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Eleanora Mine sent his annual report of im#2 Mine provements for 1912, in which he reported 35 stone stoppings ................$560 his maintenance activities at the Number 2 12 Brick stoppings ..................$215 hen coal mining was the area’s Mine. These improvements included the 1 Overcast airway Stone ........$150 largest industry, the mine superreplacement of many wood fixtures at the Repairs on slope airway ........$550 intendent was the interface bemine with noncombustible material such as Track men tool house, tween management and the stone or brick, which were required by the stone ..........................................$20 workers. It was a unique position that comMine Safety Act of June 9, 1911. Timber men tool house, bined the need for maintaining production It also included maintenance on the wood ..........................................$20 with the management of the human element houses, (see accompanying chart) their adjacent coal $1516 houses, closOuTSide #2 ets (toilets) - Shaker Screen and improve- Shaker Screen Engine ments to the - Stone Wall under # 2 Boiler House town water - 25 houses painted system. The - 100 Coal houses repaired & roofed maintenance - 100 Closets repaired & roofed of the hous- 4” Water Line laid for town uses ing and util- 1 new Pump House for Town ity services - 1 New J.R. Robinson 6’ fan for the town (reversible feature) at McKees Run was impor- 1 New Ridgeway 125 HP Engine tant to the at McKees Run company and - 1 New telephone Line put in the mines necessary to maintain the the status of housing at the mines. In a letacceptability ter, dated July 1, 1913, to R.B. Dick, the An overhead electrical cable provided the power to a mine motor at the Adrian mine. of the housDivision Superintendent at Adrian, he Joseph Problys came in contact with a cable similar to this one and was killed in the ing for the stressed the importance of insuring the ocAdrian Mine on May 18, 1938. miners. cupancy and maintenance of the housing: in the mining industry. A.W. Calloway, the General Manager of “I am very much surprised to know that Much has been written about the tonnage the company based at Indiana monitored - Continued on page 4 produced in the mines, the maintenance of equipment, the introduction of new technologies, the quality control of the coal shipped to customers and, in general, the work. Some has been written about the social conditions of the mines. Most of what is written plays on the negative factors in the mining communities. These writings tend to stress the poverty of miner and his family, including substandard housing, low wages, many non-work days, and the tyranny of the company. A recently acquired archive of materials from the Adrian Mines of The Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal and Iron Company by the For every $250.00 you spend using your Perks card from Punxsutawney Area Historical and GeFriday, February 17, 2012 thru Thursday, March 29, 2012, nealogical Society reveals a more compasyou will receive a certificate good for $10 off an order of your choice! sionate aspect of the company: the Mine SA V I NG S AR E U NL I M IT ED Superintendent. TH E M O R E Y OU S PE ND , T HE M OR E Y O U S A V E! John C. White, Superintendent at the By PRIDE for Hometown magazine

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here is no denying that Irish eyes are smiling come the month of March. With the widely celebrated and festive Saint Patrick’s Day arriving midmonth, the parades and shamrocks might overshadow the fact that there’s more to Irish heritage than Saint Patrick’s Day. In fact, the entire month of March is dedicated to IrishAmerican heritage. In 1840, many Irish people emigrated to North America to escape the great potato famine happening in Ireland. Today almost 40 million people claim Irish ancestry, and there are millions of Irish-Americans making contributions to the United States each and every day, with notable Irish-Americans in all walks of life. Here are just a handful of people of Irish heritage who have made strides in their respective disciplines through the years. • Charles Carroll III: Carroll was born in Maryland where there were once laws to prohibit Catholics from voting, holding office or worshiping publicly. Carol became a Catholic-rights activist and also served as a U.S. Senator in the first Congress. He holds the title as the only Catholic to have signed the Declaration of Independence. • Harry “Bing” Crosby: Crosby was an acclaimed entertainer whose contributions are still valued today, more than three decades after his death. A singer and actor, his trademark smooth, baritone voice helped catapult Crosby to the list of top record sellers for the twentieth century. One of the first people to receive three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Crosby also earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O’Malley in the 1944 motion picture “Going My Way.” • Henry Ford: The American auto industry can give thanks to the eviction of John Ford from Cork in 1847, which enabled the Ford family to move to the States shortly after. John’s son Henry became an automobile pioneer and helped pave the way for the dominance and popularity of the American car. • John Hughes: Many people say that Hughes’ popular teen movies documented their own teenage years. Hughes is best known for a string of quirky, yet spot-on depictions of the average American teenager

that helped start the careers of actors who would go on to be known as the “Brat Pack.” In the 1990s, hits like “Home Alone” and “Curly Sue” also resonated with audiences and helped solidify Hughes as a leader in family entertainment. He passed away in 2009 from a heart attack.


