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Announcement from the East Kingdom Minister of Lists

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-12-17 22:24


I have updated all of MOL forms (with the help of Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey) to help reduce the amount of problem paperwork in the MOL office. They are available on the MOL website. You may also email me and I will email them to you right away.

All old forms should be destroyed and the new forms are to be used immediately.

The new forms have a space for an MOL to sign if at an event. If there is not MOL present please write “not present”. Please fill in the event name. These additions will allow for better follow up from the MOL office.
I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Lady Sabina Luttrell
East Kingdom Minister of Lists

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A Message from the Kingdom Equestrian Officer

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2014-12-17 17:07

A Message from the Kingdom Equestrian Officer

Greetings unto the wondrous populace of Æthelmearc,

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin on Fauna at a past championship event.

As the winds of winter blow across the land, the war steeds of Æthelmearc stand with thick-grown coats, tails turned to the weather. They and their riders are waiting for the warmer days of spring and the call to ride to the Tournament. Due to the unique nature of our activity, equestrian tourney activity is limited during the colder seasons. But Æthelmearc’s equestrians are not idle during this time. There are projects to be worked on, tack and equipment to repair, and plans to be laid. We are already planning for next year’s up-coming events.

One of the most important of these is the Kingdom Equestrian Championship. Generally, the championship is held in May or June. The Equestrian champions (King and Queen’s) are chosen once a year, not every reign. This format was decided upon several years ago because of the fact the riding season is limited during half of the year and there are few events in which to hold this championship during the winter months. Because of the additional planning that this championship requires (finding horse appropriate sites, etc.), this championship also has a different procedure than most of the others. The Kingdom Equestrian Championship is not a Kingdom biddable event, but, like all championships, it is chosen and decided upon by the Crown.  While the championship itself is run by the current King’s Equestrian Champion, any group can sponsor/host the championship. I encourage groups that are planning events in the late spring/early summer to consider including this activity in your event. It is a pageantry filled activity which truly recreates the atmosphere of the Medieval Tournament.

Current Æthelmearc King’s Equestrian Champion Meadhbh Inghean Ui Bhaoighill.

The procedure requires that any interested groups should submit a proposal to Their Highnesses by the date of Kingdom Twelfth Night. Proposals should include proposed site, sponsoring group, a selection of dates as well as available facilities and whether or not the site has been used for equestrian activities in the past or has been inspected by an equestrian marshal for suitability. The site should have a large enough area to erect a tourney field….about 70 feet by 120 feet at a minimum, 70 x 200 being ideal.  The surface, or footing, should be solid and firm…not boggy or prone to damage. There should be ample parking for the trailers, consisting of a firm surface. Stalls are convenient, but not required. A water source is also recommended. An arena is also preferred but not required as equestrian staff can erect my portable arena. Ideal sites include Boy Scout camps, fairgrounds, and parks. Once Their Highnesses have reviewed the proposals and chosen one, they will notify the King’s Equestrian Champion, the KEO, and sponsoring group of their choice, so that planning can commence.

I want to thank the groups who sponsored equestrian activities this past year and those who have contacted equestrian marshals with an interest in hosting equestrian activities in the future. I hope that all the groups will consider submitting a proposal for this important equestrian event for next year.

I remain in Service to this great Kingdom and the equestrians,
Gozen (Mistress Shishido Tora)
Kingdom Equestrian Officer (KEO)

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Scholars pinpoint site of Columbus' departure - Wed, 2014-12-17 15:25

In the 15th-century, Palos de la Frontera in southwestern Spain was a thriving port. New scholarship, and the discovery of pottery and a reef, have led experts to establish the site as the departure point for Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage.

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Technology - new and old - for medievalists: Medieval News Roundup - Wed, 2014-12-17 13:02
Our latest findings across the internet, including a great idea for an image of London...

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Unofficial Court Report: BBM/Bergental Yule

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-12-17 11:09

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 13 December in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Bergental; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the fealty of the Baron and Baroness of the Barony Beyond the Mountain.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Throne their subject Sitt al-Gharb ha-niqret Khazariyya, and thereupon awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their Court the good man Grímólfr Skúlason, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Eloise of Coulter.

Item.  Her Majesty acknowledged the valor of the children who had defeated the dread pineapples that had infiltrated their Court.

Item.  Their Majesties rewarded Emma Lovell, Caleb Patrasso, Courtney Rose and Fracesca Grieco for their work as part of the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item.  Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the realm.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to those good gentles newly come to the East.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the gift of a song composed by Jean Louis LeCocq and rendered in calligraphy by Bronwyn of Wentworth.

