The Write Stuff
Five Ws and One H
In news writing, the concept of Five Ws (also known as Five Ws and one H) is considered basic to gathering information. A formula for finding the complete story about something, Five Ws (and one H) serves as a checklist of six questions.
The list includes:
Who? Who is involved?
What? What happened?
When? When did it take place?
Where? Where did it take place?
Why? Why did it happen?
How? How did it happen?
A Good Example
"I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
--Rudyard Kipling, from JUST SO STORIES
Blommer Chocolate’s Carly Meck
receives PMCA’s Marie Kelso Award
Carly Meck, R&D scientist at Blommer Chocolate Company, is the 22nd recipient of PMCA’s Marie Kelso Award.
She received the award on April 9, 2019, during the PMCA’s Production Conference, at the Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square, in Lancaster, PA.
Meck was honored for her paper “Mysteries of Conching Revealed,” which she presented as part of the Developing Flavor in Chocolate seminar during the 2018 PMCA production conference.
In her current position Meck develops new chocolate and cocoa formulas, creates process improvements, provides internal and external education training, and executes various technical studies at Blommer’s East Greenville, PA, facility.
Meck joined the company in 2010 as a summer intern in the R&D department, and joined the department as a technologist a year later.
Last year, Meck was elected as one of the newest members of PMCA’s board of directors. She has also served on several of the association’s committees including the Student Outreach Program, Social Media Sub-Committee, and Production Conference - Connect the Future.
The Marie Kelso Award was established in 1997 by PMCA’s board of directors to honor conference secretary Marie Kelso for her dedication to the association and the confectionery industry. She was secretary of the conference for 38 years, and died in 1995.
‘How Sweet It Is’
at 10th annual AACT
Candy Day at St. Mary's
Covering the industry with a little help from our friends
Photos courtesy of Lori Bolas Paslaski, DMH Ingredients; captions by Sandy Murphy
Sanfilippo made up a trail mix table awaiting St. Mary of Providence, Residential Facility in Chicago.
For the 10th
year in a row, Chicago AACT volunteered skills and supplies to the annual Making Candy with Special People event. Held at St. Mary of Providence, Residential Facility Home for the Developmentally Disabled, approximately 113 residents and 20 staff participated in the February 13 event.
“Candy Day at St. Mary's turned out great!”, said Sandy Murphy, retired, Blommer Chocolate, and an organizer of the event. “I think I may change the name to Candy Day of Fame.” Joni Stern, Stern Ingredients, helps bring in the supplies for the event as well.
For 10 short years, donations of confectionery and other supplies and AACT members have arrived for the annual Valentine’s Day Candy Day in Chicago. According to Murphy, “two presidents/owners, of Arway and Flavor Chem, and one vice president from Arro manned the tables.” She adds, “And they really enjoyed themselves. Tim McNicholas and Sally Ladwig from Arro have been with us since the beginning. What sweethearts.”
Lori Bolas Paslaski, account manager of DMH Ingredients, took many pictures, forwarded to Candymail along with many smiling faces. Hope it makes our readers smile, too.
Attendees included: Arro Corp, Bell Flavors, Blommer, Capol LLC, Chocolate Inspirations, DMH ingredients, Ferrara, Flavor Chem, Loders Croklaan, Long Grove Confectionery, Roquette, Sanfilippo, Silesia Flavors, Stern Ingredients, and Synergy Flavors.
Second-generation attendee Amanda Studenka, student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and John Marshall Law, as well as daughter of Donna Studenka, Sr. Confectionery Technologist, IOI Loders Croklaan Americas, has been coming with her mother since it started. This year she asked for volunteers at her school. She came with one of her fellow students, Marco Bartolomeo.
“They had their own table,” says Murphy, adding, “Nice to see.”
More donations include supplies from Blommer Chocolate, Doumak, Ellison Bakery, Ferrara, Indiana Sugar, Jelly Belly, Kerry, Primrose Candy, Spangler, Stern Ingredients, and Sanfilippo.
Laura Christian, Bell Flavors, helps a resident choose ingredients.
Donna Studenka, Loders Croklaan (with spoon in hand behind chocolate fountain) works with St. Mary's residents and staff.
The Blommer Chocolate group works together, all smiles.
Sandy Murphy and Laura Christian flank happy resident candymaker.
At right is Gloria Brandes-Kuptz with the Sanfilippo team.
Dennis, Jessica and AJ from Capol-llc enjoy the day at St. Mary’s.
Melissa Tisoncik of Blommer Chocolate helps St. Mary's residents.
Above, Silvia Schnicker and Benia Zyskowski of Silesia, and Kate Jacobsen of Ferrara.
Join AACT next year for the Valentine's Day event at St. Mary's!