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A Busy Time of Year…

     
 

Some people say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but I think for those of us who live in the area, the 10 days of the Little League World Series are pretty amazing.
No one else in the world gets to experience Little League baseball like we do. No one else gets to open their community to kids from all over the world.
Alas, with all of the extra people flooding the area there are some downsides.
Please be patient as we all deal with extra traffic, especially on the Market Street Bridge. We’ll all get where we need to go, it’s just going to take a bit longer.
Remember, a lot of the people are not only not from the area, but they aren’t from this country so navigating the area is extra difficult. Plus, let’s be totally honest here, Williamsport isn’t the easiest city to navigate even when you are from here!
This weekend is bound to bring extra traffic also as Major League Baseball invades the city. I am so excited for all of the LL kids who will get to see the Pirates and Cards face off at Bowman Field. Since the stadium is small, it means there won’t be a bad seat in the house.
Getting to play in the series, coupled with attending the game, will be memories these kids will carry with them forever.
So, fun fact — I actually won tickets in the MLB lottery for the game on Sunday. I’ll be sure to have a full report for you next week!
According to NASA more than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, and NASA wants everyone who will witness this celestial phenomenon to do so safely.
That Monday, a partial eclipse will be visible in every state. A total solar eclipse, which is when the Moon completely covers the Sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. along a 70-mile-wide (112-kilometer-wide) swath of the country.
It’s common sense not to stare directly at the Sun with your naked eyes or risk damaging your vision, and that advice holds true for a partially eclipsed Sun. But, only with special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer, you can safely look directly at the Sun. 
NASA recommends that people who plan to view the eclipse should check the safety authenticity of viewing glasses to ensure they meet basic proper safety viewing standards.
Eclipse viewing glasses and handheld solar viewers should meet all the following criteria:
• Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
• Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product
• Not be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
• Not use homemade filters
• Ordinary sunglasses -- even very dark ones -- should not be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers
“While NASA isn’t trying to be the eclipse safety glasses ‘police,’ it’s our duty to inform the public about safe ways to view what should be a spectacular sky show for the entire continental United States,” said Alex Young, associate director for science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s important that individuals take the responsibility to check they have the proper solar eclipse viewing glasses.”
An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed Sun is with a pinhole projector. With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole — such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers — onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It’s important to only watch the screen, not the Sun. Never look at the Sun through the pinhole — it is not safe.
There is a lot going on the area over the next couple of weeks — again, patience is key and please be safe!