January 19, 2020 Newsletter

January 24, 2020

Allegheny Institute

This week we will welcome Frank Gamrat, Ph.D. and Eric Montartir from The Allegheny Institute. As they have in the past, Frank and Eric will bring us up to date on the research they are doing at The Allegheny Institute.

The Allegany Institute is a non-profit research organization. It’s  mission looks at the impact of burdensome and intrusive government activities on taxpayers and businesses. They work to formulate and advocate public policies that roll back the size and scope of local governments. They pattern their efforts on the principles of free enterprise, property rights, civil and individual freedoms.

So, come and learn about their current efforts and what they consider as being important issues of the region.


January 31, 2020

Ed Hale

USV Brig Niagara

The U.S. Brig Niagara is the official flagship of the state of Pennsylvania. In 1813, Oliver Hazard Perry sailed the original Niagara into history with a stunning victory over the British. The modern reproduction of this ship sails the Great Lakes, taking this story to many ports of call each summer, serving both as a floating museum and an ambassador of goodwill from our state. What was it like to sail in 1813 aboard a tall ship, and what is it like today? As a volunteer crew member, Ed Hale will recount his experiences of sailing each summer in the spartan conditions of this 1813 replica. Learn how you can take a day sail or even become a volunteer and “sail the high seas” with the crew of the U.S. Brig Niagara.

Ed Hale is a retired middle school history teacher from Keystone Oaks School District. During his 35 years he taught mostly US history covering the period from discovery to the pre-Civil War era. Recently, in his spare time, he has been volunteering as a crewmember on the US Brig Niagara, the Flagship of Pennsylvania based in Erie, doing day sails and extended voyages. His interests also include traveling, metal detecting, bicycling and computers.  He has taught Osher classes on The War of 1812, The Great Castle Shannon Bank Robbery, the Brig Niagara and on using Mac computers.

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