Victim Discusses Sex AbuseFEBRUARY 22ND, 2019 JOYLYN BUKOVAC EVANSVILLE, INDIANAThe Evansville Catholic Diocese released the list of priests accused of sexually abusing minors in the church, including the names of 12 area priests. Among those 12 priests, there are 42 allegations total. About half of those priests were either removed or dispensed from the clergy. Some of the priests died before the investigation even began. One victim says his accuser died almost two decades ago.“My abuser was an itinerary priest that worked in government places,” says Ken Meyer. “Back in the 50s and 60s, if you mentioned something like that to somebody, you would promptly be told to kneel down and pray for forgiveness.”Meyer says he met his alleged abuser when he was just 11 years old, and he stayed in his life five years after that. He says this priest even spent the night at his parents’ house. “In hindsight, I could see the grooming process taking place. I did not know that’s what was going on then.”Meyer says he is speaking out to start a conversation. “When it happens you wonder ‘what weakness did I have that I was a victim?’ And then you find out other people were victims and that helps a lot.”He just wishes lists of credible allegations were made sooner, in hopes of sparing some other children the same abuse.CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
CopyrightX — AKA ‘The MOOC the New Yorker actually liked‘ — is tooling up for a second run, expanding on its unusual, hybrid format.The twelve-week networked course, offered each spring under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed. Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, weekly seminars, live webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.This year, in addition to the real-world classes attended by 100 Harvard Law students and online sections for 500 students — taking the M out of MOOC — the course is adding more ‘satellites’ and integrating them more with the other two course communities.Admission to the online sector of CopyrightX is free and is open to anyone at least 13 years of age, but enrollment is limited. Applications for admission will be accepted starting December 13, 2013. For details concerning the application and admission processes, see CopyrightX:Admission.The lectures, reading materials, maps, and recordings that have been developed for CopyrightX are also available for use by teachers and students in other settings. All of these materials are licensed under a Creative Commons License, the terms of which are available here. Read Full Story
Who hasn’t been transported back to childhood by the sweet aroma of baking cookies, or to a favorite forest by the earthy smell of leaf litter, or to a summer beach by the tang of salt air?Harvard Professor David Edwards and a former student, Rachel Field, want to harness the evocative power of smell, not just to bring us back, but to bring us closer.Field and Edwards, the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering, today demonstrated a smell-based device called an oPhone, which aims to add another sense to digital communications.The pair bridged the Atlantic Ocean during a New York news conference this morning when Edwards sent a sniff of a New York breakfast — fresh bread, orange juice, and strawberries — to Paris, where colleagues returned the favor, sending the fragrance of champagne and macaroons wafting back.“One of the very important ways in which we engage the world … is through the sense of smell. It is essential to some experiences — eating — and also interacting with friends and enemies and nature. Coffee, wine, chocolate are fundamentally aromatic experiences,” Edwards said. “The ability to bring scents to electronic communications enlarges the richness of communications online.”The oPhone stems from a class project by Field, an engineering student who graduated from Harvard College in 2012. She took Edwards’ course “How to Create Things and Have them Matter,” which pushes students to take inventions from idea to product, assisted by funding from the Wyss Institute. Unlike many courses that prompt students to invent products, this one also provides support after the class is over, encouraging students to develop their fledgling devices.Field, Edwards, and other collaborators have continued to work on the oPhone, founding the startup company Vapor Communications last fall. A crowd-funding campaign started this month, with plans for the device to go into production early next year.Edwards said initial marketing interest has been expressed by officials in the coffee and wine industries, and in others where scent is a key part of a product’s appeal. Field said interest may reach more broadly into the public as well.Field, speaking after the New York news conference while en route to Paris for additional launch events later this week, said the demonstration was a huge relief after months of hard work and sleepless nights.“Today was pretty fantastic,” Field said. “We’ve been working on this for over two years. It’s exciting for it to become a reality.”The oPhone system consists of several parts. It begins with the oSnap app for iPhones (an android version is in development) that allows a user to create an oNote, consisting of a photograph and a smell created out of a palette of 32 scents available in the app that can be combined in 300,000 possible combinations.The sender then forwards the oNote to an oPhone — the hardware portion of the enterprise — which re-creates the aroma from the oSnap app. The key component of the oPhone is the oChip, which creates the actual smell.The oPhone looks a bit like a desk telephone, only instead of a handset, it has two small hollow towers — from which the newly created scents emerge — extending from the top.For now, oPhones are limited to “hot spots” in Paris and New York where people can experience aromatic messages.One encouraging sign, Field said, was that even though the oSnap app has been available for only a day, people around the world have already downloaded the app to their phones.“It’s great to see people playing around with it,” she said.
