life happens tage on a horse farm where one quickly, I’ve learned, change of my jobs was located, nursing even more quickly sometimes, a hand that had been bitten by and I’ve learned to roll with the a horse--and then absorbing the flow or else get washed away. life change of a new job offer. I literally started moving the How does a new job offer re- morning the blizzard started lat- late to a blizzard? Well, the old er in the day. I still had one hand saying, when it rains it pours… in a brace from the horse bite, so snow is just winter’s way of rain- although it was protected it was ing, and all the major transi- a bit precarious carrying boxes tions of my winter into spring and bags, but I had some time came right around our second between feeding the horses and blizzard of the winter. I was just when I needed to be at work, so about to encounter both the my dad and I used the time to fury of an additional actual bliz- take over a couple of loads to the zard as well as a life blizzard. new place. (Thankfully, the dis- I had already been through one tance from one place to the oth- When the right forces combine, you get solutions as blizzard on the farm and only re- er was less than two miles.) My cently had just seen all the fields dad continued to take over loads brilliant as the sun, as powerful as the wind and as with no snow. I had already of bags and light boxes through- reliable as the stars. helped dig out the gates, beaten out the day until it became clear down paths with the horses, un- the roads were getting too bad to frozen locks on gates as well as travel safely. At that point, Dad, Innovation in how we produce, use and manage energy. Investment in renewable water in water buckets, and now, Mom, and I prepared to ride out energy technologies. Development of new nuclear sources. Responsible solutions for our economy. For our environment. For our future. constellation.com MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 33 ARTIST OF THE MONTH Imagination station instructor Bert Danielson, in focus Christine B. Little self doesn’t have to be expensive Adams County Arts Council either. “My whole discussion of printing is aimed toward print- I n 2006 the Adams County Arts Council established an arts-education center called the ers that the average person might have in their home,” he says. Unlike Danielson’s other Imag- Imagination Station. Since then ination Station classes, which fo- the IS, as we’ve come to call it, cus primarily on photographic has been growing steadily, and technique, this class will address we’ve been able to offer an ex- working with and enhancing citing variety of art classes and digital photographs on the com- camps to a growing number of puter and at the printer. “You area adults and children. The re- should be comfortable with tak- sults are a joy to see. ing photographs that you want Most of our classes - though to enhance and print,” Daniel- not all - are aimed at beginners, son says. “You should know how those who haven’t had much art to use your camera, and hopeful- training but are intrigued by the ly be pretty comfortable with the idea of trying their hand at paint- use of your computer.” ing, pottery, dance, mosaics, jew- Danielson recently opened his elry making, and the like. Some own photography studio and ex- of our students have gone on to hibition space in Gettysburg. become quite accomplished - a Located in the historic Sewing couple have even mounted ex- Factory building at 26 West 4th hibits of their own work in the Street in Gettysburg, the space - community and beyond. called Gunnar Galleries - has al- It’s been exciting to see the ready proven popular with art- Imagination Station grow. I hope ists and the public. “I originally you’ll check us out as we share in opened the studio to provide a Imagination Station instructor Bert Danielson the work of the Adams County comfortable environment for my Arts Council, seeking to cultivate portrait photography and fram- an arts-rich community. ing work,” Danielson says. “I Other upcoming classes at the by spreading color across a blank beautiful container garden us- combined it with a gallery be- Imagination Station canvas! ing reeds, stems, leaves, branch- Imagination Station instructor cause I wanted there to be an- Michele Quattrocchi will es and more. Bert Danielson, in focus other place for artists to display In addition to Danielson’s class, teach a one-afternoon workshop, Stay tuned for more infor- their work in Gettysburg.” area art instructors will offer sev- “Intermediate Art-Clay Silver,” mation about upcoming class- One of our favorite instructors, Gunnar Galleries has been eral other classes at the Imagina- on Saturday, April 10, from 1:00 es at the Imagination Station. Gettysburg photographer and open just four months, but Dan- tion Station in coming weeks. to 4:00 P.M. In this class, you’ll We’re putting together our sum- newly established gallery own- ielson reports that the gallery has Marti Yeager will teach “Begin- learn to wrap a beautiful dichro- mer schedule now, which will er Bert Danielson, will teach an- been well attended at Gettys- ning Oil Painting” on Wednes- ic-glass cabochon with art-clay include our popular half-day other installment of his popu- burg’s First Friday openings, as day afternoons in April, from silver to make a one-of-a-kind art camps for children, as well lar digital photography series in well as throughout the month. 