Some descendants of John and Agnes Paska

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1. John Paul Paska,1 son of \\ and \\, was born on 16 May 1892 in Krakow, Poland, died on 16 Sep 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland2 at age 72, and was buried in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Dundalk, Baltimore, Maryland. The cause of his death was emphysema.

General Notes:

[Source: Brøderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 4, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Social Security Death Index, Surnames from M through Z, Date of Import: Apr 1, 1997, Internal Ref. #]

Individual: Paska, John
Birth date: May 16, 1892
Death date: Sep 1964
Last residence: MD
State of issue: MD

According to Elaine Bacinski, 1 September 1997, John Paul Paska was unwilling to speak about his childhood. She thought he may have been "hiding from something".

Also, according to Elaine Bacinski, John Paul Paska came to America without his parents even though they were living at the time. He lived for a time with a Lithuanian family, Sisalak, who had two children, Helen and Steve. [confirmed below in 1920 census]


[Source: 1920 Census, 18th (or 78th) Street, South Side, Baltimore, MD, 7 January 1920]

'John Pasko', age 28, was living (boarder) with John Sisulak (age 49) and his wife, Anna Maria (age 43) and their two children, Helen (age 19) and Stephen (age 17). He stated he was a 'heater' in a tin mill. He also stated that his parents were from Poland-Russia and both spoke Polish-Russian. He also stated that he could both read and write English. John Sisulak also listed his occupation as 'heater' in a tin mill.


[Source: 1940 Census, Baltimore City, MD, 11 April 1940)

John P. Paska, a 44-year naturalized Polish man, was living in a household with his Maryland-born wife, Agnes H. Paska, age 44 and their daughter, Elaine M. Paska, age 9. John Paska's occupation ($1300 annual income) was listed as 'ruffer' in a steel mill. Rose Zymanski, his mother-in-law, and 'Syman Catherine Zymanski', his sister-in-law, age 35, were living in the same household. Rose was a 78-year-old naturalized Polish widow. 'Cathrine' was a 35-year-old single woman whose occupation ($600 annual income) was listed as 'checker' at a hotel.

Noted events in his life were:

• Alt. Birth: Abt 1896. 3

• Alt. Birth: 16 May 1893, Poland. 4

• Comment 1: 9 Apr 1930. 3

• Comment 2: 3

• Fact 1: 1

• Fact 2: 1

• Fact 3: 1

• Immigrated: 1907. 3

• Lived in: 1942, 402 S. ____Wall (Cornwall?) Street, Baltimore, , MD. 4

• Occupation: 1942, Rustless Standard Steel, Edison Highway & Bidde Street, Baltimore, , Maryland. 4

• Occupation: 9 Apr 1930. 3

• Naturalized: 29 Dec 1919, Baltimore, , Maryland.

John married Agnes Helen Szymanski,1 daughter of Albert Szymanski 1 and Rosalie Kazmierak,1 about 1927 in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Maryland.5 Agnes was born on 6 Apr 1894 in Baltimore, Maryland,6 died on 20 Nov 1991 in Timonium, Maryland at age 97, and was buried in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Dundalk, Baltimore, Maryland.7 The cause of her death was old age, heart failure. Another name for Agnes was Agnes Paska.

Noted events in their marriage were:

• Marriage: Bef 4 Apr 1930. 8

• Comment: Abt 1927, Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York.

• Lived in: 1930, 402 South Cornwall Street, Baltimore City, Baltimore, Maryland.

General Notes:


Born: 6 Apr 1894
Last Benefit:
Died: Nov 1991
State (Year) SSN issued: MD (1973 )

Medical Notes: Agnes had been blind (or nearly blind) for many years

Noted events in her life were:

• Occupation: 9 Jan 1920. 9

• Lived in: Cornwall Street, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland.

Children from this marriage were:

   2 M    i. \\ Paska 1 was born in Apr 1928 in Baltimore, Baltimore City, MD1 and died about Apr 1928.1

General Notes:

Son of John Paul Paska and Agnes Helen Szymanski Paska died at birth or very shortly thereafter. Elaine Mary Paska was born later (24 May 1930).

+ 3 F    ii. Elaine Mary Paska 1 was born on 24 May 1930 in Baltimore, Baltimore City, MD.1

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3. Elaine Mary Paska 1 was born on 24 May 1930 in Baltimore, Baltimore City, MD.1 Another name for Elaine is Elaine Bacinski.

Noted events in her life were:

• Occupation:

• Medical: Jan 2007, Maryland. 10

• Comment: 11

Elaine married Bernard Gregory Bacinski,7 son of Joseph Bernard Bacinski 7 and Julia Anna Novak,7 on 27 Sep 1952 in St. Elizabeth's Church, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland. Bernard was born on 5 Sep 1929 in Baltimore, Baltimore City, MD,7 was baptized in Holy Rosary Church, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, died on 26 Dec 1992 in Cockeysville, Baltimore, Maryland at age 63, and was buried on 29 Dec 1992 in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Texas, Baltimore, Maryland.12 The cause of his death was massive heart attack in the bathroom of his home. Another name for Bernard was Bernie Bacinski.

General Notes:

[Source: SSDI Search Results @]

Residence: 21030 Cockeysville, Baltimore, MD
Born 5 Sep 1929
Died Dec 1992
Issued: MD (Before 1951)


[Source: Bernard Gregory Bacinski, Sr., and/or Elaine Paska-Bacinski in conversation with John-Pierre M. Hannam, Sr., prior to 25 December 1992]

Bernard Gregory Bacinski was baptized in Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore, MD.

Elaine Mary Paska and Bernard Gregory Bacinski were married in St. Elizabeth's Church in Baltimore, Maryland, on 27 September 1952.

