Let’s call this Friday briefs:

  • Rutgers fans are chomping at the bit because they finally believe that beating Penn State on the football field is in their grasp. The teams meet tomorrow in New Jersey with the Scarlet Knights looking to end a 13-game losing streak against Penn State.  Rutgers is an 11 point underdog and based on how both teams have played they should not be but it’s likely because the Nittany Lions have outscored them 149-22 over the last five meetings.  Rutgers fans have wanted this to be a rivalry ever since they joined the Big Ten but even coach Greg Schiano says that won’t happen until the teams are competitive.  Will tomorrow be the start? Weather might be a factor and I don’t know who it favors but if Penn States losses you can be sure I will blame it on that.
  • You might remember earlier this year that I helped connect Ob-Co Donuts owner Rick Browner with Cliff Baker of “A Need We Feed.” The result was months of regular donut donations to help during the pandemic.  The two have hooked up again with Ob-Co’s to donate 6 dozen donuts every week through the end of the year.  You have to love when things like this come together and I do.
  • The latest COVID-19 restrictions put in place have resulted in Sunday’s Seaside Park Holiday Craft Show having to be cancelled. However the tree lighting on the lawn in front of the police station will still take place at 5pm.
  • It’s fairly common to see local volunteer fire companies selling Christmas trees to help raise funds and if ever there was a year they deserve support than this is it. I know both the Silverton Fire Company and Beachwood Fire Company began their annual tree sales last weekend.  In Beachwood they also sell wreaths and grave blankets.  Show your support for the people who are there for us all the time!