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Get to the Point Volume XVII Issue 16

Get to the Point: The NCCC News Perry Point

An NCCC Atlantic Region Publication July 17-24 2011 Volume XVII Issue 16

Get to the Point Volume XVII Issue 16 Featured on the Cover- Upper left clockwise: Freedom One marching, Bradley Lehman with Derwin Lee cleaning up disaster. Buffalo 7 celebrate as Moose 1 Justin Brammer paints. Buffalo 5 is smashing, Moose 4 & 7 having a good time together. More marching with Freedom 1 while Elisabeth Valdez cuts and Raven 6 play. All while, Raven 4 work in Camden and Raven 5 do some weeding.

Strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national & community service

Inside Issue 16: Message from the Regional Director


Freedom 1 Tale




Alumni Spotlight


I’m a member of the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program. N-triple-C members are 18 to 24 years old & spend 16 months getting things done for America while developing their own leadership skills. We serve on teams to help communities prepare for & respond to disasters, build homes, and help the environment.


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Freedom One: We Would Walk 160 miles and We Would Walk 100 More From Article: Norwich Bulletin Author: Emily Grove History lovers re-create march through region Trek follows route taken by Revolutionary War soldiers

Dressed as a Revolutionary War soldier, Laura Mack led the contingent of seven Tuesday along Route 14 in Plainfield. “Do you think if we walked fast enough we could make that speedometer go off?” Mack, of Vermont, asked her fellow marchers as they neared the Plainfield Police Department’s speed trailer. The answer was no. To celebrate and draw attention to the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, the nonprofit historian organization The Marchers will travel the 680-mile route during the next four months. Designated as a National Historic Trail in 2009, the route is a series of encampments and roads used by U.S. Continental Army troops under George Washington and French troops under Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau during their march from Newport, R.I., to Yorktown, Va., in 1781. Dave Fagerberg, an operations manager for the march, said The Marchers first traveled the route in 2006 to mark the 225th anniversary. This year they are hitting the road again to raise awareness about the trail with a special focus on young people. “That they can be the next stewards of the trail,” Fagerberg, of Kansas, said. 4-month trek Throughout the journey, which started Saturday in Providence and will finish Oct. 19, members of The Marchers will be joined by three, six-member teams of the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps. The six members traveling through the region Tuesday came from Vermont, Minnesota, Oregon and several places in between, and ranged in age from 20 to 24.


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The group started at Plainfield Central School and marched through Canterbury and into Scotland, where they lunched and set up camp. They then continued their march to Windham before returning to Scotland to camp Tuesday night, marching a total of 14 miles during the day. Fagerberg said troop members try to follow the French army diaries as closely as they can to determine how far they travel each day and where they camp. The group camps in period tents, but eats modern-day foods and uses some modern-day conveniences, such as cellphones, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and maps. For David Pergamit, of Oregon, and Daniel Clesowich, a Lebanon native now living in Willimantic, reading the diaries has shown how much they don’t match up to the real soldiers. Pergamit said the group is “soft” by comparison, as the diaries detail the treks as not being difficult and, as Clesowich points out, the real soldiers did it while carrying 60-pound packs, a burden the modern-day group doesn’t have.

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AmeriGourmet: The Cooking Corner Mint Pesto Pasta Ingredients– Serves 8 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked linguini pasta 6 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 20 fresh basil leaves 10 fresh mint leaves 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup pine nuts 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving. BUFFALO 2 SHOUT OUT: We miss you Fire TL PAT! So about those mov-

RAVEN 7 SHOUT OUT: Delaware State Parks felt our presence this

ies you were supposed to leave us…. Call us pronto (that means “now”

week as we went to four different parks all across the state with Raven 1 and Buffalo 5. For all of you that want to know, Glen is doing wonderful and is as energetic as ever. Most of the team and the people still at the Point enjoyed HP 7 Part 2. We are ready to go to City Neighbors, as we were originally slated, and rock out in B-More.

in Italian)! Welcome back TL Brie!!! It’s good to have you back in our gaggle! M3 you will always hold a special place in our heart. Much love. STL SHOUT OUT: Everything is...Melissa is gone, Laura is back...Rod is in an’ out, Brad is gone and Lia is making cookies oh and Chris is under a pile of clothes. “I act little but in actuality I am an adult.” HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARLEE! Ps-JAYMAY, I eat! And Sleep (with Pooh!) Miss you and hope Maine is wonderful have a LOBSTER FOR ME!


Round 3 is the Round o’ fun. Remember that!

OZ 1 SHOUT OUT: “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.”

MOOSE 1 SHOUT OUT: Michael on P3- MEPH IS DEAD! It’s all about REPH! MJ and Hurls- Have a good break and we will see your mugs soon!

