Removing unhealthy ads from schools?

Anytime food and children’s health is in the news, it’s a hot topic and news about the new regulations on marketing in schools was no different.

People had a hey day and were all over our Facebook page with their opinions and remarks.

Here’s some of the top replies:

  • Matt Kitchen: I think it’s a bad idea for the government to try and regulate anything. After all, they can’t even regulate the government!
  • Brandy Carnahan: Absolutely! The constant temptation of an unhealthy diet is unreal, American obesity, CAD and diabetes are on the rise more and more, but all we see and all we can afford is unhealthy food. They should not only stop advertising it they should make it more expensive and healthy foods less expensive, it is ridiculous!!
    Erika Ann Shallenberger You are never going to stop people from eating what they want to eat. You want to restrict “unhealthy” foods? There are going to be a lot of people who either pack their lunches or just all together refuse to eat. Not to mention, the portions they feed kids in school now a days is a joke! A high school student only gets 4 chicken nuggets to eat.

Bloom police warn public about serial groper

I try not to do too many PSA’s here on the blog, but there is one I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention, going on in Bloomsburg.

A man has been preying on young women and groping them in public and now the police are asking for help in catching him.

If you see anything suspicious in Bloomsburg, please call police and stay safe!

Here’s the story:

A white man in his early 20s has groped eight collegeaged women in town since November, according to town police.

The fondler in each case has also been described as a being of average height and wearing a dark hoodie, town police Chief Roger Van Loan said.

“The contact is very brief,” he said. “There is no weapon displayed.”

The latest incident occurred earlier in February, near the intersection of Fourth and Chestnut streets, though the attacks have occurred “in different areas,” Van Loan said.

Based on victims’ reports, police believe the assailant waits for the victims to pass before he gropes, grabs or fondles them, Van Loan said.

“It appears he would wait for them,” he said.

Victims have either been walking alone or in groups of up to four.

“In the group of four, the others even believed it was somebody that the fourth person knew, but later realized it wasn’t,” he said.

The incidents date to No­vember, but some were not reported until much later, “anywhere from hours to weeks later,” Van Loan said. “That’s why it took us (some time) to realize that there was a pattern here.”

Now, the police department is hoping the public can help by reporting any suspicious activity and by women being more cautious, Van Loan said.

“We’re aggressively investigating this, but (women) just need to be aware,” he said. “If anybody sees anything suspicious, call us right away.”

Bonus Photos: PACFI Chili cook off!

This year was the second year in a row I got to cover the PA Cystic Fibrosis Inc Chili Cook Off!

It was a lot of fun and brought the entire Mifflinburg community together.

Here’s some bonus photos from the event Saturday:





More details on Knoebels Impulse

knoebels2015Yesterday, I promised more details as we got them on the new “Impulse” at Knoebels.

So here they are, straight from the source:

You’ve seen the pictures, here’s a little more info.The design incorporates approximately 1985 feet of track and an approximately 98 foot tall lift hill. 3 eight rider vehicles will achieve speeds of up to 56 mph. 90 degree free fall drop, cobra roll, loop, immelman, helix, airtime hills are all incorporated in the ride. Riders are seated in two rows of 4 facing forward with the back row seats elevated above the front row seats. Manufacturer Zierer. Bumper boats and boat tag will be removed to make space for the ride named Knoebels Impulse.

The ride will also be traditional chain lift, not launch as many people thought.

I went to Zierer’s website, and there doesn’t seem to be a direct product that matches this description, so it looks like it will be custom, which is awesome. Construction is expected to start this summer, with a finishing date of 2015.

Of course, I’ll be keeping you posted!

First look: New Knoebels ride?!

Knoebels has been dropping hints for weeks – and finally Wednesday the park revealed what could be its newest ride: named “Impulse”


It looks like a steel coaster – but I’m trying to get some more information.

I’ll keep you all posted!

Media storm surrounding Scarcella interview

Friday night, Francis Scarcella walked into the Northumberland County Prison for a chat with accused murderer Miranda Barbour.

Sunday morning, the world blew up when what she told him was revealed.

After claiming to kill more than 22 people (but less than 100), Barbour’s story has gotten renewed attention and everyone is talking about it.

Here’s just a small sampling:

There’s just too many to list all of them.

But the number one place to get this information – people!

Yuengling ice cream selling fast

This weekend I went to the Danville Weis to find some of the hotly anticipated Yuengling’s ice cream and found this scene:


The ice cream was nearly gone!

Luckily, there were a couple left and I got to try the vanilla and chocolate marshmallow. (They were great!)

But the highly anticipated reboot of the Yuengling’s ice cream brand if apparently going well. The ice cream is not affiliated with the beer anymore, but it’s the same family, and people are excited.

I think they need a beer flavor.

Berwickian in the middle of his luge runs – follow live!

Berwickian Jayson Terdiman is in the middle of his men’s double luge runs this morning!

Even though he probably won’t medal,  it doesn’t matter, he’s a fellow Valley-er and we love him!

Here’s the best places to follow his progress live:


Gricar case back in the limelight

If there’s one mystery which continues to haunt Central Pennsylvania, it’s definitely – what happened to Ray Gricar?

The attorney general simply vanished one day in 2005. His car was found in Lewisburg:

Former Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar hasn’t been seen since leaving work in 2005, seven years after he decided against charging Sandusky after a boy’s mother complained to State College police about abuse. His car was found in Lewisburg.

Current District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller formed a task force in 2010 to investigate Gricar’s disappearance, but state police from Hollidaysburg are taking over at the request of Bellefonte police.

Bellefonte Chief Shawn Weaver says state police have more resources to devote to the investigation and hopes having another agency take a fresh look at the case might generate some leads.

Now, the mystery is back in the limelight with the state police taking over the case. It’s got people talking and wondering yet again:


I want to know when the time is to simply say “This case is cold, when  we get compelling evidence, we’ll open it.” At this point, I don’t think any of these man hours have produced anything substantial.

But people love a good mystery. They just can’t let it go.

I guess we’ll see if Gricar’s family finally can get some closure.

The Best of #SochiSelfies

It’s officially the Olympics of the selfie.

Athletes, spectators, etc. are tweeting them with the hashtag “#SochiSelfies” and sharing their view of the games with the world.

Now, I hate selfies. I used to take them back before they were cool (I mean, how else were me and my friends supposed to all get in a photo together?!) and I guess I’ve gotten bitter with the focus on filters and perfectly “messy” hair.

Anyway, despite all of that, I think it’s super cool to see these behind-the-scenes glimpses at the Olympics.

Here’s my favorites:

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