I woke up this morning to a call about a fire in Bellefonte. Bellefonte is comprised of many large historical buildings, that have a bad history of terrible fires. I got to the scene as quick as I could to see crews already had the fire under control and it was contained to a small portion of the three story building. As I chatted with people gathered on the sidewalk I met Tom, and his dog Buster, who was the hero for the day. Buster never gets into bed with Tom, but this morning he jumped up to wake up Tom and alert him of the fire. They both made it out of the building through the thick smoke, and warned another tenant to get out. Way to go Buster!
The fall out from the Sandusky Scandal have been going on for years. With many lawsuits and twists and turns there are always articles and news involving the issue. Today there was a sigh of relief as news came from the NCAA to reverse some of the sanctions they placed on Penn State, including the return of Joe Paterno’s wins.
As I headed to an assignment the temperatures were dropping and it started to drizzle. Soon the alerts started filling my twitter feed as icy conditions covered the county. Portions of the interstate 99 were closed and traffic backed up as crews tried to reach the accidents and slick spots with salt. As I walked towards one of the overpasses with my gear and a safety vest one of the fire cops told me to be cautious on the bridge. As soon as I stepped onto the different surface I slid across the ice. I photographed the scene and shuffled slowly back to my car. The situations where weather professionals and the media suggest folks to stay inside are the ones we still go out in to bring you the news.
It may be early for holiday lights but carols and cheer filled the air along Allen Street this evening for the annual downtown tree lighting ceremony. The event was moved up from previous years to coincide with first Friday festivities and the youngsters didn’t seem to mind. With ooos and cheers Santa arrived to light the tree and take requests from all the good boys and girls.
I know last season I wrote about bye weekends here in State College. When the football team is off the town is still bustling, but with a different type of activities. There was a long list of community events to cover today October kicked off. On my way to my first assignment on the Little Juniata River I literally got stopped by breaking news. A tractor trailer hauling cars had lost their breaks coming down the mountain and slammed into a house. As neighbors filled the sidewalks in their pajamas we learned there were no serious injuries. With the accident I never made it to the river clean up before jumping over to State College field hockey. To wrap up my day I learned something new along side hundreds people that waited in line to get on the ice at Pegula Ice Arena. They didn’t wait for hockey, or a figure skating show, they waited for curling. An Olympic curling official and other curlers from throughout the state taught visitors the basics of throwing the 44 pound stone and sweeping the ice.
Each year community members take time away from their normal 9-5 job to help non-profit organizations throughout the community. The day that has been going on for years was originated by Col. Gerald Russell who passed away earlier this year. To honor him and his dedication to helping others a special dedication ceremony was held to rename the day to the Col. Gerald Russell United Way Day of Car.
Rubber ducks floating down the creek, pressure bottle rockets flying through the air and the smell of delicious foods took over Coburn Park this afternoon. It was my first time at the park in the small rural community but was welcomed with the festivities of the day and the draw of local foods and involvement. Despite the off and on weather it was a successful and knowledgable event.
As I wondered through the tents from my car to the animal barns a came across the sunshine club singing and dancing for all to enjoy.
Next came my mission for the day. To spend time at the junior market beef show. Youngsters work all year on raising cattle to show in hopes of winning a ribbon and a monetary prize. Then the animals are sold, and as the announcer said, these cattle can fill your freezer…