A Couple More Weeks In The Books

Besides working at the paper, I've finally started to explore the area that I live in. I took a trip to New Jersey, camping near the shore, and recently hiked part of the Appalachian Trail. When I started this internship, I was certain that I wanted to leave as soon as my internship concluded. But now that I'm here, I'm looking for every reason to stay. 

When I accepted this internship, everyone told me that Reading, Pennsylvania, was a dangerous place to live. On Forbes' crime scale, rating cities on a scale of 1-100, 100 being the safest, Reading is comin' in hot at 13. I thought I'd be working in a dingy downtown area, and I thought I'd be shutting myself up in my apartment trying to beat the heat. 

Working at the paper has given me the opportunity to explore this community and its surrounding areas. I'm used to cookie-cutter home suburbia, but here in Eastern PA, I've grown attached to the rolling hills and older communities. This place is so much more than just a crime rating. It has so much hidden character, reminding me so much of Athens, Ohio, where I go to school.

Today I got to attend Mountain Folk Festival, a tiny music festival held at Evergreen Country Club, which is really just an old clubhouse in the country. Bare-footed musicians played their banjos and violins all day to a small crowd who was there to appreciate them. It was great! I photographed a group of Vietnam veterans who meet monthly to remember the sacrifices they made and to ride their motorcycles for leisure. You'll get to see those photos later after they've run in the paper.

Here's some photos I've taken recently for my internship:

 Joe Willard of Muhlenberg Township places a candle in memory of a fallen soldier at the candlelight ceremony on June 10, 2016, at the Moving Wall at Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg Township, PA. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Joe Willard of Muhlenberg Township places a candle in memory of a fallen soldier at the candlelight ceremony on June 10, 2016, at the Moving Wall at Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg Township, PA. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Gavin Jacobs, 6, of Leesport looks at the names on the wall at the Opening Ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall in Muhlenberg, PA, on June 9, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Gavin Jacobs, 6, of Leesport looks at the names on the wall at the Opening Ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall in Muhlenberg, PA, on June 9, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Linda Kostan of Muhlenberg searches for a name on the wall at the Opening Ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall in Muhlenberg, PA, on June 9, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Linda Kostan of Muhlenberg searches for a name on the wall at the Opening Ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall in Muhlenberg, PA, on June 9, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Kaitlynn Tindall waves to a friend on June 10, 2016, before the Schuylkill Valley High School commencement ceremony. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Kaitlynn Tindall waves to a friend on June 10, 2016, before the Schuylkill Valley High School commencement ceremony. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Graduates line up to receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony for Schuylkill Valley High School in Reading, PA, on June 10, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Graduates line up to receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony for Schuylkill Valley High School in Reading, PA, on June 10, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Maria Meigio throws the ball during the PIAA playoff game against Holy Redeemer on June 9, 2016, at Lyons Ballfield. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Maria Meigio throws the ball during the PIAA playoff game against Holy Redeemer on June 9, 2016, at Lyons Ballfield. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Juan Soria, 18, is greeted by his parents, Manuel and Magdalena, prior to the Berks Catholic High School graduation on June 8, 2016, at Alvernia University in Reading, PA. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Juan Soria, 18, is greeted by his parents, Manuel and Magdalena, prior to the Berks Catholic High School graduation on June 8, 2016, at Alvernia University in Reading, PA. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Hamburg's Janson Youndt pitches at the game against Bellefonte in the PIAA playoffs in Chambersburg, PA, on June 13, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Hamburg's Janson Youndt pitches at the game against Bellefonte in the PIAA playoffs in Chambersburg, PA, on June 13, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Hamburg's Derek Roberts slides into second base at the game against Bellefonte in the PIAA playoffs in Chambersburg, PA, on June 13, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Hamburg's Derek Roberts slides into second base at the game against Bellefonte in the PIAA playoffs in Chambersburg, PA, on June 13, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Caption/Description: Hamburg's Logan Adams looks dejected after their loss at the game against Bellefonte in the PIAA playoffs in Chambersburg, PA, on June 13, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Caption/Description: Hamburg's Logan Adams looks dejected after their loss at the game against Bellefonte in the PIAA playoffs in Chambersburg, PA, on June 13, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Anakai Ney performs in the Sound Room on June 14, 2016, in Reading, PA. The Sound Room is a short performance produced by the WEEU radio station which features singer-songwriters from the Reading, Pennsylvania, area. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Anakai Ney performs in the Sound Room on June 14, 2016, in Reading, PA. The Sound Room is a short performance produced by the WEEU radio station which features singer-songwriters from the Reading, Pennsylvania, area. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 Daniel Williams, 6, of Trumbauersville participates in the 2016 Relay for Life held in Denver, PA, on June 16, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

Daniel Williams, 6, of Trumbauersville participates in the 2016 Relay for Life held in Denver, PA, on June 16, 2016. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

 South Heidelberg Township Police Chief James Girard poses for a portrait in his office at the South Heidelberg Township Municiple Building on June 16, 2016. Girard is retiring at the end of this month after 25 years of service to the township. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)

South Heidelberg Township Police Chief James Girard poses for a portrait in his office at the South Heidelberg Township Municiple Building on June 16, 2016. Girard is retiring at the end of this month after 25 years of service to the township. (Sarah Stier: Reading Eagle)