The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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October 31, 2012

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Sportsmen's caravan rolls on

“Freshly fallen leaves on the forest floor in the November sun bring more happiness than even the daffodils.”

Sportsmen’s caravan rolls

Each election cycle there are always a few hardy sportsmen and sportswomen who take to the highways, byways and back roads of our state in hopes of promoting the candidate they think will give to the best deal to hunters, anglers, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts in general. This year is no exception.

Now that I’m retired and can get involved again with electioneering, I’ve signed on with this year’s Sportsmen’s Caravan. We attended events last week in south central Pennsylvania and in the Lehigh Valley. Starting tomorrow our caravan will go non-stop through Election Day.

We are having our send-off this evening at 6 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shop outside of Harrisburg. Governor Romney’s son Tagg will be in attendance. Please know that you and your family are more than welcome to come down for the festivities and to get in a little outdoor-related shopping while you’re there.

Our caravan is supporting the NRA-endorsed slate of candidates. It’s our hope that sportsmen and sportswomen will vote in big numbers and make a difference in this election. Together, if we can be part of the margin of victory, hopefully, we will have some chips to cash-in with our newly-elected officials when it really matters. To learn who the NRA-endorsed and graded candidates are please visit: www.nrapvf/grades-endorsements/2012/pennsylvania.aspx.

Astronomy matters

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone and, by and large, our valley was unscathed by this monster storm. However, the folks at the New Jersey shore and in New York City weren’t nearly as lucky. One explanation for this is astronomy. The October full moon, also known as the Hunter’s Moon or the Blood Moon, was at its peak, along with a high tide, at the zenith of the storm surge. The outcome was catastrophic.

Astronomers and meteorologists have known that this type of storm was going to happen for a long time and that similar storms probably did happen before, many moons ago.

It’s an astronomy lesson the unfortunate people in the storm’s path won’t forget for a long, long time.

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