Here are the stories for this week’s Pennsylvania Member Exchange package. If you have any questions, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133.
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Editorials from around Pennsylvania.
For Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018:
EXCHANGE-KINDNESS TO COWS
STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Every day, a joyful man in dung-covered boots tries to balance the world’s karma by dishing out love, compassion, and the occasional fried Indian delight to his ragtag herd of cows. Sankar Sastri loves Sri, the shaggy Scottish highlander with eyes like jewels, and adores Lakshmi, a little black Brahman with horns pointing north and south. The mighty Krishna, a tall and hefty Angus, appears to be a favorite, but Sastri said each of his 23 cows is equally beloved at his Poconos sanctuary. By Jason Nark, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
EXCHANGE-SHOE LEATHER DETECTIVE
LIGONIER, Pa. — In a quiet, second-floor room at Fort Ligonier, surrounded by bins and sealed plastic bags, journeyman boot and shoemaker Brett Walker worked to unravel the mysteries of more than 200-year-old shoe leather. In the parking lot below, children arriving for a field trip noisily exited school buses, heading for the museum’s new history education center. By Mary Pickels, Tribune Review.
EXCHANGE-WWI SOLDIER’S JACKET RESCUED
CLAYSVILLE, Pa. — A World War I soldier’s uniform jacket has been returned to his family in Claysville, a piece of history they never knew existed. Jay Plants of Claysville recently discovered the jacket in a suitcase that had been left on a curb on Saw Hill Road in East Finley Township for trash pickup about a year ago. By Karen Mansfield, Observer-Reporter.
EXCHANGE-DRAG QUEEN CHARITY
PITTSBURGH — The bingo hall at the Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department is basic, boring and drab, with wood paneling, beige wallpaper and linoleum floors. So comparatively, it’s a veritable supernova of color and sound when a man the size of an NFL lineman enters in heels, full makeup, sparkly jewelry, dangling earrings, a blue sequined dress and foot-high wig, dancing to Cher and cursing a blue streak. By Dan Gigler, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
EXCHANGE-107-YEAR-OLD CHURCH CLOSES
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — George Hudak, a Slovakian ironworker, came to Bethlehem a century ago to make steel but ended up helping to shape a community that would last long after the smokestacks went cold. He was one of the founders of what would become Concordia Lutheran Church, an anchor of his South Side neighborhood for 107 years. In November, his grandson, Roger Hudak, rang the church bell for that congregation for the final time in south Bethlehem. By Nicole Radzievich, The Morning Call.