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is a great pendant. This class is best suit- as a fresh crop of art classes for April. “Digital Photography: In- “It’s just phenomenal,” he says class for those who’ve been want- ed for those who’ve worked with adults. In the meantime, you troduction to Photoshop Ele- of the community’s embrace of ing to dabble in oils but aren’t art-clay silver before. can get more information and a ments,” will run Thursday eve- his gallery. “I love to see this sure how to get started. Yeager And Ann Ruppert will teach complete schedule of Imagina- nings, April 15 through May 6, space used for a lot of different will discuss the materials you’ll another one-day workshop, tion Station classes by calling the from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the reasons.” For information about need and how to use them, as “Creating Natural Container Adams County Arts Council at Imagination Station classroom, upcoming exhibits and hours well as the basics of composition Gardens,” on Saturday, April 24 (717) 334-5006, emailing aa@ which is located at 18 Carlisle at Gunnar Galleries, call (717) and color. What a fun way to from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. In this adamsarts.org, or visiting www. Street, Gettysburg, just across 334-2485. celebrate the newness of spring, class you’ll create a simple and adamsarts.org. from the Majestic Theater. In his class Bert will teach the basics of digital photo manipu- lation and enhancement using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements software. You’ll learn how to im- prove the quality of your digi- tal photographic prints, as well as how to alter them for artistic expression. “Basically, the objec- tive of the class is to learn how to do adjustments to photographs in order to create better print- ed images,” Danielson explains. “Secondly, it’s to learn how to print out a really good picture, in other words, how to control your printer for improved pic- tures.” Danielson emphasizes that en- hancing and printing your own digital photos doesn’t have to be expensive. “Photoshop Elements is an affordable package for most people,” he says. “Depending on where you buy it, it can be be- tween $70 and $90.” Daniel- son adds that photo printing it- 34 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 COMPLEMENTARY CORNER—WELL BEING The five elements of Yin port your Kidneys (think about how kidney beans look like a Kid- ney) and Bladder. The water element, part 2 8. Drink appropriate amounts of This is a great example of using water. This keeps you hydrat- your resources wisely. ed and allows for you to move 2. Exercise wisely (do energy build- smoothly (body/mind/spirit). Renee Lehman ered to be an extension of the mar- and fear about “what is out there” in ing exercises like yoga, qi gong, . void 9 A too many stimulants or de- row material), teeth, and of course the dark or “what could be lurking” and tai chi), versus performing hydrating drinks. These can affect L ast month I began a series of ar- ticles on the Five Elements, the cyclical pattern of expression in na- the bones of your skeleton. The ex- ternal manifestation of the Water ele- ment is the head hair. at the deepest depths of the ocean? Since the Water element deals with the your innate resources and how exercises that use up a lot of your energy and run your “batteries” down. your mood in a negative way. To do this, you may need a profes- ture, as observed by the ancient Chi- Consider how the endocrine sys- wisely you use them, your potential, 3. Take time to meditate or have sional to work with you (a physician, nese. These Elements or energies are tem oversees growth, sexual matu- and your ability for self - assurance, time for quiet contemplation. nutritionist, acupuncturist, person- felt to be the prime energetic build- rity, and fertility through the release can you see how having a healthy This will help keep you from al trainer, massage therapist, coun- ing blocks from which everything of hormones. The endocrine system level of fear can facilitate your think- depleting your resources. selor, spiritual director, or other well- in the material world is composed, is regulated by the pituitary gland ing and preparing for the future and 4. Support and strengthen the low ness professionals). and were never seen as five “distinct and the hypothalamus, all within your ability to be resilient no matter back (with activities such as: qi Until then, keep observing things”. So, every living thing and ev- the brain. The endocrine system also what happens? gong, tai chi, postural exercises, your movement through Win- ery person is a unique embodiment works with the autonomic nervous Can you see how chronic fear and and abdominal exercises). This ter, and how well your Water Ele- and combination of these Five Ele- system. This system works automati- nervousness has the ability to “freeze” will help you when you have to ment is balanced. And remember: ments. The Five Elements are Water, cally (autonomously), without a per- or “paralyze” someone? It may even shovel snow! It is tempting to say that the ‘Wa- Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. son’s conscious effort, and regulates become difficult for them to take a 5. Observe and access your deeper ter is this or that’, or declare ‘I am Remember that each Element de- certain body processes, such as blood “step forward” (both figuratively and rhythm (circadian). How much only Water’, but this is NOT how scribes a particular movement and pressure, digestion, and the rate of literally). A person’s mind may even rest do you need to feel alive and the Elements are meant to be de- the particular qualities which belong breathing. It is divided into two dif- become “stuck and fixed”, and result awake? scribed. There are aspects of the to a specific state of the changing en- ferent divisions: the Sympathetic in them feeling overwhelmed or be- 6. Liberate yourself from chron- Water Element that