Thursday, April 29, 2010

Last Week in April

Mondays are a pain.

Fresh greens for everybody.

The tulips are way ahead of schedule this year.

First day of trout on the Chest Creek as it flows through Patton, PA.

The overnight rain and cold weather seems to have kept some of the local fishermen away from the creek this year.

Tossing back a small fry.

Fishing Buddies.

Like some people, birds don't necessarily play well with others.

White Throated Sparrow

Female Downy Woodpeckers coming and going.

As a male Red-bellied woodpecker heads to the suet feeder, the female takes off.

I Love My Job!

Looking northwest from the third floor of the DeSepio building on the campus of Saint Francis University. I took this shot while covering a press conference.

My son gave me this feeder for my birthday a few weeks ago.

We end this week's blog with a few shots of the 2010 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Central Spring Sectional held on the campus of Saint Francis University in Cambria County over the weekend. There were more than 295 athletes and 101 coaches at the event participating in basketball, track and field, and swimming.

Event emcee Dave Wilson, Director of Counseling Services at Saint Francis, watches as the teams enter the gym.

Jim Fair of the Adams County Red Flash was this year's torchbearer.

Representing my home town, were the York County Lightning.

Jerry Gessey and his son Marshall talk strategy during the warm-up session at the pool in the Maurice Stokes Athletic Center.

Marshall Gessey practices his back stroke.

Bonita Roland of the York Lightning defends against an opposing player of the Tioga County Ogres team.

Long jumper Jay Cullen of the Bedford County team jumped 3 1/2 meters or about 10 feet.

Ready, Get Set, Go!
The 50 yard dash.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Death Train - in Two Acts

If this is April, it must be time for another outstanding night of theatre put on by STAR Productions at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. The play, Death Train, is a dramatization of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
In an aura of Luxury and Romance, Life and Death travel together on the Orient Express ... The Death-Train! Savage murder on a lavish train! Unusual scenery and exotic costumes united by opulent music create the real mystery: the mystery of humans and their behavior!
The sleuth-supreme is none other than Hercule Poirot, The Belgian detective who uses the brain-power of "the little gray cells" to uncover the crime. As the Orient Express hurtles across Europe on its three-day journey from Istanbul to Calais the lives of its menagerie of characters are on view.
The cast was composed of Saint Francis University students and members of the local community. The play was directed by Kenny Resinski of the Fine Arts Department with costumes by Bonnie Resinski, a teacher and drama coach at Northern Cambria High School.

Lizeth George.

Zak Campbell.

The actors do stretching exercises prior to the performance.


Chelsea Rose.

Lizeth George.

Kevin Richardson.

Jennifer Ganassi.

Brian Davis on the left, Rob Callis-Keiser.

Bronwyn Stevens followed by Anne Volk.

Kevin Richardson and Anita Baumann.

Anita Baumann and Ethan Leydig and Jennifer Ganassi.

Ethan Leydig.

Addison Fox, Jennifer Ganassi, Anita Baumann and in the background, Ethan Leydig.

Addison Fox and Anita Baumann.

Ethan Leydig and Jarred Kyser.

Jarred Kyser and Ethan Leydig.

Ethan Leydig and Lizeth George.

Anita Baumann and Ethan Leydig.

Anita Baumann.

Anne Volk.

Alan Zajdel.

NancyJo Saksa.

Michael Gagliano.

Ashley Gottron.

Zak Campbell.

Bronwyn Stevens, Anne Volk and Zak Campbell.

Chelsea Rose.

MaryJo and Brady Saksa.

The Assembled Cast
Front Row, LtoR: Brady Sasko (British Butler), Jarred Keyser (Foscarelli), Alan Zajdel (Princess Dragomiroff), NancyJo Saksa (Hildegarde Schmidt), Anne Volk (Miss Ohlson), Chelsea Rose (Surreal Personage)
Back Row, LtoR: Rob Callis-Keiser (Wild West Rodeo Star), Zak Campbell (Colonel Arbuthnot), Lizeth George (Mary Debenham), Jennifer Gannassi (Dr. Ariadne), Addison Fox (Douc), Anita Baumann (Hercule Poirot), Ethan Leydig (Mr. Sam Ratchett), Bronwyn Stevens (Mrs. Harriet Hubbard), Michael Gagliano and Ashley Gottron (Count Andrenyi and Countess Andreniy), Kevin Richardson (Hector MacQueen), Brian Davis (Pierre, the conductor).