Item.  His Majesty endowed Elisenda de Luna with the token of the King’s Esteem of Merit.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Erik Hemeor von Welzin, sometimes called Erik von Hemeor, to be brought before the Tyger Thrones, whereupon, praising the said Erik’s valor and prowess in battle, their Majesties did invest him with the Order of the Tygers Combattant, the which deed was confirmed with the gift of a stained glass created by Conor O Ceallaigh, with calligraphy by Lada Monguligin.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned their herald, Alys Mackyntoich, before the assembled Court and did then issue strict and unyielding command that she attend upon them on 31 January to answer the question whether she would be invested with the Order of the Laurel, the which command was set forth, at considerable and voluble length, in a document authored by Martyn de Haliwell and calligraphed by Eleanor Catlyng.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their presence the valiant man Finn of Concordia and did then award him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item.  His Majesty summoned before the Court assembled Annys Ruth O’Carney, often called Annastrina, and, praising her fine works and careful study, did endow her with the King’s Order of Excellence, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Her Majesty, finding much honor and worth in the good man Cedric of Armorica, did then endow him with the token of the Queen’s Honor of Distinction.

Item.  Their Majesties then commanded the Baron of Bergental, Robert dwe Makmyane, often called Robert dwe Mac Minn, to attend upon them, whereupon they did offer praise of his many labors and travails for the Realm, in cognizance of which they did invest him with the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed by the gift of a book bound and calligraphed by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Item.  Their Majesties did then summon forth from the kitchens Jovonna d’Esprit, of whom great praise had been spoken; so that her great merit be made manifest, Their Majesties did then devise unto the said Jovonna an Augmentation of Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Ryan Mac Whyte and calligraphed by Edward MacGyver dos Scorpos.

Item.  Their Majesties offered their thanks to the musicians who had entertained all during the day and during court.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.


Master Ryan Mac Whyte

Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh

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Great hall of Llys Rhosyr to be rebuilt in museum - Wed, 2014-12-17 09:04

Llywelyn Fawr of Gwynedd, 13th century Welsh prince,  built Llys Rhosyr as one of his royal courts. Now the site, long ago buried by sand dunes, and rediscovered in 1992, will live again as an exhibit in St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff. (drawing)

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Archaeologists to wrap up dig at Flodden - Tue, 2014-12-16 17:08

9 September, 2013 marked the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden between the Scots and the British in the fields of Northumberland, England. In October 2014, excavations of the site will be terminated, ending several years of work. The latest dig will concentrate on the bridge at Ellemford, believed to be the muster site for the Scottish army.

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Byzantine compound shows evidence of wine production - Tue, 2014-12-16 12:00

Researchers working 30 kilometers west of Jerusalem were surprised to discover ancient cisterns which led them to a cave. Upon further exploration, they found a Byzantine-era compound where monks once lived and pressed grapes for wine and olives for oil.

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Where Were You?

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2014-12-16 11:36

More than 50 courageous fighters, including fourteen members of the Chivalry, and some of their companions braved the wrath of the Ice Dragon to face one another in a day made for building camaraderie and honing the skills of Æthelmearc’s Army. However, much to the surprise of many, not just one Kingdom was represented by those in attendance at the Regional Heavy Weapons Practice on Sunday, December 14, but FOUR! His Majesty Titus and His Highness Timothy were greatly pleased at the turnout and very honored to have guests from the East, Meridies and Caid join in the fun.

The day was a balance of planned melee scenarios interspersed with time for individual combat. As the fighters began to arrive on site, they donned their armor and proceeded to warm up with some one on one sparring. Syr Stefan Ulfkelsson started the planned scenarios with a discussion on friendly calibration. Clearly the goal of the Kingdom is to have as many able-bodied fighters to take the field this next season as possible. More importantly, we don’t want to hurt our friends by setting the calibration levels too high.

The first scenario was a simple warm-up that broke the fighters up into two sides to fight each other. This was followed by a melee scenario that split the fighters into six teams. Two teams would be called to face off against each other. While one team was finishing off the other, another team would be called in to fight the remaining victors. As fighters were eliminated during the scenario, they regrouped with other members of their original team and waited to be called into the fray once more. The purpose of the scenario was to practice small group tactics, communication, and promote battlefield awareness.

