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the experiences of mothers is in diaries. Most mothers, who were busy caring for their families, did not have time to keep a diary. When a diary is found, it is a precious small window on what life was like for women in a specific era. The Diary of Viola Coxson Sweeney, who was the wife of an immigrant coal miner, gives us a glimpse into the life of women and mothers during the coal boom era in the Punxsutawney area. Viola was born in Punxsutawney. She married Patrick Sweeney, also known as Patsy, an immigrant from Wales, who had come to Punxsutawney in the 1880’s to work in the coal mines. They lived in Clayville, now the west end of Punxsutawney. Patsy worked in the mines at Horatio and Walston. When he didn’t have work in these mines, he found whatever work he could. Viola was about 30 years old when she began to sporadically record her life experience. Her diary was started in April 1896 and the last entry was made in August 1907. It is a record of the everyday life of a miner’s wife. Throughout the diary she records Viola Coxson Sweeney with four of her children: (l. to r.) Gladys, Mary, Stanley and making clothing Malcolm. This picture was taken September 1,1906. The boys are wearing their for her family. baptism clothes, which their mother made. (Photo courtesy of Mary Lois Rutt Logan, Friday, May 1, granddaughter of Viola Coxson Sweeney)

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remembering Our Mothers Continued from page 2 not set up. I washed yesterday, also, baked bread and Patsy says I overdone myself.” Monday, December 1, 1902: “I did not wash today. I have the toothache. I have not the courage to get them out and I suppose I will have toothaches all winter.” And, she tells about illness in the time of quarantines: “We were quarantined this evening,” she wrote, on January 20, 1903, after several days of fretting over their daughter, Gladys, who was very ill. The child had scarlet fever. Viola was able to see the positive side of the quarantine when several days later she wrote: “It doesn’t take long to get rid of peddlers, all you need to say is. ‘We are quarantined,” and you bet they put off on double quick time.” Life was not all work. On July 31, 1903, Viola took the children and went to a picnic at Wishaw Park. She wrote that Stanley, who was three years old, liked the car ride and the children had a good time at the picnic. The car ride at that time was the trolley that served the mining communities. Viola wrote about her concerns about her husband’s work and the struggle for money. Sunday, December 14, 1902: “Patsy is going to Walston on a little business concerning some back pay.” Another entry states: “Patsy works at nights this week then he will be on days next week. Dear Patsy, I think he works too hard. I think he is the best man. I am sure he could not be any better to me. I don’t know how I could live, if anything should happen to him.” Work in the mines was scarce, so Patsy signed on with Henry Stiver to do masonry. This work was less dangerous, however, it took Patsy away from home. He worked with Mr. Stiver at Ridgway and Ernest. On August 3, 1903, she wrote: “Patsy left this morning. He took Alwyn (their son) with him.” Patsy left her $45 and after paying bills and purchasing necessities, she was left with $15.50 for the rest of the time he would be gone. Thursday, December 31, 1903, New Years Eve found Viola was not feeling well. Patsy was working away from home. She was pregnant, feeling sorry for herself and complained bitterly to her diary: “I am so lonesome since Patsy went away. I don’t know how I can stand it. I think a man’s place is home at times like this. I am sure I need his encouragement and I don’t get no words of cheer. Instead it is nothing but worry and work. And, if I was well I could stand it, but I am not well. I often think that when I am in a delicate condition, then I get less care than a dog. It is work, work all the time. I think Patsy should come home and if he can’t come home, he should get me a good girl, for he knows I am not able to do my work, but I must not complain. I suppose I will die, but then I will be out of the way. I feel so bad tonight. I will quit writing.” Viola joined the Sisterhood of the Knights of Pythias, the women’s branch of the social support organization. As a member, she received an invitation to a birthday luncheon for Mrs. Clark, the wife of the pit boss at Horatio Mines. After thinking about it, and discussing it wither husband, she decided that she would attend out of common politeness, and entered in her diary: “Politeness is to do and say the kindest things in the kindest way.” As things turned out, Viola was too ill to attend the luncheon. In February, 1904, Patsy was working in the mines at Arcadia, Indiana county, and Viola writes: “Patsy is still working at Ar-

