Local Columns

You’re so lucky

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard, “You’re so lucky to work in a library. You get to read all day and your job is to check out books” I could make a substantial contribution to my favorite charity. Usually, I just laugh. When I have the time I might try to enlighten the ...

Thank you to those who protect us

This has been a busy week in the newsroom, and by extension, a busy week for local law enforcement and first responders. In my time as a reporter, I’ve participated in my fair share of siren-chasing. While my usual areas of interest — education and religion — don’t typically require ...

Smug for 30 seconds

I sat down at my desk feeling just a teeny-tiny bit smug. The 15-page, 200-plus question annual report with supporting documentation from the county commissioners, Lewistown Borough, Union Township, and the library’s board of directors was verified, locked and submitted to our district ...

A pink mixer is just a pink mixer

Good morning, America! What are we offended by today? I’ll just go ahead and tell you: pink kitchen appliances. You read that correctly. Appliance brand KitchenAid is under fire over an advertisement on its website featuring pink products designed to raise awareness of breast cancer. ...

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 ...