Herb Blainey is In Jail
Relay for Life
Community Development Club donated the use of children's rides to the
Relay For Life at the Brooklyn Springs Elementary School on 23 April.
Volunteers were Gene Reinhardt, Herb Blainey and Chris Madden.
Herb Blainey was "Arrested" and put in "Jail". His friends were
required to bail him out, with the proceeds going to the American
Cancer Society. Citizens of the Year
The community of Van Wyck has
recognized its own Brittney Demi Hood and Dimitri Montreal Anthony,
both Indian Land High School seniors, as outstanding young citizens.
For the annual award, Hood and Anthony
received a certificate and $25 during the Van Wyck Community
Development Club’s monthly meeting on May 4.
“You represent the community well,”
said Jimmy Fox, chairman of the club’s outstanding young citizen
committee. “You are role models to the community and others.”
Hood, an accomplished singer, plans to
study business administration and photography at York Technical
College. She has received honors for choir at school, placing third
in chorus competition for sight reading, and is involved in
activities at White Oak AME Zion Church and Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
“I appreciate my community,” Hood
said. “I’m so blessed to have friends and family to support me.”
Anthony, best known as a tough
defensive lineman, plans to attend South Carolina State University
for computer engineering and try out for the Bulldog football team.
An Eagle scout, he has received character and principal’s choice
awards as well as a number of football honors. “It feels good to be recognized
because I’ve been in this community all my life,” Anthony said.
Destiny Bryan's Thank You Art
Brooklyn Springs Outing
About 70 third grade students from the Brooklyn Springs Elementary
School together with their teachers and chaperones enjoyed an outing at
the Van Wyck Community Development Center on 14 May 2010, The
students enjoyed the train, the Gem Mine and and sixteen other games
and activities as guests of the Van Wyck Community Development Club.
This is the second year for this activity. The students enjoyed
themselves; examples of the art included in thank you notes from the
students are shown above and below.
Carley's Thank You Art
Representative Nikki Haley, Republican Candidate for Governor
Rep. Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley was the most impressive of the five Republican candidates
for Governor at the candidate presentation in Rock Hill earlier this
month. I say this because she responded to a question about dealing
with Federal handouts by pointing out that Federal handouts
usually carry with them mandated changes and costs for states. Her
answer to the question was "I think that we should see how many of them
we can do without." This response coupled with her background as an
accountant, businesswoman and problem solver moved her to the top
of my list of desirable candidates.
stayed well back in the polls until she was endorsed by Sarah Palin a
few days ago. This endorsement turned Rep. Haley into a frontrunner for
the Republican nomination. Within days of the Palin endorsement Rep.
Haley faced allegations of infidelity, much as Sarah Palin did when
she vaulted onto the national scene. This is the dirtiest of dirty
politics. There is no reason at all to think that Rep. Haley has
engaged in any sort of misconduct and every reason to think that she
would make an excellant governor for South Carolina, She gets my vote.
8 June is the date for Primary Elections. Registered voters should vote
the same polling place that they normally use. The registration
deadline has passed for this election; if you are not already
registered you cannot vote in this election. Many candidates are
both Democratic and Republican nominations to run in the general
election in November. A runoff primary election is
scheduled for 23 June to settle races in which no candidate receives
enough votes to secure the nomination. A complete list of candidates
and their websites was publiushed in the last issue of the Van Wyck News.
Gerald Sullivan Memorial Scholarship
The Gerald Sullivan Memorial Scholarship is awarded by
the Community Development Club to a graduating senior at Indian Land
High School who plans to seek further training in construction
engineering. The recipient for 2010 is John Chapman, who received $500
to assist with his program of study at East Carolina University.
More than 150 people came to the Rabies Clinic put on by Faulkner
Animal Hospital at the Community Development Center on 27 April.
Bluegrass Jam Sessions Bluegrass jam sessions will begin on a once a month schedule in
the Community Development Center as soon as the rest of the acoustic
panels are installed. The acoustic panels are about half installed now
and the acoustic properties of the building are much improved.
Installation of the rest of the acoustic panels is planned for
Wednesday 9 April at 6 PM (feel free to come and help).
Van Wyck CrimeWatch does not meet during the summer. The next meeting
will be 7 September at 7 PM in the Community Center.
Up in the Air
The Community Development Club Spring Fling and Antique Tractor Show
was held on Saturday, 22 May 2010. Rides and games for children and
were featured, including the train, the Gem Mine and the Air Ride
provided by the Greater New Hope Church. Mid-day rain hampered
the activities to some extent, but most of the vendors and attendees
stayed through the rain and enjoyed the sunshine before and after.
Peter Pan (Miss Ash) pans for gems
Ollie Bass' granddaughter Jennifer in the Train
Cathy Madden getting wet
The Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen has expanded its dinner service to
four days per week from three. Dinner is now served from 4 - 6 PM on
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Anyone who arrives at the Soup
Kitchen (201 S. Ferguson St, Lancaster) during these hours and wishes
to eat is
served a nutritious hot dinner at no charge in a bright, pleasant
environment. There are no forms to fill out, certifications to make or
questions to answer beyond the simple "Would you like to eat dinner?"
Nearly 1100 meals were served during April, 2010.
to Lancaster County food programs have fallen off recently. The
recession increases the number of people facing hunger and the need for
food. The Van Wyck Press is happy to transport food to the
agencies serving the needy in Lancaster. If you have food
you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.
Celebration and Car Show - 11 September 2010.
Christmas Parade - 11 December 2010 at
Lighting of the Way - 12 December 2010.
Pole Assembly - 27 Nov, rain date 4