resonate for ergy seen in the universe. Together, (generally prepares us for stressful sit- ing unable to contain their thoughts. ic fear. Think about abundance each individual, and it should! the Five Elements help us to under- uations, like “fight - or - flight”); and A person experiencing fear may also instead of scarcity. stand the process of dynamic harmo- the Parasympathetic (generally con- act in an opposite way, babbling un- 7. Eat foods that come from saltwa- Renee Lehman is a licensed acupunc- ny and balance in the whole system trols body process during ordinary controllably. Here again you can see ter (fish, seaweeds); seeds; salty- turist, physical therapist, and Reiki of energy. Therefore, when it comes situations). This is all controlled by the analogies to water, whether it is flavored foods (if you don’t have Master with over 20 years of health to our health, if all Five Elements are the Water Element, and governed by “frozen” or “flowing out of control”. blood pressure problems); and care experience. Her office is located at in balance within us, then we are at a the Kidneys and Bladder. Finally, think about someone who dark colored foods (red/black 249B York Street in Gettysburg, PA. state of optimal health/wellness. A well balanced Water Element may be “fearless” and participate in beans). These types of foods sup- She can be reached at 717-752-5728. So, as you read this article on the will show as: good and strong teeth, very dangerous sports and activities. Water Element, keep in mind that strong and supple bones, a strong Maybe this person is trying to gen- you are reading only about one part and flexible spine, freely moving pel- erate and adrenaline rush to “stimu- of a much bigger picture! vic girdle area (hips, too), strong re- late” themselves. productive system (fertility), appro- Review of Part 1 priate sexual activity, appropriate Color, Direction, Climate, and How would you characterize or de- growth and maturation of children, Taste Correspondences fine water? Think about how it can an alive and curious mind, good The color correspondence of the Wa- hold any shape, and yet cannot be long term memory, ability to think ter element is blue (dark blue). The grasped and held tightly in its liq- keenly and concentrate well, mental- ocean is a beautiful hue of blue (and uid state. Haven’t you ever witnessed ly strong, ability to still your mind, think about the darkness as you dive how water will find a way around a full head of hair, and appropriate deeper into the ocean). The direc- anything and seek out the lowest graying of hair. tion of the Water element is north. point? Below is a list of questions that I This makes sense, since you probably The season that the Water Ele- would like you to ask yourself. Think think of colder climates (climate cor- ment is related to is Winter. Win- about what shows up for you when respondence) being located farther ter is nature’s “resting season”. Some you answer each question. You may north than south. The taste associ- aspects of nature may look dead (at need to “nourish” your Water Ele- ated with the Water element is salty, least you may think that); however, ment to bring it into better balance. and is pretty straightforward. Think nature is actually storing its poten- about the foods that come from the tial deep in the earth and the roots 1. Do you have osteopenia, osteo- ocean (seaweed, fish, etc.), and that of vegetation. The gifts that Winter porosis, or other bony problems? our blood and body fluids are made gives us include the strength of re- 2. Do you have chronic back pain up of a saline solution (0.9% sodium serves (storage) and endurance (just or sciatica? chloride (salt water) solution). remember about the hibernating an- 3. Do you have infertility or erectile Below is a list of questions that I imals), wisdom, stillness, deep listen- dysfunction? would like you to ask yourself. Think ing (the “quietness” of winter allows 4. Do you have dull or inflexible about what shows up for you when us to listen), reflection, strength, a thinking? you answer each question. solid foundation, and reassurance 5. Do you have premature graying (Spring will come again!). or excessive loss of head hair? 1. How well do you like dark blue Along with being associated with or black clothes, etc? the season of Winter, the Water El- Sound and Emotion 2. Do you love to go to the beach for ement has other associations. In the Correspondences your vacations (getting into the first part of the Water Element arti- The sound that corresponds with water or listening to the ocean)? cle, the associations of a Yin and Yang the Water element is groaning. This Think about the rhythm of the Organ (the Kidneys and Bladder, re- may not be so obvious, until you waves coming in and out. spectively) were discussed. In this ar- think about the quality of the season 3. What do you think of cold weath- ticle the following associations will be of Winter. Winter has the tendency er? How does cold weather make discussed: a body tissue (Bones), an to lack a variation from day to day. you feel? Does it make you stiff external manifestation (Head hair), There appears to be very little sign (mentally and physically)? a sound in the voice (Groaning), an of life, and look how water tends to 4. Do you ever crave salty foods? emotion (Fear), a color (Blue), a di- freeze (and has no movement). Day rection (North), a climate (Cold), after day can go by with little to no Nourishing your Water Element and a taste (Salty). variation; and this is where we can hear the monotonous and unchang- So, if you are interested in nourish- Body Tissue and External Mani- ing groan in someone’s voice. ing and keeping your Water Element