Milton Police now on Facebook

I think many businesses and groups can benefit from social media – duh. It allows you to reach a lot of people with very little effort, which for many groups serving the public is a key task.

In that spirit, the Milton Police Department is now on Facebook and using the social media platform to help them do their work.

Here’s their site.

Every Friday, they’re posting people who have outstanding warrants so that they can serve what in some cases are very old outstanding warrants.

Here’s an example from this week:

1970397_1419463118308163_586675583_nI think it’s a great idea to help the department use resources wisely and let people know what’s going on in their community.

Because, after all, it is the public’s right to know what’s going on.

So, cheers to the Milton Police Department – keep up the good work!

Conestoga at the Supreme Court

g00025800000000000000ad924a9992e253d1998775477d86deb205ca28Yesterday, was the big Conestoga hearing in front of the Supreme Court. I followed along live and I have to say, there is more division in this topic than I anticipated.

We’re interested in this case due to the inclusion of Conestoga Wood Specialties, which has big facilities here in Snyder County.

Anyway, it’s so polarizing, I can’t say any one side was more represented in social media or in the protests outside the court.

We also asked on our Facebook page what they thought and got very similarly polarizing responses:

  • Erik Viker “These employers are resisting on religious grounds as self-described Christians. But they haven’t identified the specific religious writings that support their position, or explained why those scriptures must be so strictly followed by their company while less-convenient scriptures are ignored. It’s obviously not about faith, it’s about money.”
  • Stan Kohl “I hope Conestoga Wood Specialties wins this case. Not that I agree or disagree with their view – I just think it is time that the government stops trying to tell us everything we need to do. It was suppose to be ‘For the people’ and not to ‘Rule over the people.'”
  • Brynne Clawser “I think the employer should be able to say no for religious reasons. The government needs to stop forcing these things on us.”
  • Michael Doyne “I don’t now about this, but a corporation canont be a person. I pay taxes that fix roads all around the state. What if I only wanted to pay taxes just for the roads I drive on and demand a discount? What if I don’t drive, and don’t care about any of the roads and don’t want my money to go to pay for them. If the court favors the side of corporations, we will opening a whole new can of worms.What if a business doesn’t believe in blood transfusions or synthetic drugs due to religious beliefs? What religons will be recognized, what would corporations have to do to profess ‘their’ faith in order to get discounts. The USA is ranked #35 in health care, one of the reasons for this extremely low ranking is lack of a national health care plan. With the ACA, we could start to see a rise in the world ranking.”

Red Cross heroes part 2!

I promised more photos from Friday and here they are!

This is Dr Pat Bruno, a true advocate for children:


Here’s Nicole Bingaman, Taylor’s mom, she gave such a heartfelt talk for her friend, everyone had tears in their eyes:



Here’s the full group of heroes.

Everyone deserved it! Congrats!


Red Cross Heroes

This morning, I’m writing from the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast, where we get to hear amazing stories of help and action.

It’s one of my favorite events of the year. You hear the behind-the-scenes of some pretty extraordinary stories.

For example, earlier this year, I became familiar with traumatic brain injuries when I met Taylor Bingman and “Team Taylor.” Today, the woman who started the group is being honored.

There’s a lot more stories just like that one.

Here’s a peak at the scene, check for more in tomorrow’s paper!:


Celebrating Holi on Twitter!

It may be St. Patrick’s Day here, but for Hindus, it’s Holi, the festival of colors.

Here’s the summary, from Wikipedia:

There is a symbolic legend to explain why holi is celebrated. The word “Holi” originates from “Holika”, the evil sister of demon king Hiranyakashipu. King Hiranyakashipu had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. The special powers blinded him, he grew arrogant, felt he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him.[1]

Hiranyakashipu’s own son, Prahlada,[12] however, disagreed. He was and remained devoted to Vishnu.[9] This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika – Prahlada’s evil aunt – tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her.[1] Holika was wearing a cloak (shawl) that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada.[9] Holika burned, Prahlada survived. Vishnu appeared and killed Hiranyakashipu. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, of fire that burned Holika.[10] The day after Holika bonfire is celebrated as Holi.

