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Local Columns

Travel online from home

I’ve waited until the very last minute to write my column this week, hoping that I could share information about the Library’s reopening. Unfortunately, we have received no new word regarding our operating hours or when we may be able to be open again. What have you been doing during ...

Our legacy: Capitalism, not socialism, is our basis

The title of a great book by Todd Andrlik: “Reporting the Revolutionary War; Before it was History, it was News”, has a lot of truth embedded in it, much like the adage, “it’s too good to be true.” But what about when today’s news is history? “History repeats itself.” ...

How can we continue to support our region’s small businesses?

Our lives have all taken a dramatic turn in the last few weeks. Our community, which was built on the backs of hard-working, blue-collar workers, has faced many challenges throughout its history, but nothing like the one we are facing today. It has been encouraging, however, to see so many of ...

Remember, we’re all in this together

As we all face unprecedented times of rapid change in our country, we can still remain calm and hopeful. Small town America is still the heart and soul of this country and we are all lucky enough to be part of “small towns” and benefit from that mentality. As Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown ...

Gardens and libraries

Last week I ordered a book titled “Libraries & Gardens: Growing together.” I think it should have been titled “Libraries and Gardens Growing Together if the Librarian Has a Green Thumb.” I ordered this book for a very special reason. In case you haven’t noticed, our garden is ...

Reacher back on streets

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a ...

Americans still unite when it matters most

Sept. 11, 2001. Bring that date up to anyone of my or older generations and that person can surely tell you what he or she was doing and where he or she was when it happened. Reports came in. Live video of smoke billowing from the first tower in New York was plastered all over our TVs. People ...

So long, Dave, until next time

Herbert Bayard Swope said, “I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” That quote reminds me a lot of Dave Runk. Runk, 77, was laid to rest on July 6 at Juniata Memorial Park. Dave’s family life ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717 436-6378 to have a ...

Milk is the official state beverage

Hello my name is Faith Berrier, and I am currently serving as the Juniata County Dairy Princess. I am the daughter of Dawn and Russell Berrie,r of Spruce Hill. I am 17 years old and entering my senior year at Juniata High School. Although I was not raised on a dairy farm, I have been ...