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Medford resident named newdistrict governor. PAGE 15
By SEAN LAJOIEThe Sun
At the last Medford TownCouncil meeting, there was a spe-cial presentation to honor threeyoung men who have achieved agoal they have been working to-ward for much of their lives.These three members of Boy
Scout Troop 20 have obtained thehighest honor and rank of TheBoy Scouts of America, that ofEagle Scout.Im very honored and privi-
leged to be able to read theseproclamations and congratulateyou, Mayor Charles Watson saidto the group of Scouts in atten-dance. Were very excited tohave you guys here.Both Watson and Councilman
Bradley Denn are Eagle Scoutsfrom Troop 26 in Medford.I know its a lot of hard work,
By SEAN LAJOIEThe Sun
Having been going to Philadel-phia Eagles games since she wasin fourth grade, and having got-ten married on home plate at Cit-izens Bank Park, its clear thatShawnee High School teacherStefanie Kirk is passionate aboutboth her profession and herPhiladelphia sports teams.Needless to say, it was fitting
when she received an awardfrom the Philadelphia Eaglesthat encapsulated both of them.At each home game this sea-
son, the Eagles have recognizedone teacher from the tri-statearea for his or her contributionsto their students, school and sur-rounding community.The award is through the Ax-
alta All-Pro Teachers Program,and the criterion it developed isbased on educational drive, inno-vation in the classroom and com-munity ownership.On Sunday, Nov. 15, the Eagles
recognized Kirk at their homegame against the Miami Dol-phins.As part of her recognition,
Kirk received a $1,000 donation toShawnee High School, four tick-ets to the game, a personalized
Eagles jersey and football, andan automatic nomination for theTeacher of the Year Award that
will be announced at a breakfastawards ceremony later in theseason, according to the public
relations coordinator of the Ea-
Special to The SunShawnee High School teacher Stefani Kirk, who was recently recognized by the Philadelphia Eagles,got the opportunity to meet and take a photo with Eagles cheerleader Casey Baldwin.
Eagles honor top teacherShawnee High School industrial arts teacher and die-hard Philadelphia sports fan
Stefani Kirk recognized, awarded $1,000 donation by Philadelphia Eagles
please see KIRK, page 16 please see SCOUTS, page 10
Mayor Charles Watson,council members
recognize three youth for attaining Eagle rank
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The Medford Area Lyme Groupis meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3, at7 p.m. in the Pinelands Library(located on 39 Allen Ave., Med-ford) Meeting Room.This months meeting features
a special screening of UnderOur Skin.A chilling tale of microbes,
medicine and money, accordingto the official website, www.un-derourskin.com, this Oscarshortlisted film has changed thelandscape of the Lyme epidemic,bringing unprecedented aware-ness in an engaging and accessi-ble way. The definitive record ofthe Lyme controversy, UnderOur Skin exposes a hidden storyof medical and scientific malfea-sance and neglect. As official case
numbers explode and hundredsof thousands of people aroundthe world go undiagnosed or mis-diagnosed, the film is as relevantand timely as ever.The Medford Area Lyme Group
hosts monthly meetings for sup-port and information for thosedealing with Lyme disease andother tick borne illnesses. Ac-cording to the InternationalLyme and Associated DiseasesSociety, Lyme disease has beencalled the great imitator andshould be considered in the differ-ential diagnosis of rheumatologicand neurologic conditions, aswell as Chronic Fatigue Syn-drome, Fibromyalgia, Somatiza-tion Disorder and any difficult-to-diagnose multi-system illness.
Medford Area Lyme Groupmeets Dec. 3 at library
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St. Peters Episcopal Churchwill present the Big Band Ex-press, South Jerseys premier bigband jazz ensemble, in a free con-cert on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. atthe church located on 1 HartfordRoad in Medford. A free will offer-ing is requested.The BBE, a 16-piece group of
retired professional musiciansand music educators, was found-ed in January 2001 by Medfordsaxophonist Tony Femiano anddrummer Leo Roselli. Their spe-cialty is contemporary big bandmusic with an emphasis on jazz.The band features the music ofmany of the countrys finest com-
posers and arrangers, such asSammy Nestico, Dave Wolpe, TomKubis, Count Basie, as well asarrangements by Femiano andothers. For this concert, the band will
perform a variety of music, in-cluding ballads, up-tempo swingtunes and Latin jazz. The members of the band, now
"off the road," are still workingmusicians who have performedwith many of the major enter-tainers and bands of the last 40years in Atlantic City, New York,Philadelphia, Las Vegas and else-where. Their interest in jazz goesbeyond that of a "sideline" or"leisure pursuit" and shows a gen-uine love and passion for this mu-sical idiom. The members of the band are:
Femiano, alto sax and leader;Fran Kosienski, alto sax; LenDe-Frank, tenor sax; Sal Guiliana,tenor sax; Mickey Plumeri, bari-tone sax; trumpets Rick Gazda,Don Zimmerman, Duke Palladinoand Paul Nagle; trombones TomBaird, Ed Cascaralla, Jack Hannaand Joe Janis; Clarence Watson,keyboard; Nick Paveromo, bass;and Dennis Walter, drums.For more information, call
Femiano at (609) 654 1855 or emailJazzdoc733@aol.com.
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By MARGARET LAFFERTYMedford Library Association
Calling all Star Wars fans! You allknow what is happening in just a fewweeks. Thats right, the release of StarWars: The Force Awakens!The Pinelands Library is as eager as you
are for the big event, so we are gearing upwith some special events. On Dec. 7 at 4 p.m., Mr. Rick will be read-
ing Star Wars: Showdown on the Smug-glers Moon. This latest comic book adven-ture is delivered complete with big screenaction. Join all your favorite characters asthey unite forces to thwart the evil powersof Darth Vader. On Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m., David
Engel will be presenting Star Wars: Jedinights Academy. Learn the ways of theJedi with Panniken Moonjumper, a truemaster of Intergalactic fun and adventure.
During this live action show, your littleJedi and Sith warriors and princesses willbe delighted by comic antics, exciting phys-ical challenges, Magica