Assumption Christmas Pageant 2016

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Assumption Regional Catholic School held its annual Christmas Pageant on Friday December 17,2016 at 7pm at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. The children were all dressed to the nines ready to perform Christmas music to a packed house of their families. Each of the grades from PreK to 8th grades each performed a song. Special recognition goes out to the third grades classes that sang “Silent Night” while doing sign language, the seventh and eighth grades performed acapella without a single music class. The teachers of the seventh and eighth grades were able to pull together their musical talents to prepare the children for such a wonderful night of joyous music. At the end of the performances, the winner of the essay contest entry read allowed by Father Nick Dudo. Each year they are given a topic to write an essay about and the winner, given a trip to Lancaster for a special Christmas event. This year’s winner announced by Father Nick Dudo, said that out of 115 entries it was very difficult to pick just one. He announced the top five entries and shook hands with each congratulating them on such an outstanding job on their essays. Congratulations to all the children for such a wonderful performance of Christmas music and to Sarah Reed for winning the essay contest.

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Absegami Rocks “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”

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Absegami High School Emanon Players did it again with their performance of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. Directed by Chip Garrison, the musical based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, is a salute to everyone’s favorite “lovable loser” Charlie Brown, his engimatic beagle Snoopy and his friends. The original Broadway show ran in 1967 and was revised with updated music in 1999. There’s something about the holiday season that makes us long for our memories of childhood. Charles Schulz’s characters recapture all that was sweet and innocent about childhood, and allows us to look back with fresh eyes on our own experiences growing up said Chip Garrison.

Spencer Lyons did a fantastic job in capturing the true essence of Charlie Brown’s character, and what would be Charlie Brown without his faithful companion Snoopy played by Coby Alavez. The music, dancing, and dead on acting of this wonderful cast is to be commended for three nights of fun loving performances. These Emanon Players are phenomenally talented and you should get out and experience it. Check out their next performance of “Mary Poppins” March 10, 11, and 12

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Galloway’s 9-11 Memorial Event Stirs Emotions

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50 MORE PHOTOS ADDED ON WEDNESDAY 9-14-2016 PLEASE TELL EVERYONE THAT ALREADY LOOKED!!!!!!!!

 

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Galloway’s 9-11 Memorial Event stirred emotions from the very start this year. This being the 15th anniversary of one the most tragic attacks in our Nation’s history, added even more solemnness to the ceremony. Galloway Fire Chief Amor “Skip” Portale was visibly shaken as he spoke of the tragedy. He and his department of dedicated fire fighters stood in full dress uniform on this day of remembrance. They reflected upon the nation’s loss as the “Four Fives” rang from the bell, a traditional bell signal used to honor a fallen fire fighter.

Galloway’s very sharp Police Honor Guard posted the colors as Boy Scout troop 634 led the assembled crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Howard, Donna Marie and Heather Berchtold sang our National Anthem and then the speakers made their remarks. The guest speaker, Brandon Wise, of the “Salvation Army” spoke of his experiences at Ground Zero.

The Absegami High School Choir led by Cheryl Breitzman sang beautifully as usual. The Atlantic City Fire Department Sandpiper Drum and Bugle performed multiple moving bagpipe driven instrumentals.

The Wreath ceremony included the children of first responders, Cayla and Madison Kirby of the Galloway Fire Department, Easton and Emmalene Vernon, of the Galloway Police Department, Dakota Gunsert and Keaden Cantz of Galloway’s Ambulance Squad and Connor Morrissey with Alexandra Hughes.

Anna Jezycki “Mrs. J”, who lost her niece on 9-11 fired a single volley from the “Jaime Lee”, the Galloway Patriot’s Civil War cannon to honor all those which we have lost. This was followed by Taps performed by Joe Ward and Heather Berchtold.

Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson, Mrs "J", and Lcpl Kyle Ragland place flag at 9-11 cross
Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson, Mrs “J”, and Lcpl Kyle Ragland place flag at 9-11 cross

Following Taps, Galloway Patriot newspaper publisher Chuck Knutson who is also Sgt. at Arms of “Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard”, along with Marine Lcpl Kyle Ragland, folded a flag which they then presented to Anna Jezycki “Mrs. J”. They then led Mrs. J to a table where she laid the flag in front of the 9-11 cross which is made of steel from the World Trade Center. It was such an emotional moment that the flag was later given to Mrs.J as a gift. Last Salute would normally keep the flag for future use but decided that Mrs. J should keep it. Parsel’s Funeral Home in Absecon has been very generous in providing Last Salute flags for events such as this.

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For those who did not attend, please view the over 50 photos below. If you have the time, visit the 9-11 Memorial at Patriot Lake.

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Galloway’s 4th of July Parade – Over 200 Photos!!!!

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Congratulations to the 4th of July Parade Committee for another amazing parade.  The quality and number of entries was better than ever. The Galloway Patriot was proud to help lead the parade with our military trucks and cannon the “Jaime Lee”

One of the Galloway Patriot's Military Trucks Helps Lead The Annual 4th of July Parade
One of the Galloway Patriot’s Military Trucks Helps Lead The Annual 4th of July Parade

Our roving photographer Rich took over 200 photos for you to enjoy.  If you were unable to make the parade you missed one of Galloway’s best events.  Don’t miss next year’s.  We are sure that it will be even better.

The Galloway Patriot displays its Salute to Veterans Civil War Cannon which is used at military funerals and veterans events
The Galloway Patriot displays its Salute to Veterans Civil War Cannon which is used at military funerals and veterans events

Watch this great video of Galloway Police Chief Donna Higbee firing our Salute to Veterans Civil War Cannon the “Jaime Lee” in front of the Smithville Inn after the 4th of July Parade.  The cannon was christened as part of the 4th of July festivities that day.  It had just finished being completed the day before.

There was a big crowd for this year's 4th of July Parade
There was a big crowd for this year’s 4th of July Parade

 

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Absegami Wood Shop Community Service

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Galloway Patriot Publisher Chuck Knutson addressing Absegami students about community service
Galloway Patriot Publisher Chuck Knutson addressing Absegami students about community service

Absegami High School Students under the direction of Donald Matousch, Teacher of Woods Technology, created thirty six amazingly constructed canes for disabled Veterans this year. The members of Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard from VFW Post 9462 Absecon, went to the High School on Thursday, May 26th to not only accept the canes but to speak to the students about Veterans and how their hard work on the canes will provide many Veterans the ability to stand on their own. Last Salute Members included: Sergeant at Arms Chuck Knutson, Publisher of the Galloway Patriot and Lance Corporal Taylor Speirs, United States Marine Corps.

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