Hughesville Locals Jan. 17, 2018
As the tropical warmth of last Friday was building and the rain began, it seemed as though the whole world (at least that part in view) was turned to a silvery gray color. The mist had not yet begun to freeze, and the snow that had lingered in protected spots had all dissolved with the climbing temperatures. Then, in fewer than 24 hours, we had a layer of snow-covered ice made exquisite by the dazzling afternoon sun. I do love the seasonal shifts that Pennsylvania offers, but 50 or 60-degree temperature changes in less than a day are really a bit extreme. Muncy Creek was frozen over when I drove through Picture Rocks on Thursday, but by Friday evening, the water was frothy and muddy, with chunks of ice flowing under the bridge at Water Street here in town. I am glad that it appears the ice broke up and was carried away without causing any flooding or other damage.
The weather has also delayed the removal of holiday decorations from the downtown area. Personally, I am glad they will be in place for a bit longer, because the cheerful light is much appreciated on long, dark evenings. Along with festive lights, community gatherings and events are great ways to battle what I term ‘February doldrums.’ January doesn’t offer much opportunity for outdoor activity, but the local fire company is planning this spring’s round of tasty fish dinners, so watch for more info on dates and times.
It’s time for the new moon this week. January has the distinction of two full moons in one calendar month this year, so we are midway to the “blue” moon that will fall on January 31. While that will also be a “Super moon,” the new moon this week will be visible on clear nights low in the western sky just after sunset, so if the sky is clear, see if you can spot it.
Don’t forget that there are many opportunities to see Spartan wrestling matches and basketball games, both Boys’ and Girls’. These student athletes will show you their Spartan Pride and will provide a lot of entertainment in the process!
Be sure to check the weather forecast and outside temperatures so that you stay warm and healthy. Also, please don’t neglect to bring in all your pets on these nights when the mercury dips to the lower regions of the thermometer.
Thurs. Jan. 18 “Wee Make Music” for children aged 12 months to 3 years and their caregivers at Hughesville Area Public Library (HAPL), 146 S. Fifth Street, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Fri. Jan. 19 Pre-school Story Time for children 3–6 years and their caregivers, at HAPL from 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Mon. Jan. 22 “Wee Tales” for children ages 12 months to 3 years and their caregivers at HAPL from 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Tues. Jan. 23 “Wee Play” for children ages 2 – 6 years and their caregivers at HAPL, 10:30-11:30 a.m.