The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 12, 2014

Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA visits, reads at Janet Weis Children's Hospital

— DANVILLE — Patients at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital got a dose of star power on Wednesday when they were visited by the current Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA.

Sydney Robertson, a 16-year old resident of Williamsport, chatted with several patients during her visit and even took time to read a story to one. Each patient also received an autographed picture of the pageant winner.

“I wanted to make the kids smile” and take their minds off being in a hospital, she said. “I want them to feel special.”

Nine-year old Luvly Davis McGraw, of Scranton, talked with Sydney about stuffed animals and her favorite school subject, art. Luvly showed her a poster she made out of water colors while staying in the hospital. Luvly’s mother, Amy McGraw, said it was nice of Sydney to visit.

Gabriel Carpenter, 6, Wellsboro, told Sydney about his favorite animals, pigs. In return, she shared a story with him about a competition she entered when she was younger where she had to catch greased pigs. It was very hard, she said with a laugh.

Sydney swapped stories about dogs with Samantha Darrup, 12, of Kulpmont. Samantha told Sydney about her two dogs, Ginger and Bear, while Sydney talked about her family’s 13-year-old dog that now needs help getting up and down stairs. Samantha also showed Sydney her necklace, which she made while being treated at Janet Weis.

Samantha said she was happy to have the chance to meet a beauty pageant winner in person.

“I always watch them on TV (beauty pageants), but I never met one who did them,” she said.

For 2-year-old Auron Benson, of Athens, Sydney read his favorite picture book, “What Will Hatch?”

Sydney said she was grateful for the chance to interact with the younger kids because it’s something she never experienced as the youngest child in her family. “I never got to be around little kids,” she said. “It makes me happy I can put a smile on other people’s faces.”

Sydney enjoyed her time at Janet Weis so much that she’s already planning a return trip. “I’d love to come back,” she said.

Email comments to

Text Only
  • autisim1.jpg PHOTO ESSAY: National Autism Awareness Month

    If Tami Williams could teach people only one thing about her students, it’s how different each one is.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DEA packet compares school scores, salaries

    DANVLLE — Members of the Danville Education Association are circulating a pamphlet as part of their planned strike on Thursday.

    April 16, 2014

  • Snyder DA says email security breach could be a crime

    MIDDLEBURG — Even though acting Midd-West Superintendent Daphne Snook may not have broken school policy by monitoring district emails, Valley legal experts say she still may have broken the law.

    April 16, 2014

  • Midd-West board feels backlash

    April 16, 2014

  • Good Morning Central Susquehanna Valley

    Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. On April 16, 1964, The Rolling Stones’ first album, eponymously titled “The Rolling Stones,” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records (a slightly different version debuted in the United States a month and a-half later).

    April 16, 2014

  • Donkey basketball draws 600, raises $1,800

    SUNBURY — The Shikellamy Fieldhouse was loud and rocking Tuesday night as Shikellamy High School students took on the Valley All-Stars in a donkey basketball fundraiser to benefit Newspapers in Education.

    April 15, 2014

  • mail16a.jpg Post Offices busy just before today's tax deadline

    SUNBURY — Bill Shambach plopped his three envelopes addressed to tax collectors on the counter of the Post Office on North Third Street at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon — four hours before the office closed for the day.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Guzzardi_Bob.png Governor's Republican opponent remains on primary ballot

    HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania state judge has ruled that a Republican gubernatorial candidate can stay on the May 20 primary ballot as the lone challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

    April 15, 2014

  • Woman found in attic dies following house fire

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say fire claimed the life of a woman overnight.
    Officials in Luzerne County say crews were called to the Wilkes-Barre residence just before 11:30 p.m. Monday.

    April 15, 2014

The Daily Marquee

Are you among those who will be completing and mailing your tax forms today?

No - Already Filed
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.