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2008-10-07 21:00:28

Mr. and Mrs. Roman "George" Balcerak of Hamburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their marriage vows in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Athol Springs, followed by a family dinner in Dock at the Bay, Hamburg. Mr. Balcerak and Clara "Patricia" Toporek were married Aug. 24, 1948, in St. Francis High School Chapel, Athol Springs. He is a retired machinist for Bethlehem Steel Corp.; she is a retired office clerk for Ford Motor Co. Stamping Plant. The couple had a...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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