Skip to main content
Main Penn College Website

1980 Spotlight –Thoughts on a January Thaw


The recent taste of spring, a snowmelt respite before the return of more typically frigid days, provides a perfect occasion to share this Jan. 21, 1980, item from the Spotlight student newspaper – an evocative blend of poetry and photography that sums up the wondrous variety of Pennsylvania’s seasons. Its author, Mollie Eliot, graduated from Williamsport Area Community College that May with a degree in journalism. She is employed as a certified peer specialist by The Main Link, providing mental-health recovery services at drop-in centers in Towanda and Sayre.

Poem byBright,
Clear,
Snapping cold,
Warmed around the edges
By a turning-to-spring sun,
Drifts of snow
So high as to be impassible,
But here and there
Trickles small rivu(l)ets of spring
January thaw –
The first whisper of spring
Announcing herself,
Preening coquettishly,
Only to disappear into winter’s night.

Poem by Mollie Zelewicz, photo by John Zelewicz

Learn more about the Centennial →

Related Stories

Alumni
Recent dental hygiene grad shares expertise at home and abroad
Read more
December Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Joseph C. Lusk (right) celebrates a second-place finish at Heartland Raceway in Moama, Australia, as part of the Late Model Racing Victoria Series. Lusk spent a month in Australia (early in 2020, before COVID- 19 travel restrictions), racing with the team of Danny Amato and completing an anthropological study. (The Amato car is in the background, at right.) Alumni
YouTube, autos and anthropology lead to Aussie adventure
Read more
Alumni
Calculator loan program benefits veteran, active-duty students
Read more