Backyard Broadcasting Podcast

Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of June 3, 2024

A Spanish resort town has banned public displays of adult inflatables, a couple found $100,000 in a New York park, Mr. Monopoly has been arrested and more on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - National Range and Armory

For those who are new to owning firearms or who want training  before they choose to obtain a gun forconcealed carry or home security, you’re invited to Ladies night on the 1st Thursday of the month, or Beginners Night on the third Thursday of the month at National Range and Armory on Washington Blvd in Williamsport.
Become more confident using firearms by taking advantage of low-cost classesclose to home.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Lycoming County Fire Police Association is holding their 6th Annual Food Truck Picnic and Vendor Show

The Lycoming County Fire Police Association is holding their 6th Annual Food Truck Picnic and Vendor Show in Nisbet on June 15th from 11am til 6pm and you’re invited!
Freddi Hammer talks with the Association’s Vice President and fundraising chair, Nathan Shaffer, and he shares information about all the fun activities, retail vendors and the FOOD TRUCKS that will be at this yearly family event; that helps raise money for fire police officer’s training and equipment.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Mountain View Christian School

Families who are looking for an alternative to public school for their Pre-k to 8th grade students have a choice in Williamsport.   Mountain View Christian School provides a superb education with an emphasis on the whole student; academic, physical and spiritual.  Principal and Teacher, Mr. Dale Walker talks with Freddi Hammer  about how MVCS offers small class sizes, dedicated teachers, transparent communication between faculty, students, and their families, and a new state of the art building for the 2024-2025 school year.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of May 27, 2024

Technology may soon change our fantasies, a Kentucky man with the dubious record of being the world's most arrested man has passed away,  two Pandas will arrive at the National Zoo later this year and much more on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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The Backyard Broadcasting Business Spotlight for May 2024

It's the May 2024 edition of the Backyard Business Spotlight with Shawn Carey's conversation featuring Jason Fink, President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. 

We get reaction of the breaking news from Little League Baseball as Patrick Wilson becomes the next President/CEO with the retirement of Steve Keener at the end of the year as well as an update on the 2024 Grand Slam Parade, taking place on Tuesday, August 13th at 5pm in Williamsport.

Plus, Jason gives his account of the maiden flight of Southern Airways Express that left Dulles (Washington D.C.) en route to the Williamsport Regional Airport on May 23rd, as well as a look ahead to the next area business ribbon cutting and June PM Exchange.

 

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of May 20, 2024

The French Post Office has released a "scratch 'n' sniff" postage stamp, a cat has earned an honorary doctorate from Vermont State University, the City of Richmond sued a business owner for back taxes only to find the owner was actually owed a refund and more, all in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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Shawn Carey speaks with New York Times feature writer and Clinton County native Steven Kurutz.

Shawn Carey speaks with New York Times feature writer and Clinton County native Steven Kurutz, author of his latest book, "American Flannel: How A Band Of Entrepreneurs Are Bringing The Art And Business Of Making Clothes Back Home," published by Penguin Random House.


During our conversation, Steven was traveling back home to Pennsylvania for the holiday weekend.  On Saturday May 25, 2024, he'll appear at Otto Bookstore, 107 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, for a meet and greet plus a discussion of the book, which highlights Woolrich, creators of the original buffalo plaid check flannel shirt in 1850. 

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Soap Box Derby Williamsport

In Touch this past Sunday, Soap Box Derby Williamsport, PA has started their season, preparing drivers for the big race down Market Street on June 8th.  Volunteer Mike Barclay talks with Freddi Hammer about the need for new volunteers, not just for race day, but for planning during the year, too! Soap box derby families in Williamsport never pay a fee to participate in the events, so supporting ‘Soap Box Derby Williamsport, PA helps every local kid who tries to make it to Akron, Ohio for the Championship Derby this summer!

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of May 13, 2024

A volunteer fire company in Maryland is scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars, a sloth turns 54 and the Orcas are at it again, all on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of May 6, 2024

Luxury gym Equinox is launching a health program that will set members back $40,000 per year, a Massachusetts woman won $1 million twice in ten weeks and chickens were on the loose in Brooklyn!  These stories and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Spongy Moth

Rosa Yoo, a Forest Health Manager for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), gives an update on the Spongy Moth population in Pennsylvania and what they are doing, in coordination with other agencies, to suppress the Spongy Moth caterpillars that have emerged this spring. 
The goal of the DCNR Spongy Moth suppression program, through ground crew analyzation and aerial spraying, is to minimize defoliation, so trees in the PA Wilds can be healthy and fight stress and disease.


https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/InsectsAndDiseases/SpongyMoth/Pages/default.aspx


https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/HabitatManagement/Pages/Spongy-Moth.aspx

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Freddi Hammer interviews Anthony Mussare from Girlz in the Hoodie and Danny Boone from the band Rehab

Local non-profit group Girlz in the Hoodie, in conjunction with The Bar on Market and New Trail Brewing Company, is excited to host Rehab in its first ever Benefit Concert Series. The concert will be held at The Side Bar in downtown Williamsport on Sunday May 12 – Mother’s Day. Rehab, best known for the song “Bartender Song (Sittin’ at a Bar)”, is currently on a national tour and stopping in Williamsport for one night only. 

