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Soaking wet on the job.

Yesterday I spent plenty of time outdoors.

Oh, and it rained 3 inches yesterday, mostly in the morning.

Me and 240 kids were outside for Envirothon. We were in the rain until the event was canceled.

Here’s us:


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Roof Reporting

We had some fun yesterday in search of a story.

Rob and Francis were on the roof to get some shots and have a little fun.

Here’s some photos to show just what you have to do sometimes to get it right.



Story goes Facebook viral

If there’s one thing I know about the news, it’s that people love restaurant news – what’s opening, what’s closing, what’s even thinking about opening a new location.

And now with social media, it’s even easier to get people the news they’re dying to know about.

Take, for example, a story that broke this week, that Texas Roadhouse is planning to take over the former Ruby Tuesday site in Hummels Wharf. I posted the story on Facebook, and it exploded. It got something like 150 likes.

But that’s not the most impressive stat.

Facebook metrics tracks a stat that indicates how many “shares” a story has. It shares this data on your newsfeed when you like a page to give you an idea of what people with similar interests are talking about. If there’s a really exciting story, sometimes it will have 200 shares.

Here’s the stats that popped up on my newsfeed Friday:

Untitled847?! Amazing!

Just goes to show you – sometimes it’s not the investigative, hard-hitting news people want to read…..it’s just as simple as checking zoning applications.


Talking with a NASCAR legend

Image from: janetguthrie.com

Image from: janetguthrie.com

Yesterday, I got to talk with Janet Guthrie, the first female to qualify for the Daytona and Indianapolis 500 races and the previous record holder for the highest start by a woman in the NASCAR sprint cup series.

Her record was broken by Danica Patrick Sunday.

Guthrie said she was  happy to see another female reach success in the male-dominated racing world and wished Patrick the best.

One cool thing about Guthrie is that she raced with some of the sport’s legends – like Mario Andretti, Richard Petty and Bill Elliot.  On her website, Guthrie has some cool quotes made by these guys about her. Here’s some of my favorites:

“If she had a better ride, she’d probably win one of these [Winston Cup] events.”
– Richard Petty,
Jacksonville (FL) Journal, Feb. 17, 1978

“I think she has done a hell of a job. She’s got a good head on her shoulders. I’ve seen many guys who had much more trouble with Indy than she has had, from the standpoint of belonging on the course. Anyone who says she doesn’t belong, just feels threatened.”
– Mario Andretti
Washington Star, May 29, 1977

“There is no question about her ability to race with us. More power to her. She has ‘made it’ in what I think is the most competitive racing circuit in the world.”
-Cale Yarborough
Rochester (NY) Times-Union, Dec. 2, 1977


When people aren’t happy to see you doing your job

If there’s one thing you have to get used to as a reporter it’s this: People generally don’t like it when you do your job.

I’m not trying to get into a deep psychological “we’re watchdogs of government” speeches – it’s just a fact that people don’t think very highly of reporters and you’re going to get snapped at or hear comments about “the media.”

Heck, sometimes they’re from my mother and boyfriend.

This sentiment was on full display this week when John McCain snapped at a reporter who pressed him about why he wasn’t at a briefing on the Benghazi situation, something he’s been very vocal about.

Slate.com has this video:

I can understand his aggravation.

But really, the CNN reporter was just doing his job. If he hadn’t asked, he would’ve been in trouble – just like anybody else who fails to do their work properly.

You see reporters are just like everybody else; we’re all just trying to do our jobs the best we can.

The smells of the job

When some people think back on an event, they remember the images, sounds or voices of a scene. For me, it’s the smells –  I most often remember my stories based on smells.

Hear me out.

Yesterday, I was on the scene of a house fire as friends and family began to clean up. The rain was still falling from the remnants of Sandy – whose winds apparently helped spread the flames of the fire.

Here’s what the scene looked like when myself and Daily Item photographer Rob Inglis arrived:

What struck me first was the smell. It was a charred wood smell, mixed with a pungent barn smell from the family’s barn across the street.

It’s these smells that stick with you – you get them in your nose and you can smell them for days afterward.

For example, about a month ago, I was on the scene of an accident which happened to be near where a deer carcass was laying. I walked around with the roadkill deer smell in my nostrils for about a week afterward. I couldn’t get it out of my head.

Even now, when I smell that roadkill-ish, garbage smell, I think right back to that accident scene.

What takes you back to certain memories? Are you a smeller too?

Bigfoot story in Ohio

I got an interesting e-mail yesterday, one that made me pretty excited.

As many of you know, last week I was on the hunt. But I wasn’t tracking down deer – or whatever’s in season now. I was on the hunt for the elusive creature known as Bigfoot.

He had apparently made his way to Lykens. Go figure.

Anyway, the news that a Lykens man had allegedly spotted Bigfoot went viral – and a town in Ohio took notice.

Apparently, Bigfoot is the mascot of Hillsboro, Ohio, and the local newspaper there – The Highland County Press – had a little fun examining this bigfoot sighting and what I reported to see if this was indeed a verifiable Bigfoot sighting.
Here’s a sample from their editorial:

With this being said, let’s examine the evidence, shall we?

Ashley Wislock of The Daily Item (http://dailyitem.com) is, to the best of our knowledge, a distinguished Keystone State scribe with bylines from various and sundry Pennsylvania locales, including, but not limited to: Lykens, Mifflinburg, Bellfonte, Danville, Northumberland, Meadowbrook, Sunbury and points east.

On Oct. 20, Ashley reported from Lykens, Pa.: “Bigfoot may be on the prowl in central Pennsylvania. A Dauphin County man claims the creature may be responsible for recent damage to his Winnebago.

“John Reed, of Lykens, said Sasquatches are on the loose in the woods in the region and that one smashed the rear window and taillights of his 1973 motor home and stole camera equipment. Reed filed a report with state police Friday.”

Well, that settles it. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, our local experts are in full agreement with the initial report.

Read the rest of the article here.

And make sure you email me any more reports of Bigfoot sightings!