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Now Trending on Facebook

In this new feature, I’d like to share some of the issues and articles that are blowing up the Daily Item’s Facebook page each week.

We get a lot of good interaction on the page, and I’d like to share with you some highlights for this, the week of July 28:

  • Gilberton Police Chief suspended: People are drawn to this story about a man who posted some violent Youtube videos, but said it’s all to showcase his love of the Constitution. One of the best comments came from Faith Buckles: “I think it’s unnerving that some one with that attitude toward people would be allowed to “serve and protect” them at all. Should have been fired.”
  • PennDOT spends $19,000 on bridge lines: People are also up in arms about the $19,000 buffer on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge – many thought it would be a high divider, including Elizabeth Ann Garrison, who said:  “It was a waste of time and money. They need to put a permanent barrier across the bridge.”
  • People also supported the large sentence given to Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, applauding the judge who gave him life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years

Check out more stories and conversations here!

Worst construction spot in the Valley?

ImageIt’s spring – the birds are chirping, the temperature has finally risen above 50, and – of course – construction zones are everywhere.

Four of the major projects in the Valley are:

  • Route 54 through Danville
  • Route 11 into Northumberland from Danville
  • The Selinsgrove bridge work
  • Mifflinburg work on Route 45

That’s a lot. But how much do they affect your commute?

The Route 11 work does cause a litle hold-up heading into Norry, but traffic does seem to flow – it appears to be the same way with the Route 54 work, though traffic does stop frequently near the light at 11 and 54.

One zone I’ve heard horror stories about is the bridge work in Selinsgrove – people are being delayed – in some cases – over an hour in their journeys.

I haven’t heard about Mifflinburg, though apparently that’s a bad one too.

So now I ask you – what have you seen? What are your tips for getting through them?

Kudos to PennDOT

Too often I think we’re quick to criticize PennDOT for not plowing quick enough or leaving roads untidy.

But in terms of preparing for yesterday’s storm that wasn’t, PennDOT was all over it.

Photographer Rob Inglis and I traveled I80 yesterday and saw de-icer ready to go all down the highway:


So kudos to them for being prepared, and thank God we didn’t see ant major storm activity.

Know someone who deserves a shout-out in the Valley? Let me know!