Sue & I celebrated a special anniversary this week. It has nothing to do with our time at KRZ or our relationship.
It was one year ago that we adopted our 2 dogs, Franky & Sammy.
We always like to say our dogs found US instead us finding THEM.
A friend of mine who volunteers at Blue Chip Animal Rescue texted me photos of a few of the smaller dogs that were looking for homes. The minute I showed the photos to Sue she wanted to drive to the shelter to meet them.
These 2 little terriers fit right in immediately. And now, a year later, it seems like they’ve always been members of our family.
Blue Chip is a NO-KILL shelter dependent on donations from the community.
Sue and I both urge you to visit the farm for yourself. You just might find a new family member OR one might find YOU!
Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge
974 Lockville Road
Dallas, PA 18612
Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun: Noon-5:00PM
Other Hours by Appointment
Blue Chip is seeking volunteers for days or evenings for help in the kitty cottage as well as walking dogs, brushing them, cleaning up after them, etc.
If you are interested in volunteering and are at least 16 years of age, call them at (570) 333-5265
We lost a long-time friend of the show on Friday. Anne Marie McCawley, director of the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre passed away.
Sue and I met Anne Marie over 21 years ago when we first contacted her about getting listeners to volunteer at the kitchen. And I still remember her reaction when we told her that we needed to have someone there early so our engineers could set up for the broadcast.
“5 in the MORNING?” she asked.
Later we learned that the reason she was so concerned about the time was because SHE would be the one opening the door.
Over the years Anne Marie grew to look forward to our annual Kitchen Crew broadcast…even when we suggested that we have bands perform to entertain our volunteers while they chopped vegetables.
"It's a great loss to the community, and it's a great loss to Catholic Social Services," Monsignor Joseph Kelly, secretary for human services in the Diocese of Scranton told the Citizen’s Voice.
"She was always more than willing to go the extra mile to meet the needs of the poorest of the poor, “ he added.
Today was going to be our first year broadcasting at the kitchen without Anne Marie. She retired this summer after 25 years.
But now with her passing, our annual event will take on a whole new meaning.
Anne Marie was a one-of-a-kind woman who gave all to people in need.
She’s gone but not forgotten. We’re dedicating today’s show to you Anne Marie.
Sue remembers Ann Marie as SELFLESS…..it was always about other people, that was her mission. She was quiet, wanted no special attention but fought hard for the best she could get for others.
She never stopped, never complained, always believed in the goodness of other people and they never let her down.
She was so good, she inspired the same in everyone she came in contact with. She quietly shared her gift of giving and you wanted to be part of it.
When we first met Ann Marie her daughter was in elementary school, then college and now all grown up….Ann Marie beamed when she talked about her daughter. Ann Marie had one daughter, but she had a huge family of those who met her, knew her and loved her. She was an exceptional humanitarian and a lovely woman.
I got a call yesterday from Mike the Kitchen Director at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in WB. Mike was asking for help.
Mike asked if we could spread the word about a few pressing needs at the kitchen. They could still use pie donations for their Thanksgiving meal.
AND, if you would like to volunteer, here's how you can help. Drivers are needed to deliver meals to the homebound on Thanksgiving day. For some in need, this will be the only human contact they will receive this Thanksgiving. It's a simple way you can really MAKE A DIFFERENCE in someone's life.
Call the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen @ 829.7796.
And thank you in advance for thinking of others this Thanksgiving!!!
Earlier today I was a part of the "kNOw Bull" anti-bullying rally at Wyoming Valley West Middle School in Kingston.
What a GREAT group of kids!!!
The 5th thru 8th Graders signed a pact to take a stand AGAINST bullying in their school. These kids GET IT, that it's NOT COOL to bully another student. And they kNOw that it's OK to say something if they see another kid getting bullied.
Aaron Fink & Mark James Klepaski of Breaking Benjamin were amoung the featured speakers. They both told me they have no problem getting up in front of an arena filled with 50,000 rock fans, but were a little nervous talking to the Middle school kids. Aaron & Mark both admitted that they were bullied as kids and reminded the students that it's OK to be different. Great job guys!