They had four children:
Paula Mary Bacinski
Mary Beth Bacinski
Bernard Gregory Bacinski, Jr.
John Joseph Bacinski


[Source:, 9 March 2009]

Maryland State Archives
(Service Records, Maryland National Guard, Index)
MSA S 1499]

BACINSKI BERNARD GREGORY. Bates No.: 60040. Box No.: 262. MSA S1499-2131 Location: 0/6/5/47


[Source: The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, 30 December 1992]

December 30, 1992
Bernard G. Bacinski
USF&G executive

Bernard Gregory Bacinski, a retired assistant secretary for the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co., died Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Cockeysville.

Mr. Bacinski, who was 63, was born and reared in Baltimore. He graduated from Patterson High School in 1947 and began working for USF&G. He earned a law degree in 1952 from the University of Baltimore and was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association the next year.

He joined the National Guard in 1948 and served for six years.

He received his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) designation in June 1969 and was an active member of the Baltimore Chapter of the executive insurance association.

Mr. Bacinski became the manager of USF&G's Fire and Marine Claim Division in October 1973. He was named assistant secretary in May of 1974 and held that post until he retired last year.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in the Texas area of Baltimore County.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Elaine Paska of Cockeysville; two daughters, Paula Hannam of Laurel and Mary Beth Gattuso of Edgerton, Wis.; two sons, B. Gregory Bacinski Jr. of Reisterstown and John Bacinski of Hampstead; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Autism Society of America Inc., 8601 Georgia Ave., Suite 503, Silver Spring 20910.


[Obituary, source unknown, date about 27 December 1992]

BACINSKI, Bernard Sr. On December 26, 1992, BERNARD GREGORY BACINSKI Sr. of Cockeysville, beloved husband of Elaine M. Bacinski (nee Paska) and devoted father of Paula Hannam of Laurel, MD, Mary Beth Gattuso of Edgerton, WI, Bernard Gregory Jr. of Reisterstown, and John Joseph Bacinski of Hampstead. MD. Dear brother of the late Carl J. Bacinski. Also survived by six grandsons and one granddaughter.
The family will receive friends in the Dulaney Valley Home of Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Inc, 10 W. Padonia Rd. (at York Rd.), Timonium-Cockeysville on Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Texas, on Tuesday, December 29 at 10 A.M. Interment in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Mr. Bacinski's name to: The Autism Society of America Inc., 8601 Georgia Ave., Suite 503, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.

Medical Notes: Bernard had previous heart problems (silent heart attack) and had surgery for blocked carrotid arteries in his neck a year or so prior to his death.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation:

• Graduated: 1947, Patterson High School, Baltimore, Maryland.

• Graduated: 1952, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.

• Occupation: May 1974-1991, United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. (USF&G), Baltimore, Maryland.

• Military: 1948, Maryland. 13

Children from this marriage were:

+ 4 F    i. Paula Mary Bacinski 14 was born on 5 Dec 1955 in Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.14

+ 5 F    ii. Mary Beth Bacinski was born on 1 May 1959 in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Maryland.

+ 6 M    iii. Bernard Gregory Bacinski Jr. was born on 17 Aug 1960 in Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland.

+ 7 M    iv. John Joseph Bacinski was born on 5 Oct 1963 in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Maryland.

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4. Paula Mary Bacinski 14 was born on 5 Dec 1955 in Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.14 Other names for Paula are Paula Crosby and Paula Hannam.

Noted events in her life were:

• Education: Aug 1973-May 1977, Frostburg State College, Frostburg, Allegany, Maryland.

• Graduated: 5 Jun 1973, Dulaney Senior High School, Timonium, Baltimore, Maryland.

• Graduated: May 1977, Frostburg State College, Frostburg, Allegany, Maryland.

• Occupation: Sep 1977-Jun 1979, Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Easton, Talbot, Maryland. 15

• Occupation: 1978, High's, Easton, Talbot, Maryland.

• Occupation: 1979, Easton, Talbot, Maryland.

• Occupation: 1979-1981, Talbot Bank of Easton, Easton, Talbot, Maryland.

• Occupation: 1981-1984, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland.

• Occupation: 1984-1988.

• Occupation: After 1988, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland.

• Religion: 2014, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland.

Paula married Sean Kevin Crosby, son of Leo W. Crosby and Mary Margaret Sell, on 24 Sep 1977 in Saint Joseph's Church, Cockeysville, Baltimore, Maryland. Sean was born on 17 May 1955 in Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland. They had no children.

Marriage Notes:

[Source: Cumberland News, September 29, 1976, page 5]

Sell Honored At Family Patio Picnic
The birthday of Allen M. Sell was celebrated Sunday in the form of a family patio picnic at his home 523 Greene Street. A son of the late Michael and Margaret Werner Sell, Mr. Sell was born and has lived on Greene Street all his life. His mother was a native of New Baltimore Pa. His grandparents Simon and Mary Sell came to Cumberland from Bavaria Germany in 1847 and settled on Greene Street. Mr Sell is a retired stone mason and concrete contractor following in the footsteps of his father who built the wall around the Monastery. Mr Sell carried his fathers lunch to him and was water boy for the workers. He designed and built the new stone entrance for SS Peter and Paul Church and did the stone work for the convent. Although he enjoys growing flowers, his main hobby is making furniture. Last week he completed a grandfather clock. January 3 1917 he married Miss Margaret Vermilyea, daughter of Walter and Mary Margaret Tennant Vermilyea. He was from Martinsburg W Va and she Baltimore. The ceremony was performed in SS Peter and Pauls Catholic Church. Mr and Mrs Sell are the parents of six children. They have 23 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. 85 candles on the cake were lighted by a granddaughter, Nancy, for him to blow. Attending the celebration were Mr and Mrs Richard Sell and Lara, Mr and Mrs Allen M Sell, Jr,, Debra and William Edwin and Catherine Sell Crosten, Edwin James Lesa and Margaret, Mr and Mrs Steven Diggs, Leo and Margaret Crosby, Hancock, Colliene Jennifer and Sean, Mr and Mrs Patrick Crosby, Fairfax, Va, Mr and Mrs Norbert Sell, Mrs Margaret Hewitt, Miss Nannie Vermilyea and Miss Paula Bacinski, Baltimore.

