Monday, July 28, 2008

Borders, Scranton, PA Book Signing

Sandra Gerencher (with son Terry)
for Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog

Friday, July 25, 2008

Paying Tribute to Chance

The Weekender
July 23, 2008

Paying Tribute to Chance
by Carlene Majorino

Tribute Books of Eynon will host an appearance on Saturday, July 26 at Borders in Dickson City by Sandra Gerencher for the signing of her new book, "Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog."

"Sandra adopted her son Terry when he was eight, and right now he is 13," says Nicole Langan, owner of Tribute Books. "He wasn't able to speak in complete sentences at first, but it really struck Sandra that he always had a connection with animals."

Gerencher of Bethlehem, discovered her son's special connection during her years saving dogs from high-kill animal shelters, which was a mission of hers for more than a decade. The book shows photos of various dogs adopted from 61 shelters and tells the amazing story of her son.

One day, when Terry discovered a dog named Chance and his autism became less apparent, Gerencher was driven to write about this phenomenon and looked to Tribute Books to publish it.

"He really formed a friendship with Chance," says Langan. In order to continue her legacy as a woman who loves and protects animals, a portion of all proceeds from Gerencher's signing will benefit the Humane Society.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Shelter dog book shares many local ties

The Abington Journal
July 16, 2008

Shelter dog book shares many local ties
by Mathew Golden

DICKSON CITY- A good book “hits home” with its audience; that is to say that it tries to connect personally with its readers. But for Northeastern Pennsylvania, the book “Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism and His Shelter Dog” hits home in an alternate sense.

The author of the book, Sandra Gerencher, will be at the local Borders for a book signing of “Second Chance.” Tying in with the book’s themes, a portion of the book’s price will be donated to the Humane Society of Lackawanna County.

The local significance of “Second Chance” also includes the fact that the cover artist, Virginia Cody, is from Factoryville. Cody is a portrait artist who deals specifically with animals. She owns multiple pets, all of which “have been adopted in one form or another.”

Cody’s other works include the cover art for “Pegasus at the Plow: A Poetry Collection,” which is a collection of poems written by her husband, Patrick Walker, and was also published by Tribute Books. She strongly supports the Humane Society and its ideals. “I donate a lot of my money that I make for my pet portraits to the Humane Society,” she responded when prompted about her personal feelings for the society. Cody is also a member of the Endless Mountains Art Council.

The production team for “Second Chance” has strong professional and emotional ties to the Humane Society. Nicole Langan, owner of Tribute Books (the company that published “Second Chance”) and avid supporter of local art, recollects her past experience with the Humane Society in publicizing “Second Chance” at their annual pet walk.

“The staff and volunteers were most accommodating. They provided Sandra with a table free of charge and publicized her appearance at the Pet Walk in the local media.” Langan also adopted her first dog, “an elderly Shih-Tzu named Gin-Gin whose owner had to give her up upon entering a nursing home,” from the Humane Society when she was 10.

The book signing will be held at the Borders book store adjacent to the Viewmont Mall in Scranton on Saturday, July 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. Five percent of the book’s retail price will be donated to the Humane Society of Lackawanna County. As of June 30, $250 has been raised. The donated money will be used directly for the animals in the form of food and care services according to Beverly Bright, who handles public relations for the Humane Society.

Want to go?

What: Book signing with Sandra Gerencher, author of “Second Chance: How Adoption Saved A Boy with Autism and His Shelter Dog,” with a portion of all book proceeds benefits the Humane Society of Lackawanna County.

When: Saturday, July 26, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Borders, 100 Viewmont Mall, Scranton.

Info: 340-1044.

The Opinion-Tribune
July 2, 2008

Book relives Dodgers last year in Brooklyn

Baseball fans old enough to remember when the Braves played in Milwaukee and Dodgers played at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn will appreciate John R. Nordell, Jr.'s novel, Brooklyn Dodgers: The Last Great Pennant Drive, 1957.

Nordell chronicles the 1957 pennant race in the National League and the Dodgers' mid-season surge during their final season in Brooklyn before making the cross-country move to Los Angeles.

Through newspaper accounts of the time and other sources, Nordell devotes much of his book to the daily ups and downs the Dodgers and their fans experienced in the second half of the 1957 season, both on and off the field.

The Dodgers, who had won six National League pennants from 1947 to 1956, were in the thick of the race again in 1957, but at the midway point of the season, speculation began to surface about the likely move of the Dodgers to Los Angeles, and the New York Giants, also a National League team, to San Francisco. When the season ended, after weeks of political turmoil and uncertainty involving the future of Brooklyn's baseball club, the Dodgers finished in third place, 11 games behind Milwaukee, and Dodger President Walter O'Malley was ready to finalize the move to L.A.

Nordell devotes a portion of his writing to his recollection of attending his first Dodger game at Ebbetts Field in July 1957.

Nordell's writing, less than 100 pages, is simple reading for baseball fans and historians of the game. If you are not a fan of baseball, the amount of time Nordell spends writing about the pennant race could make this a lackluster read.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Book signing benefits local Humane Society

The Scranton Times-Tribune
July 13, 2008

ImageBook signing benefits local Humane Society
Staff Report

Author Sandra Gerencher will sign copies of her book, "Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog," at Borders book store at the Viewmont Mall, Dickson City, between 2 and 4 p.m. on July 26.

The story is told from the perspective of a dog adopted from an animal shelter by a family with an autistic child. The book is 28 pages and written for children ages 9 to 12. Her goal is to make children more aware of the need to help other children.

The book was published recently by Tribute Books, Eynon. A percentage of profits from each book sold will be donated tot he Humane Society of Lackawanna County.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ellen Chaksil Interview on KDKA's Amplify with Father Ron Lengwin

Ellen Chaksil Radio Interview
KDKA - Amplify with Father Ron Lengwin

CLICK HERE to listen to the radio broadcast.