R.I.P. Goofey

Goofey has been in my family for 8 1/2 years. My parents got him on my 10th birthday. He was such a sweet cat and I don't recall him ever scratching or hissing at anyone. He will surely be missed.

I remember when Goofey was a kitten. He would lay on my Grandma Zola's head when she fell asleep at my house and would play with her hair.

Goofey was my "Guardian Angel". When I became very ill in January, then again in October, of 2009, Goofey would keep me company and lay by my side.  

R.I.P. Goofey- 3.28.2010

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen

Miss Ohio Contestants

Tonight was the Miss Ohio Sweeps competition. It was the last chance for the 2010 local competitors to take home a local crown and earn their ticket to the Miss Ohio stage!

This is a list of all the young women who will be competing at Miss Ohio 2010:

*Miss Heart of Ohio- Tera Coleman
*Miss Huron- Elizabeth Wong
*Miss Mohican Valley- Devon Stansbury
*Miss Buckeye State- Whitney Fricke
*Miss Willard - Stephanie Beltz
*Miss Ohio River - Rebekah Zoz
Miss Greater Butler County - Nanciann Strosnider 
Miss Muskingum Valley - Heidi Negron 
Miss Central Ohio - Katie Camp
Miss Maple City - Marisa Buchheit
Miss North Central Ohio - Amber Bussa
Miss Mansfield - Heather Wells
Miss Vacationland - Jacquelyn Nichols
Miss Northwestern Ohio - Alyssa Waldman
Miss All*American City - Becky Minger
Miss Fallen Timbers - Courtney Monk
Miss Maumee Valley - Kristy Moneysmith
Miss Clayland - Heather Waterman
Miss Portsmouth - Anna Reis
Miss Miami Valley - Ellen Bryan
Miss West Central Ohio - Katie Bowen
Miss Square Fair - Shannon O'Neill
Miss North Coast - Sarah Hider
Miss Greater Cleveland - Ashley Warholic
Miss Cuyahoga County - Meggie Wittman
Miss Lake Festival - Cayla Hellwarth

*Sweeps winners

All 89 of the young women who competed in Ohio locals this year were all talented, intelligent, and beautiful young women. They should all be proud of themselves for their accomplishments this season, whether they took home a crown or not!

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen


R.I.P. Miss America 1952 Colleen Kay Hutchins

Miss America 1952 Colleen Kay Hutchins passed away early this morning in her home in Newport Beach, California at the age of 83.

My deepest condolences go out to her family and friends.

Colleen pictured with Yolanda Betbeze (Miss America 1951)
Colleen wore the three point tiara which was later replaced by the Yamron crown. The three-point tiara was passed on to the new Miss America every year and after it was given to Lee Meriwether (Miss America 1955) it disappeared and was never found again. (The Yamrom crown is the four-point crown that is similar to the crown they currently use.)

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen



A lot has happened in the short time since my last blog so allow me to fill you in.

Wednesday- Sean, Bryan, and I went to Cleveland for the Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade was, well, to put it nicely, lame. There weren't really any floats that you would normally see in a parade. Instead, there was a whole lot of bagpipes and men in kilts.

Sean, Bryan, and I in Cleveland

Also on Wednesday, after returning home from Cleveland, the Canal Days Court joined the True Life Community Church in filling plastic eggs for the upcoming Community Egg Hunt on April 3rd. 10,000 plastic eggs needed to be filled!

There was a whole wall covered in bags of plastic eggs.

Thursday- All REACH members received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from John Boccieri for our involvement in the community. Good job, REACH!


Friday- Work at Oser's Dairy and Deli. After work I joined REACH in helping to make World Relief Kits for Haiti in Sterling, OH. We packed an outfit, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, and soap into separate bags then placed them in boxes to be shipped to Haiti. While being busy packing the kits, the girls in REACH managed to find a few moments to check out all the cute boys we were surrounded by. Margarita, our adult leader, was quite the wing woman for us, hahah. We would point one out and giggle about it. Then Margarita would walk right up to the gentleman, drag him to our table, and introduce us all to them. Lol.

