The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 21, 2008

Mid-Daily Items: Life and the Mechanical Bull

The Rev. Chris Heckaman, pastor of the Country Rock Church in Sidney, Ohio, said he was just looking for creative ways to reach people in unconventional places.

So on Sunday night, the church held its inaugural service at the Pub Lounge. About 100 people turned out for the first meeting Sunday night at the bar, which normally features beer on tap and mechanical bull-riding contests.

The pastor said the congregation really seemed to enjoy themselves during the hourlong service, and he expects the Country Rock Church to meet weekly at their new site.

His first sermon was a sort of bull-riding lesson. He compared staying on the mechanical bull to learning how to get along in life.

- From the eastern shores of Florida comes word today that a Bahamian girl's seaborne school project has landed on the sandy doorstep of NASA.

United Space Alliance worker Jill Vogel found a message in a bottle from a student at the Holy Name Catholic School in Bimini, about 220 miles southeast of Titusville, Fla. and the Bahamas island that is closest to Florida.

Vogel recently found the bottle while volunteering for a beach cleanup near the space shuttle launch pads at Kennedy Space Center, Florida Today reported on Saturday.

"Dear Sea penpal," the note began, going on to explain that the bottle wasn't litter, but a Columbus Day project. "I hope you respond to my letter."

Respond they will.

Vogel and others have collected space memorabilia - crew photos, pins, stickers and other NASA gear -_ to send to the 9-year-old girl and her classmates.

- And just in case you missed it, the Super Bowl championship wasn’t the only big event this year for New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Manning married college sweetheart Abby McGrew during a sunset ceremony Saturday at the One & Only Palmilla resort on Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

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