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Bonus Photos: Military veterans honored with gift

I went to a special ceremony at the Montandon American Legion Tuesday night honoring five area veterans in need and gifting them with $1,000 just in time for the holidays.

It was very touching and a very positive experience.

As these additional photographs will show, you can tell they were military vets due to their incredible posture and at-attention stance, even in a casual atmosphere.

Here’s some extra photos:

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The presentation came after a beautiful ceremonycalled “Post Eternal,” which is held during the December monthly meeting each year, according to Dale Yount, the Judge Advocate for the Motandon Legion (and pictured in the first photo in the Legion hat).

The ceremony honors those members of the Legion that have passed away in the last year.

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!

Bonus photos: Lottery tickets ornaments

Saturday I visited the Short Stop market near Selinsgrove to talk with store manager Mary Spicer, who transforms used lottery tickets into works of art for a good cause.

Here’s some bonus photos of her creations, which benefit the Needy Family Fund.

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Black Friday vs. Thanksgiving: When should stores open?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is traditionally followed by my favorite holiday, Black Friday. My mom and I used to get up at 2:30 a.m. and joke that soon we wouldn’t even have to sleep at all, since stores were opening earlier and earlier – first 6 a.m., then 5 and finally 4 (Could you believe it!).

But now, it’s happened. Last year, most stores opened at midnight – and this year, Thanksgiving Thursday is the new Friday – and it has people angry, saying they can’t enjoy the holiday with their families anymore.

So now struggling retailer JCPenney seems to be going with a “we’re the good guys” strategy, saying they won’t open until Black Friday:

— jcpenney (@jcpenney) November 18, 2012

Personally, I’d like to see all stores go back to an actual Black Friday opening. It’s getting to be too much, in my opinion.

But will opening later put stores at a disadvantage? Crowds last year for the midnight openings were the biggest I’ve ever seen them in my Black Friday openings.

What do you think? Should retailers wait until Black Friday morning or continue to push the envelope?

[BTW – I’ll be posting some pics tomorrow of my own early-morning adventures!]

Christmas: How early is too early?

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This was the scene I encountered last weekend at a mall (not locally).

My first thought was, “What happened to Thanksgiving?! ”

How early is too early for Christmas cheer? Stores want to milk the season of giving, but is that really appropriate?

I don’t even want to think about Santa until after the turkey’s carved. I mean, I like Thanksgiving and think it should be given its fair due.

What do you think?

Tis the season – for Halloween parades

If you’ve checked out the Daily Item’s local page today, you’ll notice that Halloween parades in the area are in full swing. There’s nothing that brings us small-towners out like the promise of marching bands and the sight of cute little Cub Scouts marching in costumes.

Like any good Danvillian, last night I sat along the street and watched the annual parade.

It was a lot of fun. My sister’s dog came along dressed in her bee costume (See the attached photo- her name’s Snowball!)

I don’t know what it is I enjoy so much about the parades, but I think it’s the entertainment value.

You can relax and enjoy a nice family-friendly feature for nothing but the dollar or so you put in the parade committee’s collection tin at the beginning of the parade.

Where else can you get that kind of deal?

Plus, you get free candy.

I myself collected a respectable amount of Tootsie Rolls last night.

What is your favorite Susquehanna Valley Halloween parade? Why?

I haven’t been to any other ones, but maybe if you convince me, I’ll check out a new one next year!