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2013 Chapter of the Year Awards

Soror or the Year- Soror Tammy Butler

Humanitarian Award- Soror Jeannine Peterson

Newly Reactivated Soror- Soror Deneen McBroom

Leadership Award- Soror Kathy Charles

Chapter Service Award- Soror Tonia Anderson

Sister to Sister Award- Soror Joann Baldwin

Soror of the Year 2013

African American Read-In To Celebrate Literacy and African American Authors

(February 10, 2012)
The State Museum of Pennsylvania opens its doors on Saturday in honor of the 14th annual African American Read-In.


The event, presented by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter, was created by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to highlight the work of African-American authors and to promote literacy among children. The goal is to include the struggles and triumphs found in stories by African Americans into the celebrations of Black History Month.

The Read-In will include readings to children by volunteers, including guest readers SuperReader, Floyd Stokes and reporter Valerie Pritchett from ABC-27.

Every child who attends the event will be given a free book. Attendance to the event is free, as is admission to the library, and refreshments will also be provided.


WHEN: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg

COST: Free


Martin Luther King Breakfast 2012

Patricia Russell-McCloud

Noted orator Patricia Russell-McCloud delivers the keynote speech at the Crispus Attucks Community Center's 24th Annual MartinLuther King, Jr. breakfast at the Lancaster Convention Center

Orator and former lawyer Patricia Russell-McCloud roused the crowd gathered for the Crispus Attucks Community Center's 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Lancaster County Convention Center on Monday.

"We have to learn to live together as brothers and sisters or die together as fools," Russell-McCloud said, echoing the late reverend's commitment to unity and racial equality.

She called upon the audience of about 580 community service, business, educational and religious leaders to continue their outreach efforts in Lancaster with renewed zeal.

"If there's a hole, we must fill it; if there's a path, we must execute it," she said. "Things don't just happen — they happen because people make them happen."

Russell-McCloud speaks to more than 200,000 people each year at Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and private functions.

She's been branded "the greatest orator of our time" by fellow speaker Les Brown, listed among the top five business innovators in the U.S. by Black Enterprise Magazine and featured on the cover of Speaker Magazine.

Her speech received a roaring ovation.

In addition, several community service awards were presented at the breakfast.

• The Essence of Humanity Caretaker Award was given to retired sales consultant Alice Sanders for her fight against breast cancer in the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

• The Essence of Humanity Individual Award was given to chef Stanley Stokes for his Christmas meal at the Crispus Attucks Community Center, which feeds more than 300 people every year.

• The Ruby M. Payne Cook Awards were given to historian Darlene Colon, who educates community members about African cultural heritage, and Grace Ubuntu Fellowship, which worships and assists at the center.

• The Crispus Attucks Civil Rights Award was given to the Lancaster Friends Meeting, whose members advance civil rights in Lancaster by rehabilitating urban housing and reducing segregation in urban public facilities.



Malia Tate-DeFrietas celebrates with Mother Jennifer Tate-DeFrietas, Grandmother Dolly Tate and Aunt, Jillian Tate-Harding passng 2000 point mark

HARRISBURG -- Malia Tate-DeFreitas scored 45 points and passed the 2000-point mark for her career in Steel-High's 69-53 win over Bishop McDevitt.

The junior made history in the third quarter with a three-pointer.

Malia Tate-DeFrietas

Tate-DeFreitas came into the game needing 31 points to reach the milestone. She averages roughly 33 ppg. and now has 2014 points for her career.

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Yonise Roberts Paige, Patriot News interview on her
Asthma Diagnosis & Awareness

Yonise Roberts Paige

If you’re one of those people with mild asthma who counts on picking up an over-the-counter inhaler at the drug store to help with occasional symptoms, that won’t be an option much longer.

As of Dec. 31, epinephrine inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, will not be made or sold because the CFCs, which propel the medicine out of the inhaler, are known to deplete the ozone layer.

Phasing out the inhalers is in keeping with the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement signed by the U.S., in which countries agreed to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer after certain dates.

Most drug companies have been switching their prescription CFC inhalers to the more environmentally-friendly hydrofluoroalkane, or HFA, inhalers over the past year or so.

Primatene Mist, marketed by Armstrong Pharmaceutical Inc., is the only over-the-counter epinephrine inhaler that was FDA-approved for the temporary relief of occasional symptoms of mild asthma. The Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers to make plans now to see a doctor for a prescription for a replacement product.

Doctors and pharmacists say the loss of Primatene Mist is actually a good thing from their point of view.

“Primatene Mist is a very old-fashioned drug really only to be used by patients already diagnosed with asthma by a physician and only for intermittent use,” said Dr. Janette Foster, medical director of critical care services at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill and a board-certified pulmonologist. “But you should really be on one of our newer prescription medications if you have been diagnosed with asthma because they are safer, with less cardiac effects.”