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propel the group’s popularity both in and outside of its angst-driven heavy metal fan base. • Ron Howard: One of Hollywood’s most successful directors, Howard can also lay claim to being one of its most successful child actors. Appearing in his first film in 1956 at just 18 months old, Howard went on to memorable roles such as Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show” and Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days.” While his role on “Happy Days” made him a household name, it was behind the camera where Howard’s career would truly take off. Howard’s directorial career has produced several hits, including “Splash,” “Willow,” “Apollo 13,” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which earned him the Acad- Continued on page 7


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Mine houses dotted the hillside at Eleanora. Note the smaller out buildings which were the coal houses and closets referred to in Superintendent White’s Report.

Mine Superintendent Continued from page 2 you have eight empty houses at Eleanora and cannot help but think that this is due to lack of attention in the employing of men or perhaps in not keeping them in condition to rent. In any event our town is a very important part of our operation and we can ill afford to let these houses stay empty particularly at the older mines, and I wish you would follow the matter up vigorously with a view to getting them occupied as quickly as possible. “I also want you to follow up the same proposition at Walston in line with our conversation of last evening, and as soon as you fill them and are in position to do so, I would like to have a report stating what you think of the possibility of renting more of them, and what the condition of the houses is that are empty at Walston. My judgment is that they are being gradually torn down and taken away by mischievous persons, but I may be mistaken in this.” R.B. Dick shared the information with his mine superintendents and a reply from Superintendent White revealed some of the problems faced: “…as soon as one is filled there is another one empty. As to employing the men, there is very few married men looking for work at the present time.” What is not expressed is the fact that federal immigration policy and society had changed. First, immigration policy now limited the number of immigrants permitted to enter the United States. No longer were the unlimited numbers of unskilled laborers entering the country. Unions, which had fought for and won rights for miners to have more choices in where they lived and bought their goods, had made it possible for the miners to buy their own homes. And, manufacturing was now competing with mining for laborers. In fact, manufacturing had begun to siphon laborers from the mines. Men with families opted for occupations with a steady income and fewer hazards than working in the mines. This

was the beginning of the great out migration of labor from the Punxsutawney area to the industrial areas in Michigan, Ohio and western New York. The Mine Superintendent was also responsible for the morale among the workers. One of the most unifying activities among the miners and their families was baseball. The teams needed money to purchase uniforms, supplies, and for traveling to the communities where they played. R.B. Dick wrote, requesting permission to take up a collection to support the teams at Adrian and Eleanora. “You would be surprised at the interest taken by the majority of the men in the doings of their Ball Club, and the general impression amongst them is that a collection will be taken up to help the Club out, and they are favorable to this course being taken. Take last year for instance, the collection was a good one, nearly all gave something, and there was no unfavourable comment made afterwards. The men attended the practice of the team in the evenings, and line up strong when a game is played, thus showing their interest in, and their appreciation of what their team is doing, and I feel fully assured that no harm would result in the collection being allowed to go through.” Permission was granted for a payroll deduction to be made to support the team. Many exceptional baseball players, some who went on to play on national teams, got their start with these Adrian and Eleanora baseball teams. Another letter found among this archive prompted further investigation and the discovery of a family that paid the ultimate price for coal and for freedom. The letter was written by R.B. Dick, July 9, 1913 and addressed to A.W. Calloway. “Acting upon your suggestion, I had young Problys come to the office and had a good talk with him, I offer’d to place him on tipple and give him a chance to make something of himself, but he refused to entertain any offer to work on tipple, and ex- Continued on page 10

