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Convention Scholarships Available:

     Allen Harris, Chairman of the Jernigan Fund, writes to say that the committee has established criteria for the Dr. Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarships for 2000. These factors will be considered when awarding Jernigan Convention Scholarships:

*attendance at previous National Conventions

*activity at the local, state, or national level

*recommendation from the state president (formal letter not required; we will contact him or her.)

*amount of assistance requested

*other sources of funding sought

     When applying for a convention scholarship, please write a brief paragraph on why you wish to attend the convention. Submit your application letter and statement to Allen Harris, 4-1/2 Garden Alley, Albany, New York 12210 by May 15, 2000.

     Ed Beck
Ed Beck

Ed Beck Honored:

     Mary Jane Fry, Secretary of the NFB of Rhode Island, has written with the following news:

     On Friday, October 22, 1999, a special tribute was given to past President of NFB of Rhode Island Edmund Beck. A newly furnished conference room in the Rhode Island Department of Health Building was designated as the Edmund Beck Conference Room to honor a man who has dedicated much of his time and energy to helping other blind and disabled people.

     Jack Thompson, Deputy Administrator of Rhode Island State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, spoke and gave a brief history of Ed Beck's life from the time he emigrated from Russia as a child in 1924 to the present. After losing his sight in an accident in 1960, Ed underwent rehabilitation training. Beginning in the 1970's and into the `90's he served as a legislative volunteer for the AARP and the NFB of Rhode Island. He was President of the NFB of Rhode Island from 1977 to 1978 and 1980 to 1984. He has served on the Governor's Advisory Council for the Blind since 1976. He has also served on the Governor's Advisory Council for the Handicapped and numerous other committees.

     Edmund was unable to attend the ceremony because of poor health; however, his wife Mildred accepted the citation on his behalf. Ed's daughter and many of Ed's friends from the Federation and beyond were in attendance. This was certainly a well-deserved tribute to a selfless and dedicated man.

Craft Books in Braille Available:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     I have a wide selection of knitting, crochet, and cookbooks that I have compiled at reasonable prices. They include several knitting afghan and blanket books; potpourri; sweaters for both adults and children; wash cloths; several books with hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, and slippers; knit and crochet toys; knit and crochet baby shower books; and lots more. Among the recipe books are Meals Across the Miles; three-ingredient cookbooks; Lipton Mix; Cookies Galore; and collections of crockpot, vegetarian, Mexican, chili recipes, etc. In the general section of the catalog there are three poetry books and the kitchen cupboard remedies.

     If you are interested in any of the above or wish to receive a Braille catalog, please write to Marjorie Arnott, 1446 North Coronado Street, Chandler, Arizona 85224-7824 or call (480) 345-8773. You can find a shortened version of the catalog on my home page at <www.cs.cmu.edu/~rowan/marjorie-crafts.html>. Braille inquiries would be most appreciated.

Position Available:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     The Center for the Visually Impaired of Daytona Beach, Florida, seeks to fill the position of executive director. The Center is a not-for-profit United Way agency which provides education and training for older visually impaired people. Prospective candidates must have a master's degree in rehabilitation, education, or related field; one year supervisory experience with strong computer skills; and evidence of ability to work effectively with visually impaired adults. Duties include overseeing the daily operation of the agency, supervising and evaluating staff, teaching independent living classes at various sites, working with adaptive equipment, coordinating fund-raising activities, preparing and overseeing grants, and working cooperatively with the Board of Directors and affiliate organizations. The base salary is $36,000. Send resume, letters of reference, and official transcripts to Ms. Kathy C. Davis or Dr. Thomas F. Davis, 121 Deer Lake Circle, Ormond Beach, Florida 32175 or e-mail <davisk@dbcc.cc.fl.us>.

Research Scientists Wanted:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University has an opening for a research scientist and a research scientist I. We are particularly interested in applicants who are blind or visually impaired, have experience in blindness rehabilitation, and might want to pursue a doctorate while working at the Center (the research scientist I requires a doctorate). The salaries will range from roughly $32,000 to $50,000, depending upon training and experience. For further information, contact J. Elton Moore, Director, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, P.O. Box 6189, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762, (662) 325-2001, fax: (662) 325-8989, TDD: (662) 325-8693, or e-mail <rrtc@ra.msstate.edu> or Web site <www.blind.msstate.edu>.

