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February 28, 2011

Csardas Dance Company to Perform in Ligonier, PA

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CSARDAS DANCE COMPANY TO PERFORM

IN LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA

 Csárdás (chär-däsh) is rooted in the word Csárda, the Hungarian word for a village inn, pub or tavern—places where villagers often gathered to sing, dance and celebrate special occasions. The dances celebrated in the Csárda became known as Csárdás, or dances of the pub.

      With infectious exuberance emotions and traditions are personified and shared through dance in Hungarian villages. It’s within this tradition that Richard Graber founded the Csardas Dance Company in Cleveland, Ohio as a vehicle to promote and support the art of Hungarian dance. The Csárdás reveal the richness of the Hungarian culture through a broad range of dance dialects and styles.

     On March 12, 2011, the Csardas Dance Company will perform at 3:00 p. m. at the Ligonier Valley Theater in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     The Bethlen Communities is sponsoring the event to celebrate (more…)

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February 3, 2011

Women, the Super Bowl, and Heart Attacks

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WOMEN, THE SUPERBOWL  AND HEART ATTACKS

 

Dinasaur in Ligonier Valley Library, Ligonier PA

February 4, 2011, is National Wear Red Day, a day set aside to raise awareness for women’s heart health and the effect of heart disease on women.

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Super Bowl fans, watch out: If you’re a Packers or Steelers fan and your team begins to lose, the resulting stress could trigger a heart attack. “It is known that stressors such as intense sporting events may increase cardiac event rates in fans…” researchers report.

A recent study by a Los Angeles researcher at the Heart Institute of Good Samaritan Hospital and a professor of medicine at the University of Southern California has found that not only men but women can be susceptible to a heart attack while or after watching the Super Bowl.

  • A 1980 study of cardiac events and Super Bowl suggests that cardiac deaths in both women and men increased for fans of the losing side.
  • A 1984 study suggested that cardiac deaths decrease for fans of the winning team.

     The studies, based on the 1980 Los Angeles Super Bowl loss and the 1984 Super Bowl win showed that the loss “triggered more (more…)

March 6, 2010

Mad Hatters, Johnny Depp, and Alice in Wonderland

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MAD HATTERS, JOHNNY DEPP, AND ALICE IN WONDERLAND

     Some people refer to me as the “mad hatter,” since I am identified by the hats I wear. I am also considered, by many of my “friends,” as being “crazy.”

     So be it.

     Then again, I am not the only “mad hatter.” Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter in the March 5, 2010, release of the 3-D film, Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. Depp said his Hatter’s springy mass of tangerine hair is a particularly important detail because (more…)

January 30, 2010

Replace Punxsutawney Phil with a ROBOT?

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REPLACE PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL WITH A ROBOT

 IS MY ILK TO BE NEXT?

Cochran Cornell the Cantankerous Cockroach

     OK, so you haven’t heard from me for a while. Writer’s block. That’s what I suffer from. Just when I thought it was hopeless, I was injected with a jolt of verbal energy…just as you would be if someone suggested replacing all humans with robots.

     I’m so shocked!

     I had pulled myself out of my doldrums just enough to scoot over the local newspaper that my creator Carolyn was reading. And what did I spot? Why, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is campaigning to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot

     (Carolyn has this illustration for Punxsutawney Phil—

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaneryonlineliterarymagazine/2493962362/ . He is so cute as a Beany Baby that someone adopted him.)

     Who do those folks think they are? Personally, I think it’s just a publicity stunt. But if the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals manages to succeed in their quest to robotize my friend…well, fat chance of that…

     PETA claim that humans should treat Phil with compassion. That drew the ire of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, and drew battle lines with the thousands of people, perhaps millions worldwide, who rise early each February 2nd to find out what the near-future weather will be.