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By S. Thomas Curry of Hometown magazine he highest hill above Punxsutawney, and a popular landmark for many, many years, is barely noticed now by the citizens living in the foothills and valley below. The familiar view of its apex, observed by generations before us on the southern sky above the East End section of Punxsutawney, has been obscured by decades of tree growth there. The highly wooded hill can be reached from downtown Punxsutawney by way of Woodland Avenue, Snyder Hill Road and Woodland Avenue Extension from U. S. Rte 119, or Elderberry Hill Road from PA Rte. 36 South. Before the growth of trees, the beautiful spot with a natural setting provided a spacious panoramic view of Punxsutawney in the Mahoning Valley below. This elevated “knob” of woodland was an awesome sight for area residents of the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Old-timers would call it Corey’s Hill, for the two Corey families that lived on the spot. Benijah Cory settled there in the 1830s, moving from a farm in what is now Manhattan Island, New York, according to family records. When Benijah moved to the state of Indiana, a son, John W. Corey stayed at the farm. The Corey family lived on the road to the left at the top of the hill that leads to Fairview and PA Rte. 36. The family name was originally spelled “Cory,” when the Cory’s moved to the land that overlooks Punx’y. According to family history, it was the second generation of the family living here that changed the name to “Corey.” With its majestic appearance, it was soon referred to as Corey’s Round Top. Before the advantage of modern vehicles with “horse-power” engines, the people over a century ago would ascend its height by horse and buggy, a horse, or on foot to reach where the “balmy breezes always blow.”

Approaching Corey’s Round Top on Woodland Avenue, at the winding left turn was the log house of Dr. Charles Wood, located on the right. The young man was the second doctor to serve the area. Dr. John W. Jenks the first. He began his medical practice in 1845, making his calls on a white mule. At the top of the hill was a crossroad of dusty lanes leading to family farms. The farm of Adam Schneider on the right, a German settler, was the “hub” of the several roads. What is now known as Woodland Avenue Extension, passing the present Gobbler’s Knob, was through the Schneider farm. According to Eleanor Snyder Caylor, in a “recollection” she wrote in May 2003, the road was a private one that her grandfather Adam Schneider had built to provide access to his fields. The family allowed others to use it before it became a state road connecting the Schneider (Snyder) Hill and Corey Hill area to Punxsutawney in the valley. Just as it was with the Cory (Corey) family the second generation of Adam Schneider’s family here had changed their spelling to “Snyder.” Valentine Hoeh, also a native of Germany, who built his homestead there in the 1850s, established the Hoeh farm on the summit of Corey’s Round Top. For each of the early settlers, their “settlements” first meant timbering the forest of large native trees, clearing the brush, and uprooting the stumps so the land could be tilled for planting crops. Horse and manpower were their strength to make progress. Only a few acres could be cleared each year. In the spring of 1890, a delegate of residents in the East End section of Punxsutawney requested the borough to open Woodland Avenue for traffic to the Corey Round Top property. According to calculations in 1887 by Walter F. Arms, a Punxsutawney resident and a civil engineer connected with the Rochester - Continued on page 8

Shedding Light on Daylight Savings Time E Special for Hometown magazine ach spring, regions around the world adjust the clocks to move one hour ahead. This contributes to more sunlight during the evening hours and, theoretically, helps conserve energy. This year, DST will occur on March 11 at 2 a.m. Individuals will be “springing ahead,” moving the clock an hour forward and losing an hour of sleep. As people hit the snooze alarm another time, they can thank Benjamin Franklin for that lost hour of sleep. Daylight savings time (DST) was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, who felt it would help increase productivity in the early evening by increasing the hours of sunlight during the warmer months. Franklin also felt DST would be a good way to save on candles, among other energy used to artificially light areas once the sun had set. Some people have mistakenly thought that DST was created to benefit the farmer. But no studies have proven that more sunlight in the evening positively affects a farmer’s schedule or the growing cycle of crops. DST also doesn’t have too great an impact on energy conservation. Many studies have shown little to no energy savings from having more sunlight in the evening. That is because even if the lights are turned off, other things are turned on, such as air conditioners and pool filters for individuals enjoying the added sunlight hours instead of retiring early to bed. There have been points throughout history when DST did help conserve energy. This occurred mainly during the World Wars, when conservation of energy helped divert money and fuel sources toward the war effort. While it may not help save energy, a 2007 study by RAND determined that DST does help reduce vehicular crashes, perhaps due to better visibility when on the road in the spring and summer.


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Corey’s Round Top was named for the Corey family that settled on the hilltop in the 1830s, cleared the land and established a farm. Elderberry Hill Road, between Fairview on PA Rt 36 and Woodland Avenue Extension, cuts through the Corey land.

