Jun. 05, 2018
Here are the stories for this week's Pennsylvania Member Exchange package. If you have any questions, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133.
For use anytime:
Editorials from around Pennsylvania.
For Saturday, June 9, 2018:
EXCHANGE-ALI TRAINING CAMP-MUSEUM
DEER LAKE — Technically, Mike Madden found the property for sale online, made some calls and made a deal to make it his. Technically, he plans to open a museum on the premises in which the public will pay to see what he's done with the place over the last two years. In reality, the son of famous NFL coach and TV announcer John Madden makes a compelling argument that it isn't that way at all. "This place found me," Mike Madden said with conviction, while looking over his baby: The former training center for world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who made this 6-acre complex in Deer Lake, Schuylkill County, his home whenever he was getting ready for a fight during the 1970s. Nick Fierro, The (Allentown) Morning Call.
EXCHANGE-CIVIL WAR CATS
GETTYSBURG — Imagine, for a moment, that the Civil War had been fought by cats. Yeah, it's a stretch, cats not being the most strategic thinkers in the animal kingdom - or the most courageous, seeing that they go hide under the bed whenever company comes over. And cats would also be problematic from a military point of view, considering their seeming inability to follow basic instructions - a deliberate choice because, well, they're cats. Anyway, you don't have to imagine it. You can just head to Gettysburg and check out Civil War Tails in Gettysburg. The museum, housed in a home that dates to 1869 and once served as the girls' dorm for the soldiers' orphanage, features detailed, to scale, and historically accurate dioramas of the battle of Gettysburg and other Civil War battles and camps - except for one detail. All of the figures in the dioramas are cats. Mike Argento, York Daily Record.
PITTSBURGH — Imagine this: You're at your local symphony hall and the orchestra has just delivered a spectacular performance of the first movement of Brahms' Symphony No. 4. As the notes fade away, you close your eyes, basking for a moment in that majestically solemn aftermath — but then, a small smattering of applause breaks out and quickly dies away. What do you do? Do you glare at the perpetrators of this heinous concert hall crime? Do you shush them for daring to disturb the sanctity of Brahms' music? Or are you the one clapping, perhaps reddening at the ears as others sneer at your supposed foible? Classical music concerts have engendered idiosyncratic behavior for centuries, from shouting "bravo" (a homage to the popularity of Italian opera) to presenting soloists with flowers in the vein of Olympic athletes. Stifling applause between the movements of a symphony is not one of those deep historical traditions. Jeremy Reynolds, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PLUMSTEAD —From an area that looks more like a yoga and recreation room than a traditional classroom, a new kind of learning was unfolding at Groveland Elementary School in Plumstead. Fourth-grader Jordan Pieczynski jogged in place beneath a ceiling covered in clouds. A few minutes later, first-grader Adrian Yaeger closed his eyes and smiled as he pictured himself having fun at recess. Second-grader Dustin Balascia bounced on a trampoline. The activities — some calming and some stimulating — are part of an educational initiative to help students learn by first helping them become mindful of themselves, their emotions and their surroundings. Embraced by several area school districts, mindfulness and emotional support programs are increasingly becoming part of a student's day, whether it's kickstarting a class with movement, setting goals and intentions during yoga, or taking a few minutes in class to reset with a "brain break" or sensory experience. Marion Callahan, Bucks County Courier Times.
ERIE — From foods to places to festivals, it's safe to say Erie natives have their own language. We asked this past winter, and you answered: What are things only people from Erie do and say? Here is a sampling of your most popular answers. Some of these aren't necessarily words spoken solely in Erie, but they are popular in Erie or have a different meaning to people here. Erie Times-News.