     When I heard PETA was campaigning for humans to be compassionate to Phil, I thought to myself, “Rubbish!” But to get the real scoop, I scooted off Carolyn’s newspaper onto the road. Fortunately, I was able to hitch a ride to Punxsutawney, not too far from Carolyn’s Pennsylvania home, in (more…)

November 6, 2009

SPORTS VS. SOAPS: Television Addiction

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SPORTS VS. SOAPS: Television Addiction

Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius

     Have you ever walked into a room anticipating an enthusiastic greeting and some lively conversation, only to be greeted by a blank wall of inert bodies, eyes glued to a piece of furniture lighted by miniature figures darting across a square that might be anywhere from 12 inches to 25 inches wide? If you listen carefully and closely their response to your greeting may be a ‘oomph’ or “Oh wow, what a play!”

     It could be Saturday, Sunday, or, in mid-fall and winter, almost any evening. Of course, that doesn’t leave much (more…)

October 9, 2009

BIG CHICKEN STOLEN IN LIGONIER TOWNSHIP (PA): The “Big Chicken” Hunt

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BIG CHICKEN STOLEN IN LIGONIER TOWNSHIP (PA)

The “Big Chicken” Hunt

    The picture of a “big chicken,” in the May 28, 2009, issue of the Ligonier Echo was eye-catching. The chicken was missing from the Dave Tetkoski’s yard on 956 Route 259 on May 25. Tetkoski was preparing to have the fowl statue restored and display it in the 2009 Ligonier Days Parade when the foul play of theft occurred. Tetkoski estimates that the “one-of-a-kind” fiberglass statue is at least 50 years old. (more…)

August 11, 2009

Honus Wagner & Me

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HONUS WAGNER & ME

     When Johannes Peter Wagner babysat the late Harriette Parker in Carnegie (PA), she feared him because of his large hands, according to her daughter, Arlene Carr. Those same hands, later described as “shovel-like,” accompanied his large size, bowed legs and long arms—a combination that contributed to his clumsiness.

Johannes, who  played eighteen seasons with the Pirates—1900-1917—is featured in the play Honus Wagner & Me, (adapted from the book by Dan Gutman). My family and I attended the Mountain Playhouse (Jennerstown, PA) production of the play four days after we saw the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-2.

NOTE: Although this article/post is not a sporting event, it is about a renowned baseball player, Honus Wagner. Though written earlier, (semi)qualifies for a response to the June 22, 2014 WordPress daily prompt, offside: (share a) funny/harrowing/interesting memories from a sporting event you attended, participated in, or watched?

I expected to be bathed in baseball. Instead, I was caught up in (more…)

May 14, 2008

BLOOD TYPECASTING: A TOOL FOR CHOOSING A MATE

Their eyes met across the room. He maneuvers slowly through the crowded bar to her side, and offers to buy her a drink. Things appear good.

Suddenly she asks: By the way, what’s your blood type?

Not your standard question, but it is a routine question (more…)

May 8, 2008

THE AMAZING BEAVER

After the American Revolution (and probably before the war, too) the new world, from Virginia to Maine, was replete with wild animals. Tales of one, the beaver, are recorded in journals of French men exploring the country either after the American Revolution or while waiting out the French Revolution, between the 1780s and the 1790s. Surprisingly, this creature is credited with playing a role in American history.

The journal of Clermont-Crevecoeur, a French military officer assisting with the American Revolution, relates, about beavers in Virginia, that they were among the animals he located “but since they live in colonies and are very shy when hunted or when the virgin land where they live is cleared, they are rarely seen except in wild and uninhabited country.”

Park Holland, a surveyor of Maine lands, concurs. While he was explored Maine near an outlet of a large lake (possibly the Aroostook River headwaters), he wrote “We crossed a large beaver stream, and halted to examine the works of theses curious little animals. They had a large quantity of timber cut for completing a dam upon which they were evidently at work before (more…)

May 4, 2008

ELINOR’S ORPHAN KITLINGS

T. S. Eliot had it right—The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter…and my former neighbor might have agreed. That a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES…well, my neighbor was too practical for that, for once not seeing naming from the cat’s point of view, as Eliot did.

Elinor didn’t relate to humans very well, but she believed each cat must not only have a name, it must also have a home. So she gathered six homeless cats, and gave them the name that the family use daily, Such as Goober. (more…)

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