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Monday, May 18, 2015

Yearly Fear

This time of year frightens me, and let me tell you why.

It's prom and graduation season.  Young people are on the move, and they always don't make the best choices.  It seems like there's a party related fatality every year.

The first, and hopefully the last, was early Saturday morning, north of Lock Haven.  A woman and her date were killed in a crash, not long after leaving her high school ball.  She wasn't driving.  State Police say speed was a factor.  Translation:  This didn't have to happen.

You're young only once, and you should enjoy every second.  Don't drink.  Don't speed.  Don't do anything stupid.

The other half of this is fire.  When it gets hot, people have this awful habit of running big air conditioners off dollar store extension cords, or overwhelming their electrical systems.

We had a big fire in Scranton Saturday afternoon, and "electrical" was the first thought that entered my head.  As it turns out, an overturned candle sparked the fire.  That doesn't lessen the tragedy, but it does explain it.
 
Bad things happen to good people.  That's just the way it goes, sometimes.  However, you can take steps to lessen the risk.