A CAR FULL OF BOOKS
THE ANNUAL BOOK SALE
The annual AAUW Book Sale at United Covenant Methodist Church was held between April 23rd and the 29th. Lou, Tiffany Allen, Mike Schedin, Cris Miller, and Robin Prescott, all from the LSK, helped out with it.
On the 23rd, they helped bring the books inside to their designated areas. Then, on the 29th, the last day of the book sale, Lou offered to buy the Kids as many books as they would like. Since it was Bag Day, they could buy books by the bagful.
After they picked the books that they wanted, it was time to pack up the rest of the books, and separated the ones that weren't going to be stored anymore. Mike and Cris salvaged at least a hundred books from being thrown out, filling up their car with books to take home. And for the first time, a book dealer saved a lot of books by purchasing all the remaining paperback books.
The AAUW Book Sale is intended to raise money for scholarships to help young women go to college. So by helping out, the LS Kids are affecting the world. Who knows? The next woman that goes to college may discover the cure for cancer.
-Cris Miller, Staff
-Mike Schedin, Staff
HANDS ON VI
This month, the LS Kids observed the sixth straight year of Hands On Lock Haven, a project that originated in 2001 as the brainchild of group leader Lou and the Kids of that time. Hands On is a pledge against violence: participants are asked to sign a paper hand that states,“I will not use my hands or words for hurting.” The hands are then displayed on a wall at the Ross Library in Lock Haven, where members of the community can observe the Kids’ commitment to ant-abuse issues.
This year’s Hands On was smaller than those in previous years for a variety of reasons, but still received a good amount of supporters. Among those to sign hands were Lou, Tiffany Allen, Cris Miller, Lost Solace adult member Andrews, and several people at the Heisey Museum where Lou works.
THE ART WALK
On April 14, 2006, the Art Walk was held in downtown Lock Haven on Main Street, by the local Arts Council. Lou was there representing the Heisey Museum, and he brought in Carleah Stabley, Markel Wheeland, and Jessica Cummings to represent the Lost Solace Kids and offer assistance.
Refreshments were provided at several stores that held displays throughout the Art Walk.
THE INQUEST FROM 1905
In April, LSK leader Lou, now curator of the Heisey Museum in Lock Haven, accepted an assortment of old documents from the Clinton County courthouse. Upon sorting through them, Lou discovered, among other things, the coroner’s inquest of Ida Yost, who committed suicide in 1905 at the age of sixteen by swallowing an ounce of carbolic acid, and who now haunts his house.
The discovery of Ida’s coroner’s inquest came as a pleasant surprise to Lou, who already had a number of things pertaining to his “afterlife American”, as he affectionately calls her, including her obituary and a photograph of she and her siblings copied from a book he found at the local library.
Lou is quite fond of Ida, even in her ghostly state, and does his best to include her as a member of the group, going so far as to run an issue of the JJJ featuring her and even putting a picture of her on the Kids’ website, along with all the other group members. The Kids celebrated Ida’s 100th Death Day in June of 2005 with a special dinner at Lou’s house.
CHILD ABUSE VIGIL
On the fifth of April, the Lost Solace Kids attended a candlelight vigil against child abuse. It was the first Wednesday in April, known as the National Day of Hope, created by Childhelp USA.
At this ceremony, the LS Kids observed three minutes of silence for all the children who have been abused, are being abused, and will be abused. The three-wick candle that was lit represented the three children that will die each day from either abuse or neglect.
The crowd that showed up was rather small, but Lou, Cris Miller, Mike Schedin, and Robin Prescott all attended. At the time, Cris was on crutches from an accident, hobbling to the ceremony.
GINA: MAKING A WISH
FLORDIA- In April, my car and I got featured in a local magazine called Pride in Ridez. They did a full page article on my car and the paint job (they left out that it's completley stock.)
But I was in a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation around here, with my car. And I did do-nuts and fun stuff and showed
off to a crowd!
But, yeah, we raised about seven thousand dollars. Not much,
but pretty good for a little town like this.
