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Geisinger announces top choices for 2020 babies

From staff reports DANVILLE — Welcome to the world, Ava and Liam — Geisinger’s most popular baby names of the eventful year, 2020! At least, those were the most popular names throughout the Geisinger system. Here in Lewistown, Owen was the No. 1 boys name while Lilian took the top spot ...

Ask for what you want. Givers can make choice

My husband and I want love and opportunity for our first baby, due this summer. We also want a $95 digital thermometer. And a $160 video monitor. I initially felt uneasy putting these indulgent requests on our registry. But my husband pointed out that we wanted those things, so who cares if ...

We’re kidding around

We knew the 2021 issue of Juniata Valley magazine needed to be positive — after the year of COVID, it’s time to smile again. And what more to bring a smile to our faces than the successes of our children. Our theme for 2021 is Juniata Valley Kids — stories about what our kids are ...

End with a bang!

NEW YORK (AP) — If ever a year’s end seemed like cause for celebration, 2020 might be it. Yet the coronavirus scourge that dominated the year is also looming over New Year’s festivities and forcing officials worldwide to tone them down. From New York’s Times Square to Sydney Harbor, ...

2020: A year where the fist-bump became mainstream greeting

The moment called for a handshake. Or would have, under what used to be considered normal circumstances. As in, before 2020. Here’s the scene, from Dec. 21: Tabe Mase, the director of employee health services and a nurse practitioner at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, ...

Family Tradition

QUINCY, Mich. (AP) — Just before sunset on a recent Tuesday, 16-year-old Luke Loveberry bundled and carried a Christmas tree into the back of a stranger’s pickup truck. His 18-year-old sister, Addie Loveberry was working behind the register, answering phone calls inside the small ...

Pandemic results in hurried harvest at tree farms

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Trying to spruce up the pandemic season, families are producing quite a harvest at America’s Christmas tree farms. The Pine Patch Tree Farm in Hastings is one of many tree farms nationwide that are out of trees. Normally, Pine Patch still has trees the first two ...

Year of the unexpected

And now, for our annual look at the year in pop culture…. Oh, wait. This was 2020. The year everything stopped cold. Well, not really. Truth is, people turned to culture of all kinds in 2020 — highbrow and lowbrow — to satisfy varied and sometimes conflicting needs: Distraction, ...

Little girl, big heart

CHICAGO (AP) — Hayley Orlinsky has made so many bracelets, looping colorful rubber bands over her thumb and index finger again and again, that she no longer must watch her hands. The spunky 7-year-old from Chicago has spent most of the coronavirus pandemic crafting the creations as a ...

Hall of Fame honors Aretha Franklin, Morrison, Lacks

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin and Nobel laureate and “Beloved” author Toni Morrison will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame Thursday as part of a posthumous class of Black honorees that also includes Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were ...