cadia, Indiana Co., in the mines. He was at home for dinner yesterday. He walked home and then he ate his dinner with us today, and started back. He thought he could get there by 6 o’clock, in time for supper.” The entry on May 23, 1904, tells why she has not written in her diary: “Well I am still alive although I had a hard time and was not expected to live by the doctor or anyone. Yet through the mercy of God, I am alive. I have a baby boy and he will be one month old the 25th of this month.” She had had bronchitis and the doctor was concerned that it would turn into pneumonia, however she was recovering. Her daughters, Mary and Gladys were doing the housework, as she was not able. By the fall of 1904, things had greatly improved for this coal miner’s family. Patsy was no longer working in the mines. He was now the Clayville street commissioner and working every day. Their eldest son, Alwyn was working in the meat shop. The baby, Malcolm, was now old enough for short clothes. Viola’s mother had preserved a gallon of sweet apples for her. And she had a new hat of black panne velvet. On Sunday, July 22, 1906, Viola and Patsy had their two youngest sons baptized. “Stanley looked nice in a linen suit I made for him and Malcolm had a Buster Brown suit of white, white stockings and a cap with a black band on it and a black belt and black oxford slippers. He looked so cute.” On September 1 of that year, Viola had her picture taken with her four youngest children. The boys were dressed in their baptismal clothes. The last entry in her diary was on August 31, 1907. She tells of her return from Freeland, Colorado where she had gone because of lung trouble. She brought her family gifts. She passed away February 10, 1910, leaving a young family and a photo to remember her by. Viola Coxson Sweeney was a miner’s wife, however she had many advantages over that of the wives who came to this country leaving family, and especially their mothers behind in the old country. The daily struggle for them must have been much harder. Viola expresses how much she valued the support of her mother. Provided in an entry on December 1904, she wrote her feelings and appreciation of her mother. “I don’t know what I would do if I had not mother. There is no one to take the place of mother. Every earthly friend will fail, even ones husband will tire of the wife and when the sweetheart is cast out of the husband’s love, who then will be so loyal as the mother, who may be verging on the grave, but whose love is as pure and loyal as ever.” ——— (Editor’s Note: The resources used in the preparation of this article are available the Punxsutawney Memorial Library and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society. Photographs are as attributed. This article has been prepared by PRIDE – Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing, Enhancing. PRIDE is a nonprofit organization which brings together residents, business people, community leaders and civic organizations, to improve the business districts in Punxsutawney. PRIDE is working to develop a Coal Memorial and Welcome Center for the Punxsutawney Area. Comments on this article may be directed to PRIDE, P.O. Box 298, Punxsutawney, PA 15767, or by calling 814-938-2493 and leaving a message. A PRIDE volunteer will return your call.)

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Saturday, May 19 — 1 to 4 p.m. Side Street Stage sponsored by The Mahoning Valley Ballet and VanDyke & Company. Special performances will take place at Barclay Square, the Elks and other places around town. Tickets are $10 and partial proceeds benefit SPLASH. For more information call 814-938-8434. Note the Rain Date for the Performance is May 20, same time, same places. Thursday thru Sunday, May 24 – 27 — 1 to 4 p.m., Museum Porch Sale. The Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society will host a porch sale at the Lattimer House. Persons wishing to donate items for the sale may bring them to the Society during regular hours by May 20. Call 814-938-2555 for more information.

A diorama depicting camp life for the Union Soldiers during the Civil War, currently on display in the Bennis House of the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society. Note the photographer and the men engaged in a variety of activities. During the early part of the war the men spent a great deal of time in camp.

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Saturday, May 12 — 1 to 3 p.m. Children’s Discovery at the Museum. Participants, age 6 through 12, will visit the Snyder Hill Schoolhouse and learn what it was like to attend a one-room school. Reading, writing and arithmetic using slates, spelling bees, recess, games, and other activities of children from the 1850’s through the 1950’s. The Kids Dis-

covery series is sponsored by the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society. The fee is $5 for the first child in a family. Discounts are available for additional children and family members of the Society. To register call 814-9382555, Thursday through Sunday. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13 —Mother’s Day. Wednesday, May 16 — 1 p.m. PARSE Annual Meeting. The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees will hold their annual spring meeting at Gimmicks Restaurant.

Monday, May 28 — 10:30 a.m. Memorial Day Parade and Service. The annual Memorial Day parade will form at Mitchell Avenue and arrive in Barclay Square at 11 a.m., where American Legion Post 62 will host the annual remembrance service. For more information contact Raymond Depp, 814-938-8583 or the Post at 814-938-3374. July 5 — The Fresh Air Fund children are scheduled to arrive at SS.C.D. Church parking lot at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 5 and will return to New York City at 9 a.m. Thursday, July19. If you are interested in hosting a Fresh Air child, call Celine Tersine at 814-938-8416. The age of the Fresh Air Fund children are from 6 to 12 years. They are covered by medical and liability insurance and have a medical examination. There is also a Fresh Air Fund bus arriving at Indiana on August 9 and will depart August 19. •••

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By Melissa Salsgiver of Hometown magazine was recently asked “how do you start a vegetable garden?” It seemed like a simple question until I began thinking about it. There are so many ways to grow a garden, yet it’s a pretty basic concept. Plants. Water. Sun. Grow. Does it really need to be more complicated that? It is and it isn’t. My best advice would be start small and add on every year. And experiment. Experiment and try new things. You will learn what you can grow and can’t grow. Also, grow vegetables that you like and normally buy a lot of during the summer. Store bought and restaurant tomatoes don’t come close to garden grown ones. The same with cucumbers, which will have no waxy coating. The following is a crash course in gardening. For more specific information ask friends or family, or go to your local library for books and magazines on gardening, or to the internet for countless free resources. Roman philosopher, lawyer, statesman and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC to 43 BC) was quoted, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Today, we should add the internet to that list, too. PLANTS can start in many different forms. You can sow seeds bought at a greenhouse or garden center, or received from another gardener. You can get trans-

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Along which was once called the Punxsutawney and Hudson Road, some of the people, who settled on a hillside east of Punxsutawney in the early 1900s, called their village Fairview because of its beautiful view of Punxsutawney. (Photos by S. Thomas Curry)