The second scenario combined the original teams into three groups. Each group took turns being the attacker.  They would then reset and defend against the next group. The final set of scenarios was a series of resurrection battles with three of the teams on a side. In between breaks, the field was changed to force the sides to adapt to different challenges posed by the new terrain.

During the final break and after action discussion, Christian Goldenlok, one of the newest fighters in the Kingdom, took a moment to address the gathered fighters to encourage them to attend organized practices throughout the Kingdom “If the east travels west, the west should travel east. If the south travels to go north, the north should come south. Thats how we get better, collectively.” His words were greeted with much applause from those gathered. Indeed, many of the fighters not local to the Barony of Delftwood carpooled to attend the day’s practice.

Syr Stefan remarked at the end of the day that the enthusiasm shown by the fighters was “Awesome!” He was impressed that three fighters from West Virginia drove over seven hours to participate. “If we continue at this pace we are only going to improve overall as a Kingdom and individuals. Ultimately my goal is to leave a better army than I found. We were good but I always expect better of myself and encourage it on others,” he added with a smile.

Several fighters remarked that it was great to meet and spar against people they rarely get to face on the field. They also were very appreciative to the members of the Order of the Chivalry who were able to give them personal instruction. King Titus spoke as he came off the field for the day that it was Awesome to see so many fighters present. He also was greatly pleased at the effective training provided by the melee scenarios and the one on one sparring. “My thanks to the Barony of Delftwood and Prince Timothy and everyone who put work into making this practice a reality. My thanks to everyone who traveled from across the Kingdom to attend.” It seemed the smiles on everyone’s face at the end of the day echoed His Majesty’s words “It was lots of fun.” “Wonderful!” Sir Jamal Damien Marcus, our visitor from Caid, exclaimed as he shared his thoughts. “A lot of rust was exercised out with today’s scenarios and what a good way to form camaraderie.”

It is certain many friendships were strengthened and new ones formed this day. This was especially true for Colin of Meridies who was participating in his first SCA activity. He spoke of the first charge in melee stating “You can see yourself back in time on a real battlefield. That is the draw for me. I really appreciate the opportunity I had to fight Syr Stefan. He showed me a lot of techniques that are not naturally intuitive and you don’t see on T.V. Everyone is very friendly, willing to spend the time to answer all the questions you have. Having this as my first day, I can see why people say the SCA is like one big family.”

Prince Timothy was beaming as he commented “This exceeded my expectations. The turnout of fighters on a snowy day in Delftwood was more than I could have asked for. The positive energy in Æthelmearc is amazing.” Prince Timothy also encouraged those who participated to attend as many of the Regional practices as possible. He stated that with the Pennsic format there would be many champion slots available for hungry fighters. Just because you had the honor of being chosen for one of those slots last year was no guarantee that you would be automatically selected this year. He is going to be looking at those fighters who show the drive and determination to get out and attend the Regional practices as being worthy to represent Æthelmearc. Baron Vladisla Nikulich, Captain of last year’s victorious ten man unbelted team, echoed his words saying “just because I was on the team last year doesn’t mean that I am automatically going be on it this year.”

So the question for those fighters who were not in attendance, where were you?

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Photo Caption Contest #1

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2014-12-16 01:10

Greetings Most Awesome Kingdom in the Known World…. It is I, your happy go lucky Maestro De Giocco, or That Guy Phil with the 1st Photo caption contest of the Æthelmearc Gazette’s short existence. Today’s subject to be lampooned is yours truly sharing some cyber space with three of the most famous bogatyrs, Dobrynya Nikitich, Ilya Muromets and Alyosha Popovich, who are represented together in Victor Vasnetsov‘s 1898 painting Bogatyrs and a duck. The painting photoshopped was found on Wikpedia and claims to be available for sharing, and manipulation. I am doing both. Neither ducks nor Bogatyrs were harmed in the making of this.

I am thick skinned, so please have fun and let the jokes fly. Leave your captions in the comment boxes below

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WWII metal detecting leads to discovery of medieval axes - Mon, 2014-12-15 19:16

A group of Polish engineers, tasked with finding and disposing of World War II artillary shells in the Forest District Wipsowo, have discovered the heads of three Teutonic battle axes, dating to the late Middle Ages. (photo)

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Bergental Novice Schola – A Call for Teachers

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-12-15 16:58

Bergental’s Novice Schola will be held on March 14th, 2015, in Springfiled, MA and the event is currently recruiting teachers to create entry-level classes of all types. Any A&S, Garb, Food, Martial, History, and SCA Life classes are welcome.