festation Correspondences The emotion that is associat- in balance, try some of the following The body tissue associated with ed with the Water element is fear. things: the Water element are the bones. Think about the darkness of Winter “Bones” include the bone marrow, and the depths of the ocean. Don’t 1. Balance the amount of activi- the spinal cord and brain (consid- you experience a level of uncertainty ty and rest (work, rest, & play). MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 35 IN THE COUNTRY How to meet people son is about. Is it all about Him? Does She have some of the same interests in common? Do we feel at ease around this person, or must we watch what Dog obedience classes are no longer difficult to find. Your veterinarian or local animal shelter may offer them or be aware of who does. This will pro- we say? Is this person too competi- vide socialization for both you and Lynn Holt up the road at 1pm; would I like to ple in for a game of bridge. Now, it tive, too helpful, or just too available? your dog. The class setting provides play? I automatically asked if he want- is much more casual with backyard Is this person desperate for company? discipline and some peer pressure. It is I t was so simple to meet people and make friends as a child living in the country. Because the popula- ed me to pick him up. He laughed and said in a deeper voice, no, I am driving now. I was not forgotten and BBQs, foursomes of golf and tennis, dining out, and going to the movies with other couples. All of these so- Will this be a conversation or will I be attending a lecture on some obscure topic? no fun having the worst dog in class, so go home and practice and come back to impress everyone. So, here is tion was spread out, there were not neither were my efforts. cial activities can come to a halt when Because I grew up In The Coun- your chance to meet people who seek many choices. If you wanted a play- My equestrian endeavors were a dif- you no longer have a partner. Divorce try I am content to do things on my the same thing that you do. You get mate, then the kid, boy or girl, down ferent story. I had to trailer my horse often causes people to choose sides. own. My horses and riding can take out once a week, spend a few minutes the road was it. Was this the begin- to a completely different area. I com- There was once a stigma attached to a up much of my time. I love to cross a day with your dog, and meet people ning of tolerance? I doubt it; tolerance peted there, fox hunted, and made divorced woman. She was a threat to country ski and this is the winter for it! with common interests. may be something that happens in re- more friends and acquaintances. I re- married women, and this divorcee had I like to read, solve the Sunday cross- I do not have answers, but I certain- verse as we age. member how awkward I felt on the difficulties making new friends. The word, and bake bread in the winter. ly do have lots of questions. And my We do become more selective. In rare occasion that someone from my divorced man was a threat to wom- I guess I have maintained, and also question is how to meet people given school, we have a choice of people. local community would meet some- en also. He might have too much free gravitated toward, solitary pastimes. what I have described in this column. Who will we sit next to, with whom one from my other world. time and want your husband to join Perhaps the answer is to find a new I can offer suggestions or tell of my ex- shall we sit at lunch, and to whom It was not complicated. I believe him. activity, something for which to be periences. And oh yes, I tried the dat- shall we tell our secrets? And if you that the activities drew us together. A lot of this has changed. Divorce is enthusiastic. I can remember a wom- ing websites and no, they are not for should fall on the playground, who That, and whoever had their parents’ commonplace and often repeated sev- an friend taking an auto mechanics me. Maybe that is an experience I will will join the pack to laugh and who car. Then I became a young adult eral times. The problem still remains course because she wanted to meet share with you some time. will stand by you? and then a young family; the con- that, when you were married, you men. I think most classes have more It is important not to feel isolated. The feeling of community has less- stant business of life takes hold. It was had your married friends. Now you of a unisex appeal. You will find both We were given tools in our childhood ened with each decade. It used to be meeting the parents of other children, are alone; how do you meet people? genders in cooking, yoga, martial arts, in order to meet people. Activities that that school, church, and activities being with people at work all day, and Everyone is so rushed with work, kids, and creative writing courses. Some- involve community, school, sports, would interweave you with the rest trying to get out and do something on commuting, maintaining a house- thing to remember; interested people and work are still available. The thing of the local population. Dating a boy weekends. I think many of us rushed hold, and family. Often, people do make for interesting friends. Perhaps we want most is human contact. We from another high school was taboo through this time period and did not not have time for a new friend. the desire to learn to play the cello is will make many more acquaintances where I went to school. Like the herd have the backyard fence conversa- I once read where you find some- not productive in meeting people. than we will actual friends. Try not mentality, we do not readily accept tions. one is often where you will lose them. Lessons and practice are more