Why shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day? Legend has it that St. Patrick himself used theshamrock back in the fifth century to illustrate how three separate leaves united by onestem resembled the Holy Trinity. “The oxalis may be the native Irish plant,” Thomas said. Oxalis deppei is growncommercially. Varieties can range from bright green to purple leaves with white to rosypink flowers. “But it doesn’t like full sun. In fact, it has to have shade. It will take Georgia’shumidity and clay just fine, but not the sun,” he said. “Planting it just on the surface ofabout four inches of forest humus would be heaven on earth to a shamrock.” When you shop for a pot of shamrocks, look for plants with most of the stems standingupright with unopened, fresh buds. Shamrocks are indoor houseplants that prefer an east or west window. A southernexposure would be too hot for them, Thomas said. But shamrocks don’t have to stay inthe house. Faith and begorra, ’tis almost time for the wearing o’ the green. St. Patrick’s Day(March 17), a traditional Irish religious day, translates to parties and parades inGeorgia. But one tradition holds true on both sides of the Atlantic: shamrocks. Georgians can buy a true field clover, Thomas said. Or they can get Oxalis deppei, alsocalled the Iron Cross, which is patented as the shamrock plant. The third choice isMarsilea, or water shamrock. On St. Patrick’s Day, shamrocks sprout on lapels and decorate floral arrangements aswell as greeting cards, balloons, hats and clothing. In some Irish-American families, a gift of a pot of “gold” (brass or gold foil will do)filled with shamrocks brings luck to the recipient. “If they’re drooping over the side,” Thomas said, “the plant has been water-stressed. Itshouldn’t have a lot of old flowers because it blooms a long time. Old flowers wouldmean it’s past its blooming stage.” The plant may lose all its leaves in the fall. But that doesn’t mean it’s dead. “Shamrocks can be easily propagated from bulblets,” Thomas said. “In spite ofdropped leaves, if the bulb is still white, it’s just quiescent, not dead. It will usuallycome back in the spring.” Thomas said indoors or out, you should water your shamrocks regularly. But don’toverfertilize them. Dilute liquid houseplant fertilizer by half and water it in about everythree weeks. “The plants sold as shamrocks in Georgia can be any of three types of plants,” saidPaul Thomas, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. The shamrock is found on Irish medieval tombs and old copper coins, known as St.Patrick’s money. The plant was even reputed to have mystic powers because the leavesstand upright to warn of an approaching storm. Its name is derived from the Irish”seamrog,” meaning “summer plant.” “If you plant it in a protected location, a shamrock can be hardy in Georgia,” he said.”Give it plenty of mulch so the ground doesn’t freeze solid. It will survive.