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sutawney News encouraged any entrepreneur “who has more money than he can conveniently squander ought to build a Continued from page 6 summer resort hotel up there.” (June 19, and Pittsburgh Coal Company, the top of the 1889) hill was “just 360 feet above town.” TurnIn the 1920s the Corey Round Top hill had ing and looking around, it was reported that another purpose. Surrounding Punxpeople could see the world around them. sutawney were many hills. And those hills The editor of one of the weekly newspawere sites for late night activity by members pers described his experience after trekking of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). These occato the high spot with friends. sions were terrifying events when the light“... To the east lies the quiet little village ing of a cross was preceded by a blast of of Hudson [on PA 36 in Gaskill Township], explosives or a boom of a cannon to alert hidden by a grove of chestnut trees. For the population of the beginning of intimimiles we see the Mahoning Creek winding dation. thro’ the valley like a stream of silver as it On one night in September 1923, five sparkles in the sun. To the north we see crosses were burned about town. The exJohn Ernst’s plosion of house, barn s e v e r a l and wind mill bombs was on the edge of followed by the horizon. the appearWe could see ance of burnthe great wings ing crosses of the windsurrounding mill revolve ... Punx’y. One “ [The Ernst of the crosses family, Gerwas burning man settlers in on Corey’s 1849, were ten Round Top, miles away in another in the a forested area Today, a majestic panoramic view of Punxsutawney from Corey’s Elk Run secRound Top is obscured from the growth of trees along the hill side. in McCalmont tion on the hill Township near where Panic was settled]. at the top of Pleasant Avenue (where the “Looking westward we get a bird’s eye trailer park is now). Additional crosses were view of Punxsutawney and her sister town southwest of town; on Indiana Street Hill, Clayville [Punxsutawney’s west end secone directly south above South Penn Street, tion]. Beginning at the upper end of the Elk and one cross burned on what was called Run addition [to the north] our eyes follow “Cold Ground Hill.” about three miles of town formed in a cresFor several years the site was the “headcent, beyond which we see miles of hills quarters” for the Punxsutawney groundhog. dotted with forests and farms. Facing the The land that was the Schneider farm would south we view a jumble of hills and valleys later be sold to the Sawyer family. The hillwith neatly arranged farms spread out over top property that was Corey’s roundtop, and them like bald spots on a man’s head. once was Gobbler’s Knob, would be bought Below us, right at our feet, lay the Hoeh, by the Latter Day Saints. There they built Snyder and Corey farms, plowed and well their church. [Since the concept of Groundharrowed and showing no signs of stumps hog Day at Gobbler’s Knob, numerous genor bushes.” ographical locations were used for “The valley through which Ugly Run babGobbler’s Knob. It was in the early 1960s bled and sang the summers away and down that the Knob was relocated to the rounded which the iron horse of the Clearfield & Jefhill above the town. Mounds of native ferson railroad will soon be screeching rocks were piled to create the setting of the [what is now the Mahoning Shadow Trail] “burrow” among the towering pines on the was pointed out and our eyes followed its hilltop. It was a perfect spot for the worldcourse for miles.” famous groundhog to settle in and emerge From that summit the observer could see from his home annually to make the forehow much the town was spreading out, and cast to the Inner Circle members, the news see the new buildings being erected. With media, a few “trekkers,” and on to the mining and railroads established, there world. A sign would be erected for all viscame a burst of new industrial activity. itors to see it as Gobbler’s Knob.] GobPunxsutawney was developing as a combler’s Knob was moved 1/2 mile south to mercial center in southern Jefferson County. land that was the park of the Punxsutawney That view of hills and valleys, green fields Sportsmen’s Club. The new site was preand farms and meandering streams, within a pared to accommodate the growing crowds 10 mile radius of Punxsutawney, was so - Continued on page 10 beautiful that the editor of the Punx-

