Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I drove this 63 year old tractor

Wayne bought it new in 1952. It has never left his 34 acres farm. It is here in Pennsylvania deutsch country.

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From: Sally Bair <>
Date: August 25, 2015 at 11:19:51 PM EDT
To: Harry Everhart <>
Subject: Photo 3

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We Spend Sunday Afternoon On The Bair Farm

Sally Bair in the Gardens in Hegins
When did Harry Meet Sally? Back in 1992 - when very few people had email addresses I met Sally Bair. Sally was a media specialist that lived in Hegins PA. Hegins is only 30 or so miles from my home in Tamaqua PA. I want to tell you about the first time I have ever been in Hegins. It was yesterday.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tamaqua PA - After 3 Stops "Pub Crawl" Turned Into "Cub Prawl"

Lulu - Linda - and Lori - enjoyed and evening at a few of Tamaqua's finest places. Here they are in the completely restored Tamaqua Train Station's Vonz Restaurant.

Tamaqua Rumor - Old Funeral Home To Return To Life As An AIRBNB

When I was a kid growing up in Tamaqua in the 1950's - the Davis Funeral Home was the place to go when you died. In those days - Tamaqua had hardly any people of color - so most of the "heritage riots" were between Catholics and Protestants. If you were Welsh or English - it was said you could not get to heaven without a stopover with Tommy Davis. It was the happening place in town  - old money to be sure - they even sponsored a Biddy League baseball team - The Davis Morticians. I was not sure what a mortician was - but we were thankful they bought us all shirts and hats. 

In the 1970's - when Tommy Davis retired and moved to Arizona - son Dick and his wife Jan took the helm of the business. They lived upstairs and kept the property in outstanding shape. Later - they sold the business and moved to Arizona where they maintain their home today. 

This morning Lulu and I were walking around down - visiting folks in the Hi-Rise. We took a few pictures of the complex. 

You heard the rumor here first. It has been said that Dick and Jan Davis - Harry and Lulu - and Carl and Marylou - are buying the building and going to develop an AIRBNB. If you do not know what that is - google it. The 3 couples may be living on the premises to manage the development in the summer.  They may be seeking federal - state - and local grants to make this property once again one of Tamaqua's beauty marks. 

Many people have expressed an interested in staying in rooms that their ancestors occupied - even if only for a few days. Stay tuned to this site for more information. 

Lulu's Homestead - 45 Years Later - Tamaqua PA

Lulu - age 15
Dr Lulu - age 61
We are staying at Lulu's childhood home for a couple days - heck we are even sleeping in her old bedroom. She was 16 years old when she voluntarily left this peaceful placid country estate for a larger horizon. She has now been an Everhart almost 3 times as long as she was a Cox.

Tomorrow - we will be checking in at the Pine Crest Cottage in Knoebel's Grove Amusement Park in Elysburg PA. We are looking forward to many friends and family members coming to visit us. The place sleeps 10. We have no idea what the quality of the place is. We just know that the bill is paid - and we can't get our money back :-)

Next weekend - the Everhart 8 will be staying there together. Monday - we all return to our homes in Florida - Virginia - and Washington DC.

Dr Lulu is a professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee FL.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

COOL HAND LUKE - This Really Happened Yesterday In Neighboring Gadsden County

In Florida - to get in the Deep South - you go north. There is a trial going on here accusing the sheriff of releasing inmates to have conjugal visits in motel rooms - men that are supposed to be held without bail. The sheriff claims it is a long held tradition. But the best line is the last line of the story - scroll down - 

From the Tallahassee Democrat -
Young case wraps without ruling

Judge’s ruling in Gadsden County sheriff ’s case expected within two weeks

Karl Etters

Two days of trial in the case against Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young wrapped up on Tuesday.

Ajudge is expected to rule within two weeks whether Young is in contempt of court for allowing inmates at the county jail, including dangerous felons, to be released on hours-long furloughs without judicial authorization.

State Attorney Willie Meggs over two days presented incident after incident trying to show that Young continually ignored court orders by temporarily releasing
 inmates. Meggs has tried to show Young is in contempt of court since last September when he filed a petition that detailed two dozen cases in which inmates, who had sometimes been sentenced to the Department of Corrections, were allowed out of the jail to visit family gatherings and hotel rooms to meet women, sometimes unsupervised.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Library Story Makes Local Tallahassee News

Professors’ tool assists librarians

Copied from today's Tallahassee Democrat.
Byron Dobson

Democrat senior writer @byrondobson on Twitter

Two Florida State University professors have created a training site that they hope will assist librarians when working with patrons who suffer from autism spectrum disorders.

Nancy Everhart, left, and Juliann Woods, right, have created a learning guide to make libraries more comfortable for persons with autism.

The teaching guide, called Project PALS, was created as a learning tool to help librarians better understand some of the behavioral characteristics demonstrated by someone with the disorder, and how to make that person more successful in library settings.

Project PALS, or Project Panhandle Autism Library Services, is taught online using examples that can be reviewed at the person’s leisure. The training lasts about four hours.

The project was created by Nancy Everhart, a professor in the School of Information who studies the impact of technology on the leadership of the school librarian, and Juliann Woods, associate dean of research at the College of Communication and Information at FSU. Woods also is associate director for research
 to practice at the Autism Institute, who helped develop Autism Navigator, a Web-based early-detection tool that aids service providers in recognizing and serving children with ASD.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Our Apartment in Berlin - We Booked It

Our home in Germany. The picture is taken
from a park across the street.
Lulu was awarded a fellowship to do research in Berlin next spring. Today - she booked our apartment on AirBnB. She wanted an apartment near all the action and near Humboldt University where she will be doing much of her work. Her fellowship is funded by DAAD - a German endowment. 

In America - you would say the apartment is on the second floor - but in Germany it is called the first floor - the ground floor is not numbered. The picture above is our building (from google maps) - we will be by the open window in the picture on the second floor.

We got an apartment that sleeps 7 and has two private bedrooms with king beds in them. It also has a kitchen - living room - and one bathroom. I guess the "others" sleep on day beds or sofas. You can see the apartment layout here - 

Our place is close to Hitler's Bunker and about 2 blocks from the old Berlin Wall. 

We are looking forward to friends and family coming for visits. 

The living room has a flat screen 3D TV -
and 2 bright windows
This maps shows our Prenslauerberg
neighborhood. Our apartment is
marked by our reservation on the map.