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on The Bar on Market website (thebaronmarket.bar), Rehab’s website (www.rehabtheband.com), or follow the link on Girlz in the Hoodie’s Facebook Page. General entry tickets are $40, and VIP Meet & Greet tickets are $100 with special access to a private lounge and a private bar before the show.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of April 29, 2024

A Florida man has been arrested for throwing pasta in a road rage incident, a London mother turned green after mixing multiple self-tanning products and a Philadelphia man is asking for help to find his emotional support alligator...these stories and more in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Sojourner Truth Ministries Health & Resource Fair

There will be a Health and Resource Fair May 22nd 10a-1pm at Sojourner Truth Ministries at 501 High Street in Williamsport.  Pastor Angelique invites the community to the fair and showcases the agencies that will support this unique hands-on event with appropriate resources for the non-reading community and others in need of support.  Join in on Wednesday, May 22nd and network with other members of the community looking to make the world a better place.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - James V. Brown Library Summer Learning Program

The JV Brown Library in Williamsport has an 8-week Summer Learning Program that begins on June 15th.  Get your free library card and choose from a variety of free activities all summer, including field trips to swim, hike, and play in Lycoming County. 
Freddi Hammer talks with Programming and Youth Services Director for the library, Nicole Rader, and CEO and Director, Amy Resh, about the all benefits alibrary system provides for the community year round.

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Backyard Broadcasting Business Spotlight for April 2024

It's the 4th episode in 2024 of the Backyard Business Spotlight with Shawn Carey and Jason Fink (President/CEO, Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce). 

 

Jason reveals details on the multi-million dollar baseball/softball project on the former Susquehanna Supply property, a big announcement from The District at Lycoming Valley, an update on the Maynard Street Wawa construction in Williamsport, preparations on the Grand Slam Parade in August, the can't miss PM Exchanges in May as well as the return of flights at the Williamsport Regional Airport.    

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association Home Show

The 2024 West Branch Susquehanna Home Builders Association Home Show is this weekend at Liberty Arena in downtown Williamsport, and invites all whohave dreams of home ownership, repair, or a new look or addition for your home, to the three day show April 26th through the 28th. Laura Krieger tells Freddi Hammerabout the vendors who will fill up the 35 thousand square feet of the home show, and if you’re in the industry, how being a member of the West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association helps build your business through networkingand opportunity.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of April 15, 2024

A Madisonville, Kentucky man was arrested after claiming to being chased by an "invisible man", police in Washington are looking for a woman dubbed "The Kissing Thief", a newlywed was horrified by the gift of a sculpture made from her new husband's nail clippings and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch - Arthur's Pet Pantry

An organization formed in Watsontown to help feed pets in need called Arthur’s Pet Pantry, is having a fundraiser festival on April 20th starting at 11am.

Families and leashed dogs are invited to theBone Hunt – like an Easter egg hunt for dogs with treats inside provided by MADS Doggo Bistro.  Freddi Hammer talks about their biggest fundraiser of the year with the secretary of Arthur’s Pet Pantry, Grace Knapp.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - 2nd Annual Agricultural Safety Fair

The Geisinger Jersey Shore Level IV Trauma Team will host their 2nd Annual Agricultural Safety Fair on Saturday, April 13th at the Clinton County Fairgrounds from 10am until 1pm.  Geisinger Trauma Team Manager, Amy Swarthout talks about the specialized agencies who will provide demos and training about important safety topics, including stop the bleed training, grain silo rescue, firearm safety and more.  The fair is for all ages and free to attend.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Camp Freedom

Veterans, First Responders, Law Enforcement and Gold Star Families are welcome to learn about Camp Freedom, near Carbondale, PA.  A facility dedicated to help those dealing with trauma or transition heal, by offering outdoor activities and camaraderie at an over 2,300 acre camp for free. 

