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PostSubject: Clemuel Ricketts Mansion   Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:18 am

The Clemuel Ricketts Mansion (also known as the Stone House, the William R. Ricketts House, and Ganoga) is a Georgian-style house made of sandstone, built in 1852 or 1855 on the shore of Ganoga Lake in Colley Township, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It was home to several generations of the Ricketts family, including R. Bruce Ricketts and William Reynolds Ricketts. Originally built as a hunting lodge, it was also a tavern and post office, and served as part of a hotel for much of the 19th century.
After 1903 the house served as the Ricketts family's summer home; they kept it even as they sold over 65,000 acres (26,000 ha) to the state of Pennsylvania from 1920 to 1950. The house was included in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) in 1936 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1983. A group of investors bought the lake, surrounding land, and house in 1957 and developed them privately for housing and recreation. The house became the Ganoga Lake Association's clubhouse, and is not open to the public.
The original mansion is an L-shaped structure, two-and-a-half stories high, with stone walls 2 feet (0.6 m) thick. It was built in a clearing surrounded by old-growth forest with a view to the lake 900 feet (270 m) to the east. In 1913 a two-and-a-half story wing was added to the north side of the house and the original structure was renovated. The house has twenty-eight rooms, four porches, and its original hardware and woodwork. Dormers and some windows were added in the renovation, and electrical wiring and modern plumbing have been added since. According to the NRHP nomination form, the Clemuel Ricketts Mansion "is a stunning example of Georgian vernacular architecture".[2]
The Clemuel Ricketts Mansion is on the southwest shore of Ganoga Lake in Colley Township in the southeast part of Sullivan County. The house and lake are on a part of the Allegheny Plateau known as North Mountain; the plateau formed about 300 to 250 million years ago in the Alleghenian orogeny. Rocks—gray sandstone with conglomerates and some siltstone—of the Mississippian Pocono Formation more than 340 million years old, underlie the house and lake.[3] The lake is in a shallow valley, 13 feet (4.0 m) deep, which is impounded by glacial till up to 30 feet (9.1 m) thick at the southeast end, where Kitchen Creek exits.[4]

The earliest recorded inhabitants of the region were the Susquehannocks, who left or died out by 1675. The land then came under the control of the Iroquois, who sold it to the British in the Treaty of Fort Stanwix in 1768.[5] The land on which the house was later built was first part of Northumberland County, then became part of Lycoming County in 1795.[6] The Susquehanna and Tioga Turnpike, which followed the lake's western shore, was built between 1822 and 1827; it connected the Pennsylvania communities of Berwick in the south and Towanda in the north. The lake was then known as Long Pond, and the Long Pond Tavern, just north of the where the house was later built, was a lunch stop for the stagecoach on the turnpike.[7][8][9] Sullivan County was formed from Lycoming County in 1847, and two years later Colley Township was formed from Cherry Township.[10]


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PostSubject: Re: Clemuel Ricketts Mansion   Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:45 am

Manouchehr Mottaki fired from Iran foreign minister job

Mr Mottaki, who is currently in Senegal on an official visit, was appointed foreign minister in 2005
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Iran's president has fired Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in part of a perceived power struggle in Tehran.

Initial reports gave no reason for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision.

There had been no indication that Mr Mottaki, a key figure in Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West, was about to lose his job.

Mr Ahmadinejad has appointed the country's top nuclear official, Ali Akbar Salehi, to replace Mr Mottaki in a caretaker capacity.

"I appreciate your diligence and services as the foreign minister," said Mr Ahmadinejad in a letter to Mr Mottaki, Mehr news agency reported.

Mr Mottaki, who is currently in Senegal on an official visit, was appointed foreign minister in 2005.

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Analysts say Mr Mottaki's dismissal may be part of a political power play among ruling conservatives in Iran.

There has been mutual distrust between the president and Mr Mottaki since the 2005 election that brought Mr Ahmadinejad to power: Mr Mottaki was the campaign manager for one of Mr Ahmadinejad's rivals, Ali Larijani.

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James Reynolds
BBC Iran correspondent
Analysts believe the dismissal may be part of a fight for power within the ruling conservative movement in Iran - between the president and parliament.

Mr Mottaki is widely seen as an ally of the speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani. His sacking is likely to anger President Ahmadinejad's conservative opponents in parliament.

The dismissal is likely to have had the support of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. It may be another sign that the supreme leader continues to back Mr Ahmadinejad in the president's power struggles inside the country.

Mr Mottaki and Mr Larijani are often described as part of a pragmatic conservative bloc that believes the president's inflammatory speeches and radical agenda have made Iran more vulnerable.

Relations worsened when Mr Ahmadinejad's plans for presidential envoys stationed abroad were vetoed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei over the foreign ministry's concerns it would create a parallel diplomatic service.

Mr Mottaki had faced criticism in Iran over the international pressure on the country to halt its nuclear enrichment programme.

A fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions was imposed in June.

But recently concluded talks in Geneva ended with an agreement to hold more talks in Istanbul next month.

Iran insists it wants only atomic energy but a number of Western countries suspect it of trying to build nuclear weapons.

A well-known figure inside Iran, Mr Salehi led the early response to the fatal attacks in Tehran two weeks ago on two prominent nuclear scientists.

Mr Salehi now gets to take his enthusiastic support of Iran's nuclear ambitions on to a wider stage, analysts say.

Talks 'must continue'
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged Iran to continue negotiations over its nuclear programme, saying the dismissal should not cause "an interruption or a delay in the talks".

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Manouchehr Mottaki

Born in 1953, speaks English, Turkish and Urdu
Elected to the first Majlis (parliament) after the Iranian revolution in 1979
Appointed foreign minister in August 2005
Strong defender of Iran's nuclear programme
"The talks have started and they must continue, whatever the political make-up may be," AFP news agency quoted Mr Westerwelle as saying ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

Germany has been involved in the Geneva talks along with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, UK, China, France and Russia.

Neither Mr Mottaki nor Mr Salehi was part of the Iranian negotiating team in Switzerland, which was headed by the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili.

A career diplomat, the 57-year-old speaks fluent English, Turkish and Urdu, and gained a postgraduate degree in international relations from Tehran University in 1991.

His departure from the foreign ministry rids President Ahmadinejad of a critic at close quarters, analysts say, but the move may yet cause problems in a parliament that is increasingly unhappy with its presidency.









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PostSubject: Re: Clemuel Ricketts Mansion   Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:41 am


Born in 1953, speaks English, Turkish and Urdu
Elected to the first Majlis (parliament) after the Iranian revolution in 1979
Appointed foreign minister in August 2005
Strong defender of Iran's nuclear programme
"The talks have started and they must continue, whatever the political make-up may be," AFP news agency quoted Mr Westerwelle as saying ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

Germany has been involved in the Geneva talks along with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, UK, China, France and Russia.

Neither Mr Mottaki nor Mr Salehi was part of the Iranian negotiating team in Switzerland, which was headed by the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili.

A career diplomat, the 57-year-old speaks fluent English, Turkish and Urdu, and gained a postgraduate degree in international relations from Tehran University in 1991.

His departure from the foreign ministry rids President Ahmadinejad of a critic at close quarters, analysts say, but the move may yet cause problems in a parliament that is increasingly unhappy with its presidency.

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