CURRENT WEATHER - We have already reached our high temperature of the day at 26. At 2:45 in Pen Argyl the temperature is 21, the wind chill is 17, Wind is NW at 10-20 mph with some higher gusts. Our highest gust thus far has been 29mph. The humidity is 37% and the barometer reads 30.11 and steady.
Pen Argyl's Brandon Leidy (22) is fouled making a lay-up during the Knights' 47-42 loss to Wilson Tuesday night. This was Pen Argyl's 10th loss by five or less points. PHOTO GALLERY (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
(L-R) Sharon Davis, Marie Clare Placide, Donald Jones, "Shirk" Jones, June Jones, Janet Miller, Ronald LaBar, and Bonnie LaBar participated in a fashion show at Eunikue Fashion in Bangor to commemorate Bangor's 140th anniversary. Eunikue Fashion will hold its own fashion show February 28 at 1:00pm. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Chris Muller (2) connects on a three during the Knights' 47-42 loss to Wilson Tuesday night. PHOTO GALLERY (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl Senior Boys Basketball Manager Mikayla Roper was honored on Senior night prior to the Knights' game with Wilson Tuesday night. PHOTO GALLERY (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl Senior Boys Basketball Manager Amy Gennusa was honored on Senior night prior to the Knights' game with Wilson Tuesday night. PHOTO GALLERY (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
An epidemic that's threatening 25 percent of America's children
Help cure the epidemic that's threatening 25 percent of America's children(BPT) - “I’m the backup parent, the understudy.” George Clooney’s famous line about his role as a father in the Oscar winning film “The Descendants” was good for a laugh at the time. But numerous studies and decades of statistics tell a far more serious tale about a father’s importance in the life of his children. Research shows that growing up without a father negatively affects virtually every aspect of a child’s life, and the impact continues into adulthood.
Children growing up without a father or father figure are more likely to live in poverty, are less likely to finish high school or attend college, and are more prone to engage in anti-social behaviors that can lead to delinquency and incarceration, according to a report in the online journal EducationNext by professors at Princeton University and the Harvard Kennedy School. The study points out that U.S. Census Bureau figures show nearly a quarter of all American children younger than 18 live with an unmarried mother.
“Decades of increased kids growing up in single-mother households have contributed to the misconception that fathers are ‘spare’ or ‘backup’ parents, but nothing could be farther from the truth,” says Bill Blodgett, founder of Majesty Outdoors Foundation, an outreach program aimed at helping children growing up without a father figure. “Fatherlessness is a serious American epidemic that has far-reaching impacts on individual families and on society as a whole.”
Blodgett, raised by a single mother since the age of 2, credits the mentorship of two friends’ fathers as the positive influence he needed to change the impact of fatherlessness in his own life. That experience, as well as his work as a couples’ counselor, convinced Blodgett of the positive power mentorship could have in helping fatherless children. Blodgett founded the nonprofit Majesty Outdoors Foundation, which provides fatherless kids with one-of-a-kind outdoor experiences to help them learn unique skills and the power of mentorship. Excursions on Majesty Outdoors TV are broadcast weekly on Destination America, Time Warner Cable’s Sports Channel and Pursuit Channel.
Blodgett suggests simple ways you can get involved:
* Become a mentor. Many local and national organizations aim to provide mentors to young people in need. Your life experience can be valuable in helping a fatherless child find guidance and support. Look for a Generation Outdoors mentorship chapter near you, or contact Scott Dahlstrom by emailingScott@GenerationOutdoors.Org to learn more about starting a chapter in your community.
* Lend a hand. Getting involved doesn’t have to require you to sign up for an official outreach program. It can be as simple as including someone in your family’s activities. Perhaps your child has a friend growing up without a father, or you know someone in your neighborhood. Invite the child to share dinner or fun activities with your family so he or she can experience the warmth and love of a family unit.
* Spread the word. It’s not always a popular topic, but it’s important to talk about the increasing rate of children growing up in single-parent households, and the need to support them through mentorship. By raising awareness, you may inspire others to get involved.
* Help raise funds or donate. Everyone’s busy and giving your time isn’t always possible. You can still help financially. Even a small amount can help a nonprofit organization provide scholarships, mentorship and positive experiences to youth in need of an extra hand. Every dollar counts in helping to rewrite the fatherless story through mentoring.
* Support a single mother. This can be as simple as just being her friend and including her and her children on outings with your family. You can also participate in support programs that help single mothers further their educations, learn and refine job skills, and manage their finances.
“Our youth will lead this country forward and determine the progress of our communities and lives,” Blodgett says. “Through mentorship and outreach, we can all work together to help ensure that no child’s potential is cut short because of family circumstance.”
To learn more about Majesty Outdoors Foundation, visit www.majestyoutdoors.org.
A dog who became a global star after being abandoned at a Scottish train station with his belongings in a suitcase has found a new home.
Shar-Pei crossbreed 'Kai' was discovered tied to a railing outside Ayr station last month next to a suitcase containing a pillow, toy, food bowl and food.
After his story was publicized, the Scottish SPCA found themselves inundated with offers to adopt Kai from people all over the world.
However, his lucky new owner is self-employed hydraulic engineer Ian Russell, 52.
Mr Russell said he was left heartbroken when his Dalmatian Mica, who he had owned for 15 years, passed away just before Christmas.
When he heard about Kai he immediately applied to adopt him but didn't think that he stood a chance. And when he learned he had been successful he said it was a "bit like winning the lottery".
As for Kai's future, Ian says he can expect to lead an active and adventurous life as he works all over Scotland, mainly outdoors, and Kai will accompany him.
According to reports, Kai ended up being abandoned after a Gumtree sale allegedly went wrong.
After his case was publicized, a woman called Fin Rayner stepped forward to claim that she had travelled from her home in Aberdeenshire to Ayr to collect Kai after seeing him advertised.
However, when she arrived she discovered that he wasn't the dog pictured in the online ad.
When she asked to take Kai for a walk the seller requested a £150 deposit in case she didn't return. However, it was the seller who disappeared.
According to Ms Rayner, she told a member of staff that Kai was somebody else's dog and, after making sure he was in a safe place, tied him to the railings before leaving
Pen Argyl Academic Wall of Fame Nominations
It is time for the Pen Argyl High School Alumni Association to select the 2015 Inductees to the Academic Wall of Fame.
This honor is bestowed on a select number of graduates or past district educators each year who have distinguished themselves through community service, academic accomplishments, as well as, advancements in their chosen profession. The creation of this distinction was to set an example of what is possible for all present and future Pen Argyl students!
This honor is different from the PAHS Athletic Hall of Fame where chosen Alumni are honored for their athletic contributions while at Pen Argyl High School.
Anyone can nominate a PAHS graduate for the Academic Wall of Fame honor. Our Academic Wall of Fame Inductees have made a meaningful contribution to the world around them, and the Pen Argyl Alumni Association is proud to bestow this honor. To nominate a graduate, please contact Jim or Heather Hunter at 610-863-9443 or send an e-mail to email@example.com The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2015.
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