Little penguin inspires local author’s first children’s book

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:32 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Writing a book was never in Lillian Reinys’ life plans.

That is, until the longtime Newcastle resident met a little penguin that stole her heart on a 2008 expedition to the Antarctic region.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Lillian Reinys, of Newcastle, tells the story of Sebastian, a wayward penguin trying to find his way home, in her first book ‘Sebastian’s Journey.’

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Lillian Reinys, of Newcastle, tells the story of Sebastian, a wayward penguin trying to find his way home, in her first book ‘Sebastian’s Journey.’

Reinys fondly remembers an excursion that took the group to an area filled with penguins on the once-in-a-lifetime trip made possible by a niece’s invitation. Read more

Editorial — Consider volunteering in the classroom

September 2, 2015

NEW — 4:50 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

Newcastle parents whisked their children off to school this week, symbolically bringing an end to the long summer nights.

After dropping the kids off at school, you might feel the urge to kick back, relax and enjoy some “me” time. You deserve it after a long summer keeping the young ones entertained.

But wait! The schools need you. The volunteer jobs are endless. The playgrounds need monitors, the libraries can use assistance, the front offices might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s offices are often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.

But the best volunteer jobs may be working directly with students. Parents, grandparents and other citizens are always welcome to just listen to children read. Read more

Editorial — Don’t leave kids, dogs to die in hot cars

July 2, 2015

It must be horrible to be trapped in a very hot, small space, yearning for water, gasping for air and begging to be released.

Despite the fact that scenario will horrify most readers, every single summer, police get calls about children and dogs trapped in hot cars.

Temperatures have been in the 80s in recent days and it’s not midsummer yet.

On average, 37 children across the country have died each year since 1998 from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles, according to www.noheatstroke.org. Read more