Noted events in their marriage were:

• Marriage License: 26 Jul 1977, Maryland.

• Witnesses: 24 Sep 1977, Saint Joseph's Church, Cockeysville, Baltimore, Maryland.

• Residence: 24 Sep 1977-1979, 212E Dover Street, Apt I, Easton, Talbot, Maryland 21601.

• Residence: 1 Jun 1977-24 Sep 1977, Parkville, Baltimore, Maryland.

• Residence: 1979-12 Sep 1981, Route 1, Box 353B, Trappe, Talbot, Maryland 21673.

• Residence: 12 Sep 1981-10 May 1983, 426 I Secluded Post Circle, Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel, Maryland.

• Separation: 10 May 1983, Maryland.

• Divorced: 10 Jun 1985, Maryland.

Noted events in his life were:

• Educated: 1977, Frostburg State College, Frostburg, Allegany, Maryland.

Paula next married John-Pierre Marcel Hannam,14 son of Pierre Hannam 14,17 and Mary Katharyn Rau,14 on 28 Jun 1985 in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland.16 John-Pierre was born on 6 Aug 1953 in Allentown Osteopathic Hospital, 1746 Hamilton Street, Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania and was baptized on 20 Oct 1953 in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Quakertown, Bucks, Pennyslvania. Other names for John-Pierre are Jake Hannam and John-Pierre M. Hannam Sr.

Noted events in their marriage were:

• Comment: Jul or Aug 1983, Fort George G. Meade, Anne Arundel, Maryland.

• Marriage License: 26 Jun 1985, Maryland. 16

• Officiant: 28 Jun 1985, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland. 16

• Residence: Jul 1985-Dec 1993, 7618 South Arbory Court, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland.

• Residence: December 1993 to present, 7019 Redmiles Road, Laurel, Prince George's, Mayland.

General Notes:

[Source: The Hannam Genealogy, compiled by John-Pierre M. Hannam, Sr.]


Elementary School: Bridgeton Christian Day School (K-2, 4-6), Bridgeton, New Jersey
Elementary School: South Avenue, Bridgeton, New Jersey (3rd Grade)
Junior High School: Bridgeton Junior High School, Bridgeton, New Jersey (7-9)
High School: Palisades High School, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania (10-12)
- Northampton County Area Community College, Bethlehem, PA (AAS - Commercial Art - 1974)
- San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas (several courses - electives - 1976)
- University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), San Antonio, Texas (BA - Political Science - 1979)
- Prince George's County Community College, Laurel, MD [HTML and JavaScript - noncredit - 2002]


United States Air Force, Nov 1974 - Aug 1977 - Still Photographic Specialist (1975-1977)

Adult Work History:

Directorate of Logistics (aka Directorate of Industrial Operations), Fort George G. Meade, MD (May 1980 - 3 January 2009)


John-Pierre M. Hannam was born on the 63rd anniversary of the first legal electrocution (William Kemmler, Auburn Prison, New York, 6 August 1890) in the United States. Another infamous anniversary was that of the first wartime use of an atomic bomb ("Little Boy", Hiroshima, Japan, 6 August 1945). Some famous people also born on this day include actress Lucille Ball - 1911, actor Robert Mitchum - 1917, artist Andy Warhol - 1928 and movie director M. Night Shyamalan - 1970.


[Source: SoundOff, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, 27 October 2005.]

Employee honored for designing museum Web site
By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff writer
Posted 10/27/05

When John-Pierre Hannam received a phone call at home from his boss, David Rose, director of the Directorate of Logistics (DOL), on the night of Oct. 3, he was not sure what to think.

"He doesn't call me very often," said Hannam, a logistics management specialist at DOL, explaining that when he usually receives a call from his boss at home, it's a snowy night and he is getting notice not to come in to work the next day. Hannam said he hoped the phone call wasn't news of a terrorist attack, requiring him to come into work to handle an emergency crisis. "But it was nice news. Very pleasant news," he said.
Rose asked Hannam to attend the weekly garrison management meeting the next morning. There, Hannam received a plaque of appreciation from the Fort Meade Museum Historical Foundation and a $100 gift certificate for his work on the Fort Meade Museum's Web site.

"I was just pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting anything. I appreciate the thought and the recognition," said Hannam, who designed the museum's Web site in the spring of 2001 and since then has periodically updated the site.

Robert Johnson, director of the Fort Meade Museum, said the work Hannam has done is "outstanding."

Hannam designed the museum's Web site after former Installation Commander Col. Michael J. Stewart sent out a directive in early 2001 for all directorates to have their own Web site. He'd designed the DOL Web site and gotten so many compliments, the commander asked him to design a Web site for the museum. Hannam, who has an associate's degree in commercial art and once worked as an Air Force photographer, was glad to comply.

"I was very fortunate," said Hannam, saying former DOL Director Lynn Sasser, also a member of the museum board of directors, approved of the project and allowed him to take time during work hours to design the site. Sasser also purchased additional computer software to aid with the design.

Johnson said the museum did not have anyone on staff with the skills to design the site, so Hannam's work is "greatly appreciated." The museum now receives a lot of inquiries about its exhibitions and archives, in part due to the user-friendly accessibility of the site. Hannam said easy accessibility was his goal in designing the Web site, saying people will then visit the museum for further research.

