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The skeleton and the diary

Williamsport. 1908. A group of workmen were digging out a line for a sewer and they found a skeleton.This happened a lot back in those days. Frequently, during the digging of a basement, pipeline or well, bones and skeletons would turn up. Along Lock Haven's Main Street, there are at least ...

WHERE to FIND, and GIVE, SUPPORT

HEALTH ISSUESr Alzheimer's and Caregivers Support Group - 7 p.m. Sept. 9 (second Tuesday of every month), Conference Room B of Susque-View Home. Information: Fran Decker at 748-4302 or 1-866-907-5433.r Cancer Support Group - 7 p.m. Sept. 11 (second Thursday of the month), Conference Room B of ...

TAKE the 12 STEPS to RECOVERY

Editor's note: Twelve-step groups focus on recovery from addiction, and the local meetings are open to members of the general public, unless otherwise indicated. Al-Anon is for friends and family members of addicts, and Romans 12:2 is for people battling addiction and their families.- - ...

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Bread available dailyBread available dailyMonday - Pork sausage with fettuccine noodles and creamy alfredo sauce, yellow wax beans, mandarin oranges.Tuesday - Pork roast and gravy with dressing, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, banana.Wednesday - Sweet and sour chicken, Asian brown rice, ...

Pope has tough sell on materialism in South Korea

By NICOLE WINFIELD, and JUNG-YOON CHOIAssociated PressDAEJEON, South Korea - Pope Francis called Friday for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism, an appeal that might be a hard sell in South Korea, a newly rich and hyper-competitive country.Far from being considered an evil, the ...

Ask yourself: Do (fill in the blank) value life less than we do?

By ROBERT J. GOULDDuring the Vietnam War, my mother, an otherwise sweet and compassionate person, said "they" (Vietnamese) don't value human life like we do, suggesting that I be more comfortable killing them.I never was comfortable with the idea of killing them, and so I didn't.However, I ...

SPCA working to leave ‘No Cat Left Behind’

By CHRIS SHOWERSThe Clinton County SPCA has stepped up, saving the lives of many stray, unwanted cats in various ways, now it's the community's turn to help.We have over 60-plus adoptable cats and kittens in need of homes here at the shelter, all have been vaccinated, spayed or neutered, ...

‘We’re Here!’

By RALPH DOTTERER JR.In his 1897 novel 'Captain Courageous', Rudyard Kipling chronicled the life changing events of an adolescent, Harvey Chaney Jr.Young Harvey had very wealthy parents who were allowing his rude, selfish, and lazy habits to define his character.While crossing the Atlantic ...

Juking the job stats

By DAVID SIROTACreators SyndicateA decade ago, as the United States hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry.Sound ludicrous?Today, with the manufacturing sector still ailing, the federal government wants to take ...

‘I’m forever changed’

By JOHNCHRISTOFFERSENThe Associated PressNEW HAVEN, Conn. - After his 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Newtown school shooting, Jimmy Greene found a homemade book on her desk titled "Ana's flower book for Dad."The booked was filled with page after page of beautifully drawn flowers in ...

A Romney redux?

Is Mitt Romney becoming the once and future GOP nominee for president? Six months ago, such a question might have been met with a polite smile or an elevated eyebrow.But no longer!President Obama's low approval ratings combined with a snap back in Romney's own popularity increasingly is driving ...

Pa. farmers: Address public pension reform

Pennsylvania farmers are urging the state General Assembly to make pension reform its number one priority when lawmakers return to Harrisburg next month.Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB), which is the state's largest farm organization, says lawmakers can't continue to kick the can on pension ...

If you think you’ve outgrown vaccinations, think again

Most adults probably remember going to the doctor as a child to have their "shots."While painful at the time, those shots - or immunizations - helped prevent potentially serious diseases such as mumps, measles and polio that were widespread before vaccinations were successfully developed in the ...

This journey

By TOM SILEOOn April 4, U.S. Marine Cpl. Brandon Garabrant updated his Facebook page as the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion left North Carolina's Camp Lejeune for Afghanistan."Going to do what we do best. Fighting for our country, (our) brothers to the left and right, our friends and families ...

What I learned in Colorado about legal marijuana

Recently, I, and three members of my legislative staff flew to Denver, Colorado, to see for ourselves what the complete legalization of cannabis looks like.Given the polls, what other states are doing, and the arc of history, it seems difficult to deny that legal cannabis is coming to ...

Fleecing is for sheep, not your wallet

By JOE NIXONwww.pplelectric.comScammers are busy.But so are the people trying to catch them.PPL Electric Utilities has received more than 70 scam reports in July and is sharing the information with law enforcement, including the Pennsylvania attorney general's office."We're in contact with law ...

An ‘A’ for art in agriculture

By RALPH DOTTERER JR.My bio at the end of this article says I'm a farmer and a barnyard artist. So what kind of Frankenstein am I building in the barn?With inspiration from sculptor Alexander Calder, I've given names to my previous creations such as: Spectacular Spectiles (based on the theory ...

Fools about immigrants

When we lived in Chicago, my wife and I had an interesting encounter. The story may complicate our anger about immigration.It was the mid 90s when we straddled our bicycles in the north side neighborhood of Uptown to watch a spectacle. People were filming The Negotiator with Kevin Spacey and ...

Give ‘em hell, Tom

"Running against Harrisburg" is a popular strategy. Most modern gubernatorial candidates seeking a first term, including incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, have "run against Harrisburg." They focus their campaigns heavily toward attacking Harrisburg "insiders" and the "Harrisburg culture."But while ...

Independent hopefuls may widen Pa. governor field

By PETER JACKSONAssociated PressJust when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray.Third-party candidates - the nominees of ...