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Summer Time Goings On…

Summer Time Goings On…

Rain, rain, go away! I think we’re all tired of the liquid sunshine. Hopefully, we will have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer. One thing’s for sure; the lawn mowers will be working overtime.

Please take the time on Memorial Day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our Great Nation. Those true heroes that didn’t make it home to their family, so we can all enjoy the freedoms we are so blessed with. Also, say a prayer for the safety and well being of all our servicemen and women around the world. In the volatile world of today, they are on duty 24/7.

As I watch what is going on in Iran, and know the history, I don’t know how we could ever trust any agreement with the leaders of this nation. They despise America and what we stand for. That makes it hard to believe they will ever follow any nuclear regulations. Sometimes you just have to concede to the truth. We must always remain vigilant when it comes to countries like this.

No matter who our president is, we need to put the focus squarely on protecting our Great Land. Whether it be from weapons of mass destruction or cyber warfare. We cannot spread ourselves too thin around the world. We need to secure and protect our borders first and foremost. We need to have the best intelligence and Homeland Security. Sometimes I feel we forget about what happened on 9/11, and just how vulnerable we are here at home.

Moving on…

There are so many great things going on over the Memorial Day weekend — get out and enjoy. The first summer picnics of the season will be in full swing. What is your favorite hot dog? Country Store or Thompson’s? Are you going to go with the potato or macaroni salad? Maybe a little taste of both. I love the traditional picnic foods. There’s nothing like a good hot dog or hamburger on the grill. Of course, you’ll never turn down some steamed clams if they’re on the menu.

The high school baseball/softball playoff season is in full swing. Our area has many talented teams this year. Get out and take in a District 4 playoff game and support your local school. There is another game coming up in a few weeks I’d like to talk about.

I caught up with Jake King, organizer of the annual Coaches-Seniors versus Cancer game. The game features local area high school baseball coaches and players squaring off against each other on the diamond to raise money for the fight against cancer. This season will be the fifth time this game is taking place. He also informed me there will be some great new goings on during the event.

Not only will you be able to see your favorite senior ballplayers take on their coaches, but he has also added a ‘Futures’ game. This will feature over 30 of the area’s finest underclassmen ballplayers being split into two teams, and playing against each other.

Both games will take place, doubleheader style, on Saturday, June 2nd. The Futures game will begin at 3 p.m. followed by the Seniors versus Coaches game afterward — first pitch being at 6 p.m. This year, the games will be played at Logue field — the Williamsport Millionaires’ home. It can be found off West 4th Street just after the Williamsport Middle School on the left.

There will be a Chinese auction held during both games, as well as some great concession food. All proceeds will benefit K’s for Cancer and used to try to strike out cancer. Any donations are greatly appreciated. For more information reach out to Jake King 570-220-5348 or email

Great job, Jake! And a tip of the cap to all the area coaches and players for giving their time for such a great cause. Please save the date and drop by Logue Field and help make a difference.

It is our summer fun edition of Webb Weekly. Please check out some great ideas and things to do within our pages. For those of you with young children at home, I feel like I should throw in a couple of ideas in the event of inclement weather. Because we sure have seen our share of it so far this year.

I’ll start with Hooplas near the mall. A great place for the young and young at heart. Great arcade style games, mini bowling, and outdoor mini golf for when the sun is shining. You can also grab a bite to eat and take a little break.

One trip I always enjoyed with the boys was over the mountain to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, a perfect destination for that downpour of a day. If you’re looking for a little more action and activity, you can’t beat the Liberty Arena and Flyworld, tire the youngsters out, so they give you a little peace and quiet later.

If the rain is falling and you’re looking for something a little more educational, stop in at the Thomas Taber Museum. Maybe not the best destination for the younger kids, but there is plenty to see, and it gets you out of the house. A history lesson about the area we call home.

And, of course, last but definitely not least on my list, the newly remodeled Little League Museum. What a great job the folks at Little League did giving it a makeover.

I know these are great everyday destinations, but they might be just what you’re looking for when the kids can’t be playing outside. Have a great summer!

God Bless America.

Jim Webb

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