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Continued from page 4 pressed desire to go into the mines and work with his father, but I find that he is not yet 16 years of age, and wont be until August, so thought it best to advise you of the facts, and wait your further advise upon the matter.” A hand written note at the bottom of the letter read: “RBD I have told his sister to tell him to take whatever offered him. AWC, 7/18” Here was an example of the Mine Superintendent functioning as a social worker with a young man in the community, at the request of the General Manager. Michael Problys came from Poland in the 1880’s and worked in the mines in Tioga County where he met and married Elizabeth Sarrata, also from Poland. They had children, six girls and two boys. They were Clara, Mary, Helen, the twins Mildred and Catherine, Stanley, Joseph and Anna. About 1903, they moved from Tioga County to Young Township in Jefferson County where Mr. Problys was employed at the Adrian mine. By 1910 their children were reaching young adulthood. Their two eldest daughters were married. Helen and the twins were working as servants in private homes. Mildred, who was 18, worked in the home of D.H. McIntyre on South Jefferson Street and Helen, age 20, worked in the home of A.W. Calloway then on Union Street in Punxsutawney. Stanley, the eldest Problys son had gone to Detroit to live with one of his sisters and to find work. Joseph and Anna, the two youngest were still at home. The subject of Superintendent Dick’s letter was Joseph, who would have been at the age where he was to young to be a man and too old to be a child. Company records show that in 1916, Joseph was employed as an outside man at the Adrian Mine. He played baseball for the Adrian Team, where he was known by the nickname, “Hobo.” In 1920 he married Julia Dusha. They had two children: Irene and Joseph, Jr. It appears that R.B. Dick was successful in his counseling with young Problys, and this should have been the happy ending. However there is more to the story of the Problys family. When the United States entered World War in 1918, Stanley Problys was among the first to voluntarily enlist in the Army. He was sent oversees and on July 15, 1918, he was killed at Chateau Thierry, France. On May 20, 1921, Mike Problys, now seventy years old and still working, was killed in a large rock slide in the Adrian mine. The slide which covered him and his coworker, Frank Swick, occurred in the southwest heading about three miles from the opening. It took nearly 12 hours for the rescue workers to retrieve the bodies. The body of Stanley Problys did not arrived in Punxsutawney from France until August 5, 1921. Funeral services were conducted for him by the Problys-Brennan Veterans of Foreign War Post. This was the first VFW post formed at Punxsutawney. The post had been named jointly for Problys and Corporal Eugene Brennan, another young man from Punxsutawney who lost his life in France. Seventeen years later, on May 18, 1938, almost to the day of his father’s death, Joseph Problys lost his life when he was accidentally electrocuted in the Adrian Mine. He came into contact with the electric trolley cable and was instantly killed. The young man, who had been counseled by the

mine superintendent, had achieved his goal of getting work in the mines, only to die at the young age of 38 years. The three Problys men gave their all. Stanley gave his life for his country, and was honored by the naming of the ProblysBrennen Veterans of Foreign War Post. Michael and Joseph gave their lives in the pursuit of mining. The Punxsutawney Area Coal Memorial will hold the memory of their sacrifice. The mine superintendents, who spent each day as the interface between management and the workers, worked to make the mining towns communities of people as well as places of production. The Punxsutawney Area Coal Memorial will hold the memory of their work. (Editor’s Note: The resources used in the preparation of this article are available the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, the Reynoldsville Public Library and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society. Photographs are courtesy of the Punxsutawney Historical and Genealogical Society. 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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for the annual Groundhog Day event. In 2003, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club was able to purchase 18 acres of the land and establish a permanent site for Gobbler’s Knob. 19th century residents often called Corey’s Round Top, at the top of Woodland Avenue, that “towering height of a hill.” With newer means of travel access is easy, but the climb is still as strenuous and fatiguing for area people and visitors today. From the only “mountain” we have near town, we might express the same feelings expressed by the News editor in 1887: “It pays one to climb that hill and view the wonderful changes have been wrought on the landscape around us by the march of civilization and time...” While he would have seen forests cleared away by woodmen’s axes and farms and homes built from men’s labor, we would see in the valley today a different world of commercial buildings, parks, hospitals, factories, mansions and paved roads with heavy vehicles, having the peaceful air and gentle, balmy breezes at the peak interrupted by “modern” industrial noises. •••

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Organ Recital Set for March 11 The First English Lutheran Church of Punxsutawney invites the public to an Organ Recital by Dr. Michael Krentz at 3 p.m., Sunday March, 11, in their sanctuary. Refreshments will follow in the social hall. Michael Krentz attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he earned his Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees.

He is active in, and has been a leader for several organizations for church musicians, including the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He has over thirty years experience playing the organ and directing choirs. At the present time, he is Director of Music and Organist at Christ Evangelical

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another sporting event. Whatever the reason, know why you’re getting started, as such goals can help you monitor your progress as the year goes on. Start slowly. Caution should reign supreme when beginning an exercise regimen. Diving into the deep end at the onset increases the risk of injury, which could limit activity for months to come. First get your body acclimated to exercise, then gradually challenge yourself as you see fit. Leave time to recover. Though it might feel rejuvenating to get back to exercising, it’s important for everyone, but especially those who are just starting, to allow themselves some time to recover. Allow your muscle’s and joints to recover between workout sessions. Frequency of sessions can increase as your body gets acclimated, but at first allow a day or two between sessions so your body can recover. - Continued on page 20