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called Elderberry Hill Road that leads to Route 36 and Fairview. And while the view from Corey’s Roundtop that overlooks the Punx’y area for many miles was considered “awesome,” the folk, who settled the elevated land east of Punx’y that follows Route 36, though not as high, had a strong sentiment for the “fair view” their hillside offered. The little “suburb ”east of Punx’y, along what was called the Punxsutawney and

rea residents were introduced to Corey’s Roundtop in the February 2012 issue of Hometown magazine. Generations of Corey family members were born on the family farm. One line of the Benijah Cory family began with the arrival of John W., born in 1802 (who changed the spelling from Cory to Corey), on to Clark Adam (1851), then to Robert C. (1899), the youngest of the Clark Adam Corey family of eight children. The last surviving member of the Corey family, for whom Corey Roundtop was named, is Thelma (Corey) Schlemmer Mahan, a daughter of Robert C. Corey. In the late 1920s her family had moved to Donora. She has recently been a resident of the area on Scotland Avenue extension. As with others who have shared memories with the writer about living on the homestead farms of their grandparents, Thelma would recall the joys and hardships of country living in the past. Days on the farm would mean time with two horses Lucy and Queen, watering apple trees when they were first planted, having “Dad cut hair of the neighborhood kids” to In a log house — where is now the Dinsmore House on East Mabe followed by hot chocolate. honing Street — lived members of the family of Matthias Clawson, And the winter nights when pioneer settlers in the area east of the Mahoning Creek. The Clawfamily owned land from Punxsutawney to Cloe. Some citizens Dad would read books by son of Fairview thought their village should be called Clawson or Clawkerosene lamps. sonville to honor the name of Benoni Clawson. There were, too, the good Hudson Road, and near the newly formed times with the “Fairview gang.” There Circle Hill Cemetery (1890), was develwould be the memories of that country oped in the early 1900s when the Mahonschool and the annual Field Days — when ing Powder Company was organized to children of nearby township schools construct a powder plant on 200-plus would gather together for sack races, pole acres along the Mahoning Creek near vault, broad jump and bushel baskets of Cloe (where Rikers Yard was located). sweet rolls, Miss Sweeney, and wiener Farms and other lots would be bought and roasts. There would be walking to high families displaced. A number of them, school in Punx’y, and with no money for who sold to the company, purchased land lunch, walking home for lunch. on a “beautiful location” above the site The Corey family lived at the top of the hill in Bell Township, along the road - Continued on page 10


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was the eastern boundary of Punxsutawney. Records indicate that Clawson cleared some of the land, and built the first house east of the creek where is now located the Dinsmore house on East Mahoning Street. Benoni Clawson was born in 1830 in the rugged log house. His father was de-

Continued from page 8 along Mahoning Creek and built houses there. Two hundred men were employed during the construction and 80 men were hired later to work at the plant where powder was made, including fireworks, military, sports, and powder for the many mines in operation within eight miles of Punx’y. Production started at the powder works in January 1902. With a powder mill in operation, and little housing settlements nearby, a certain amount of danger was expected. Any explosions felt like “earthquakes” to neighbors in Cloe, and in Punxsutawney’s Elk Run and East End sections. The little village on the hill above all the action of that “booming” industry provided safety and a “magnificent view” of Punx’y and its other sections to the north. When one of the explosions occurred in the spring of 1902, the force jolted students in the State’s schoolhouse in the vicinity of the plant, and the school was damaged. A new schoolhouse was built in These homes are along the old, winding route 36 road that is now the new settlement. The confined to local traffic. The old area of Fairview is divided now by 36, constructed in the 1940s to straighten a dangerous “S” State’s school building was route curve, and to reach the state highway garage that was built in 1937. abandoned and the grounds scribed as a “strict disciplinarian,” and by returned to the powder company. In the teaching and example, he taught his famfall of 1902, by the petition of some of the ily members the value of “industry, econvoters, the school was named the omy and honorable dealing.” Through “Fairview School,” and Miss Sara Harl hard labor and hard times, the Clawson was appointed as teacher. The village was family would expand their property to subsequently identified as Fairview. Canoe Creek at what is now Cloe, where Among those petitioners was Clark A. some of the Clawson family built the first Corey from Corey’s Roundtop. house in that area. Overlooking the Mahoning Creek to the Natural landmarks in the timberland of north, and Punx’y to the west, Fairview the vast acreage would be named for the was a 15-minute walk to the town’s post Clawsons. “Clawson Woods” and “Clawoffice, a trip that was “protected and forson’s Spring” became favorite picnic tified by nature.” It was a beautiful locaspots for many years. It was customary tion and such a name was appropriate for for teachers and students at the East End the 65 to 70 people living there. Its proxElementary School, where Miss Mary A. imity to Punx’y would provide “a walk Wilson had taught, to walk to the grove of which is productive to health and delighttrees for their end-of-year school picnic. ful during the summer,” some of the resiA small group of young men organized dents promoted. themselves in July 1903 as the PunxIt was pointed out, “Many of our townsutawney Health Club. As soon as the folks enjoy the walk into Punxsutawney snow melted in the spring, they would for a promenade. The sidewalks are often make their early morning walk to “Clawabused by many drivers who disrespect son’s Spring,” a distance of about a mile the privileges of those afoot. Everything east of downtown Punx’y. After a drink taken into consideration, it is a very defrom the popular spring from the club’s sirable location.” — Punxsutawney tin cup, they would make a rapid sprint Spirit, April 22, 1903. home on the downhill return. However, there were other citizens of As the land was cleared for sites for new that fair land, and they claimed to be homes, the joys and pleasures of those “leading citizens,” who announced oppospots were lost. sition to the village being known by such Benoni Clawson became seriously ill in an “effeminate and very much over1903, at the time when the debate became worked name” such as “Fairview.” These heated about naming the village east of citizens and property owners considered Punxsutawney. For a few years some area it merely a nickname and preferred the residents attempted to keep alive the name of Clawson for the village and the memory of the well-known and respected school. In the honored custom and precepioneer of the area. There often were refdent of the past, such a name would honor erences to “Clawsonville” and “Clawson, the early settler and founder of the vilPa.” in news stories related to events and lage, Benoni Clawson. activities from the school and settlement. Matthias Clawson, father of Benoni, was Clawson died in August 1903. an early pioneer in the southern part of The name Fairview eventually won out Jefferson County, arriving in 1812 to setin the debate. tle east of the Mahoning Creek, which •••


