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Jennifer Testa Clayton Scholarship Fund  Dwayne Neal
 Aug 22, 2006 06:38 PDT 

Please send donations for the Jennifer Testa Clayton Scholarship Fund to:

Robena Fowler
1425 Porter Street
Fort Detrick, MD 21702

Jennifer's obituary from The Frederick News Post follows:

Mrs. Jennifer Clayton
As originally published on Tuesday, August 22, 2006.

Jennifer Michele (Testa) Clayton, age 38, of Uniontown, Maryland, died
suddenly on Thursday, August 17, 2006, as a result of a vehicular bicycle
accident. Mrs. Clayton was a seventh grade science teacher at Shiloh Middle
School in Hampstead at the time of her death.

The tragic loss of Jennifer's positive energy and love has devastated her
devoted husband of 13 years, Michael Allen Clayton, Quality Assurance Chief
for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infection Diseases at Fort
Detrick; her three children, Lexie (11), Patrick (8) and Jesse (3); her
parents, siblings and extended family; and countless close and dear friends
and colleagues.

Born on April 10, 1968, in Livingston, New Jersey, Jennifer was the daughter
of Marianne Gail (Sanford) Fords of DeLand, Florida, and daughter and
step-daughter of Fredrick and Nancy (Drumright) Testa of East Brunswick, New

Jennifer grew up in Millstone Township, N.J., and was a 1986 graduate of
Allentown High School, Allentown, N.J. She obtained her B.S. in biology from
McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College), Westminster, Md., and
her M.S. in bio-medical sciences from Hood College in Frederick, Md.
Motivated by her devoted parenting of her own children and wishing to
instill her love of science in other children, Jennifer left the field of
bio-medical research after 10 years at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.,
received her teaching certification and became a science teacher.

Jennifer was a member of Uniontown United Methodist Church, where she was
active in outreach to the community, especially through her coordination of
the volunteer pantry "Loaves and Fishes" at Westminster Church of the
Brethren. Jennifer was a passionate and gifted athlete until the time of her
death. As a field hockey goalie at Western Maryland College, she held many
records. She enjoyed bicycling, running and triathlons. She was also an
expert swimmer, swimming the width of the Chesapeake Bay, and was a swim
master in the YMCA swim program.

In addition to her parents, husband and children, Jennifer is survived by a
brother, Fredrick Testa Jr. of Newberg, Oregon; a sister, Margo Lee Testa of
East Brunswick, N.J.; paternal grandmother, Lena Testa of Hillside, N.J.,
(wife of the late Michael Angelo Testa); and maternal grandmother, Stephanie
Sanford DiGiovanni of Deltona, Florida, (wife of the late David Edwin

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2006
at Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 East Main Street, Westminster,
Md., with her pastor, the Reverend Charles Slaugh, officiating. The family
will receive friends immediately following the memorial service. A reception
on-site will follow in Jubilee Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a scholarship
fund for the children. Please make donations to the Jennifer Testa Clayton
Scholarship Fund c/o Kathy Gould, 8 Haviland Drive, Englishtown, NJ 07726.

Arrangements are by the Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis St.,
Westminster, Md.

Dwayne Neal
2206 Wetherburne Way
Frederick, MD 21702
301-620-2414 (home)
301-693-5242 (mobile)

----Original Message Follows----
From: Jim Patton <ji-@jimpatton.net>
Reply-To: ji-@jimpatton.net
To: uscf-dis-@topica.com, vacyc-@googlegroups.com
CC: MACO-@yahoogroups.com, va-@topica.com
Subject: RE: D20: VAcycling: Re: timing chips
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 08:37:17 -0400 (EDT)

Chips have been tried and failed at all levels of cycling, and they have
consistently failed. Think about how runners or "Tri" folks finish. If
there is a group, they are necked down so that they cross the mat one at a
time. Now think about any typical bike race finish -- "necking down" in a
sprint doesn't come to my mind. Some of us ARE watching the technology.
When it is ready, I'm sure it will become part of the local scene.

The most frequent camera issue (and this is even true with the VERY
expensive Finish Linx technology) is glare from the sun on the race
numbers. This is a tough situation on a sunny day. Filters and camera
settings only help a little. Matt finish on the numbers would be a big
help -- but none of the printers offer a matt finish as an option.
Properly place frame numbers would be another option, but these cost the
promoter significant dollars (we only see frame numbers at Cat A level
events, and not at all Cat A events).

Both VAcycling and MABRA local associations have tried to give the judges
(and promoters) the tools they need to do an affordable job. The digital
cameras we us are normally adequate for local events. The cameras are
purchased for less money than we could rent a Finish Lynx system for a
single event. Renting, or purchasing, something like Finish Lynx would
significanly increase entry fees (perhaps as much as 50-100%). I think
that the affordable, digital camera is the best choice for local events.

I understand that everyone wants to know where you finish. The judges
really do their best to pick everyone. And their best is much better than
you could logically expect for people standing out there, in all sorts of
weather, helping you for far less than minimum wage (fee was $50 for each
of them on Saturday). Giving them some consideration and appreciation
would be a really good idea (it really helps to keep them coming back for
another event)! Just think about Saturday's event. Think about the
number of fields that finished virtually together. Think about the
sorting job to even figure out who finished in what field or if the rider
was really continuing for subsequent laps. While this isn't rocket
science, it also isn't an easy task.

Thanks for listening,

Jim Patton
MABRA Officials Coordinator
301-332-3358 - cell
410-721-7650 (evenings before 9)

P.S. If you haven't voted in the USCF Trustee election, this would be a
great time to take a few seconds to vote. For a direct link to the ballot
page, go to www.jimpatton.net. Thanks for considering voting for me to
continue as your Trustee.

One problem with the computer chips is that the timing mat is pretty
delicate and can't take being run over by cars at speed. This is a bit
problematic unless you have a portion of the road closed to traffic for
whole race (not possible in my case but maybe possible for something like
the Commonwealth Games RR where they had enough room to divert traffic at
the finish).
I know the Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic used the chips one year but they had
too many problems with them and decided against them (and they had full
closure for the "mat" portion of their races.)

The real answer to the scoring problem is to get more people to be
and work races and gain experience so there are enough people to help out
the finish. It is always like pulling teeth to get enough race officials
the races. Even with the current VA Bar rule that your club has to have
licensed official and that this official has to work a BAR race in order
you team to be able to score in the VA team BAR.

-Ruth Stornetta

On Tue, 22 Aug 2006 06:52:47 -0400
   "Dan Trsic" <dan_t-@hotmail.com> wrote:
Well-said Ken! I too greatly appreciate all the really nice events we
this year in “D42”. Maybe we should try to focus all this energy to help
make scoring easier for the refs. I know the “Tri” folks have been using
computer chips to automate scoring even in small local races. Can we get
some new technology to make road racing easier to score? Is it an issue
fund raising? Seems like each rider could "one time" buy a chip with
license number imbedded and use it as a permanent race number?

Dan Trsic
Richmond, VA

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