The lights are up downtown. Santa arrives this Friday night in Carlisle’s big parade. There’s plenty of activity in and around town to keep everyone busy.
Talk about community engagement
The snow on Nov. 15 gave two community leaders the chance to put their words about the importance of community engagement into action.
Mayor Tim Scott was heading to lunch with Dickinson College President Margee Ensign at a restaurant on West High Street. The two meet for lunch every other month along with senior staff from both the college and the borough.
As Scott arrived at the restaurant he saw a car stuck in the snow and decided to join in the effort to help the driver out. Scott said Ensign came out of the restaurant and joined him about five minutes later.
Dickinson College students in professor Jacob Jacob’s Social Movements, Social Media and Global Change class have been exploring the role of social media in the rise of movements like Arab Spring, #BlackLivesMatter and others. Recently, I was invited to sit in on presentations about campaigns they have launched as part of the class, and ask questions about the campaigns to give the students an idea of what questions journalists might have about the effort.
Real People Real Fear seeks to openly acknowledge and mitigate the limiting fear of sexual harassment while Education for Refugee Sisters campaigns for greater access to education for all women displaced by violence. A House United seeks to rebuild respect and create civil discourse around political issues in the United States.
All three campaigns have Facebook pages, linked above, and are working within the Dickinson community to hold conversations to raise awareness of their causes. A House United is also asking people to take a pledge to rebel against incivility.
El Rodeo shaping up
The worksite at the corner of South Spring Garden and East High streets has been exceptionally busy lately as arches have been placed along the facade of the former real estate office/7-Eleven. The parking lot is a work in progress as well, with quite a bit of digging going on.
A different finish
A few weeks ago, The Sentinel featured local runners Brett Wiley and Linda Reilly in our 5 Questions column. The two, along with Jen Gregoris, were running 100 miles to raise money for the Organization for Autism Research and the American Cancer Society. They were also going to have the names of those to whom each mile is dedicated hand-written on their race day T-shirts to carry with them through each mile.
At the time the column ran, Jen had already finished the Oil Creek 100, and Linda and Brett were getting ready for the Pinhoti 100. Brett finished that race, but Linda came up short and “felt sad and even guilty” about not taking the names of people who had battled cancer to the finish line, according to recent Facebook post from Appalachian Running Company, where Linda works.
The AppRunCo crew couldn’t let that stand. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, they had a relay between the company’s stores in Chambersburg and Carlisle, carrying along Linda’s singlet containing all the names to finish out the miles.
Linda ended up finishing the last 11 miles of the journey for her family and her Dad.
“God truly works in so many wonderful ways and I know this was why He chose this ending for my journey. I was to complete it with all those that I love, those who were on this journey with me all year long. Thank you to our amazing community for your support!” she said in the post.