Coming Home: Banks School honors Rep. John Lewis (PHOTOS)

first_img Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Latest Stories Published 8:15 pm Friday, February 21, 2014 Sponsored Content Coming Home: Banks School honors Rep. John Lewis (PHOTOS) You Might Like Picture perfect MESSENGER PHOTO | JAINE TREADWELL Pinckard Vault and Marble Works sent its A-Team to install the new gallery plaques at… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsoncenter_img Skip MESSENGER PHOTOS | JAINE TREADWELLJohn Robert Lewis, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, was an honored guest at Banks School Friday. Standing before the students at Banks School, Lewis had to hold back tears.The noted politician and civil rights leader had come home.Lewis had come home to the same red clay fields where he had picked cotton and shook peanuts as a boy. He had come home to Banks were his formal education began and he was honored on his 74th birthday as Banks School presented “Celebrating One of Our Own” — The Life and Times of Congressman John Lewis.”Lewis was born in 1940 the son of sharecroppers. He grew up on his family farm in Carter’s Quarters near Dunn’s Chapel in rural eastern Pike County. He attended segregated public schools in Banks and Brundidge.When Lewis was not in school, he was working in the fields. And, it was at the school in Banks that he took to heart his teacher’s advice to “Read, my child, read.”“I read everything,” Lewis told the Banks students. “I read books, newspapers, just anything I could find to read and I learned everything I could. Somewhere along the line, it was invested in me that this boy could do something.”What young Lewis wanted to do was be a minister.Back then, all farms had chickens and, not having a congregation to hear his practice sermons, Lewis preached to the chickens.“The chickens would nod their heads and shake their heads but they never said amen,” Lewis said, laughing. “If someone had told me back then when I was preaching in the chicken yard, that one day I would travel all over the world in an effort to make it a better place. If someone had said to me that I would go to Rome and meet the Pope, that I would be a part of the Civil Rights Movement with Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that I would know President Kennedy and Nelson Mandela. That I would work with President Carter. That I would serve in Congress under Presidents Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and Barack Obama, I would have said they were out of their minds.”Lewis said he has been blessed to be a part of the changing of the face of America.“I look out at you and see all of these young faces,” he said. “I see black faces and white faces. I see Asians and Latinos. They look like Americans. They look like you.”Lewis challenged the students at Banks School to never give up and never give in.“Keep the faith,” he said. “Never let anyone tell you that you cannot be somebody. You are the leaders of the 21st century. One day, you may be lawyers, teachers or doctors or the mayor of your town or president of the United States. Go for it.”Lewis said, in going for it, his desire is to make the world a better place.“It is better to love than to hate,” he said “We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will perish as fools. We all live in the same house. It is not a Banks house or a Pike County house or an Alabama house. We all live in the world house. It’s up to all of us to make the world a better place and a place where no one is left behind because they are different.”Banks School honored Lewis with a reception following the program. Lewis left the reception in time to make a short stop in Brundidge, where he attended and graduated from Pike County Training School.Lewis visited Pike County Elementary School at the request of fourth-grader Paxton Flowers.Each year, the fourth-grade students at PCES present at wax museum featuring black Americans who have made an impact from arts and entertainment to politics.Young Flowers played the role of Congressman John Lewis. He was so impressed with Lewis that he wrote and invited the Congressman to visit his school.“Congressman Lewis is still alive after the Selma March and Bloody Sunday and I wanted to meet him,” Flowers said. “I told him that my mama said important people had to be paid to visit your school. I told him we didn’t have any money but I wanted him to come anyway.”Lewis said he was so touched by the youngster’s letter that he decided to visit him and his school.“And, he didn’t have to pay me,” Lewis said, with a smile.Flowers met Lewis wearing a tan trench coat much like the one Lewis was wearing when he and Hosea Williams led the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965.“People often ask me what happened to the trench coat,” Lewis said. “Now, I’ll tell them that a 10-year-old boy in Brundidge, Alabama is wearing it.” By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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U.S.News ranks Vermont Law School’s environmental law program best in nation again

