My friend Len Pope is a volunteer for this wonderful organization, Signal 22 Canteen. They are located in Trenton, NJ.
Here is their mission statement:
The mission of the officers and members of Signal 22 is to respond to any man made, or natural disaster and to provide proper nourishment for police officers, fire fighters, EMS personnel, any other agency personnel assigned to any disaster. In furtherance of this mission we also provide sustenance to the victims of any disaster also.We will respond to such disasters within a 30 mile radius of the City of Trenton, New Jersey, and when called upon we will respond to events outside of the 30 mile radius. The area we cover has a population of over 1.2 million residents. During a normal work day, that population grows to over 1.5 million people.
We provide assorted liquids such as hot coffee, tea, cocoa; ice tea, soda, lemonade, and water. On short term operations we provide cold lunchmeat sandwiches, pork roll w/ cheese, egg sandwiches, and summer sausage. Long term operations we provide assorted hot platters, such as beef stew, pasta with meat, etc.
We also provide aid and comfort to emergency personnel. One example of this is when we take the work gloves of fire fighters, EMS personnel, and police officers, on cold winter nights, and warm up the gloves in the truck while emergency responders are eating, and return them warm and dry before they return to the disaster scene.
I urge everyone to send in donations to their address:
1005 South Clinton Ave., Trenton, NJ 08611
They are strictly non-profit and work on donations and with volunteers only. I have seen them work with others and hear from my many friends who are EMT’s, Fire Fighters and Police Officers who are ever so thankful for having them on the scene to provide them with nourishment to them and victims.
If you have any questions feel free to send them an email:
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It was a lot of fun getting to know these men and women who help bring food to our table and still find the time to have fun with their big toys. Some do work in the fields while others are for sheer enjoyment.
Last year the parade them was Parade For The Troops. They started at The Burlington County Fairgrounds, went through local roads in NJ past farms, homes and local towns to go past Fort Dix-McGuire Joint Base and back to the fairgrounds again. A huge circle, but I know that a lot of people really enjoyed seeing them go by.
Starting and ending at the Burlington County Fairgrounds
Rte 206 & Jacksonville-Jobstown Rd.
Before the start of the parade at the Burlington County Fairgrounds:
L-R: Annaliese Gancarz(Jacobstown) chats with Bob Major.
“Boots” Gancarz’s daughter, Annaliese Gancarz(Jacobstown) is shown here on her 1966 Ford 5600 tractor.
Craig Higgintham(Marlton, NJ) is shown here on his 1964 John Deere 3020 tractor. Craig Higgintham is a Retired Marine Vet.
April Jones(Jacksonville, NJ) is shown here on her Farmall 460 tractor, that she embellished herself, gotta love it!
The lineup before the parade starts at the Burlington County Fairgrounds. Chris Hustis on his 1980 John Deere 60 tractor. He is a Retired Marine.
The parade begins from the Burlington County Fairgrounds.
Here is Wayne Taylor driving a John Deere A pulling the Central Jersey Tractor Pullers Association’s “Salute To Our Troops” float. On top of the float is a 1965 Club Cadet.
This is me that day. It was hot, dusty, overcast with a possibility of rain. I carry two cameras, lenses, notebook, pens, business cards, sunscreen, bottle of water, hand sanitizer, and other essentials. I love using my Think Tank gear, it works the best for how I work out in the field.
My husband was curious to see the parade and shot some video of me working and the tractors using his cell phone, enjoy!
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Many artists participated in Paint The Town “En Plein Air”. En Plein Air is a French expression which describes painting done outdoors in the open air and on location. It is one of the most spontaneous and challenging styles of painting that an artist can experience. The event was sponsored by The Farnsworth Gallery located on 134 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, NJ. This was in July 2012 for The Register News.
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The Burlington County Correction Officers volunteered their time to help build one of the many homes in the area for Habitat For Humanity. They all worked together to finish up this home in Florence, NJ.
It was a great pleasure seeing my friend Jay Dively, whom I’ve known since grade school seeing he and his fellow correction officers volunteer their time with their already full time duties on this home for another family.
Officer Ken Feltoff of Mount Holly, NJ, helps to build this home in Florence, NJ.
Everyone worked together to even out the driveway and prepare it for concrete for this home in Florence, NJ.
L-R:Officer Wendy harrisOfficer Ken Ken Felthoff
Officer Byron Myers
Sgt. Robert Inman
Officer Ann Inman
Officer Jay Dively helps to prepare the driveway for concrete.
In this picture:Sgt. Robert InmanOfficer Ann Inman
Lt. Tommie Farrior
Officer Ken Felthoff
Officer Roberta Addison
Officer Alnessa Rudolph
Officer Jay Dively
Officer Byron Myers
Officer Darrell Salter
Officer Jinja Jones
Officer Wendy Harris
Monica Burke (Administrator Personal)Not pictured are 10 other volunteers from The Burlington Correction Facility.
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As a mother myself, I try hard not to think about my own daughter growing up and graduating from High School. However when I am assigned to cover graduations for The Register News, I often am faced with the fact that someday I must face the day that these parents are seeing.
The proud look of seeing their “babies” all grown up, getting ready to face the real world in college or otherwise.
I know that I and my husband have a long way to go before this day and moment, but the years go by too quickly.
If you have young children, no how some days may seem, cherish them.
Family and friends came to see the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2012 at Florence High School. It was held outside on the football field June 18th, 2012.
The Class of 2012 at Florence High School saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
The high school band played during the graduation ceremony of Class of 2012 at Florence High School. I
Salutatorian, Miss Allen.
Valedictorian, Mr. R Craig.
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