Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1990 · Page 12
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 12

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, September 18, 1990
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Friday, September 19,2003 FAMILY Page 12 Coming events Silver and Gold Club Will hold a luncheon Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Podowski Hall at St. Louis Church in Homer City. Anyone over 50 years of age is welcome. Joe Traynor from Beacon Ridge will speak on the subject "Five Wishes — A Living Will." Indiana County Fox and Coon Club Will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the club house on Ramsey Run Road. Herb Study Group of Indiana County Will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Georgette Syster's home in Nolo. Mary Hunt Everyday Cheapskate DEAR MARY: I recently became the costume curator for a theater company and inherited a huge problem. Many of the costumes, including vintage gowns, hats, shoes, WWI woolens and newer synthetics, were previously stored in a damp basement garage. Consequently, everything has badly suffered from varying degrees of mildew. Is there anything that will clean mildew and kill the odor? We have dried some things in the sun, sprayed Fabreze on others. Dry clean- v ing would be the next sWp for those items we cannot latin? der. Some volunteers are helping with mild bleach solutions.— Kevin R, Iowa DEAR KEVIN: My only experience with severe mildew was when my good Battenberg lace tablecloths and napkins got sealed (while still wet) in a black plastic trash bag for an entire week. By the time I discovered them, I had matching black polka-dot linens. In desperation, I performed the only trick I knew to deal with severe laundry stains of any kind: I saturated all the stains with Soilove (an amazing and cheap laundry soil and stain remover sold in supermarkets in California and Arizona). Then I filled the washing machine with hot water, 1 cup Super Washing Soda (also found in the supermarket laundry aisle), 1 cup Cascade automatic dishwashing powder, 'n 2 cup Tide, plus an entire bottle of Soilove. I loaded in all the items, let them agitate for a few minutes (believe me, I was agitated, too) and turned the machine off to let them soak overnight. In the morning, [ washed them as usual. Everything came out spotless and sparkling white. While that may sound like a severe treatment, I don't believe it is as potentially damaging as liquid bleach. You might want to try this, as a last resort, on those items that can be laundered. I'm quite certain that if you can get rid of the mildew, you'll be rid of the odor as well. I have a feeling I'm going to get lots of input on this one. When I do, I'll let you know, hi the meantime, I have arranged for America's Finest Products, manufacturers of Soilove, to rush you a case of their amazing laundry stain treatment. While it can be found for only 99 cents for a 16-ounce botde here in southern California, I'm certain that in Iowa it's like pure gold because of its scarcity. Guard it with your life. (America's Finest does mail order Soilove, but it's not cheap to ship; you can reach them at 800-482-6555.) You can e-mail questions or tips at cheapskate@unitedme- or Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135 Paramount, CA 90723. All correspondence becomes the property of Cheapskate Monthly. Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Annual luncheon The Indiana County Nurses 3 Association will hold its annual \ luncheon Friday, Oct. 3, at the - Indiana Country Club. ",'- The luncheon is,open to all ^ registered nurses. . l ,, ! Jhe social hour will begin * ,y^,| :30 a.m., and lunch will be .* _V sefved at, noon. >, '"/' ,Tp make reservations, cali , I V Patricia Drey, at (724) 726- <" * ? ' r ^ '•* "^Pictured are, from left,, ,' luncheon committee members ; .tpveryn Mihso, Dolores Taylor, , Committee membferis, Betty Bier ^ and jCarmeIJa Gary were absent ,frbm the photo. "" ' ' \ s ^ ' ' ' ^ ""'',""•' , (Gazette photo 'I ',"'-"' /" . by Tom Peel) * Jubilee plays host to many events The annual Avonmore Jubilee will be held Saturday and Sunday. Unless accompanied by a time, the events will be ongoing throughout the day. The schedule: Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — DJ Julie on stage Noon to 6 p.m. — Craft show at Guy's Tavern Banquet Room Noon —Tattoo party at My Buddy's Place 1 p.m. — Parade and car cruise 2 to 4 p.m. —Avonmore Jubilee Station Post Office cancellation stamp at the Civic Center 2 to 4 p.m. — Free Avonmore Lifesavers blood-pressure testing at the playground 4 to 7 p.m. — Cancer benefit ham dinner for Pastor Phil May at the Civic Center 4 to 6:30 p.m. — Barn Hill on stage 7 to 9 p.m. — Ray Skovenski on stage 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. — ZMW