Hannam, who has taken a course in HTML (hypertext markup language) design at a community college to help him design Web pages, consulted with Johnson and Barbara Taylor, exhibits specialist, before going forward with the design. The site features historical photographs of tanks, uniforms, helicopters and memorial headstones, as well as a historical timeline and special event coverage on prisoners of war and Memorial Day activities.

Hannam and Johnson are now talking about redesigning the Web site in the near future, to include more interesting graphics and an updated, modern look. "Now I can't wait to add new content," said Hannam, saying recognition for his Web design skills has sparked new motivation for his work for the museum.

Copyright © 2011 Patuxent Publishing and Baltimore Sun Media Group. All rights reserved.


On 13 September 2013, an article by John-Pierre M. Hannam, Sr., was published in an online magazine (e-zine), "The Lantern Lit".

[Source: The Lantern Lit, published by David Lee Price, 13 September 2013,]

Politics & Government
Friday, September 13, 2013

Labels and the Libertarian
By John-Pierre M.Hannam Sr.
Lantern Lit Contributor

Labels! Labels! Labels everywhere! As humans, we seem to have a penchant for labeling things. Christian-Jew-Muslim-Atheist. Black-White-Hispanic. Straight-gay-asexual. Married-single-separated. Rich-poor-middle class. Male-female. French-German-Mexican-Asian-African American. Republican-Democrat-Libertarian. Conservative-liberal-moderate. I could go on and on but you get the idea. We all do it. We put labels on things - especially on people - even if we don't consciously do so. In some ways, assigning labels helps us to categorize and make sense of the world around us.
Sadly, our tendency to put labels on others often leads to alienation, hostility, and even hatred. It sets us apart from each other. When people are different from us, we tend to judge them. And this, alas, is seldom good.
One label to which I gladly subscribe is 'Christian'. I'm not a very good Christian, but I want to be and try to be. One thing Jesus said was, 'Judge not, lest ye be judged.' He also said, 'Do to others what you would want them to do to you.' You may know this as the Golden Rule. Most religions have similar guidelines. Personally, I think it's a good philosophy whether you are Christian or not. I wish more people would observe these simple 'rules' because our world would be a much nicer place in which to live.
Another label to which I grudgingly subscribe is 'libertarian'. Not Libertarian as in the political party, but libertarian as in the philosophy. People who subscribe to this philosophy are no better or worse than anyone else. We are all human and imperfect. The big difference, in my view, is that libertarians try to observe the Golden Rule even if they don't necessarily recognize that they are doing so. In a nutshell, we believe in 'live and let live'.
As a libertarian, I may not agree with something you do but I think you have every right to do it as long as you don't harm anyone else in the process. As a Christian, I believe God ultimately will judge each and every one of us. In the meantime, please try to refrain from judging me or the person next to you. If you smoke, that is your right as long as you don't blow it in my face. If you drink, that is your right as long as you don't get in your car and endanger others. If you gamble, that is your right as long as you don't starve your children in the process. I may not like the music you listen to, but you have every right to play it as long as you don't keep me awake at three in the morning. If you don't like guns, that is your right but don't try to infringe my right to own one. Again, I could go on and on. Just because you like or dislike something, you have no right to try to impose your feelings and beliefs - your likes and dislikes - on me.
My biggest problem with politicians - yes, mostly Democrats and Republicans - is that they try to change ME and YOU through legislation and taxes. Democrats don't like cigarettes or liquor so they try to tax it out of existence while salivating over the extra money those taxes bring. Republicans try to change moral behavior by imposing their beliefs on others. Most of them - Democrat and Republican alike - ignore the very Constitution that forms the basis for this nation. All of them ignore their oaths to uphold the Constitution. Every last one of them ignores the Golden Rule.
Sometimes it's really hard to label our politicians because they don't even bother to follow the principles of their own respective parties. Hence, we have labels such as 'RINO' (Republican-in-name-only) and 'blue-dog Democrats' who tend to be more conservative in some of their political outlooks. In some respects, it's good that they don't follow the party-line in lockstep but it also tends to blur the differences between them.
In fact, I see very little difference between the Republicans and the Democrats these days. It's tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum when it comes to our choices at the polls. Have you ever noticed how politicians scramble to be the tweedle-dumbest?
Seriously, it really bothers me that our president and legislators have no qualms about sending our young men and women into harm's way. They think nothing of 'spreading democracy' to other less-enlightened countries by spending our national wealth in terms of dollars and lives. We send billions of dollars each year to foreign dictators knowing all the time that none of that money actually goes to the people in need. We blithely send cruise missiles and drones to obliterate houses and towns on the off-chance we might actually kill a terrorist or two. If we kill a few women and children in the process, we ask, 'So what?' We call it 'collateral damage' and go on our way. That latest episode of 'Survivor' beckons! I might fall behind in my Facebook game so let me get to it. Meanwhile, our brave soldiers are on the ground all over the world, sent there basically to serve as targets for those who hate us. And when those brave young men and women come back with missing arms and legs or mental issues, the same politicians who sent them turn their cowardly heads and ignore them.
Libertarians, in general, are not 'isolationists' as some Republicans like to call them. Instead, most of us try to rely on the Constitution which limits the federal government to protecting our borders and our security and very few other things. We tend to be 'non-interventionist' unless our national security is directly threatened. When it is, watch out! The United States is the most powerful nation on earth and can and should use its might to defend our own country and our allies. We should use our military might then, and only then. We should not, and cannot, be the policemen of the world.
Libertarians are also wrong on some issues - like abortion - in my opinion. Democrats, who tend to be more 'liberal', support abortion and by so doing pander to women. Republicans, who are only slightly more 'conservative' than Democrats, generally oppose abortion and by so doing pander to the religious right. Libertarians are all over the board on abortion but tend to believe it is an issue that should be decided by each state. I don't know about your state government, but mine is run by idiots and I have no faith in them to make a sensible decision. Personally, I oppose abortion because it flies in the face of that libertarian principle of 'do no harm'. I personally believe abortion is murder. The same people who pass laws making suicide illegal or who oppose the death penalty, blindly support a woman's 'right to choose'. I have a different take on it. A murderer makes a choice to harm another and, when properly convicted by a jury of his peers, deserves the death penalty. Likewise, suicide is a personal choice. I personally believe it is a sin but only God can judge. Who am I to say that a person suffering intractable pain from cancer is wrong to end his suffering early? In the case of abortion, I say let the baby decide. If the baby says, "It's okay with me", then go ahead and have the abortion. Without that explicit permission, you are doing harm to another where you have no right to do so. This is one area libertarians and I diverge.
So, folks, how about we just try to live our lives and stop worrying about what other people are doing? Your sins are no better or worse than my sins. They are just different sins. And, ultimately, whether you choose to believe it or not, God will have the final say. And that is my take on things - whether you want to label me 'libertarian' or something else.

