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2014 in review

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Punxsutawney Area Community Foundation is alive and now serving their community as of Thursday, June 5th, when the foundation president, Katie Laska, signed the affiliate agreement with Bridge Builders Community Foundations.  Bridge Builders Trustee President, Charles Marlin, signed for Bridge Builders, and foundation vice president, Michele Neal, witnessed the signing along with Bridge Builders’ Executive Director, Trenton Moulin, and Administrative Assistant, Lauren Lupinacci.  The signing was topped off with pizza at Laska’s Pizza.

To welcome its new neighbor, the Clarion County Community Foundation authorized an immediate transfer of $1,000. to the PACF Unrestricted Grants Endowment, so only minutes old the foundation is working for the community.  In the weeks, months, and years ahead, all of the community will learn the services and benefits of having a locally controlled and locally sensitive community foundation.  By affiliating with Bridge Builders, the community foundation in turn gains the stability of professional administration and strength in size.

PACF joins Clarion County CF, Forest County CF, and Venango Area CF, and together they send trustees who serve on the Board of Trustees of BBCF.  Each community controls its own affiliate, and the affiliates together control the umbrella administration for all the affiliates.  BBCF is headquartered in the National Transit Annex, 206 Seneca Street, Oil City PA 16301.  The phone is (814) 677-8687.

Although new, the PACF has a history.  Many community citizens have worked and agitated for a community foundation, some for a long time and others are new to the cause.  Pictures, names, and stories should be collected so that remembering the founders is always honored.  One of the wonderful services a community foundation provides is a means for remembrance and memorial.  The founders are worthy of the community’s thanks and honor.
Photographed at the signing are, left to right, Charles Marlin, Michele Neal, and Trenton Moulin.  Charles Marlin

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,800 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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All birds are beautiful, and we should all fear for their continued existence; however, some are less welcome than others, and among the less welcome is the Brown-Headed Cowbird.  The first picture is of an Eastern Phoebe nest on my friends front porch.  The second picture shows two Phoebe eggs and one Cowbird egg.  Later a third Phoebe egg was produced.

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If left as is, the Cowbird egg will hatch and soon kill the young Phoebes.  The only way to save the Phoebes is to remove the Cowbird egg, although the removal may cause the parasitizing Cowbird female to raid or destroy the Phoebe nest.  I told my friend to remove the speckled Cowbird egg; but she did not want the yoke on her conscience.

My conscience has been trashed so often that I volunteered to remove the Cowbird egg.  I carefully slipped the egg into a plastic bag and put it in her freezer.  She was alright with returning the frozen egg the next morning.  The end of the story is lovely to behold.  Charles Marlin

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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Mike and Sally Vereb have joined the Clarion County Community Foundation Board of Directors.  Both are retired from the Intermediate Unit and now live in Foxburg.  Mike manages the Foxburg Inn; and both are very active in Allegeheny-Clarion Valley community affairs.  We are delighted to have their willing and useful participation on the Board.

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