Halloween – Brought to the U.S. by Irish Immigrants

happy halloween While Halloween was a common tradition for centuries, it wasn’t until Ireland’s potato famine drove Irish immigrants to the New World that the United States began celebrating this haunting holiday. This video about Halloween’s history is courtesy of History.com .

 

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Published in: on October 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Forgotten War: The Struggle for North America

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French & Indian War Grand Encampment at Fort Ticonderoga, courtesy of Fort-Ticonderoga.org

A documentary about the French and Indian War  was created by northern New York’s Mountain Lakes PBS, the smallest public broadcasting station in the United States. It’s now being picked up by several other PBS stations, an honor for the tiny Adirondacks area station.

The Adironack Almanack blog tells a more complete story about the documentary, which plays out at Fort Ticonderoga on the occasion of the war’s 250th anniversary.

“For five years—from 1755 to 1760—the battles raged at Lake George, Crown Point, Fort Ticonderoga, and Quebec as France, Britain and the native peoples of North America fought to decide who would control the crucial highway of rivers and lakes between New York and the city of Montreal, ” reported the Adirondack Almanack.  Read the Almanack for more.  Here’s a brief history of the war.

Jackie O would be 80 today

Most often thought of as the U.S.  First Lady, wife of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a strong force in her own right. An avid photographer and accomplished journalist, she later became senior editor at Doubleday after the death of her second husband Aristotle Onassis. She died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1994.

Published in: on July 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Lovely Farrah – She’ll be Missed

Farrah Fawcett, who died yesterday at the age of 62, was so much more than just a pretty face. While she got her start in that silly Charlie’s Angels show I admit I watched religiously, she showed the big range of her acting skills in films such as The Burning Bed.  Check out this video of her on the Partridge Family.

Published in: on June 26, 2009 at 8:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Folks Behind Yore Town

Yore Town founders are Sharon Hill and Kevin Hill. Sharon is a former newspaper advertising manager, business management author and media consultant, and currently serves as sales and marketing manager for Suburban Newspapers of America, a trade association of community newspapers  in the U.S. and Canada.

President of Yore Town,  Sharon is a native of Binghamton NY. She spent nearly two decades working for newspapers, primarily in advertising and advertising management.  Her employers included McClatchy Company, Central Newspapers  and Ottaway Newspapers.  At Topics Newspapers in Fishers IN she was Classified Advertising Manager. She then served as Product Manager for the Indianapolis-area Employment Weekly.  She later spent five years consulting for and writing about newspapers and media vendors as Writer/Analyst for The AIM Group , a media consultancy. She also owned her own writing/editing and advertising copywriting company called DeScribe.  

 

With a DeScribe client, former President of the National Employment Counseling Association Bill Fenson,  Sharon co-authored “Implementing and Managing Telework: a Guide for Those who Make it Happen,” published by Praeger Press.  She has written for numerous sites and publications that include Blue Ridge Business Journal, HR.Com , the Aiken (SC) Standard and Retirement Lifestyles of the Carolinas magazine.  For over three years she wrote Classified Intelligence Case Studies newsletter about best practices in the media industry. She is owner of NewspaperTiger, a blog about online media and community newspapers.

 

Kevin Hill, VP of Operations for Yore Town , was born in Anchorage Alaska and raised in Sacramento CA. He is a former navy aviations electronics and database wizard who now studies network administration and custom designs personal computers.

 

Both have a vision of helping struggling communities and residents; both view Yore Town as a way for community newspapers, other media and historically-focused agencies to provide something valuable to their community while increasing traffic and even advertising / sponsorship revenue.

 

Yore Town is honored to have some very distinguished and devoted professionals and oral-history devotees on its Advisory Committee. They are:

 

·    Perri Collins, Communications Director, Arizona Newspapers Association, www.ananews.com

  Dee Dees, personal historian,  author,  and speaker, www.LifeStoryLady.com

·    Janet DeGeorge – long time media classified trainer and co-owner of RealPeopleRealStuff and Video Job Shop.

  Cathy Droz, co-owner, www.TwoForTheRoadUSA.com, former auto ad agency exec, talk show host

  Laurie Hosken – Vendor manager for DHL, proficient Web writer and editor,  former call center supervisor.

  Stephen Stout, former Marketing Manager for Cox Communications and news editor for Scottsdale and East Valley Tribunes.

Your Personal Story via Yore Town

While the Yore Town platform won’t launch until the fall, we’re getting ready to start recording personal histories of residents of Phoenix and surrounding areas of Arizona such as Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, El Mirage, Scottsdale and Youngtown. We hope to solicit the help of students and others interested in going out to seniors and others who don’t have access to video equipment. These folks might choose to have their stories put on the site as text or as video, or a combination of both.

If you live in the area and would like to share your personal  stories and/or help us collect the stories of others, please email me at yoretown@gmail.com . For more information about the Yore Town platform see the User Features page of this blog.

Published in: on March 5, 2009 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Yore Town Advisory Committee

We’re in the process of creating an advisory committee to help create the most robust and useful oral history site we can offer local communities. We anticipate a committee of approximately ten members, and welcome anyone interested to email Sharon Hill at communitynewspapers@gmail.com. Historians / history educators , radio and TV executives and accounting professionals especially welcome.

Committee members so far:

  • Perri Collins, Communications Director, Arizona Newspapers Association, www.ananews.com
  • Dee Dees, personal historian,  author,  and speaker, www.LifeStoryLady.com
  • Cathy Droz, co-owner, www.TwoForTheRoadUSA.com, former auto ad agency exec, talk show host
  • Laurie Hosken – recently was vendor manager for DHL, proficient Web writer and editor,  former call center supervisor. http://www.linkedin.com/in/lauriehosken
  • Amy Rabinovitz, marketing consultant and media guru, http://getrealmarketing.blogspot.com
  • Sue Stenberg,  recruitment specialist whose career began with CareerPath (precursor of Careerbuilder) and included Directorship of Business Development for Knight Ridder and of Classifieds for Variety. http://www.linkedin.com/in/suestenberg
  • Stephen Stout, former Marketing Manager for Cox Communications and news editor for Scottsdale and East Valley Tribunes.
  • Mel Taylor,  local media consultant and online revenue strategist , www.meltaylor.wordpress.com
  • Jim Townsend,  news and Web guru, Editorial Director for The AIM Group media consultancy.  www.aimgroup.com
  • John Zappe, long time Internet and recruitment specialist, former online executive for Los Angeles Newspaper Group, writer/editor for media consultancy Classified Intelligence, and current media consultant.