Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1990 · Page 14
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 14

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, September 19, 1990
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Page 14 - Saturday, September 20, 2003 REGION Finding family Area residents travel back in time to find out more about their ancestors, themselves Bob Lankard Bob Lankard's column on job issues appears in the Gazette every other Saturday. He is a retired manager of the employment security program at the state Job Center in Indiana. Many find job search frustrating "It is not the workiri I mind, it's the job hunting that I hate," a Los Angeles resident said as part of a National Public Radio Series on welfare reform. As an employment counselor, I have heard the same sentiment expressed many times. Job seekers tend to find the job- search process very frustrating. I call it the job-search blahs or job-search anxiety. It is hard to say why this process seems so distasteful. Tight job market The job market of mid-2003 adds fuel to the fire of job-seeker frustration. The unemployment rate has been setting record highs. Employers are cutting back. Those who are hiring are extremely selective. Employers are offering applicants less money than they made on their past job with a take-it-or-Ieave-it attitude. My old rule of asking for a minimum of 10 percent over the last job has gone out.the window. A recent article portrayed the trend of unemployed people in their 20s and 30s moving back home with their families because of inability to find a job. Some dislocated workers find themselves in a panic because of debts incurred during good times. The laid-off job seeker cannot influence the economy.or national hiring trends, butthey ate in control df how they conduct their own personal job search. I am going to compare the job hunter with another hunter familiar to Western Pennsylvanians — The Buck Deer Hunter. In mid-October deer hunters are spending time in the woods looking for signs to scout out where deer are likely to be in December. By contrast, some job seekers do not "scout" the employer • and go to an interview having only a vague concept of the function of the business where the job exists. Many deer hunters I talk to wear scents to prevent deer from detecting human odors; however, all too many job hunters neglect deodorant. By mid-November deer hunters flock to retail stores to purchase the latest hunting gear; however, some job hunters go to interviews improperly dressed. I have talked to deer hunters who have not gotten a buck in five, 10,15 years, but they are extremely enthusiastic about next season's hunt. On the other hand, some job hunters give up after several months. I do not know why some job hunters seem so careless, in contrast to deer hunters who appear to cover all bases? I believe these careless practices lead to frustrating results. The causes of job-search frustrations are correctable. While I will not promise to make job hunting fun, I will identify some "dos and don'ts" that will help ease job-search frustration. Unrealistic assumptions I have observed that much job-seeker frustration results from unrealistic assumptions. We have expectations, anticipations or assumptions about everything we do. We go to a movie because we expect to be entertained. We get married anticipating lifelong companionship and romance. We leave late on a cold morning assuming the car will start. Sometimes we experience what we anticipate, but other times there is an unpleasant surprise. If job seekers make unrealistic assumptions about the employment application, the need to practice interviewing skills and appearance requirements, they will experience frustration. Thus, the "job-search blahs" begin. In the next article, we will look at unrealistic job-seeker ' assumptions. By STEPHANIE BERNAT Gazette Staff Writer An avid golfer, Ed Work visited St. Andrew's old golf course in Scotland in 1999, where he says golf began. But two years later when he went again with some'knowl- edge of his family's Scottish origin, he said "it meant so much more to me." The Scotch spelling of Work is Wark. Its meaning is makers and keepers of fortifications. Work said he found on a map where Wark Castle was once located in southwestern Scotland on the Sotway Firth, and he traveled through the nearby town of Warkington. "It was a lifelong dream to be able to go over there," said the 67-year-old Work, of White Township. "The people over there are just so nice." • When England, during the reign of James VI in the early 1600s, tried to impose the English government and church on the Scots, some Warks settled across the narrow neck of sea to nearby Ulster in Ireland. Eventually since Ireland was not the land of their ancestors, they looked to settle elsewhere, and five Wark brothers migrated to America. They came in their own ship and were robbed by pirates on the Adantic, saving some coins by hiding them in a water cooler. The brothers arrived on the Jersey shore in 1692, and upon their arrival, their Wark name became Work. Of the five, one migrated to Boston, one to New York and the other three — John, William and Henry — settled in Lancaster County in eastern Pennsylvania. Henry's son Alexander was born in Lancaster County in 1702. Alexander's son James was born in 1732 and remained in Cumberland Coun- ty- It was James' son, William, Ed Work's great-great-great