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May 2010

Daughters of Confederacy honor civil war dead


AS A YANKEE- WE GENERALLY ASSOCIATE THE CONFEDERACY WITH SLAVERY. IT’S HARD TO OVERCOME THAT. “I understand that. Yes, slavery was a very hot topic back then you could say, even twenty years prior to that, even, especially in the Kansas-Missouri border states, the abolitionists and all that went on out there. It was fought more- states’ rights started everything, I feel. The South wanted to do things their way and the North wanted to control that and that’s what fueled the fire for South Carolina to secede from the Union to begin with. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING IN THE UNION TODAY? “I love it.” THINGS WORKED OUT FOR THE BEST? “Who knows what it would be like? Nobody can say it would be better or worse but it’s still a great country.” Kimberly Mauch, president of the Turner Ashby chapter, No. 184, United Daughters of the Confederacy of Winchester Virginia, is the blood descendant of four men who served, and some of whom perished, in the Confederate forces in Missouri: her great-great-great grandfather Blair McGee and his brothers Daniel and Hugh, and her great-great grandfather W.C. Jarret. The pins on the ribbon she wears bear their names. She began to take a particular interest in her civil wartime heritage when she was eight years old. To be eligible to join the Daughters, she needed to muster evidence of her blood connection and of her ancestors’ service. She was able to do this partly through the narrative of one of her forbears' slaves, collected during the 1930s by the Federal Writers Project, part of the Works Progress Administration. Confederate Memorial Ceremony, University of Virginia Confederate Cemetery, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Geocaches to fight muscle disease


HOW’D YOU GET STARTED GEOCACHING? “A friend introduced me when we went to hawk mountain, you know the bird observatory. He had his IPhone or his Droid and he had a geocaching app on it. So we decided to do some caching and I got hooked because the first one I found was in the middle of a beautiful valley surrounded by pine trees with a mountain range in front of us. It was a gorgeous view. I think the name of the cache was ‘The View’. Went to Cabela’s, bought myself a GPS for a couple hundred bucks and I’ve been doing it ever since. And it gets me out. I’m on oxygen because I have a muscle disease. It gets me out and moving instead of being sedentary- you know, getting atrophied and dying.” Dan McGrogan, Core Creek Park, Middletown, Bucks County.

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Home schooling parent switched from public to cyber charter


I KEEP ON RUNNING INTO PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMESCHOOLING THESE DAYS. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT? “I’ve been doing it for four years and I found out about it through my cousin. Actually, I home-schooled [my son] through public school the first year, cyber charter for the past three years. Public school wasn’t good for home schooling. WHAT DO YOU MEAN PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR HOMESCHOOLING? “I went through the public school. I got his books and everything from the public school. They were still getting funded for him but they would just give me the books and let me teach him at home and he would go to public school for testing. They weren’t good. Now the cyber school- they have a lot of support…he has a special ed teacher, a regular teacher and specialized teachers.” Tameica Lawrence of Mount Airy. Watch video interview here.

Kids favor mohawk, blowout, grunge hairstyles


WHAT DO THE KIDS COME IN ASKING FOR? “A lof of fades, blowouts… “ WHAT’S A FADE? “It’s a tight taper. I just take it from the neck, increasingly a little bit longer toward the top.” A BLOWOUT YOU SAID? “It’s just a tight taper at the neck where it leaves it a lot shorter than the rest.. Mohawks are getting real popular, pushups in the front and for some reason they want to start growing their hair out, more of an escape order type, a little more grungy, a little more messy, a little less to deal with. A lot of kids don’t like to use a comb. They rather just throw some stuff in it and go wild with it.” Rebecca Olearnick, Hair Pair Salon, Roxborough. Watch video interview here.

Jim Reed restores 1943 telephone


HOW OLD WOULD YOU SAY THIS PHONE IS? “It’s stamped inside. I think it’s like 1943.” HOW IS IT THAT YOU CAN FIX THIS PHONE THAT I TRASHPICKED SO IT STILL WORKS WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY? “It’s definitely a statement about how our technology creeps along slowly. Luckily our technology is backwards compatible which means they’ve added new technology but haven’t phased out the old stuff yet although I think they always threatened that your old phones wouldn’t work. But it never happened.” Jim Reed, Chestnut Hill. Watch video interview here. 

Four guys launch "Five Guys" PAC

Mu'Min Islam is one of four guys in new "Five Guys" political action committee

WHO ARE THE FIVE GUYS AND WHO ARE YOU? “I’m Mumin Islam, one of the five guys, it’s actually not five, it’s only four. The other member is Rahim Islam. We also have Charles Duncan and Joseph Meade. The Five Guys is basically a political action committee and what we’re trying to do is motivate younger people, young professionals to be involved in the political arena.” AND HOW ARE YOU DOING THAT? “We’re doing it in several ways. We’ve thrown several fundraisers for politicians that we agree with. One was state representative Tony Payton, one was [state senator Leanna Washington], this event that we’re putting together. We’re having a fundraiser tomorrow night including Josh Cohen who’s running for state representative and we’re also planning a barbecue, community picnic in the summer. We’re trying to get younger people involved and let them know about the events that are going on.” Mu’min Islam, one of the “Five Guys”, producers of the gubernatorial candidate forum, Lutheran Theological Seminary with daughter Jannah. Watch video interview here.


From left to right, Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates Anthony Hardy Williams, Joe Hoeffel and Dan Onorato