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So many reasons to take pride in our region

So many people, so many shining moments, so many reasons to be proud!

That’s what we see day in and day out on the front pages of your hometown community newspaper, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

Even during a global pandemic, our people are out there giving of themselves and doing remarkable things.

People like Joe Hope, who recently retired as chief after 25 years with the Old Lycoming Township Police Department, and Donald “The Duke” Lukens, a city resident and 95-year-old World War II veteran.

Lukens has served his country during one of the great wars and, at 95, spent a week in the hospital with COVID-19. He defied the odds and beat the virus, showing us all the possibility.

While Hope told the Sun-Gazette he is not sure what he will do in retirement, he plans to stay involved. We hope he does. His experience is needed for the next generation as they take on the future.

Speaking of the next generation, we are in awe of the efforts of Cecilia Fink, a local teen who has been raising funds for local causes since she was in the fifth grade. That was in 2014. In the seven years since, this high school student has raised more than $63,000 for local charities — quite an accomplishment. Just think what she may do as she continues her life’s journey.

Of course, our area high schools are full of promising talent. That was evident, as it is every year, at the annual Education Celebration of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

This year was no different, with many or our brightest seniors, recognized. We salute the nine students who were feted that night.

And we were delighted with the photo and story about Katelyn Taylor, a 17-year-old from Elimsport and Lycoming County Dairy Princess.

Our dairy farmers have been fighting a tough battle in recent years. Taylor is right there for them, promoting the cause of dairy farming, agriculture and the benefits of whole milk wherever and however she can, even writing a recent op-ed column that was published in the Sun-Gazette.

Yes, we cannot help but be very, very proud of the people who call our region home.

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