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Rotary Reflections

June 12, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Last month, the Westfield/Mayville Rotarians learned a few facts abut a variety of subjects important World War II battles, Patterson Library and Common Core Learning Standards WW II Battles.

Two important - but little known - battles that significantly shaped World War II were described by Phil Zimmer of Jamestown, a veteran of the U.S. Army in a later war. In addition to writing reflective pieces for The Buffalo News as well as extended features for a wide array of military publications, he also volunteers at the Robert H. Jackson Center where he assists Greg Peterson in interviewing local World War II veterans.

The two subjects described by Zimmer, which occurred in 1939, were the Battle of Nomonhan (pronounced No-man-khan) and the Soviet Union and the Japanese along the Manchurian-Mongolian border. The other was the Aleutian Islands campaign where U.S. forces worked to pry the determined Japanese from American soil.

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At left, Phil Zimmer of Jamestown, who talked about two important battles that significantly shaped World War II, was introduced by Rotarian Ann E. Weidman. At right, Andrew Koval, Patterson Library director, touched on several aspects of what is offered to the public in the library. He was introduced by Rotarian Luci Petrella.

These battles involved Stalin, who had his own way of doing things, was paranoid and didn't like the military. Assigning a young ambitious Soviet named Zucoft to take over, the Russians took the Japanese by surprise and forced the them from the field.

Zimmer noted that 60 million people were killed in WW II, 25 million of them Soviets.

Patterson Library

Relatively new to his position as director of Patterson Library, Andrew Koval touched on several aspects of what is offered to the public. One was the plan to create two different outside gardening areas, one for planting flower beds and another for planting food items.

Others described included The Big Read for which SUNY Fredonia provides the books, a 2D Design class and book sales. In addition, Koval noted that Kent Knappenberger does recordings for the library and will continue, which led Koval to mention Helping Hands, volunteers to help with a variety of chores in the library.

Koval earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science at Thiel College (Greenville, PA) and received a Master's of Science in Library Science from Clarion University (PA).

Having worked in the children's department, teen services and circulation, Koval has cataloged, archived and performed information literacy lectures for students in academic libraries. In addition, he also reviews documentary films for the University of Buffalo's Educational Media Review Online.

Common Core Learning

Chautauqua Lake Central School superintendent and Rotary club member Ben Spitzer answered some questions about Common Core State standards, which New York state adopted in 2010.

The Common Core standards show what students in Pre-K through 12th grade should know and be able to do in English language arts and mathematics. The standards will help all students across the state learn the same skills, which will make sure they are ready for college and careers.

For more information about Common Core, contact the school in your area.



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