Gabrielle, Amiee, and I working

Sunday- REACH threw an Easter Party for the Waterside Group Home (home for mentally disabled adults). Soon after stepping out of the car, I was greeted by the residents and their smiling faces. They get so excited when we all come and visit them, it's so adorable. REACH member then hid stuffed animals around the lawn and home, and then helped the residents find their animal. I lost circulation in my hand when I helped Donnie find his, hahaha, he was so excited to find it he was practically dragging me along. We then had pizza, and cupcakes. After eating, the REACH girls led songs&dances to the Hokey Pokey, I'm a Little Teapot, Bingo, and more. The residents may look older, but they act just like children. Helping out at Waterside with the REACH group is truely an amazing experience. Every time we go there I become more comfortable with working with the residents and get to know them better.

REACH members- Gabrielle, Sylvan, Jarzi, Aimee, Brianna, Kristen, Bubba, Courtney, Miranda, Jen
I would like to thank the adult supervisors- Margarita, Tricia, Ken, Doris, and Natalie for all their help and support of the group. :]

Donnie and I

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen


Skunks and the Zombie Apocalypse

I wake up this morning to a call from my parents telling me to go pick up my younger siblings (Amiee, Brittney, and Michael) from the high school. I didn't know why but I followed their orders. I get to the high school, and all three of my siblings are sitting in the hallway in front of the office. I asked them why they didn't wait in the office and they said they got kicked out of the office. They explained to me that they were getting kicked out of school for smelling bad. Haha. But they had OGT's this week so they had to at least take those.

All three of them, plus my dog, got sprayed by a skunk this morning. Lovely.

So I sign them out of school, and William, our roommate and the driver, was supposed to drop me off at the Dollar General so I could buy tomato juice for them. Well he decided to be a jerk and I ended up walking to the DG. On the way there I ran into Zach, whom I haven't seen in a while since he goes to R.G. Drage. He offers to help me carry the eight huge bottles of tomato juice and gave me a ride back to my house so I wouldn't have to walk. What a sweetie.

I love living in a small town.

Anyways, by the time I got back to the house, the kids already had all the windows and doors open and you could smell the stinky smell just by driving by. Haha. It was horrible.

I gave them the juice and I really didn't want to absorb the smell so I left to hang out with Sean, Natalie R., and Ben N. We went to the mall and walked around there for an hour or two.

After Ben and Natalie left Sean and I were joined by Bryan. Who brought along zombie movies. My favorite! Not. I'm actually legitimately terrified of zombies. Haha.

After three movies, we managed to start discussing ways to properly kill zombies with a crucifix, if ever in the situation of being surrounded by zombies in a church.

It's been quite an interesting day, if I may say so myself.


Beware of skunks and zombies.
Stay safe, Canal Fulton.

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen


Empty is the head that wears the crown

I saw Alice in Wonderland with Megan, Nathan, and Natalie this past weekend. It was fantastic! It's probably one of my new favorite movies. None of us could complain about it! (except Cheshire Cat was the wrong color, but we're ok with that :p) Anne Hathaway as the White Queen was perfect, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter was even more. All the actors played their character phenomenally. How anyone could NOT like this movie is beyond me. Tim Burton did a fabulous job.

This weekend my sister, Amiee, starred in 'Steel Magnolias', a play put on by the Canal Fulton Players. Though they didn't have a ligitimate stage, the ladies did a fabulous job! I enjoyed the play, even though it had a few scenes that 'slapped me in the face.' They joked about pageants, the 'Miss Merry Christmas' winner, "Empty is the head that wears the crown", swimsuit competition, "Most women look for a swimsuit that will lift and separate, I look for one that will divide and conquer" and when I thought they were done, baton twirling was next on their list. Hahaha, thank you, Steel Magnolias.

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen


Miss America Pageant Homeless

TLC decides not to renew its contract with organization

There she is, Miss Homeless America.
TLC announced on Monday that it wouldn't renew its deal to run the Miss America Pageant, the onetime-major TV event that has fallen on hard times over the past decade.

Decision came despite the event's ratings uptick this year -- thanks in part to the controversial decision to tap Rush Limbaugh as a judge.

"We are happy that TLC was part of the modernization and revitalization of the Miss America pageant," the channel's execs said in a statement. "This year we delivered record ratings, besting any of its prior performances on cable. However, our three-year deal has concluded, and we have chosen not to renew. We wish the Miss America Organization well."

Miss America has been struggling to find its relevance ever since NBC dumped the pageant after 30 years in 1997 --embarking instead on a relationship with Donald Trump and Miss USA.

