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Bonus Photos and Video: Loretta Claiborne at Milton

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:

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JST DRV service announcements

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the “JST DRV” initiative by the Central PA Chamber of Commerce, which aims to crack down on distracted driving by using cool thumb bands and a catchy slogan.

The kids in the Building Leaders for the Susquehanna Valley helped with the initiative and they made public service announcements to launch the program featuring themselves and some other local faces.

Here are the results.

This first one is an explanation of the JST DRV philosophy, featuring BLSV advisor Jess Shaffer and his Jeep:

The next is a “pull over” featuring a real PSP Trooper:

Pretty cool stuff, especially for high school kids just trying to make a difference.

Shamokin arrest video

Shamokin police had a press conference to discuss the arrest of a 21-year-old Shamokin man for a Monday night fire.

Here’s chief Griffiths talking about how they found the defendant at the scene:

The video is also posted at dailyitem.com along with our coverage. Check it out.

Police are still investigating the other fires in Shamokin – and while they aren’t ruling Neidlinger out, they aren’t naming him as a suspect either.

Drop tower – coming soon to Elysburg!

Yesterday, I was really missing for summer.

I wrote an article about some new rides coming to Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg and even thinking about rides and amusement parks made me yearn for hot temperatures and flip flops.

The new rides include a drop tower and a kiddie submarine – so I decided to look for videos of similar rides and pretend I was already on them, feeling the warm air in my hair.

So that you can share my enthusiasm, here’s what I found.

And let me know – what are your favorite amusement park rides?

Here’s a drop tower ride:

I couldn’t find a video of the kiddie submarine ride, but I did find this cool POV video of the kiddie coaster at Knoebels:

 

 

Tractor square dancing – yee haw?

Yesterday, I got to talk about tractor square dancing.

It may sound…..odd…. but then I saw a video of the group – the Middle Creek Tractor Swingers – and it looked pretty cool. That video is available with the article.

So I looked up some other tractor square dancing routines, and actually became quite impressed with what I saw. For your viewing pleasure, here’s some of my favorites:

Optimism amongst rubble

What struck me talking to John Ravert about the fire in his music studio over the weekend was that he was very positive.

He chose not to react with anger and sadness, rather, he celebrated the fact that everyone made it out OK and that his main house remained intact. It was very moving.

The damage was very extensive. Ravert collects and restores old pianos and nickelodeons, many of which were in the studio.

Here’s a video of CCN’s “In Your Neighborhood” showcasing Ravert’s collection in February”

Here’s some after photos:

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Video: Tree shaker

One of the cool things about my job is that I get to learn new things every day.

For example, my family has used an artificial tree for a long time now, so I never knew what happened once you picked out a real tree to buy.

Now I know – and it involves a cool tree shaking machine [Ignore the background chatter]:

This occurred at McClellan’s Tree Farm in Middleburg – I’m assuming to shake out the loose needles and other things that can get stuck in a tree.

Very cool stuff.

Which do you prefer – real or artificial trees? Let me know in the comments!

Don’t miss this: Cow stomach objects video

Don’t miss this video describing two of the most interesting – and at the same time disgusting – things I have ever held in my hands.

It happened at the recent agriculture-themed meeting of the Greater Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce.

Each table at the meeting had some farm tools or objects we all had to identify in a fun little game. Table 7, apparently had quite the conversation pieces.

Here they are:

Love it.

Romney/Obama voter mix-up also in Union County

The Daily Item received this video from a citizen who tried to vote in Union County, Pennsylvania. We had reported on the malfunctioning machine, so he sent it to us to confirm.

Votes for the Democratic candidate (listed second) were registered as Republican votes (listed first)

Below is the video. More information is here.

Voting Problems in Pennsylvania from Andy Hirsch on Vimeo.