Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1990 · Page 12
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Page 12 (iazctte FAMILY Thursday, September 18,2003 Coming events Anita Church of the Nazarene Will hold a revival meeting today through Sunday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Evangelist the Rev. Silas West of Apollo will preach nightly, and Leona Betton, song evangelist, will minister nightly. Other singing and special music will be performed nightly. All are welcome. Roast beef and holupki dinner Will be held Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. at Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church, at the corner of Tanoma Road and Route 286. The dinner is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children age 4 and younger. The public is welcome. Take-out service is available. (On the Net: christoursav iororthodoxchurch.com) Round and square dance Will be held Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Blairsville Grange. Country Squares will provide the music. Jim Watt will be the caller. Theater garage sale Will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kovalchick warehouse on Wayne Avenue, Indiana, just south of Frank's Flowers. The Indiana Players theater group will sell items from its prop and costume collections. Birthdays Reunion South Bend Township Grade School reunion Will be held Sunday at the Owens Grove Community Building in Apollo. Bring a covered dish for a picnic lunch at 1 p.m. and an item for the auction. Card shower 100th birthday Anna Gapshes will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 27. Her family is holding a card shower in honor of the occasion. Cards may be sent to her at Communities at Indian Haven, 1675 Saltsburg Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701, or to her daughter Delores Fedor, 311 Main Street, Ernest, PA 15739. Mary Hunt Everyday Cheapskate Dial google for info If you go to the Internet search engine Google, type a phone number into the search bar and hit enter, you'll get that person's name and complete street address. Click on "map" and you get a detailed map to their house. You can now look it up to find out where your friends live. The safety issues are obvious and alarming. To test whether your phone number is mapped, go to www.google. com and type your phone number in the search bar, including area code, and hit enter. Note: If your phone number is not publicly listed, you should be fine, but check anyway. My home phone number complete with address and driving directions to my front door did show up. If you want to block Google from divulging your private information, simply click on the telephone icon next to your phone number. You will see a link that allows you to remove yourself. — Nancy R, Texas Newspaper En terprise Assn. Nicole Aloise Nicole Sheree Aloise celebrated her first birthday July 12 with a Winnie the Pooh theme party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Karen Aloise of Indiana. Helping her celebrate was her sister, Kari, and other family members. She is the granddaughter of Giovanna Aloise of Kent and Richard and Linda Williams of Ford City. Her great-grandmother is Mary Lee Lewis of West Virginia. Cody Sitosky Cody Robert Sitosky, the son of Matthew and Heather Sitosky of Rural Valley, is celebrating his first birthday today with family and friends. His grandparents are Blaine and Linda Boyer of Rural Valley and Ed and Connie Sitosky, also of Rural Valley. He is the great-grandson of Vera and Melvin Ondich of Kittanning, and Freda Mikita and Gertrude Boyer, both of Rural Valley. Alley Bush Alley Janelle Bush, daughter of Doug and Lisa Bush of Indiana, celebrated her second birthday on Aug. 24 with a party attended by family and friends, including her sisters, Kacey, 8, and Hayley, 6, and brother, Tanner, 3'/2. Her grandparents are Greg and Bonnie Sheesley of Indiana, George and Lucinda Bush of Indiana and Beverly Bush of Butler. She is the great-granddaughter of Carlisle and Ethel Sheesley of Indiana and Keith Miller of Punxsutawney. Connor Antonio Connor Lee Antonio, son of Justin and Paula Antonio of Clymer, celebrated his first birthday on Aug. 25 with a small family celebration held in his honor. He has one sister, Ashley, 9. His grandparents are Ralph and Cynthia Antonio and Patricia Manning. He is the great-grandson of C.R. and Ina Fisher, Maxine Antonio and Josephine Vowinkel. Ethan Shankle Ethan Ford Shankle, son of Evan and Connie Shankle of Meyersdale, celebrated his first birthday on July 19. Helping him celebrate were his brothers, Wally and Eric; both grandparents, Ford and Dorothy Shankle of Homer City and William and Iva Stewart of Clarksburg; great-grandmother Angelina Stewart of Clarksburg; and other family members. Jennalea Mitchell