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Bonus Photos: Santa at Shikellamy

Yesterday I got to meet Santa!

Seriously, he was on break from the North Pole and came to Shikellamy High School to donate some toys to their Toys for Tots program.

He came in on a ladder truck and really stepped it up. It was pretty special.

Here’s some photos of that special event, including a group shot which I think was pretty cool:

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More photos: Shamokin fire

It doesn’t matter how many fires you go to as a reporter, it doesn’t matter how many deaths you write about, each one affects you.

I remember the faces of the people I’ve written about posthumously. I still feel the emotion.

And yesterday was no different. I went to a fire in Shamokin, where a young girl died. It was wrenching to think that she was just 13-years-old.

But you still have a job to do and information to get out.

Part of my job yesterday was to take photos, and here’s some of them.

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Doing their part to help others with no complaints

Last week, I spent my Friday morning at the Herr Library in Mifflinburg, where they were loading up two crates with supplies to take to the tornado-devastated areas of Oklahoma.

One thing both photographer Rob Inglis and I commented on was that there were probably 10 or so children and teens there to help at 9 a.m. on a Friday morning during summer – and we heard not one complaint.

It was really a very exciting and positive thing.

I myself have never had a problem getting up early to do what I have to do (seriously, I used to get up at 6 a.m. every day as a kid to get on the computer before everyone else was awake back in the days where you had one computer and had to share it). However, my sisters can’t really say the same thing.

And to see these young people offering their time to a good cause was very inspiring and made the morning just a little bit brighter.

Here’s some photos of the load-up:

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Bonus Photos: Fire Cadet Weekend in Elysburg

This weekend, I worked the Saturday shift and started my day at Fire Cadet Weekend at the Elysburg Fire Department.

It’s a cool program designed to introduce teens to emergency response.

I kind of wanted to be a cadet, they got to do some cool things, like rappell, see a controlled home fire and get up close with Life Flight.

When I was there, they were learning about equipment.

Here’s some extra photos:

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Gov. Corbett at ACF: Touring a factory with the governor

Yesterday, I got to tour the newly reopened ACF factory during Governor Tom Corbett’s visit. It was a gorgeous day outside for his speech and tour.

Some reporters don’t like the “politician tours a business/factory” stories. Me, I love them.

The tours are an interesting look into a business you might not normally get, while you get to have some interaction with some of the most influential people in the state/nation.

Everyone’s happy to be there and talk to you and get photos, so it’s a win/win for everyone.

So Here’s a pictoral journey through my ACF tour with Corbett with commentary.

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Prom Perfect: Some personal favorites

The Daily Item’s annual Prom Perfect competition is coming to an end soon as the Valley’s prom season wraps up.

We’ve gotten almost 300 entries, something that is amazing and is able to showcase a wide variety of photos.

Naturally, as a lover of all things sparkly and ostentatious, I’ve enjoyed seeing the pictures and have selected a few of my favorites.

To see all of the photos, go to our Facebook page.

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