Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Time to Find Christy's Killer

In today's News-Item, the story of Christy Mirack's unsolved murder from December 21st, 1992 was featured. Christy was a 1985 graduate of Lourdes Regional High School who went on to graduate from Millersville University and went on to teach in Lancaster County.

It is tough for any parent to lose a child. It is hell on earth for them to lose a loved one by the hand of another.

Christy was not in my circle of friends at the hallowed halls on Clinton Avenue in Coal Township, but she would always say hello. Like anyone going to a small high school, everyone knew each other. In one of my last conversations with her at a local spot for young 20-somethings back in the 90's she told me how excited she was being an elementary teacher.

Unfortunately, the hand that extinguished that bright smile has gone free for 17 years and counting.

Check out the website created to track down her killer:


Christy's Facebook

Here is the phone number for the East Lampeter Township Police:


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Searching for a New JJ Digneault

When Jean Jacques Digneault's slap shot hit the back of the twine against the Edmonton late in the 3rd period of Game 6 in the 1987, the Flyers were able to tie the series with the Oilers at 3 to force a Game 7. The Oilers with names like Gretzky, Jurri, Coffey, Messier, and Fuhr were the greatest team on Earth in 1987.

Many people claim this was the loudest moment in the history of the Spectrum.

Who will step up for the Flyers tonight?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Sad Goodbye

At this Sunday's Mass at Transfiguration Church in Shamokin, the parish said farewell to Sisters Bernitta and Juliet SSMI for the final time.

The Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate order have been providing sisters of the religious education of students at Transfiguration Parochial School since the 1940's. Last year, the school closed at the end of the school year. This year the parish operated a pre-K and kindergarten. This coming fall, the pre-K and kindergarten will close.

At one time, Transfiguration, St. Stan's, St. Edward's, St. Mary's, St. Joe's, St. Stephen's, and St. Anthony's in Ranshaw operated parochial schools with help various orders of nuns in the greater Shamokin and Coal Township Areas. Now they are all gone.

St. Anthony's and St. Mary's were the first to go. St. Stephen's and St. Joe's were merged into West Catholic in the early 1970's. St. Stan's and St. Edwards schools merged along with West Catholic into Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini along with Holy Spirit of Mount Carmel formed Lourdes Regional Elementary where it currently operates today. As of this time this writer doesn't know the residence of the religious faithful at Lourdes Regional.

It is just sad to see the last of our neighborhood schools closing and a part of the history of past gone, maybe forever. Good luck to the Sister Servants!!!

Mnohaya Lita