at the Polish Club 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. — DJ Mark at The Village Tavern Kids' scavenger hunt at the softball field Moon walk Bingo at the Catholic church Electric train display at fire hall Voting for Avonmore's princess at the ticket booth Indian display with Alan Peterson at the Civic Center Sunday Noon to 6 p.m. — Craft show at Guy's Tavern Banquet Room 2 to 4 p.m. — Martin Lasher Antique Road Show in the Historical Building 2 to 4 p.m. •—Avonmore Jubilee Station Post Office cancellation stamp at the Civic Center 2 to 4 p.m. — Free Avonmore Lifesavers blood-pressure testing at the playground 4:45 p.m. —Avonmore Jubilee Princess and UT Princess pageant on stage 6 p.m.—Church services 6 p.m. — Chester Jonczak, one-man band 5 to 9 p.m. — Dream Catcher at the Italian Club 6 p.m. to midnight — Karaoke at My Buddy's Place Kids' picnic games at the softball field Rainbow Express train Bingo at the Catholic church Voting for Avonmore's princess at the ticket booth Electric train display at the fire hall Beating the odds •fife .W^^ • " • .*2»5 StiiSent {becomes first in family to go to college By STEVE GIEGERICH AP Education Writer KUTZTOWN, Pa. —The campus orientation session at Kutztown University wasn't going well. None of the 20-odd students slouched on benches outside the student union wanted to share much about themselves • — one freshman even refused to give her name. Finally, a young man with intense, brown eyes and a white doo rag pulled tight across his skull stepped up. "My name is Victor Nivar," he said in a strong, confident voice. "My major is psychology, I'm excited to get it done, and I want to get started." Victor, 18, has been doing what needed to be done for a long time. It's how he has overcome obstacles unimaginably more daunting than an awkward silence to be come the first person in his family to enter college. This is a young man who saw his father slain, whose family has struggled on the edge of poverty, and yet who still earned grades that were good enough to win him an acceptance letter. Nonetheless, he couldn't have made it this far — from the Bronx to Bethlehem to the expansive Kutztown campus in southeastern Pennsylvania — without three people: his mother, a teacher and an admissions counselor. It's also their dream that Victor is fulfilling, perhaps even more than his own. It's a vision that Priscila Martinez, Victor's mother, has for his younger brothers and sister, too. "I want them to be able to stand by themselves," she said. Exact figures on the number of first generation students who are part of this year's college freshmen class are not tracked. Educators say it is clearly a number in the tens of thousands of the estimated 1.4 million who started college this fall. However, statistics indicate that Victor is emblematic of today's first-to-college students and the hurdles they face making it to graduation. He was born to a Puerto Rican mother and a Dominican father, and his enrollment exemplifies a College Board finding that, among Hispanics and blacks who graduated last spring from high school and took the SAT exam, more than 50 percent aspired to be the first in their family to attend college. (By comparison, only 31 percent of the white test-takers would be the first to attend college.) A U.S. Department of Education study found that first-generation students generally come from low-income families and received their high school diplomas from academically challenged schools in poorer districts. Their dropout rate is higher than that of students whose parents earned a bachelor's degree. Again, Victor's life reflects those findings. His mother is a factory worker supporting four children on a Carlos Ojeda Jr., left, a former admissions officer at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa., helped Victor Nivar realize his dreams. (AP photo) $12.55-an-hour job packing bulk spices for pizza parlors. She raises her family in Bethlehem, a community with schools and an infrastructure devastated by the economic decline of Bethlehem Steel. Despite financial aid, scholarships and a work-study program that will go toward his $10,786 bill for tuition, room and board over the next year, the ability to cover book costs and other miscellaneous expenses weighed heavily on Victor in the days before his departure for Kutztown. "I'm not worried about flunking out. I know I'm not going to go to a party the night before an exam and miss a test I'm not like that," he said. "I just don't know how I'm going to pay for it." Always frugal, his mother scrimped and saved in order to move her family last year from a housing project and into their own home in south Bethlehem. The address may have changed, but Priscila Martinez's edict remains intact: Until every homework assignment is completed, the