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Bloomsburg Middle School Student Wins Writing Contest

Posted by on May 11, 2012

Madeline Polhill, a seventh-grade student at Bloomsburg Middle School, won a writing contest sponsored by Scholastic Scope Magazine and had her first line selected as the first sentence for a short story.Scholastic Scope Magazine invited students to create a first line to a short story and submit it for review. More than 5,000 entries were submitted to the contest. Madeline’s was selected by writer Roland Smith, author of more than 30 novels. He created a short story based on Madeline’s suggestion: “Peering through the window, I caught a glimpse of some piles of old Halloween costumes, three giant plastic flamingoes, and a life-sized sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte.” Madeline was also featured as the main character in the story that is published in May 14th edition of Scholastic Scope. The full story featuring Madeline can be found and read here as a PDF on the Scholastic...

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The View from Here

The View from Here: Snowy Day

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012

While many have enjoyed a more mild winter than we have been accustomed to in years past, it is hard to complain about the beauty it imparts when it does arrive. The Bloomsburg Daily’s own, Bob Rush, set out to capture a few glimpses of what winter is supposed to look like at this time of the year. We hope you enjoy the view as much as we...

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Opinion: In Defense of Parks

Posted by on May 21, 2012

I’m writing in defense of Pennsylvania’s great park system. Our numerous state and local parks are incredibly valuable to Pennsylvanians. For example, the local Bloomsburg Town Park is known for its summer concert series, picnic areas, and recreational activities. I’m writing to voice my disappointment with efforts underway in Harrisburg, proposed by Gov. Corbett, to dissolve funding for one of Pennsylvania’s great conservation programs, the Keystone Fund. It is one of the state’s most important programs when it comes to restoring and protecting parks and other critical outdoor areas all over Pennsylvania. For example, it has allowed for a great deal of recent development in nearby Bloomsburg Park, enhancing and supporting people’s enjoyment of this lovely area. After decades of saving the places that make Pennsylvania great, it’s time for every-day Pennsylvanians to save the Keystone Fund. I hope that people who enjoy our great outdoors will call and write to our local politicians and make sure that they will do whatever is necessary to protect the Keystone Fund, before the final budget passes. Kyra Reumann-Moore is a Penn Environment Intern....

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Superstorm Sandy: The Road to Recovery

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013

This is all too familiar, a town not knowing what to really do in the wake of a storm. I remember the confusion and lack of information in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee in Bloomsburg — and I know it is still going on for way too many people. When I saw this it resonated enough to share here. Mike Schwartz, Founder and President of 501(c)(3) non-profit Hometown Heroes, tells the story of the ongoing process of rebuilding post-Sandy in New...

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Superstorm Sandy: The Road to Recovery

Superstorm Sandy: The Road to Recovery

Apr 3, 2013

This is all too familiar, a town not knowing what to really do in the wake of a storm. I remember the confusion and lack of information in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee in Bloomsburg — and I know it is still going on for way too many people. When I saw this it resonated enough to share here. Mike Schwartz, Founder and President of 501(c)(3) non-profit Hometown Heroes, tells the story of the ongoing process of rebuilding post-Sandy in New...

BTE: As You Like It

BTE: As You Like It

Jan 24, 2013

Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a beguiling comedy in which a smart and spirited young girl, disguised as a boy and on the run from a tyrannical duke, finds herself in an enchanting forest in the company of her fiercely loyal best friend, a world-weary clown, a heart-sick shepherd and a disdainful shepherdess, a band of exiled upper-crust gents who all imagine themselves to be Robin Hoods, and wonder of wonders, her own true love– another runaway, who has festooned the forest with love-poems in her honor. But danger lurks in the shadows of these sun-dappled woods, and true love must be tested, so she must remain in disguise, and he can’t know it’s she! Romantic mayhem ensues: gender-benders, power struggles, witty barbs, and above all, love– in all its marvelous, confounding variety. This fantastical forest is full of surprises! BTE’s streamlined adaptation will feature an onstage indie-rock band, local teen musicians whose music is inspired by Shakespeare’s poetry and story. Bring your class to one of our free Project Discovery student matinees. Free to high school students in the IU #16. Visit the Project Discovery page for details. UPGRADE to ON STAGE SEATING for free. Contact the Box Office for details. (570) 784-8181 or boxoffice@bte.org. Photo credit,...