Becky Velkovich
Becky Velkovich

In Memoriam:

     With sincere sadness Bernadette Dressell, Secretary of the Cincinnati Chapter of the NFB of Ohio, wrote to inform Monitor readers of the sudden death of Becky Velkovich on January 11, 2000. Although Becky was a member of the Cincinnati Chapter for a relatively short time, she quickly learned the meaning and spirit of Federationism. For the past year or so, she had been taking weekly lessons in reading and writing Braille. At her May 1, 1999, wedding to our chapter President, Ken Velkovich, she arranged for Braille programs of the wedding service to be available. At our November state convention, Becky led a seminar for sighted spouses to discuss their experiences. She entered wholeheartedly into all our activities and our struggle for equality. It goes without saying that we will miss her deeply.

Correspondents Wanted:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     I'm Czech, and my name is Lubos Smid. I am forty-one years old and live in Germany. I am eye-handicapped. I like English very much, but my knowledge of it is poor. I would like to have some pen-friends in the United States to write letters in Braille and to improve my horrible English. Perhaps somebody is interested in this idea or wants to learn a little German. In this case, I could write two letters simultaneously. My German is far better than my English. Contact Lubos Smid, Hessstrasse 34/VH, D-80798 Munich, Germany.

Braille Sheet Music Available:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement.

     Opus Technologies has signed a Braille music publishing agreement with Hal Leonard Corp. the world's largest print music publishing company. The agreement grants Opus Technologies the rights to publish and sell Braille editions of music titles from Hal Leonard's catalog of print music.

     For its first offering Opus Technologies is publishing Braille editions of twenty-five individual sheet music pieces. These consist of the piano/vocal/guitar (pvg), easy piano (ep), or piano solo (ps) versions of the following ten best‑selling popular songs:

1. Forrest Gump Main Title (Feather Theme): ep, ps

2. Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis): pvg

3. Heart and Soul: pvg, ep, ps

4. Imagine (John Lennon): pvg, ep, ps

5. Memory (From Cats): pvg, ep, ps

6. My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from Titanic): pvg, ep, ps

7. Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton): pvg, ep, ps

8. Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers): pvg, ep

9. What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong): pvg, ep, ps

10. Yesterday (The Beatles): pvg, ep

     Each Braille music piece is professionally transcribed and proofread according to the latest international standards for the music Braille code, using uncontracted Braille for all literary elements. The Braille material is embossed double‑sided on standard eleven‑inch by eleven-and-a-half‑inch Braille paper, with twenty-five lines per page and forty cells per line.

     For the piano/vocal/guitar and easy piano versions of songs with lyrics, the Braille music consists of three parts:

1. preliminary matter: title page and transcriber notes

2. a vocal‑guitar part using the line‑by‑line method, with three lines for lyrics, chord symbols, and melody

3. a piano part using the bar‑over‑bar method, with three lines for melody, right hand, and left hand.

     Each part starts on a separate sheet, so that a blind vocalist/guitarist can use the vocal‑guitar part while a blind pianist uses the piano part. For piano solo versions the Braille music typically consists of two parts: the preliminary matter, followed by a piano part using the bar‑over‑bar method, with two parallel lines for right hand and left hand.

     Opus Technologies is selling both the Braille and the corresponding print sheet music at the following prices: $9.95 (Braille), $3.95 (print), and $12.95 (Braille and print). The Braille music pieces can be bound individually or together with other pieces, using nineteen‑hole comb binding with plastic front and back covers, for an additional $2 per binding. Shipping and handling is $5 per U.S. order ($10 for Canada, inquire for other countries).

     Contact Opus Technologies at 13333 Thunderhead Street, San Diego, California 92129, Phone/Fax: (858) 538‑9401, e-mail: <opus@opustec.com>, Website: <www.opustec.com>.

For Sale:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     I have the following items for sale: Openbook Unbound, Version 3.0 with print and Braille manuals for $275; Keynote Gold Multimedia Speech Software synthesizer version 1.11 with print manuals for $75; and Jaws for Windows 2.0 with print manuals and Braille reference card for $250. The entire package can be purchased for $550, or each item may be purchased separately by different individuals. If interested, please respond by calling (888) 362‑4563 and leaving a message for member 856001; or by sending e-mail to <tammylynn@planetarymotion.net>.