Primatene Mist is a bronchodilator that opens passages to the lungs to make breathing easier, but prescription strength bronchodilators like albuterol — which is marketed as Proventil-HFA, Ventolin-HFA and ProAir-HFA — are far superior, she said.

Most users of Primatene Mist are people who don’t want to go to the doctor but need something to help symptoms, said George Fawber, pharmacist and owner of the Medicine Shoppe in Mechanicsburg.

“I probably only sell one or two of those a month. What these people are going to do after Dec. 31, I don’t know,” he said. “I tell them to go see a doctor. The albuterols have fewer side effects and fewer problems.”

Dr. Jack Armstrong said he sees only about five patients per year on Primatene Mist at his practice, Medical Arts Allergy in Hampden Twp., Lower Paxton Twp. and Carlisle. “I’m sure we’ll start seeing more people after Dec. 31,” he said. People who use Maxair autohaler, a prescription inhaler still being made with CFCs, will also have to find a replacement come Dec. 31, he said.

The best treatment for people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is daily use of a maintenance inhaler such as a corticosteroid — which goes by the brand name Flovent — augmented by use of a short-acting or “rescue” inhaler, such as albuterol, not more than once or twice a week, Foster said.

The new inhalers are somewhat more expensive — anywhere between $5 to $15 per inhaler — because there is no generic available yet.

For people with insurance, however, the cost difference won’t matter. What some patients complain does matter is the quality of the inhaler.

“Some patients do say these inhalers don’t deliver as much medication as before,” Foster said. “The official word is no, it just has to be used differently.”

Fawber said he tells people to clean the plastic inhaler more frequently because it can become clogged more easily than the older versions.

“The mist is finer with the HFA inhaler and not as cold so it just feels different, but you are getting the same unit of medicine,” Armstrong said.

Yonise Roberts Paige, who has asthma, said she didn’t notice that her inhaler was changed until she read on it that it’s now made with HFA.

The Lower Paxton Twp. woman, who has battled asthma for the past 15 years, said she uses an aerochamber, or “spacer,” on her inhaler that improves delivery of the medication to her lungs.

“When you put the inhaler directly in your mouth, most of it can end up on your tongue,” she said.

Armstrong said he recommends use of a spacer, which also requires a prescription, because it allows smoother flow of the medication so it goes deeper into the lungs.

Consumers can’t do the “float test” — floating the canisters in water to gauge if they are near empty — with the new inhalers either, but some come with dosage measurements on them, which Foster said she recommends.

Most patients have made the transition to the new inhalers seamlessly, Armstrong said.

“It’s just like if you change a recipe you’ve used forever. Some people are perfectly fine with it and others will say, ‘I’m never eating at that restaurant again,’” he said.

Susan Simms Marsh

Susan Simms Marsh

Susan Simms Marsh, of the Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter elected as International Secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Attorney Susan Simms Marsh was installed as the International Secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at their International meeting on July 15, 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. Her term runs from 2010 – 2012.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is an international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, it is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. The sorority is comprised of a nucleus of 260,000 members and 975 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U. S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea and on the continent of Africa. The Sorority’s mission, “Service to all Mankind”, is achieved through a comprehensive array of programs and advocacy initiatives

Susan became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 1979 at the Iota Mu Chapter on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Upon moving to the Harrisburg area, after graduating from the North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1984, she joined the Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter. She served as President of the Harrisburg chapter from 1992-1993 and from 1999-2001. She has also held several offices and chaired several program and operational committees in the chapter. Under her leadership as Vice President and Program Chairman the Harrisburg Chapter received several regional awards for their community programs. In 2009, she received the North Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Marjorie Parker Leadership Award. She has also received several awards from Epsilon Sigma Omega for distinguished service and leadership.

Susan was previously elected by the North Atlantic Region, which includes eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, eastern New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts , Connecticut, Maryland and Washington DC, to serve as the regional representative to the International Nominating Committee from 2002 – 2004. She also served on the Sorority’s International Technology Committee from 2006 – 2010.

Susan is Corporate Counsel for the American Water Company in Hershey PA. She is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, Association of Corporate Counsel, and Corporate Counsel Women of Color, National Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and Pennsylvania Keystone Bar Associations. In 2009, Susan was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to serve on Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, and she serves on the Pennsylvania Department of State Corporation Advisory Committee. Susan’s community involvement also includes service on the boards of the Central Pennsylvania Boys and Girls Club of America, Pennsylvania United Way and the AAA Central Penn Board of Directors.

She and her husband Ronald Marsh are active members of the Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church where she serves as Pro-Bono Legal Counsel.