BTE to Perform Atsumori in Bloomsburg Town Park

BTE to Perform Atsumori in Bloomsburg Town Park

Jul 25, 2012

On Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4, the Noh Training Project (NTP), an international program hosted by BTE and Bloomsburg University, will perform the classic Noh drama Atsumori in Bloomsburg Town Park, at 8pm. Preceding the performance each night at 7pm will be two Noh excerpts featuring visiting Japanese professionals, and a recital of this year’s NTP students. Atsumori will be performed with projected English supertitles; the recital and Noh excerpts will be untitled. Free translations of the play are available at the Bloomsburg Public Library. On August 7th at the Bloomsburg Public Library, the Socrates Café will meet to discuss themes of war and forgiveness as expressed in Atsumori. NTP is a three-week intensive workshop in the movement chant, and music of Noh. It draws participants from around the world, and is the only such program in the western hemisphere. BTE member Elizabeth Dowd is NTP’s Producing Director; now in its 18th year; she is also a member of Theatre Nohgaku with whom she has toured Europe and Asia in modern English-language Noh. Ensemble member James Goode is a three-time participant in NTP. Says Elizabeth: “Whether they know it or not, BTE audiences are certainly seeing the influence of Noh training on my work – from the stillness of Sister Aloysius in Doubt, to how I directed Jim as the ghost of Mr. Woolsey in Ghost Writer. It’s great to be able to share with them the source material in the form of ATSUMORI”. James adds to that: “Absolutely, my Noh experience was put to good use in Ghost-Writer, as well as portraying the Ghost of Hamlet’s father in Hamlet. Plus, it’s great training in listening; there are subtle shifts of tempo, and always a forward moving pulse, even in the super slow sections.” On Friday, Elizabeth will perform the lead role in an extended Noh excerpt with instruments. James will be in the chorus for the second excerpt, and also be in the chorus for the full Noh drama, Atsumori. On Saturday, James will perform his recital piece. Each will be in the chorus for a different duo of Noh excerpts. Elizabeth will be in the Atsumori chorus to follow. Atsumori...

NCAA Hands Down Penn State Sanctions

NCAA Hands Down Penn State Sanctions

Jul 23, 2012

On Monday, July 23, 2012 NCAA President NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement that the Penn State football program will face a four year postseason ban. Additionally they must pay a $60 million fine to be used to create an endowment to support causes that fight child sexual abuse. The school will also be forced to cut 10 scholarships for this season and 20 scholarships for the following four years. Finally the school will be forced to vacate all wins from 1998-2011, a total of 112 victories, and serve five years of probation. The loss of victories means Joe Paterno is no longer college football’s winningest coach, moving Bobby Bowden into the top slot as the winningest coach. Penn State President, Rodney Erickson released the following statement regarding the NCAA consent decree. “The tragedy of child sexual abuse that occurred at our University altered the lives of innocent children. Today, as every day, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse. Against this backdrop, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today by the NCAA. With today’s announcement and the action it requires of us, the University takes a significant step forward. The NCAA ruling holds the University accountable for the failure of those in power to protect children and insists that all areas of the University community are held to the same high standards of honesty and integrity. The NCAA also mandates that Penn State become a national leader to help victims of child sexual assault and to promote awareness across our nation. Specifically, the University will pay $12 million a year for the next five years into a special endowment created to fund programs for the detection, prevention and treatment of child abuse. This total of $60 million can never reduce the pain suffered by victims, but will help provide them hope and healing. The NCAA penalty will also affect the football program. There is a four-year ban on all post-season games, including bowl games and the Big Ten Championship game, and a future reduction in the number of football scholarships that can be granted. We are...

Penn State Removes Paterno Statue

Penn State Removes Paterno Statue

Jul 22, 2012

Earlier this morning, equipment and a construction crew arrived at Beaver Stadium to remove the statue of Joe Paterno. For the first time since it was put into place in 2001, the image of Joe Paterno leading the Nittany Lions onto the field is no longer there. Penn State president, Rodney Erickson, released the following statement describing the rationale for the statue’s removal and the continuation of Paterno’s name on the University Library. “Since we learned of the Grand Jury presentment and the charges against Jerry Sandusky and University officials last November, members of the Penn State community and the public have been made much more acutely aware of the tragedy of child sexual abuse. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse. I assure you that Penn State will take a national leadership role in the detection and prevention of child maltreatment in the months and years ahead. With the release of Judge Freeh’s Report of the Special Investigative Counsel, we as a community have had to confront a failure of leadership at many levels. The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium has become a lightning rod of controversy and national debate, including the role of big time sports in university life. The Freeh Report has given us a great deal to reflect upon and to consider, including Coach Paterno’s legacy. Throughout Penn State, the two most visible memorials to Coach Paterno are the statue at Beaver Stadium and the Paterno Library. The future of these two landmarks has been the topic of heated debate and many messages have been received in various University offices, including my own. We have heard from numerous segments of the Penn State community and others, many of whom have differing opinions. These are particularly important decisions when considering things that memorialize such a revered figure. I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond. For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to...