BRING THE RAINBOW TO LIFE
Homophobia is a big problem in America. Our whole lives, we've grown up around the idea of having a marriage between a man and a woman, having kids, and living happily ever after. When this path was changed because someone fell in love with someone of the same gender, the world was in shock. Society itself is
afraid of a change, no matter how big or small it may be.
We need people to stick up for them, for us. We need people to tell them its not okay to discriminate against people because they found love. If you take away the one thing they have in life, they could never live again. They could never love again. God is against it, yes, but if god gives us love, how could he take it from certain individuals? How could he deny a person
I'm not a huge religious person, although I do believe God is there and that he loves each and every one of us. I don't, however, believe that he would forsake someone who loves another, be it man or woman.
I ask you today to stand up for those pushed under because of homophobia. Help the world realize that it's not all that bad. Spread the word and help bring the rainbow to life!
ONE MORE DAY AND I'LL BE THROUGH...
That's right, everyone, I am graduating Basic tomorrow! It has been a long and hard struggle, but I've done it!
I am apologize for not writing sooner, I was so immersed in my trainning that I lost track of time and the people back at home.
Today is family day and my family didn't show, but that is allright, I got my battle buddy with me, and she is the best battle buddy I have ever had. We even had dog tags made for each other and she took my one Class A name tape.
I'll be in Fort Hachuka sometime tomorrow, so I'll try to give you another little e-mail from there.
RHYME AND REASON
Don't Give Up On Me Just Yet
I'm terrified. I don't want to be.
But the fact of anything scares me.
I tried to stand up and be not afraid but I am.
I want to be saved.
But then being saved scares me.
I thought I could handle love.
But then I realised I can't.
Because love can't handle me.
Even though someone who cares about me is standing right here.
I'm so scared to let them in. because I don't know what I'd do.
I don't mean to be so mean to those who say they care...it's just I'm so scared.
Believe me, I'm trying so hard not to be.
Don't give up on me just yet please.
The JJJ Is:
Assistant Leader: Tiffany Allen
President: Meghan Rockey
Vice-President: Biz Albright
Staff: Shelby Sander, Carleah Stabley, Jess Cummings, Cris Miller, Mike Schedin, Markel Wheeland, Debbie Benfield, Krystle Welch, Robin Prescott, Ida Yost
Distant Correspondents: MacKenzie Brundage, Kazlynn Otto, Regina Spence, Amber Snow, Chelsey Crouchley, Goth Lizz
Foreign Bureau: Janice Marco
"So, what does this raise money for, again?"
Once again, I'm forced to realize just how much the LS Kids do for the community. And once again, it's an off-the-wall question from Cris Miller that makes me think about it.
Crissy has been doing this to me since she was fifteen years old. She'll ask some question that gets very deep---To this day, I'm not sure if she quite realizes the importance of what she's asking or not. And in the process of answering her, I'll realize something about the group and myself.
This time, she was asking about the funding for the AAUW Book Sale. I've personally sunk at least two hundred dollars, over the years, into the AAUW's cause. It kind of dovetails with my own cause, as well. They sell books to raise money, which they use to give scholarships to young women going to college. On bag day, I can buy books for four dollars a bag (used to be three, but they raised it. Still a good deal.) And I get some education for the Kids. So, it all works out.
In other words, with our annual tradition of book carrying and purchasing, the LS Kids are helping to educate our community.
"You should be an inspirational speaker," Crissy told me when I explained all this to her, standing on the sidewalk outside the church.
I'm not entirely sure if she was teasing me or not.
Thing is, though, it truly does inspire me. Sometimes, bogged down in the tiny technical details ("I told you not to let Shelby get into the paint, dammit!"), I forget just how much we really accomplish. Over the years, we've worked on cancer cures, education, helping the homeless, disaster relief, education, anti-abuse, historical preservation, world hunger, and countless other good causes. We do a little bit at a time, contribute small things....But in the end, our contribution really is priceless.
This month, at the book sale, all the Kids walked off with a LOT of books. Tif and I both had two bags. Robin loaded up a bag. And Mike and Crissy filled their entire car. I was pleased to see that.
We educated ourselves. We've helped to educate others. And we'll continue to do it every year.
Little by little....We're doing a good thing.
-Finishing a Scott Turow book now, in fact