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Alumni Spotlight: Tara Johnston Tara Johnston, served as a Corps Member in Class XVI at the Atlantic Region. Johnston served as a Corps Member on Raven 4 and recently marching into the Revolutionary camp of Freedom One, where they were able to hear about Life After AmeriCorps. How did you find out about AmeriCorps NCCC? When I first heard about AmeriCorps NCCC I was in Thailand volunteering with an organization Cross Cultural Solutions. One of the other volunteers I was living with was starting his year in NCCC when he went back home. When I got home I did some research on AmeriCorps and knew NCCC was an experience that I had to be a part of.

Johnston with her Summer of Service Crew

What was the best part of your year? I have to say the best part of my year in AmeriCorps NCCC was being a part of the Summer of Service Program. I had the opportunity to be a Crew Leader working with the youth from the Perryville Police Outreach Program, leading them in service projects, being a mentor, tutor, and friend. As well as becoming a part of the community where the NCCC Atlantic Region campus is located for the summer. Going camping with them was definitely a highlight of the year. Also, though challenging at the time, working with the youth from the Choice Program in Baltimore is something I will never forget. I learned a lot about myself and definitely developed on my leadership style. Working with those youth was probably the most challenging part of my year in NCCC and by far the best experience I had. I think about my crew members all the time and hope the very best for all of them.

What are your current plans? Currently I am trying to save up as much money as possible for my next adventure by working a couple of part time jobs. Delivering parts for a Jeep dealership in the morning and working for the DDS in the afternoon/evening providing in home care for a boy with autism. Come August I will be moving to Philadelphia to start another year of service with City Year Greater Philadelphia. City Year is an AmeriCorps affiliated program that works in school systems in cities throughout the country focusing on keeping students in school and on track by mentoring, tutoring, and being a positive role model. They also lead programs which engage teams of youth in service projects throughout the community. So if you had a great year in NCCC but keep saying to yourself you wish you got the chance to work with youth more than I suggest you look into City Year. To AmeriCorps NCCC Class XVII: Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Don’t let anybody else influence your decisions or opinions. If you have an idea, run with it! You only have 10 months. The last half of your year will go by fast savor every

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moment to the fullest! Even if you are super tired and feel like you couldn’t possibly go on; you will survive…. Have the most fun you possibly can and make lasting friendships because once it is over you will miss it. AND STAY ON TOP OF YOUR LAA PLANS. Apply to everything and anything you may be interested in doing after NCCC. HAVE A PLAN whether it is school, a job, a road trip, or another volunteer adventure. Getting home from AmeriCorps and not knowing what you are doing next is stressful! SHOUT OUT to all of you TLs and CMs from class XVI … wish I could be there with you. Shout out to Denard... I miss our talks. Special shout out to Class XVI Raven Fource Chris Quirk (you jerk), Jules, Laura, and even you Rod. KJ stay awesome.

MOOSE 3 SHOUT OUT: Megan we all miss you!

Want to be a Team Leader?

Class XVI: Atlantic Region Team Leader; Be Part of the Green Legacy

This Could Be You! Applications close August 1st Those selected start January 2012 BUFFALO 7 SHOUT OUT: Moose 6: Thanks for all

the potatoes you guys planted during first round! We harvested them, and they are delicious! Moose Deuce: Mack 10!

Roxann: Eliza and Brooke thanks for the last night at the Point! Mark: Megan, stay hot and beautiful like fire. Nolan, I’ll see you when eva stay cool my man. Jamie: Melissa have fun and work hard in Bama, you deserve it. KJ do work in Tennessee! Roomie I miss you…don’t forget to eat and sleep! Chappy…Miss me yet =D? Happy Birthday Marlee! Moose <3

The Raven Four“ce” of Class XVI

BUFFALO 4 SHOUT OUT: Before B4’s first day even

officially started we were already herding loose cattle. Going to be an interesting round! BUFFALO 6 SHOUT OUT: B6 is glad to be reunited and kudos to all those who stayed on disaster for break. Congrats to the BUFFALO UNIT for winning the stuff-the-van-competition and softball solidifying our

MOOSE 2 SHOUT OUT: Moose Deuce: We

got a brand new van and a new haircut. In the front it’s a car, in the back it’s a truck. IT’S CRUCIAL! Buffalo 7: How far are you New Hampshire? If I start vulturing now, do you think I could get there by Friday? Also, nice tattoo…put some gravy on that P-I-Z-Z-A!

position as the best unit EVER!!! RAVEN 6 SHOUT OUT: Raven 5 you guys did a

wonderful job with the cabins. We love Raccoon Creek State Park. MOOSE 6 SHOUT OUT: Moose Six is loving


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