Posted by David Price at 5:30 AM


The following is a Facebook post from John-Pierre (J-P) Hannam on his father's 63rd birthday, It meant a lot to him.

Today is my Dad's birthday. Also today one of my buddies made me aware that they've re-released Crystal Pepsi. Remember that stuff? It wasn't around for long. Maybe 1993. It's strange, the associations you make with people, places, and things. To me, Crystal Pepsi will always remind me of the time I went with my Dad to Ft. Meade for one of those "bring your kids to work" day things. I remember he bought me one because I thought it looked cool. It may be the only time I've had one, but I've checked a couple places today looking for it, mostly for the memory. It was a good day. He's probably shaking his head thinking, "how random!" But the random things sometimes are the best...

I went fishing last weekend for the first time in maybe 15 years. Didn't catch a damn thing, which seems familiar too! But I will never in my life be able to go fishing and not think of my Dad, and my brother. Those are some of my best memories. I'll never drink a Slurpee, pass by a Dunkin' Donuts, or watch a baseball game without thinking of him. He and Mom raised us right, raised us well, and gave us the tools to be the men we are today. I hope we've made them proud. I think we have!

My search for Crystal Pepsi will continue so I can bring him one! Even though, another lesson he taught me when I was young is that Coke is far superior. If we are disappointed, at least we can share it together in all of it's transparent glory.

Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you!


Medical Notes: Mitral valve prolapse, depression, anxiety attacks, prostate cancer, left bundle branch block (LBBB), emphysema

Noted events in his life were:

• Lived in: Abt Aug 1953-Nov 1953, __Tohickon Avenue, Quakertown, Bucks, Pennsylvania. 18

• Baptism: 20 Oct 1953, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Quakertown, Bucks, Pennyslvania.

• Lived in: Abt Nov 1953-1956, 101 South Avenue (Over Hannam's Sundry Shop), Bridgeton, Cumberland, New Jersey. 19

• Lived in: 1956-1968, 95 South Avenue, Bridgeton, Cumberland, New Jersey. 19

• Lived in: Jun 1968-Aug 1973, Springtown (RD1, Riegelsville), Bucks, Pennsylvania. 19

• Lived in: Aug 1973-18 Nov 1974, 435 Liberty Street, Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania. 19

• Lived in: 18 Nov 1974-6 Jan 1975, Basic training dormitory, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. 19

• Lived in: Jan 1975-May 1975, Aurora, , Colorado. 19

• Lived in: Jun 1975-Oct 1975, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. 19

• Lived in: 1975-1976, Universal City, Bexar, Texas. 19

• Lived in: 1976-1977, 1026 East Drexel Avenue, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas 78210. 19

• Lived in: 1977-1979, 915 Lamanda Blvd, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. 19

• Lived in: Between Jul 1979 and May 1980, 335 Fielden, Texarkana, , Texas 75501. 19

• Lived in: 1980-1981, 8805 Hawthorne Lane #203, Laurel, MD 20811. 19

• Lived in: 1981-1984, 283 Shore Drive/1025 Shoreview Circle, Crownsville, MD 21032. 19

• Lived in: 1 Feb 1984-22 Jul 1985, 501 Montrose Avenue, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland. 19

• Military: 19 Nov 1974-19 Aug 1977. 19

• Hobbies: 2008, Laurel, Prince George's, MD. 19

• Author: 2009.

• Occupation: After 3 Jan 2009, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland. 19

• Medical: 1967, Bridgeton, Cumberland, New Jersey. 19

• Medical: 17 Oct 1996, Laurel Regional Hospital (GLBH), Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland. 19

• Medical: 15 Mar 2010, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland.

• Medical: 13 Jul 2010, Doctor's Hospital, Lanham, Prince George's, Maryland.

• Medical: 4 Jun 2012, Laurel, Prince George's, Maryland.

• Graduated: 6 Jun 1971, Palisades High School, Kintnersville, Bucks, Pennsylvania.

• Graduated: 1974, Northampton County Area Community College (NCACC), Butztown, , Pennsylvaniaa.

• Graduated: 1979, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.