The first thing you have to do is forget about the man in full body spandex. The one kicking and gliding through the snow on skinny skis at great speeds. This is probably the image that pops into your head when someone says “cross-country skiing.” You think of some ridiculously skinny man trying to break land-speed records on flat ground. This is “skating,” the cross-country skiing that gets airtime during the winter Olympics. This is the cross-country skiing of Biathlons, where skiers strap rifles to their backs in order to perform a bizarre ski/shoot duet. This is the cross-country skiing that made it into the Bond movie where Roger Moore is chased down by a crazed Biathlete on the payroll of some criminal kingpin. And this is exactly the kind of cross-country skiing that keeps people from ever wanting to try cross-country skiing.“Everybody barfing at the finish line and then some announcer saying cross-country is the most arduous sport on the planet?” says Chip Chase, owner of Whitegrass Touring Center in Canaan Valley, West Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere cross-country destination. “The cross-country industry has painted themselves into a corner where everybody thinks skating is cross-country skiing, but it’s not. Skaters are a bunch of nerds. They’re a bunch of accountants, no offense to the accountants out there. What we do at Whitegrass has nothing to do with skating.”At first, you’re not going to believe what Chase and a portion of his clientele do at Whitegrass. When I tell you that these skiers bomb steeps, huck boulders, and thread tree runs, you’re not going to believe me, because they do it all on cross-country gear. While skating gets all the press and TV time, there’s a small sect of cross-country skiers that use those long, skinny skis made for kicking and gliding across gentle meadows of snow and traversing hills to shred every inch of vertical drop their local mountains can dish out. The younger generation is even taking their cross-country gear to the terrain park.Search and Destroy“We want to crash and explore,” Chase says. “We want elevation changes and we want to make the most of the terrain. We want to ski it all and we want to do it on cross-country gear.”Some call it new-school cross-country, some call it free-country, others call it extreme Nordic, whatever name you give it, new life has been breathed into cross-country skiing in the last few years. It’s a brave new world where anything on skinny skis is possible and the whole world is a terrain park.Traditional cross-country gear is blissfully simple. The skis are long, skinny, and light. The binding isn’t much more than a bar that hooks into the toe of your boot, which is usually leather, lightweight and comfortable, and all of it together weighs about as much as a pair of feathers. Going from your standard new-school downhill gear (which is increasingly heavy and fat) to cross-country gear for the first time is like having gastro-intestinal surgery. You’re so light on your feet, you feel like you can do anything-which is a bit misleading, because cross-country is all about balance and technique. The gear in downhill does a good job of covering for any faults in your skiing technique. The fatter the skis get, the less you actually have to know how to ski. With cross-country gear on your feet, however, you’re naked: your skiing ability and all its shortcomings are on full display. Just about anyone can strap on a pair of touring skis and glide through the snow on level terrain right off the bat, but throw a downhill in the mix and you’ve got to learn how to ski all over again. When you first strap them on, it’s hard to believe there are kids out there that hit tree runs and half-pipes with these skinny sticks strapped to their feet.“It takes more skill to traverse and ski the fall line with touring gear,” Chase says. “The skis don’t give you an advantage or offer a lot of support, so you have to rely on balance and technique.”Which is probably why so few people ever try anything more demanding than cruising through a meadow with cross-country skis. Mike Dreisbach owns Savage River Lodge, a cross-country resort in Maryland, and sees people succumb to their perceived limitations of cross-country gear all the time. “Most people stick to the valley roads and trails when they come here,” Dreisbach says, even though his lodge sits next to Mount Aetna, which has 1,500 feet of vertical drop and plenty of snow. “There’s so much skiable terrain on that mountain. You can ski all day and never hit the same place twice. But there are only a few backcountry skiers that ever explore it.”More and more, the backcountry skiers that do explore the vertical lines of mountains like Aetna are doing it with traditional cross-country gear. In the past, the gear of choice for this sort of skiing has been telemark skis, which offer the same free-heel movement of cross-country gear, but are wider and more stable. Climbing in telemark gear isn’t as efficient as in cross-country gear, but the wider ski gives the user more control on the downhills. It’s a tradeoff. A tradeoff that a young generation of skiers is no longer willing to make. They still want to hit the backcountry lines, but they want to do it with the lightest gear possible.“To me, there’s no difference between telemark, cross-country, or downhill,” says Morgan Chase, Chip Chase’s 17-year-old son. “I’m always on cross-country gear, no matter what I’m skiing.”Morgan and his two brothers, Adam and Cory, are part of a new breed of skier who are simultaneously drawn to the adrenaline-soaked freeskiing/terrain park movement and the lightweight practicality of cross-country gear.