of a sol- to become too dependent on just one outsiders. They are kept out or driven I have always lived in the country, A good example of this is going to a itary activity. person. As in all things of life, we need off so not to introduce disease or oth- so not having neighbors close by was bar. Unless you are an alcoholic and Dogs provide a great way to meet balance. I think we had the idea that er ideas to the herd. not something I missed. I did find seeking out the same, why would you people. Parks are full of dog walkers. as life went on, life would get easier. It In those days, I did not have to that being a stay at home mom was go somewhere that is not a good ven- This can be a wonderful social pastime doesn’t. work at networking. I attended the more of an isolation. Most were work- ue for meeting someone? Having for you as well as your dog. Unusual same school district, went to the same ing mothers, and some of my friends something in common is key. There breeds seem to claim more attention. To read other articles by Lynn Holt, visit church, played sports, and fox hunted. never had children. I mostly met are many singles clubs for golf, boat- Well-behaved dogs are admired by all. the Authors’ section of Emmitsburg.net Each activity brought new people into people through horse activities, club ing, and other activities. Why not my ever growing world. Not everyone meetings and of course, the fox hunt- make a friend or meet a special some- at church was from the same school ing, and the occasional neighbor who one who wants to spend time doing district. As I traveled with the girls’ had a horse and actually rode it. the things you like? basketball team, each year I would see When you are married, you have If we are not too self-absorbed, the now familiar faces of the girls from married friends. My parents had peo- then we will see what the other per- the other school teams. Different peo- ple enter your lives by the different things that you do. I loved to ice skate, and we got a hockey game going on a pond up the road. Before we knew it, we had more than enough for each team. I used to collect everyone in my mother’s sta- tion wagon. Even after I went away to college, I was not forgotten. Over the winter break I got a call from a boy saying there was an ice hockey game 36 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 ASTRONOMY The night sky of March Dr. Wayne Wooten South of Cassiopeia is Androm- eda’s hero, Perseus. Between him F or March 2010, the Moon will be a waning gibbous as the month begins; the Lenten and Cassiopeia is the fine Dou- ble Cluster, faintly visible with the naked eye and two fine binocu- Full Moon was on February 28th. lar objects in the same field. Per- The waning gibbous moon pass- seus contains the famed eclipsing es just 5 degrees south of Saturn binary star Algol, where the Ar- on March 2nd. Last quarter moon abs imagined the eye of the gor- sits high in the sky and half-lit at gon Medusa would lie. It fades to sunrise on March 7th. We spring a third its normal brightness for forward to Daylight Savings Time six out of every 70 hours, as a larg- on Sunday, March 14th. er but cooler orange giant covers The new moon falls on March about 80% of the smaller but hot- 15th. The waxing crescent moon ter and thus brighter companion lies just below and to the right of as seen from Earth. Venus in twilight on March 16th, At Perseus’ feet for the famed Ple- and will be just above Venus on iades cluster; they lie about 400 March 17th. The Vernal Equinox light years distant, and over 250 occurs at 12:33 PM on March stars are members of this fine group. 20th. The first quarter moon is East of the seven sisters is the V of high overhead at sunset on March stars marking the face of Taurus the 23rd . The waxing gibbous moon Bull, with bright orange Aldebaran passes four degrees south of rapid- as his eye. The V of stars is the Hy- ly fading orange Mars on March ades cluster, older than the blue Ple- 25th. The waxing gibbous moon iades, but about half their distance. passes again passes five degrees Yellow Capella, a giant star the same south of Saturn on March 28th. temperature and color as our much an outstanding binocular and tele- with the top two stars, the point- color. Compare it to Mars high Venus dominates the western smaller Sun, dominates the overhead scopic stellar nursery. The bright ers, giving you a line to find Po- overhead in brightness and color evening sky, growing higher in the sky in the northwest. It is part of the diamond of four stars that light it laris, the Pole Star. Look for Miz- now. It is at the tail of kite shaped sky each successive evening. Her pentagon on stars making up Auriga, up are the trapezium cluster, one ar-Alcor, a nice naked eye double Bootes, the celestrial bear driv- disk is almost completely sun- the Charioteer (think Ben Hur). of the finest sights in a telescope. star, in the bend of the big dipper’s er chasing the two bears from his lit and tiny in the telescope as she Several nice binocular Messi- In the east are the hunter’s two handle, rising by 7 PM at the start flocks. is still on the far side of the Sun. er open clusters are found in the faithful companions, Canis major of March. By 9 PM, many more galax- Orange Mars is still bright in the winter milky way here. East of Au- and minor. Procyon is the bright March comes in like a Lion, as ies will be following as the Vir- NE at sunset, but fading fast, hav- riga, the twins, Castor and Pollux star in the little dog, and rises Leo rises . If you take the point- go Supercluster, just below Sat- ing been lapped by the Sun in late highlight the Gemini; it is directly minutes before Sirius, the bright- ers south, you are guided