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“The Office” says final farewell to Scranton

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Cast and crew of “The Office” invaded Scranton on Saturday to say a final farewell to their loyal fans and the city. The hit NBC mockumentary revolves around the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company and the fictional Scrantonians who work there. More than 10,000 people filled the streets of Scranton to celebrate everyone’s favorite comedy, “The Office.”

The stars who turned out for the event include, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Oscar Nunez, Brian Baumgarten, Ellie Kemper, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Craig Robinson and Andy Buckley. Steve Carell even crashed the event later in the day at the PNC Field for the Final Farewell celebration.

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Christina Scully and I were issued press passes so that we could cover the event for The Aquinas.

Editor-in-Chief Christina Scully and I had the amazing opportunity to cover the entire event for The University of Scranton‘s newspaper, The Aquinas. We even got nifty press passes that helped us get front-row seats to all the events and great photo opportunities!

The day kicked off bright and early with the Blogger’s Breakfast where bloggers and fans had a chance to mix and mingle. The morning started with excitement when actors Paul Lieberstein and Andy Buckley showed up to sign autographs and meet with fans. Buckley made sure that he stuck around at the event long enough to get a picture with every single one of his fans.

Next up, was the Behind the Scenes Q&A which packed the Byron Center. Directors and writers took the stage to answer questions about “The Office.” The panel included Editor Director Claire Scanlon, Director of Photography Matt Sohn, Co-Executive Producer Allison Silverman, Property Manager Phil Shea, Producer Steve Burgess, Executive Producer Greg Daniels, Executive Producer Paul Lieberstein and Writer Carrie Kemper.

The crew answered many questions for the audience and reminisced on their time making the show. Fans had the chance to view never before seen footage of the show. Property Manager Phil Shea, reminisced on the early days when the show was first starting. He discussed how many of the props seen on the show were gathered from local Scrantonians.

When fans see things like the Froggy 101 sticker on the office desk, those items were all collected from the locals!

“We’ll take this back to California with us,” Shea said of the fan support for the show.

Executive Producer Greg Daniels said, “It has been a privilege to get to work on this show. To have gone nine years — it’s amazing. We have the fans to thank. They kept the show going.”

After the Q&A there was a short break until 2 p.m. for the big parade which began by St. Thomas Hall. Fans swarmed downtown Scranton to get a peek at the stars as the parade made its way down Linden Street to the Lackawanna County Courthouse square where the party continued. The cast and crew took to the stage to talk to the audience, sing and perform with the Scrantones.

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John Krasinski signs autographs for fans during the parade.

After the parade the cast, crew and fans traveled to PNC Field for the Final Farewell where the biggest surprise of the night was revealed. Steve Carell shocked fans at the PNC Field for the Final Farewell celebration. Carell played Michael Scott, a character who left during the show’s seventh season.

Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson): 10k in downtown Scranton for the Office wrap party. Amazing. So moving.

John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski): Hell yeah Scranton!!!

After the Final Farewell at the PNC Field came to a close, the stars of the hit show took to the streets of Scranton to party it up one last time. As they say, “There ain’t no party like a Scranton party” and according to their Twitter accounts, they had a pretty crazy night. And I mean they really partied. Fans flocked to The Backyard Ale House where the stars hung out all night, tending bar, buying drinks and taking pictures with fans. (John Krasinski even rocked a University of Scranton tshirt!)

Celebrity Tweets from their big night out in Scranton:

Brian Baumgarner (@BBBaumgartner): Thanks to the 20,000 people who showed up to say goodbye today. We’ll see you tonight. Drinks are on @johnkrasinski

Craig Robinson (@MrCraigRobinson): Backyard ale house

John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski): Backyard ale house Scranton y’all!!!

Kate Flannery (@KateFlannery): We are at the #backyardalehouse

Jenna Fisher (@jennafischer): Hell yeah!! Ain’t no party like a Scranton party…!

Brian Baumgartner (@BBBaumgartner): Great great times in Scranton last night. I am PRETTY sure I bought all of these people a drink.

And then at almost 4:40 a.m…

Brian Baumgartner (@BBBaumgartner): None of us have gone to bed.

After the Wrap Party, the cast took to Twitter to thank their fans and their beloved city of Scranton:

Steve Carell (@SteveCarell): Thank You Scranton.

Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson): I ❤ Scranton

Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer): From the bottom of my heart, thank you Scranton for the most special send off. Great city, great people, great day.

