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Friday, October 28, 2005

There's an election coming up

Rumor has it that the election turnout in Allegheny County may be as few as 400,000 people. Which means that the votes cast will have a powerful influence on the outcome of the election. One candidate running for judge is Kathryn Hens-Greco, who has been endorsed by the Post Gazette and the Tribune Review, and has been rated "highly qualified" by the Allegheny County Bar Association. While we all know that UUCSH cannot and will not endorse a particular candidate for office, I, personally, urge you to vote and to consider giving one of your 7 votes for judge to Kathryn. Besides being highly qualified, she also happens to be a Unitarian Universalist, although I would certainly support her even if she wasn't. She also happens to be a Democrat, but based upon her background and her committment to justice and fair play, I'd support her even if she wasn't. On her web site you can read the eloquent speech she gave at her kick-off meeting for the campaign. It is at:

Sibyl McNulty

Thursday, October 27, 2005

So, we have an election policy now? Where it that.

Can someone please post the new election policy to this blog or via email to Mark It was mentioned in the Nov edition of The Drummer. But, it was not presented there. Was it published in the past editions? Did I miss it?

If you know of it, what do you think?

Friday, October 21, 2005

Reactions on bylaws session from Peter Konke

I attended a bylaws session, and my thoughts were duly noted, but I would like to give a wider airing of them.

The driving force for the bylaws update is apparently to give the president a 2 year term instead of a 1 year term. Along the way, the entire bylaws are being updated, which is a great idea.

But there are more paradigms than just 1 vs 2 years. I am familiar with an entirely different approach from my work on the Montour Trail Council. First, I was almost shocked that there were an even number of people on the board. I have never heard of such a thing, presumably as it permits the possibility of tie votes. But my main point is that the officers are elected each year by the board, NOT the congregation. Also, the president is limited to 3 consecutive one-year terms. This allows for 1, 2, or 3 year tenures. Great flexibility.

Works fine for the MTC. Don't know about Sunnyhill. My purpose in bringing this up is to stimulate conversation and thought.

Peter Kohnke

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Cheaper for you.

Mt. Lebanon dollar store plans find some chilly attitudes

Mt. Lebanon dollar store plans find some chilly attitudes 'That's right, folks, soon we'll have our very own Dollar General store. Ugh,' posted Josephine Posti on a Mt. Lebanon blog under the headline 'In the ghetto.'

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Pledge Drive Kick Off

Saturday, October 22, 2005 @ 7 PM

To Celebrate the 2006- 3 week only Pledge Drive

What’s Happening: Appetizers, Music, Fellowship, Rousing excitement regarding this year’s pledge drive

Babysitting Available
RSVP a must: George Williams. Or sign up sheet in the coffee room. Please notify us of babysitting needs.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Snap from Hong Kong museum. Humm...

Some concerts updates

There are still seats left for the Mt. Lebanon House Concert featuring Clarke Buehling, master of the finger-style banjo. Mr. Buehling blows the dust off some fine old banjo tunes and songs about `possums and raccoons on Wednesday, Oct 26 at 8:00 at Curt and Annie's house in Mt. Lebanon.

Clarke Buehling is a phenomenal entertainer. He is widely recognized for his interpretations of late 19th century, classic finger-style banjo music. Clarke is also in the forefront of the recent resurgence of interest in the earlier minstrel banjo style. He presents the music and humor of those times.

Clarke will also be offering PRIVATE LESSONS on the afternoon of SUNDAY, OCT 30--if you want to learn minstrel style or old-time three-finger style banjo, he's your man. He has taught private and group lessons since 1972 at venues including the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Augusta Heritage Center, and the Tennessee Banjo Institute.

For more information or reservations for the house concert or private lessons, please reply to this email or call me at 412-343-0498.

Hope to see you at the concert!

Annie Trimble

Upcoming concerts:

Oct 15 Tommy Emanuel (Calliope)
Oct 23 4 pm Eric Schwartz, hosted by Llouise and Jim
Oct 26 (Wed) Clarke Buehling (workshop), hosted by Curt and Annie
Nov 6, 4p Kate McDonnell, hosted by Llouise and Jim
Nov 6, 7:30p Great Bear Trio, hosted by Curt and Annie
Nov 8 (Tues), 7:30p Chuck Suchy, hosted by Cindy
Nov 9 (Wed), Freebo & Jim Photoglo, hosted by Ken Batista & Tica Hall
Nov 19 Andy Statman Trio (Calliope)
Dec 2, 8p Dwight Diller, hosted by Cindy
Dec 10 Del McCoury (Calliope)

Jan 21 Odetta (Calliope)
Feb. 25 Paul Rishell & Annie Raines (Calliope)
Mar 18 Flook (Calliope)
Apr 5 (Wed) Harvey Reid, hosted by Cindy
Apr 22 Tom Rush (Calliope)