Saturday, May 26, 2012
A Delaware woman was killed and her husband was seriously injured Thursday after they were thrown from a motorcycle during a crash near mile marker six on Interstate 65 southbound in Clark County.
According to a press release from Indiana State Police, Lisa Szewczyk, 52, of Delmar, Del., was the passenger on a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle being driven by 45-year-old Edward M. Szewczyk, when the accident occurred about 4:20 p.m.
Clark County Coroner Edwin “Huck” Coots declared Lisa Szewczyk dead at the scene of the accident. Edward Szewczyk was air-lifted to University Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries, according to ISP.
A preliminary investigation found a semi-trick was traveling southbound on I-65 near exit 7 when the rear passenger tires came off a trailer being pulled by the truck. One of the tires rolled into the grass on the west side of the interstate, but the other tire rolled into traffic and came to rest in the far left lane of I-65.
The Szewczyks, also traveling southbound, struck the tire in the interstate and were ejected from from their motorcycle, the release said. Neither of them was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The driver of the semi, William A. Ross from Ransom, Ill., was not injured.
Friday, May 25, 2012
For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.
Read more here
The test results do not apply to everyone who is considered a Melungeons, obvious in any mixed race and mixed ethnicities the word Melungeons becomes a catchall term for any people of mixed-race ancestry. The DNA testing was limited to 69 male lines and 8 female lines so there are no doubt many more combinations out there.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
"the Irish laborers were then engaged in digging and grading the new railroad; when Sunday came around and they could obtain whiskey, they became fond of attending our service. We preferred to keep them outside for fear of a tipperary fight, but one Sunday evening, with the alter crowded and the prayer meeting moving on in a lively way, a gang of these tipsy fellows burst in to 'clane out' as they threatened, the whole concern. I had the assurance to mount a bench and address them in a few words of the original Irish tongue, which I had picked up as a boy. It surprised them completely to find the 'journeyman soul-saver,' as they called the preacher, a fellow countryman. I blarneyed them out of the church, where sundry bottles were produced to 'treat' such a 'broth of a boy'. I afterwards visited them at their work along the line; and when our quiet people were terrorized by their turbulent behavior, I always had some influence as a peacemaker."
I see Greg Wood has a poem published http://poemblog.voxpoetica.com/2012/05/18/bored-hearts.aspx?ref=rss called Bored Hearts.