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Strange and Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of March 25, 2024

You may soon be able to open display cases in stores with your phone, a church in Barcelona, Spain will soon be completed, 100 years after its designer died, a horse is rescued after taking a dip in a swimming pool in Georgia and more in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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The Backyard Business Spotlight for March 2024

Our third Backyard Business Spotlight of the year, with Jason Fink, President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, has new information on the 2024 Grand Slam Parade, an update on airline service returning in May to the Williamsport Regional Airport, plus recaps on recent new business ribbon-cuttings and the upcoming April PM Exchanges.  

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Girlz in the Hoodie

Girlz in the Hoodie is a non-profit organization that raises money to provide warm hoodies for women during their mastectomy recovery or chemotherapy treatment, as well as for scholarships for students who have lost a mother figure to breast cancer.  Girlz in the Hoodie will have a golf tournament in June and will raffle off their custom 1974 Volkswagen bus in October, but they really hope you can spread the word of their mission to those in your life touched by breast cancer, and help get hoodies out to all who need or want them.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of March 18, 2024

The U.S. research agency DARPA is looking to build a railroad on the moon, an English woman woke up and began to speak with a Welsh accent, the heaviest blueberry has been grown in Australia and more, in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of March 11, 2024

A Florida man has been arrested after joking about having a bomb while in line to board an airliner, Peter Kessner has reportedly seen and logged 10,000 species of birds and 2 stories about a man named "Deez Nuts"...plus much more in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Central PA Vintage Fest

Take steps toward recycling and sustainability by attending the Central PA Vintage Fest to find beautiful clothing, décor and collectibles that are from days gone by.
Thrifting saves money and the environment, and all the vendors filling the booths at Central PA Vintage Fest as well as those participating in the Makers Market downstairs at the Pajama Factory next Saturday from 10 till 5, can help you find classic items that can complement your life!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Mike Barclay Soap Box Derby Williamsport

Soap Box Derby Williamsport, PA has started their season, preparing drivers for the big race down Market Street on June 8,  2024!  Volunteer Mike Barclay talks with Freddi Hammer about the need for new volunteers, not just for race day, but for planning during the year, too! Soap box derby families in Williamsport never pay a fee to participate in the events, so supporting Soap Box Derby Williamsport, PA during Raise the Region, can encourage every local kid who tries to make it to Akron, Ohio for the Championship Derby this summer!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Newberry Community Partnership

The “Newberry Community Partnership” will be included in over 350 non-profit groups during this month’s Raise the Region – a 30 Hour Online Fundraiser.   

Freddi Hammer talks with Bob Woodley, board member of the Newberry Community Partnership, who says they work together every year to beautify Newberry and support community activities and residents.


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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of February 26, 2024

An Irish woman had her injury claim tossed after it was discovered she participated in and won a Christmas Tree-throwing contest, authorities have arrested a teenager in connection with the theft of nine luxury vehicles, the classic video game Tetris turns 40 years old this year and more, on this week's edition of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged.

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Backyard Business Spotlight Podcast February 2024

Shawn Carey is joined by Jason Fink, President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce to recap their annual meeting and recognize this year's award winners.  

Plus, we get a construction update of the Wawa project on Maynard Street in the city, news on a business that has opened in downtown Williamsport that can help new businesses, and we recap with a look ahead to what will be a busy March in the area, highlighted by ribbon cuttings and grand openings!  

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Community Options Inc.

In Touch this past Sunday, With Raise the Region on the way on March 13th & 14th, there is a new 501c3 organization to learn about before the big day.  Community Options Inc. will be included on RaiseTheRegion.org in 2024 for their first year.  They are an organization who works with individuals with intellectual disabilities, helping them navigate resources in housing, employment, and more.  Freddi Hammer talks with Jamie Lycons, the executive director of Community Options in Columbia and Northumberland Counties.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - American Heart Month with Dr. Nancy Fitch

Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death for men and women and as February is American Heart Month, Dr. Nancy Fitch, emergency physician of MedExpress helps raise awareness about heart disease.  Dr. Fitch talks with Freddi Hammer about heart disease and shares critical information about the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and when to take immediate action.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of February 12, 2024

A security guard in Moscow is accused of trying to eat the artwork he was hired to protect, an alligator missing since September is found along a Pennsylvania river and a Texas salesman was saved by his tablet during a shooting in Fort Worth.  These stories and more in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Raise the Region

Raise the Region is a 30 hour online giving campaign that serves non-profits in a 7-County area in North Central PA.  The deadline to apply as a recipient for the fundraiser is Friday, February 16th
Erin Ruhl Director of Community Engagement from the First Community Foundation Partnership explains how they, along with Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, will use their online platform and stretch funds to elevate local non-profits for the 12th year this March.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of February 5, 2024

