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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 ...

The accident that changed my life

Author’s note: My mother was one of six kids in the family. She grew up with this large family, moving from house to house in Mifflin County. When her sister was in a life changing car accident in 1999, it changed her perspective drastically. It was one thing that happened in her life that ...

Narcoleptic

Author’s note: Due to the sensitive nature of this story, the author has chosen to be anonymous and has changed the names of the people in the story to protect their privacy. ¯¯¯ It was a normal October day. Rick was on the school bus heading home. It was the beginning of his 11th ...

Stone Arch Players

LEWISTOWN — In 2017, Mifflin County’s community theater group, the Stone Arch Players, celebrated its 50th anniversary. At that time, the Players’ Board of Directors asked about the possibility of compiling a history of the group, and board member Bill Peightel offered to take on the ...

‘When the Doctor Rode in a Gig’

MIFFLINTOWN — Most anyone who has lived in Juniata County for long has probably been a patient of Dr. Banks. Or at least their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and maybe even their great-great-grandparents, have. That’s because several generations of men in the Banks family ...