MISS: With Memorial Day out of the way, summer has unofficially started. If recent days are any indication, we could be in for some turbulent weather. The Associated Press reported last week that in 2019 Pennsylvania has already seen as many tornadoes as it does in a typical 12-month span. And, it should be noted, that report came out before another round of storms battered the region on Tuesday and Wednesday. A meteorologist told the AP that “some years are more active than others – it’s a cycle we go through every few years,” and another conceded that in some years we might have experienced tornadoes that went undetected because we did not have Doppler radar systems. As we welcome the precious days of warm weather, we can only hope that we don’t have to spend too many of them looking to the sky and seeking shelter.
MISS: When it was announced early last month that an electric vehicle manufacturer was looking to purchase the shuttered General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, it was greeted with hosannas by those who would like to see the auto industry move into a future that is more environmentally friendly. As an added bonus, a reactivated plant would provide a boost to the area west of Youngstown, Ohio, which has seen woes aplenty as manufacturing has declined over the last 40 years. It turns out, however, that the cheers might have been premature. The New York Times reported this week that the as-yet unnamed electric car manufacturer exists only on paper, and they would need at least $300 million to get the plant pumping out cars again. We hope we’re wrong, but it could be the savior that Lordstown had been hoping for might have just been offering false hopes.
MISS: The artist Peter Max made his name in the 1960s for his colorful pop art, and he’s remained an ubiquitous figure ever since. Once a symbol of how art and commerce can seamlessly blend, the 81-year-old Max became a symbol of something far more pernicious this week – elder abuse. According to an investigation by The New York Times, Max’s family has exploited him while dementia has settled in over the last several years. The Times reported they have had him sign paintings that he did not create, and have otherwise mistreated him. But Max is not unfortunately not alone in being preyed upon – it’s estimated that anywhere from 1 million to 3 million elderly adults are financially abused each year. This can take the form of scams to influencing seniors to alter their wills. If anyone suspects an elderly person is being exploited, they should contact an adult protective services office or a lawyer. Aging is hard enough; being abused in any form by someone you should trust only makes it worse.
HIT: Congratulations are in order, again, for the West Greene High School softball team. Wednesday afternoon, the Pioneers thrashed Union, 11-0, to claim their fourth consecutive WPIAL championship, joining just four other teams that have accomplished that feat. Next up for the Pioneers are the state playoffs and an opportunity to win their third straight PIAA Class A title. We certainly wouldn’t bet against them.