Brian Baumgartner (@BBBaumgartner): Thank you City of Scranton for throwing us the greatest Wrap Party any show has ever had. Send pics if you were there!

Kate Flannery (@KateFlannery): It is impossible to individually thank everyone who came out yesterday, but please know I love each & every one of you. Reading every tweet!

Craig Robinson (@MrCraigRobinson): Dear Scranton……I mean, what can I say? So much fun hangin, u all couldn’t have been nicer. Thank u. Love u

The final episode will air on NBC May 16 from 9-10:15 p.m. (NBC gave the show the go-ahead to run an extra 15 minutes longer than usual). There will be an hour long special starting at 8 p.m. about “The Office” Wrap Party. Be sure to tune in and see if you can spot yourself!

Chris Dolan, photographer for The Aquinas, was on hand all day snapping photos of all the stars as they spent their day in Scranton. Check out all of his amazing photos from the day.

Check out the live Twitter coverage of the event.

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Jumping on the Buggy: Amish Mania

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From the appearance of shows like Amish Mafia and Breaking Amish, it seems like America has a new pop culture obsession: the Amish. I figured it was time for me to jump on the bandwagon… or buggy, that is.

Almost all Amish currently living in the United States are descendants of two hundred Amish immigrants who originally came to Lancaster County after brutal persecution in Europe. According to “The Amish Studies: Population Trends,” the Amish population doubles every 18-20 years and hit 273,700 in 2012. The average Amish family consists of about seven children. Because of the close family relations, the Amish are at a higher risk for genetic disorders, such as dwarfism and metabolic disorders. However, researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that most Amish live longer, healthier lives dues to their clean living. They are protected against many types of cancer through their lifestyle because they have little exposure to tobacco and alcohol and have limited sexual partners.

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The Amish hold a variety of beliefs and are known to live simply. They free themselves from the stresses of every day American life by separating themselves from the outside world. The Ordnung, is a book of rules for the Amish life. The Ordnung places limitations on things like power-line electricity, telephones, automobiles, and clothing. They believe in nonviolence and forgiveness of all things. For these reasons they will not participate in any type of war and often can overcome horrible tragedy through forgiveness, such as the Amish school shooting that took place in Lancaster County in 2006.  The Amish are characterized by their reluctance to self-promote or assert themselves. The do not allow innovations like electricity because they do not want to create a status competition though material goods. The Amish also dress plainly and do not allow photographs or mirrors because they create vanity.

Most Amish communities operate one-room schoolhouses and discontinue formal education after the eighth grade when children are between thirteen and fourteen. Although Amish education ceases after the eighth grade, the Amish tend to be multi-lingual. Traditionally Amish are able to speak English, Pennsylvania Dutch and various forms of German. The Amish are educated in topics that are important to success in their society. While the typical American teenager is well-educated in science, technology, and the arts, the Amish teenager is well-educated in languages, soil, animal and plant care, and useful basic skills like carpentry, masonry and food preservation.

The Amish place heavy emphasis on rural life and manual labor making farm life central to their lives. Some Amish men worked as millers and tanners, but most worked the farms. A typical day for an Amish man includes waking up around or before 4 A.M. to tend to the farming duties and other chores. The milking was completed in the early morning so that it could be picked up by the milk truck. The man would then have breakfast before heading out to the field to plow, plant, harvest crops, and tend to the animals. After a long and tiring day most eat dinner early in the evening around 4 or 5 P.M. and then return to the field until bedtime which is usually around 9 P.M. Women take on a traditional role in the family. Her duties include cooking three meals per day for her husband, tending to the large family, gardening, quilting and paying bills.

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Amish baptism occurs between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five. During adolescence, teenagers experience rumspringa, a chance for Amish teenagers to experience the world beyond their own community. After rumspringa they are left with the choice of either joining the church or remaining permanently shunned.

Another big event in the Amish life are weddings, which take places at the bride’s home with the entire Amish community, about 200- 400 guests. The Amish life revolves around the seasonal calendar so most couples will be married in November on a Tuesday or Thursday when there is a low need for farming. The wedding includes the traditional element of vows, but is are no kisses, rings, photographs, flowers, fashionable dresses or catering.

The same simplicity is expressed through death. The Amish bury dead bodies in all white and they are placed in a simple coffin. Amish funerals are absent of the traditional aspects like flowers and eulogies. The body is buried in a wooden coffin in a hand-dug tomb marked with a simple tombstone. The Amish ideals of simplicity and equality are present in both life and death. The Amish live the simple life and remain one of America’s most interesting religions and cultures.

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