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Women face uphill battle for elected office

In a letter dated March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams urged her husband, John Adams, and the other members of the Continental Congress not to forget about the nation’s women when fighting for America’s independence. In 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, Stacy ...

Kindness brings huge gratuities

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — On a random Thursday night, restaurant server Kimberly Filion got the surprise of her life, not once but twice: two staggeringly high tips on otherwise modest checks. The tips, inspired by a national tip-off challenge that started among rival college basketball fans in ...

Pop-up drive-in theaters flourish

EXTON (AP) — If you look closely at the impact of COVID-19, you’ll discover that in a number of ways some Americans are reconstructing a gauzy vision of 1950s suburban life. With so many homebound, family dinners are back. Board games are experiencing a resurgence. And for those fortunate ...

NY opens amusement parks, camps

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is set to let amusement parks open in early April and overnight camps open this summer as long as they submit reopening plans to the state. Arcades and other indoor family entertainment centers were able to open with 25% capacity starting March 26. Outdoor ...

Museum of the dead

MONROEVILLE (AP) — It’s no surprise that a museum dedicated to zombies couldn’t stay in its grave for long. The Living Dead Museum, an institution dedicated to honoring the seminal 1968 zombie film “Night of the Living Dead” and its auteur, George Romero, had been a fixture in ...

How to discuss a nation founded on ‘whiteness’

John Bost seems precisely the kind of person that his fellow Americans could have a conversation with — politically moderate, neither an Obama voter nor a Trump one, willing to engage with those both more liberal and more conservative than he is, the former mayor of the North Carolina town ...

History interpreters carry weight of racism

Stephen Seals stood onstage waiting to be auctioned off. Moments later, a white slave auctioneer pointed a gun at one of the other Black men gathered with Seals, and a Black mother cried for her children. The scene, titled “What Holds the Future,” was Seals’ first scripted piece at ...

Patients of the pandemic share survival stories

Medical workers across the U.S. are focused and strained by the coronavirus, and Geisinger, right here in Lewistown, is no different. We’re all feeling the effects of COVID-19, whether we’re caring for patients on ventilators or just wearing masks every time we leave the house. Those who ...

Tradescant the Elder was a star gardener

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles that will feature interesting gardeners or gardens. John Tradescant the Elder was a talented man. Born in England in 1570 he was a naturalist and gardener. He also had an insatiable curiosity and was prone to wanderlust. In fact, ...

Consider planting an extra row to share this year

It is hard to believe this is the one-year anniversary of the start of the pandemic. While many restrictions are easing and the distribution of the vaccine is expanding, people are still struggling with illness, joblessness and food insecurity. According to the Economic Research Service, ...