Sep. 04, 2018
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, Sept. 8, 2018:
NICKTOWN — Walking around his Blue Goose Farm one July afternoon, Scott Farabaugh described his day-to-day life as a farmer: Planting crops with his hands, eating meals with his family, trying new growing techniques, watching his children learn from the land, figuring out ways to meet customers' needs, dealing with economic issues, feeling the warmth of the sun and the pounding of the rain. And that is a life Farabaugh lives every moment when he is on his property. "I make the joke that the best part of my job is I wake up and I'm at work, and the worst part of my job is I wake up and I'm at work," Farabaugh said. Similarly, Tommy Nagle Jr., the owner of a cattle farm in St. Augustine, near Patton in northern Cambria County, feels a "sense of accomplishment" when he sees a "calf being born, and watching how that calf grows up to slaughter weight." Both face uncertainties as farmers, ranging from the weather to the impact of global trade issues on the industry. Dave Sutor, The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat.
EXCHANGE-CARLISLE INDIAN SCHOOL
CARLISLE — The experiment began with native children crying out in the night. Cold, tired and lonely, they were in a strange place far from their homeland, far from their tribe. Their first introduction to Carlisle was on a train pulling into the downtown station around midnight on Oct. 6, 1879. Hundreds of onlookers had gathered to watch them disembark. Wrapped tightly in blankets, these first of many thousand students were escorted to the open gates of an abandoned Army post and separated by gender. There, they slept fitfully on bare floors unaware of the indoctrination to come. "The experiment proved a success," J. Webster Henderson told a crowd almost 40 years later. "The Indian was led from savagery into civilization and the great problem had been solved." A neighbor for years of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, he was among the local residents who gathered 100 years ago on Aug. 26, 1918, for a farewell reception. Joseph Cress, The (Carlisle) Sentinel.
PALMER — A caddisfly larvae wriggled on Pat Bradt's steady fingertip as she nudged it onto a white plastic spoon, hoping to get a better look at the critter through the magnifying lens looped around her neck. She was perched on a concrete wall a few feet from the Bushkill Creek on the border of Forks and Palmer townships, the same waterway that the leggy, translucent creature calls home and Bradt, after four decades of researching its underwater insects, has adopted as her own. For her stream, Bradt has composed what she calls "a requiem for a trout stream," a research paper that, although written with dry, impassive text, displays her alarm at the momentous and mysterious reduction in both the number of bugs in the stream and their variety. Despite decades of research, Bradt can't prove why insect life is waning in the Bushkill, much of which is designated by the state as a Class A trout stream. But she has what scientists might call an educated guess. Carol Thompson, The (Allentown) Morning Call.
NEW BRIGHTON — Shortly after 9 a.m. they arrive, tote bags and boxes brimming with their handwork. A sign on the entrance door says, "There be angels here." There are. On this day seven — about half who usually come. Carol Goehring of North Sewickley Township pulls a lap robe of rainbow-colored patches from her bag to show the group. "Oh, that's nice," marvels Amy Bash of Chippewa Township. "That'll brighten somebody's mood up," says Marianne Beck of South Beaver Township. And that's their purpose: touch a heart, draw a smile, let someone know they care. They call themselves Gwen Craig's Care Wear Angels in honor of the woman who founded the group in 1991, a volunteer group that knits, crochets and sews items for babies, children, nursing home residents and dogs, too. Marsha Keefer, Beaver County Times.
NATRONA HEIGHTS — Pat Sampantanarak will see snow for the first time this winter. There's a good chance when she does, she'll be giggling. It's something she does. A lot. Pat, 15, has never seen snow in her native Thailand, where she lives in Bangkok, the nation's capital. She's staying with a family in Brackenridge, and is one of seven exchange students — all girls — attending the Highlands School District this year. This is the first time Pat has been in the United States. "I want to learn a different culture and try new foods," she said. And, "I have to improve my English." This is the most exchange students Highlands has ever had at one time, district spokeswoman Jennifer Goldberg said. They're here through AFS Intercultural Programs , a more than century old nonprofit based in New York City. In addition to Thailand, the students hail from Pakistan, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Belgium. Brian C. Rittmeyer, Valley News Dispatch.