Monday, July 11, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1674, July 11th, 2011



The Pittston Farmers Market, which will open for the 2011 season on Tuesday, July 12, at 10:00 a.m. on the former St. John the Baptist School parking lot located on William Street, will have a wide variety of local grown fruits and vegetables.
Harold Golomb, of Golomb Farms and Greenhouses, said, “Despite the rainy season we have had there will be an ample variety of vegetables to select from.”
The school was torn down along with the Church by the Diocese of Scranton. The church and school were established by late 19th century Slovak immigrants who saved their pennies and nickels to make a place of worship for their families. Their sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears made it possible for 21st century Pittstonians to buy juicy plums and ears of corn.


Charlie Thompson of the Harrisburg Patriot News reports that the wife of state budget secretary Charles Zogby was arrested early yesterday after allegedly leading state police on a brief chase between Carlisle and Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County. Georgina D. Zogby, 47, of Fairview Township, was initially stopped about 1:15 a.m. Sunday on York Road in Monroe Twp., according to state police. She allegedly drove away as a trooper approached her car. Troopers eventually stopped her after a pursuit that continued on Boiling Springs and Trindle roads. Police said Georgina Zogby will face charges of driving while under the influence, fleeing or attempting to elude police and numerous traffic citations.
I don’t wish ill on anyone here but look, even O.J. Simpson couldn’t out run the cops. Don’t make things worse by running away.


At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm corn!

At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even jesus christ himself must be sick of your whinning

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed 11:22pm, come one Mr. Yonki, stop holding on to the past. Those that invested into the church were had their spiritual needs met. These bulidings were not supposed to exist forever. If there were enough people attending and supporting the churches they would still be standing, but how silly is it to have 15 churches within a square mile radius?

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, it is tiresome. But I think it is a small price to pay for Yonki's total body of work. Although he won't admit it, I think the timing of everything with the church was not good. I think Yonk was going through a mid life religious breakdown. If you look in the archives during that time period, you see him going to New York to see the Pope, then his mom dies then the church closes, then he has this life threatning operation, then the chemo, and then the complete destruction of the building. I get it. I'm tired of it but I get it. I'd rather have this then him totally off point or not writing at all or telling us how he likes his eggs all the time. Indulge him.

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm plums!

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki ... Yonki ... Yonki
You've beaten that dead horse again.
Get a grip man.

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the comments on the closing of the Churches, I totally agree with Mr. Yonki. Here are my three points:Someone stated that these church buildings were not supposed to last forever-oh, yes they were. My Slovak side of the family still lives in the small central European village of my grandparents where there are two churches. The oldest one was built in the 1400s and was refurbished in 1776. In great condition because the people care for it, it is still used for weddings and baptisms. The newer larger church was built in the 1950s and last year it was completely redone-replastered, retiled etc. inside and out. The villagers could not imagine closing and tearing down a Church!
And regarding the comment about many churches in a square mile-you must understand the history of the people who founded the churches, these were not just buildings, they were temples of beauty and culture-they were the best that the people could create from their own labor. Church foundations were often dug by hand in the early evening by men of the parish who worked loading coal cars by hand all day long. And finally, the ethnic churches were centers of social life, they were places that our grandparents and great grandparents might come together to celebrate their love of God and their love of their language and their culture. The immigrants who came to the Anthracite coal fields 100 years ago were under great pressure to fit in, to become "Americanized" -their churches became their gathering places- the one safe place where these young people could speak their native dialect and practice their traditions. Why? because most of the immigrants who were recruited by the large coal corporations to work here in the Anthracite coal fields were not welcomed warmly by the early settlers.They were taunted and ridiculed because they looked different, and they did not speak English.
What has this to do with today? I understand that not every ethnic church can remain open, but it appears that most of the churches that have been closed were founded by immigrants from Eastern and Central Europe - and the message that is conveyed is this-your culture that you carry in your blood is not valued, your traditions passed on and carefully explained by your grandparents are not valued by the decision makers in the diocese. It may be 100 years later, but some things never change.


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