first_imgVermont Law School,U.S.News & World Report has ranked Vermont Law School’s environmental law program as the best in the nation for an unprecedented third consecutive year. The 2012 Best Grad Schools guidebook appears on is external) on Tuesday, March 15, and on newsstands on April 5.‘I’m proud of this continued recognition of the depth and breadth of our environmental curriculum, clinic and institutes,’ said Professor Marc Mihaly, director of the school’s Environmental Law Center (ELC). ‘Our success reflects the dedication of our wonderful faculty and students. Our graduates bring strong skills and environmental direction to their legal and policy positions in government, nonprofits, law firms and corporations.’Vermont Law School has placed first 14 times and never placed lower than second since the U.S. News environmental specialty rankings began in 1991. VLS’s top ranking this year marks the first time that a school has been ranked number one in the environmental specialty for three consecutive years. To develop its specialty rankings, U.S. News asked legal educators to identify the top programs.Vermont Law School also placed among the top 100 law schools where law firms tend to recruit (number 96). This is the first year that U.S. News has ranked law schools based on the opinions of recruiters and hiring partners at the nation’s most highly regarded law firms.”Employer recognition of the excellence of our graduates continues to grow,’ Dean Jeff Shields said. ‘This is not surprising given the exceptional preparation in writing, speaking and critical thinking that takes place at Vermont Law School.’The ELC offers the largest selection of environmental law courses in the nation. The multidisciplinary program in law, policy, science and ethics attracts law and graduate students, lawyers, government officials, teachers, scientists, journalists and citizen activists. Since its creation in 1978, the ELC has trained people to be environmental leaders in government, nonprofits, corporations and private practice ‘ locally, nationally and internationally. The ELC administers the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree program for lawyers and non-lawyers and the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law, a post-Juris Doctor degree for experienced attorneys who seek to specialize.Vermont Law School offers clinical, research and experiential environmental programs through the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, the Land Use Institute, the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, and the Environmental Semester in Washington. The ELC’s Summer Session offers a broad curriculum, a Visiting Distinguished Environmental Scholars program and a lecture series that features summer faculty members, distinguished summer scholars and summer media fellows speaking about current issues in their fields.##Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit is external).last_img read more

These Pets Want To Be Your Valentine

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York There are plenty of super-cute dogs and cats available for adoption on Long Island this week, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Read all about how to adopt them right here!Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:TuckerAttention Beagle lovers! Tucker, who arrived at Last Hope from Kentucky, has already encountered both the cruelest and kindest of humanity is his short little life. Tucker needed his front toes amputated after being caught in a barbaric leghold trap in Kentucky. Thankfully, at just 1 year old, he is okay and is ready to find peace in his new forever home. Please consider adopting Tucker and providing him with the love he truly deserves!For more information on adopting Tucker, please contact Last Hope at www.lasthopeanimalrescue.orgAvailable for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:GypsySweet Gypsy (reference #170721) was found as a stray in Oyster Bay in mid-December. She is a gorgeous 4-year-old pit bull described as a fun-loving, playful doggie that really just wants a home of her own. A shelter is not the best place for this lady, and since she’s spayed and up to date on her shots, she’s ready to go home with you today!If you already have a pooch at home, please note the shelter requires a meet prior to adoption. Why not open your heart and home, and give a girl a shot at having a great life today?For more information about adopting Gypsy, call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington:ToastyHow adorable is Toasty (Reference # R157504)? This 6-year-old pup recently arrived at North Shore’s adoption center when her family could no longer take care of her. This beautiful lady has needed time to adjust to her new digs, and now that she’s all settled in-it’s official…she is nothing but adorable! Toasty’s ideal home is a quiet one with older children who can appreciate her need for tranquility.As the only pet, she will shine brightly and be a delightful companion. Toasty loves basking in the sunshine and lounging with her humans. She’s missing a home of her own, but you can help her with that by taking her into yours. Together, you’ll quickly learn what happily ever after truly means!For more information on how to get toasty with Toasty, please send an email to [email protected] always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!last_img read more

Spinach-Stuffed Pasta Shells

first_img 37 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Spinach-Stuffed Pasta ShellsThis pasta recipe has a filling made from spinach, Italian, and ricotta cheese that is blended together and then stuffed into jumbo pasta shells. For added ease, use jarred pasta sauce instead of homemade. Only six ingredients make up this hearty vegetarian dinner that will be a family favorite.Ingredients:12 dried jumbo shell macaroni1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed2 eggs1 8-ounce package shredded Italian cheese blend (2 cups)1 cup ricotta cheese1 26- to 32-ounce jar pasta sauceDirections:1.Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Meanwhile, drain thawed spinach well, pressing out excess liquid.2.For filling, in a medium bowl beat eggs. Stir in spinach, 1-1/2 cups of the Italian cheese blend, and the ricotta cheese. Spoon 2 rounded tablespoons of the filling into each jumbo shell. Place shells in 2-quart square baking dish. Pour pasta sauce over shells.3.Cover and bake in a 350 degree F oven about 40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Italian cheese blend before serving.4.Makes 4 servings5.Make-ahead directions: Cover casserole with plastic wrap, then foil. Chill for up to 24 hours. To serve, remove plastic wrap; cover with foil. Bake chilled shells in a 375 degree F oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until heated through.Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardenscenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle Spinach-Stuffed Pasta Shells by: – November 11, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more