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Birds, Bugs, Heroes, and My Husky

Birds, Bugs, Heroes, and My Husky

I am going to start my column where I often end it this time of year; let’s all be extra careful out there. There is just so much more activity and great things going on; keep those eyes on the road. An added distraction I have fallen prey to is watching the majestic American Bald Eagle. What an absolutely amazing creature that seems to be more present than ever along the Susquehanna River and Loyalsock Creek. I have also observed this being a problem for other drivers. This is a bad idea; please find a legal place to park and watch. That doesn’t mean stopping along the narrow section of a 2-lane highway. I completely understand how hard it is not to be mesmerized by the inflight symbol of American freedom, but let’s all do it safely.

The Webb Weekly is abuzz this week about other creatures on God’s green Earth that may not have the star power of the bald eagle, well, at least to me, but are truly stars in their own right. Thank you to everyone that reached out to editor Steph and me about the cover story. This seems to be a very hot topic locally. It is truly remarkable how everything has a purpose, a plan, and has been provided for us. It is up to the inhabitants of God’s green Earth to understand, appreciate, and protect these blessings.

As many are out in the yard with their hands in the soil, it is again time for our Spring Gardening and Planting section. Within the pages ahead, you’ll find everything you need to beautify your little corner of Penns Woods and grow the garden of your choice — which can be an example of those pollinators at work. I can’t wait to bite into that first delicious home-grown tomato sandwich of the summer.

It always brings a smile to my face to see all the local farm markets and greenhouses open for the season. That’s another driving distraction I must avoid, especially since I pass Tebbs so many times during the day.

Please choose our locally owned and operated folks for whatever you need. I witness the time and effort they put forth to provide you the best products possible. If you’re in need of a mower or lawn and garden equipment to keep all that vegetation under control, don’t put it off. There are great deals to be found, and most importantly, product is in stock. The great folks within our local business community are also the ones that can provide you that expert advice and service.

I can tell you one place I recently was where everything is looking perfectly manicured for the upcoming season. That would be Historic Bowman Field. Wow, what a place. I would love to be young again and be able to roam around in center field.

The Williamsport Crosscutters’ first pitch is only a couple of weeks away. They will again be honoring local military heroes at home games with their Military Salute this year, presented by EQT. Now is the time to nominate your military hero, including all active military and military veterans. Those honored will be chosen from the nominated and receive four tickets to a selected game, recognition on the field prior to the game, ceremonial first pitch involvement, and a $25 Cutters’ gift card. To nominate your military hero, they request you go to We are a proud partner of Crosscutter Baseball and look forward to seeing you at the ballpark.

In closing things out, Graduation Congratulations to Hunter Webb. It seems like only yesterday he was covering center field at Bowman for the Lancers. He opted for football and to play linebacker at the University of Connecticut. Well, Hunter-man recently donned the cap and gown at UCONN’s Commencement Ceremony, shook hands, and received his diploma. His mother and I were so very proud; it was a great day for Hunter and our family. A special thank you to his grandmother Theresa, his Uncle Dick Kaiser, and Missy and Mya Morrone for making the trip.

Hunt has two years of football eligibility remaining and will be returning to Storrs to pursue a master’s degree and ball carriers. Congrats, a tip of my Husky hat. I love you, son.

God Bless America.

Jim Webb