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Awareness Day Examines Families Of The ’ 9os
LOU ANN GOOD
Lancaster Fanning Staff
LEESPORT (Berks Co.)
“Families have always been the
backbone of society, but now the
structure is threatened and the
future a little uncertain,” Joan
Cook said to the 200 persons who
attended the Spring Awareness
Day held at the Berks County
Agricultural Center on April 19.
To add perspective to the theme,
Celebrate The International Year
of the Family, the day-long prog
ram included speakers addressing
health, ancestry, managing family
and job. and keeping the family
well dressed for less.
In addition, two Berks County
Extension Homemaker’s Scholar
ships were awarded. This year’s
recipients are Thomas McNamara
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and Anne Cassidy, both students in
the nutrition program at Albright
Ann Rollman from The Reading
Hospital and Medical Center
began the day with ways tocreatea
healthy lifestyle with an anti
cancer action plan.
“Prevention and early detection
remain the best tools available in
the fight against cancer,” Rollman
Research in cancer prevention is
proving that cancer is nutritionally
linked. In fact, 40 percent of cancer
in men and 60 percent of cancer in
women is attributed to nutrition. A
low-fat diet definitely is shown to
reduce breast, colon, prostrate, and
many other kinds of cancer.
Increasing fiber, calcium, and reg
ular consumption of green and yel
low vegetables in the diet, and reg
ular physical exercise results is
less nutritionally-linked cancer in
both men and women.
Non-smokers have a much high
er percentage of remaining canccr
frec than smokers.
Celebrating The International Year
of The Family
A heart sheltered by a roof, linked by
another heart, to symbolize life and love
In a home where one finds warmth,
caring, security, togetherness, tolerance
and acceptance that is the symbolism
conveyed by the emblem of the Inter
national Year of the Family (IYF), 1994. The open design is
meant to indicate continuity with a hint of uncertainty. The
brushstroke, with Its open line roof, completes an abstract sym
bol representing the complexity of the family.
Rollman emphasized that pre
vention and early detection are the
best tools available to fight cancer.
Nipa Hammond, a native of
Thailand who has established an
egg roll business in keading, told
about her transition from Thailand
culture to the U.S.
Thailand customs esteem men
and sons. Women are considered
less than human and need to walk
behind the man when appearing in
“When I wanted to talk with my
father, I needed to make an
appointment,” Nipa said.
In her adjustment to American
life, Nipa found it confusing and
difficult in learning to be a strong
woman, especially when establish
ing her own business. Nipa
demonstrated making a native
Thai dessert that was served to the
In a light-hearted vein, Dr.
Claude Reich traced the Pennsyl
vania Dutch heritage that is so pre
valent in Berks County to the Pfalz
section of Europe.
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certificates to Grace Kline, left, and Cathy Wegener, who
completed four-year terms on the family living advisory
Joan Cook, right, hands scholarship awards to Anne
Cassidy and Thomas McNamara.
Gwen Owens, news anchor, told
how women in die ’9os can juggle
both family and career. Nancy
Dibbs entertained the audience
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