Jennalea Mitchell, trie daughter of David Jr. and Sissy Mitchell of Sykesville and the sister of Jesse Mitchell, recently celebrated her first birthday. Joining in the celebration were her aunts, uncles and cousins, along with her grandparents, Cindy and David Mitchell Sr. from Brookville and Pete and Mary Harvath of Punxsutawney. Her great- grandmothers are Kay Gaffney and Margaret Hauck, both of Punxsutawney. Gene breakthroughs help solve origin questions By PAUL ELIAS AP Biotechnology Writer SAN FRANCISCO — Thirty years after Alex Haley's "Roots" launched a genealogical renaissance, black Americans are exploiting the latest genetic research to make once-impossible connections to their ancestral homelands. Blacks who search musty file rooms in government buildings, churches and cemeteries for family records have often been frustrated to discover their ancestral trails ended on this side of the Atlantic. Slave owners often changed the names of their cap- lo*r,record-keep;ng • atT^-Jr."!^ b-~a>;--'i- : <&l£gi"*" their bloodlinies tioAfrica^ Now, Africari*AncesBry''Inc., 1 with its growing databank of African DNA samples, claims it can restore some of those lost connections, however faintly. The small Washington D.C.- based company also is attracting the skepticism of some bioethi- cists who say its sales pitch raises unreasonable expectations. African Ancestry offers two types of DNA tests and says it can usually trace at least one family bloodline to specific geographic areas on the African continent. It has compiled a DNA database of 10,000 people representing 85 ethnic groups from Africa. Each of those groups have telltale genetic markers not found in other people. Those markers were passed on generationally and appear in African Americans' cells today. The company's most common test tracks mitochondrial DNA, a mysterious strand of genetic material found outside the cell nucleus and apart from regular genes. Evolutionary biologists believe each person's mitochondrial DNA is a copy of their mother's, their grandmother's and so on — a maternal thread that reaches back to the dawn of the species. Monica Myles of Mitchellville, Md., received a certificate from African Ancestry Inc. showing which tribe and country her ancestors came from more than 500 years ago. (AP photo) This led to the theory that all humans descended from an African Eve — though that theory was tested a bit last year when Danish scientists documented a case in which a man's muscle cells contained mitochondria descended from his father. Because mitochondrial DNA mutates more rapidly than regular genes, scientists have been able to track the rate of such changes, making it possible to identify individual bloodlines. Forensic specialists tasked with identifying corpses have turned to mitochondrial DNA for years, identifying some World Trade Center victims with such tests. African Ancestry also tests DNA in Y-chromosomes. found only in males, theoretically documenting a person's paternal bloodline. But only males can take the Y-chromosome test. whereas bom sexes can submit to mitochondrial screening. It's also more likely to show European ancestry because of "the dynamics of the plantation," as company president Gina Paige delicately puts it. African Ancestry assembled its database by plucking genetic sequences of African tribes published in scientific literature and by collecting DNA samples from volunteers in Africa. So with a swab of Monica Myles' cheek and a $349 payment, the company was able to tell the family law attorney from Mitchellville, Md., that she was descended, in part, from the Ibo tribe — one of the largest ethnic groups in western Africa, where most slaves came from. Assembling her family tree has been something of an obsession for Myles. She followed her an- cestral paper trail to 1810, but ran into a dead end and couldn't place any of her family on any of the estimated 30,000 slave voyages made between 1400 and 1860. "It was frustrating not knowing where we came from," said Myles, who still doesn't have any detailed information before 1810. But knowing that at least one of her ancestors was an Ibo adds an additional, albeit vague, limb to her family tree she couldn't otherwise find. Nonetheless, some professional genealogists and bioethicists are skeptical. "What worries me most is people overselling the technology," said Hank Greely, a Stanford University law professor and bioethicist. "I don't think it can accurately give people the details they want." Greely said results showing just I/16th of one's heritage can be misleading. What if the other 15/16ths are completely different? ' Still, company founders and others say the service they sell has profound benefits. "People are going to connect with communities hi Africa," said Rick Kittles, a Howard University geneticist