• Religion:

Children from this marriage were:

   8 M    i. John-Pierre Marcel Hannam Jr. 14 was born on 23 Jul 1985 in Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Montgomery, Maryland.14 Another name for John-Pierre is J-P Hannam.14

John-Pierre married Meredith Grace Poehlman,20 daughter of Norman Diering Poehlman II 20 and Nancy Lee Commander,20 on 16 Jun 2012 in Overhillls Mansion, 916 South Rolling Road, Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland.21 Meredith was born on 16 Feb 1982.20

Noted events in their marriage were:

• Officiant: 16 Jun 2012, Overhillls Mansion, 916 South Rolling Road, Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland.

   9 M    ii. Phillip Matthew Hannam 14 was born on 23 Apr 1987 in Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Montgomery, Maryland.14 Another name for Phillip is Phil Hannam.

General Notes:

[Source: UMd Newsdesk, UMDNews]

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2008
Contacts: Beth Cavanaugh, 301-405-4625 or
UM Student Selected for Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Junior Phillip Hannam has been selected as a 2008 Truman Scholar.

College Park, Md.--University of Maryland junior Phillip Hannam has been awarded a Truman Scholarship, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation announced this week. Before speaking to a group of prospective students and parents, Hannam was given the news by University of Maryland President C.D. Mote, Jr.

"The University is very proud that Phillip Hannam has been selected as a Truman Scholar," said Mote. "He is a talented young man who has demonstrated commitment to public service through his leadership in the Maryland chapter of Engineers Without Borders. His qualifications fit perfectly with the goals of the Truman Scholars program."

Hannam is one of 65 students from 55 U.S. colleges and universities selected on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of 'making a difference.' Truman Scholars are chosen by a selection panel, which typically include a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant and a past Truman Scholar.

The $30,000 merit-based scholarship is presented each year to college juniors, from across the country, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or public service.

Hannam, a mechanical engineering major in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, has been an active member of Engineers Without Borders since his freshman year and currently serves as the Burkina Faso solar water pumping project leader. He is also a member of the Gemstone Program, a multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Hannam, through several student groups, has also worked to raise awareness of climate change and clean energy on campus. After graduating from Maryland in 2009, he plans to pursue dual master's degrees in mechanical engineering and public policy.

"To be selected amongst some of the finest aspiring public servants in the country is an immense honor," said Hannam. "Meeting fellow leaders throughout the Truman process gives me faith in our collective ability to overcome challenges, while also giving me faith in my own abilities. I am forever thankful to my friends and family for their support and guidance."

As part of the Truman Scholarship, students receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission and merit-based aid to some premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Truman Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a graduate degree program.

Hannam will be recognized at an awards ceremony in May at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Mo.

This year, four UM students were chosen as finalists for the 2008 Truman Scholarship. In addition to Hannam, Lida Zlatic, a classics major; Tsehaitu Retta, a government & politics major; and Jason Shelton, a Russian and government & politics major were selected from more than 600 applications to be among the 211 finalists from 139 institutions.

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[Source: Maryland Community Newspapers Online, Thursday, April 10, 2008]

Laurel resident awarded $30,000 college scholarship

by Anath Hartmann and Elahe Izadi | Community Notebook

One of Laurel's own has received the Truman Scholarship, a $30,000 merit-based grant that goes to just 65 college juniors nationwide.

University of Maryland, College Park, junior Phillip Hannam of Laurel has received the scholarship for his leadership qualities, his commitment to making a difference and his plans for a career in public service.
A member of nonprofit humanitarian group Engineers Without Borders, Hannam, a mechanical engineering major, is currently a solar water-pumping project leader in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Hannam plans to pursue a dual graduate degree in mechanical engineering and public policy.
Scholarship awardees will receive graduate school counseling, leadership training and preferential admission to graduate schools. They are required to work in public services for three years after the completion of their graduate studies.

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2009 Commencement Ceremony: Media Information

More than 7,000 University of Maryland students will be joined by family and friends on Thursday, May 21, 2009 to celebrate Maryland's main commencement ceremony. Degrees will be presented to 7,145 graduates, including 5,231 bachelor's candidates, 1,448 master's candidates, and 466 doctoral candidates.

CIA Director Leon Panetta will deliver the 2009 Commencement address
Leon E. Panetta, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be the featured speaker. Appointed to his current position by President Obama, he previously served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton from July 1994 to January 1997. Panetta also served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

This year's student medalist is Phil Hannam. The Laurel, Md. native, who will earn his bachelor's degree in mechanical

Student Medalist Phil Hannam, Class of 2009
engineering, is committed to local and global conservation efforts. In four years, Hannam has traveled to Brazil, Africa, China, Vietnam and Germany -- at times as a study abroad participant and others as a volunteer with the university's Engineers Without Borders chapter.

Reginald Dwayne Betts, who will receive a bachelor's degree in English, will be Commencement's student speaker. Betts' path to a college degree took him from the high school honor roll, to state prison, then to Prince Georges' Community College. He then transferred to Maryland and will become the first member of his family to graduate college.

Thursday, May 21, 2009
6:40 p.m. Procession begins
7 p.m. Formal program begins
Individual college ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 22 at various times and locations.

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The ceremonies will also be broadcast on UMTV, the university's cable TV station Channel 72 in Prince George's County and Channel 40 in Montgomery County. UMTV will also stream the event live on the Internet. Risers and a mult box will be available to media. Media check-in will be located on the floor of the arena, in the rear of the graduates' seating area. Only media with proper credentials will be allowed on the floor. Reserved press seating is available. Dial-up connections will be available in the Comcast press room.


