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CATCHING UP WITH CARRIE - June 21, 2018

Editor’s note:  On Father’s Day, I received this article from Carrie. I’m not changing a word.  All I did was caption the pictures. This is who we’re voting for and why. 
 
Lessons from my dad by Carrie Heath








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Dad with Carrie and Courtney, Carrie’s older sister. 
 
My Dad is Eugene (AKA Gene, AKA Geno) Heath. Dad graduated from a vo-tech high school and isn’t what most people would call “educated.” However, Dad is a voracious reader. We had periods where there was no tv, but there were ALWAYS books in the house. Dad read them all, some many times over. When he doesn’t have a book, he reads the paper or a magazine. If he doesn’t have either, he’ll read the back of a soup can or a cereal box. 
 
Lesson learned: “Never let schooling interfere with your education.” Read as much as you can, from all different sources, and let that knowledge inform your views of the world.
 
My dad is one of those rare people who can be genuinely content with very few material things (besides books). All he needs is some good tunes and good friends to be happy. 
 
Lesson learned: Live in the moment and be grateful for what you have.

















 
Christmas, 1981. Lots of parents collapse on the couch at Christmas. But Dad, with Carrie’s uncle, had just driven twenty-four hours straight through to Texas to bring her back home for the holidays.
 
When we were little and gas was cheap, one of Dad’s favorite pastimes was driving around exploring back country roads. Sometimes we would see gorgeous scenery, or find a shortcut, or discover a new restaurant. Sometimes we would get to a point where you couldn’t go any further and would have to back up and head in another direction. Sometimes we would run out of gas!
 
Lesson learned: Choose adventure. Don’t get stuck in the same old routines. Yes, sometimes it won’t work out well, but that’s ok if you’re enjoying the ride.
 
My dad was a body mechanic. He is an artist when it comes to seeing the possibilities in rusted, mangled sheet metal, fiberglass, and plastic. We spent a lot of time as kids wandering around in junkyards while dad was looking for just the right part. My dad’s junk irritates a lot of people, including me sometimes. But I know that it comes from a place of him seeing value in things that other people would throw away, from a worldview that believes we waste too much and are not creative enough to find another use for something once it can no longer be used for its original purpose. 
 
Dad is like that with people, too. After he started doing construction instead of body work, he worked with the Tioga County Prison to allow a couple of different mechanics to use his shop for their work release. These were guys who had made mistakes and were paying off their debt to society. Dad’s willingness to see that they still had value as individuals, to recognize their skill despite their “rust”, gave those guys a chance at restoration.
 
Lessons learned: See beauty in unexpected places. Don’t throw things, or people, away so easily. 
 
In addition to having his own body shop, Dad also worked as a bartender for years. That is how many people know him. He makes a mean Bloody Mary and has a way of making everybody feel comfortable and welcomed. It takes a lot to make him angry, but there are a few things that will infuriate him in an instant - like a man hitting a woman. I remember seeing a man slap his wife in front of a crowd of people at Smokey’s. Then I watched Dad drag that man face-first down half the length of the bar, pick him up by the back of his pants, and literally throw him out the door.
 
Lessons learned: Never tolerate abuse from a man. And stick up for the people who can’t stick up for themselves.







 






 

Summer afternoon, Dad, the girls and the dog.

I used to teach basic computer classes for senior citizens. Dad was going along with me once to learn a little bit about all this new technology. We were almost to the school where I was teaching, when we saw a woman with a flat tire along the side of the road. Dad told me to pull over so he could help, but to get to my students on time. He could walk from there. He was a little late to class that night, but the lady got home safely.
 
Lessons learned: Be kind to strangers. Use your gifts and talents to help others. Integrity is not just a word; it is characterized in your actions.
 
Dad used to be shy when he was a kid. He tells a story about meeting a girl he knew in high school years later and how she told him that she used to have such a crush on him. Why didn’t he ever ask her to dance? He says that moment convinced him to come out of his shell, and he has never gone back. Dad makes new friends wherever he goes. He dances with joy and abandon. 
 
Lesson learned: Don’t let your own fears hold you back.
 
I was also painfully shy as a kid. I was “too shy” or “too smart” or “too opinionated” or “too independent” for many people. But not to my Dad. “That’s just Carrie,” he would say. He accepted me for exactly who I was, just like he does other people. For that unconditional acceptance, I will always be grateful to him and love him just the way he is.
 
Happy Father’s Day, Geno!













 

 
Carrie just told me she used to like to show this picture to new boyfriends.
 
 
CARRIE'S COMING EVENTS:

Sawmill Archery Rendezvous
Saturday, June 23
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Ski Sawmill Resort
383 Oregon Hill Rd, Morris, PA 
 
Tioga County Indivisible Meeting
Saturday, June 23
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Deane Center-Performing Arts
104 Main St, Wellsboro, PA
 
Canton Wine and Cheese Festival
Saturday, June 23
11:00am – 5:00pm
Manley-Bohlayer Farm
E Canton Cross Rd, Canton, PA
Carrie will stop by during the afternoon.
 
Liberty Blockhouse Parade
Sunday, June 24
Liberty, PA
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Come cheer for Carrie!
 
Liberal Ladies Lunch (Bring your own lunch and drink)
Wednesday, June 27
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Woodland Park
Bryden St, Wellsboro, PA
 
Homeless Initiative Walk/Run/Bike
Saturday, June 30
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Pine Creek Rail Trail Darling Run Access
Join the Heath for Pa House Race Team as we go for another win!
(Or walk with the folks who just want to be sociable.)

Do You Like to Run? Or Walk?
So many people attend racing events. Our race team, with our standout turquoise shirts, is a great way to raise public awareness that, yes, there is actually a Democratic Candidate and, yes, she has real support. If all you do is walk -great.  That gives people more time to see you, read your t-shirt and maybe talk to you. 

One of the challenges we still face in the 68th district is just letting people know Carrie is here and running for office. No one is used to the Democrats even trying, so we have to get the word out. 

So many people go to these race events! The more of us put on those stylish teal shirts and run or walk as a team, the more visible we will be. Or put on your t-shirt and cheer your team on. And tell the other onlookers about Carrie.

We’ll keep you informed about future races.  Here is our current listing:  



Click on button above to obtain entry form.



$20.00Galeton 5K For Fireworks Run/WalkAnyone running or walking the 5K will receive a race bib number and be timed - they will leave first. All walke...



$15.00Tioga Old Home Day 5kTioga Old Home Day is sponsoring a Family Event for runners and walkers of all ages. The course is a flat grassy...



Dairy Dash 5K & 1- Mile Memory Walk — PASA


Carrie is the candidate who will represent ALL of us.

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Paid for by The Committee To Elect Carrie Heath to PA House - 68th District

Homeless Inititive 5K Run and 7 Mile Bike Ride on June 30th
Galeton Walk/Run on July 7th
Tioga Old Home Day Walk/Run on August 18th
Dairy Dash on September 1st