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J. Augustus Jones by Randy Gustafson

Rotarian Randy Gustafson shared his passion for history and for trains with us on Wed.  His entertaining presentation took us through the life of J. Augustus Jones of Warren, his ties to businesses, banks and a circus.

Randy’s curiosity was peaked when he started to look into Warren Circus Flat Cars that are common in model trains.  It turned out the real version was made in Starbrick. Circuses were charged by the car, not by weight, so to save money they made the cars longer so they would extend the cars up to 70ft. These were used by many circuses including Ringling Brothers.  The story of Jone’s life was incredible, from banker to circus owner and more.  Thank you Randy for sharing this incredible tale with us.

Want to read more about J. Augustus Jones go to Warren Times observer . http://www.timesobserver.com/news/community/2019/05/kings-demise/

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Phil Caudil – Bent Run Brewery

Phil Caudil from Bent Run Brewery was our Speaker July 24th. Their new location in the old Loranger building at 36 Clark St will be opening this October.  The space is all set up and now they just need to set up the dining room, kitchen and brewing to get going.  They will be open 3 days a week to start with a bar menu.

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Harvey Stone- High Performance Driving

Our speaker July 17th, was Rotarian Harvey Stone. He talked about his passion of High Performance Driving. He started in 2001 after a friend took him to the Watkins Glen to experience a ride. Since then he has participated in numerous schools all over the country, Canada and Germany.
Drivers are broken up into different skill sets and when a faster car approaches you use hand signals to get signal them past. He is a track instructor and when he is instructing drivers he rides in the passenger seat and talks them through the course. He showed us an exciting video of the Watkins Glen Track.

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David Krantz – Battle of Gettysburg

Our speaker last week was David Krantz from Bradford. He spoke on the Battle of Gettysburg. 625,000 were killed during the Civil War, largest number of US casualties from any war.
Union commander was Major General George Meade and the Confederate commander was Major General Robert E. Lee.
It was the largest battle in US history with 93,921 Union Troops and 71,699 Confederate Troops taking part.
The battle went on three days and at the end the Union troops prevailed, but General Meade failed to go after the retreating Confederate troops and that resulted in 21 additional months of fighting before the was was over.
Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address at the site of the battle, at the funeral for those lost in battle.
There were 165,620 troops involved from both sides.
For the Union side, 3,155 killed, 14,529 wounded, 5,365 missing or dead.
For the Confederate side, 3,903 killed, 18,735 wounded,5,425 missing or dead.

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Woofington Dog Park

Rocco DelPrince, the president of Woofington Dog Park, came to speak to us. It’s been a few years in the works but plans to transform a grassy area into dog park are underway.
 
The board of directors of Woofington Dog Park have selected a site for the park they have been working to create for several years. The site selected for the dog park is next to the Visitor’s Bureau.
 
They received zoning approval from the County Commissioners and will be building 2-3 enclosures for different size dogs. More info at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Dog-Park/Woofington-Dog-Park-1272896862733235/
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Alzheimer Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter

Jenn Brownlee & Jill Curtis from the Alzheimer Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter came to tell us about their organization.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Read more about them at https://www.alz.org/pa

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White Cane Coffee

What Cane Coffee

Bob and Vicki Willman from White Cane Coffee Company talked to us about their company. Their daughter started White Cane Coffee is because, number one, “Who doesn’t love coffee.”. But most importantly, her siblings and her are all on the Autism Spectrum and she is also blind. They have found that finding jobs extremely difficult.

Their goal is to provide a welcoming environment to all people and provide jobs to the handicapped community at a living wage. Most of all, they want to provide you with a Great cup of coffee!

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Dr. Verlynn Kleppe

Dr. Verlynn Kleppe, of Whole Health Chiropractic Center, is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Her presentation was on posture and 3 steps to help.

  1. Release
  2. Stretch
  3. Reset

She included techniques for all 3 steps that can be done at home or at work. To download the presentation CLICK HERE.

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Lydia Latimer, February Student of the Month

Lydia Latimer, of Warren Area High School, accompanied by her parents Greg and Dede Latimer is our February Student of the Month. She has been on the volleyball, swim, and track teams, as well as Varsity Club, Yearbook staff, and Spanish Club. She plans to attend Cleveland State University for Environmental Science, and to play Division I volleyball.

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Jeff Granger

From Bosnia to Afghanistan and beyond , Jeff Granger, our speaker on Feb 13th, has worked in education around the globe. He helped set up a training program in Bosnia to train their teams on how on de-mine areas. In Afghanistan he helped establish a school for girls. He then worked in our area with the Forestry Service.