In Braj region of India, where Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi) in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna, a Hindu deity. The festivities officially usher in spring, with Holi celebrated as festival of love.[13] There is a symbolic myth behind commemorating Krishna as well. Baby Krishna transitioned into his characteristic dark blue skin colour because a she demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk.[14] In his youth, Krishna despairs whether fair skinned Radha and other Gopikas (girls) will like him because of his skin colour. His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour he wanted. This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple. The playful colouring of the face of Radha has henceforth been commemorated as Holi.[15][16] Beyond India, these legends to explain the significance of Holi (Phagwah) are common in some Caribbean and South American communities of Indian origin such as Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.[17][18]

Holi festival has other cultural significance. It is the festive day to end and rid oneself of past errors, end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive. People pay or forgive debts, as well as deal anew with those in their lives. Holi also marks the start of spring, and for many the start of new year.[10][19]

And it’s in full force on Twitter, with some amazing photos – full of, well, color!

India today #holi #happyholi #india #hyderabad #pune #delhi #jaipur

— Haider Haaji (@GerradYNW) March 17, 2014

Happy #Holi 🙏👳

— Freshly Educated Men (@Frshlyedumen) March 17, 2014


— ümit ünal (@asyadada) March 17, 2014

Wishing you all a very ‘rangeen’ #Holi! May the colours and the music never stop flowing 🙂

— Sony Music In (@SonyMusicIn) March 17, 2014

Colours everywhere as Indians celebrate the Hindu spring festival of #Holi. See pics:

— Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) March 17, 2014

I’d never heard of Holi before today, but now I want to celebrate!

K’NEX challenge trophies a work of art

Yesterday, I got to hang out with kids as they created K’NEX vehicles for a CSIU competition. It was so cool!

But one of the best parts was the trophies for winning.

The CDIU took the trophy duty seriously.

Here’s first place:


Here’s second:


Pretty darn cool.

I wish I could at with K’NEX for credit. Maybe the Daily Item will agree?

A local spot reopens!

[Note: sorry if this is a repeat, but WordPress is acting up and the previous time I tried to post this, it wouldn’t load.

If you’re from Danville, you know that one sure sign that it’s going to be getting warmer is the opening of Hunter’s Dairy Freez. It’s like Punxatawney Phil, but it always means the end of winter. So, yesterday was the first day of Hunter’s, and we were there – including my niece Leah who decided it was high-time she had some ice cream to celebrate Hunter’s open doors.

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She’s just too cute, isn’t she?

Here’s another one:

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So as you go outside and see snow piles, don’t worry – summer’s alsmost here, I can feel it!

Some fun on the beach for a cold day

We’ve all been looking for ways to escape this cruel, cruel winter.

I’ve found one that’s working a little bit for me, and I wanted to share it.

Picture it, you’re on the beach, relaxing, enjoying the sand and the calming waves. Need a little reminder? That’s where comes in.

They post amazing photos to their Facebook page to jog your memory.


Some may feature a little snow, but you know what? It’s enough to make me think of better times.

So sit back, relax and let the warm ocean waves roll over you.

Even though it’s only 10 degrees outside.

Reader feedback: Disney and Scout funding

Here in the Valley, Boy Scout funding is a huge topic, especially since the decision last year, of many of the local United Way chapters to discontinue funding for the organization until they openly accept homosexual leaders and members.

They now allow gay members, but not gay adults and leaders.

Disney has now taken a stand, discontinuing funding for the Boy Scouts because of their stance on openly gay leaders.

And that has people talking:


It seems like the Boy Scouts decision on gay scouts will not dismiss the issue anytime soon, as the organization may have been hoping it would.

Until there’s a clear position for everyone, this is going to continue.

What do you think? Was Disney in the right?

Reader photos: Snow much fun!

Bad pun, I know, but it really does describe the reader-submitted photos we have here on at the Daily Item.

They show how people are trying to enjoy this tremendous amount of snow we’ve seen this year. I mean, make the best of a bad situation, right?

And…..we’re getting more snow early next week, so expect more snow pictures!

"Kiersten and Megan Strohecker pose with a 16 foot seasonal friend." Photo by Rebekah Strohecker, Sunbury

“Kiersten and Megan Strohecker pose with a 16 foot seasonal friend.”
Photo by Rebekah Strohecker, Sunbury

"Frozen Susquehanna River," Photo by Tedd Wenrick, Beavertown

“Frozen Susquehanna River,”
Photo by Tedd Wenrick, Beavertown

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