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April 24, 2015
Paul Doran and Dennis McHugh on Dennis's back porch in Smyrna, Georgia
On Vacation with Paul and Denise
Paul Doran and his wife Denise sent photos of a recent trip south. Paul says, "Denise and I left snowy New Hampshire and headed south. [After a few stops in New Jersey] we drove to Smyrna, Georgia to spend time with Dennis and Norma Jean McHugh.
From Smyrna, we left with Dennis and Norma Jean to visit the cottage on St. George Island.
Then we headed to Venice. Here we are with friends on the Venice Fishing Pier.
We're at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.
Now we're on the ferry going to Key West.
On bikes in Punta Gorda.
This is the marker in Key West indicating the southern-most point in the continental USA.
Paul and Denise with Janet (Kipp) and Don Tribus. "We had a fantastic time and warmed our bones for the trip home. We still had t two feet of snow on the ground on April 4.
Anne Ramee Bennett says, "This is 4-month old Juliette, with grandma.... She is a sweetheart and the light of my life."
Montclair has been named a 2015 winner of the
"Great American Main Street Award"
Susan Becker Knight sent a news clip about Montclair's award. Susan says, "I am ever grateful to have grown up in such an amazing town with wonderful classmates." Here are some excerpts from the article:
Each year, the National Main Street Center awards what it calls the "best examples of comprehensive commercial district revitalization." ... Montclair is a superb example of what we're seeing nationally: Americans ... are drawn to walkable, attractive downtowns with a lively arts, shopping and restaurant scene. ... Awards are given to communities that revitalize their downtown business districts [by focusing on] local cultural, architectural, and business assets, as well as community pride, to bolster economic development. ... Several features of the township's downtown area allowed it to pull ahead in the competition, like its arts establishments and more than 85 restaurants.
This video about Montclair's award shows many views of the vibrant district around Bloomfield Avenue and the surrounding streets. You can see the see the entire article and the video (4:15 minutes) here:
Ben Ritter sends news from Tampa.
We had one of the mildest winters here in Tampa that I can remember. Didn't have to cover our outside plants with frost cloths. It's now mid-April. The water in the Gulf of Mexico is now up to 80 degrees -- great for the tourists and the Spring-Breakers.
Interesting: Floridians define a "lake" as a body of water large enough to operate a power boat and water skis. If it's not large enough to go water skiing in, it's called a "pond." We have ponds in our neighrbood. No motorboats, but plenty of ducks and geese. One of our neighbors has a home that backs up to a pond. They have a gaggle of white barnyard geese that peruse the neighborhood daily, fertilizing our lawns and looking for handouts. A few tame mallard and muscovy ducks occasionally waggle across our lawn, poking around in the bushes.
I am still working as an ADA (Americans with Diabilities Act) consultant for our county's Public Transportation Commission. We recenty had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate moving into our new larger facilities.
Have you been following Bruce Baker's endeavors to sucessfully grow and market hybrid papaya plants as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin? Here are excerpts from Bruce's latest update:
"This tree is amazing -- not even five feet tall and loaded with papayas. The man in the picture is my motorcycle-taxi driver, Mariano. He is about 5'10".
...this tree will demonstrate that the ripening of the papayas can be controlled by planting time so that, with planning, papayas can be available every week of the year, a great marketing advantage.
We have continued our experiments with formulating and perfecting a nutritious marketable processed product using papaya. We blended the mixture of papaya, citron (tropical lime) and moringa [and] bottled it in four baby-food type bottles. We had planned to pasteurize these bottles and then test the product on a couple of infants in the eight month to one year range to see if they liked it. Unfortunately, pasteurization didn't work with these bottles the two times we tried. The tops didn't stay on when the bottles were heated. So we will try another time with different bottles.
Here in Benin there are little plastic-wrapped packages of frozen milk and/or yogurt. The vendors have bicyles with an insulated Styrofoam box on the front. The thought occurred to me that the papaya blend could be frozen and sold this way. I think this could be a very successful product, and a good way to sell a lot of papaya. Fresh papaya is hard to ship because the fruit brusies easily and the roads are rough. But it could be sold over a much larger market as "popsicles."
I am also working on another project with two other volunteers. A group of about 14 farmers was given about 5 acres of farm land that is not irrigated. The group's idea is to dig a well, get a pump, and grow irrigated crops to be sold during the dry season. The idea is a good one because the price of produce typically triples or quintuples during the dry season. We have decided to raise $4,300 for the well, pump, and water reservoir through [the online site] Indiegogo. Our proposal is now up and ready for contributions at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/benin-irrigated-vegetable-farm
Unfortunately contributions are NOT tax deductible. Sorry. This group seems to have very good leadership and we believe this project will be a good success long-term.
If you live in or around Montclair:
Here's some timely information about the Montclair Film Festival, sent by the Montclair High School All Class Reunion Committee:
"The Montclair Film Festival is presenting a unique opportunity to see films about Glenfield Middle School [now Montclair's Magnet School for Visual and Performing Arts] and the successes and challenges of teaching. Please spread the word so we can fill the Wellmont. It's also a great opportuity to meet up with classmates and freinds before and after the films.
The One That Got Away: Saturday, May 2 at 4:30 pm at the Wellmont Theater:
Dan Gill has taught at Montclair's Glenfield Middle School for years, but one student still haunts him. Tourrie Moses was a gifted student, always engaged in his work and eager to learn. But as the years went by, Moses became less and less interested in school and spent more time on the streets, until a tragic decision changed his life foreever. This film follows Mr. Gill as he reconnects with Moses, illuminating the relationship between the two men and examinng the circumstances that led to (and the aftermath of) Moses' fateful actions.
Ceremony for Our Time and Ceremony for This Time: Saturday, May 2 at 12 noon at the Wellmont Theater:
In 1995, a short PBS documentary called Ceremony for Our Time premiered. The film, featuring students from Montclair's Glenfield Middle School's performing arts program, showcased the value of arts education and aired all over the country. Cermoney for This Time returns to Glenfield to examine the impact of the school's performing arts program on the performers in the original film and to track the current state of the arts at Glenfield. This program will feature a screening of both films, a unique opportunity to explore the wonderful limpact of arts education in our community.
You can get more details and tickets for all the films at http://montclairfilmfest.org
Alice Lutz Faas has joined our website. Alice lives in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania. You can reach her through this web site.
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