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Fire on Spruce Street

fire17dddI try not to get too preachy about things, but I have a prayer/good vibes request for all of you out there.

Yesterday, a home in my neighborhood caught fire and the family lost pretty much everything. If you could send your thoughts/prayers/good vibes to them, I would appreciate it.

It’s always devastating to hear about these things, but this one hits so close to home – literally – it genuinely shook me up.

Luckily, no people were injured. However, some of the family’s pets did not make it.

Thanks, everyone! And especially thanks to the fire personnel who were able to contain the fire!

Line Mountain girl can wrestle

Yesterday, a judge ruled that Audrianna Beattie can wrestle on the Line Mountain wrestling team!

One thing I never expected – the amount of people that think she shouldn’t be able to. I never realized there was so much opposition to girls on the wrestling team.

But maybe I’m not looking at it the right way.

Here’s the judge ruling, read it and send me your thoughts – I am ready and willing to debate!

WILLIAMSPORT — Audrianna Beattie may continue to participate in the wrestling program at Line Mountain Middle School.

U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann saw to that Monday when he issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the school district from taking any action that wouldinterfere with the girl’s efforts to participate on the same terms as boys.

The judge found if he did not grant the requested injunctive relief, Audrianna would suffer irreparable harm in her development as a wrestler.

“There are no available opportunities to participate in the sport that are of the same frequency and quality as those accompanying the school district’s wrestling program,” he wrote.

The Bison Legend Club at Bucknell University would not provide the same quality wrestling experience as at the middle school, he said.

Brian and Angie Beattie, of Herndon, brought suit on behalf of their daughter claiming the district policy that prevents girls from wrestling boys violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and the Pennsylvania Equal Rights Amendment.

Brann rejected the district’s safety, anatomical differences, moral, emotional and psychological claims. The school district did not identify a single example where a female wrestler was injured by a male, the opinion states.

District witnesses agreed both sexual harassment and touching intimate body parts could occur just as easily with two boys wrestling, it states. At a November hearing, the district failed to present expert testimony regarding any emotional or psychological risks from allowing co-educational wrestling, the judge said. 

Brann found the district’s policy to be “overinclusive” because it prevents females from wrestling when they may be equally strong or stronger than some boys on an individual basis. 

He also found the district failed to establish that girls are at a greater risk of sexual harassment than are boys. The district could not articulate any specific instances of males inappropriately touching females while participating in wrestling, he said. 

While the district raised a valid concern about male coaches demonstrating moves on female wrestlers, coaches need not demonstrate moves on each individual wrestler, the judge said. 

Brann did not require the Beatties to post a bond because he said adhering to the injunction raises no risk of monetary loss. 

The Beatties, who moved to Herndon in 2012, began trying nearly a year ago to get the school board to allow their daughter to wrestle. 

After the board rejected their requests, they filed suit. 

Brann issued a temporary restraining order on Nov. 1 that allowed Audrianna to sign up for wrestling. 

Her parents had pointed out she had wrestled in Iowa, where they formerly lived, beginning in the third grade. Last year in club wrestling, she posted a 5-3 record and never complained of being injured they said.

Prison denies visit to inmate


This week has been busy at the Daily Item, with one of our reporters being denied a visit to the most infamous Northumberland County Prison inmate – Miranda Barbour.

It’s raised a lot of questions about prisoner rights, media rights and the rights of elected officials.

The article – by reporter Francis Scarcella – is below. Let me know what you think:

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Bonus Photos: Santa at Shikellamy

Yesterday I got to meet Santa!

Seriously, he was on break from the North Pole and came to Shikellamy High School to donate some toys to their Toys for Tots program.

He came in on a ladder truck and really stepped it up. It was pretty special.

Here’s some photos of that special event, including a group shot which I think was pretty cool:

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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.

You Might Hvae Missed It: Street of Shops

This Saturday, my mom and I were in the mood for some retail therapy (OK, it was me that needed the shopping trip, but that’s beside the point).

I didn’t necessarily feel like going to the mall, but didn’t know where else to get my shop on – so I suggested we try out a place I had heard of but never visited: The Street of Shops in Lewisburg.

We went and were so glad we did.

It was a fun afternoon of shopping for some unique and well-priced items in a cozy atmosphere. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been there before with my love of shopping.

We did some early Christmas shopping and I got a picture to hang in my house – I spent $14 and my mom spent $20. You can’t beat that.

Anyway, it just goes to show you that even as long as we’ve lived here, you can still discover new and fun things in your own backyard. I know we’ll definitely be going back to visit again!

Any hidden gems that you like to visit in the Valley? Share them with me!

Reader Photos: fun with animals

It appears Daily Item readers are having some fall fun getting up close and personal  with animals, as evidenced by the cool photos they’ve submitted recently.

There’s some cool shots of all kinds of critters, from birds and insects to deer – my personal fall terror.

Enjoy some of the sights and sounds of the Valley’s animals!

Two deer near RB Winter State Park in Union County. Photo by Joseph F. Rebar, Shamokin

Two deer near RB Winter State Park in Union County.
Photo by Joseph F. Rebar, Shamokin

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Make sure to vote today!

Your-vote-counts-300x300I got up early this morning to take care of my civic duty – I voted!

And you should too!

I know a lot of these local elections aren’t too exciting, but they make a big difference in your life and the lives of your friends and neighbors.

Plus, my mother wouldn’t think of letting me skip even the election for dogcatcher, so I’m obligated to lug my butt to the Shiloh UCC to cast my ballot and show my face. Number 14, what what!

In all seriousness, please take the time to go out and vote today – Check out votespa.org to find your polling place.

And good luck to all the candidates and reporters out there tonight putting in the long hours!


Watch out for that deer!


Justa friendly PSA for all my fellow PA drivers: be on alert for deer crossing the roads!

I’ve been on high alert since about two weeks ago when I did an article about this being prime season for hitting deer. Apparently, their mating season is a perfect storm of time for them to be running around and hitting/smashing cars.

This week is the peak of that season.

Friday, on our way back from dinner, my fiance and I actually came upon an entire pack of deer – does and young deer, all crossing the road/eating. They were within like 5 feet of our car.

I was terrified, noting, like the park ranger told me a couple weeks ago, if you see one deer, there could be more.

So I was freaking out, telling Mike to drive away and let them be, but he was excited and was enjoying looking at them.

It was quite an experience.

Then we drove another 20 feet or so and saw another deer in another location. I was so happy to just park the car and not have to worry about it.

So, yes, please be careful out there – it’s high time for deer out there!

Danville Halloween parade – donuts and more

Last night was the Danville Halloween parade, and anybody who’s anybody in Danville was there, duh.

That includes the Bowmans and the Wislocks! (We happen to have spots near each other’s so I know this for a fact- and yes, in Danville, you have parade route “spots”)

It was good – we couldn’t stay for the whole thing because my niece (photos of her in her Halloween costume coming next week!) was getting restless and cold, but the good portion we saw was really good.

Lots of floats and plenty of goodies for everyone!

Here’s some highlights from our photographer:

And my personal favorite highlight comes from Brandt Bowman, whose dad, city editor Bill Bowman, took this photo of him eating the munchkins given away by Dunkin Donuts.

BXYY21KCMAAxYy7Have a good weekend, everyone!