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Child’s accidental shooting puts Milton business in hot seat

In a tragic case that came out Wednesday, a young girl’s death in Kentucky is putting a local business in the hot seat.

Here’s a bit from the Associated Press:

BURKESVILLE, Ky. — In southern Kentucky, where children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son, Kristian, played with the rifle he was given last year. Then, as she stepped onto the front porch while cleaning the kitchen, “she heard the gun go off,” a coroner said.

In a horrific accident Tuesday that shocked a rural area far removed from the national debate over gun control, the boy had killed his 2-year-old sister, Caroline, with a single shot to the chest with a children’s rifle made by a company in Milton, Pa.

The rifle was manufactured by Keystone Sporting Arms, which sells guns specifically for children — “My first rifle” is the slogan — in colors ranging from plain brown to hot pink to orange to royal blue to multi-color swirls.

Keystone Sporting Arms has a “Kids Corner” on its website with pictures of young boys and girls at shooting ranges and on bird and deer hunts. It says the company produced 60,000 Crickett and Chipmunk rifles for kids in 2008. The smaller rifles are sold with a mount to use at a shooting range.

Keystone also makes guns for adults, but most of its products are geared toward children, including books and bright orange vests and hats.

“The goal of KSA is to instill gun safety in the minds of youth shooters and encourage them to gain the knowledge and respect that hunting and shooting activities require and deserve,” the website said.

The incident has put Keystone in the national spotlight – here’s some links to national coverage of the accident. We’ll have some local coverage on dailyitem.com coming up:

What should all this mean for the gun control debate? Is this just a freak accident or is it time for a drastic change?

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Milton art show displays some great student work

The Milton district-wide art show begins tomorrow and the Daily Item got a sneak peek today at the set-up.

There’s tons of different art pieces and mediums represented at the show, which features work from kindergarteners all the way up to some very talented high school students. Some of this art is so good, I would pay for it if it was sold in stores.

The show is free and open to the public. Read more at dailyitem.com.

Here’s some of my top picks:

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Masks made by 8th graders. I don’t think I could make something that good and I’m twice their age.

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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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Bonus photo: Chinese exchange students welcomed to Milton HS

 

 

Milton High School has really rolled out the welcome mat for a group of 10 exchange students and a teacher from China.

I got to meet them Wednesday, and it was really a lot of fun hearing first-hand about the differences between the Chinese education system and the U.S. one:

  • At Heibei Middle School, the average class size is about 60 students, the teacher said.
  • There’s no school dances in China. They have evening activities, but they all have an academic/cultural aspect to them, like art, music lessons or calligraphy.
  • Chinese students go to school year-round

And for anyone who didn’t know that Milton was hosting the students, the high school literally had a sign posted outside:

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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:

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

What are your favorite little sights? Let me know!

Bonus Photos: Community Harvest

Monday, I met with a group of Americorps service members who were helping out Community Harvest, a Milton-based food program.

They served a meal and helped organize the group’s food pantry, with the goal of bringing it up to Central PA Food Bank standards so the group can become a “member organization” and purchase more and better food for less.

Here’s some photos from my trip there:

The Americorps volunteers are getting their assignments.

The Americorps volunteers are getting their assignments.

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Organizing the pantry

Touring St Andrew's UM Church, where CH is housed

Touring St Andrew’s UM Church, where CH is housed

School security changing

Associated Press file photo

Associated Press file photo

School security is changing – and here in the Valley we have examples of all kinds:

  • In Milton, they’re considering re-instating a school resource officer in the middle of the first school year since 1999 without one.
  • In Shamokin, they’re installing metal detectors.
  • In Line Mountain, they want to allow teachers to carry guns
  • In other districts, they’re not sure.

Read more about all of this on dailyitem.com.

I’ve been covering this topic and I’m all kinds of torn up about how schools should proceed.

I like the idea of school resource officers, but that costs a lot of money, and, as was pointed out after the NRA’s call for more armed guards in schools, Columbine had one.

However, I’m not sure MORE guns in schools is what we really need. What kind of example is that setting?

So I’m asking for what you think – how can we make schools safer?