EDITORIAL: Welcome back Black Friday
Thumbs Up: To CBL & Associates, one of the largest mall owners in the country and owner of the York Galleria, who said it would be closing most of its 89 shopping centers for Thanksgiving.
”We want you to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends and come fresh and excited to spend Black Friday with us,” writes CBL President & CEO Stephen Lebovitz in a letter to shoppers.
Black Friday, the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season, has all but disappeared with Thanksgiving Day taking its place due in part to increasing competition from online retailers.
Stores began opening their doors on the holiday with some shoppers claiming their spots in line earlier on Thanksgiving Day. Some even on Wednesday.
Workers, and even some shoppers, complained.
Of course, stores were also are seeing that they're not getting a significant sales bump by opening an extra day over the holiday weekend, since sales are being spread out throughout the week.
It’s not a bad idea to spend family holiday time at home instead of in line outside a mall, waiting for it to open.
“So enjoy that extra plate of pie at dinner, take a long afternoon nap, set your alarm and wake up with us to bring back the magic of Black Friday,” Lebovitz writes.
Thumbs Up: To Not One More York, which hosted the Bob Glatfelter Memorial Walk and Overdose Awareness Vigil at York College last weekend.
The walk offered information, awareness and support for those affected by drugs, especially heroin and opioids.
Vickie Glatfelter, whose son Bob Glatfelter died in 2014 from an overdose, helped organize the event with other members of Not One More York which she co-founded. During the event she emphasized that Narcan, which can be administered to reverse the effects of an overdose, may be obtained through her group.
York County Coroner Pam Gay, who is also a member of the York County Heroin Task Force, attended. She said heroin addiction is still an epidemic and there is still work to be done to prevent it.
"I think it's things like this you realize you're not alone," she said. "And in some ways, empowers people."
Go to www.notonemoreyorkpa.org for more information on the group.
Thumbs Up: To Susquehannock High School snare drummer Julien Sherman for being selected to play in the elite U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.
Each year, the Army chooses 125 top musician/students from around the country to participate.
"It’s a very competitive ensemble to get into," he said. "I always had that feeling like 'Yeah, chances are I won’t get in,' but all the hard work did pay off."
He’s in good company at Susquehannock. Four other student musicians have been chosen in recent years.
For the honor, Julien gets an all-expenses paid trip to San Antonio to spend a week participating in educational sessions conducted by top drum and bugle corps instructors from across the country. The group also works with the U.S. Army Field Band.
To end the week the All-American band will perform at the nationally television U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"This was something that could only be a dream, something that I wasn’t sure I could accomplish, so I’m very proud of the work I put in for it," he said.
So tune in to the game and see the halftime show, Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on NBC.