Signs of the Time
National and local news can be a downer during the Covoid-19 crisis. However, locals have come up with ideas of putting wording on signs to lift the spirits of family, community, and those passing-by. The sub-title of this article is a spin-off from the song “Home on the Range,” via, ‘Where never is heard a discouraging word,’ changed to ‘Here ever is heard an encouraging word.’ Following are some examples of what we found.
SYDNEY MARINO was surprised when returning home from work noting a sign posted in her yard. The Hughesville resident is a part-time worker in the pharmacy at T. J’s Market. “I also teach at the D & K Dance Studio here in town where I’ve been dancing for 17 years and spent two years studying dance at the Millennium School of Dance in Pittsburgh. Recently I was to accompany our students to a competition in Baltimore which was canceled. We continue to do our routines at home awaiting the time we can return to the studio and be together” Marino said.
ERIN STEVENS, a Hughesville High School senior will not likely have a regular graduation ceremony. To give the 134 grads some of the attention they deserve, teachers and staff purchased yard signs to honor them. The deed remained a secret with a couple teachers scurrying to and from lawns hoping to remain undetected. No one at the Stevens house saw the sign planting, but Erin’s mother did see one put two doors down the street. It was said Erin was a bit disappointed with her circumstances but on photo day she appeared all smiles in a cheery yellow dress. As for future plans, Erin said, “I hope to find a job and stay around Hughesville. Muncy and Montgomery posted similar signs in their school colors for their senior class members.
MIKE and CAMERON BADGER reside on Route 220 north of Hughesville, a vantage point for their sign reminding folks to seek comfort by referring to Psalms 91. Within the 19 verses, the words pestilence and plague are mentioned several times within the chapter title “My Refuge and My Fortress.” Michael said, “We picked up the sign at the Hughesville Friends Church after the idea was seen online. The signs were donated and delivered by Hughesville resident Allison Hall of the UPS store in Lewisburg.” The photo shows Cameron holding a ‘Little Red Hen,’ who’d temporarily escaped from the family’s egg-laying house.
A reminder to BE KIND during these stressful, unknown times.
Playground equipment, including spring-motion animals, was cordoned from public use at Bodine park in Hughesville Borough.