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A local spot reopens!

[Note: sorry if this is a repeat, but WordPress is acting up and the previous time I tried to post this, it wouldn’t load.

If you’re from Danville, you know that one sure sign that it’s going to be getting warmer is the opening of Hunter’s Dairy Freez. It’s like Punxatawney Phil, but it always means the end of winter. So, yesterday was the first day of Hunter’s, and we were there – including my niece Leah who decided it was high-time she had some ice cream to celebrate Hunter’s open doors.

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She’s just too cute, isn’t she?

Here’s another one:

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So as you go outside and see snow piles, don’t worry – summer’s alsmost here, I can feel it!

Reader photos: Snow much fun!

Bad pun, I know, but it really does describe the reader-submitted photos we have here on at the Daily Item.

They show how people are trying to enjoy this tremendous amount of snow we’ve seen this year. I mean, make the best of a bad situation, right?

And…..we’re getting more snow early next week, so expect more snow pictures!

"Kiersten and Megan Strohecker pose with a 16 foot seasonal friend." Photo by Rebekah Strohecker, Sunbury

“Kiersten and Megan Strohecker pose with a 16 foot seasonal friend.”
Photo by Rebekah Strohecker, Sunbury

"Frozen Susquehanna River," Photo by Tedd Wenrick, Beavertown

“Frozen Susquehanna River,”
Photo by Tedd Wenrick, Beavertown

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The ‘Coldocolypse’ game in Green Bay

Last night, the Packers and 49ers palyed…yadda yadda….

What people couldn’t stop talking about was the frigid temperatures at the “Coldocolypse” game, which was among the coldest games ever played – and everyone was feeling it, if the social media chatter was any indication.

One of their corespondents used the hashtag #howcoldisit” to document the ridiculousness of the game – and it was pretty hilarious.

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Cold-weather tips and facts


This is from a “Noon Years Eve” celebration Wednesday

We’re all freezing here in Central PA, and everyone’s looking for ways to stay warm.

So yesterday, I set out to learn some fun tips and trivia about the cold – and I was pretty interested in what I discovered. I learned a lot about the cold and how we all react to it.

So I want to share that with you so that you don’t end up freezing your buns off this weekend.

  • Pets should be kept indoors when possible and dogs should be kept on a leash at all times, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Dogs lose their scent ability in snow and ice and are more likely to become lost in such conditions. 
  • Each year, snow shoveling leads to approximately 100 deaths and 11,500 injuries, according to a study by the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University College of Medicine. Researchers recommend talking to your physician before shoveling if you are concerned and making sure to use an ergonomically designed snow shovel if shoveling is your only option.
  • It’s illegal in Pennsylvania to “warm up” your car by leaving it unattended while the engine runs. According to the Pennsylvania vehicle code, Chapter 37, Section 3701: “No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit the vehicle to stand unattended without placing the gear shift lever in a position which under the circumstances impedes the movement of the vehicle, stopping the engine, locking the ignition in vehicles so equipped, removing the key from the ignition and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway and effectively setting the brake.”
  • Eating “warm, high-calorie foods such as hot pasta dishes” helps keep you warm during cold periods, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
  • The lowest temperature ever recorded in Pennsylvania was minus 42 degrees, recorded Jan. 5, 1904, in Smethport, McKean County, according to the U.S. National Climatic Data Center.
  • If you’re a runner or jogger, the Mayo Clinic said it’s fine to continue with your exercise regiment, recommending layering and making sure to keep your arms, fingers, legs and toes warm. But, the clinic warns, “Exercising when it’s cold and raining can make you more vulnerable to the cold. If you get soaked, you may not be able to keep your core body temperature high enough, and layering won’t help if your clothes are wet.”
  • The American Red Cross recommends leaving the thermostat untouched during these periods of below- normal temperatures, saying that while the heating bill may increase, it could save you a more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

Snowflake season

Most times, it’s hard to see the individual snowflakes amidst the snow pile. Snowflakes never seemed like individual things of beauty, but rather just part of a larger, mushy mess.

But not this year so far. This year, it seems like the snow has gone from huge piles of mushy white snow to fluffy, individual flakes.

I’m serious.  Take a look, ignoring the reflection:

photoI can actually see the individual patterns and lattice work that goes into each crystal.

I have to admit, despite my hatred of snow that’s it’s very refreshing. It makes it a little nicer to start your day off seeing it.

We got about 1.5 inches yesterday in the area, not too much, but enough to be messy and a pain.

Do you have any snow photos? Send them in – awislock@dailyitem.com!

Snow madness in the Valley!

It’s winer-mixing here in the Valley. A fine mix of snow and rain is coating many roads and surfaces, leaving the first significant snowfall we’ve seen here.

We’ve previously just had a dusting, though that was bad enough, in my opinion.

Anyway, everyone’s celebrating and/or complaining, depending on their point of view.

Here’s some scenes from around the area this morning:

This isn’t from PA, but I couldn’t resist:

— RTV6 Indianapolis (@rtv6) November 26, 2013

First snow of the year, ughhhh.

photoWell I woke up to a very unpleasant surprise today:  snow.

I don’t like snow. It’s cold, it requires a lot of maintenance and it’s messy. And it’s already started.

I don’t think I can take four months of this, people!

Anyway, the Valley got it’s first dusting last night, and it was coating cars (including mine, at right). Yards were also displaying a fine layer of the white stuff.

This really signals the end of fall and pumpkins and mums and the beginning of winter and cold and snow, because once you bring out the ice scraper, it’s a slippery slope to shoveling your own parking space out of snow mounds and putting a lawn chair in its place to ensure no one takes your spot.

These are the things that we in the northeast think about, people in warmer climates.

Other people were taking to social media to talk about their snow experience this morning. Here’s some more snow tweets from across the region:


And someone after my own heart:

Reader Photos: Foggy Valley

I’ve opined on this blog my fascination with the fog that continues to creep up here, especially at this time of year.

And apparently I’m not the only one that feels that way.

Carol Lamparter of Selinsgrove sent in a couple of good photos of some spiderwebs in the fog, and they’re pretty cool:


Now, I hate spiders, but I do like these photos. The fog and the spider combination seems to make for a nice, creepy Halloween atmosphere.

I’m getting excited!

Fall scenes in the Valley

Our photographers have been busy  capturing some beautiful fall scenes in the Valley as the leaves are really turning vibrant colors and shades.

I was traveling through Sullivan County this weekend and the leaves were GORGEOUS there too – but as a safe driver, I have no pictures of that.

So we’ll have to settle for these wonderful shots!

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Beware of the fog, Susquehanna Valley

It’s that time of year again, Susquehanna Valley: the time of year it looks like a horror movie outside with fog so thick you can’t see too far ahead.

Just in time for Halloween – a creepy atmosphere to start your day – muahahaha!

It was pretty bad this morning:


The worst was crossing right over the river, where you couldn’t see the river surface at all, but obviously, for safety reasons, I could not take anything pictures there.

This is just a friendly reminder to make sure you’re lights are on and drive carefully. I can’t believe how many cars I see on days like this that don’t have their lights on! It’s a simple way to stay visible, people!

And watch out for any monsters that may be lurking in the fog.