December 6, 2012
We would like to thank the businesses and individuals who sponsored and made donations to make the inaugural Steph's Fall 5K on Oct. 27 an overwhelming success. We are grateful for the articles about Stephanie Godri-Johnston and the 5K published in The Times Leader, Sunday Dispatch, The Weekender and the chance to be guests on PA Live.
Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to our many friends who volunteered and helped in so many ways; our neighbors who provided a generator, ad-jay providing music and a means of announcing winners, those who made baskets for a basket raffle and sold tickets, our pre-race blessing, a friend who sang the national anthem, Wyoming Area Key Club, the bouncy house provided for the enjoyment of the children, and the farmers who donated mini pumpkins for the kids' Fun Run.
A 5K isn't successful without participants. To the nearly 200 people who ran or walked we say thank you! And you and your friends are invited to join us again next October for the second annual Steph's Fall 5K.
Finding the right words to express how wonderful that day was for us is difficult. It was everything Stephanie would have wanted it to be: a time to have fun, laugh, catch up with old friends, meet new people, and ultimately, benefit others. A $3,000 scholarship to a college-bound Wyoming Area student and $1,000 to the Colon Cancer Alliance for screenings will be provided from this memorial event.
For the first time in many years, the residents of West 4th Street in West Wyoming have bragging rights on their street.
After being underwater for more than 30 years, after pleas to council after council, after appearances on TV with local news stations, our street has been given a new lease on life.
This transformation didn't happen by itself. An unflappable little lady, small in stature, powerful in resolve, intervened. Eileen Cipriani has a most winsome and charming nature, but don't get in her way when she's resolved to get a job done. Whether she's at the helm of council, the recreation board, working full time at her job, being a full-time wife and mother or writing her column, Eileen has time for her constituents.
Because of Eileen's efforts in securing the state H2O grant, along with the members of her council (after being turned down multiple times) we no longer have tracks of ground asphalt on our driveways and garages and no longer have dirt tracked into our homes from the road. People who travel our street no longer have potholes to maneuver around -- sometimes having to detouring up on our lawns to avoid them.
We no longer have ugly sections of temporary cold patch, where asphalt is poured into a pothole that lasts no more than a few days. We no longer have to wait an additional day to have mail delivered, because the truck couldn't get through. We've never seen a neat clean ribbon of road before our homes, with no pool of standing water after a rain. When they began the project, it was no small feat. It looked as though they were working on an interstate with the earth moving machinery and the street torn up all the way from Shoemaker Avenue. The equipment was left on our property for a full winter and spring because of the break in the weather. Did we mind? No, we guarded it, valued it. It was our ticket out of this hand we'd been dealt for so many years.
With grateful hearts, we say, thank you, Eileen. We haven't forgotten the efforts of the other members and the mayor, Joe Herbert, who all took time to answer our phone calls and come down to look at the problem.
Last, but not least, we'd like to thank Mike Amato who skillfully engineered the project for Pasonick Engineering, and Krasavage Construction for a job well done.
Carl Jung's insight into human personality is an excellent one. He wanted to understand how and why a man and women with differing characteristics are able to understand and interact with each other. What is it in the male and female personalities that makes them receptive to each other's differing qualities?
He concluded that each male personality is born upon this planet with an inherent female quality called the Anima. This is what gives him the ability to understand and appreciate women's needs and differing qualities. The female personality is born upon this planet with an inherent male quality called the Animus.
Let us take Jung's insight further. It is easy to conclude that human civilization would be an impossibility were it not for these inherent qualities. It also helps us understand the sexual choices given to us by our creator since we are created and born upon this planet with the gift of personal freedom.
It follows that a male personality can choose to be heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual, and a female personality can choose to be heterosexual, bisexual, or lesbian.
If humans would accept and embrace this reality, so many of our civilization's social problems would disappear overnight! Instead of making our sexuality something ugly and sinful, which, unfortunately, most of our religious institutions have done over the centuries.
We would be able to release new energy that would help us create a new planet based upon acceptance and love!
The Nov. 8, 2012 piece titled Two wins have moral was way off the money in analyzing Phyllis Mundy's vindicating defeat of Aaron Kaufer in the 120th legislative race. Quoting the political consultant whose services she chose to no longer utilize most likely contributed to the inaccuracies.
When this consultant mentions a guy with as little as he had, he must be referring to life and work experience because Aaron Kaufer had a little more than six figures in direct mail, radio, and television; all of it negative attacks on Phyllis Mundy and none of it touting his accomplishments, because of course, there were none to tout. Most of Kaufer's media money came from assorted PACs and Republican organizations.
The margin in this election for Phyllis Mundy was larger than the margins in the last two, where her opponents were nowhere near as well funded. Let's give credit where credit is due. She weathered these unwarranted attacks extremely well.
The reality is the voters of he 120th know that Phyllis Mundy has worked hard and represented them well. She has a large and very solid base of dedicated women and men who work hard to keep her in office. She is surrounded by a group of professionals who know how to respond when she is unfairly attacked. Next time, get it right. If there is any moral to this story it is that Aaron Kaufer messed with the wrong woman.
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