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A Bittersweet End.

2 Dec

Today marked the end of the semester and the end of my Writing for the Mass Media class, with the exception of the final examination that will be given on Tuesday.

I feel bittersweet about this class being over with. Dr. Kimberly Golombisky is the most inspirational and influential professors I have come across at USF.

Though this class was back-breaking at times and caused me to [almost] lose my mind, it was also eye-opening and very informative. I learned more in this class than I have in the majority of classes I have taken.

One thing I enjoyed about this class is, no matter how stressed out and frustrated we felt, we were always able to laugh together and make the best of a tough situation.

I know I will always remember this class and cherish everything I have learned. Though I may not yet be a perfect journalist-in-the-making, I know the information I have obtained in this class will help further me in my quest through the university and in my future career.

I will be forever grateful for the experiences I have had while in MMC 2100, the friends I have made and everything I have learned from Dr. Golombisky.

Susquehanna Flood is Receding

2 Dec

Photo provided by John Varner of Lock Haven, Penn.

LOCK HAVEN, Penn. – The flood of the Susquehanna River crested at 27 feet today and has finally begun to recede, but not without leaving damage behind.

Many communities in central Pennsylvania, mainly in Clinton County, have been affected by the high levels of water, which were five feet above the flood stage for the area.

Evacuations of the affected areas started on Wednesday evening.

John Varner, a long-time resident of Lock Haven, says, “It’s awful. We haven’t had power in two days and everything is underwater.”

The flood gates were put up Wednesday night and many roads were closed to drivers.

Photo provided by John Varner of Lock Haven, Penn.

Varner says, “The water is finally receding, so things should start to improve. It’s going to be gross after the water is gone because there’s going to be nothing but mud everywhere.” Varner also stated that a neighboring town, Marsh Creek, is almost completely submerged.

Central Pennsylvania hasn’t seen a flood like this since Hurricane Ivan swept past the area in 2004.