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Color me Thiel

By Emily Thiel, News editor,

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In my first week as the new editor here at the Southern Berks News, I have had many great
experiences with members of my new community. My coworkers have been very welcoming and
helpful as I learn the aspects to my new job. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to excel in my field.Visiting the Exeter Community Library was my first exposure to the area and the people who
reside within the townships. I attended the library’s weekly Sleepytime event, where children are invited to come to the library for stories and singing. “Pat the Bunny” made a special appearance. Hearing the story made me reminisce about my childhood when I was read the same tale.
I always take the time to embrace a “full-circle” experience. (I have recently realized that I am quite sentimental.) It was great to see how many families came out on a Wednesday evening to engage in a community event supporting our public library!Over the weekend, I was welcomed to attend a number of events. I helped to clean-up the Thun Trail with a number of volunteers who care about keeping the path user friendly. I care a great deal for the environment and always put forth my own personal efforts to keep my natural surroundings free of litter.
Meeting people from both the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Trail Keepers and Berks County Bicycle Club was a special highlight for me, as the event introduced me to people in the area who are passionate about the same things that I am. When I lived in the Lehigh Valley, I would bike to the Lehigh Parkway to complete the entire 6-mile loop, then bike back to my house. I am especially excited that I will still have access to a river trail. I love living near rivers; there is something so calming about the moving water that allows me to feel connected with nature.
My parents are the ones who instilled in me a love for the outdoors. Every weekend we would take family trips to Hawk Mountain, Middle Creek, local trails, rivers and lakes. I used to hate the required time spent hawk watching, hiking, or biking, but now that I am older, being in nature is my lifeline. Every time I see a hawk, I always think to tell my parents. Now that I appreciate nature, I am thankful for the time my parents took to show my brother and me why they love the outdoors. I’m glad to have made contacts in the area who feel just as passionately as I do about nature and biking.
It’s still a bit too cold for me to venture out on the path, but once the weather warms up, I am eager to get on my bike and travel around my new town.
I got to visit the Daniel Boone Homestead while observing Boy Scout Troop 597 during their Klondike Derby. What I admired about this troop was how the older scouts really took the reigns in leading the day. Everything from what to cover, how to organize and operate the day was completely planned by the scouts. The scouts had different stations set up to teach the younger cubs the essentials of scouting. The scout masters were only in charge of the safety for the groups. It’s great to see how involved the scouts are in their troop and the confidence in these young men.
This past weekend, I admired the handmade crafts of those at the Daniel Boone Optimist Club Spring Craft Show, and met the Easter bunny at the annual Egg Hunt in Exeter. Driving around from each event to the next had me amazed at the beauty of Berks County. I was awed at the mountains, fields, horses and farms throughout the county. This area is extremely beautiful and breathtaking. I am anticipating when the spring season gets herself into gear and the warm weather brings out budding flowers and greenery.
As always, please call or email me with your events in the area. Have a nice Easter weekend; hopefully we don’t see any more snow here in Berks County!