Friday, May 29, 2009

ArtSHIP-Shippensburg’s Art & Wine Festival

The 2nd Annual Shippensburg Art and Wine Festival will be held Saturday, June 6th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the North Earl Street Triangle near the Old Main Drive campus entrance of Shippensburg University. A $20 wristband includes your souvenir wine or beer glass, sampling and entertainment (You must be 21 years or older to purchase a wristband). For more information, please contact the Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce located at 53 W. King Street, Shippensburg at 717-532-5509 or visit or e-mail

Wine and microbrew tastings, sculptures, great food, music and children’s activities will be on the North Earl Street Triangle. Art demonstrations, displays, music and food will be available in Downtown Shippensburg. The following wineries are planning on participating; Adams County, Benigna’s Creek, Hauser, Mt. Hope and Starr Hill. Microbrews will be offered by the following participants; Heritage Wine Cellars, Market Cross Pub, Roy-Pitz, Swashbuckler at Mt. Hope and Victory Brewing Company.

Numerous outdoor sculptures created by students from the Art & Design Department at Shippensburg University will be on display on the North Earl Street Triangle. Local artists will be displaying and demonstrating their art in Downtown Shippensburg beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. The SHAPE Gallery will be exhibiting art from the following artists; Brooke Alyse, Art Berman, Anne Cherry, Ben Culbertson, Margaret Evans, H. I. Gates, Staci Grimes, Mary Hickman, Viktoria Hoover, Andrea Geesaman, Brandii Kligge, Albert Mason, Wanda McNamara, James Rainey, Cookie Redding, Lisa Rhinehart, Kurt Smith and Allison Wise. East Meets West Emporium will be hosting the artist, Scott Lux.

Music will be ongoing throughout the day and will include performances by “Second Time Through”, “Bill Baker”, “Ledbetter Heights”, “Nancy and Jody” along with the “Shippensburg Middle School Jazz Group”. Please bring along a lawn chair or blanket so that you can relax and enjoy the music, art, tastings and great food. Participating restaurants and food vendors include Black Horse Restaurant & Tavern, Corner Coffee, Funnel Cakes, Kathy’s Deli, Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, Knute’s Pub & Grill, Lulu’s Bread Box, Main Street Deli and Suzy Cool.

Children’s Activities between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. will include storytelling, “The Balloon Slinger” and numerous other fun activities.

Related events that day are the Dedication of the Shippensburg Civil War Trails and Walk from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Later in the evening, Bobby Vinton will be appearing live in concert at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. You can call 717-477-7469 or for more information. Come experience the arts and plan to spend a part or the whole day in Shippensburg!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

BOOK CLUB: Last Chance Saloon

Best friends since the days when legwarmers were cool, Tara, Katherine, and Fintan have survived small-town ennui, big-city heartbreak, and endless giddy nights out on the town. But now that they've graduated to their slightly more serious thirties, only Fintan has what can honestly be called a "love life." With Tara struggling daily with her eternal diet -- and her dreadful, penny-pinching boyfriend -- and Katherine keeping her single existence as ordered as her drawer full of matching bra and panty sets, it seems they'll never locate the exit door out of the "last chance saloon."But it's always when you are least ready for change that fate insists on one. And when catastrophe inevitably follows crisis, the lives of three best friends are sure to change in unexpected ways...and not necessarily for the worse.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Observe Memorial Day

Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed in 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Another fun exercise... but again, harder than it seems! Answer the following using only ONE WORD answers:
Where is your cell phone?
Your significant other?
Your hair? Red, blonde, brown??
Your mother?
Your father?
Your dream last night?
Your favorite drink?
Your dream/goal?
What room are you in?
Your hobby?
Your fear?
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Where were you last night?
Something that you aren't?
Wish list item?
Last thing you did?
Your friends?
Your life?
Your mood?
Favorite place you'd like to be right now?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Maria's ROSE Garden

Maria Fischer High has shared this picture, YES! it's real!!! This is the first bloom of 2009 from her General Jacqueminot rosebushes.
Beautiful, isn't it??!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Arthritis Fast Facts

May is National Arthritis Month; below are some "fast facts" :

Arthritis literally means joint inflammation. "Arth" refers to the joints, and "itis" refers to inflammation. Arthritis is not a single disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis affecting people of all ages, including about 300,000 children.

In 2005, 66 million (nearly 1 in 3) adults in the United States had arthritis or chronic joint symptoms.

42.7 million are doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

23.2 million live with chronic joint symptoms but are not doctor-diagnosed.

Arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability among Americans over 15 years of age. Generally, arthritis strikes women more often than men.

To learn more, visit the Arthritis Foundation... and please join us as we support AOII's international philanthropy, look out for these events in your area: let's move together and the Jingle Bell Run.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I have decided now is the time to get "back on track" with my Workout Routine, but wanted some suggestions... taken from OK! magazine, here are some high-intensity exercises that will have your burning more calories every time...