and a company co-founder. He said the service could encourage cultural exchanges, fostering closer ties between U.S. blacks and Africans. African Ancestry has sold about 300 tests since launching in February. Meanwhile, companies serving other ethnic groups have also -sprouted • in recent months. Trace Genetics of Davis, Calif., which has amassed about 4,000 DNA samples, offers to test for American Indian ancestry. "DNA is going to be very important and it's on the cutting edge," said professional genealogist Tony Burroughs, who teaches at Chicago State University. "But it's not a panacea. You're not going to discover your entire family tree from a little spit on a cotton swab." Burroughs, author of "Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree" argues that DNA can't replace old-fashioned reporting work. Instead, Burroughs said, genealogical breakthroughs will continue to come from uncovering previously forgotten written records. He's after names, addresses and other hard facts that African Ancestry and other similar companies are unable to provide. Besides, Burroughs said, nothing can replace genealogists' excitement at making a tangible connection. "I was in the National Archives and put my fingers on a discharge paper from 1815 of a relative who fought in the War of 1812," Burroughs said. "What's more exciting than that?" Scientific method best By DR. PETER H. GOTT Newspaper Enterprise Assn. DEAR DR. GOTT: I'm a healthy male in my early 40s. I've been diagnosed with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). After eliminating salt and sugar from my diet to no avail, I avoided drinking chlorinated tap water. Sure enough, after switching to bottled water, the PVCs vanished within a week. Perhaps chlorine and other ions interfere with the electrochemical functioning of the heart's pacemaker. Your view? DEAR READER: The infinitesimal amount of chlorine in municipal water supplies is too small to have an appreciable effect on the body's metabolism. Thus, in my view, there is no relation between chlorine and the heart. Nevertheless, I am intrigued by the apparent effect your drinking water had on your heart rate. Here are my thoughts. PVCs are extra heartbeats that occur in everybody from time to time. They are often related to stress, fatigue, nicotine and caffeine. In addition, they are harmless — except in cases where they may reflect a cardiac disorder, usually diagnosed by a cardiogram and other tests. PVCs come and go. Millions of people regularly consume chlorinated water. Therefore, I suspect that the chlorine/PVC relation may simply be pure serendipity: two common but unrelated events occurring close together. People have a need to find order in a world that appears unpredictable and sometimes chaotic. Consequently, it is human nature to conclude that if B follows A, A must have caused B. However, as George Gershwin wrote, it ain't necessarily so. In fact, the two events may be totally divergent. The strength of the A-B relation lies in how impressive A or B is (an eclipse or volcanic eruption, for instance) or how often the two happenings occur in proximity. The value of the scientific method is that it carvhelp people discover true cause-and-effect relations. In your case, for example, maybe something else is going on. You may have decided to walk to the store to purchase your bottled water. {Exercise can reduce the frequency of PVCs.) You may have cut back on caffeinated beverages. Or there may be some other behavioral change of which you are unaware. Just for fun, I suggest that you perform an experiment. Alternate, on a weekly basis, your consumption of tap and bottled water. See what happens and, by all means, let me know. SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED — To celebrate Pennsylvania American Association of University Women's 75th year, the Indiana branch presented "AAUW: Advocacy in Action," at a recent luncheon at St. Andrew's Court. Jan Heckroth, left, chairwoman of the scholarship committee, introduced three of the four $500 scholarship winners. All will use the award to continue their studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The winners are, from left, Alicia Misko, majoring in elementary education with an emphasis in math; Dorothy Hillard, majoring in communications media; and Sarah Holland, majoring in music education. Not pictured is scholarship winner Jennifer Smyers, a child-development major. Holland and Smyers are graduates of Indiana Area High School. Luncheon speakers Bobbi Monroe and Carol Hanna discussed their experiences at the national convention in June. Carolyn Thompson also discussed the nature of her work as director of women's studies at IUP. (Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg)

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