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Currently, there are 691 million U.S. savings bonds, worth $180 billion, in the public’s hands, according to the Treasury. Like Harris, Prosser said savings bonds can be an effective savings tool for everyday Americans. “If you’ve got between $50,000 to $100,000 a year and are looking for something safe and secure, they’re a good thing,” he said. “They’re a great savings tool if you’re a middle-class family trying to put money away for your kids’ education.” But buying them paperless? “Giving a kid an email (that says you’ve purchased a savings bond) diminishes its value as a learning tool,” Prosser said. By contrast, “Handing (someone) a heavy-stock paper bond with an official seal makes an impression. It’s mysterious and unique and a starting point for a discussion about fi-

nances.” There is still one route to buying a paper savings bond: your tax refund. Under an IRS program launched in 2010, taxpayers can purchase up to $5,000 in Series I savings bonds, using part or all of their tax refund. The paper bonds can be issued in $50 to $1,000 denominations. For instance, a grandparent getting a $2,500 tax refund could designate the IRS to apply it to five $500 bonds for grandchildren. The Treasury, which says it will save $120 million in the first five years on printing, mailing and storage costs, is emphasizing the 24/7 convenience of buying savings bonds electronically. (For more details: www.TreasuryDirect.gov Reach Claudia Buck at cbuck@sacbee.com) •••

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Punx’y’s popular place to stop & relax for coffee, breakfast, lunch and more ... (Editor’s Note: ‘From Our Past,’ researched by S. Thomas Curry, features items of interest from past editions of Punxsutawney and area newspapers.) April 9, 1912 — Ever to the fore front in those things which make for progress, Punxsutawney is to have additional advantage and prestige through the establishment of a taxicab service here. Not a worn-out automobile doing penance as a town-car for its misconduct on the roads, but two luxurious, enclosed taxis of latest model, especially designed “town cars” in the automobile columns. The service will go into effect at 7 o’clock tonight and the inaugurator of the taxi-service in Punxsutawney is Arthur I. Eberhart, who after having carefully gone over conditions here is convinced that the time is ripe for this advanced step. (Punxsutawney Spirit) April 13, 1887 — Poles are being erected upon which telephone lines will be placed connecting Adrian, Walston and Punxsutawney. The Punxsutawney end of the line will be placed in the Western Union Telegraph Office. This telephone line will greatly facilitate the transaction of business between the three towns. It is for the use of the Rochester Coal Company. (The Valley News) [Note: Alexander Graham Bell’s successful experiment with his telephone was in March 1876.] April 24, 1889 —The Jefferson county foot ball league has been organized and the different clubs will be ready for operation in a few weeks. Coal Glen, Crenshaw, Reynoldsville and Adrian were the places represented at the last meeting. (Punxsutawney News) April 28, 1870 — LUMBER. - We learn from Mr. W. A. Dunlap, Collector for the Mahoning Navigation Company, that during the recent floods, 468 rafts and boats were run out of the Mahoning. Mr. D. was also informed by the Collector of the Redbank Navigation Company, that 768 rafts were run out of Redbank during the same time. These were large runs though it is a comparatively small proportion of the lumber taken out, and which will be taken to market during the Spring. Our forests are fast bowing to the woodman’s axe and not many years hence their growth will be entirely exhausted. Successful generations will have to seek their sources of wealth. (Punxsutawney Plaindealer)

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aterina’s, located at 110 West Mahoning Street, is undoubtedly the best coffee shop in Punxsutawney. Walk through the door and you are welcomed and enveloped in a rich coffee aroma and greeted by “Old World” charm. During warm weather, Caterina’s extends its welcome out to the sidewalk, giving it a distinctly European ambiance. Owned and operated by Katie Laska, Caterina’s was opened in June of 2007, and since that time has become the place to stop for coffee, breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. “I always wanted to have a little downtown coffee shop or bistro,” said Laska, who also owns and operates Laska’s Pizza located on North Main Street. At Caterina’s, you will find coffee in many styles, including mocha, latte, cappuccino, and more. Although coffee is the main attraction, Caterina’s offers a variety of teas and accompaniments, ranging from muffins and biscotti, to panini prepared on-site for the enjoyment of customers. Specialty coffees, teas and chocolates, as well as mugs and accessories, are available for purchase to make at home, or give as gifts. Caterina’s features a lunch menu which includes salads, soups, sandwiches, and sweets. All are available to eat in or take out. Those who choose to eat in will enjoy an ambience, which is a combination of old world and Punxsutawney. The side walls have been painted by local artist, Kelly Porada. One large fresco is reminiscent of Italy and compliments the décor of the public dining area. There is a comfortable nook arranged where a small group may enjoy breakfast, conversation or afternoon tea. On the wall opposite the fresco is a mural in which Bar-

