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Thursday, January 28, 2010

One Heart. needs your help!

One Heart. has a new post office box in which monetary donations and correspondence can be sent to. One Heart. needs your donations to continuing help those in the Appalachia. One Heart. is working right here within our own borders to make the United States of America not only the best financial and technological country, as the government is looking to do, but so that everyone can be the best.

Please send monetary donations for One Heart. to:

PO. BOX 751

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Majority Policy Committee, Drucker to hold hearing on redistricting

BERWYN--State Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster), Chairman of the House Majority Police Committee, announced that the committee will hold a public hearing to explore the issue of redistriciting from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 at teh Tredyffrin Township Municipal Building, Keene Hall, 110 Duportail Road.

State Rep. Paul Drucker (D-Chester/Montgomery) requested the hearing and will serve as co-chairman.

The current agenda for the hearing is:
--2 p.m.: Welcome and opening remarks from Sturla and Drucker
--2:10 p.m.: Scott Casper, director of the Office of Demographic Analysis, Penna. House of Democratic Caucus
--2:40 p.m.: Sara Steelman, vice chairman of issues for Common Cause of Penna.
--3:10 p.m.: Panel from League of Women Voters of Penna: Olivia Thorne, president, and Lora Levin, vice president for issues and actions
--3:40 p..m: Closing remarks

For more information about the Policy Committee, please go to

The hearing is open to the public

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Passion with a Purpose

PHOENIXVILLE—PAPA Board Member Cary Moore is one of the lucky people who spend their careers doing what they love. As a professional photographer, Cary spent a lifetime behind the camera—and now, in retirement, he's "putting his focus" on volunteering for organizations like PAPA.
Starting in February 2010, Cary will share his passion with students aged 9 to 14 as part of PAPA's after-school class on digital photography. In this six-week course, students will learn how to use a digital camera and will be introduced to the principles of photographic composition. On the final night of class, students will host an exhibit for family and friends showing off their new skills.

Having built a career out of his passion for photography, Cary wants to help the youth of Phoenixville discover their own passions. That's what brought him to PAPA two years ago, and it’s something he feels PAPA can give the community.
Finding his hobby at a young age has given him a constant throughout his lifetime. Introduced to photography by a pastor at age 15, Cary knew he'd found his calling the moment he took one look through the viewfinder on a twin-lens reflex camera. On his first visit to a darkroom, "I smelled the chemicals, and I was transformed,” he recalled.

Cary's love of photography has followed him every step of a remarkable life.
"In 1965, I received a letter that started, 'Hi there. Your friends and neighbors have selected you to serve in the armed forces of the United States of America,'" he quipped. "I knew I was going to Vietnam." With a Kodak Instamatic and a Yoshika Electro 35 by his side, he spent a year in Southeast Asia. He came home with thousands of photos—and many health problems caused by herbicidal warfare.
Cary spent more than 20 years working for the international chemical company Rohm and Haas, eventually becoming the company's full-time in-house photographer. He retired in 2000, and has devoted his retirement to community service.

PAPA's digital photography class begins Wednesday, February 3 and will be held at the organization's Franklin Commons headquarters. Registration is $99, but scholarships are available. To register for this or any other PAPA activity, visit or call 610-983-4110. Other after-school classes offered by PAPA include Creative Writing, MathAdventures, Forensics, and Web Design. In March 2010, PAPA will offer elementary and middle-school children a spring break camp.

PAPA is the only formal, structured program for at-risk youth aged 7-17 in the Phoenixville area. Primarily a volunteer, grass-roots organization, PAPA works closely with the Phoenixville Area School District, the Borough of Phoenixville, and other local organizations to create a positive, effective, and motivating force in the Phoenixville community.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Invite your neighbor to dinner

In the fall of 2002, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania proclaimed the second Saturday of every January as “Invite your Neighbor to Dinner Day”. Since then, neighbors in communities all over the country have been participating as word of Dinner Day continues to spread!

We are a grass roots group that has formed to promote this simple idea to bring neighbors, communities and thus America closer together. Ask a neighbor you have never met, or one you have waved at but never taken the time to get to know. Make a difference in your own community and in your own backyard! Invite your neighbor before they invite you!

Please help us get the word out by forwarding this to everyone you know – everybody has neighbors.

Our dream is that everyone from coast to coast have the opportunity to re-create an American tradition within their own community!

Enjoy your dinner!

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