Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear an amazing woman speak. It was Loretta Claiborne, a woman who overcame incredible odds to become one of the most famous and decorated Special Olympians and an advocate for others facing challenges.
If you haven’t heard about her story of growing up in the projects of York before being introduced to competitive athletics through the Special Olympics, you’re missing out. She’s a great example of a Pennsylvanian doing good.
Here’s a little bit of her story, put together for the 1996 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs:
She spoke yesterday to elementary students in Milton, and she was incredibly positive. For someone who overcame such incredible odds, she was neither downtrodden nor haughty about her life.
I was truly impressed with her. And now I’m looking for the movie – Netflix here I come!
She also brought a great message about not bullying to the students, which is an important message to tell, especially today in schools.
Here’s some bonus photos from her talk:
This entry was posted on May 15, 2013, in
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Fort Augusta in Sunbury hosted a really cool event Saturday.
History Day included a WWII camp, some cool Lincoln memorabilia, and colonial people.
Most of it was hands on, too.
The event was revived after several years of lapsing. I was there for work, but would definitely go back for fun. Anyone interested in history should check it out in coming years.
Here’s some extra photos from the WWII camp:
Yesterday was one of the most shocking crashes I’ve seen in awhile: a dump truck sideways after it smashed into a business in Atlas.
Luckily, No one was seriously hurt. But it was truly something that made you just….stare.
Read more about the incident here.
Here’s some photos from the scene:
This entry was posted on March 28, 2013, in
Bonus Photos and tagged Atlas, Atlas pa, car, cars, crash, dump truck, greco, grecos, photo, photos, route 61 crash.
Yesterday, I attended the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce’s awards luncheon. I took lots of photos, some good, others not. Here’s some extras:
ATHENA Award winner Tere Rill
Shamokin Dam mayor receiving the Dan Foss Heritage Award.
This entry was posted on March 15, 2013, in
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Sunday, Milton High School honored its two wrestlers who competed at Hershey in the state tournament.
Ryan Solomon placed first and Ryan Preisch placed third.
The pair rode into the high school on a fire truck, then a small ceremony was held in the school’s auditorium to honor their accomplishment.
Here’s some extra photos:
This entry was posted on March 12, 2013, in
Bonus Photos and tagged milton, milton high school, milton pa, Pennsylvania, pennsylvania wrestling, photo, photos, ryan preisch, ryan solomon, sport, sports, wrestlers, wrestling.
Milton High School has really rolled out the welcome mat for a group of 10 exchange students and a teacher from China.
I got to meet them Wednesday, and it was really a lot of fun hearing first-hand about the differences between the Chinese education system and the U.S. one:
At Heibei Middle School, the average class size is about 60 students, the teacher said.
There’s no school dances in China. They have evening activities, but they all have an academic/cultural aspect to them, like art, music lessons or calligraphy.
Chinese students go to school year-round
And for anyone who didn’t know that Milton was hosting the students, the high school literally had a sign posted outside:
This entry was posted on February 22, 2013, in
Bonus Photos and tagged china, chinese, chinese education, culture, education, exchange program, milton, milton high school, milton pa.
Here’s some more photos from the scene of the deadly crash in Mt. Carmel Township Monday.
Read more about the crash here. It’s under investigation, we’ll keep you updated as things unfold.
This entry was posted on February 6, 2013, in
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Saturday, I went to the Evangelical Community Hospital Children’s Health Fair at the Susquehanna Valley mall.
There was some really cool stuff there, including shows, puzzles and cool crafts.
See more coverage at dailyitem.com.
Here’s some additional photos I shot while walking around the fair Saturday afternoon.
This entry was posted on January 28, 2013, in
Bonus Photos and tagged activities, balloon animals, balloons, children, children's health, evan, evangelical community hospital, fair, health fair, kids, kids health, mall, photos, susquehanna valley mall.
I met with a group of Americorps service members who were helping out Community Harvest, a Milton-based food program.
They served a meal and helped organize the group’s food pantry, with the goal of bringing it up to Central PA Food Bank standards so the group can become a “member organization” and purchase more and better food for less.
Here’s some photos from my trip there:
The Americorps volunteers are getting their assignments.
Organizing the pantry
Touring St Andrew’s UM Church, where CH is housed
This entry was posted on January 24, 2013, in
Bonus Photos and tagged americorps, community harvest, food, food pantry, milton, milton pa, volunteer, volunteer work, work.
Here’s photos from the scene of a house fire on Mahoning Street in Milton yesterday.
The fire seemed to be under control, but all of a sudden smoke began pouring out of the top of the home and the roof caught fire and began to collapse.
It was truly startling.
Read more at
This entry was posted on January 16, 2013, in
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