ABC picked up Miss America in 1997 but watched as the franchise continued its ratings decline (nearly 50% during its nine-year run) -- and finally dropped the pageant in 2005. After that, CMT stepped up to save the event, running it in 2006 and 2007. TLC then took it over for the last three years.

Miss America attracted as many as 25 million viewers in 1995, but it's been a steady drop since then.

The Miss America Organization has taken several steps in trying to revive the event -- adding two-piece swimsuits in 1997 and moving the contest from its longtime Atlantic City base to Las Vegas in 2006, for example. The TLC run was also tied to a reality competition last year, but that reality spinoff didn't continue this year.

Like most recent televised events, Miss America has indeed seen a ratings uptick: The 2010 edition averaged 4.5 million viewers in January, up from 3.5 million in 2009 and 3.6 million in 2008. That's still down from 9.8 million in 2005, the pageant's final year on broadcast TV. The pageant averaged 2.4 million on CMT in 2007.

Insiders noted that Miss America was brought in by former TLC topper Angela Shapiro, who's no longer at the network. Also, the special is not cheap. The cabler may have decided that it wasn't worth the pricetag, even with improved ratings. (It's also believed that advertisers haven't made an effort to be a part of the pageant given its older demographics.)

TLC is in the midst of a brand readjustment, aging down its audience. And Miss America was probably seen as a property that no longer completely fit with the channel's direction.

On the flip side, insiders at the Miss America Organization said the pageant was not happy with the limited amount of promotion and marketing this year's event received. TLC had expressed interest in renewing the deal, but the two sides could not come to terms.

Don't count the pageant out just yet, however. Onetime mega-agent Sam Haskell serves as chairman of the board at the org and is no stranger to sealing big deals with network and cable entities. Given the ratings bump to this year's telecast, it's believed that there may be renewed interest at other outlets in the long-standing event (Daily Variety, Feb. 5).

ABC News

..."We are happy that TLC was part of the modernization and revitalization of the Miss America pageant," TLC said. "This year, we delivered record ratings, besting any of its prior performances on cable. However, our three-year deal has concluded, and we have chosen not to renew. We wish the Miss America Organization well."...


"...Sam Haskell, chairman of the Miss America Organization, told The Associated Press that TLC chose not to pick up a three-year option to renew the contract and wanted to renegotiate a new deal for less money and fewer years...Haskell says four networks, ranging from broadcast to cable channels, have expressed strong interest in airing the pageant.."
Miss America's TV Broadcast History:
ABC: 1954-1956

CBS: 1957-1965
NBC: 1966-1996
ABC: 1997-2005
CMT: 2006-2007
TLC: 2008-2010

Maybe FOX will pick up the pageant. Some points that were brought to my attention for as to why:
1. The core demographic of FOX mirrors that of Miss America (largest viewing audience in Midwest, South, Southwest).
2. FOX is home to American Idol, a competition that VERY closely mirrors Miss America's format.
3. The following Miss America's have appeared on FOX at various times: Lauren Nelson, Kristen Haglund, Katie Stam, Caressa Cameron. Also Gretchen Carlson (Miss America 1989) is a host on the network's morning show, Fox & Friends.

Pray that Miss America finds a home before her upcoming 90th Anniversary.

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen

These are a few of my favorite things

Color: Emerald Green, Red, Black
Food: Chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings, ok, I just like food.
Holiday: 4th of July (FIREWORKS!!)
Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's and Pleasantville
Actor: Shia LaBoeuf
Actress: Audrey Hepburn, Anne Hathaway
TV Show: I don't really watch TV, but I caught the Glee fever this past fall.
Heroes: God, my Mom, Audrey Hepburn, any Miss America
Animal: Dolphins and polar bears
Sports: Baton twirling and dancing. Ahaha. If my school had offered lacrosse, I would totally have been on the team.
Car: Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1 or any 1940's-50's-esque car.
Band: hmm...Goo Goo Dolls, Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Muse, Beyonce, Rihanna, 3OH!3, do I have to pick just one? lol
Song: Right now "Black and Gold"- Sam Sparro and "Feeling Good" Michael Buble and "Big Girl Now"- New Kids on the Block featuring Lady Gaga (I love Lady Gaga!!)
Job: Magazine Editor in Chief, Wedding/Event Planner, Florist, I'm not completely sure yet

When the dog bites

When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad
(My Favorite Things- The Sound Of Music)

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen