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The Seneca County House of Concern is announcing their inaugural Canal Crawl: Paddling Poverty to be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The community organization plans to bring together their family of supporters and new friends for a fun-filled day of outdoor activity that will build community and raise money to benefit their food pantry. Participants will be paddling kayaks and canoes down the Cayuga/Seneca Canal from the Waterloo Lock to the Seneca Falls Community Center. 

​Like a walk-a-thon, kayakers and canoers are encouraged to raise their entry fee by collecting pledge money. Prizes will be awarded to those who raise the most money. It is similar in format to other physical activity based fundraising events but this low intensity, non-competitive event is ideal for a variety of ages and abilities. There will be a few stops along the way for snacks and a scavenger hunt to occupy paddlers’ time as they leisurely make their way down the canal. When disembarking at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center there will be a reception with food, music, awards for top pledge 

Specifically, the honorees  included New York residents Michael Bellone, Robert Berrett, Robert Crawford and retired former Marine Jason Thomas. All participated in search, rescue and recovery efforts at "Ground Zero" following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, nearly 15 years ago. Undoubtedly, the music students that he teaches have little or no recollection of events that day.

The Jason Thomas story got made into a movie. He was on leave from the Marines when he learned of the attack on the World Trade Center. He put on his Marine Uniform and went immediately to help from his home in Brooklyn. He spent two days there, calling out “U.S. Marine, can anyone hear me”. On his second day, he got a response from under the rubble. It was two New York City Police officers and he saved their lives.

Rod Miller annually dresses up for the annual concert. He conducts the band, along with a handful of local community musicians, in a bright red band uniform that copies the style of the venerated John Phillip Sousa. The band  played background for vocalist Felita LaRock of Dayton who performed a stirring rendition of the Bette Midler classic "The Wind Beneath My Wings" for the heroes of 9/11.They performed Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and naturally ended with "Stars and Stripes Forever".

The concert was the last one for 20+ seniors in the band, who delivered their instruments to a table at the front of the stage, one by one, as the band performed the  Alma Mater.

Nobody in the "standing-room-only" crowd left the PCHS Performing Arts Center disappointed.

Sousa Concert Honors 9/11 Heroes
By John Schaffner
When an event draws nearly 800 people, that's news. Saturday night, The Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center was filled to over capacity for the 10th annual Sousa Concert, honoring the storied band leader who captivated America in the late 19th and early 20th century.

However PCHS Band Director Rod Miller has made the annual Sousa Concert even a more special event by honoring American heroes from a variety of different wards and conflicts. Last Saturday night was no exception, as Miller honored 4 individuals who responded to the events of September 11, 2001 in New York City. In addition he made certain to honor the local first responders who keep the residents of the Port Clinton School District safe everyday

earners and raffles. Participants can enter individually or form teams of four. Being it is a fun, light-hearted event, teams are encouraged to give themselves a name and wear costumes or decorate their boats.

​Not only will the Canal Crawl help raise funds to support the House of Concern food pantry, it will also bring new visitors to the area. It will be an event in the outdoors with amazing people, who will be part of the solution to end hunger in Seneca County. Because of our generous sponsors 100% of the proceeds will go toward serving the Seneca County House of Concern’s Mission: “To help those in need with basic needs such as food, clothes, and household items and to treat everyone with dignity and respect.”

Help the House of Concern Paddle out Poverty!!!


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