Local Columns

Creative thinking: Part II

At the end of last week’s column, I asked, “Can you make a connection between the story I shared and thinking creatively?” For those of you who missed reading the paper last Saturday here is a brief synopsis. I was consulting with a small town library and discovered a drive-by funeral ...

Weekend’s track action stalled by winter weather

Mid state racing remains on hold after Tuesday’s late winter snow storm. Lincoln Speedway received less snow than most and has the best chance of returning to action first. Despite that fact, next weekend’s racing remains doubtful. Port Royal Speedway track crews started to remove snow ...

Don’t be afraid to talk politics

There are three things you should never discuss in polite company: money, religion and breeding dogs. If you read my most recent column, you’ll understand. Anyway, I bet you thought I was going to say “politics,” but here’s the thing — now, more than ever, we need to talk ...

Book sales

Let’s talk about book sales. First of all, mark your calendar for our upcoming sales. Juniata County Library: April 19 to 22 during regular library hours; early bird access for members of the Friends, 5 to 7 p.m. on April 1; Mifflin County Library: April 26 to 29 during regular library ...

Icy river imperiled owner of runaway flatboat

February 1832 brought bitterly cold weather to Central Pennsylvania. As Joseph Bailey, a Jersey Shore man, learned to his dismay, the Susquehanna River’s West Branch ran thick with ice. Little did Bailey foresee a nightlong ride down the river, capped by a daring rescue at Milton 45 miles ...

Volunteering opportunities in the region

Have you heard about the new Get Connected volunteer resource that was launched this past week by United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, in partnership with the Lewistown Ministerium? What a cool tool for those who would like to volunteer time and those organizations who utilize/depend on volunteers to ...

As bad as puppy mills: PETA’s ‘Rumor’ mill regarding breeders

Rumor has it that dog breeders and puppy mills are preparing to churn out German shepherd puppies and cash in on a breed craze created by the results of the recent Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. At least, that’s what PETA says. After a German shepherd named Rumor won Best in Show ...

Series books

I am always cogitating and mulling over topics for this column and have been considering writing about series books. Some series books share a common setting or characters and can be stand alone reads (you don’t have to read them in any particular order). Other series build one book upon the ...

Library Lovers’ Month

When my nephew Joseph was just a little tyke I gave him a sentimental book in which a mother professed her love to/for her baby. Each page of this picture book expressed the depth/breadth of the mother’s deep feelings. “I love you with all my heart ... “I love you morning, noon and ...

Rules, deadlines set for local election-based opinion content

Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil would have us believe, spring is quickly approaching, which means it’s election season, and this year, there are several local offices on the ballot for the May 16 primary. And as anyone who has read our opinion page around past elections can tell ...