The snow was coming down as I got ready for work, and with all the schools close I knew my assignments had been canceled. I layered on the warm clothes and threw my snow pants in the car. As the snow accumulated outside our office I headed out to find snow features. Being fully prepared for the elements I excitedly headed to get a newsy photo as the traffic built up from Penn State dismissing early. Then the fun began as I captured sledding youngsters, snow boarding teens and an adorable puppy.
This afternoon I ventured out to meet Rugar, a friendly German Shepherd. The pup spends his days outside happily running in the back yard from a twenty foot chain, and napping in his heated dog house with a heated water bowl. Lately Rugar’s owner has been getting calls and visits from police of neighbors and passerby’s being concerned about the dog being outside. At first he didn’t mind showing that the dog is safe and healthy with the cold temperatures, but as the visits become more frequent it is taking a toll on he and his wife. I spent a decent amount of time there as the man teared up sharing the story and saying how much he loves his dog, and seeing how much the dog adores him, and is full or energy and excitement to be outside.
It’s been two years since legendary football coach Joe Paterno passed away. He passed away on a Sunday morning and I remember that weekend unfolding and the week long honoring of him that followed. A lot has changed in the community since that cold January, but here on a bitterly cold January night some gathered to remember JoePa. Luminaries with hand written messages lined the sidewalk to the Catholic center that he and Sue donated towards, as a group hummed Penn State songs and reflected.
I never met Thelma “Mom” Price but was honored to photograph her celebration of life this afternoon. Laughter and tears filled the room as the advocate for a diverse Penn State was remembered. I learned so much about the vibrant woman in the two hour service with a wide variety of speakers and some of her favorite songs sung.
It’s been a week on edge as Penn State searched for a new head football coach. Today the official announcement came as they introduced James Franklin as the sixteenth head football coach. Franklin, with a big smile on his face said being the coach at Penn State is his dream job, and answered questions from the media for over an hour. He also introduced his wife and two daughters, and took some time to play around with the girls on the field at Beaver Stadium.
I thought it was going to be a full but relaxing Saturday of creating photos when my phone started to buzz. Crews were onsite starting to demolish the Garman Theatre, a building that’s been a hot topic since it was severally damaged by fire over a year ago. A group has been petitioning the building being torn down in hopes of restoring it to an arts center but on Saturday they watched as their vision was down. I spent about two hours before crews took a lunch break and stopped back several times throughout the day as they slowly lifted debris into trucks to be hauled away.
By mid morning today the snow was coming down and instead of putting a damper on Victorian Bellefonte Christmas it added a new buzz and feel to the yearly event. Happy Christmas was heard along the streets from members of Dickens theater company, craft vendors shared their art and the horses trotted proudly up High Street.
The snow made for unique and beautiful photographs, but also made focusing a lot more difficult that normal. I had several frames of this family in their homemade outfits, but when I returned to the edit them I realized that about half weren’t focused on the ladies, but on planes of snow ahead of them. Thankfully I had several that still worked very well, in addition to some of Santa opening the doors to his shop.
This morning when I woke up the several inches of snow from last night was glistening and the temperatures were hovering in the twenties. I bundled up for a cold day of outdoor assignments.
I started the day at Sayer Lake at Bald Eagle State park where brave souls ran into the frigid waters to raise money for the YMCA.
Some sprinted into the water…
Others slowly took their time…And one, a local judge, took his time and floated for a bit.
No matter what approach the plungers took most had the same shocked expression as they bolted for land to warm towels and clothes. From the lake I headed to the Pennsylvania Military museum for a Pearl Harbor remembrance service. The small group gathered under guns from a battleship that still has bullet holes from the historic day 72 years ago. I wrapped up my day with the sounds of jingle bells and the clip clop of horse feet at Boalsburg Hometown Christmas. A breakfast with Santa, carriage rides, carols and more filled the hearts of the small town.
Now it’s time for me to go warm up in hopes of feeling my toes again!
Throughout the major league baseball season a Philipsburg-Osceola native was in our news regularly. When playoffs and the world series rolled around he appeared even more. Matt Adams was a staple hitter and player for the St. Louis Cardinals this season during their run to the World Series. Though the Cardinals didn’t come home with a win, Philipsburg residents still welcomed home one of their own with sirens, bells and excitement. The town held a mini parade for Adams today as he returned home for the off season and Cardinals red and white lined the streets.
With Pegula Ice Arena still in its opening month visitors are taking every chance they get to see the new facility. Tonight Musselman’s Applesauce used the state of the art rink to host a family ice skating show with country star Sara Evans. I sat on the edge of the ice for the first half, trying not to get hit by boom camera as they taped the special to be aired on television later in the month.
As the stars took a break the Penn State figure skating club and the Nittany Lion showed off their skills. For the second half I wondered around the top of the arena and watched the excitement in the crowd from the flips and spins.