Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pittsburgh Cyclist in history

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From: Ernest Schimmerling <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:22:58
To: Allegheny Cycling Association<>
Subject: [ACA Google Group] Just thought you might be interested

There is a book out (published in 2010) about Frank Lenz, a Pittsburgh
cyclist who attempted to ride around the world in 1892 on "safety"
bicycle with inflatable tires, which had just been introduced. He
sent back notes and photographs as he traveled. Lenz headed west and
made it as far as Turkey before disappearing in 1894. Another
American cyclist, William Sachtleben, who had already been around the
world in the other direction, went to Turkey to investigate what had

Starting in the 1880s, Lenz was a member of the Allegheny Cycle Club.
He raced in and around Pittsburgh and toured thousands of miles on an
"ordinary" high-wheel bicycle on some of the same roads we ride on.

The book seems to be based on diaries these cyclists kept on their
various trips, as well as newspaper articles. It provides details and
photographs that I find curious and surprising. (I'm only half way
done reading the book; the writing style is just so-so passable but
the story holds its own so far IMHO.)

The book is on Amazon at

(There are also soft cover and iPad versions.)

There is a Wikipedia entry on Frank Lenz at

Monday, July 25, 2011

A+ Schools meeting about Pittsburgh Public Schools budget stuff

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC)
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Elizabeth Seton Center
1900 Pioneer Avenue, 15226

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Northview Heights Citizen's Council
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Northview Heights Gymnasium
525 Mount Pleasant Road, 15214
Northview Heights

Sunday, July 17, 2011

water polo at Summer Dreamers

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Julian Heicklen, now a candidate in New Jersey

From: Julian P Heicklen

Hi Tyranny Fighters: a mini progress report

I am the Libertarian Party candidate for the NJ Assembly in the 37th District.

I was distributing campaign pamphlets at the corner of Main and Salem
Streets in Hackensack, NJ on Friday, July 8, 2011 during the noon
hour.  A police officer walked by and told me that I had to inform
police headquarters in order to do that.  He continued on his way.  I
ignored his request and continued distributing pamphlets. Apparently
no public official understands the U. S. Constitution.

Mark Schmidter, who was arrested for defying Judge Belvin Perry's
order against distributing literature at the Orange County Courthouse
in Orlando, FL, has his trial date set for July 26, 2011.  I encourage
those of you in the Orlando area to attend his trial and show your
support.  As far as I know Keith McHenry and John Kurtz are still in
jail serving their sentences for distributing food and taking pictures
of police, respectively.

I wish to hold a protest demonstration with as many people as possible
from Thursday, August 18–Monday, August 22, 2011.  My tentative
suggested schedule of events is:
Thursday, August 18, 5:00–7:00 pm: Distribute food to the poor with
"Food not Bombs" people.

Thursday night, August 18: Sleep out in Lake Eola Park

Friday, August 19, 7:30–9:00 am and 11:30 am–1:30 pm: I will
distribute fully informed jury literature at the Orange County
Courthouse.  Others are welcome to join me, but be prepared to be

Friday, August 19, 8:00–11:00 pm: Take pictures of police in downtown Orlando

Friday  night, August 19: Sleep out in Lake Eola Park

Saturday, August 20, noon–3:00: parade in downtown Orlando (or maybe
at Disneyland) with signs and banners

Saturday, August 20, 8:00–11:00 pm: Take pictures of police in downtown Orlando

Saturday night, August 20: Sleep out in Lake Eola Park

Sunday, August 21, 10:00 am–noon: Non-denominational prayers for the
people of Orlando to gain an understanding of freedom

Sunday, August 21, noon to dusk: Picnic in Eola Park

Sunday night, August 21: Sleep out in Lake Eola Park

Monday, August 22, 7:30–9:00 am and 11:30 am–1:30 pm: I will
distribute fully informed jury literature at the Orange County
Courthouse.  Others are welcome to join me, but be prepared to be

Monday, August 22, 5:00–7:00 pm: Distribute food to the poor with
"Food not Bombs" people.

This is just a suggested program.  Your input and ideas are welcome.
It might be good idea to have a few speakers for the occasion.  I
think that Mark Schmidter, John Kurtz, and Keith McHenry would be
appropriate choices.  You may suggest others.

