The Daily Item
— This Upper Darby native wishes he had never washed his hands of a teaching career. That was after he washed a lot of pots and pans as a hospital kitchen worker while a Danville Area High student. Rice, he says, is the worst cleanup job. “Rice burns fast,” he says. “I also scrubbed floors.” Found himself in a lot of hot water, but “My hands got clean,” he says. Clean, perhaps, as a whistle, like the one that would sound when he takes that once-in-a-lifetime rail trip across the Canadian Rockies. “No. 1, I like trains,” he says. “No. 2, I am fascinated with the Rocky Mountains. They are awesome.” So too is Cajon Pass in California, his favorite spot on Earth. “It is a railroad pass where the trains leaving Los Angeles have to go over mountains, so they have to go over Cajon Pass,” he says. He’s been there twice, watching the trains crawl up the mountain. “It’s like the Horseshoe Curve in Altoona, an engineering feat to get the trains over the mountains.” He’s been a member of the Lower Anthracite Model Railroad Club in Shamokin for 12 years, works for a real estate company, and says his worst sport in high school was basketball. “I sat on the bench,” he says. “They put me in during the last three minutes, when it didn’t matter. I had no affect on the outcome of the game.” He does wish he continued in a career in which he was able to affect students. He taught biology for nine years, at Columbia-Montour Vo Tech and in Baltimore County. “That’s the one thing I regret,” he says. “I had been a teacher and regret leaving the profession.” Guess Who! It's Peter Fleming, vice president of Riverside’s Borough Council!