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Listen to your body. Exercising after a long hiatus from routine exercise won’t be easy, and your body is likely going to tell you that through certain aches and pains, if not nausea, dizziness or shortness of breath. If any of these symptoms appear, take a break. This could be your body telling you that you’re asking too much and you need to take your foot off the gas pedal for a little while. Consider hiring a professional trainer. Many people are overwhelmed when entering a gym after a long time away. If you find yourself intimidated or simply don’t know where to begin, hire a personal trainer. Many charge by-the-session, so you can learn which machines to use and how to use them after a session or two and then continue working out on your own. If joining a gym as a new member, the gym might offer a couple of complementary personal training sessions. If so, take full advantage of this offer. When beginning a new exercise regimen, don’t forget to let caution reign until your body has adjusted to this healthy lifestyle. •••

known that dairy products are an important component of healthy living. However, whole-milk varieties tend to be heavy on calories and saturated fat. Opt for skim milk whenever possible. Today, there are ultrapasteurized varieties of skim milk that are creamy and filling.

5Rely on seafood protein. Eating fish once

or twice a week is an excellent way to cut calories and enjoy a food that is rich in essential fatty acids.

6Experiment with herbs, not salt. A lot of

sodium in a diet may not be good for blood pressure and it can lead to water retention. Instead, reach for herbs to add flavor to foods. Keep a fresh selection of parsley, chives, cilantro, basil, and other herbs at the ready and chances are you won’t even miss the salt.

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ell-meaning parents or often tell grandparents children not to do something with the warning that a serious health implication could result. Kids often take their elders at their word. But some of these warnings bear more truth than others. Here’s the scoop on some of the more common misconceptions. MytH: Swallowed chewing gum stays in the stomach for seven years. While chewing gum cannot be digested and is meant to be chewed and not swallowed, accidentally swallowing a piece here and there won’t cause major issues. That’s because the gum will simply pass through the digestive system whole and come out with stool. If a large amount of gum is swallowed in a short period of time, then there could be issues, including constipation and intestinal blockage in children. MytH: Going outside with wet hair will make you sick. Although you will feel colder stepping outside with a part of your body wet, it won’t make you more susceptible to catching a cold. Researchers at the Common Cold Research Unit in England once tested a group of

volunteers who were given the cold virus. One half of the group stayed in a warm room, while the others took a bath and stood wet in a hallway for a half hour. The wet group didn’t catch more colds than the dry. MytH: Covering your head is most important because you lose 75 percent of your body heat through it. This calculation is more for an infant whose head makes up a greater percentage of his or her body. In an adult, the figure is closer to 10 percent. Heat can escape from any exposed area of the body. Therefore, it is helpful to bundle up all areas of the body when spending time outdoors in the cold weather. MytH: Don’t swim right after eating The basis of this mantra is that when digesting food, the digestive system pulls blood away from the muscles and the idea is that you could cramp up and drown. While you may have less energy to swim vigorously, chances are you won’t be so weak as to drown. although many health myths prevail, knowing the truth can help parents educate their children better about which behaviors are safe and which are risky. •••

Do you find yourself reaching for a can of soda or a cup of coffee during the day to banish fatigue? Many do. But you may want to grab a bottle of water instead. Research indicates that lack of water is the No. 1 trigger of daytime fatigue. Therefore, not only can drinking adequate supplies of water keep you refreshed, it can also help to keep you more awake — even during a boring business meeting.

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Lutheran Church in Allentown. He also has a “main job” as Director of Music Ministries/Seminary Cantor at The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dr. Michael Krentz, at the organ. Pysanky Open house The 22nd Annual Pysanky Open House with Jeanne Curtis will be held at Woodland Ave. United Methodist Church from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

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February 23, 1887 — As the season is approaching when our side walks will be crowded with groups of boys playing at marbles, it might be well to pass a law prohibiting the same; as every pedestrian on our streets knows that when boys are playing such games they indulge in fighting and loud swearing very shocking to the sight and hearing, besides using other language that is very rude and uncouth. — Valley News February 24, 1870 — ARRIVED - the “horse fair.” It comes from the north, the south, the east and the west, and it contains much of the “Spice of life” variety, although some of the “life” is a very near approach to the inanimate. This rare collection consists in part of black, white, gray, sorrel, bay, roan and solferino animals, of all ages and conditions; trotters, rockers, pacers, walkers, and “stand-still” stock, of indescribable shapes, with and without eyes, and comprising all the aches and infirmities that horse-flesh folk heir to; ... These odd and unhealthy looking creatures are collected together in pursuance (sic) of the handbills posted, which calls for “horses, mules and other stock.”

