Inspiring stories of young, old


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From Sound Off calls to a story this week in The Philadelphia Inquirer, youth of the coal region took a few lumps.

Complaints about the younger generation go back probably to the beginning of time, although it's been more popular, it seems, since the dawn of rock 'n' roll to detail the lack of motivation and respect, amid other short-comings.

Readers often remind us, however, about the positive things young people accomplish. Sunday's edition had a front page photo package and feature story that proved that point.

The photos detailed the efforts by players from Southern Columbia Area High School's girls basketball team, who wore pink socks during their game against Mount Carmel Area on Saturday. They also sold T-shirts, wristbands, headbands and memorial cards, with proceeds benefitting the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

The feature story told about Sarah Grow, daughter of Shamokin natives and granddaughter of two current Shamokin residents, who created the "CONNect to cut out violence" wristband, a tribute to victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in "Connecticut."

Both efforts should serve as reminders that today's youth do indeed contribute to our world in a positive way.

News highlight

One of the most inspiring stories in recent memory was published Thursday, that of Shamokin native Tom Glennon's climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free-standing mountain, at age 77. We're happy to have been able to tell about that terrific accomplishment.

Super opportunity missed ... almost

The leadup to Super Bowl XLVII wasn't nearly as fun locally as last year. No burgers, no bows, no "Hyno Hurdle."

We knew it was special in 2012 when Elysburg, Southern Columbia Area and Northumberland County were represented by New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski in the big game. As is the case in professional sports, repeating isn't easy, and, with that, Hyno and his teammates did the same as everyone else this year - they watched the Super Bowl on TV.

As Hynoski told Chuck Souders for a story in last Friday's edition, "We're going to watch the game and probably frown the whole time but we'll try to have some fun."

We had our own frown when the Ravens won Sunday night, not so much based on rooting for one team over the other, but because the win took away a chance to publish a hilarious cartoon Shamokin artist Dave Tamkus has created a few days earlier.

But ... we can't help it, and above is Tamkus' work. Of course, Lewis adamantly denied his use of "antler spray," and a good bit of scrutiny has been applied to the accusation.

Regardless, we present it here a few days late, knowing full well it's inaccurate as to who won the Super Bowl, but funny just the same.

(Heintzelman, editor of The News-Item, writes "The Week In News" for each Saturday edition.)

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