instead urn now, rises in the east. This January at opposition. On March above us as darkness falls in early est star in the sky. Sirius domi- to the head of Leo the Lion ris- huge cluster of over a thousand 22nd, we pass between Saturn and March. UWF alumni can associate nates the SE sky as darkness falls. ing in the east, looking much like galaxies is centered about 60 mil- the Sun, so Saturn will rise in the the pair with Jason and the Gold- At 8 light years distance, Sirius is the profile of the famed Sphinx. lion light years away. The bright- east in Virgo, coming up at sun- en Fleece legend, for they were the the closest star we can easily see The bright star at the Lion’s heart est star of Virgo, Spica, lies just set and staying up all night. As we first two Argonauts to sign up on with the naked eye. is Regulus, the “regal star”. Our east of the center of the cluster, are then closest to the ringed won- his crew of adventurers.. When Sirius is highest, along photo highlight is the trio of galax- and its rise just after sunset marks der, this is the best time to ob- South of Gemini, Orion is the our southern horizon look for ies, M65 (top left), M-66 (bottom the time of year for spring plant- serve the most beautiful object in most familiar winter constella- the second brightest star, Cano- left) and NGC 3628 (to right) the ing in folklore. Time to get your the sky. When viewed with a tele- tion, dominating the southern pus, getting just above the hori- cluster lies below the lion’s hind- peas in the ground…. scope, the rings will be even open sky at dusk. The reddish super- zon and sparkling like an exquisite quarters, with the two Messier gal- March goes out like a lamb, than last year, tilted about 11 de- giant Betelguese marks his eastern diamond as the turbulent winter axies visible in binoculars. not just from Easter tradition, grees toward the Earth and Sun shoulder, while blue-white super- air twists and turns this shaft of If you follow the handle of but because Aries the Ram is set- this year. Small scopes will also giant Rigel stands opposite on his starlight, after a trip of about 200 the Big Dipper to the south, by ting in the west by the end of show its largest moon Titan. west knee. Just south of the belt, years! 9 PM you will be able to “arc to March. Many of our sayings and The constellation Cassiopeia hanging like a sword downward, is To the northeast, look for the Arcturus”, the brightest star of traditions have astronomical ori- makes a striking W in the NW. 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Desk- you may not need. If you need is completely different. Anyone ers computers Services. tem has never had any main- top hardware is mostly univer- help determining if your com- tenance or cleaning done. We sal which means that there are puter needs maintenance or recommend system mainte- only a few different types of if its time for a new comput- nance once yearly (We offer hardware that could work in er give us a call for our profes- a clean-up for regular mainte- the system. The other thing sional opinion. nance). My best recommenda- to consider is that because lap- tion is to allow a professional tops are hardware specific there Q. What is the difference between to check the physical hardware is not a lot of upgrades you can Windows and a Mac and what is of the computer. If the phys- do to a laptop. If you are going right for me? ical hardware of the comput- to go with a laptop ensure that er is functioning correctly and the hardware will support your A. Only 16% of computers run can support the programs that applications not only now but the MAC operating system. you will use there should be in the future. no need to replace the com- We do not repair or offer software puter unless of course, you just 3. What do I really need?- The support for Macs. There are a few want that new toy! 90% of the specifications on the box might main differences between the two. computers we repair are being be pretty confusing to the av- Obviously the software is much fixed due to software problems erage user. It’s important to different if you are use to Win- 38 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | MARCH 2010 LIBRARY NOTES & SENIOR NEWS Blarney among the stacks Caroline Rock family with whom you can trust word is neither a habitational nor an Library Assistant at the Emmits- your cookies, so to speak. It seems occupational name. It is a personal burg Branch Library much more logical to assume our name, which means “a dear com- lineage was Teutonic, not Gaelic. panion.” So, without knowing A ccording to a 2000 census, 14.6% of the citizens of Em- mitsburg are Irish. That’s nearly The second most common place of origin for the Kellers was Switzerland. It seems unlikely my family and extended family, the cherished readers of this col- umn would have no way of judg- half. No, not really, but isn’t ev- that our family came from Swit- ing whether my Kellers are more eryone a little Irish in March? zerland, though. Few of us like to likely to be dear companions, as- Growing up, I was led to believe ski. And, although Kellers, as a sassins, or pantry guards. And I my family ancestry was quite Irish. rule, love chocolate, well---- who am keeping my lips sealed on the We were taught to root for Notre doesn’t? matter! Dame and to eat all our potatoes. We Of course, as with most sur- Hagerstown, my hometown, listened to Bing Crosby, and knew all names, you can find variations and has an ancestry that is 11% Irish, the words to “The Unicorn Song”. mutations from all over Europe. but more than 22% German. The Old English form of Keller is This is shocking, since Jonathan “SCYTHIAN: Take a pair