We were sadly impressed with the mournful appearance of portions of the “fair” that we noticed passing along our street. — Punxsutawney Plaindealer February 26, 1890 — A Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad box car coming from Adrian last Thursday, filled with coke, caught fire and before the flames were subdued the roof was pretty well consumed. The fire started by some of the coke being too hot. — Punxsutawney News March 5, 1890 — At the concert given by the Till family on the evening of the 26th instant; one of [Thomas] Edison’s improved phonographs will be exhibited. It is said that it will reproduce brass band selections, cornet solos, songs, etc., which have been played and sung into it by celebrated musicians, and that the tone is so clear and accurate that it can be heard distinctly in every part of the largest hall. — Punxsutawney Spirit March 9, 1887 — The penmanship and drawing department of the Punxsutawney Normal Academy for the session of 1887, commencing April 18th, will be conducted by J. L. Greene, the prince of penman. No extra charge for plain business penmanship, but an additional charge will be made as follows: Ornamental Penmanship, $1; Pencil Drawing, $2; Pen Drawing, $3; Sign Painting, $5. — Valley News

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he family spent months searching winding back roads, following his tracks. “Last winter, I bet we spent clean up through March ... looking for it,” Sharon Richter said. The missing elk that last year wandered off the Richters’ 121acre farm in Aleppo, Pa., has turned up in West Virginia, and the two states’ wildlife officials can’t agree on whether it can go home. The 3-year-old elk escaped the farm on Jan. 4 when a friend accidentally left the gate open, Richter said. Last November, the Richters got word that the elk had moved across state lines, about 17 miles away in Pleasant Valley, W.Va. The elk is roaming around there and being fed by locals, said Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Samantha Krepps. West Virginia Depart-

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sylvania agriculture department officials have denied that request. “We told them, no, they couldn’t bring the animal back,” Krepps said. At issue is the potential for chronic wasting disease, a highly contagious and fatal neurological disease that attacks and creates holes in an animal’s brain. It has been reported in West Virginia and two others states that border Pennsylvania: Maryland and New York. “We’re CWD-free and we really want to keep it that way,” Krepps said. Chronic wasting disease is not known to be harmful to humans, but it can linger in the environment even after an animal has left, leaving members of the deer family at risk. “So this animal that has escaped and been on the run” could have been susceptible to spreading the disease, said Gerald Feaser of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Similar to mad cow disease, animals with chronic wasting disease act lethargic, have droopy eyes, salivate excessively and are often found near water. The injuries may also mimic rabies, so most people couldn’t recognize the wasting disease specifically, Feaser added. The only way to detect the disease is by testing the animal’s brain or lymph nodes, done by removing the animal’s head. The elk, a local celebrity, now has a legion of supporters online. More than 160 people “liked” the “Save the Pleasant Valley Elk” page on Facebook. (Contact Molly Born at mborn(at) •••

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Digital photography may be helping preserve wildlife By Bryan Brasher Scripps Howard News Service


little more than a decade ago, outdoors photography was as much about luck as it was about skill. Few hunters and fishermen actually bothered carrying cameras into the field, and the ones who did often used those cardboard disposable models. Even at $9, those things were a rip-off — and if you managed to get one good picture out of the 28 chances you had on a roll of film, you were, like I said, lucky. But technology has changed all that. Everything is digital now — and with that wonderful window you have on most digital cameras, you can keep snapping photos until you get one that looks just right. Today’s cameras are small, lightweight, easy to carry and, perhaps most important, affordable. For all those reasons, you’re hardpressed to find a hunter or fisherman these days who doesn’t carry a camera — and with so many cameras in the field, we’re getting a better pictorial glimpse of the great outdoors than ever before. Photos of bald eagles in flight used to be so rare that they always ended up in a frame and often ended up in print, either in a magazine or a newspaper. But today, they’re so common that people actually delete them from their desktops, knowing they can snap more tomorrow. My grandfather, Clifford Brasher, caught a 3-pound crappie and an 80-pound grouper that I never saw because no camera was available. My first 6-pound large-mouth bass is just a vague memory because I didn’t have a camera, either. But today, most fishermen (myself included) snap photos of every fish they catch that’s even remotely worth bragging about. The photo trail is so thorough these days that stretching the truth, or downright lying, has become sort of a lost art among anglers. Some will say that’s not necessarily a good thing. But on the upside, I believe the growing popularity of amateur photography has actually aided the practice of catch-and-release.

