Just Juniors Journal
"What do you say, in a moment like this?
When you can't find the words to tell it like it is?"
LIGHTING THE WAY
Doesn't it feel good to help somebody out? Well, from mid-April until May 20, 2000, luminary candles were being sold for five dollars apiece. These votive candles, nestled in sandbags, were lit for a cool, soft effect on May 20, at eight PM. These candles were lit at a special ceremony during the Relay For Life, a 24-hour event held by the American Cancer Society.
The Relay was held at Hubert Jack Stadium, on the Lock Haven University campus. People who donated toward a candle were invited to the ceremony to see this special event and watch this opportunity brought to life.
The donations were tributes to people who have or had cancer, and each candle carried the name of a cancer victim or survivor. Proceeds benefit the Clinton County Unit of the American Cancer Society, who are dedicated to cancer research, service, and education. To make a donation or for information on next year's Relay For Life, call the ACS office at 1-800-227-5445.
During April, the Lost Solace Kids helped by handing out flyers to over eighty different businesses throughout Lock Haven, who hadn't helped distribute the flyers before. A list was compiled, and will be used by the ACS in subsequent years. Erica Elliott typed the list.
These flyers were also distributed among individuals. The people who helped out on the project were Brenda Geyer, Sarah Wilson, Meghan Wilson, Vesta Jones, Bobby Wyss, Erica Elliott, John Mayes, Megan Maiolo, Eddie Maiolo, Ginger White, Bianca Barbaro, and Lou.
-The cute little "dancer" onstage....Or maybe not!!!
On May 6, 2000, the Lost Solace Kids helped load books from the local used book sale held by the American Association of University Women. It was held at the United Covenant Methodist Church on Main Street in Lock Haven. The previous week, we had helped set up the sale.
The people involved were Sarah Wilson, Cheyenne Pelton, Ginger White, Meghan Wilson, John Mayes, Bianca Barbaro, and Lou. They were there to help raise money for the AAUW. Lou treated everyone to a bag of books before it was over.
THE LS KIDS: IN CONCERT
The Central Mountain Middle School Spring Talent Show was held at CMMS East in Lock Haven on May 12 at 7 PM. It was directed by Stacey Malachowski, music teacher.
Brenda Geyer and Vesta Jones did a duet of "Not Too Young". Destini Geraty and friends did a dance to "Calculus". Lou and Ginger White were part of the audience.
Other performances included Craig Gallentine's "All I Have To Give," Sara Albright's "I Can't Say No," and Marcina Newman's "Lion And The Lamb."
-Has stage fright
WHITE FLAG OVER: Rudy The Dancing Beagle
Out of all the interviews I've done in my career, this is the first one that involved a lot of face-licking, tennis ball throwing, and ear-scratching. I suppose when you try to interview a dog, you have to do it on his terms.
Rudy is a four-year-old, fifteen-inch tall beagle, owned by Lou's parents. The Lost Solace Kids see him when they go for a trip to the farm, and he has become sort of an unofficial mascot and minor legend among the group.
And it's no surprise. Because this is a dog with personality. When he wants attention, he stands on his back legs and dances for it. When he comes downstairs, he does it by sliding down the stairs bonelessly, which has to be seen to be believed. And when he wants food, specifically your food, he lets you know.
When things get too stressful, Lou has been known to take time off and go play with the dog. The kids enjoy seeing photos of him, or going to see him on the annual trip to the farm.
"He's adorable," Vesta Jones declared on her first trip out.
"He knows it," replied Lou. "Don't encourage him."
Rudy was born in New York City, where his owner then discovered he couldn't keep him. Lou's uncle knew the owner, and gave the small dog to Lou's father, who owns a farm.
In his spare time, which is pretty much all his time, Rudy likes to go for walks, play with his stuffed hedgehog, and eat everything in sight. He isn't actually a member of the LS Kids, and doesn't accomplish much, but the comic relief is important.
Rudy declined to give a quote for this issue, instead choosing to lick my face some more.
DR. LINDA EMMANUEL
Dedicated teacher and friend
Dr. Linda Emmanuel, great teacher, member of society, and friend, lost a great battle in April: The battle against Pancreatic Cancer. Dr. Emmanuel had many great accomplishments in life.
She graduated from Clarion State University in 1969, from Penn State in 1971 with her MA, and got he Ph.D in 1978. While at Penn State she received many honors.
She served on numerous committees, including the basic skills committee from 1990 to 1991, and many committees to improve education. She was on the Minority Mentor Student Program, Persons With Disabilities, Student Evaluation, the Aplha Mu Gamma, National Foreign Honor Society, and many more.
While at Lock Haven University, she received the recognition of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" in 1994. She was a member of many foreign organizations and enjoyed all of them. She was the mentor to Ray Jillard of Lost Solace.
Linda loved her life, and was impressed by things such as birds, flowers, and sunrises. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her: Friends, family, all. She was a greatly loved person.
-Smile! No matter what your surroundings may be!
The Just Juniors Journal Is:
President and Ethical Advisor: Vesta Jones
Sregeant-At-Arms: John Mayes
VP: Brenda Geyer
Secretary: Erica Elliott
Quartermaster: Destini Geraty
Staff: Meghan Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Cheyenne Pelton, Megan Maiolo, Eddie Maiolo, Ginger White
Because the LS Kids held a bake sale this month, I seem to have baking on my mind. While Vesta and Megan did most of the work, I actually made a coffee cake for the sale, which Vesta claimed "Wasn't really all that bad, considering."
With lavish praise like that, I thought all of you readers might be interested in knowing how to bake like I do. So I'm including the recipe here, exactly the way I made that coffee cake. If you follow these instructions exactly, you too can make a coffee cake just like mine.
1- Buy Aunt Jemima Coffee Cake Mix TM at local grocery, in my case, Weis Markets.
2- Wash hands. Clear off a working space. Set napkins near oven to clean any messy spills.
3- Put pre-made mix into plastic bag. Add eggs and milk.
4- Run back to Weis's for eggs, which I forgot.
5- Add eggs.
6- Pour yourself a coffee---You're going to need it.
7- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
8- No milk, either. Use remainder of coffee creamer. (Damned if I'm going back to Weis's a third time.)
9- Call Megan to ask how many pints in a cup or whatever.
11- Extinguish small fire caused by failure to move napkins far enough from oven.
12- Clean fire extinguisher stuff off oven, kitchen, self.
13- Return fire extinguisher to next-door neighbor, thank her for loan. Get her number---She's cute.
14-Place mix into small baking pan, place pan into oven. Cooking time: 35 minutes.
15- Have another cup of coffee, read latest issue of Justice League while waiting.
16- Leap up screaming after 45 minutes. Remove smoking coffee cake from oven, set on table to cool.
17- Treat burns on hands caused by pulling hot coffee cake from oven with no oven mitts.
18- Depend upon Vesta to do all the baking from this point on.
-Betty Crocker's got nothing on me.