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College nervousness

Author’s note: It’s weird to think that at one time my dad, Chris, went to college and lived in an apartment and did things that soon enough I’ll be doing. That’s why I chose this to write about. I’ll be going to college next fall and the closer I get, the more I realize I have no ...

Lewistown writer shares another life lesson in new book

LEWISTOWN —The story may only be four pages long, but in it, Larry Schardt tells a personal tale of past love that changed his life forever. His story, “Sweet Summer Savior,” is contained in the new “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard,” published earlier this ...

The Divorce

Author’s note: My name is Abby Hummel. I am a student at Mifflin County High School. I chose to write about my sister’s story because she was a witness of our parents’ divorce in the year of 2002. Alyssa was in the middle of the divorce since day one. She was punished and treated badly by ...

History was truly made with the Declaration of Independence

As this war is evolving, it is essential to see who is supporting it and how and why they are supporting it, in the Colonies and, more specifically, in our area. At the start, everyone in America is a British subject; therefore, you will sometimes hear the war referred to as a civil war, ...

Getting to the root of vegetables

While you may no longer be able to buy fresh green beans, cucumbers or garden tomatoes at the local farmers market, that doesn’t mean fresh, locally grown vegetables are not available. This time of year, the fresh, locally grown vegetables come from underneath the ground or what we term root ...

Soldier’s letter recalls armistice of 100 years ago

LEWISTOWN — Tom Morningstar, of Lewistown, has found and preserved correspondence received 100 years ago by his grandfather, Charles Morningstar, that provides a personal glimpse into significant historic events. Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the armistice signed by the Allied ...

Fizz

Author’s note: Being recognized for and having your name listed on a sports record is very exciting and noteworthy. For anyone familiar with baseball, they most likely know what the Little League World Series is and where it is held. Rodney “Fizz” Riden, my grandfather, is definitely ...

The Playhouse at McConnellstown brings back ‘A Christmas Story’

McCONNELLSTOWN — Be sure to drink your Ovaltine and turn down the furnace damper. The Playhouse at McConnellstown is welcoming “A Christmas Story” back to its stage. Make sure to set your decoder pins for opening night on Nov. 16. Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas — a ...

Only human

Author’s note: Teen pregnancy is very common in the United States. About three in 10 teen girls will become pregnant before the age of 20; however, they all have different stories. This story takes place in Lewistown, PA, and is about my mother’s experience of being pregnant at 16 back in ...

Blue and White

Author’s note: Life back in the 1970s was crazy. Bell-bottom jeans were a trend. Everyone wore tight flamboyant-colored pants and were seen drinking Dr. Pepper. This story takes place at Penn State University. My band director, Arthur Belfiore, was a freshman at Penn State in 1977. He was in ...