Belles for Life host Respect Life Week at SMC

first_imgAs part of the nationwide Respect Life Month, Saint Mary’s College Belles for Life club is hosting Respect Life Week with events on campus focused on celebrating life and raising awareness about the dignity of human life.A Vigil for Life will take place Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the College student center, where students can pray for the dignity of human life and listen to women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign give voluntary post-abortive testimonies, Belles for Life president and senior Jana Zuniga said.“We thought this was particularly appropriate because we want to recognize the ways that abortion affects not only pre-born humans, but how abortion affects women,” Zuniga said, “We will pray for the protection of life … but also for women facing unplanned pregnancies and for the healing of post-abortive women as we stand in solidarity with the women who have experienced abortion.”Zuniga said she decided to become active in the pro-life movement after hearing the stories of women who underwent abortions.“I think their stories are an honest reflection of how many women have been scarred and dramatically affected by their abortion experience,” she said.Dr. Kevin McDonnell, an emeritus professor of philosophy at the College and the Edna and George McMahon Aquinas chair in philosophy emeritus, will deliver a speech Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre, Zuniga said.“His recent publications concern issues in medical ethics and he chairs the ethics committees at Logan Center and at Memorial Hospital,” Zuniga said, “We chose him because he is part of the SMC community and will propose a strong argument that the legality of abortion does not justify neglecting the endowed rights of the unborn children of our society.”According to the Respect Life Week flyer, there will be a Life Fest costume contest and pizza party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday in Le Mans Hall Reignbeaux Lounge to celebrate life.The week will wrap up Friday with students participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign with a trip to the Life Center in downtown South Bend, Zuniga said. Students are invited to meet at the student center parking lot at 11 a.m., and the event will run until 1 p.m.South Bend is one of 252 cities to participate in the campaign, she said. As part of the campaign, people unite in prayer either alone or outside an abortion clinic for 40 consecutive days in an effort to bring a peaceful end to abortion, Zuniga said.“This year alone, there have been 412 confirmed lives that have been spared of abortion by the efforts of this campaign,” Zuniga said. “Girls from the Belles for Life club will visit the Life Center, located next door to the local abortion clinic, which is a place where women can go for help if they are looking for financial assistance, support, adoption referrals or counseling,” she said.Student will tour the Life Center and pray in the adoration chapel during the visit, she said.“As a students of an all-women’s college, we have a heightened awareness to the ways that women are treated in our society,” Zuniga said. “This week is about celebrating the unique and irreplaceable gift that each of us are to the world; it is about recognizing the inherent dignity of all human life, regardless of how that life was conceived, how long it lasts or how fortunate their life is promised to be.”For more information, please contact Belles for Life club president Jana Zuniga at [email protected]: Belles for Life, Respect Life Week, SMClast_img read more

Statewide “People’s Forums” with legislative candidates to address the economy, healthcare, children

first_imgThe Vermont Workers Center, Vermont Early Educators United, and the Vermont Center for Independent Living will host 15 legislative events called ‘People’s Forums’ around Vermont, calling on incumbents and candidates for the State House and Senate to address pertinent issues affecting Vermonters.Candidates will be expected to discuss their plans for developing a health care system that works for all Vermonters, ways to ensure affordable child care and access to quality early education for Vermont’s young children, job growth, and the impact of cuts to public services.Every event will be open to the general public and venues will be handicap-accessible.EVENT: 15 ‘People’s Forums’ to connect Vermont voters to their legislative candidates. The events are hosted by the Vermont Worker’s Center, Vermont Early Educators United’AFT, & the Vermont Center for Independent Living.Candidates will take questions from the audience about early childhood education, healthcare, and the economy. Each event is scheduled for 90 minutes, starting after candidate introductions.PEOPLE’S FORUMS SCHEDULED FOR:Thu, Sept. 30: Montpelier, 6:30pm, Unitarian Church, 130 Main St.Tue, Oct. 5: White River Junction, 6:30pm, Hartford High School AuditoriumWed, Oct. 6: Essex, 6:30pm, ADL Middle SchoolThu, Oct. 7: St. Albans, 6:30pm, Franklin County Senior CenterTue, Oct. 12: St. Johns bury, 6:30pm, St. J. Catamount Arts CenterWed, Oct. 13: Rutland, Rutland Free Library, 10 Court StreetThu, Oct. 14: Brattleboro, 6:30pm, Brattleboro Union High SchoolSun Oct. 17: Morrisville, 6:30pm, VFW Hall Post 9563, 28 VFW StreetMon, Oct. 18: Middlebury, 6:30pm, Mary Johnson Children’s CenterTue, Oct. 19: Barre, 6:30pm, Barre Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite StreetTue, Oct. 19: Bennington, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of BenningtonWed, Oct. 20: Newport, North Country Career CenterThu, Oct. 21: Burlington, Main Street LandingMon, Oct. 25: Randolph, 6:30pm, VT Technical CollegeTue, Oct. 26: Williston, 6:30pm, Williston Central Schoollast_img read more