April 29, 1891 — The Berwind-White Coal Company are shipping from eight to ten cars of coal daily from their new mine at Whitesville, and after the first of May expect to be in shape to triple that amount. (Punxsutawney Spirit) [Note: Whitesville is present day Valier] ••• 14 – Punxsutawney Hometown – May 2012 - Issue #139

Murals — depicting Barney (Katie Laska’s dog) and Punx’y Phil, and one of old Italy — welcome customers to Caterina’s, located at 110 West Mahoning Street, downtown Punxsutawney. (Photos by Jennifer Wolfe)

ney, Laska’s dog, and Punx’y Phil, invite you into the garden to enjoy tea with

them. Beneath the mural are booths from the former Ruth and Harry’s Restaurant, popular relics of Punxsutawney’s past. All of this makes Caterina’s a must-seeplace for visitors and guests. “I encourage bringing people downtown to shop and visit when they are in Punxsutawney,” said Laska. “Come Downtown and see the new Punxsutawney. Shop our new and unique gift shops. View the beautiful cut and stained glass items across the street, and maybe learn to make your own beautiful lamp shade. And while you are here, stop in and visit Caterina’s and be pleasantly surprised at what Punxsutawney has to offer. And, I might add, parking is free on Saturday.” Another feature available at Caterina’s for patrons is a conference room, which features a table and seating for 12 to 15 meeting participants. Persons needing to schedule a meeting Downtown may find this room convenient. To reserve the conference room, call Caterina’s at 9388781 •••

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as warm weather nears, timely reminders on good exercise form

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By Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post for Hometown magazine

ummer’s approaching, so people who haven’t been to the gym in a while will be heading there to get ready for swimsuit season. The American Council on Exercise has issued a warning about the three most common mistakes people make when beginning or ramping up an exercise program, and how to avoid them. Plyometrics — quick, powerful movements to increase muscle strength and explosiveness — are an important part of a

workout program, ACE says, but if you land incorrectly, you can hurt yourself. So focus on landing softly on the mid-foot and then roll forward to push off the ball of the foot, and do a dynamic warm-up before doing plyometric exercises. Lots of people have begun working out with kettlebells, because they have been shown to build strength and endurance faster than more conventional resistance exercises. But many newcomers don’t understand the proper mechanics for doing the exercises. This mistake most often is made, ACE says, when performing the single-arm swing.

Remember that kettlebell exercises are designed to work the core. To perform the single-arm swing correctly, contract the abdominal muscles and hinge at the hips. While exhaling, initiate an explosive upward movement to swing the kettlebell upward, coming to a standing position. High-intensity interval training increases the intensity of a workout by alternating between brief speed and recovery intervals to maximize training sessions in a short amount of time. But if you cut the recovery interval short, you can hurt yourself, ACE warns. To protect against injury, ACE says, you should do a five-minute warm-up before beginning high-intensity interval training. Begin with one minute of speed work to every two or three minutes of active recovery. As you improve, the recovery intervals can be shortened, but they should always be at least as long as the high-intensity intervals. For more fitness technique tips, visit www.acefitness.org. (Email Jack Kelly at jkelly(at)postgazette.com.) (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.scrippsnews.com.) •••

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It’s almost Time for Camp Friendship again

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By Stacy Hanzely for Hometown magazine

he Arc of Jefferson and Clearfield Counties was once again humbled by the community support they received this year as records were broken, perhaps a better word would be they were shattered at our 33rd Annual Run or Walk for Someone Special event that was held on Sunday, April 1. Last year, we had 407 participants, this year 524. In 2011, we raised $45,000, this year, we reached almost $70,000. Special thanks goes out to our two main sponsors for the event his year; Robindale Energy Services, Inc. and Flatiron Development, LLC, and to everyone who participated. Our top three fundraisers were Josh Golembiowski, Punxsutawney; Stephanie Cleveland, DuBois; and Bill and Keri Cuba, DuBois. All the race results are available at www.runhigh.com. One thing the organization is extremely

proud of is the fact that every single nickel stays right here to benefit the local special needs population within Jefferson and Clearfield Counties. The funds raised will help The Arc put on three separate summer day camp programs during the summer months. The Punxsutawney area camp will be held on June 14 and 15, and 18 thru 22.. the 27th (carnival) and the 30th (Punx’y parade). If you would like information on this camp please feel free to contact the camp director, Ranee Sikora at 814-952-8600. The Brookville/Brockway/duBois area camp will be held Monday, June 25 through Friday June 29. If you would like more information on this camp please contact the camp director, Marcie Plyler at 814-715-1757. The camp for children ages 5-13 on the Autism Spectrum will be held Monday July 30 – Friday August 3. If you would like more information on this camp please contact camp director, Dan Minns at 814591-9537.

