The Weekly Highlights 01/13/14 – 01/17/14

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

Welcome to this weeks HIGHLIGHTS. We started things off this past week with The Weekly Briefing with Chief Jim Bodine of the Wellsboro Police Department. Jim discussed the power and authority of our school crossing guards and their importance to public safety especially for our children. The Wellsboro Police Department oversees the program that has been in existence for over 30 years. A Wellsboro Crossing Guard is a direct extension of the Wellsboro Police Department which means that by law we are required to obey their direction. Chief wants the community to understand that one of the problem areas right now is that some motorists are attempting to get around the crossing guard by making a right turn on red. This is a violation and very dangerous putting our children and all pedestrians in harms way.

Wellsboro Home Page talks with Doug Candelario regarding addiction. Addiction comes in many forms, such as, but are not limited to alcohol, sugar, drugs, sex, gambling, exercise, computer, food, porn, and media. When you are addicted you just can’t walk away. Addiction is a powerful and destructive force that cost the addicted individual dearly.

Classic hallmarks of addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial. Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).

Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its ‘normal’ functioning. This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms experienced when reducing or discontinuing a substance that the body has become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal generally include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.

If you or a loved one struggle with the bondage of addiction Wellsboro Home Page encourages you to get help. Contact your pastor, share your problem with Mom or Dad or someone that you know has your best interest at heart. Consider contacting an organization like Harbor Counseling. Do what you have to do to get free.

Wellsboro Home Page had a special guest in our studio this week and he brought and played an instrument that many of us have never seen nor heard! It is called a wind controller which is a wind instrument capable of controlling one or more music synthesizers or other devices. It has also been referred to as a “wind synth”, or “wind synthesizer.” Wind controllers draw on the same techniques used such as the recorder or a tin whistle. Some forms of the wind controller use electronic sensors to convert fingering, breath pressure and bite pressure into control signals. it must be connected to a sound generating device such as a MIDI or analog synthesizer which is connected to an amplifier.

Bob Vaughan was kind enough to give Home Page a great demonstration on how the wind controller can emulate so many different sounds and instruments.

There will be a Valentine’s Day dinner concert hosted by Living Word Fellowship on February 14th at 6p.m. where he will once again be playing the “wind synth.” It will be an intimate buffet dinner experience complete with soft romantic lighting and music from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. The dinner menu will be a choice of Beef Burgundy and Chicken in White Wine.

Last Tuesday night the Wellsboro Lady Hornets faced off against the North Penn Lady Panthers in what many consider one of the top rivalries in Tioga county.

The Hornets played tough from the start showcasing their offense and going on a 13-1 run to start the game. The Hornets took advantage of early mistakes by the Panthers and converted them into easy scoring opportunities.

The Panthers didn’t convert a shot from the floor until just before halftime. At the start of the third quarter the Hornets led 28-9. The Panthers seemed to make a number of adjustments at halftime that helped them close in on the hornets. The Panthers made tough shots down the stretch to cut the lead to just 9 points. As the 4th quarter come about, you could feel the intensity in the room as the crowd roared and both traded tough shots showing the will to win.

Near the end of the 4th quarter with just under 10 seconds left, Panthers forward Meredith Kline drained a game tying shot to knot the game at 49-49. Going into overtime both teams fought hard showing their sense of desperation and determination, neither side wanting the other to come out on top in this rivalry.

It was certainly a night of destiny for the Panthers as they fought back from a tough early deficit to win a dramatic game 63-59.

Drugs – parks – teens – no supervision – a combination that is harming our youth.

Officer Levindoski of the Wellsboro Police Department believes that the lack of supervision is a contributing part of the problem. Drug deals are being made in a number of locations including area parks. Drugs are coming in from places like Williamsport and then being distributed in the Wellsboro area. Dealers will often talk to the kids downtown or at local events and from there the word quickly spreads on where the drugs can be purchased. There are other times when local kids will put out an inquiry on what’s here and where they can buy it. From there drugs can move into schools using backpacks or other transporting devices. Wellsboro school officials have taken a very hard-line approach regarding backpack searches and have been successful in combating this method of getting the drugs into the schools.

Unfortunately, drug communications are nearly impossible to stop and take place through letters, texting, or word-of-mouth, setting up the buy for later on – off school grounds. After school the drug purchase can take place in any location, like the cemetery, downtown on the street, in cars or parks. Packer Park has been one of the parks used in the past for doing drug deals so the police have been diligent in their efforts to monitor this area.

If you or a family member is struggling with drug addiction and needs help, we encourage you to contact Harbor Counseling at 570-724-5272.

And finally, Wellsboro Homepage, our own Sarah Vickery, once again, had the opportunity to visit with Kevin and Jennifer Thomas at KC 101, your Hometown Country Radio Station. Wendy Reber (director at Wellsboro’s Animal Care Sanctuary) brought along another special dog and he sure catches your heart. Charlie, a Labrador Retriever & Boxer Mix, is well mannered and very friendly. Our mission was to FIND CHARLIE A HOME! We are happy to report that Charlie was adopted on Friday 1/17/14. However we are still tying to find a home for Max, The Wonder Dog. You can see photos of Max and more of his story by clicking on our feature story for January 10, 2014. Max is a great dog and will make a fun, loving and perfect pet for one of our Tioga County families.

The mission and goal of the Animal Care Sanctuary is to promote the humane care and treatment of all animals in need of protection including rescued, abandoned and abused animals. Animal Care Sanctuary is a no-kill, non-profit organization located in East Smithfield & Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. You can contact them by calling 570-724-3687.

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