In order to have a successful event, we will need the cooperation and
help of the Orlando area Tyranny Fighters and other groups.  I hope
that each of you will not only suggest ideas, but offer your
assistance in whatever way you feel appropriate.



Yours in freedom and justice—Julian

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Computer Art Contest -- Something to do this summer, and you can win!

Looking for something creative to do this summer? Enter this art contest kids. You might win a new laptop for your efforts. has put together and sponsored a contest around my
open source drawing program, "Tux Paint". It's open to kids around the
world, ages 3 to 12. There will be 10 winners, and the top 3 will receive
an OLPC XO-1 laptop!

For more, see my show press release at Tux Paint's website:

And for the official announcements and rules, go to the source:

The contest is open through Sept. 12, 2011.

Friday, July 08, 2011

No Needle News

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Fw: Last Chance for the Moon Park Fiddle and Rock Violin Workshop

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From: Steven Vance <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:25:03 -0400
To: Steven Vance<>
Subject: Last Chance for the Moon Park Fiddle and Rock Violin Workshop

Dates:  Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Robin Hill Center, 949 Thorn Run Road
Instructor: Steven Vance
Ages: 10-18  
Fees: $25.00/Residents, $30.00/Non-Residents
Moon Parks and Recreation is proud to present a new camp for 2011.  This camp will introduce you to Fiddle styles by teaching shuffle bowing, double stopping and 1-2 tunes you can go home and play that night! It will also feature rock classic tunes with Yamaha Electric Violins, Viola and Cello plus sound effects and looping station.  Experience is required - must be playing their instrument for 2 years.  This is a great opportunity to learn from one the areas top musicians !

No online registration now.  Call Moon Parks at 412-262-1703 

If you can't make this one we will be doing another one on Monday August 1 from 1-4 PM.  Same details.

Hope to see you there.

Steven Vance
Executive Director
Extreme Strings Academy
2549 Penn Ave 
PIttsburgh  PA  15222

Yamaha Certified String Educator

Certified Teacher of the Mark O'Connor American Violin Method 

Big Loss for Big Media

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From: "Craig Aaron," <>
Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2011 19:52:41 +0000
To: Mark Rauterkus<>
Subject: Big Loss for Big Media

Free Press Action Fund

Dear Mark,

We won!

Today, in a sweeping victory for communities across the country, a federal appeals court overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to weaken media ownership rules.

Had these rules gone into effect, it would have unleashed a new wave of media consolidation across the country.

In 2007, the FCC ignored letters and calls from millions of Americans and tried to rewrite its media ownership rules to let companies own both newspapers and TV or radio stations in the same town. This change would have opened the floodgates to new media mergers, leading to even more layoffs in newsrooms while thinning out diverse perspectives from local news.

We sued the FCC for ignoring the public outcry. Today, we won. The court tossed out the FCC's flawed rules, but also upheld all other media consolidation restrictions and told the FCC it needed to do better to support and foster diverse voices in the media – all crucial decisions for our fight to build better media.

This isn’t just our victory – it’s your victory, too.

The court pointed to public comments from people like you as deciding factor in overturning the FCC’s attempt to change its rules. Today it’s clear: Your voice and actions make a huge difference.

This court decision should send a wake-up call to the FCC: It must listen to the public and stand up against media consolidation in all its forms.

But the fight doesn’t end here. Right now around the country, local stations are using loopholes and backroom deals to get around media ownership rules and consolidate their coverage of local news. This court case makes clear that the FCC needs to strengthen their rules and address this growing epidemic as well. Click here to tell the FCC to stop this covert media consolidation.

Today’s victory is a big moment for the movement to build better media. We couldn’t have done it without you.


Craig Aaron
President & CEO
Free Press

P.S. – We need your help sustaining our efforts. In court, at the FCC and in Congress we’re up against huge companies with lots of money and lawyers. We don't take money from government, political parties or businesses – so we depend on you. Help us fight the next media ownership fight. Please donate today.

P.P.S. – Read more about the details and background of today’s big decision.

