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{ 2 }  SNJ Today  |  APRIL 20, 2022                                                                                 APRIL 20, 2022  |  { 3 }
       Historical Society Dedicates Carol Buck Gravestone

          Thirty years ago, the adult daughter of internationally known author Pearl S.
 High School Robotic Team Earns Highest Score,   Buck, passed away in Vineland. Her name was Caroline Grace Buck, and for most   Newfield National Bank Major Sponsor
       of her life, Carol—as she was commonly known—was a resident of the Vineland
 Competing This Week in Texas  Training School, a facility that once operated on East Landis Avenue as a home for   for Habitat Golf Classic 2022
       developmentally disabled people.                                          On March 29, Newfield National Bank Senior Executive Vice President Joseph
 The LUNATECS, a local com-  Carol was laid to rest in the small cemetery once known as “Our Greenwood,”   Biegalski presented Bill Gonzalez, executive director of Cumberland County Habitat
 munity-based high school robot-  located at the back of the 150-acre site, with only a plastic and tin marker showing   for Humanity with a $5,000 donation to sponsor the annual Habitat Golf Classic as
 ics teams, earned a spot at the   the location. On April 9, 2022, her gravesite received its first permanent marker.   the Presenting Sponsor, along with Pete Capizola, senior vice president of Business
 FIRST championship in Houston,   And so, a new chapter was added to her story.  Development for Newfield National Bank. The Golf Classic will be held on Friday,
 TX, and is competing this week   About six months ago, David Swindal, a lifelong fan of Pearl Buck and her work,   September 16, 2022.
 with the best FIRST teams in   contacted the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society regarding the condition
 the nation and from other coun-  of Carol’s grave. Out of respect for Buck’s work, he wanted to provide a headstone
 tries. The team operates out of   for her daughter.
 Salem County and last week at   “We were so impressed by Mr. Swindal’s generosity,” said Patricia A. Martinelli,
 the Lehigh University Regional,   Society curator. “What is equally wonderful is the fact that Prime Rock, the new
 the LUNATECS were the highest   owners of the property, are planning to preserve the cemetery as a historic site for
 scoring robot at the event.   the people of Vineland.”
 Also last week the team was   Carol was placed at the Training School when she was
 recognized by FIRST headquar-  about 10 years old, the victim of a degenerative disease
 ters and Lucas Films for Project   called PKU, which damaged her learning abilities. Her
 Propel, their adaptive swim fins   mother had “Carol Cottage” built on the site and it became
 for veterans wounded in battle   her lifelong home.
 and spinal cord injury victims.   About 169 former residents and employees of the
 The team is currently working on   Training School are believed to be buried at the site.
 a pediatric version.
                           The new headstone on Carol Buck’s grave at the former
                           Vineland Training School site was transported by David Swindal
                           of Birmingham, Alabama, a lifelong fan of author Pearl Buck.

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