"- Start with 5 minutes of jumping rope, followed by 5 puch-ups. Follow with 10 more minutes jumping rope and 10 push-ups; then 15 minutes jumping rope and 15 push-ups.
- Jog for 2 minutes, then stop and do 15 squats (with or without added weights.) Repeat the 2-minute jog, then do 15 standing lunges. Repeat this sequence 10 times.
- Do 2 minutes on a rowing machine at high intensity folowed by 2 minutes of jumping jacks. Repeat 15 times."

What do you do to stay in shape?

Sunday, May 10, 2009


"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,

Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.

Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

Have a great day, to all you Mothers out there!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Marjorie Rendell and the 2009 Graduates

SU Class of 2009 received their diplomas last Saturday, May 2nd. Story taken from The Sentinel

Shippensburg University president William Ruud joked Saturday morning under overcast that he had made a deal with the skies to keep the rain away from graduation at Seth Grove Stadium. It worked. For 960 undergraduates the skies remained clear long enough for them to turn their tassels and throw their mortars into the air outdoors.

Marjorie Rendell, the 43rd first lady of Pennsylvania and a United State District Court judge, addressed the graduates. ‘This day is yours graduates,” Rendell said to loud applause. “You are entitled to sit back and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. This is the beginning of a new chapter of your life with a multitude of adventures and experiences and yes, choices”. Rendell urged the graduates to use their gift — their knowledge gained at Shippensburg — to help others.

“As you begin to make life choices, begin to ask important questions,” Rendell said. “Will I take my time and talents and what I learned at Shippensburg and make them work for me? Will I choose to go out into the community and share my talents with others and improve the lives of others? Each of you has been given much and it is now your responsibility to take what you’ve learned and use it wisely.”

Rendell warned the students of four dangers — futility, expediency, timidity and comfort — that could prevent them from using their talents to their fullest. “I challenge you today,” Rendell said. “Be doers, not drifters. You have been given gifts — do something with them. Do not accept the status quo. Question it. Think about it. Change it. Do not doubt your ability to make a difference. Don’t be complacent. You are all far too smart and energetic for that. Use the leadership skills, the mentorship skills, and the citizenship skills you have developed during your time at Shippensburg.”

Congratulations, Grads!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Great Teachers Make Great Public Schools

Today, the first Tuesday of the first full week of May, is known as Teacher Day. The annual theme has been replaced with a standing tagline "Great Teachers Make Great Public Schools" and draws attention to the crucial role teachers play in making sure every child receives a quality public education and conveys the hard work they do each day to make public schools great for every child. Visit

And go ahead, hug a teacher...

Monday, May 4, 2009

MARGARITAS, anyone??

HAPPY MAY... and the first big event this month (after the Kentucky Derby, of course) is tomorrow, CINCO DE MAYO... (yes, around here we celebrate EVERYTHING!!) To help you plan for tomorow, we've looked to our old friend Jimmy from Margaritaville for some answers.
Find your SALT shaker and read on, Parrotheads!

Who invented the Margarita?
The most documented story comes from Danny Herrera, who owned Rancho La Gloria between Rosarito Beach and Tijuana. In the late 1940's, a showgirl named Marjorie King stopped there often, and she had a drinking "problem" of sorts: she was allergic to every form of booze except tequila, which she needed mixed.

Among the many tequila experiments that Danny Herrera tried was a concoction consisting of 3 parts white tequila, 2 parts Cointreau, and 1 part fresh lemon juice. These he shook together in a container of shaved ice, then served up in a short stemmed glass rimmed with lemon juice and salt. This she liked, and so he gave the drink the Spanish name for Marjorie: Margarita.

The Perfect Margarita
1) Fill shaker with broken cubed ice
2) Squeeze 2 fresh lime wedges into shaker
3) Add 2 oz. of Margaritaville Tequila Oro
4) Add 1/2 oz. Margaritaville Tequila Blanco
(for bite if you wish)
5) Add 1 1/4 oz. of Roses Lime Juice
6) Add 1/2 oz. of Bols Triple Sec
7) Add a splash of Bols Orange Curacao
8) Cover shaker & shake vigorously
9) Rim glass with lime peel and salt, add fresh ice
10) Strain mixture over ice
11) Squeeze in 1 lime wedge
12) Enjoy!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


(Taken from Dan Fogelberg and used Spring Rush 1992; we thought it appropriate today as you're watching the "Kentucky Derby", wearing your "funky hats" and sipping mojitos to think back on OUR version...)

Off to college to be on your own
Walkin' 'round campus on wobbly knees, with sisters beside you to help you along
You'll soon be a-gro'in up strong.
All your childhood friendships and best friends through school
The memories that you shared, the love through and through-
Could never prepare you for what lies ahead; the run for the roses so red
Sister to sister, it's born in the blood;
The beauty of a rose, the growth of the bud.
It's moving, it's exciting, And it's something unknown that drives you and carries you home.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Green Expectation: May

Dump The Pump: Carpool in an effort to save energy (and money). Pick one day and get others involved (your family, neighborhood, etc.): Park the car and ride bicycles or walk wherever you need to go... you can have fun and get a little exercise together while doing so!