This year there are two specialty tracks that are especially welcome. One is for classes intended for “tween” aged members, defined as youngsters between the ages of 8 or 9 and 14 or 15. Mistress Annestrina will be coordinating this set of classes, and will have a dedicated youth room for the entire day for her teachers.

Second, since the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt will occur in 2015, there will be a track of classes for anything having to do with Agincourt: 15th century life, the battles, the Kings, the history leading up to the battle or after it occurred. Lord Griffin Dunham is coordinating this track.

Put on your thinking caps, and contact Lady Barbeta Kyrkeland who is managing classes for the Schola with your class ideas as soon as possible.

Filed under: Events Tagged: Bergental, newcomers, schola

Pennsic Announcement From The East - Mon, 2014-12-15 15:10

A note about Pennsic from the East Kingdom's Prince has been published at the East Kingdom Gazette.

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A Tudor Christmas Feast

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2014-12-15 11:06

Looking for inspiration for a medieval holiday feast?

Check out this video, filmed at Haddon Hall in England.

A Tudor Christmas Feast

Without the use of modern conveniences, a group of historians and archaeologists prepare a Tudor feast as it would have been over 400 years ago. They wear clothes from the period, source food from the land, and use recipes from the era. They turn the clock back to rediscover a way of life from an age gone by.

It is a wonderful look at period cooking practices and feasts – enjoy!

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An Æthelmearc History Lesson or Why Æthelmearc Does Not Have Queen’s Arms

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2014-12-14 22:04

by Baroness Orianna Fridrikskona

A short while ago, I noticed a set of banners hanging at an event. They were the Arms of Æthelmearc with a wreath of roses in place of the Laurel wreath. I was saddened since it meant that a piece of the history of Æthelmearc had not been passed on to whoever put so much work into the banners.

When Æthelmearc was in the process of becoming a Principality, various members of the region to become Æthelmearc – peers, heralds, officers, etc. – were meeting on a regular basis to make decisions on such things as the Laws, Awards and the Heraldry of the Principality. And one of the topics was whether or not we should have Arms for the Princess and (eventually) Queen.

Many Kingdoms do. The East Kingdom, our parent Kingdom, does.

So, why don’t we?

Well, there are several reasons. Let’s start with the historical reason. No Kingdom in period had arms differentiated for the Queen/Consort. The ruler bore the arms of the Kingdom. Countries such as England have had both male and female rulers, and there were no different arms for them based on their gender. As a side note, what we do in the SCA doesn’t follow historical precedence anyway since, quite often, the arms of the ruler of a kingdom were either the personal arms of the ruler’s family or were differentiated by elements of such. Historically, it is pretty much a mess anyway. But the point is that there is no historic precedence for consort arms.

It is also now policy of the Society Herald (the Laurel Sovereign of Arms) that Consort Arms are no longer allowed to be registered. Certainly, Kingdoms and Queens may use the kingdom arms differentiated with roses if so desired, but they are no longer registered at the Society level.

Second, as per our Laws, the Crown speaks with one voice. They work together, rule together, and have one voice in matters of State where the Crown makes the decisions. In fact, when the various awards were being created (another small history lesson), the discussion of the Courtesy Order came up. In the East Kingdom, the award for Courtesy is the Queen’s award to give (and it is called the Queen’s Order of Courtesy). When we were discussing the Æthelmearc courtesy award, our then Prince objected to making it the purview of the Princess or Queen only – he said that, after all, he was perfectly capable of recognizing courtesy too. I could certainly give further examples – the champions are named and chosen by custom, not law, which allows the Crown to make their own decisions on how they wish to choose, and title, their Champions. There is nothing that dictates which Champions are specifically the King’s and which the Queen’s except custom and the Crown.

Third, while it has not happened in Æthelmearc yet, it could happen someday – who bears the “Queen’s Arms” if we have a woman win crown in her own right? The assumption inherent in having a set of arms that are specific to the Queen is that the King is the true ruler of the Kingdom and bears the Kingdom Arms. The Queen is simply his consort. Therefore, would a Queen in her own right bear the arms of the kingdom and her King the “Queen’s Arms” (with the wreath of roses??).

The ultimate decision was to not have specific differentiated arms for the Princess/Queen of Æthelmearc.

