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Local Columns

The curious case of Lehigh County’s voter drop boxes

Like a lot of Pennsylvanians, I have been following the situation concerning drop boxes in Lehigh County. As the drama there continues to play out, one thing we have learned is that observers at drop boxes do keep voters honest by ensuring they comply with the law, which states a person can ...

Be proud of your pearls

I had the amazing privilege of hosting a women’s G.R.I.T. conference this week through the Chamber. The acronym G.R.I.T. standing for guts, resilience, initiative and tenacity. Little did we know when we chose that theme in 2020, not long before the pandemic arrived in the United States, ...

Library book sale returns

I am about to tell you something totally unbelievable. Are you sitting down? The Mifflin County Library is having a fall book sale very soon. No, your eyes haven’t deceived you, you did indeed read correctly. After two very long years our biannual book sale is back. It’s more than ...

A city without libraries; funding is key need

The Sept. 5, 2022, edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer detailed the state of the Philadelphia Library System. According to the article’s author Anna Orso, “with the city staring down a massive budget hole two years ago, it slashed the library’s funding and laid off more than 200 people. ...

The not-so-great historic train robbery in the Lewistown Narrows

On my daily visit to East End Coffee Shop in Lewistown this morning I was checking out the “Postcards from Home” art display located there until Sept. 14. One original painting, created by the incredible, local artist, Jennifer Hartzler, caught my attention. To someone not familiar with ...

Thoughts on merger

By the time you read this column, the big merger between Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster publishing companies may be resolved. At this time, however, the U.S. Department of Justice is listening to arguments for and against the merger. In this case, the United States Justice ...