“You can get across terrain faster on cross-country gear,” Morgan says. “You can climb easier so you use less energy in the backcountry and can get more runs in. And you can go anywhere on these skis. Telemark and downhill gear is kind of limiting, but cross-country gear is all about freedom.”Morgan says a number of kids within Canaan Valley are drawn to that sense of unlimited possibilities. “A lot of kids are getting into the same thing around here. Kids are traversing into the backcountry and hitting jumps or boulders. It’s changing the sport.”Evolution or Lack There OfThe surprising thing about cross-country skiing is that it’s been around for so long: 4,000 years, give or take a year or two. That makes cross-country skiing one of the oldest “sports” in the world, even though, originally, skiing was all about survival. The first skiers most likely used one long ski and one short ski. The long one was for gliding, the short one was for kicking. Sometimes they carried a long pole to help propel them across fields and provide balance. Skiing was how men hunted food. It was how they got from point “A” to point “B” during the long winters in landscapes that are now known as Norway, Finland, and Sweden. It was even a part of their mythology. Ull was a powerful god according to Norse mythology, and one of his greatest contributions was giving mankind the practice of skiing.The sad thing is, in those 4,000 years since Ull invented skiing, there hasn’t been a whole lot of evolution in the sport of cross-country. Obviously, the gear has improved since the original short/long ski combo, but the scope of the sport hasn’t changed much. It could be argued that the most drastic evolutionary leap didn’t come until the last few years, when young skiers, raised on cross-country skis like the Chase brothers, started hitting the terrain parks and steeps with their skinny skis.And anywhere you have that coveted target demographic trying something new, you have gear companies ready to capitalize on a fresh market. Last winter, Fischer introduced the Jibskate, the world’s first twin-tip cross-country ski designed to bridge the gap between cross-country devotees and park rats.“You can hit the park, hit jumps, ski backwards, do a rail slide,” Morgan Chase says. “You can do anything on these ski.”Salomon also has a line of cross-country skis that blend downhill performance with cross-country climbing ability. They’re fatter than traditional cross-country gear, a little heavier, have metal edges for carving, and allow skiers new to cross-country the ability to hit downhill lines with more efficiency and style.“Cross-country isn’t just about traipsing across the valley floor anymore,” says Hal Thomson of Salomon. “It’s about going up and down.”Chip Chase believes West Virginia’s terrain lends itself perfectly to this new-school cross-country scene. “In these parts, you don’t get the snow without high elevations. So if you want to ski, you have to ski elevation. Our valleys don’t get snow, so you have to ski the vertical,” Chase says. “Plus, there are no cliff bands along our mountain ridges, and no avalanches, so it’s safe to ski anywhere. [This region is] the perfect environment for backcountry skiing.”The question is, will Chase’s form of adrenaline-induced cross-country skiing win Southeastern skiers over? Will we abandon the lift lines and $60 lift tickets to explore the natural terrain parks of the woods on skinny skis?“Downhill skiing is still pretty new in the South,” Chase says. “But as time goes on, people are more willing to try something different. Once people get bored with traditional downhill, they’ll look for more of a challenge and become more versatile snowsports athletes. It’ll happen in the South, eventually.”The Great Lakes Effect“A lot of people don’t realize that western Maryland and West Virginia are inside a Great Lakes Effect snow-belt,” says Mike Dreisbach of Savage River Lodge. “During a good year, we’ll get 160 to 190 inches of snow. Even a bad winter will give us 120 inches.”What that means for cross-country skiers is more days on the snow. Dreisbach says he got 38 days on the snow last season, which by all accounts was a rather disappointing winter. Normally, he’ll get 50 days of skiing in. In Canaan Valley, Chase has been known to get 120 days of skiing during a single ski season. Even during last year’s warmer than normal winter, Whitegrass saw 100 skiable days.Contrary to popular belief, snow does exist in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. You just have to know where to find it. That’s where BRO comes in. Follow our brief destination guide to find the best natural snow below the Mason Dixon line.Deep Creek, Western MarylandTucked snuggly within that Great Lakes snowbelt, Deep Creek Lake gets so cold and receives so much snow, the community has a long history of dog-sledding and ice fishing. The cross-country skiing ain’t bad either. There are six state parks within the area with cross-country ski trails and a number of guide services and private farms are available for those new to the sport.Check out Backbone Farm, a cross-country resort that gets 150 inches annually, covering its’ 520 acres of forest and farm.And Savage River Lodge has 15 miles of trails with 300 feet of elevation change as well as access to Mount Aetna’s 1,500 feet of vertical drop. 120-190 inches of snow, and it’s only 2.5 hours from D.C.Canaan Valley, West VirginiaThe valley is a nationally renown free-heeling destination that attracts the best skiers in the region. People have even been known to move to the valley just for the endless cross-country skiing possibilities.Whitegrass Touring Center will get you set up with lessons, gear, and guide you through the valley floor or across the mountains. 