Blogging Relieves Stress on New Mothers

Blogging Relieves Stress on New Mothers

Jul 8, 2012

New mothers who read and write blogs may feel less alone than mothers who do not participate in a blogging community, according to family studies researchers. “It looks like blogging might be helping these women as they transition into motherhood because they may begin to feel more connected to their extended family and friends, which leads them to feel more supported,” said Brandon T. McDaniel, graduate student in human development and family studies at Penn State. “That potentially is going to spill out into other aspects of their well being, including their marital relationship with their partner, the ways that they’re feeling about their parenting stress, and eventually into their levels of depression.” McDaniel and colleagues from Brigham Young University surveyed 157 new mothers about their media use and their well-being. The moms were all first-time parents with only one child under the age of 18 months — most much younger than this. The researchers report in the online version of Maternal and Child Health Journal that blogging had a positive impact on new mothers, but social networking — mainly Facebook and MySpace — did not seem to impact their well-being. “We’re not saying that those who end up feeling more supported all of a sudden no longer have stresses, they’re still going to have those stressful moments you have as a parent,” said McDaniel. “But because they’re feeling more supported, their thoughts and their feelings about that stress might change, and they begin to feel less stressed about those things.” McDaniel pointed out several potential benefits for new mothers who blog, including giving moms both a way to connect with family and friends who do not live nearby and an outlet to use and showcase their hobbies and accomplishments, particularly for stay-at-home moms. The researchers found that 61 percent of the mothers surveyed wrote their own blogs and 76 percent read blogs. Eighty-nine percent of the mothers who wrote their own blogs did so to “document personal experiences or share them with others,” and 86 percent wanted to stay in touch with family and friends through the blog. Because this is one of the first studies to look at the effects of participation...

Lewisburg Triathlon Weekend Announced

Lewisburg Triathlon Weekend Announced

Jul 7, 2012

Entries are still being accepted for the Annual LARA Triathlon for Kids and Sprint Triathlon, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, and at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, respectively. Both events will start at the Lewisburg Community Pool. The kids’ event, which consists of a pool swim, a bike ride on closed roads and a run around the Lewisburg Community Park, is open to children ages 7 (by Dec. 31, 2012) to 14. Event distances will vary based on ages of contestants. The triathlon is chip-timed and all children will receive a finisher’s medal. Registration will be capped at 225 participants; pre-registration is required. The adult event, consisting of a 300-yard swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a 3.25-mile run, is open to racers 14 and over. Two- and three-person teams are welcome. The event is chip-timed and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each category. T-shirts are guaranteed to all racers registered by Aug. 1. Entry limit is 325. Details on both events can be found on www.LewisburgTriathlon.com. Early registration is encouraged as both events may sell out. For more information or to become a sponsor or volunteer, contact tara@fitforfunds.com or call 570-939-0712. Proceeds benefit the Lewisburg Area Recreation...

Opinion: In Defense of Parks

Opinion: In Defense of Parks

May 21, 2012

I’m writing in defense of Pennsylvania’s great park system. Our numerous state and local parks are incredibly valuable to Pennsylvanians. For example, the local Bloomsburg Town Park is known for its summer concert series, picnic areas, and recreational activities. I’m writing to voice my disappointment with efforts underway in Harrisburg, proposed by Gov. Corbett, to dissolve funding for one of Pennsylvania’s great conservation programs, the Keystone Fund. It is one of the state’s most important programs when it comes to restoring and protecting parks and other critical outdoor areas all over Pennsylvania. For example, it has allowed for a great deal of recent development in nearby Bloomsburg Park, enhancing and supporting people’s enjoyment of this lovely area. After decades of saving the places that make Pennsylvania great, it’s time for every-day Pennsylvanians to save the Keystone Fund. I hope that people who enjoy our great outdoors will call and write to our local politicians and make sure that they will do whatever is necessary to protect the Keystone Fund, before the final budget passes. Kyra Reumann-Moore is a Penn Environment Intern. Penn Environment is a statewide, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organization with roughly 80,000 members and activist, including many in Columbia County. Photo via...