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This photo of a lunar eclipse was taken by Amy Debach Confer on the winter solstice 2010.
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Celebrating the Winter Solstice Article & photos by Amy Debach Confer
This year the Winter Solstice, a.k.a. the camera and tripod, hot cocoa, and a blanket longest night, falls on December 22. Depend- and set up in my lawn to watch and photoing on the year, this can happen from the 21st graph the eclipse from beginning to end. to the 23rd of the month but, most often occurs It was quite an amazing and beautiful specon December 21. The Winter Solstice marks tacle. It really is amazing how the Universe works. the first day of winter, the shortest amount During those few freezing hours in the middle of of daylight in the Northern the night I realized how blessed hemisphere (the longest in the I was to be alive, healthy, and southern), and my birthday. turning 29 on such a wonderful Growing up, I wasn’t occasion. From that night on, thrilled with having a winter I plan to embrace my birthday birthday, especially one so close and the day with the shortest to Christmas. Friends would amount of light. say, “This is your birthday Culturally, Winter Solstice AND Christmas present.” I celebrations vary. Many recmore or less demanded that my ognize or celebrate it with birthday presents be wrapped The Lunar eclipse last December festivals, rituals, gatherings. 21 on the Winter Solstice specifically with festive In times past, some would celbirthday wrapping paper and not Christmas ebrate with huge feasts and drink because they paper and almost contemplated changing my would slaughter animals at this time so they actual birth date to my half birthday of June didn’t have to be wintered and because alcohol 21st or the Summer Solstice. This would allow like wine and beer would have finished fermentfor friends to partake in squirt gun fights and ing by this time. Other cultures give gifts, play games, not snowball fights, for birthday themes other than snowmen be used, and for presents to be sing songs, or dress in fanciful and celebratory wrapped in pretty yellow-flowered paper and costumes. I once attended a Winter Solstice not reindeer-themed paper. Over the years I celebration where the women gathered without became more comfortable with my birth date men and lit a bon-fire with homemade torches to and even embraced, bragging that it is shared symbolize the coming of the light, since the days progressively get “longer” after the Solstice. with Frank Sinatra and Joe Paterno. Last year, I also prepared a “Yule” log for Last year on my 29th birthday, between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m., I came to the realization the solstice by adorning a log with beautiful that December 21st or the Winter Solstice was red bows and making a homemade circle of the absolute best day of the 365 to celebrate pine. After dark, my husband and I ended my a birthday. Last year was not only the Winter 29th birthday by burning the log and wreath Solstice and shortest day of the year but, also while stating what we were thankful for. a Lunar Eclipse. I gathered my gloves, hat, This is a shortened version of how some
Wiccan groups may celebrate. In Wicca, Yule is considered one of the eight solar holidays. Yule represents the rebirth of the Great God in Solstice-sun form. Last year’s Winter Solstice sunset A Yule log and wreath prepared to burn They celebrate with great fires, festivities, and rituals and Pagans sun, moon, and stars. The Universe is an still gather at sites like Stonehenge on the day amazing thing and to be able to participate, or of Yule. at least celebrate, in its greatness is an honor. One may think these types of groups are The Winter Solstice is a great way to celebrate non-existent but, there is a group in the State the beginning of winter and the coming of College area who celebrates the Winter Solstice longer days (or just one with more daylight)! as well as the seven other solar holidays. The On December 22 this year, think about group is called Happy Valley Golden Wheel the Winter Solstice and what it means. Maybe (the wheel is a visual layout of the solar you can start a new family tradition with the holidays). It is a family-friendly group who Yule log or celebrate with a feast of your own. welcomes all faiths and embraces these solar I’ll be spending the day recognizing the solar holidays with celebrations. holiday as well as my 30th birthday – reindeer I’ve always been intrigued by the Earth, themed-birthday gift wrap and all.