1,200 vertical feet, 50 kilometers of trails, and 160 inches of snow every year.Cheat Mountain, West VirginiaThe amount of snow this long, tall mountain gets is unfair. Several peaks along its ridge top out above 4,000 feet and each of them has been known to receive upwards of 220 inches of snow in a single season. That rivals the snowfall seen at mountains in Vermont and New Hampshire. It’s not out of the question for Cheat to have a deep, permanent snow-base throughout January and February, making this the most consistent cross-country skiing in the region.Snowshoe Mountain Resort may be famous for its downhill, but the mountain also boasts 43 kilometers of marked cross-country trails as well. Head out on the Cheat Mountain Ridge Trail to get deep into the backcountry.Cheat Mountain Club offers access to all of Cheat’s snowy bliss, and has played host to some of the most famous men and women in American history. If it was good enough for former presidents and captains of industry, it’s good enough for you too. 304-456-4627.Located at the base of the Cheat Mountain Range, Elk River Touring Center picks up the majority of the snow that Cheat receives on a yearly basis. The center capitalizes on this fact by offering 5 kilometers of groomed trails on site as well as access to 30 kilometers of trails crisscrossing the backcountry of the Monongahela National Forest.[divider]related content[/divider]
The local radio news station in Los Angeles recently reported that the rental rates in this city have reached apocalyptic levels. So it stands to reason the next best step is to purchase a home. Easier said than done, particularly for millennials.At the end of last year my 25-year-old daughter and I were discussing this issue. She and her live-in boyfriend had been exploring the notion, but with the median home price in Los Angeles exceeding $500,000.00, it is completely out of reach for them. Between juggling school loan payoffs and each working in the freelance world of entertainment, saving for a down payment and/or qualifying for a mortgage, in this day and age, is tough. Unlike we baby boomers, the proverbial American Dream of a house for every family with a chicken in every pot feels more fantasy than an inalienable right.Over the last 20 plus years I have watched as the cost of living in the U.S., and more specifically Los Angeles, steadily climbed. It became apparent, without a doubt, that if my daughters (I have two) were going to have a home, it would be up to mom to help them. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Muslim PAC USA has been in existence for about a month. It’s goal, according to the PAC’s president Aamir Sultan, is two-pronged. Like any political action committee, the group will donate to campaigns of politicians dedicated to its cause. In this case, those include candidates who are willing to publicly support Muslim Americans and promote tolerance.Its long-term goals are more ambitious. The PAC hopes to see more Muslim Americans run for office, so the voice of a much-maligned minority community can be heard.The PAC will ask those seeking elected office “how they support the Muslim community and what have they done in the past and…are they willing to come out in public and talk about Islamophobia and anti-Islam sentiment,” Sultan told the Press.Sultan, who has his own IT firm and is on Suffolk County’s Asian American Advisory Board, said it’s important elected officials confront Islamophobia.“Just like any other minority, all of them have gone through this rhetoric and the phobias and bigotry and all that—now it’s our turn as Muslims,” he said. “So we just have to get proactive.”“It’s just now the numbers are increasing and we are becoming more visible in society,” he added. “We just have to follow suit what previous minorities did—the Jews, the Irish, the Italians, they all faced these things.”Sultan, who lives in Dix Hills, got to know Ramos after he started doing multicultural work with the assemblyman, he said.“Then this whole Trump thing started,” he added, referring to GOP hopeful Donald Trump, who has called for a ban on all Muslims from entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”Trump’s remarks came after 14 people were killed and nearly two-dozen were injured in the San Bernardino shooting in early December, and a month after shootings and explosions left 130 dead in Paris.Muslim Americans around the world have condemned those and other atrocities, saying such bloodshed is anathema to their religion. But their denunciations, they say, often receive little media attention.During his first visit to a US mosque since entering the White House, President Obama on Wednesday noted that most Americans’ view of Muslims is shaped by media—in news and entertainment, lamenting how most Muslims in TV or film are more likely than not to be depicted through the lens of national security.The uptick in anti-Islamic rhetoric has also come with an increase of attacks on Muslim communities. Men and women have been threatened or attacked in recent months, mosques have been vandalized, and Korans have been defiled and their pages riddled with bullets. Muslim Americans have told the Press that Islamophobia is worse now than it was directly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Their anecdotes appear to be supported by statistics. In 2014, hate crimes fell in every category, except those against Muslims—which spiked nearly 14 percent.