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Fine arts touted at Chamber luncheon - Mcalester News Capital
16 October 2010, 10:11 pm

On Thursday, the McAlester Chamber Luncheon was held at the Southeast Expo Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The opening speaker was corperate sponsor John Bitinas who presented a speech that detailed the vision of the McAlester Chamber of Commerce’s “Take McAlester Back” campaign. Bitinas described the campaign’s mission as “Drugs out and arts in.”

“Everyone’s wondering what we are going to do with that old hotel,” Bitinas said, and then announced plans to renovate the old Ramada building purchased by Narconon and turn it into a multi-cultural arts center.

Take McAlester Back describes itself as a grassroots drug prevention campaign started by the city of McAlester to take back control of the community from drugs through a program that promotes the arts.

Bitinas announced that the campaign will kick off on Oct. 22, and 23, with many events.

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I don't know how many of you may be keeping up with this story. This Narconon PR campaign using Michael Ginsburg, recovering violinist, seems to be gaining some traction in OK. Narconon Arrowhead has found their shill and the local newspaper seems exceedingly willing to participate in the promotion:

Mayor of McAlester praises Narconon:

There is one article that mentions the Scientology connection.
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Michael Ginsburg, recovering violinist

Congratulations!  I know many a child has been much happier after quitting the violin! xDDDD

Just kidding.

It really irks me that even with Narconon, Scientology is trying to latch onto any kind of celebrity in order to legitimize itself.  I'm sure Mr. Ginsburg will get a slightly different Narconon, and that Celeb push towards Scientology. Xenu knows they're desperate for newer big names.

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LOL. You are  >:D
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This is the type of celebrity Mr. Ginsburg is:

“I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to my daughter,” Jo Ann Pacenta said tearfully, a framed photograph of her 17-year-old child, Lauren, propped up for President Judge Harold F. Woelfel Jr. to see from the bench.

Mrs. Pacenta was among those who spoke during a sentencing hearing for Michael J. Ginsburg, 32, a Lewisburg native who pleaded guilty to selling cocaine and heroin to the high school student.

Lauren Pacenta died Nov. 22, 2005, at her East Buffalo Township home after taking a combination of drugs she purchased from Mr. Ginsburg.

Mr. Ginsburg, who has since moved to Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, unlawful possession with the intent to deliver heroin and misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter in connection with Lauren’s death.

As part of the agreement, Mr. Ginsburg was sentenced Friday to serve 2 1/2 years to five years in state prison.

Mr. Ginsburg’s attorney, Ronald Travis, of Williamsport, said his client kicked his drug addiction following Lauren’s death while a patient at an Oklahoma rehabilitation facility.

Numerous supporters of Mr. Ginsburg wrote letters to the judge detailing how the talented violinist has turned his life around and devoted much of his time speaking out against drug use at schools, churches and other venues in Oklahoma.

Several supporters, including a bank representative and United Way official, traveled to Middleburg to address the court directly at his sentencing.

“Michael is truly an example of someone who has turned his life around,” said Jana Jae, a professional violinist from Tulsa, Okla. “He’s totally free from his addictions. He found a path out of drugs and is now helping others.”

Judge Woelfel noted that no one is ever “free from addiction.”

And now a puff piece from Narconon via PRWebto tie the loose ends up:
Ginsburg entered the Narconon Arrowhead drug rehabilitation program in 2006 where he learned how to overcome his addiction and regained his confidence to live a happy, productive, fulfilling life without the use of drugs.   

Today Ginsburg is working with the community of McAlester who are actively organizing the “Take McAlester Back” movement. Take McAlester Back is a grassroots campaign designed to get drugs out and arts into the local community. The campaign is being sponsored by The Chamber, Pride In McAlester, McAlester Main Street and Narconon Arrowhead.

On October 23rd Take McAlester Back is kicking off their official all day event where that night Ginsburg will be playing a benefit concert with Jana Jae, a world renowned fiddle player, at the Masonic Temple in McAlester. Ginsburg has high hopes of sharing his experience with as many people as possible as he is proof that there is hope and a way out for those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction problems.

“Narconon Arrowhead helped taught me how to get my life back and gave me the tools I needed to overcome my addiction,” says Ginsburg. “Now I just want to give back to the community.”

Jana Jae is the real celebrity in this story.  I found no scientology connection, other than to Mr. Ginsburg.  I would like to think she doesn't know what narconon is, and the dangers involved.  I am sure narconon (and scientology) would loive to have her touting the narconon program to her contacts in the county/bluegrass world.

Did Ginsburg get a reduced sentence because he had been through the Narconon Arrowhead program?  That may be a trend we need to do something about. 

I agree, Free, that the local newspaper seems to be drinking the KoolAid, as does the mayor:
Jae and Ginsburg will be performing with Jae’s band. McAlester Mayor Kevin Priddle, a guitarist who has performed with Ginsburg, will also be performing.

The town of McAlester sounds extremely naive.  Is there no one in Oklahoma to get them up to speed?

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Pür Arrowhead is located in a 200 room motel with indoor pool and staff housing. This building has already housed FSM conventions. So, most likely you know what we are talking about and may have stayed there. Based on our estimates, we will be able to deliver to 400 people at a time, thus making us the largest detox on earth.

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All of the media mentions Narconon.
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Violinist Michael Ginsburg held in Pennsylvania prison - McAlester News
By Jeanne LeFlore
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McALESTER — Michael Josh Ginsburg, 36, recently charged with one felony count in Pittsburg County, has been arrested and is being held the Pennsylvania State Prison; but this isn’t his first brush with the law.

Ginsburg was recently charged in Pittsburg County District Court with one felony count of obtaining property by trick/deception after he allegedly told Kreb’s resident Steve DeFrange he had a buyer for his violins and then allegedly sold the violins to a pawn shop owner and kept the money.

On March 6 Ginsburg was arrested in Indiana and extradited to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, according the Pennsylvania D.O.C website. But in 2007 Ginsburg appeared in a Pennsylvania court in connection with the death of a 17-year old girl.

According the Daily Item, Ginsburg appeared in Pa. courtroom  in Nov. 2007 and admitted he supplied heroin and cocaine to Lauren Pacenta, 17, who later died and another teen on Nov. 22, 2005. Pacenta died at her home after taking a combination of drugs she allegedly purchased from Ginsburg.

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The below Mayor resigned in Jan 2012

Mayor of McAlester, Oklahoma praises Narconon Discussion in 'Scientology Discussion' started by cryptononymous, Dec 9, 2009.

McAlester Oklahoma Mayor Kevin Priddle speaks at the 2009 Narconon Arrowhead Community Involvement Conference about his friendship with Narconon Arrowhead graduate Michael Ginsburg and his support of the work we do. Very touching speech

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Michael Ginsburg, Jana Jae and Kevin Priddle perform "Dobra Dobra" to promote the "Taking McAlester Back" movement at the McAlester City Booth at the Tulsa State Fair on October 10th, 2010
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