Free Press Action Fund is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Learn more at

Wednesday, July 06, 2011


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Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:57:27 -0400
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Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today called on citizens to help complete the City's inventory of war monuments and memorials. In addition to the City’s current list of over 90 war monuments, the City's Department of Public Works and City Planning is coordinating the effort by asking community members to help in identifying other neighborhood memorials by complete a War Monument Identification form located at

War monuments could be objects such as a memorial, honor roll, artwork, or monument pertaining to any war or individuals who served in a war, including plaques, free-standing sculpture, and/or free-standing stone or bronze monuments.

The City is asking that residents please complete the online or paper form and return the form to the Public Art Manager by close of business, Thursday, September 1st, 2011, either by digital form, fax, email, or hardcopy.

Once information is received from the public, location and condition data will be integrated into a database to create the complete inventory.   Then, City staff will perform on-site condition evaluations of each piece and a professional conservator will provide a long-term maintenance plan for these pieces.

This Citywide project has been created and will be completed in collaboration with the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, the Senator John Heinz History Center, the Northside Leadership Conference and the help of the Veterans and community organizations throughout the City.

For more information, please contact Morton Brown, Public Art Manager, at 412-255-8996 or

For more information and images of City-owned artworks and other demographic information by neighborhood, please visit


Joanna Doven
Press Secretary
Office: 412-255-2694
Cell: 412-475-2387



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Call for safety boaters - 2011 Search for Monongy 1.2 & 2.4-Mile Open Water Swim

When: Saturday, July 9, 2011 9:00 AM
Where: Heinz Quay
North Shore Dr. & Art Rooney Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

OK 'yackers, time to put your paddling skills to work! Our Meetup group is going support an endurance swimming event - the Search for Monongy 1.2 & 2.4-Mile Open Water Swim[/url]. It's put on by the U.S. Masters Swimmers (USMS) Mountain Masters chapter in Pittsburgh. The course runs between Heinz Field and the Clemente Bridge on the Allegheny River. Small craft boaters will be part of the safety crew, monitoring the swimmers, keeping them from going off-course and calling in help if one of them has a problem. No special skills or gear are required. All you need is your kayak, PFD, paddle, whistle, and basic paddling skills. We will meet at Heinz Quay, the same place as we launched last year for Paddle at the Point. Please arrive before 9:00 AM. This will give us time to stage our gear, and then meet with the safety coordinator for instructions. The first swimmers are off at 10:00. The last swimmers will be off the water by 12:30.

We're meeting at Heinz Quay (the ramp in front of Heinz Field, where the Gateway Clippers land on game days) . We will drop off our boats and gear at the curb, next to the Fred Rogers Memorial (same place we put in for Paddle at the Point last year), and then carry our kayaks down the grassy slope or steps to the river's edge, and then past the Fred Rogers Memorial to the launch. Someone will be there to watch your gear and help transport it.  On-street parking will be available.

By the way, what is "Monongy"? Legend has it that Monongy, the man-fish lives in the river. There are records that go as far back as the French and Indian War that describe encounters between British soldiers and strange aquatic creatures. The local Indian tribes referred to this creature as "Monongy". There was even a Monongy craze in the early 1930's through the late 1950's. Sightings occurred on a weekly basis and the police department created a task force whose sole purpose was to investigate sightings of the creature. No evidence was ever produced to lend credence to the claims until May 12, 2003 when a privately owned fishing vessel was the first to take photos of the creature. The photos were available on line for a short time until they were inexplicably taken down. Speculation persists that the government has procured the photographs and are covering up the existence of Monongy. Crypto zoologists from around the world still frequent the Monongahela every year to catch a glimpse of the elusive water beast.

This Meetup listing will be updated as more details come available. I hope our group has a good turnout. Last year, we had a great time, and the swimmers greatly appreciated our help.  Hope to see many of you there!
Check it out!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Two of the top stories of the year in high school sports ...

10. City League memories: Schenley, one of the most storied basketball programs in Western Pennsylvania history, plays its final game, as the City League school will no longer exist. Peabody, which used to have a tremendous baseball program, is another City school that closes its doors after the school year.

11. No more City League? The City League considers a plan to possibly join the WPIAL in a few years. But financial problems in Pittsburgh Public Schools put the plan on hold for the foreseeable future.