of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm gui- My maiden name was Keller, tar and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a jazz and my father insisted the name Kellere, which was an occupation- O’Hager sailed straight from percussionist, and you’ve got the ingredients for a show you won’t soon forget.” was derived from the Irish “Kelle- al name given to an executioner. Dublin with more than 300 oth- her”. This, added to the fact that Yes, an executioner. You don’t hear er Irishmen, their children, and But what about Emmitsburg? The library will be sponsoring my great-grandmother was named my family bragging about that, do their wives, each of whom was Emmitsburg, with it 14.6% Irish other special Celtic events dur- Fitzgerald, should have dispelled you? pregnant with twins. That’s a lot heritage sponsors an annual Celt- ing March, such as a Lucky Sto- any question about our lineage- Scottish Kellers were called of Irish immigration. And there ic Fest each year, this year be- rytime with Miss Jenni. As al- never mind that there is not a red Keilor, a habitational name for wasn’t a Kelleher among them, ing no exception. On Thursday, ways, information about Celtic hair nor a green eye among us. But people who lived in (surprise!) more’s the miracle. April 1, at 7:30 P.M., Scythian Fest and all our programs is avail- I was never really convinced. Keilor. And that’s no blarney. Hagerstown celebrates its Ger- will bring its energetic brand of able from any librarian, or by vis- Keller as a surname, I learned The Scandinavian form of man heritage with an Octoberfest Celtic rock to the Knott Audito- iting our website, www.fcpl.org. later in life, is decidedly German. Keller is Kvalheim, which means in August. The city also boasts rium at Mount St. Mary College. And while you’re at the library In fact, it is listed among the top “unexplained.” Actually, “unex- its own authentic German res- Anyone, Irish or not, who enjoys website, you can check out your fifty most common German sur- plained” is what I found when I taurant, the Schmankrel Stube, traditional Irish music married own heritage. The FCPL website names. It is an occupational sur- looked up the meaning of Kval- which is Irish for “We get more with kick-butt Gypsy reels and a carries premium genealogy data- name, denoting one who main- heim. There is also no evidence Irish the farther we get from Ire- taste of bluegrass, should be sure bases, free to anyone who has a li- tained or oversaw the cellar or that the Kvalheims of Scandina- land.” to check out this concert. This brary card. Ancestry Library Edi- pantry in a castle or monastery. via are related to the Kellers of So Hagerstown isn’t all that sham-rocking Irish band even tion and Heritage Quest allow Kellers were greatly respected and Hagerstown. But, begorrah, “un- Irish. But I’m told you can get a played for our Irish president, you to search census, local histo- trusted, in much the same way explained” does not rule out that really cool tattoo of a Celtic cross O’Bama, and we are thrilled to ries, war records, and other sourc- you trust someone to watch your possibility. in the colors of the Irish flag in have them perform at the festival es in your pursuit of pedigree. cookies for you if you have to run And then there is the variation a little shop on North Potomac this year. Celtic Fest never fails to Did I say free? That’s enough to to the rest room. And there are of which my father is most fond: Street. That should count for bring out the Hibernian spirit in make yer ole Aunt Maggie spit quite a few members of the Keller O’Ceileachair of Gaelic origin. This something. Emmitsburg. out her chowder!. activities and special events. Our Cards, 500, and Bridge Group: Pinochle & 13: Thursdays at SENIOR NEWS 11:00 a.m. for blood pressure lunch program is open to those 60 and older. Programs are held in the Community Center on South Mar.. 3, 17 & 31. Men’s Pool: Wednesdays at 1:00 12:30 p.m. Canasta: Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Susan Allen checks and to talk about Depres- Seton Avenue. To register for spe- p.m. cial events or for information, call I s it spring yet?! Our calendar sion & Mood Swings. Kitty Dev- shows March 20th as the first ilbiss will discuss Nutrition on program coordinator Linda Um- day of spring, but I think we’re March 18 at 12:30 p..m. 10:00 bel, 301-600-6350. owed an early start to that green a.m. Brunch on Fridays will be and pleasant season. Say good-by followed by these events: March Regular Activities to winter with White Bingo (bring 12-Estate Planning/questions; Bowling: Mondays at Taneytown something white) on March 10. March 19-Big “Welcome Spring” bowling center. Carpool; meet at Speaking of green, we’ll be observ- party; March 26-Speaker, Mary center at 12:30 p.m. ing St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Ann Williams, “When I am not with ‘wearin’ of the green” priz- Able: Caring for Handicapped Strength Training & Condition- es. We’ve got a night card par- Family Members.” ing: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 ty scheduled for March 24; doors a.m. open at 6 p.m. Join us! The seniors encourage all eligi- Special Programs: March ble persons (50 years and older) Bingo: Mar. 10 & 24. 