The run or walk event also allows The Arc to provide family support groups. Currently there are two locations holding monthly meetings. Our Camp Friendship location in Reynoldsville meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. and in Punxsutawney on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Playhouse Children’s Center. Both groups are structured so that you bring your children along, they are entertained by volunteers while the caregivers support each other. The Arc would love to branch out and hold support groups in other communities, within Jefferson and Clearfield Counties, if there was enough interest to do so. One popular program The Arc provides is Basic Sign Language Workshops. This program is going on our fourth year. Anyone is welcome to attend Top Fundraiser, Josh Golembiowski and his family raised just over $5000.00. Pictured with Frank Hetrick, volunteer. these workshops. It is beneficial for new parents, teachers and at our Camp Friendship location in service providers, people in the medical Reynoldsville. The fee for this workshop field, friends and family who have a loved is $20 for non-members and $10 for memone that is non-verbal, hard of bers of The Arc. For more information on hearing/deaf, or just curious individuals any of the programs mentioned above or to wishing to learn some sign language. In sign up for the May workshop please conMay, we will be holding this workshop for tact our Executive Director, Stacy Hanzely four consecutive Thursday evenings from at 814-591-6622 or visit our website at 6 to 8 p.m., beginning on Thursday May www.jcarc.org. 10 and running through Thursday May 31 ———

‘Punxsy Phil Fighters’ against Diabetes of something wrong. Kelly took Lexi to Punxsutawney hospital and found out her blood sugar level was 436. Following the diagnosis, Lexi was admitted to Dubois hospital for five days. While at the hospital, Kelly and Lexi had intense training about food exchanges, how to count carbohy-

control her diabetes. In addition to her rigorous blood testing and administering insulin, everything she consumes must be weighed or measured. Lexi and her mom also keep a log of the time her blood sugar was taken. Kelly has taken this disease head-on,

that Lexi will have this terrible disease for the rest of her life. Instead of letting the disease rule their he blaring alarm was only a formallives, Lexi, her parents, family, and friends ity. I hadn’t slept a wink since going have taken an active role in battling diato bed after our midnight test. The betes. consequences for missing the 3 a.m. Kelly created the Punxsy Phil Fighters, a test were dire. If her blood sugar team dedicated to raising money levels were too high, a condition for donation to the American Diaknown as hyperglycemia, she betes Association (ADA.) The could fall into a diabetic coma. If team has been an inspiration to the levels were too low, a condieight other families affected by this tion known as hypoglycemia, she disease, who joined the Fighters could start seizing, lose concause. To date, the Punxsy Phil sciousness, or even die. Fighters have raised over $18. The That night was just a taste of the bulk of those funds have been genworry and stress that my sister erated at the annual Punxsy Phil feels as a parent. Her daughter, Fighters 5K run/ 1mile walk. Lexi, was diagnosed with Type 1 This year, the Punxsy Phil FightDiabetes Mellitus on March 21, ers 5K run/ 1mile walk will be held 2007. on Saturday, June 2 at the MahonDiabetes is a condition in which ing Shadow Trail / Punxsy Rails To a person has poor blood sugar Trails, located in Punxsutawney. (glucose) level regulation as a reThe trail is accessible via route sult of the body either not produc36 South just off Lever Street and ing enough insulin, or because Prushnok Drive. While the Fightbody cells do not properly respond ers have always had around 300 to the insulin that is produced. Just a few of the many Punxsy Phil Fighters wanting to STOP DIABETES. Ffrom left to right friends: Lexi Zanaglio, Devanne participants, they are looking to That night was the first sleepover States, Laura Kellar, and Sarah Voris. make this year even better. Bring Lexi had at our house. Lexi’s out the whole family for face blood sugar even needs to be checked while drates, and how to give insulin shots. Lexi learning all they can to help manage Lexi’s painting, balloons, kids’ fun run, hotdog she plays and sleeps. It needs checked now goes to Children’s Hospital every condition. She learned that insulin is a horlunch, and a Chinese auction featuring a every night at midnight and at 3 a.m. and three months for checkups. mone produced in the pancreas, which enbrand new Kindle Fire. sometimes more depending on the test reResponsibility barged its way into Lexi’s ables body cells to absorb glucose, to turn The first 100 registered participants will sults. I had a new admiration and respect life long before her time. At seven years into energy. If the body cells do not absorb receive a sports drink bottle on race day for my sister, Kelly, after I had experienced old, she had to check her blood sugar bethe glucose, the glucose accumulates in the courtesy of Rosenberger Electric. Prizes a weekend caring for Lexi. tween 10 to12 times per day and give herblood (hyperglycemia), leading to various will be given out for breaking course Lexi was seven years old at the time of self ten insulin injections every day. On potential medical complications. Type 1 records. The Phil Fighters are still looking here diagnosis. She was frequently going to May 6, 2008, Lexi started using an insulin Diabetics must take insulin in order to stay for more sponsors and participants in this the restroom and drinking an enormous pump (a pump is a medical device used for alive. Type 1 is often called Juvenile Diayear’s run. More information can be found amount of water. Thankfully, Kelly realized the administration of insulin, alternative to betes, and people often think that Lexi will at www.punxsyphilfighters.com. that these changes in behavior were signs multiple daily injections), which has helped grow out this disease. However, the truth is ••• 20 – Punxsutawney Hometown – May 2012 - Issue #139

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arden design is an art, not any kind of exact science. The “best” design is the one that satisfies you. But there are certain guidelines that have been proven over the years to be more or less universal when it comes to creating pleasing gardens. One of the most common is short plants, from low ground covers to about 18 inches tall down in front, mid-sized plants to 3 feet tall in the middle and large plants over 3 feet tall in the back. I know it sounds pretty rigid; but by placing plants in this configuration you’ll be able to see all of them and, over the course of the season, get to know which ones shoot up and bloom first or longest, which ones are light and airy, which ones flower longest and which end up blocking their neighbors. Once you understand your garden’s personality, it will be easier to break the rules and create the look you want. Pay special attention to the front-of-theborder plants. Their job is to anchor the bed to the surrounding area, smoothing the change and keeping it from being too abrupt. They have to look good all season long, too, in spite of hot weather, insect damage or pets. Make the transition from yard or walkway to garden-bed gradual. Use plants that are about 12 inches tall at the most, and have interesting details or textures. Unless you’re creating the most geometrically formal of gardens, plant your edges in a visual smorgasbord with drifts of different species. A broad mix is more interesting, and also ensures season-long color. Don’t forget to include some small deciduous and evergreen shrubs for interesting textures and color across the seasons. The front border is also the place to show off bulbs. Plant them in the fall, then overplant with colorful annuals. After the bulbs have bloomed, the annuals will hide the bulbs’ dying foliage. If the front-edge plants are all very small, they’ll be out of scale with the

