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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
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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