16-Nurse Steve will be here at to join them for regular program MARCH 2010 | EMMITSBURG NEWS-JOURNAL | 39 UPCOMING EVENTS Mondays a thrilling blend of traditional American and best! There is no doubt that this is the most au- more information call 717-337-8200 or visit GriefShare Recovery Support Group at Elias Lu- Celtic folk music and dance. Show starts at 4 thentic ABBA show ever, featuring original band www.gettysburgmajestic.org. theran Church. The GriefShare Support Group pm. For more information call 717-338-3000 members Katja Nord and Camilla Dahlin found- is open to anyone who is grieving the death of or visit www.musicgettysburg.org ers of the band Waterloo. Show begins at 8 pm. March 20 someone close to them. For more information, For more information call 717-337-8200 or visit 27th annual Emmitsburg Lions Club health contact Rev Jon Greenstone, Pastor at Elias Lu- March 8 www.gettysburgmajestic.org screening at Mother Seton School. In continu- theran Church at 301-447-6239 or via e-mail at The South Mountain Audubon Society, a Chap- ing with their tradition of supporting vision email@example.com ter of The National Audubon Society, March March 14 health, the Emmitsburg Lions will be conduct- meeting will be held at the Agricultural Resource Catoctin Mountain Park Blacksmith Shop Dem- ing free vision acuity tests for those interested. March 6 Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road Gettysburg. onstration – Come enjoy the warmth from our No registration is required for vision screening. GriefShare Recovery Support Group at Elias Kim Van Fleet, of PA Audubon, will speak on forge as volunteers demonstrate the age-old craft For more information call Lion Joe at 301-447- Lutheran Church. The GriefShare Support the concern with the drilling for natural gas in of blacksmithing. The smithies will explain how 2939 or e-mail Joe@emmitsburg.net Group is open to anyone who is grieving the the Marcellus Shale area throughout much of the craft of blacksmithing evolved and the role of death of someone close to them. For more in- PA. This is a major conservation issue that all of blacksmiths in the community while demonstrat- Mountaintop Community Spring Fair - Col- formation, contact Rev Jon Greenstone, Pastor us should be aware of. The meeting stars at 7 pm ing some of the fundamentals of the trade. lectibles road show - Bring a collectible item at Elias Lutheran Church at 301-447-6239 or and is free and open to the public. For further in- for appraisal by our experts. Come on out and via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org formation call Deb Siefken at 717-677-4830. March 15 beat “cabin fever” welcome spring! For infor- Mount Symposium for Corporate and Social mation contact Lynn or Duke Martin at 717- March 6, 7, 13 March 12 Responsibility. Speaker: Brad Udall, director, 642-5645, or email us at jacksmtn@embarq- Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve Holds Annual Hauser After Hours - Free live music and Ca- CU-NOAA Western Water Assessment. Boul- mail.com. All proceeds benefit the Amanda Maple Sugaring Programs - Get a hands-on ex- tered food. Enjoy music by the Skyla Burrell der, CO. Knott Auditorium, 7:00 p.m Bowder’s Memorial garden fund. perience with all facets of the sugaring process. Band and catered food by Fabio Carella - $10- During this 90 minute program, attendees learn $15 Hauser Estate Winery. For more informa- Regular Monthly meeting of the Emmitsburg March 26 the history of maple sugaring and then are led to tion call 717-334-4888 or visit www.hauser- Historical Society - Interested in learning more Hauser After Hours - Free live music and Catered the forest where they select a tree, drill into in, estate.com about local history? Join in the fun as the His- food. Enjoy music by the Al Parsons Band and hang a sap bucket, collect sap and watch fresh torical Society selects pictures for next months catered food by the N.E.W. A-Ville Inn. Haus- sap being cooked down into syrup before their March 13 history column - William Hay’s “At the End of er Estate Winery. For more information call 717- very eyes. For more information call 717-642- Breakfast to Benefit Catoctin High School Safe & the Emmitsburg Road.” For more information 334-4888 or visit www.hauserestate.com. 5840 or e-mail email@example.com Sane at Trinity United Church of Christ, 101 E. call 301-471-3306 or visit the Historical Society Main Street, Thurmont - Tickets are $6.50 for section of Emmitsburg.net. March 27 March 7 adults and children under 8 $3.50. For Tickets Annual Flea Market and Flower Mart. For Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater presents - WG- Contact Gretchen Smith @ 301-748-0259. March 17 more info: 301-447-3161 or www.moth- TY-FM Country Show live on stage! Past per- Tom’s Creek United Methodist Church Buf- Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater presents - Cinder- ersetonschool.org. formers include Aaron Tippin, Josh Gracin, fet breakfast & pork sale. For more information ella by the Moscow Festival Ballet. The magic Emerson Drive and Billy Currington, and these call Ernie Staub 443-605-2995, Dottie Davis and fantasy of the beloved, rags-to-riches fairy tale March 27 & 28 shows always sellout quickly! Show starts at 4 301-447-2403 or Rose Knox 443-605-2675. comes to life as the Moscow Festival Ballet takes 3rd Annual Gettysburg Bike Show and Expo pm. For more information call 717-337-8200 Orders should be submitted no later than Sun- the stage in a full-length ballet in three acts, fea- Organizers plan to have more than 150 ven- or visit www.gettysburgmajestic.org day march 7, 2010. turing music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreogra- dors and 3,000 to 5,000 visitors. For more in- Music, Gettysburg! presents Atwater-Don- Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater presents - ABBA phy by Rostislav Zakharov. Combining elements formation call 717-309-3881 or visit www. nelly Duo - The award-winning duo performs – The Music You’ve seen the rest, now see the from the Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies, For gettysburgbikeshow.com.
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