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Five factors will help you sucessfully sow seeds By Maureen Gilmer Scripps Howard News Service rowing plants from seed sown directly into the soil looks easy, but can be downright frustrating for beginners because there are so many ways a seed can fail. Sometimes failure results from a problem with the seed itself. Other times the weather can interfere. And other factors can come into play, too. To ensure a vigorous start for seeds, consider these five factors: 1. Seeds must be packed for this growing season. The date will be printed on the packet to ensure freshness, just like food products. Lettuce seeds enjoy limited viability, but each kind of vegetable seed has a different life span. 2. Soil temperature must meet the needs of the crop. If the soil is too cool, the seed just won’t sprout. To make a seed think the soil is warm, growers use a heating mat under seedling trays to mimic this natural warming of the earth. Sow cool-season veggies such as chard and peas early because they don’t need such warm soil to germinate. Do not plant your summer seeds in the soil until conditions are adequately warm. If it’s warm, the seeds will germinate and grow quickly out of reach

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Continued from page 23 nized hangers and fasteners. Be careful not to mix the different products, as this might start a chemical reaction leading to corrosion and possible failure of the lesser material. I found a lot of helpful information on fasteners and suppliers at http://www.deckmagazine.com/article/209.html. Another major problem I often find concerns the width of the handrail on the deck’s stairs. Installers often use a standard 2- by 4-inch or a flat 1- by 6-inch board for the handrail, but neither of these is safe. If you can’t grip the handrail on both sides, then you can’t stop your fall if you fall or trip on the steps. Information on the proper sizing of handrails can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handrail. (Dwight Barnett is a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors. Write to him with home-improvement questions at C. Dwight Barnett, Evansville Courier & Press, P.O. Box 268, Evansville, Ind. 47702 or email him at d.Barnett(at)insightbb.com.) •••

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need constant supervision. The same applies to your newly planted seed. The soil must remain evenly moist, but not wet. If a seed begins to grow and sends out a small root or stem, failing to keep it adequately moist can cause both to dry out. If a new root or stem dries enough, its tissues die and growth stops. Therefore, keep an eye on the seedbeds or rows every day, watering morning and evening, if necessary, to help your seeds grow consistently. Learning to sow properly takes time, but attention to detail will allow anyone to master this useful skill. (Maureen Gilmer is an author, horticulturist and landscape designer. Learn more at www.MoPlants.com. Contact her at mogilmer(at)yahoo.com or P.O. Box 891, Morongo Valley, CA 92256.) •••


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box back inside, Knutson realized that it was too heavy to contain just leftovers, so she opened it and was shocked to find wads of cash rolled up in rubber bands. Knutson decided to notify police. Officers told her to wait 90 days in case someone claimed the money, but authorities later decided to hold the cash longer because they said it smelled strongly of marijuana and a

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Attorney Craig Richie said he had planned to argue that almost all paper money in circulation has drug residue on it. Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said that from the moment Knutson’s lawsuit became national news this week, “everyone in this department was getting unbelievable numbers of phone calls, blasting us, even wishing me and my family would die.” Jacobson said police were just following procedure. “We knew public opinion would not be in our favor, and we got some black eyes,” he said. “But we think this result is awesome. It’s wonderful for her.” Knutson said she was thankful that everything was resolved. Money has been tight, she said. Within the past year, her family has made several trips to the hospital, including when she fractured her knee last May and had to be off the job for more than a month and when her husband was hurt at work. Knutson currently is making ends meet by working two part-time jobs, in addition to her full-time gig at the Fryn’ Pan. The decision to give her the money also drew instant rave reviews from community members. “It couldn’t have happened to a more appropriate person,” said the Rev. Jeff Seaver, a pastor of Knutson’s church, Triumph Lutheran Brethren. “This is a woman with five kids who has been a waitress for 18 years,” Richie said. “She and her family were praying and asked God’s intervention to touch these people’s hearts, and that’s what happened. It was about God providing for her.” Reach Larry Oakes at larry.oakes@startribune.com and Nicole Norfleet at nicole.norfleet@startribune.com. For more stories visit scrippsnews.com •••

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Lighten up your decor this spring By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann Scripps Howard News Service ome go for spring cleaning this time of year, while others pursue a more permanent endeavor -- such as getting the house freshened up with a new look. If you are of the latter persuasion, read on. Spring always begs lightheartedness, and the new decorating themes back that up. Light backgrounds on walls, floors and furniture set the stage while pops of color with accessories and fabrics bring out the owner's personality. The light background colors include cream or beige, white and soft gray. The pops of color are all up to you. Whatever colors make you happy will make the room pop just fine. That light color on furniture is particularly visible in woods. Dark wood was popular before, but the trend is definitely moving toward light wood or mid-toned naturalwood finishes. Furniture arrangement has shifted from the wide-open spacious look to a more intimate plan. Think of how you can arrange your furniture in a more familiar, cozy way with conversation areas well-defined. What about fabrics? Is there is more to the fabric selection than simply beige? Well, there is. To the simple neutral colors, you will find metallic threads added. This is in keeping with the light look as the metallic threads lift the visual feel of the fabric. Oh, and there is a comeback some might be happy about but others not. Faux fur and textured knobby fabrics. Go figure. But the choices are more than that. The current trend in fabrics also includes plaids, stripes