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Phillip (Phil) Hannam
University of Maryland, College Park, 2009
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, BS
UNEP Tongji University, 2011
Environmental Studies, MS
Cluster: Science, Technology & Environmental Policy
Laurel, MD

Phil worked on water treatment projects in Brazil and solar power in Burkina Faso through Engineers Without Borders at the University of Maryland, where he studied mechanical engineering and was a student climate change activist. In 2009 he helped with a geothermal energy study at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and later worked with the US Department of the Treasury to develop guidelines for reducing international coal financing. As a Chinese Government Scholar at a UN Environment Program institute in Shanghai, he studied Chinese energy policy, analytical methodologies for climate change burden sharing, and China-Africa cooperation on renewable energy technology. Phil has braved the Beijing smog with the Natural Resource Defense Council's China office and battled the campus monkeys at the UN Environment Program in Nairobi. For his PhD, Phil will study the implications of international climate policy for energy access in developing countries. He enjoys watercolor painting and playing guitar, and tries to cook delicious vegetarian food wherever he goes, with very occasional success.


5. Mary Beth Bacinski was born on 1 May 1959 in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Maryland. Another name for Mary is Beth Gattuso.

Noted events in her life were:

• Graduated: 1977, Dulaney Senior High School, Timonium, Baltimore, Maryland.

• Graduated: 1981, Loyola University, Baltimore, , Maryland.

Mary married Dr. David Brian Gattuso, son of Joseph William Gattuso 22 and Frances C. Doyle,23 on 16 Apr 1983 in Texas, Baltimore, Maryland. David was born on 12 Jul 1957 in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Maryland.

Noted events in their marriage were:

• Divorce Filing: 25 Apr 2014, Wisconsin.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: Physician, 2012, Janesville, Wisconsin.

Children from this marriage were:

   10 M    i. David Brian Gattuso was born on 16 Dec 1985 in Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland.

Medical Notes:

David is autistic.
-- John-Pierre M. Hannam, Sr., 14 March 2004

   11 M    ii. Anthony William Gattuso was born on 26 Oct 1987 in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin. Another name for Anthony is Tony Gattuso.

General Notes:

Born in Madison, Wisconsin on 26 October 1987 at 1:46 P.M. Anthony William weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces and was 21 inches long at his birth. He was christened on 28 February 1988 at St. Joseph's Church in Texas, Maryland. A reception was held at his maternal grandparents, the Bacinski's, immediately following the reception.

6. Bernard Gregory Bacinski Jr. was born on 17 Aug 1960 in Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland. Another name for Bernard is Greg Bacinski.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation:

• Occupation: 25 Jan 2010.

Bernard married Melissa Jennifer Ruth, daughter of Jerome Gerald Ruth and Patricia Sylvia Moore, on 9 Jul 1983 in Texas, Baltimore Co., MD. Melissa was born on 29 Mar 1962 in Baltimore, Baltimore City, MD.

Noted events in their marriage were:

• Divorced: Mar 1994, Maryland.

• Annulled: Maryland.

Noted events in her life were:

• Living: 23 May 2009.

Children from this marriage were:

   12 M    i. James Gregory Bacinski was born on 30 Oct 1984 in Baltimore County, Maryland.

General Notes:

[Source: James Bacinski, LinkedIn Profile, 19 June 2013,]

Served as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant (18D) from September 2009 to present, attached to B Company, 1st Battalion 10th Special Forces Group Airborne.
Duties and Accomplishments:
* Battle NCO for Special Operations Task Force 10 under International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan. Advisor to Commander, Operational Detachment Alphas and NATO SOF forces in the planning and conduct of medical operations and full spectrum Special Operations activities.
* Served as Senior Detachment Medical Sergeant during two deployments to Afghanistan while assigned to an Operational Detachment Alpha.
* Conducted a Partnership Development Program with Croatian and Polish special operations.
* Participated in combined Special Operations exercise JACKAL STONE 2010.
*Conducted liaison mission to Denmark to brief lessons learned to Danish Special Operations.
* Managed Technical Support Equipment (TSE) and missions during two deployments to Afghanistan
* Managed Advanced Special Operations mission during one deployment to Afghanistan
* Field Ordering Officer, handled over $130,000 in operational expenditures.
* Primary trainer for numerous fire-arms, intelligence and medical courses. Trained US, Afghan and NATO forces.

Skills and Training:
* Special Forces Qualification Course
* Special Forces Medical Sergeant Course
* SERE High Risk (Level C)
* Basic Non Commissioned Officer Course
* Special Operations Medical Skills Sustainment Course
* USASOC Advanced Tactical Practitioner
* Emergency Medical Technician -Basic
* Advanced Cardiac Life Support - Trainer
* Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support certification
* Combat Life Saver Course
* SOF Sensitive Site Exploitation Operator Advanced Course
* 1+, 1+ rating in French (DLPT-V)
* Hazardous Materials Driver (HAZ-11) certification

* Combat Infantryman's Badge
* Army Good Conduct Medal - two awards
* Bronze Star - three awards

James married Ashleigh Smith, daughter of Steve Smith and Vera \\, on 23 May 2009 in Grasonville, , Maryland. Ashleigh was born on 24 Jan 1984.

General Notes:

[Source: Ashleigh Smith, LinkedIn Profile, 19 June 2013,]