Revolutionary Jersey Girls: Is There One In Your Family?

first_imgThis article was first published in the March 16-23, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. Janice HunoldHackettstown Regent,General William Maxwell Chapter, NSDAR By Janice HunoldIs there a Revolutionary Jersey Girl in your family tree? Out of more than 6,000 New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution Patriots claimed as ancestors by DAR members, only 44 are women! Why so few?Certainly the realities of 18th-century American life reduce the odds. Revolutionary-era women could not serve in the military, own land and property or hold office.  These social and legal constraints prohibited so many women from serving in any of these capacities and thus, prevented them from being classified as DAR Patriots.The DAR recognizes three types of Patriot service. They are military, patriotic and civil and out of these, patriotic service is the one most achievable by a Revolutionary Jersey Girl. Finding proof of service has only gotten harder over time, as DAR standards have gotten stricter. Service must be proven with historical records, documents, or any acceptable source that can substantiate or prove a person’s contribution to the cause. Out of the 44 current New Jersey female DAR Patriots, fewer than half have currently-acceptable sources for their service.In the face of those restrictions, what kind of wartime service would qualify a woman as a Revolutionary Jersey Girl? Interestingly enough, becoming a widow would help a female Patriot’s cause. When their husbands died, whether through military service or otherwise, these women became property owners. For that reason, patriotic widows could provide material support to the cause. If they paid a supply tax, the money would no longer be their husband’s and the widow would get credit for her payment.There are many fascinating stories about Revolutionary Jersey Girls and their activities during the war. Monmouth County can boast of three women who are in the DAR Patriot database. Both Margaret Eaton Berrien and Theodosia Prevost Burr were born in Monmouth County, both were widows and both provided housing for General George Washington. County resident Isabella Anderson Scudder was a proud member of the “Ladies of Trenton,” who raised funds for the war effort in their own right.Are you descended from a Revolutionary Jersey Girl? Do you have a family story about a female ancestor that can be proved and might lead to the confirmation of a new Revolutionary Jersey Girl? You can help improve the record of New Jersey DAR Patriot women!You can learn more about Revolutionary Jersey Girls on the NSDAR website (  Under “Genealogy” and then “Ancestors,” you will find the names of Jersey Girls, their service and any relevant service sources. See if you recognize someone from your family.    Get in touch with one of the four Monmouth County NSDAR chapters. You can find them at of the social and legal restraints on women during the American Revolution, Jersey Girls were able to provide support to their families while husbands were away at war, raise funds for the troops and contribute to the general stability of hearth and home during this turbulent time. In other words, Jersey Girls rocked!last_img read more

Wild ride for Bombers as Mt. Baker wins LVR tournament

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers wasted a complete-game pitching performance from Austin Tambellini against Mount Baker Wild in the final game of the Bomber Invitational High School Baseball Tournament Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Park.Tambellini tossed a five-hitter during a 4-0 loss to the Wild.The win allowed the Cranbook-based squad to capture the tournament title with a 3-0 record.LVR was second at 2-1 with Selkirk Storm of Kimberley third and Mt. Boucherie Bears of West Kelowna fourth.Tambellini finished the contest surrendering three earned runs while walking two and fanning 12 batters.Eric Hurley picked up two hits while Tambellini, Casey Harrison and Braeden Zarikoff each collected one hit.The Bombers advanced to the Wild contest undefeated after edging out Mt. Boucherie 4-3.Zarikoff threw a complete game for the win giving up four hits while striking out 13 with no walks or earned runs. Hurley, Mathew Brind’Amour, and Zarikoff had two hits each with Tambellini, and Geon Woo Park chipping in with one hit each.LVR opened the tournament Friday with a convincing 15-1 pasting of Kimberley’s Selkirk Storm.Hano Southam went the distance to register the win for the Bombers giving up two hits and three walks and fanning eight batters.Zarikoff went four for four at the plate while Reese Tambellini, Lincoln Rosenblood, Hano Southam and John Barabonoff were all 3 for 4.The Bombers season record improves to 10-5.Bombers sweep RangersLVR entered the tournament on a winning note after scoring a doubleheader sweep of the Selkirk Rangers from Metaline Washington.Braeden Zarikoff pitched very well for the Bombers in Game 1, 6 – 1 win. Zarikoff helped himself with two singles and a double, while Hano Southam had a solo homerun and a single. Zarikoff gave up two hits one earned run and struck out 10 for the win. In Game 2 Austin Tambellini took the win also only giving up one earned run, striking out 11 and giving up four hits. The Bomber gave up an early lead and needed a four run rally in the seventh for the win, Casey Harrison had a big two run single in the seventh. Reese Tambellini and Keaton Roch chipped in with singles in Game 2.last_img read more