Thank You For Your Support

Dear All,

It’s been a few days since the election.  I have been meaning to write this letter sooner, but I have just been exhausted.  Despite this exhaustion, I was still only managing about 3 or 4 hours of sleep per night until last night. I’ve not told anyone this, but from the moment I first had the idea to run for constable, I began praying to God.  I told God that I didn’t know if this is what he wanted for me, but that I wanted it. If by His grace I was fortunate enough to get elected, I wanted to use this to build and grow His kingdom. So, I thank God for letting me borrow this particular leadership role. Thank you to everyone who helped, supported me, and the almost 600 people that took the time to write in “Council Nedd II” on their ballot.  Without the help of all of you, I would not have won with around 70% of the vote.  I am using approximate numbers because all the write in ballots have not yet been “certified”.  As Tish and Jodi, who work in the election office, said to me today, “next time, do everyone a favor and get on the ballot.”  No one was prepared for a write-in campaign of this magnitude.

  • Some people got behind me early and did not hesitate when I asked for their support and official endorsements:
  • Two retired PA State Troopers, and a beautiful couple, Lt. Bill and Cpl. Toni Gilhooley;
  • One of my closest friends, the star of TLC’s newest hit show, Suddenly Royal, former State Trooper, Pam Howe;
  • Political pundit and former NYPD officer, and friend from the Kelly File, Bill Stanton; and
  • Niger Innis from TPNN

There are a couple of people I owe a special debt of thanks.  First, let me begin by thanking Bill & Inez Howe, and their nephew, for encouraging this idea from the beginning.  I also want to thank one of my oldest friends Mr. Eamon M. Clifford who actually developed and revised the winning campaign strategy.  I also want to thank Miss Emma Poyntz who edited the campaign literature and orchestrated  my on-line efforts.

I certainly cannot forget my election day poll workers, Dr. Wendy Coulson, Dr. Jim Edwards, Fr. Fred Erb, and Mr. Eamon Clifford.  Their presence at the various polling places made all the difference.  By the way, Eamon gets the award for travelling the farthest to help at the polls.  Lastly, I want to thank a few people who made an extra effort to get out to vote and get their friends to support me; Julie Miller of State College, Scott Huch, the Wheeler family of Pine Grove Mills, the Amato family of Pine Grove Mills, the Mahle family of State College, the Damus family of State College, Heidi Cole of State College, and Carol Demetrick of Pine Grove Mills.  I cannot forget the members and friends of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Pine Grove Mills.  Of course, I have to show gratitude to the Robertson Family of Arlington, VA, Peter, Suzie, Rachel and Sarah Jane. Although we have very different political  views, they have never turned their backs on me and have supported me in every endeavor.

So, what happens next?  I am waiting for my official certification of my election victory.  Once I have the certification number, I can then register for my required Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) classes that I must take to do the job.  Sometime in January, I believe the 21st, I will be sworn in as constable. Again, I want to thank everyone for their unwavering support.  God bless you. Regards,

Vengeance is God’s — Not Ours

Vengeance may be fun to contemplate, but God doesn’t approve of it.  Or rather, he doesn’t of approve of us indulging in it.  The reason for this is that a desire for vengeance, or at least our human concept of it, actually serves to separate us from God. It runs entirely counter to everything God is and everything he stands for. Remember, God tells us that He is love.

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Wear Your Seat Belt!

by Council Nedd II

I just returned home from running errands in a nearby town.  Traffic was slow because of the remnants on a car accident.  I glanced over to see what had happened and it was clear that the passenger in the car was not wearing his seatbelt and went partially through the windshield.

seat-beltThree years ago this month my seatbelt saved my life when, while avoiding two deer frolicking in the street around a blind curve, I swerved and flipped over my very cool convertible…

…I’m happy to talk about that car another time… Moving on.

I posted the above picture on my facebook page and my Emirati friends we amazed when I told them that I walked away from that accident.  Befuddled, they were surprised and asked how.  I simply told them that I was wearing my seat belt.

So many lives can be saved, and so many injuries prevented by just wearing your seat belt.  Have a safe weekend.

I’m Back… And Eating Real Food again

by Council Nedd II

Dear All, I am sorry that I have been away for a while. When I say that I have been away for a while, I mean that I have not posted anything for The Culinary Council in quite some time. Some of you know that I have posted things on some other topics, that were promptly and extensively misquoted. However, I have not done any food posts. The reason I haven’t posted anything food related in a while is because for most of the month of June, I was in and out of the hospital, alternating between an only IV, clear liquid and an all-liquid diet.

Little SzechuanAfter I was finally released from the hospital I was still on a fairly strict diet, and once I was given the doctors permission to “eat whatever I want”, I was a bit slow getting back up to full speed. This was in large part due to the limited food options where I live, and not having the energy to really cook for myself. I knew this at the time, but my favorite Szechuan style, Chinese restaurant, Little Szechuan in State College, PA, is closed for the entire month of July for renovations.

One might be wondering why I have never mentioned Little Szechuan in print before. I’ve never mentioned it in print before because, I was being selfish. I didn’t want this place mobbed. However, I’m over this particular selfishness and I want to do everything I can to ensure the success of Little Szechuan. I will be writing more about little Szechuan after they have completed their renovations.

I happen to be in England at the moment. I’m here on a private pilgrimage and to convalesce. I may write more about this later, but I suspect I will not. Regardless, in the coming days I will be posting a series of articles about the food that is available in some of the coastal towns of southern England, including Swanage, Bournemouth and Studland Bay.

God’s Agenda or Yours?

Delivered by Archbishop Council Nedd II at St. Alban’s Anglican Church on the First Sunday After Ascension

“… The Comforter is how Jesus describes the Holy Ghost. And Jesus chose the word “comforter” to describe the Holy Ghost because Jesus knew precisely what was in store for the new Christians. He goes on to warn them that they are going to be expelled from the synagogues. Worse than that, people will try to kill the Christians, solid in their belief that they are doing God a favor…”

It’s all very prophetic, but it really doesn’t deal with the event we are actually commemorating, which is Jesus’ ascent to heaven, and the apostles’ reaction.

Ascension174The apostles’ reactions immediately prior to the Ascension tell a significant story. They illustrate with crystal clarity the stubbornness with which we subordinate God’s agenda to our own, and we do this without actually realizing it. Today’s Gospel provides a very useful contrast between what Jesus actually said at the Last Supper, and what the apostles thought they heard. This Passover meal was Jesus’ last opportunity to prepare the Apostles for the ordeal to come…”

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