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Hughesville Locals Aug. 16, 2017

By Staff | Aug 18, 2017

Greetings from the heartland of America! I am writing this column as we cross a good part of the US on our way to meet our newest, month-old, grandson. Dominic Hodge, son of Bri and Nanette Hodge, was born July 3 in Golden, CO. He and his brother, Sebastian, will be the focus of our next week. We might find some time for their parents, as well.

Driving cross country can be a real pain in the back, but it is so fascinating to see the differences, and similarities in landscape, topography, and the local culture. One thing that struck me as we came through western Pennsylvania was that I seemed to notice much more litter and debris along the highway than I am accustomed to see in Lycoming County. While the population density undoubtedly has a great impact, it also seems that there would be that many more people to help keep things clean.

The American Interstate highway system is so uniform in design that it is easy to lose track of which state one is traversing, but then there will be a place name that makes it all clear. Signs like “St. Louis 246 miles”, or “Louisville Speedway” leave no doubt about our location. There are many miles of countryside that look like we would expect to see in central PA, but then the sight of a perfectly flat horizon, and the Gateway Arch of St. Louis rising above the Mississippi River make it plain that we have come a long way from home.

Hughesville will see some changes as the school year begins. The Water Street constructions project may affect traffic routes for school buses as well as student drivers and parents, and that will make the Broadway/Cemetery Street intersection with Main Street more congested than usual, so please plan accordingly! There will be many children on foot and on bicycles, as well, so caution and patience will be necessary.

High school fall sports teams will begin their season of competition, so watch for schedules so that you can plan to attend and cheer on the Spartans! If you need to visit the high school you will notice that renovations have been underway this summer to move the high school office to an area nearer the foyer entrance adjacent to the parking lot. This will provide easier and more secure access for anyone entering the building.

Have a great week of summer activities and preparation for the first day of school on Thursday, August 24.

Hughesville Events:

Weds. Aug. 16 The Christian Ladies Group (CLG) will meet at Tivoli United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. The program will feature Christian singer Nick Biddle. Women and men of the area are invited to attend the meetings of the group on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The nest meeting’s program, on September 6, will be presented by Pastor Kathy Burkhart, who will talk about the global problem of human trafficking.

Thurs. Aug. 17, “Wee Make Music” program for children ages 12 months to 3 years and their caregivers at HAPL from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Fri. Aug. 18, Pre-school Story Time for children 3 – 6 years old and their caregivers at HAPL from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Sun. Aug. 20 Silver Thorn Tavern and CHAMOUNI GROVE PRESS are sponsoring a book signing from 2 to 5 p.m., 104 M. Main St., Hughesville.

Mon. Aug. 21 National Seniors Day

Mon. Aug. 21, “Wee Tales” for children ages 12 months to 3 years and their caregivers at Hughesville Area Public Library, 146 S. Fifth Street from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Tues. Aug. 22, “Wee Play” for children ages 2 – 6 years and their caregivers at HAPL (Hughesville Area Public Library) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.