Candle in the Window, 2000:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     Candle in the Window is a small, national, non‑profit organization aiming to build both individual skills and a sense of community among persons with visual impairments. We welcome blind people from a variety of faith traditions (or no faith tradition at all) to join us at our fourteenth annual conference entitled "The Souls of Blind Folk: Integrating Spirituality into the Fabric of Our Lives." The conference will take place between Wednesday, August 9, and Sunday, August 13, 2000, at the Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center just outside Louisville, Kentucky.

     We will explore the experiences that led each of us to join our respective faith traditions; share activities that center us spiritually; and develop strategies to build more harmonious relationships with each of our chosen faith communities. In addition to provocative presentations and stimulating discussions, there will be plenty of time for swimming, hiking, eating, singing, quiet reflection, and just plain hanging out.

     Two lodging options will be available: a dorm‑type setting with three or four people to a room, and a double‑occupancy hotel‑type setting. Cost: $200 for the dorm setting and $295 for the hotel setting ($15 discount if we receive a $35 non‑refundable deposit by July 1); limited scholarships and payment plan are available.

     For additional information contact Sheila Killian at (510) 547‑5321, e‑mail: <sheila@primenet.com>; or Peter Altschul at (202) 234‑5243, e‑mail: <atschu@erols.com>.

New York School Reunion:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     The Alumni Association of the New York State School for the Blind will hold its annual reunion at the Holiday Inn in Batavia, New York, June 9 to 11, 2000. Room rates are $52 per night. Anyone who registers before May 1, 2000, will not have to pay tax on the room. Contact Sukosh Fearon, 501 Broad Street, Oneida, New York 13421, phone (315) 363-4460. Financial assistance may be available to an alum who has never attended a reunion or who has not attended in several years. The alumni reunion is always lots of fun, and our millennium reunion will be a good one. Please join us.

Wanted:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     Perkins Braille Writers accepted with or without all parts, working or not. Reasonable prices paid. Call evenings or weekends (313) 885-7330 or e-mail me at <pacinin@itsd.ci.detroit.mi.us>.

Business for Sale:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     I am selling my mail order canes/tips business. It comes complete with tip molds, inventory, customer base, existing accounts, etc.: everything needed to carry on this fourteen-year-old business. I am willing to teach you how, where, when, etc., needed to make this venture as successful for you as it has been for me. Average time invested weekly is two to four hours. If interested, call evenings/weekends (313) 885-7330 or e-mail me at <pacinin@itsd.ci.detroit.mi.us>.

Tactile Biblical Maps Available:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     Maps of the Bible Lands is a two-volume set which contains twenty-five maps, accompanying key pages, and an index. It is bound with a total of ninety-six Braillon pages. The set is intended for serious students of the Bible or of ancient Near Eastern history. The maps are detailed, and no descriptive background material is included. Familiarity with the subject material and some tactile experience is recommended. Key letters are used to label cities and areas on the maps. These key letters are identified on key pages preceding each map. The maps frequently have foldout sections and sometimes appear on facing pages. A general index of almost 600 place names is included.

     It costs $22 including shipping by free matter unless other arrangements are made. Please send check or purchase order to the Princeton Braillists, 28-B Portsmouth Street, Whiting, New Jersey 08759. Credit card and fax service are not available. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. For further information call (732) 350-3708 or (609) 924-5207.

Church Conference of the Blind:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     The National Church Conference of the Blind (NCCB) will hold its annual convention at the Kentucky Inn, Lexington, Kentucky, July 23 through 26, 2000. The conference will feature a guest Bible teacher, talent evening, tours of local interest, display room, music, and lots of good Christian fellowship. For additional information and registration forms contact NCCB Secretary Rheba Finkinbinder, P.O. Box 163, Denver, Colorado 80201, (303) 789-7441 or e-mail <rheba@stimobile,com> or Bob Green, President, (612) 561-6955 or Jim Fox, Board Member, 40 Seward Avenue, Toms River, New Jersey 08753, (732) 244-7057, e-mail <jimfox@americom.net>.

BFI AudioBooks:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     The home and presidential museum of Franklin Delano Roosevelt can now be enjoyed through the eyes of author Julian Padowicz in a new five-cassette audio book from BFI AudioBooks entitled, "Seeing the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Museum with Julian Padowicz." This book will be available in bookstores in May of 2000 and costs $24.95. In the meantime it can be ordered directly from the publisher at (800) 260-7717.

     NFB PLEDGE

     I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.