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Starting the New Year Right


I know; I know…Jimmy isn’t here again, but I swear it is for a good cause. Eight good causes actually!
  Listen, Jimmy doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves for everything that he gives to the community and the people in it. What he’s doing in this week’s issue is just the tip of the iceberg, so let’s start things off by saying thank you!
  Thank you Jimmy for everything you do and give to our area and the people in it. It does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
  So…here’s the nitty-gritty of what we have going on this week.
  Jimmy gave all seven full-time employees a page of the paper to donate to the charity of his or her choice. We all picked an organization that means something to us.
  We also shuffled things around so that we could give a little bonus space to the Lycoming County United Way, which as you know, is headed up by Webb Weekly Sports Writer Scott Lowery. You’ll find that story in my usual space. So that is eight local non-profits getting some much needed pub as we head into the New Year.
  As you can see on the cover, we have a wide variety of organizations from across the area that we donated space to this week. I’m sure that you are familiar with most, and you can learn about what they do in more detail as you read through this issue, but here is a quick run down:
Beckoning Cat Project – Humanely reducing the number of free-roaming cats, and creating compassionate communities in our area.
The Central PA Food Bank – Committed to solving hunger in Central PA by 2025.
Family Promise of Lycoming County – Empowers families to become and remain self-sufficient by breaking the cycle of homelessness, providing community awareness and advocacy, and creating mission opportunities for individuals and faith based communities.
Lycoming Animal Protection Society (LAPS) – Provides care and adoption services for many homeless cats and kittens at its no-kill shelter.
Multiple Sclerosis Society – Helping people affected by MS to live their best lives as they stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
The Special Olympics of Lycoming County – A global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.
West Branch Drug and Alcohol – Committed to helping people find their way to recovery since 1974. 

  I won’t share which employee goes with which organization, but know that these charities are near and dear to each of our hearts. We chose them because of personal connections and beliefs. We all hope that the bit of extra light that we are shining on these groups sparks extra help and donations so that they can continue to provide much needed services in and around our communities.
  So thank you again Jimmy. Doing things like this makes me so proud to be a Webb Weekly employee.

Happy New Year!
  Happy New Year to you and yours!
  No matter your plans, please be safe. Holidays can bring out the worst in other people, so please make sure that even if you are being safe that you are keeping an eye out for others as well.
  If you are heading out for the evening, please—please—make sure you don’t drink and drive. You can call a cab at 570-322-2222 or download the Uber app before you head out so you can get a safe ride home.
  Erik and I will be spending New Year’s Eve with friends, most likely having a ‘family game night’. They say that how you bring in the New Year is indicative of how the rest of your year will be. If that is the case 2017 should be a pretty fantastic year!
  2016 has been an interesting year to say the least. It has been full of ups and downs and everything in between. I won’t chalk this year up as one of my top years, but you know what? That is what life is about. Taking the good with the bad, and sometimes the bad makes you appreciate the good that much more. 
  May your 2017 be filled with health and happiness, and may all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s Resolutions!
  Happy New Year Y’all!