Bragging about their catch is so important that some anglers once felt the need to keep impressive fish because it was the only way they could show them off. But now with a camera in the glove box of almost every boat on the water, many of those same big fish are being caught, photographed and released back into the water. Conservation officials have even come up with a catchy slogan for the new practice. They call it CPR for “Catch. Photograph. Release.” The increased number of cameras in the field have not only helped people show off their fish and game, they’ve helped some outdoorsmen finally give people a better idea of why we enjoy being outdoors even when the fish aren’t biting, the deer aren’t moving and the ducks aren’t flying. When I come home from a deer hunt, it’s hard for me to adequately describe just how beautiful the bobcat was that spent 15 minutes slinking around beneath my tree stand. It’s hard to explain what it looked like to have thousands of snow geese flying over my duck blind all day. It’s hard to do justice with words to the mating pair of loons I saw on the main body of the lake while moving from one fishing spot to another. But with a camera all I have to say is, “Look at this.” (Contact Bryan Brasher of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., at brasherb(at) •••

Super Football Contest Winner Courtney Byerly of Punxsutawney was Hometown magazine’s Super Bowl Contest winner. Courtney correctly picked the Giants to topple the Patriots and, also, guessed the correct total number of points that would be scored in the game, 38. She will redeem her winning merchandise certificate at West End Comet Market. •••

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New program keeps hospice patients and their pets together By Paul Ivice Scripps Howard News Service s a retired psychologist, hospice patient John Joyce understands intellectually how a pet dog can enliven a home. For the past five years, though, Joyce's pet schnoodle, Lucky, has reminded him of a dog's emotional value. Treasure Coast Hospice understands that, too. That's why the hospice is one of the first in Florida to launch a Pet Peace of Mind program, with a $5,000 seed grant from Oregon-based Banfield Charitable Trust.

Pet Peace of Mind is a national program designed to help nonprofit hospices keep patients and their pets together by helping care for the pet. So far in Florida, only Treasure Coast Hospice and Cornerstone Hospice, which serves seven Central Florida counties, offer Pet Peace of Mind. The program was started when Banfield found "that because of all the care the patient is getting, the patient and other caregivers, including other family members, may not be as diligent in taking care of the pet as they had been or would like to be," said Betsy Richardson, the hospice's volunteer program coordinator. But pets are important. "For many in hospice care, their pets offer unconditional love, comfort and companionship at a time when it's needed most," said Dr. Louis Benson, Treasure Coast Hospice CEO. "Our mission is to provide compasGROOMING sionate, comprehensive, high-quality care to & BOARDING our patients and those who share their lives, and now that includes the family's pets." 80 YANKASKY DR. In addition to basic pet care, such as dog walking and litter-box cleaning, trained hosRoSSiTER, PA pice volunteers can take the pet for veterinarian visits or grooming. "It's a wonderful program," said Dr. Jason By Appt. Only White, a consulting veterinarian to the Treasure Coast Hospice. "It's helping paIt’s a tients in so many aspects, especially the “PAW-FECT” human side of it because they get to keep Pleasure to their pets." serve you! The hospice also will find adoptive homes, giving patients peace of mind their pets will be well cared for after they die. Frank Valente, president of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, said the society helped set up the key questions for hospice social workers to ask patients seeking help with their pets. Jessica nogacek, Owner "We want to keep the pet with the patient as (Graduate of the PA Academy of Pet Grooming) long as possible, but also help plan for the Call for Pricing, pet after the patient passes," Valente said. Richardson said Pet Peace of Mind was Info. & Appointment launched first in Martin County with four NEW LOCATION other volunteers, who each completed a 162 McCracken Rd. four-hour training session in both hospice procedures and pet care, helping hospice pa(Albion Area) tients living at home. 814-952-3401 Derek Love, a hospice facilities technician, is one of the program's first volunteers. Love goes to the Joyces' home in Hobe Sound several days a week to take Lucky, their 6-year-old schnoodle -- a mix of a schnauzer and a poodle -- for exercise runs on the golf course in their subdivision. "(Lucky) gets excited when I show up there because he knows he's going to run," Love said, adding he also spends some time with Joyce and his wife, Delores. That's been a huge benefit for John Joyce, whose prostate cancer metastasized about a year ago. "If we didn't have a dog, it would be a pretty boring life," Delores Joyce said. "When John was really sick with the chemo, Lucky wouldn't leave his side." (Paul Ivice writes for Scripps Treasure Coast (Fla.) Newspapers, The Stuart News, Fort Pierce Tribune and Vero Beach Press Journal. Paul.Ivice(at) 314 N. Findley Street • Punx’y ••• 30 – Punxsutawney Hometown – March 2012 - Issue #137


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