Weekly Highlights – 12/08/14 – 12/12/14

A look at this week’s highlights on Wellsboro Home Page


by Home Page Staff - December 13-14, 2014

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
Morgan Shaffer, music teacher at Rock L. Butler Middle School and Judy Smithgall, the high school band director, combined all of their music students for their concert on Monday night. The concert featured 7th and 8th grade, the High School Jazz Band, the Bell Choir and the Concert Band. Their musical selections included holiday melodies and wintery-themed songs. Home Page would like to thank the following students for their involvement in this feature: Karinthia Witner, Zoe Iseri, Andrew Brelo, Audrey Becker and Lauren Gooch.
On Tuesday’s edition of Health Call, Sandy and Rebecca discussed how genetics are influenced by lifestyle choices. The implication today by many, including the medical field is that if we are disease prone, it is primarily the result of our genetic weaknesses. While it is true that genetics may determine our health outcome, do we really have a choice in preventing disease from happening? Should we expect to eventually develop cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other diseases because it runs in our family? These questions are extremely important and should be asked and explored for answers.
If a parent smokes cigarettes and develops lung cancer during their lifetime, then their children (who followed the same smoking habit) will more than likely develop lung cancer in their lifetime.
The same holds true with the kinds of foods we eat today that are highly processed and contain excessive saturated fats, sugars, salt, and chemical additives. It is more about the habits we have copied from our parents to eat certain foods, and not our genetics, that is responsible for most chronic diseases carried down for generations.
Tis the season of giving and helping those in need. The Wellsboro Area Food Pantry is just one location where donations can make a vital impact on local families. Sarah Vickery spoke with Bill Yacovissi, president of the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry, about organization and its influence in the community.
The Pantry is currently distributing food to over 240 households a month. The number of items and the quantity of food is proportional to the size of the family. The Wellsboro Area Food Pantry is housed in the lower level of the Wellsboro United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Queen Streets in Wellsboro.
Much additional support comes from local area churches and local organizations that donate money and sponsor food drives. One of these businesses in is Century 21 Wilkinson-Dunn. Century 21 realtor, Sandra Wilson, has been coordinating their collection efforts for the past 8 years. Sandra feels this particular cause is important because you are helping local individuals. Monetary or food donations may be dropped off at the Century 21 office on Main Street in Wellsboro. You may also specify which food pantry you would like your donation to help. Sandra encourages monetary donations over food, as the pantries can make more efficient use of the funding through special food bank discounts. However, all donations are greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Our thirty-first Dickens of a Christmas celebration took place this past weekend here in Wellsboro. So many of us had hoped for snow (and some of us probably even prayed for it!) But instead of “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow,” – it turned into “singing in the rain.” Most of those involved in this adventure did their best to ensure those who came would have a memorable experience. After speaking with several of these visitors, I realized this truth – they were having fun regardless of the weather. In this case, when handed lemons, they DID make lemonade…or at least, hot cider! Many who attended told us that they look forward to attending again next year.
You can enjoy brunch with Santa on Sunday, December 14th from 9am-1:30pm at the Penn Wells Hotel. To find out more, you can visit the Penn Wells Facebook Page. Reservations are strongly recommended. You can make a reservation by calling (570)-724-2111.
Craig Musser, Manager of the Wellsboro Johnston Airport requested that Wellsboro Home Page do a broadcast to address their runway expansion project and answer any questions or concerns that people may have. Per his request – today, as a public service to our community we have expanded our broadcast time to do just that. We will hear from both the Wellsboro Johnston Airport and Clean Earth, as well as the Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group and their concerns. Read more…


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