Kellie Goodman

State parks ring in New Year with winter recreation

Commentary Author John Burroughs wrote: “He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.” With the holidays behind us, winter has truly set in, and our state parks are hoping we do anything but take a long nap. Across ...

Paying tribute to Madera native

Commentary Some general observations while bidding farewell to 2016 and welcoming the New Year. n Saddened but honored to have attended the Celebration of Life Memorial for Madera native Ray Raffin, who passed away shortly before Christmas after a courageous battle against cancer. The ...

Earning a feeling of pure joy

This time of year, we hear a lot about joy. Holiday spirit is infused with it, whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or the New Year. Webster’s Dictionary defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of ...

Happy Holidays, sports style

Sports have become an integral part of many of holidays: the Indianapolis 500 goes green on Memorial Day weekend; fireworks light up the sky over baseball stadiums on the 4th of July; New Year’s Day has long been a college football extravaganza; and it’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without ...

Bedford athlete enjoying life with PSU ice hockey team

Commentary The Penn State State men’s ice hockey team is ranked No. 3 in the country, and among those Nittany Lions enjoying their history-making season is a Bedford native who cut his teeth (and skates) competing in central Pennsylvania’s youth programs. Junior goaltender Matt ...

Holiday ode to the Nittany Lions

This particular holiday being the Big Ten Championship Game: ’Twas some time before Christmas, and all through the Valley The Lions of P-S-U prepped for a rally. Their jerseys were hung in the lockers with care In hopes that a championship soon would be theirs. A journey to Indy ...

Feeling very thankful for winning and losing

It’s been an exciting few weeks of sport, as we’ve had the opportunity to witness some amazing victories and some equally stunning defeats. During this Thanksgiving holiday week, I submit that we should be thankful for both ends of the winning continuum. This past weekend, NASCAR’s Sprint ...

Goodman Shaffer: Women’s sports keeping Valley happy

Penn State has given football fans plenty to celebrate in recent weeks with whiteout wins over conference rivals Ohio State and Iowa, but the Nittany Lions are tearing up more than the gridiron this fall. PSU faithful have the opportunity to see multiple Penn State champions open regional ...

NASCAR getting ready for its final laps

Commentary NASCAR’s Sprint Cup championship is down to just three races, with three spots in the final four still up for grabs at Texas and Phoenix before the series rolls into Homestead, Florida for the championship race. That’s after Jimmy Johnson clinched the first spot in the ...

October keeps us on edge with different surprises

COMMENTARY'   In politics, an “October Surprise” is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a revelation disclosed in the month prior to an election, often orchestrated in the hopes of dramatically influencing the result.” And we’ve had to watch plenty of them during ...

Walking, running and sporting to find cure for breast cancer

It seems like every year I write a column about sports and breast cancer during the month of October, which, as we all know, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.I've written about the local Making Strides walks that have been so successful in raising funds and awareness in our region, both in ...

Homecoming a reminder of our past

October is the traditional month for high school homecoming celebrations, with all of the related ritual and royalty.Homecoming football weekends offer a slice of Americana: alumni bands and balloons, pep rallies and parades, corsages and the crowning of the queen.These customs are part of who ...

State recognizes Bedford County girl

Christa Mereen has a smile that can light up a room; it also can (and does) light up a gymnasium, sandlot, track, and bowling alley.Everyone who knows the 29-year old Bedford woman is well-aware of her unfailing love-of and enthusiastic participation-in Special Olympics; and it appears the ...

Observing sports world in September

Some September observations while trying to avoid the constant barrage of political advertising:n This has been a tough year for American sport. In 2016, we've lost boxing's best, Muhammad Ali; women's basketball trailblazer Pat Summit; and now golf great Arnold Palmer.Tributes to golf's "King" ...

Warriors exist in area concession stands

Standing in the checkout line at Sam's Club recently, shortly before closing time, I looked around the busy store and saw aisles bustling with shoppers. Many emitted that wonderful "Mom" vibe, carts piled high with every kid-friendly food you could imagine.As I stood there waiting, I wondered ...

Football feeds off pop culture appeal

While high school football kicked off a few weeks ago, along with the college campaigns, the NFL kept fans waiting a little longer. And while the nation counted down to the pros' opening weekend, we were bombarded with multi-media football messaging.For all of the troubles the league has dealt ...

Thinking about Junior, the Chase and NASCAR’s future

Some NASCAR observations as summer unofficially ends and football officially takes over the television dials:n As of Sunday, Sept. 4, voting is open for the National Motorsports Press Association Sprint Most Popular Driver Award. For the last 13 years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has taken the title, ...

Mo Valley graduate makes history in Wyalusing

There's nothing quite like opening night of high school football in Pennsylvania.After months of waiting, planning and practicing, teams throughout the Commonwealth charged onto the field, all with the same record and all with the same dream, facing their first true test of the season ... and ...

School brings all types of students together

Backpack, check. Notebooks, check. Pens, pencils and thumb drives ... check. Grabbing new jeans from their dresser drawers and new sneakers from their closet floors, thousands of students will be heading back to school over the next week, ready for a fresh start and a new year.And while many ...

Olympics is the mother of all sports

Proctor & Gamble creates a series of commercials for each Olympic Games with the theme, "Thank You, Mom."The ads are usually tear-jerkers, showing successful athletes embracing their biggest fans, their mothers.The Rio incarnation of the ad campaign portrays a sequence of stressful ...