Local Columns

Reading to escape

Warning: I am on my soapbox. I don’t mean to be negative, lest I find myself in the Open Line again. But, I just can’t help it because I am a little more than mildly annoyed and you all are such good listeners. So, here goes…… I was driving to work this morning, thinking about a book ...

New and popular titles at the Juniata County Library

You may find all of these titles at the Juniata County Library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you. Take part in our Youth and Adult Summer Reading! “What is the Bible? How an Ancient ...

Take us with you

You’ve rented the beach house. The hotel reservations have been made and the flight booked. Maybe you filled the tank, packed the tent, or hitched up the camper. Perhaps you packed a suitcase, bought the groceries, and are headed for the cabin. It could be you are just taking a few days from ...

New and popular titles at the Juniata County Library

You may find all of these titles at the Juniata County Library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you. Take part in our Youth and Adult Summer Reading! “White Tears,” by Hari Kunzru Seth ...

Different kinds of graduations

Last week my niece, Jesse, graduated from high school. It’s that time of the year when some journeys end and we look forward to the beginning of another and/or the continuation along a path we have chosen. Waiting for Jesse to walk across the stage and receive her diploma gave me time to ...

What I’ve learned

Editor’s note: Friday was the last day of reporter Kiernan Schalk’s decade-long tenure at The Sentinel. He wanted to publish this farewell message to our readers. ¯¯¯ I would like to share with you, our readers, a few of things I have learned about the Juniata Valley during my time ...

New and popular titles at the Juniata County Library

You may find all of these titles at the Juniata County Library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you. “The Lost Book of the Grail,” by Charlie Lovett The main character of this book, ...

Our business is cyclical

About this time each year I am tired and badly need a vacation. My mantra becomes “Shore Beats Work.” This year seems worse than usual for some obvious and not so obvious reasons. When I’m weary and need a bit of a break, it’s difficult to focus, so this week’s column may seem as ...

Intruders can catch you by surprise

Several years ago, during the time Port Royal-ers refer to as “fair week,” I forgot to lock the front door one evening before going to bed. In the middle of the night I suddenly awakened and there in the doorway of my bedroom was a silhouette who groaned. I screamed, grabbed the Nora ...

New and popular titles at the Juniata County Library

You may find all of these titles at the Juniata County Library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you. “Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage,” by Dani Shapiro I have been married for just ...