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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

‘Celebration Of Life’ Teen Event Planned

Potter County Today

“Celebration of Life” observes its fifth anniversary on Saturday, April 4, at the Northern Potter High School auditorium. The event, also known as “Teen Tinnitus,” is a music festival for teenagers across the region, sponsored by Project Yellow Ribbon of Potter County and the Suicide Prevention Task Force. Among those active in Yellow Ribbon are Potter County Judge John B. Leete and Melissa Gee from the Mental Health Division of Potter County Human Services.

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A celebrated alternative rock/crossover band with Potter County roots, “The Slant,” will be among this year’s performers. The band’s members include Coudersport High School graduates Mark Zedonek, Zachary Dow and Brad Austin. The Slant’s latest CD, “Old North,” has enjoyed widespread air play and strong sales. Celebration of Life will run from 2 pm to 8 pm. There will be adult supervision during a program that includes music, messages of hope, prize drawings, vendors and refreshments.

17 comments :

Anonymous said...

Teen Tinnitus is a great event for the youth of Potter County with an important and necessary message! Some important people not included in the county press release (because they are not county employees?) are Deb Hamilton, Task Force chairperson, Jessica Moon, Community Awareness Chair and many other staff of Dickinson Mental Health Center. You have been a major driving force of this concert from day one.

Anonymous said...

Just curious....why isn't it in Coudersport this year?

Anonymous said...

Yea it has always been in Coudersport why the change in where it is going to be this year.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they are sharing the wealth? I'm glad they are moving it around...

Anonymous said...

I don't quite understand the connection between a concert where our youth gets their ear drums blown out with loud music and suicide prevention. Based on the events of the past few years, does this really work or do we need a new approach?

Anonymous said...

The SLANT recently played at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh and will play at Arlene's Grocery (a club, not a store) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan later in April. Nice they will be coming to Teen Tinnitus at Northern Potter from Pittsburgh for this important event!

John Leete said...

Teen Tinnitus and all Yellow Ribbon events are supported by a wonderful but small group of volunteers. Coordination and leadership are provided by Jess Moon and Deb Hamilton from Dickinson Mental Health who have spent countless hours trying to save young lives. I am pleased to be a small part of those efforts, but the real credit goes to our leaders and volunteers.

Anonymous said...

Any new thoughts or suggestions regarding suicide prevention are welcome. If you have an idea that will involve the county youth please bring it forward. We are open to all kinds of ideas. Please start attending meetings and offering suggestions. A change of pace might be great. We do the concert because many of the youth in Potter County ask for it every year. Please call me with any questions or meeting times. Deb Hamilton 274-8651

Anonymous said...

amen judge leete. some people just like to see their names in print! i know of several people who have been very active. i guess when it comes to recognition it is all about them. i recognize all our youth.

Anonymous said...

It can't be in Coudersport because Dickinson people said consistory wanted to be the ones to prepare the snacks. That would mean that the various clubs wouldn't be able to sell their. I can't quite believe this reason because the Chocolate Lovers didn't have the consistory people prepare their goodies. I think Deb and company just want it at NoPo even if it's not centrally located.

Anonymous said...

Northern Potter HIgh School was chosen for a number of reasons. First, we thought it would be exciting to try a new location that is also in Potter County. Secondly, this was a money saving technique as all funds for the concert are fundraised throughout the year. The decision has nothing to do with the consistory staff. They have been nothing but great over the past couple years. Who knows, it may come back to the consistory in the future. This was voted on by those attending Yellow Ribbon meetings on a regular basis. Everyone who is interesting in attending and lending input is very welcome!

Anonymous said...

You people in Coudersport should just get off of your high horse and come to OUR BEAUTIFUL NOPO SAFE SCHOOL and see what we can provide for the youth of Potter County. Go Deb Hamilton and Yellow Ribbon.

Anonymous said...

"I don't quite understand the connection between a concert where our youth gets their ear drums blown out with loud music and suicide prevention. Based on the events of the past few years, does this really work or do we need a new approach?"

I had the honor of playing in one of the bands for this event. having their ears blown out???!! Your right the friends and family members who pour their hearts out about those they have lost really care about that! One of the best moments in my life was one of the youth presnter from that show telling me that their brother would have loved our preformance, and that she truly felt we made a difference. These are brave hardworking people and how dare you attempt to belittle their accomplishments! So your right it's just a bunch of hoodlum band members playing loud music and giving adults a headache!! This program is a beautiful attempt to bring kids affected by suicide together. Don't chastize it, until that girl comes up to you! I'm sorry, but i don't see anyone else out there trying. All the people involved with this do an amazing job, and i just wish i could still be apart of it.

Anonymous said...

I apologize for my previous statement, but the connection is we need a way to speak to our youth. And you tell me a better way to bring youth to school on a weekend? All the bands that have ever been involved were wholesome, positive, young musicians. We were not out there to blow anyones ear drums out. We were there to bring potter county youths to a forum where they could rely on the strengths of each other. And i am proud everytime i see somone wearing a shirt with Custom Gauge (my band) on it. I am also proud that at least someone out there is trying to help....Thank you.

Anonymous said...

We miss you Custom Gauge!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

We miss you too!! Thank you for making me day.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making me day to - dah!