When Æthelmearc presented their arms for consideration, the Principal Herald of the East objected, stating that we were required to have arms for our Princess. When the argument was presented to the Laurel Queen of Arms, the Society Herald, she determined that there was nothing written that dictated we needed Princess’ arms and therefore if we didn’t want them, we didn’t have to have them.

And thus it was that Æthelmearc, by tradition, does not have arms for her Queens. She bears the arms of the kingdom as the Crown of Æthelmearc.

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Æthelmearc’s Response

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2014-12-14 11:05

Their Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle, of Æthelmearc have sent a message to their kingdom about the challenge that Æthelmearc faces from the East Kingdom and the Midrealm.  Their words can be found here at the  Æthelmearc Gazette.

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Captured News from the East

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2014-12-14 09:02

Amid rumours of War, one of our Æthelmearc scouts has discovered the following document penned by the Prince of the East. Our Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle have already called for aid from within our Kingdom as you all saw yesterday, and we remain confident that the populace of this Sylvan Kingdom will prevail. The Æthelmearc Gazette will keep you posted should any other nefarious plans be discovered.

Read the message here.

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Stolen Bow and Quiver

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2014-12-13 21:20

Stolen bow and quiver:

My friend Sue’s traditional bow and hand tooled leather quiver were stolen from her car in the Tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) on December 5. Please keep your eyes out for it on Craigslist and shops/flea markets, etc. She is devastated.

The missing bow is a recurve barebow, 64 inches, Osage and coco-bola wood. It has the name “Susan” plus “custom made by R. King” written on it. Possibly a 29 pound bow. The quiver is hand-engraved tooled leather and had 10 arrows in it (5 Easton Carbon one 1000s with pink feathers and 5 with yellow feathers). Again, please keep your eyes open for it. Thanks!

If you hear/see anything please e-mail:

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Sistine Chapel visitors to be limited to 6 million per year - Sat, 2014-12-13 17:37

In order to protect its precious frescoes, the Vatican has announced that it will restrict visitors to the Sistine Chapel to 6 million each year. Experts say that dust, sweat and carbon dioxide from up to 20,000 tourists a day pose a major threat to Michelangelo’s masterpiece. (photos)

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Heavy Weapons Practice in the Shire of Hartstone

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2014-12-13 16:30

Unto the noble populace of the mighty Kingdom of Æthelmearc,

Greetings to you all. For those who do not know me, I am THLady Beatrix “Bea” Krieger, Squire to Earl Yngvar the Dismal, and First Lieutenant to the Regional Commander of Myrkfaels, THLord Thorsol Solinagua. I am writing to you today to announce a change in the schedule to the regular heavy weapons practice in the Shire of Hartstone, and cordially invite every fighter in Aethelmearc to please take part.

The point of this change is to help improve fighters throughout the region and build up good melee combatants, good single fighters, and competence in various forms, good tournament warriors, and good barrier fighters.

Every practice will begin at around 6-6:30pm on Friday evenings (at one of our local places, currently at the Elks Lodge in Hornell, New York) with about an hour to an hour and a half long session of warm ups and pickups. At about 7-7:30pm, we will do one of the following:

First Friday of the month-Melee practice.

Second Friday of the month-Barrier fighting.

Third Friday of the month-the Hartstone Round Robin Tournament.

Fourth Friday of the month-Funny weapons or odd weapons or different forms practice (if there is a form you never use, want to learn, or just want to try, this is the time to bring all your toys and try them out).

If there is a fifth Friday practice in that month (as there is in January), we will do whatever floats your boat type practice (barriers, melee, open practice, etc.) and just see what people feel like doing.

Each practice will have about an hour to an hour and a half of this format fighting, and then a session of teaching, pickups, and discussion, followed by a drink at the Elks Lodge around 9:15, and dinner at Paddy’s Pub at about 9:45pm (if you want food, we must be in Paddy’s before 10pm).

Newbies are very much encouraged on attending, and private lessons with fighters will be happening as well as the other main portions of the formatted practice. If we can, I’d like to get marshals present to do authorizations if need be.

This format for these practices will begin on January 2nd, 2015, the first practice of the new year, at the Hornell Elks Lodge, 60 Broadway Mall, Hornell New York 14843. Please use the back door to enter (be prepared to climb stairs to get in).

I hope this format will entice fighters to attend practices beyond their borders, and fight new people. I plan on traveling within my region and (if I am able) beyond, and learning all I can in the coming new year. I hope to see many of you in the next few months at practice.

In your service,

THLady Beatrix Krieger

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