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the metallics woven into the fabrics, gold, silver and other metallics in accessories and accents are in. Since it seems everything old is new again, mirrored furniture and accessories are back. As far as style, any one you prefer is fine, whether contemporary, country, traditional or eclectic. Many of us are strapped for money these days, so redecorating might seem out of the question, but it still is possible if you are willing to search for items. Refurbished secondhand furniture from thrift stores or consignment shops is one option. The entire house doesn't have to be a hand-medown place, but a few reclaimed pieces actually add charm and personality to any room. (Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of "Mystery of Color," available at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Amazon.com.) •••

Smartphone anti-theft plan seems, um, smart By Dale McFeatters Scripps Howard News Service ellphones readily lend themselves to theft. People strolling along city streets chatting away on cells are not paying attention to their surroundings — you can see it in that faraway look when they talk — and are easy prey for snatch-and-run robbers. When cellphones became smartphones, they became really worth stealing. And a lot of them are getting stolen. New York police say that 42 percent of all property crimes in the city involve cellphones. Houston reported an astonishing 3,506 cellphones stolen last year. Unfortunately, these robberies were sometimes accompanied by a certain amount of violence. The thieves only need to slide in a new SIM — subscriber identity module — card to make the phone their own and discard the

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rightful owner’s card, along with the personal-ID information, phonebook and text messages it contains. The thieves can then use the phone themselves or sell it online or to an unscrupulous merchant. But now, prodded by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the Federal Communications Commission and the major cellphone carriers — Verizon, Sprint Nextel, AT&T and T-Mobile — have agreed to participate in a new database of ID numbers unique to each phone. Once a phone is reported stolen, the carriers can permanently disable it, making it, in Schumer’s words, “as worthless as an empty wallet.” This solution to the problem of cellphone theft seems so simple and obvious that it makes you wonder why the smart people behind smartphones didn’t think of it sooner. (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, http://www.scrippsnews.com) •••


Most family businesses go to dogs in three generations By Tim Grant Pittsburgh Post-Gazette any family-owned businesses thrive under the leadership of their founders, but study after study has shown that if the second generation doesn’t ruin it, the majority of all family businesses will go to the dogs in three generations. The survival rate of a family business going to the second generation is 30 percent and by the third generation only 12 percent are still in business, said Ann Dugan, executive director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh. “Why is it in the U.S. ... we have fewer thirdgeneration and beyond family businesses than any other country in the world?” Dugan asked. “The big issue in my experience is families spend a lot of time in estate and tax planning, and minimal time in planning for the next generation of management and leadership. “Families have to do business succession planning in a timely way,” she said. “They can’t wait for a death bed or other crisis. That’s what a lot of them do.” When the time comes for founders of successful family businesses to turn the reins of the company over to an heir, there are significant legal and accounting issues to consider. But it’s perhaps most difficult to prepare the next generation to be good stewards for the business. Although large corporations and publicly traded companies dominate the headlines, there are more family-owned and operated businesses in this country than any other type. Family-owned businesses — mostly small companies operated as sole proprietorships — comprise between 80 percent to 90 percent of all businesses in this country and contribute 64 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product and employ 62 percent of the U.S. workforce. While family-owned businesses are huge economic drivers, 70 percent don’t survive past the founder because either the heirs have no interest in taking over or do not have the necessary skills to move the company forward. Preparation for succession should start early, said Don Linzer, a shareholder at Schneider Downs & Co. wealth management firm in

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Pittsburgh. “A lot of children are turned off by the notion of being a part of the business as a thirdparty observer, not involved in the business,” he said. “They see their parents working too hard and talking about the business in a negative way. “So the owners of a family-owned business have to be careful how you project what you do and do it in a way to inspire the next generation to have love and passion for the family business.” Linzer suggests founders follow the Marriott family example. The Marriott children began working in the family hotel business at young ages doing small tasks, he said. However, after the heirs are done with their formal education, Linzer recommends they go work somewhere else before coming to work for the family. “It gives them a chance to bring new ideas and innovation to the family business,” Linzer said. “It also gives them confidence. “If a kid starts out working at the family business right after college, there could be the feeling that the employees of the business are always second guessing whether they are qualified for the job or simply entitled to it.” Fred Rock, a Pittsburgh investment banker at Focus Investment Banking, specializes in helping clients buy and sell businesses. He said owners should consider whether the business would be better off in the hands of someone other than a family member. He said sometimes a child may not be capable of running a family business, and that requires an honest assessment of the child’s talents and abilities. In that case a management team could run the business until the founders’ grandchildren are of age or the children determine if they are really capable of running the business, Rock said. “Then you tell the management team it is their job to train the next generation. “Parents also have to make sure all the children are in agreement with the parents’ choice. You have to be sure the decision you make will not create a problem with the other children and cause disharmony among siblings.” (Contact Tim Grant at tgrant@postgazette.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.scrippsnews.com.) •••

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