by RICH GELDHOF The older we get the more powerful our minds become and when we don’t use what the brain has stored we “lose it.” Our short-term memory capacity is normally from five-nine number digits. This explains why phone numbers and checking accounts are kept to seven numbers and a social security number doesn’t exceed nine numbers, because we have great difficulty remembering them the older we get, like a driver’s license of 12 numbers. Bob found that when you reach 55 you don’t always remember what you’ve heard correctly. That’s why it’s so important to write things down and store hard copy. Can you remember your credit cards 16 numbers in proper sequence? Probably not, but we are walking computers of information and our living brain is more active when sleeping than watching mindless video games and TV. We awaken fresh as daisies, that’s some of us, not all of us. Like computers we must discard the trash and junk, but retain important information. When children come home from school we’ve all heard them say, just as you said when your parents asked you, “how was school today or did you learn something new?” The answer was, “fine, I hate school or I’ll be glad when I’m done with high school.” Chances are you’ve heard and felt the grumbling and experienced the frightening years as a wild teenager, who viewed teachers as dispensing mindless dribble. If you dismiss them without finding out what interesting thing they taught in class each day you’ve helped de-program their thinking ability. It takes the first 18 years or more to increase the knowledge and memory retention. Teenagers can’t swallow wisdom pills at age 16 and can’t tell parents they are smarter. They should have committed three new things (adults six) each day to memory. In doing this you are sharpening their minds and teaching them the art of storing memory by concentration. Teachers are challenging them to see, think and retain useful information. Teachers use their skill to energize and program their minds for the future. Mindless video games for hours after school de-programs them and renders anything they might have learned as useless fodder. Learning will help prepare them for success. Dowsers need to […]
Sixteenth annual event educates with free hands-on activities Roll up your sleeves, grab a net and find out what amazing creatures can be found in most any creek or stream, and why they are important. Explore microscope magic, rain sticks, a fish pond, fill up with a pancake breakfast and don’t forget the rubber ducky races. The sixteenth annual Bear Creek Waterfest is coming up Saturday, April 25 from 8 a.m. to noon and is always educational as well as great family fun. It is held at Townsend Park, located at the corner of Ramsdell Drive and Cannonsburg Road. Again this year the musical group Hawks and Owls will perform, giving a lively background sound to the many activity stations. A filling all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is from 8 to 10 a.m. and a bake sale will start at 8 and stay open as long as there are treats to sell. Cannon Township hosts this annual event with education in mind. Each year children are invited to pick up a “passport” and explore stations which have an environmentally friendly theme. Volunteers offer rubber boots and nets and invite youngsters to “step right in” to Bear Creek and see what they can net up. From crayfish to fish to interesting invertebrates, kids are aided in identifying their find and learning about the importance of healthy wetlands. Among the stations are a rain garden booth, plant a native flower seed, a fish pond, rain stick (make and take your own), watershed information, ozone action display, a scavenger hunt and self-guided tour, a recycling information station and the timeless classic rubber ducky races. As always, the activities are free, except for the breakfast, which is a bargain at $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under.
by RICH GELDHOF The awesome secret answers are part of Bob’s legacy that I preserved near the end of this chapter. Our biggest secret was that we did extensive ley line electromagnetic field investigations from 1-10 miles distant of Cannonsburg, but shrunk it to within a two-mile radius of Cannonsburg. We felt it was improbable for five men to haul the killer cannon on a rickety carriage out of town, depart, hide or bury it and return to Cannonsburg within one hour. Remember it “squeaked” when being moved. We also thought “Why would they just haul it out of town and hide the cannon? This cannon killed their friend and they were so grief stricken why wouldn’t they destroy it? Wouldn’t it be logical that someone would find a hidden cannon or smashed cannon? Would they bury it before or after the funeral? Wouldn’t you think that someone could easily find where it was buried by the disturbed soil? These were valid questions we tried to answer as we consumed buckets of popcorn in Alan Janose’s basement. When we met at Honey Creek Inn to discuss our search, quite often the loud chatter in the restaurant would lessen as if all the other ears were straining to hear what we were discussing. The cannon could have been hidden from view or moved to another distant spot after the funeral. It could have been buried upon the property of the founding fathers that accepted the honorable cannon from LeGrand Cannon. Bob always concentrated his search within one-half mile of Cannonsburg due to departure and arrival of the five men back in 1885. He miscalculated time and distance traveled, too, hence the first big dig. Over the last two years I’ve asked numerous residents in Cannonsburg and Cannon Township, “Where could those five men have gone to dispose, hide or bury the ancient relic?” The place did exist. I can’t tell you right now who, what, when, where, why and how Bob’s dream and Secrets of a Sunken Cannon ends before challenging you to a duel using billions of brain cells per person. To achieve our dreams we must all learn how to concentrate and focus our brain to realize our dreams. Our three-pound brain controls over […]