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After 121 years, Catasauqua’s first Orthodox church closes

Religion

CATASAUQUA (AP) — The Rev. Timothy Hasenecz doesn’t remember the topic of the last homily he gave at tiny Holy Trinity Orthodox Catholic Church in North Catasuaqua. He simply poured out whatever his heart had to say, and then, like he did after every liturgy, glanced over at the spot ...

The dawning of a new year —John 1:1-18

Religion

The dawning of the New Year is a reminder that time is passing very, very quickly. When you’re six years old, a year is one-sixth of your life and time passes so slowly. However, when you’re 60, a year is one-sixtieth of your life. It’s practically nothing. Children think next Christmas ...

He found nothing but leaves: Mark 11:13b

Religion

What was the meaning, lesson, or purpose behind the cursing of the fig tree? Jesus used the fig tree as a real-life example of the Jewish people (especially the religious leaders) and the hypocritical lives they were living. They were outwardly religious, but failed to produce the fruits of the ...

Lawmakers speed bill to limit a governor’s disaster powers

PA News

HARRISBURG (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday took another step in the drive to strip future governors of some of their constitutional authority under emergency declarations, and give lawmakers more control over the declarations. The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency ...

Unemployment rate stable in Pennsylvania, as payrolls shrink

PA News

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained stable and on par with the national rate in December, although the labor force and payrolls shrank, according to state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 6.7%, down one-tenth of a percentage point ...

Lawsuit: NRA’s rhetoric spurred deadly Pitt synagogue shooting

PA News

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The son of a couple killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue attack that killed 11 worshippers is suing the National Rifle Association, arguing the group’s inflammatory rhetoric led to the violence. Marc Simon, the son of Sylvan and Bernice Simon, filed the wrongful death ...

Staff recognized for contact tracing

Local News

LEWISTOWN — School leaders recognized school nurses and staff for their efforts in contact tracing related to COVID-19. Mifflin County School District Chief Operations Officer Vance Varner announced to the district’s board of directors during its Committee-of-the-Whole meeting, held via ...

Commission continues focus on broadband net

Local News

LEWISTOWN — As broadband internet access continues to increase in importance in Mifflin County, the Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday received an update on how efforts to expand that access are going from David Gibbons of Centre WISP, an internet service provider who is using money ...

6 additional virus deaths reported in Mifflin County

Local News

From staff reports An additional six people are dead due to COVID-19 in Mifflin County, according to data released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. According to health department numbers, Mifflin County now has had 144 residents perish due to the virus. But, Mifflin County ...

JCSD to purchase new vehicles

Local News

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County School District is set to replace two district vehicles. During a virtual school board meeting held via zoom Thursday night, directors voted unanimously to approve the purchase of two 2021 Ford Transit vans. The cost is $70,720, to be paid by ESSER Health and ...