grandfather bom in 1760, who left Cumberland County in 1799, spent five years near present-day New Florence, then settled in northern Indiana County near Rochester Mils. William had married Mary Eaker, but they had no children. He then married Miriam Scroggs, in 1793, when she was just 18. They produced 14 children: Eight boys and six girls. "That's the reason for all those cousins around Rochester Mills that nobody could find" links to, Ed Work said. Miriam was said to be strong in body and spirit. To obtain flour, for example, required a three-day journey to a mill, located on the other side of Indiana. When William was too busy to go, Miriam loaded the grain on two horses and had one of her children guide them while she carried a baby in her arms. William was a teacher to neighboring children, giving lessons on reading, writing, and singing. The first schoolhouse in the Mahoning country area was built in 1807 by William and his neighbors. He was also instrumental in organizing the Gilgal Presbyterian Church in Marion Center, when in 1810 a primitive log building was erected. Now visitors can hardly read the names carved into many of the headstones in the Gilgal Cemetery, but among them all is a monument erected an unknown number of years ago after the deaths ofWilliam and Marian Work by their descendants who haven't forgotten them. The word "pioneers" is engraved on their tombstone. "It was a lifelong dream to be able to go over there. The people over there are just so nice." — Ed Work of White Township Ed Work, second'from right on the right side of the photograph, is seen here with his family. (Photo illustration by Felicia Gilham) BaDad of Miriam Scroggs I sing a song of Miriam Scroggs, Who bore and reared fourteen; Her home a hut of unhew logs Tho cozy, neat and clean. A likely girl, ambitious too, Much younger than her tutor, Who passing poor, aspired to woo. And soon became her suitor. "It will not do!" her parents said, "We firmly tell you nay!" But Miriam tossed her willful head, And, well, she ran away. Bravely they cleared the trackless woods And reared a cabin humble With love, health, industry for \ goods, What room was there to grumble? Soon ax-hewn crib and trundle- bed Were needed in that haven, And how all grew to man's estate, He knows, who feeds the raven! Eight stalwart sons, six daughters tall Filled home from floor to rafter; And dauntless Miriam kept them all, And bathed their souls with / laughter. And William's hardened toilworn hands . : Were never known to falter, • As little voices, led by his Conned the familiar Psalter. 'Tis homes like this that build a state; Such Miriams and Williams Do more to make a nation great Than all our boasted millions. — EllaWork Bailor, great-granddaugh ter of Miriam Scroggs Work Student visits English relatives By CHRIS BUELL Gazette Staff Writer It was equal parts excitement and nervousness when I strapped on my backpack and boarded the train in Manchester, England, a little more.than a month ago. It was something I'd done many times before, but this time the destination was different. I wasn't headed for a tourist attraction, but rather a small town in the southwest of the country, far removed from me beaten path of summertime visitors. The town, Lydney, located on the River Severn near Bristol, was the home of my ancestors until my great-great-grandfather, Edwin Nelmes, immigrated to the United States in 1911. Studying in England for the semester allowed me this opportunity, and I was excited to see the town and the surrounding area, as it was a chance to learn about my heritage. But I was nervous because I was going to stay with distant cousins whom I had never met and only spoken to several times on the phone in die weeks before. What I found once I got there was just how little I knew about my family and where they had come from. And I found an appeal in those roots that I had so often ignored. For me, my predecesors had never existed in real life. They were names, dates, pictures and stories that were easily forgotten. They weren't people I had known, talked to and laughed with. I had easily managed to shuffle them away to the dusty corners of my mind. But as my train pulled into Gloucester and I found my cousins in the waiting room, suddenly those predecesors were in my face, saying, "Here we are!" In the next few days, I took it all in. From the tidal'flows of the River Severn; to the Gloucester cathedral that towers over the architectural struggle of new and old that defines die city, to the hills that gradually build at the border of Wales, I saw the sights that had been everyday scenery for my forebears. I also saw the marks they left behind, from the small house my great-great- grandfather built, to the tombstones that dotted the cemetery around the church in the village. As the sights of Gloucestershire unfolded around me and my cousins' historical narrations accompanied them, I began to have an idea of my ancestors' lives and how they felt all those years ago when they crossed the Atlantic. How they missed the countryside they had left behind, with its purple carpets of bluebells and forests of oak and maple. How they missed their friends they had gathered with in the small pubs of the village. And how they had faced the closing of mines that had fueled the region's industry for the previous century. And as I returned to Manchester after the weekend, I knew that, while I was still not a geneology addict, I might