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Centre Count y Schools Mountaintop Elementary Students Receive MVEDP & PO High Win Recycling Scholarships Competition By Amy Shirf, CCSWA
This fall, 15 schools in Centre County participated in both a national and state-wide school recycling competition. Although the national and state winners have not been announced yet, we have a Centre County winner. Mountaintop Area Elementary School has claimed victory in Centre County by recycling a total of 2,110 pounds of paper during competition. Thatâ€™s a whopping 12.79 pounds of paper per person at the school. Mountaintop Area Elementary School will receive an award plaque as well as a check for $250.00 from the Centre County Solid Waste Authority for coming out on top in Centre County. Philipsburg-Osceola High School received the second place prize of $100.00 for recycling 9.3 pounds of paper per person at the school. The national and state-wide winners will be announced early next year. Over all, the 15 schools in the competition recycled over 18,000 pounds of paper during the competition. All results can be viewed at www.greensylvania.org. The Centre County Solid Waste Authority would like to thank all schools for participating. Great job all!
PHILIPSBURG â€“ Two South Hills School students from the Philipsburg location were named this yearâ€™s honorary recipients of the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership (MVEDP) Scholarship. (From L to R) South Hills-Philipsburg Director Jeff Burris congratulates Criminal Justice student Bradley Guiher of Morrisdale and Information Technology student John Corman of Ramey for their accomplishments.Â Award winners were chosen after submitting essays on â€œThe Road to South Hills and Beyond.â€?
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The weather outside was not frightful for a change – for Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. Nary a blizzard or ice storm in sight. It was a beautiful weekend to explore this friendly, historic town and scoop up some holiday spirit. Three Gazette correspondents chose events to chronicle. Amy took her three children, including her newborn, to Breakfast with Santa, took a well-deserved new-mommy break and attended the Victorian High Tea & Brunch with Dickens. Ebun chose The Homes Tour and shared her experience as a guest at some of the most notable homes in Bellefonte. Tim roamed the streets with his camera and captured the unique Victorian touches that made this Christmas celebration so memorable – from the costumed characters to the horse-drawn carriage rides. Sam broadened our holiday horizons outside of Bellefonte by attending a Penns Valley’s choral concert, 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor ceremony in Boalsburg, the Gregg School craft show, and the grand opening of a teen center. Amy visited the Festival of Trees and Karen explored the renovations underway at Pets Come First, the new SPCA. Cheryl Edwards is a newcomer to Centre County. She lived in quite a few towns along the east coast for the first few decades of her life, but never really felt at home. Her first experiences in Centre County warmed her heart. She asked me to share her impressions as a newcomer. Another Gazette column was born. Read the first installment of Finding Home: Reflections of a Newcomer, this issue. I’ve already skipped ahead and know that you’ll appreciate following Cheryl as she happily “finds home” in Centre County. Good news for the YMCA of Centre County this week. Now there are three. The Moshannon Valley YMCA teamed up with the State College and Bellefonte Ys to strengthen the network of educational and healthful opportunities offered to Centre County families. This is week nine of the Gazette Stock Market Game Challenge. You’ll find the topthree team standings on the Centre County Schools’ page. Next week we’ll unveil and announce the final results at a luncheon at CPI, Tuesday, December 20. I plan to represent The Gazette as Economics Pennsylvania reveals the winning teams. Although State College High and CPI have been in the lead most of the way, who knows if a bold investment will change the final outcome of this exceptional educational exercise. This week’s feature is Last Minute Gift Ideas. We added some charitable, thoughtful, and “buy locally” ideas to the mix. Please support our local merchants, artists, professionals, restaurateurs, charities, and crafters this week – especially Gazette advertisers. The gift of a stronger local economy is tied to our purchasing choices. The Gazette wishes our Jewish neighbors Happy Hanukkah on December 21 – which also happens to be the winter solstice this year. (See The Fresh Life column for details.) We also congratulate Penn Staters graduating this weekend and wish returning students a peaceful Christmas break. We’ll keep the lights on for you.
The article looks great! Just one thing...the captions under the jewelry photos should be switched...I did the jewelry on the bottom, and Laurie did the jewelry on the top. Thanks again, Heidi Editor’s note: In the article about the Winter Craft Market in the 12/09 issue, Heidi Urbanski made the jewelry attributed in the caption to Laurie Jager, and Laurie Jager made the jewelry attributed to Heidi Urbanski. We regret the error.
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