“Given the barbaric Islamic State attacks in Paris last week and elsewhere recently, that latter trend seems destined to accelerate,” the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote last November.Although most anti-Muslim remarks have come from Republicans, Sultan said Muslim PAC USA would donate to any candidate who supports its cause.Still, he admitted, Democrats, not Republicans, have been the most outspoken defenders of the community in recent months.Sultan, who came to Long Island in 1990, thinks Muslims should seize the opportunity and become more engaged in their communities and in politics.“It’s become real vital,” he said. “Now we have to be in active mode as opposed to passive mode.”For now, the group will focus on local elections, whether its local town councils, Nassau and Suffolk legislatures or state offices.PACs can only donate up to $5,000 to a candidate’s election committee, unlike post-Citizens United Super PACs which can spend unlimited sums of money on behalf of a candidate but are prohibited from working directly with their campaign.In the coming weeks Muslim PAC USA will vet potential candidates and see where they stand on the issues. Sultan is hopeful.“I think that mold has been broken, of politicians not being able to speak up for Muslims,” he said. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For years, Muslim Americans have spoken in hopeful terms about stepping out of the shadows, interacting more with neighbors, extending a helping hand and, perhaps more daunting, getting involved in the political process. While the wheels of progress have laboriously been churning, it seems anti-Islam rhetoric has accelerated their pursuit of inclusivity.On Saturday, several elected officials will join members of the Muslim American community for Long Island-based Muslim Political Action Committee USA’s inaugural fundraiser. The honoree that evening will be New York State Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), who has recently spoken up emphatically about protecting the rights of Muslim Americans in the face of attacks—from pundits and politicians, and from those have shouted bigoted remarks or vandalized mosques.
AXA’s Swiss pensions business is seeking to allocate CHF260m (€231m) to domestic companies, according to two searches launched via IPE Quest.It has tendered two equally-sized mandates, one for small and mid-sized listed equities (search QN-2541), and the other extended to large caps (search QN-2542). Both searches are for high-conviction, growth-oriented active managers to run a segregated mandate.The benchmark for the small- and mid-cap mandate is the SPI Extra index and for the large cap mandate it is either the SPI or the SXI Switzerland Sustainability 25. With regard to the large cap strategy, AXA Switzerland said managers’ investment style should “support ecological goals”. The minimum tracking error is 1.5%.Managers bidding for the mandates should state performance gross of fees to 30 April 2019. The minimum required track record is three years.They should also have at least CHF750m already invested in the respective desired strategies, and at least CHF1bn under management as a firm.AXA Switzerland also stated that “managers should describe their selection criteria for positions and the underlying process”.The deadline for submissions is 4 June at 5pm UK time.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email email@example.com.
John Greco, age 20, of Dillsboro, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 19, 2016 at his home. John was born on December 1, 1995 in Lawrenceburg to Fortunato “Lucky” and Susan Lewis Greco and graduated from South Dearborn High School with the class of 2014. John attended Valparaiso University, majoring in International Business. John enjoyed languages, he spoke Spanish and Italian, and enjoyed being around people. many of his high school contemporaries mentioned that when someone was down, John was there to help and be with them. John made people smile, and had many friends. he loved special needs people and would always befriend them. he played soccer in high school, and enjoyed skateboarding. There there was a new skateboard track around, he would find it. John loved animals; he could sit in the woods by himself and watch deer for hours on end. He watched many more animals than he killed out in the field. John was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John Lewis in 2015. Surviving are his parent, Fortuanto and Susan (Lewis) Greco; his 2 brothers, Salvatore Greco, of Erlanger, KY and Damian (Pasia) Gilchrist, of Manahawkin, New jersey; his nephew, Jaden Gilchrist; his maternal grandmother, Albert Lewis, of Dillsboro, and his paternal grandmother, Anna Greco, of Italy. The funeral service for John will be Friday, march 25, 2016 at 11:00 am at Dillsboro United Methodist Church, 10071 Front St. Dillsobro, with his Pastor, Rev. Mona Safley and his former pastor, Rev. Dennis Alstott officiating. he will be laid to rest at Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro. Friends may meet his family at the Methodist Church on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 5 to 8 PM. memorials in John’s memory may be given to the National Alliance on Mental Illness or to the Jim O’Brien Scholarship Fund for Soccer. DeVries Funeral Home is serving the Family.