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Noelle Barrett

Hi! I'm Noelle Barrett, a staff reporter at the Press And Journal. I started here as an intern in January of 2012, before joining the staff last July.

I spend a lot of my time sitting at my desk, clicking away on my keyboard and talking on the phone-- but the reward of this job is getting to meet new people and hearing about their lives.

I really do believe some of the best stories come from people just like you and me. It's probably why I'm such a big reality TV junkie-- I love those shows about the couponers and cheapskates, inmates and hoarders.

I was born and raised in Girardville, a small town in coal country--yes, I'm a "Skook." Ever since I was a kid, I always asked questions, which suits me well in this job, but drives my friends and family nuts.

I sort of stumbled into the world of journalism during my college years at LVC, where I also played on the rugby team (I was a hooker).

That's enough about me, but I'd love to hear about you--so feel free to comment on my blog posts, or send me an email. :)

My Saturday: A "Novel" idea

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Normally I am pretty busy, so initially I was pretty stoked that I wrote "NOTHING" on my Saturday to-do list, literally.

But how could nothing possibly be entertaining? Well, it's not. So I decided to venture out into Hershey/Hummelstown/Middletown.

FIRST STOP: The Hershey Public Library has its annual book sale starting Saturday (it goes until Wednesday). It was INTENSE, to say the least. I didn't take any pictures for this blog entry, and that's one of the many things I did wrong.

However, I left wanting more books, and I'll probably go back again. And while I'm a book hoarder, I'll probably clear some off my shelf for Middletown's next book sale or Hershey's.


1. Don't worry about being early: There were TONS of people, and I mean, like Black Friday chaos, although the people in the library are much more civil. You might be able to avoid crowds going later or not on the first day. Also, the wonderful volunteers (friends of the library) continued to re-stock empty spots and will do so all week.
2. Bring cash or check. Thankfully, I remembered to do this as yes, I have racked up a fine or two that I've had to pay by check or cash.
3. Bring a sturdy shopping bag. They have bags there, but you never know if they'll run out, and my bag was tearing by the time I got to the store
4. Bring a list: This is optional. I didn't do this because I liked stumbling upon little treasures, although many around me had lists. I talked to some people who were completing their series or looking for books for a class or summer reading list.
5. Dress for summer: I was REALLY hot because of all the people. It felt like super summer. Maybe even a fan would be good?
6. Be prepared to wait: Some of the lines were long as people browsed. Also, a couple of people were scanning every DVD and book. Be aware.
7. HAVE FUN! Duh, oh and bring someone with you. I took my mom. We had fun and got a lot of books.

I had a bagful, and some maps and spent $25! {jcomments on}

NEXT STOP: All of that shopping and waiting made me HUNGRY. So, we decided to go to Kuppy's. YUM! I had a hamburger and a cup of chicken corn soup. I decided to try the soup since I wrote a story about Charles Selcher, who has been eating that soup every Saturday for 80 years. I figured if he could eat the same thing for that long, it must be tasty. It was perfect! Corn, chicken, egg, and just awesome! Kuppy's is celebrating their 80 years, so shout out to the family. It was really fast service too!

And finally...On our way back we stopped at the Olde Factory in Hummelstown. I wasn't expecting to find anything, but as soon as I walked in, I saw a vase thing for 3 bucks. I couldn't not get it! Then on the second floor I saw a large wooden bench for 20 bucks. What a steal! I decided to use it as my new coffee table...

So, all in all, a successful and fun morning/afternoon, staying close to home. It definitely beats taking a trip to Walmart.

Bottom line: Support your local businesses. :)




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