Aaron & Mark from Breaking Ben
My message to the kids? There are only a handful of teachers in your school, but hundreds of you. Look out for one another. Speak up if you see someone getting bullied. All of us at KRZ are fans of what you are doing. Keep up the good work.
(Sampling the new Centennial brew with Fred Maier of SBC)
Cheers from the Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston.
I've been meaning to visit the new SBC ever since they started brewing beer earlier this year and Friday I finally got the chance.
Myself and a few friends got a personal tour of the facility from Fred Maier, the VP and co-founder of the brewery.
Not only does Fred understand every step of the brewing process, but he's an expert on local brewing history. And it makes sense since his Great-great Grandfather was Charles Stegmaier, founder of the Stegmaier Brewery in Wilkes-Barre.
Part of the $10 million, 55,000 sq ft facility.
The SBC beer vats. That's a lot of beer!
While we were there they were brewing the new Hop5 IPA, which will be available on tap before the end of the year. Can't wait!
Here's what gives beer it's great flavor...the hops! SBC buys only the best from the US and Europe.
This is where the beer is bottled. Fred says when it's time to bottle, whoever is in the office jumps on the bottling line. He says it's just like an episode of "I Love Lucy!"
A bit of history: the original cart Charles Stegmaier used in 1857 to deliver beer in Wilkes-Barre. It was pulled by a goat!
And now the best part of the tour...
On tap: Octoberfest, Centennial & Peach PumpkinBerry Ale.
The flagship brews: Pils-Noir, Goldencold Lager & Stock Ale
If you're a fan of craft beer, a home brewer, or want to learn more about local beer history, you definitely need to take the SBC tour!
Tours are free and available Monday-Friday @ 3:00 & 5:00 and Saturday @ 2:00. Private tours for larger groups are also available.
Susquehanna Brewing Company
635 South Main St.,
Pittston, PA 18640
Most of us in NEPA have spent at least a weekend or 2 on the Jersey Shore and are looking for ways to help following last week’s devastation from Hurricane Sandy.
Today we received an email from a listener, Kathy Hernandez of Albrightsville. She lives in PA but calls herself a Jersey girl.
Her group, Pocono Friends 2012 is hosting a Hurricane Sandy Relief Donation drive this weekend.
A truck has been donated and is headed for Monmouth County Saturday November 17th.
Here’s how you can help this weekend:
Saturday November 10th please bring donations to C. Winchell Plaza on Route 940 West, Pocono Summit, PA from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (located between Blue Ridge Communications and the Pet Pantry).
Sunday November 11th please bring donations to BSA Camp Minsi, Route 940 West, Pocono Summit, PA (located across the street from the Pocono Regional Police). We will be accepting donations until Friday November 16th.
LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED:
"Granny Carts" (for people to take home supplies)
5 Lb Bags of Charcoal
Batteries (all sizes)
Blankets & Pillows
Body Wash & Soap
Boots (work, rubber, rain, etc.)
Canned Fruit (pop-top lids preferred)
Canned Meats (pop-top lids preferred)
Canned Tuna (pop-top lids)
Disposable Diapers (all sizes)
Disposable Plates, Utensils, Napkins & Bowls
Ensure/Boost Dietary Supplements
First Aid Items/Kits (self-adhesive bandages, ointments, alcohol wipes)
Generator & Gasoline Pumps Tools
Shoes (new & gently worn)
Gloves (work, heavy duty waterproof, rubber & winter)
Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
Heavy Winter Coats & Jackets
Infant & Toddler Body Washes
N-95 Respirator Masks
One Can Meals (ravioli, Spaghetti-O's, chili, stew with pop-top lids)
OTCs: Tylenol, Cough Medicine, Infant/Toddler Meds
Ready-to-Feed Baby Formula
Sanitary Items for Woman
Shampoo & Conditioner
Stuffed Animals/Stickers/ Coloring Books & Crayons
Towels & Rags (previously used can be sent to animal shelters)
Zip-Loc Bags (all sizes)
*PLEASE NOTE – THERE IS DIRE NEED FOR CLEANING SUPPLIES AND ELECTRIC OIL FILLED HEATERS FOR THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS IN THOSE AREAS & WE WILL ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP LOAD UP THE TRUCKS
For more info call: Chuck (570) 872-6637 or Jen (570) 872-4239