A woman discovered $1 million in bearer bonds at an estate sale, tourists and locals alike are flocking to the parking deck of the Hughes Center to get a look at The Las Vegas Sphere and a man climbed the Sphere to protest abortion!  These stories and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 29, 2024

A New Jersey animal shelter is accepting donations to have a feral cat named after your ex and then have it neutered, a man in Columbia staged a fake carjacking to propose to his girlfriend and a teacher is teaching her students finance by charging them rent and more, this week in The Files of The Strange And Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Code Red: Period

"Code Red: Period" is a new initiative by the Junior League of Williamsport to raise funds that will provide supplies for middle and high school age girls in Central PA who face "period poverty," when the cost of sanitary items is more than they or their families can afford, not to mention the anxiety teens can experience if they are unprepared. Lilli Amanda Crum and LaTricia Scutching from the Junior League talk with Freddi Hammer about their efforts and how we can donate or support the teachers who support the young women in our schools.

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Shawn Carey chats with Kaelan Dorr who represents the Great American Outdoor Show

Shawn Carey chats with Kaelan Dorr who represents the Great American Outdoor Show, February 3-11, 2024 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.  We learn about what the show has to offer as well as the specific events for everyone that loves the outdoors!  

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Rock for Rescues 2024

Mary and Dennis Marquette are starting now putting together a fundraiser coming this summer that will help raise money for three local dog rescues, “Mommy & Me” in Mt Carmel, “Patriot K9 Rescue” in Elysburg and “Rescue Pets Serving Vets” in Benton.  National recording artist Ron Keel will perform, too!


They are seeking an opening band and other donations for their July 2024 event at in Sunbury.

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The Backyard Business Spotlight for January, 2024

Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jason Fink joins Shawn Carey for our monthly conversation. 

 

In the first Backyard Business Spotlight of 2024, we discuss the recent announcement of Southern Airways Express beginning passenger air service at the Williamsport Regional Airport, construction of a popular brewing company from Lewisburg that will open a second location in Williamsport later this year, as well as the debut of a new distillery, Fair Play Distillers, on Lycoming Creek Road.    

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - "Remote Outpost" by Travis Harman

“Remote Outpost” is an upcoming book written by local author and veteran, Travis Harman, about his experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan.  To fulfill his master’s degree requirements at Wilkes College, he will teach a creative writing group for Veterans and their spouses that is set to start February 5th at the Williamsport Vet Center.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 15, 2024

The TSA intercepted nearly 7,000 guns last year, a frustrated passenger smacked a pilot due to a 13-hour flight delay and The Bronx Zoo and The San Antonio Zoo are allowing scorned lovers to name cockroaches after their exes!  These stories and more on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Step Americorps

In Touch this past Sunday, Step Americorp, the Tri-County NAACP and other partners invite you to participate in the MLK Day of Service and Williamsport’s Dream Weak from January 15th through the 20th.  Rachelle Abbott and Carrie Bruning of STEP AmeriCorps and Ron Frick of the Lycoming County United Way describe activities scheduled all week that promote service, inclusion, education and equity in our community.

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File of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 8, 2024

A former Congresswoman has been caught sharing food photos that she claimed she took but were actually taken by other people, a woman was rescued by hikers after falling 200 feet and I-Phone that was sucked out of the Alaska Airlines flight that had a door plug fail, was found to still be operational after falling 16,000 feet!  These stories and more on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 1, 2024

A Florida man has been accused of faking an overdose to avoid prison sentencing, a 13-year-old is the first person to "break" Tetris and a dog ate $4,000 in cash!  These stories and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Social Worker Kristy Teisher, Eat Share

Social Worker Kristy Teisher, is at the helm of a group of volunteers who make warm meals for local individuals and families who can’t do it themselves, through the website Eat Share dot org.  Learn how your family recipes or special entrees that you create can bless families or individuals, whether they are struggling to get food on the table or just had a baby and need some help.  Volunteers serve their neighbors with Dignity and Benevolence through this non-profit Collaboration with Eat Share.org.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen

A Japanese man used so much insecticide that he caused an explosion, a man and his daughter may have discovered a shipwreck from 1871 while fishing, a woman posing as a Waffle House employee worked for two hours before stealing from the cash register and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange and Deranged.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Williamsport Firefighters Stephen Yonkin, James Baker

Exposure to toxic materials is a risk that most firefighters in the world take on when they choose to enter that profession.  The reality is, they often face a cancer diagnosis and extended treatment, when they should be spending their retirement with family and loved ones


Williamsport Firefighters Stephen Yonkin, James Baker and their colleagues are working to raise awareness and funds for cancer screenings, so that both retired and active Williamsportfirefighters can be informed early about their health, and terminal cancer can be prevented.

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