Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Time of Loss-Johnson City Press

 ‘A Time of loss’ - 2,800 turn out to memorialize Jehovah’s Witnesses ministers who died in crash

A large audience joins in the memorial service Friday for ministers Victor James Osborne, Leon Rosko, Randall Walp, Craig Clark and Gerald Booth, killed in a plane crash last weekend. The service was conducted at Freedom Hall. (Tony Duncan / Johnson City Press)

By Kristen Swing
Press Staff Writer
Thousands of people memorialized the five Jehovah’s Witnesses ministers killed in last weekend’s plane crash at a service held Friday evening at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Gerald Booth, of Unicoi; Craig Clark, of Elizabethton; Victor James Osborne, of Morristown; Leon Rosko, of Sevierville and Randall Walp, of Hixon, all were killed when the single-engine Beech Bonanza they were flying in crashed Saturday into the side of Holston Mountain.

The men, all members of a regional building committee, apparently were bound for Virginia Highlands Airport near Abingdon, Va., where they were supposed to be meeting with congregation members from Lebanon, Va., to discuss building a new church there.

At Friday’s service, Chuck Sedgwick, the only surviving member of the regional building committee to which the men belonged, spoke fondly of his fallen brothers.

“I knew them all and spent a lot of time with those brothers,” Sedgwick said. “I loved them dearly.”

Sedgwick recalled 65-year-old Booth as “a spiritual dynamo,” who “was never at a loss for words.” He said Booth was “organized” and “prompt,” always wanting to get things done “now.”

“A lot of us would like to be like Jerry, but we’re not going to be. I’ve never seen somebody with so much energy,” Sedgwick said. “It’s a beautiful thing to have known him and these other brothers.”

Clark, 57, lived “a simple life,” and always “thought before he spoke,” according to Sedgwick.

“Craig was known for being a good listener. He was known for being approachable,” Sedgwick said. “He was always willing to serve in the background.”

Sedgwick emphasized that Osborne, who reportedly was piloting the plane when it crashed, was always “very safe” while flying.

“I trusted my life with him and they did, too,” Sedgwick said. “I flew with those brothers quite often and I loved it. At 5,000 feet we’d pull out text and read the text. We’d read that together and I would listen to these spiritual men.”

Known for “being generous,” 50-year-old Osborne also was “patient” and “respectable,” Sedgwick said.

Rosko, 56, was a “teacher,” who “breathed the regional building work” and “smiled with his eyes,” Sedgwick recalled.

“He just could not do enough and he loved it,” Sedgwick said. “He was everywhere.”

Like Rosko, 55-year-old Walp was known as a teacher among his brothers.

“To be with Randy, I felt like I was in spiritual college,” Sedgwick said. “His wisdom in asking questions was unbelievable.”

More than 2,800 people showed up Friday night to remember the five men and pay respects to their families, who also attended the service.

“This is a time of loss. It is a time of mourning. It is a time of sadness and certainly it is a time for tears,” said Jonathan Smith, circuit overseer for the Jehovah’s Witness circuit that encompassed all five men. “But look at what these brothers accomplished in their days of life. All five of these brothers were givers. That’s the life that they lived.”

For those who knew, loved and respected the five elders, Friday’s event served as a reminder of what now should be done to honor them.

“They were your husbands, your fathers, your teachers, our teachers, counselors. They were spiritual organizers,” Sedgwick said. “We’re going to carry on and make them proud of what they taught us.”

An investigation into what caused the plane crash is being conducted by members of the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.


Friday, September 07, 2007

HTC slides out TyTN II 'super 3G' smartphone | Reg Hardware


HTC slides out TyTN II 'super 3G' smartphone | Reg Hardware


By Tony Smith [More by this author]

28th August 2007 13:48 GMT

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Smartphone specialist HTC has revamped its TyTN handset, packing in not only Windows Mobile 6 but integrating support for high-speed 3G downloads and a GPS receiver.

HTC's TyTN II smartphone

The sequel's unsurprisingly called the TyTN II. Like the original, it comes in a tablet form factor based around a 2.8in, 240 x 320 display, with Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g providing wireless connectivity in addition to the quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge and tri-band 3G UMTS radios.

Once again, there's a slide-out Qwerty keyboard. This time round, however, the screen can be raised up at an angle to the keys, clamshell-style. There's even what HTC called a "360° three-way jog wheel" for scrolling. And HTC has incorporated its iPhone-esque Touch front-end for Windows Mobile.


The TyTN II's main camera is a three-megapixel job, up from the old TyTN's two-megapixel snapper. Once again, there's a Micro SD card slot to boost the 128MB of on-board memory - up from the original model's 64MB.

HTC's bundling TomTom's Navigator 6 Taster Edition to work with the new machine's GPS pick-up. The Taster Edition is essentially the navigation software but no maps to go with it - these you'll need to purchase separately, though you can download one for free, we understand.


HTC claimed the TyTN II offers seven hours' GSM talk time, dropping to around 4.5 hours when you're using 3G. Having Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on too is likely to reduce both figures.

The TyTN II is due to go on sale at the end of September, not only from HTC but also from Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica and Vodafone.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Got to love September in New Jersey


Back in Florida they are still sweating, but here the windows are open and the breezes blowing.  Shorts are still the dress of the day, but the cool breeze signals that Fall is inching it's way here and the heat of summer is over.  A few yellow leaves can be seen on the ground. The knowledge of the coming changes and Fall's fire and rain.  The Fire of the trees as they turn red and yellow, the rain of leaves falling and blowing in the air. Time to light a fire in the backyard at night and stare up into the clear night sky.


====================================================IIntellicast.com Weather E-mail - 9/5/2007 4:07:28 AM
====================================================5-Day Forecast for Brick, New Jersey
Today:   Partly Cloudy,  High: 79 F,  Low: 60 F
Tomorrow:  Mostly Sunny,  High: 80 F,  Low: 62 F
Friday:  Mostly Sunny,  High: 84 F,  Low: 64 F
Saturday:  Partly Cloudy,  High: 83 F,  Low: 65 F
Sunday:  Partly Cloudy,  High: 83 F,  Low: 67 F
====================================================Forecast Details

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 79F.
Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

A few clouds from time to time. Low near 60F.
Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

A few clouds. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s.


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Tenn. plane crash kills 5 ministers - U.S. Life - MSNBC.com


Tenn. plane crash kills 5 ministers - U.S. Life - MSNBC.com


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - A plane carrying five Jehovah's Witness ministers crashed in a remote area of eastern Tennessee, killing all aboard, officials said.

The crash, which happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, wasn't discovered until more than eight hours later, when another pilot spotted the wreckage.

Authorities had to clear a path Sunday to get to the crash site in the Cherokee National Forest on Holston Mountain. Five bodies were found, said Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes. One of the ministers was believed to be the pilot, he said.

The single-engine Beech Bonanza crashed after leaving the Elizabethton Municipal Airport, officials said. The aircraft had taken off from Hamblen County and landed in Elizabethton to pick up a passenger. It was destined for Virginia Highlands Airport near Abingdon, Va., about 40 miles from Elizabethton.

Robert Burpitt, an elder with the Woodland Heights congregation of Jehovah's Witness in Kingsport, said the ministers were all from East Tennessee and members of a regional building committee that makes decisions regarding Kingdom Hall building projects. The names of the ministers were not released.

He said the men were on their way to Abingdon Saturday morning to meet with congregation members to discuss building a new church.

"All of the congregations in this region are devastated by this news, and will continue to keep the families in their prayers," he said.