television remains silent and dinner is left unserved. Now 38, she was 17 when she moved from Puerto Rico to the Bronx. It was there, on the day she dropped out of high school, that she met a young man —Victor Nivar. On the day the younger Victor started sixth grade in 1996, his father was involved in, a scuffle during a pickup basketball game. As the entire family left their apartment building that evening, Nivars antagonist suddenly emerged from behind a' trash can, knife in hand, and attacked him. Nivar died of stab wounds at a hospital. The elder Nivar died without an insurance policy, Social Security or a pension. Martinez was left with nothing. "Just my four kids," she said. When he talks about his father's .death, Victor is circumspect. "I can't blame anybody,''he said quietly. "Things happen." Despite working two jobs to help his mother support the family, he maintained a 2.9 grade point average. Still, tired of the classroom, Victor figured his formal education would end with a high school diploma. To appease Staples and his mother — who used the GED she obtained while working- full-time as inspiration — Victor started studying college catalogues during his junior year. He signed up to take the SAT. Then the third leg of the platform that , would launch him into college entered Victor's life: Carlos Ojeda. Like Victor, Ojeda was a first-generation college student And like Victor, he overcame an unspeakable loss — the death of his 18-month-old son. Credited with helping to boost Kutztown University's minority enrollment from 5 percent to 16 percent in three years, Ojeda had his first encounter with Victor during a recruiting visit .to Liberty High School. A former admissions officer who this summer J :shifte£ to the classroom to teach business courses, the 28-year-old Ojeda used his life story to attract minority students, especially Hispanics, to Kutztown. Even the addition of Ojeda's voice to those of Staples and Martinez wasn't enough to fully convince Victor that he'd be filling out an application at the start of his senior year, "Did I want to spend another four years in school? And pay for it?" Victor wondered. Returning from a family vacation in the waning days before the start of his senior year, Victor announced his decision. "I just looked at my mom," he recalled, "And I said, 'Mom, I'm going.'" Remembering the moment a year later, Priscila triumphantly poked Victor in the arm: "I knew it," she smiled, proudly. "I knew it before he believed it." . Club news Members qualify for state show Ten Indiana County 4-H horse members have qualified 13 an • mals for ;the .State- 4-H Horsie Production" Show to be held m Harrisburg in October. Member^ qualified by winning a blue riS- bon at an area horse production show. A total of 17 county members exhibited 26 horses at area shows. Members eligible for State Show and their classes include Brianna Robertson, Arabian 2- year-old gelding; Amanda Rogerson, miniature horse yearling filly; Alissa Oliver, Morgan 2- year-old filly; Katie Tidwell, paint colt/gelding of this year; Samantha Krall, paint filly, of this year; Josie •Tidwell, pint'o year-. ling fillyfToe Risinger; "quarter- horse yearling colt and paint 2- year-old filly; Josh Risinger, quarterhorse filly of this year and stock type horse yearling gelding; Stacie Domer, Tennessee walking horse 2-year-old geldr ing and hunter-type horse yearling gelding, and Ashley Brooks, draft type horse colt/gelding of this year. Stacie Domer also won a blue ribbon in the English pleasure 2-year-old futurity, which is not a state class. Other members attending the show and winning red ribbons were Amanda Risinger, minia,- ture horse yearling colt ana yearling filly; Amanda Rogerson, miniature horse yearling coi$ Amy Clevenger, paint filly of this year; Meliah Brooks, paint yearling filly; Samantha Krall, pain,'t yearling filly; Ashley Brooks, pinto yearling gelding; Sarah Simms, pinto 2-year-old filly and English pleasure 3-year-ol^ futurity; Katie Dixon, stock typje horse yearling gelding; Emilea Rippin, English pleasure 3-year- old futurity; arid Heather Wil 1 son, Western pleasure 4-year- old futurity. The purpose of the horse production program is for 4-H members to work with brood mares and raise and train young horses. The southwest area show was hosted by Winterfield Farms and Connie Winters, 90th birthday PEARL ORR ... Home ... Pearl Orr, of Home, will celebrate her 30 th birthday Saturday Bom Sept. 20, 1913, Mrs. Orr has four children: Thomas Lutz', Donald Lutz, Dorothy Burkeft and Janet Harper; 11 grandchil'- dren; 18 great-grandchildreiif; and eight great-, great-grandchildren. ; | She has lived in the Home area most of her life and would enjoy hearing from her friends and reH atives for her birthday '

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