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We Will Never Forget

New York city skyline with Twin Towers light tributeIt’s hard to believe that so many years have passed since September 11, 2001. I don’t think any of us will ever forget where we were the moment we heard news of the tragedy.

So much has changed since 9/11. The world changed after that day, but we will never forget. Today we remember those who were lost and stand united. God Bless the USA.

Lighting up the Night

fireflies twinkling in foliageThe heat is ratcheting off the charts this week. July in Central PA usually brings an increase in humidity, thunderstorms roll through with familiar frequency and fireflies are abundant. Did you know the firefly is the state insect of Pennsylvania?

When I was a kid we called them lightning bugs. Many people still refer to them that way, particularly in our state where the term is popular. Some less common names include glow fly, moon bug and garden sparkler.

Remembering Hurricane Agnes and the Flood of '72

Susquehanna River and Harrisburg's East and West ShoreLazily cutting between Harrisburg’s east and west shore, the Susquehanna River is widely known as a spot for pleasure boating and fishing. But it hasn’t always been a benign and picturesque waterway.

In late June of 1972 the remnants of Hurricane Agnes struck the Keystone state, including the Susquehanna Valley. Ranked as Pennsylvania’s worst disaster, Agnes inundated the area with eighteen inches of rain in a two day period from June 22nd to June 24th. The Susquehanna River swelled and surged over her banks before cresting at a staggering 33.27 feet, a record that remains to this day.

Welcome Summer

close up of happy young girl doing a headstandAs a kid, summer started for most of us the moment the afternoon bell rang on the last day of school. Remember the giddy exhilaration you felt as you burst through the doors and raced from the building with your friends? A glorious world awaited, full of trips to the beach, ballgames, swimming and exploring.

I’m old enough to remember when the pinnacle of summer fun included riding bikes, racing across open fields, picking wild strawberries and climbing trees. When dusk fell, my friends and I chased fireflies, told ghost stories and played hide-and-seek.