Margherita Rizzo (1943 - 2006)

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1943 - In the year that Margherita Rizzo was born, on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

1944 - She was only 1 year old when on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

1967 - By the time she was 24 years old, on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

1979 - Margherita was 36 years old when on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

1989 - She was 46 years old when on March 24th, the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker, struck a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and oil began spilling out of the hold. The oil would eventually contaminate more than a thousand miles of coastline. It is estimated that over 10.8 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Sound - killing 100,000 to 250,000 seabirds, over 2,800 sea otters, about 12 river otters, 300 harbor seals, 247 bald eagles, and 22 orcas - as well as an unknown number of salmon and herring.

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Margherita “Miss Margaret” Rizzo
1943 - 2006
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Margherita " Miss Margaret" Rizzo, age 62, of Fairview Lake, Tafton died Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at home. Mrs. Rizzo was born September 25, 1943, in Manhattan, NY, and was the daughter of the late Rosario and the late Rose (Facciponti) Rizzo.

She attended Mary Knoll Missionary as a novice. She was a graduate of Kings Co. Nursing College with RN degree and was valedictorian of her class. She later attended Touro College in NY for her physicans assistant degree graduating with high honors. She later taught medical procedures to interns. She moved to Tafton in 1985 to act as caregiver to her former high school English teacher, Lola Longworth. She later worked at the Tafton Post Office and currently was a teachers aide at Paupack Preschool. Mrs. Rizzo was a member of Tafton Fire & Rescue Auxiliary and Wallenpaupack Historical Society. Margherita served the community quietly with her many gifts.

She is survived by one brother: Paul Rizzo of Sayreville, NJ; a sister & brother-in-law, Palma & Vincent Imbro of Gettysburg, PA; two nephews, Paul & Vincent Imbro; and two nieces, Nicole & Simone Rizzo.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 18, at 1:00PM at TEETERS' East Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, with Rev. Martin L. Cox, Jr., Pastor of Hawley United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Paupack.

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