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Inside the new Pius X steeple




On Tuesday, I got to witness a church steepl flying through the air, as you can see from the photo there.

It was the new Pius X steeple in Selinsgrove. The previous steeple had been ripped apart in a storm in July, and this week the new steeple finally went up!

It was pretty cool – I think it’s hard to imagine how these kinds of things are built when you don’t see them being done -steeples are such big, towering things, we kind of assume they’ve just always been on top of the building.

So anyway, we got to witness the crane lift the new steeple on top of the building, but before that, we got a look up inside of the new steeple.

It was pretty cool – and of course I took a photo to share with you all:20131204-110754.jpg

The old church bells have been replaced with speakers, but that’s fine in my book. Whatever makes it easier for them.

Facebook reaction to treehouse story

One of the stories that has really captured the public’s attention this week is the story of a little girl her treehouse in Selinsgrove.

Here’s a synopsis:

John “J.C.” Carlson was preparing to finish building a tree house for his daughter, Samantha, last Saturday when he received a notice from the borough zoning office informing him the structure is illegal.

He began building the eight-foot, by six-foot wood structure on a tree stump in the front yard of his 701 W. Spruce St. home a few weeks ago for his daughter’s 11th birthday.

Carlson didn’t give zoning regulations a second thought when he began construction.

“A tree house is a tree house,” he said. “What possible harm can it do to build one for an 11-year-old.”

Carlson’s tree house violates the zoning ordinance because it is located on his front lawn on a lot that doesn’t accommodate its large size, said deputy zoning officer Janet Powers.

When that story hit social media, it really took off, with people overwhelmingly on the side of the family wanting to build the treehouse.

untitledIt appears the borough is going to be receiving some phone calls and letters now that this story has gotten out.

I understand both sides of the issue: You have to enforce laws uniformly, no matter what a person’s intentions are. You can’t make exceptions for one person then refuse to help another.

But it’s really hard to stand up against a little girl and her treehouse. It’s going to be unpopular, no matter what she wants – which is, after all, only a treehouse.

What do you think about this situation? Which side are you on?

You may have missed: The Moose Milton

I’m starting a new feature here called “You may have missed.”

I want to showcase small details of places in the Valley that, well, you may have missed.

My first entry is from the Moose building on Front Street in Milton.

I never noticed the details on the top of the building.

Here’s a photo:


Very regal looking, and adds a nice touch to the landscape.

What are your favorite little sights? Let me know!

Bonus Photo: Rockwell’s chalkboard floor

Yesterday, I visited Rockwell Retirement Center, which is located in the former middle and high school building on Turbot Avenue in Milton.

The owners are committed to reducing their environmental impact, and that included reusing building materials from the school when the center opened in 1989.

Here’s the proof:

The black tiles are made from the chalkboards used in the former building! They were polished and coated to make them more durable.

That is some cool design and a nice homage to the building’s past.