now occasionally take those names and stories out of the corner of my mind and dust them off, so they can keep their vibrancy. Chris Buell learned much about his forefathers from England. (Photo illustration by Felicia Gilham) Care & Share Day scheduled Continued from page 1 "This food drive is very important to the food bank," Dill said. Care & Share Day, now in its 16th year, is co-sponsored by ICCAP and The Indiana Gazette. On Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., area residents are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food to various drop-off sites around Indiana County. (See separate list) Interested donors will find paper bags for the items in Monday's edition of The Indiana Gazette. Last year, eight tons of food and $4,000 were collected through the annual drive. When the donations are in at all the collection sites, they are taken to food pantries located in small towns throughout the county. Every month, those donations go to about 1,300 area families, according to ICCAP. About 500,000 pounds of food are distributed annually. Dill said that Care & Share Day is more than a one-day event in the county, because some businesses and agencies have been collecting for weeks. "There seems to a lot more community involvement," Dill said. For example, workers from a weight-watchers group at the state Department of Transportation District 10 office on Route 286 have been collecting donations for a while, said James B. Struzzi, PENNDOT's community relations coordinator. "If someone loses 5 pounds, then they bring in 5 pounds of food as a donation," Struzzi said, noting that the donations are a way weight-con- Donation drop-off locations Below is a list of drop-off sites for Care & Share Day donations. All sites are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Drop-off sites in the Indiana area • Bi-Lo Foods, University Park Plaza, Wayne Avenue • Fourth Street Bi-Lo, North Fourth Street Extension, Indiana • ICCAP's Food Bank warehouse, 1849 South Sixth St. • ICCAP's Main Office, 827 Water St. • Giant Eagle, 435 South Seventh St. • Shop 'N Save, 475 Ben Franklin Road • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2550 Route 286 South Other sites in the county are: • Armagh/East Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department, Route 56 • Black Lick Volunteer Fire Department, Main Street • Blairsville's Young Men's Fire Company • Brush Valley Volunteer Fire Department • Clymer Volunteer Fire Department • Coal Run/Mclntyre Volunteer Fire Department • Commodore Volunteer Fire Department • Creekside Volunteer Fire Department • Glen Campbell Volunteer Fire Department • Good Samaritan House, Saltsburg • Homer City Volunteer Fire Department • Iselin Union Church • Marion Center Community Park Pavilion (10 a.m. to noon only) • Pine Township American Legion, Heilwood • Plunwille Volunteer Fire Department • Rossiter Drop-In Center • Tunnelton Volunteer Fire Department scious workers can visualize their dieting accomplishments. "We like to. give something back to the community- Other programs that will help Care & Share Day include a special collection from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Kiwanis Bingo, held at the Indiana Skating Center on Shelley Drive. The Gospel Community Church in Homer City is collecting food items for three Sundays, and St. Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church in Indiana will hold a food drive all next week as well as stage a special monetary collection during masses on Oct 4 and 5. Area residents can also leave donations from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28 at the Indiana Mall's new car show. All dealers at the show will have drop-off containers at their displays. For more information on Care & Share Day, call (724) 463-7440. Tribute honors Cherokee ancestors Continued from page 1 Chattanooga along the Tennessee River, where some of the some of the captive Cherokees were temporarily held, to become part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.... And Chattanooga's newest phase of downtown riverfront redevelopment is to include work by Cherokee artists that will honor and remember the Trail of Tears. Sneed said communities along the 960-mile route between Chattanooga and the Cherokee Heritage Center and tribal headquarters atTahle- quah, Okla., are starting to notice the ride — if only for the economic benefit. He said the tens of thousands of riders have "probably got a minimum of $100 each in their pocket People want to get associated with that money." Bill Cason, the ride leader and organizer, said money raised from selling T-shirts and mementos is helping provide college scholarships for American Indians in Tennessee and Alabama and is paying for historical markers. "Our main thing is education," said Cason, 65, a retired construction worker who said he will be riding with his wife, Paulette. "They even take it out of history books and we'd like for them to, put itbackin." Eastern Cherokee vice chief Carroll J. Crowe said Friday that the motorcycle commemoration "when first organized I think was just land of a joyride. I think it has grown into a kind of significant event" He said the Cherokee trail of tears is ignored because it is a "shameful part" of Ameri- ; can history where Cherokees in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee were rounded up and forced out. n tj

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