Citizen - News | Ancient art helps to calm modern warriors

yoga instructor
self employed
June 2008 - Present (5 years 1 month)
THOR 3 yoga instructor
U.S Special Operations Command Tactical Human Optimization Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning)
March 2012 - June 2013 (1 year 4 months)
I developed, introduced and taught a yoga program designed to increase mobility, flexibility and prevent injuries among the U.S Army's Special Forces (Green Beret's)
yoga instructor
Moveo Respiro
August 2010 - June 2013 (2 years 11 months)
yoga instructor
US Army Stuttgart FMWR
April 2010 - June 2013 (3 years 3 months)USAG Stuttgart, Germany
I teach bi-weekly all level Hatha yoga classes emphasizing the needs of athletes and the U.S military populations. I offer a weekly gentle class for weekend warriors and a weekly powerful class to include up to 22 students per class. Additionally, I organized 10-week prenatal yoga sessions for expectant mothers.
Program coordinator and yoga instructor
Peaceful Warriors Yoga
September 2011 - January 2012 (5 months)Panzer Kaserne, Stuttgart, Germany
I designed, implemented and taught a deep relaxation program for Active Duty Service Members and their spouses at the base chapel. Classes included gentle yoga. restorative yoga, breathing exercises as well as yoga nidra
RYT 200
Yoga Alliance
July 2008 - Present
Independent Coursework
Swatantrya Yoga as Therapy Applications with Doug Keller
Pre and Postnatal Yoga Teaching with Jane Mackarness
Anusara Yoga Immersions I,II,III
Yoga Therapy Training with John Friend
Yoga Adjustment workshop with David Keil
Native or bilingual proficiency
Full professional proficiency
Limited working proficiency

Noted events in her life were:

• Education: Abt 2002, Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Towson, Baltimore, Maryland. 24

• Education: 2006, University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, Prince George's, Maryland. 24

   13 M    ii. Joseph Bernard Bacinski was born on 16 Jul 1987 in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Bernard next married Felicie Gerliczy, daughter of George Gerliczy and Eva \\, on 11 Mar 2000 in Sacred Heart Church, Glyndon, , Maryland. Felicie was born on 13 Aug 1960 in New York City, , New York.

Marriage Notes:

[Source: Sacred Heart Church, Glyndon, Maryland, June 28, 2009]

Yanelly Alicia Aguilar, Eva Alexandra Bacinski, Mary Gabrielle Bacinski, Paula Ann Bacinski, Jonathan Blaise Pius Bianchi, Thomas William Wallace, Jack Carter Parsons, Judith Marie Nuzzo, Grace Nicole Hale, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Schwartz, Sophia Kyunga Shon, Maxwell Broderick Wissel

General Notes:

[Source: Felicie G. Bacinski, 23 November 2000]

Name on original birth certificate was Felicia Mary Gerliczy but she had it officially amended in 1977 to Felicie Gerliczy dropping the middle name and changing the first name.

Children from this marriage were:

   14 F    i. Eva Alexandra Bacinski was born on 23 Aug 2008 in Maryland and was baptized on 20 Jun 2009 in Sacred Heart Church, Glyndon, , Maryland.

General Notes:
First triplet (3 lbs. 4 oz)

   15 F    ii. Mary Gabrielle Bacinski was born on 23 Aug 2008 in Maryland and was baptized on 20 Jun 2009 in Sacred Heart Church, Glyndon, , Maryland.

General Notes:
Second triplet (3 lbs. 7 oz)

   16 F    iii. Paula Ann Bacinski was born on 23 Aug 2008 in Maryland and was baptized on 20 Jun 2009 in Sacred Heart Church, Glyndon, , Maryland.

General Notes:
Third triplet (3 lbs. 6 oz)

7. John Joseph Bacinski was born on 5 Oct 1963 in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Maryland.

Noted events in his life were:

• Education: 25

• Occupation: 26 Jan 2007, Maryland. 25

John married Colleen Marie McGuire, daughter of Francis X. McGuire and Joan Agnes Walter, on 18 Jan 1987 in Texas, Baltimore Co., MD. Colleen was born on 25 May 1964.

Noted events in her life were:

• Educated: Abt 1985, Stevenson University, , Baltimore, Maryland.

• Occupation: 27 Oct 2010.

The child from this marriage was:

   17 F    i. Christine Paska Bacinski was born on 2 Jun 1987 in Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore City, , Maryland.

General Notes:

[Source: UMBC,, downloaded 27 October 2010]

#31 - Christine Bacinskir
Class: Senior
Height/Weight: 5-9
Hometown: Hampstead, Md.
Position: GK
High School: Mount de Sales

2007: Saw action in 12 games and made 10 starts for a career-high total of 828:53 of playing time… Allowed 23 goals and made 48 saves for a 2.50 GAA and a .676 save percentage… Tied her career high with eight saves in a 1-0 overtime loss at Maine… Posted a 1-7 record with her lone win coming against Vermont, when she allowed one goal and made five saves in 90 minutes… Ranked ninth in the America East in saves… Recognized on the America East Academic Honor Roll.

2006: Saw action in five games for the Retrievers, starting three for a total of 315:00 of playing time… Allowed three goals while recording 23 saves for a 0.86 GAA and a .885 save percentage… Recorded a season-high seven saves against Rider.

2005: Saw action in seven games for the Retrievers, starting six for a total of 548:41 of playing time… Allowed six goals while recording 37 saves for a 0.98 GAA and an .860 save percentage… Posted a 3-3 record with two shutouts… First career win was a 1-0 shutout at George Washington in UMBC's second game of the season… Recorded a season-high eight saves in back-to-back games against American and Radford… Was named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Background: Three-time team MVP at Mount de Sales (2001, '03 and '04)… Named to the All-IAAM Star A-conference second team in 2001 and first team in 2003 and 2004… Selected to the All-Baltimore City/County Second Team in 2001 and 2003 and to the First Team in 2002… Team captain at Mount de Sales in 2003 and 2004… Participated in the Region 1 premier league in spring 2004, where she started for the Damascus Spirit of Freedom… Chose UMBC over St. Mary's, Loyola, Pittsburgh and Mary Washington because of the soccer program and proximity to home… Also played varsity basketball for two seasons… Parents are John and Colleen Bacinski… Born on June 2, 1987… A biochemistry major who hopes to become a pediatric nurse.


[Source: NSR Scholarships, 2005,]

Bacinski, Christine
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Christine married Yakimba Bernier in 2016.

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