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Cold-weather tips and facts

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This is from a “Noon Years Eve” celebration Wednesday

We’re all freezing here in Central PA, and everyone’s looking for ways to stay warm.

So yesterday, I set out to learn some fun tips and trivia about the cold – and I was pretty interested in what I discovered. I learned a lot about the cold and how we all react to it.

So I want to share that with you so that you don’t end up freezing your buns off this weekend.

  • Pets should be kept indoors when possible and dogs should be kept on a leash at all times, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Dogs lose their scent ability in snow and ice and are more likely to become lost in such conditions. 
  • Each year, snow shoveling leads to approximately 100 deaths and 11,500 injuries, according to a study by the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University College of Medicine. Researchers recommend talking to your physician before shoveling if you are concerned and making sure to use an ergonomically designed snow shovel if shoveling is your only option.
  • It’s illegal in Pennsylvania to “warm up” your car by leaving it unattended while the engine runs. According to the Pennsylvania vehicle code, Chapter 37, Section 3701: “No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit the vehicle to stand unattended without placing the gear shift lever in a position which under the circumstances impedes the movement of the vehicle, stopping the engine, locking the ignition in vehicles so equipped, removing the key from the ignition and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway and effectively setting the brake.”
  • Eating “warm, high-calorie foods such as hot pasta dishes” helps keep you warm during cold periods, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
  • The lowest temperature ever recorded in Pennsylvania was minus 42 degrees, recorded Jan. 5, 1904, in Smethport, McKean County, according to the U.S. National Climatic Data Center.
  • If you’re a runner or jogger, the Mayo Clinic said it’s fine to continue with your exercise regiment, recommending layering and making sure to keep your arms, fingers, legs and toes warm. But, the clinic warns, “Exercising when it’s cold and raining can make you more vulnerable to the cold. If you get soaked, you may not be able to keep your core body temperature high enough, and layering won’t help if your clothes are wet.”
  • The American Red Cross recommends leaving the thermostat untouched during these periods of below- normal temperatures, saying that while the heating bill may increase, it could save you a more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

Reader Photos: Foggy Valley

I’ve opined on this blog my fascination with the fog that continues to creep up here, especially at this time of year.

And apparently I’m not the only one that feels that way.

Carol Lamparter of Selinsgrove sent in a couple of good photos of some spiderwebs in the fog, and they’re pretty cool:

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Now, I hate spiders, but I do like these photos. The fog and the spider combination seems to make for a nice, creepy Halloween atmosphere.

I’m getting excited!

Fall scenes in the Valley

Our photographers have been busy  capturing some beautiful fall scenes in the Valley as the leaves are really turning vibrant colors and shades.

I was traveling through Sullivan County this weekend and the leaves were GORGEOUS there too – but as a safe driver, I have no pictures of that.

So we’ll have to settle for these wonderful shots!

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Now Trending on Facebook: Week of August 19

This week, some statewide stories were really lighting up our Facebook page. Here’s a look at what people were talking about.

  • Pennsylvania received a waiver for parts of No Child Left Behind, something that readers had lots of thoughts on, although most said the iniative was a failure. Here’s a peek at what they had to say: Brynne Clawser – “Having graduated only 2 years ago, I feel that my hs education consisted of being taught only what would get me through the standardized testing. By the time teachers get through all that crap, theres no time to learn the things that are useful for college and life. No child left behind hasn’t done us any favors. “
  • Peopdownloadle were also VERY talkative about President Obama’s visit to Scranton – happening today.  This post was the most talked about on our page this week. Most people either railed against Obama or decried the fact that the President should be given respect, if just for the office. Take a look: Tamara Fultz – “I wish I could go. Why wouldn’t one want to hear the president of the country you live in whether you agree with his politics or not? Isn’t that part of being an informed citizen? Truly evaluating someone based on what they actually say?”
  • And finally, as Pennsylvania prepares for a landmark case involving same-sex marriage, the debate amongst commenters continues.  This was the second most talked-about issue this week.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to join the discussion!

Gay marriage in PA: the debate is on

After the Supreme Court decision about DOMA - calling it unconstitutional - I talked to some local politicians about their views.

Rep. Lou Barletta said that he was certain the debate would be on in Pennsylvania.

And boy was he ever right.

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of couples either wanting to get married in the Keystone state or wanting the state to recognize their marriages which were performed out of state. Reporter Rick Dandes localized it and took to Facebook to get some reader feedback.

The result: 71 comments.

untitledSo I think it’s safe to say that people are talking about it here in PA.

We’ll be keeping tabs on the lawsuit as it progresses – but one thing’s for sure.

This issue, is far from settled.

Election night and pizzas go together like PB&J

Yesterday was election night. Check out the results for the Valley’s elections here.

For journalists, that means a late-night shift including the newsroom staple: the election night pizza.

Pizza is cheap, most people like it and low-paid journalists will do just about anything for free food.

The Daily Item had them, and so did a lot of other newsrooms, as evidenced by tweets coming out of newsrooms from across the state. Here’s just a small sample.

Worst construction spot in the Valley?

ImageIt’s spring – the birds are chirping, the temperature has finally risen above 50, and – of course – construction zones are everywhere.

Four of the major projects in the Valley are:

  • Route 54 through Danville
  • Route 11 into Northumberland from Danville
  • The Selinsgrove bridge work
  • Mifflinburg work on Route 45

That’s a lot. But how much do they affect your commute?

The Route 11 work does cause a litle hold-up heading into Norry, but traffic does seem to flow – it appears to be the same way with the Route 54 work, though traffic does stop frequently near the light at 11 and 54.

One zone I’ve heard horror stories about is the bridge work in Selinsgrove – people are being delayed – in some cases – over an hour in their journeys.

I haven’t heard about Mifflinburg, though apparently that’s a bad one too.

So now I ask you – what have you seen? What are your tips for getting through them?

Bonus Photos: Milton wrestlers

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:

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Kudos to PennDOT

Too often I think we’re quick to criticize PennDOT for not plowing quick enough or leaving roads untidy.

But in terms of preparing for yesterday’s storm that wasn’t, PennDOT was all over it.

Photographer Rob Inglis and I traveled I80 yesterday and saw de-icer ready to go all down the highway:

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So kudos to them for being prepared, and thank God we didn’t see ant major storm activity.

Know someone who deserves a shout-out in the Valley? Let me know!

Bonus photos: Milton house fire

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 dailyitem.com.

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