Editorial: Deer wrangler prevents injuries, damage

York Dispatch
  • She's been bugging kids to read for 11 years
  • West York rallies around ailing boy
Bobby Beck III managed to catch this white-tail deer inside the Manchester-area Giant Food Store and, with help, drag it outside to freedom on Feb. 6, 2017.
(Photo courtesy of Tonya Beck)

Thumbs up: It’s one thing to find yourself suddenly in a peculiar and perhaps dangerous situation. It’s another to spring into action to quell the chaos.

That’s just what Bobby Beck III did last week while hunting for medicine to battle his head cold at a Giant in East Manchester Township. And speaking of hunting, he ended up bagging a deer.

A doe smashed through the glass front door of the supermarket while he and his wife shopped and began running through the aisles. The experienced outdoorsman instantly knew what to do.

"I looked at my wife and said, 'I got this.'"

Beck chased the deer and put her in a headlock and started walking her toward the door. At one point the deer “started freaking out,” according to Beck. After getting a  hoof kick to the ribs, Beck got the deer under control and with a little help, out the door.

Impromptu deer-wrangler Bobby Beck III and his son, Zane, hold a fawn they raised.
(Photo courtesy of the Beck family)

"She was only bleeding out of her nose a little bit," Beck said. "We let her go, and she took off toward Starbucks."

It was a pretty gutsy move on Beck’s part — protecting the shoppers, saving the deer and preventing further damage to the store.

Grocery store deer-wrangler to wife: 'I got this'

We hope he didn't forget his cold medicine.

Thumbs up: What do a bumble bee, butterfly, cockroach and spider have in common?

They are some of the bug costumes that Donna Watkins uses in her quest to challenge children to read.

Donna Watkins, also known as Ms. Donna, shows her butterfly costume as she talks about her passion for encouraging children to read, at her home in York City, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.  Watkins has worked to share the importance of reading with parents, as well as their children, for 17 years. Dawn J. Sagert photo

It’s a quest she’s been on for 11 years ever since her son was in middle school and an avid reader. The principal asked her how she got the boy to read.

"I bugged him to read," she said with a laugh. "You have to bug them."

She’s made  appearances as the “Reading Bug” ever since.

She’s thrived through a series of hardships including the deaths of her husband, mother and father in a short span. She was nearly homeless at one point.

A tale of love - and reading

It explains her compassion for people in need and the push for education through reading.

"I think this is what I was born to do," she said.

It’s a joy watching someone with passion  do their work. York is fortunate to have this strong woman as part of our community, which is why she was chosen as one of our Black History month personalities.

Thumbs up: To residents of West York borough and beyond, who are rallying around a sick boy who lives in the community.

Last month, 7-year-old Hudsen Wolfe was diagnosed with an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor.

Valentine's Day cards, bracelets, fundraiser forms and a money jar sit in the West York Borough building, ready to help 7-year-old Hudsen Wolfe, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Newly appointed West York Mayor Shawn Mauck called upon residents to step up to help raise the $100,000 goal on the boy’s GoFundMe campaign. The proceeds will help Hudsen’s family with medical bills. So far, the campaign has raised more than $18,600.

“Anything we can do to make his time a little more special, I think we should be doing that,” Mauck said.

West York rallying around ailing boy

And that is being done with “Team Hudsen” T-shirt and wristband sales, a bakery  fundraiser and a trove of Valentine’s Day cards collected from borough residents delivered to Hudsen. Donation jars are popping up at area businesses and at the borough hall.

York Countians might have their differences, but when it comes to helping those stricken by tragedies, we unite to support and help.

Anyone who is looking to help Hudsen’s family can donate at the West York Borough building, 1381 W. Poplar St., on online at www.gofundme.com/hudsens-story.