By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
What were a fire engine, a transit bus and a school bus doing parked in front of the Montour County Courthouse Tuesday morning?
Montour County Commissioners Chairman Trevor Finn brought Squrt Engine 23 because he’s a Danville firefighter. County Transit Director Amanda Boyer drove a transit bus and county Deputy Sheriff Bill Beitz brought a sheriff’s vehicle.
A Danville police cruiser was nearby because Danville Police Chief Eric Gill was helping with traffic control.
Also parked there was a yellow Danville Child Development Center bus that transported children to the courthouse.
The various modes of transportation symbolized the book “The Bus for Us” by Suzanne Bloom and chosen as this year’s selection for the Eighth Annual Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child early literacy initiative. Bloom recently visited the Thomas Beaver Free Library where she read her book to a packed community room.
Despite some rain and wind, children filled the courthouse steps for an observance of the Week of the Young Child, which is this week.
Finn read the proclamation the commissioners issued to celebrate young children and their teachers in the county.
Commissioners Vice Chairman Jack Gerst read the Bloom’s book with Commissioner Jerry Ward pointing out vehicles she described.
“This is always one of our favorite days when a group of children comes visit us,” Gerst told the crowd.
After he finished reading, he had the kids scream as loud as they could so people in Riverside could hear them.
Jim McClincy, of Sunbury, also known as the “Singing Mailman,” entertained with songs before and after the book reading.
And, of course, one of the sing-along-songs was about the wheels going round and round on the bus.