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How big is your ecological footprint?

(PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This is the first of a four-part series by the writer. The series will appear each Thursday through September.)Have you ever shown your children the impressive colors of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon in Wellsboro during fall foliage? Or hiked together along the rolling ...

The Unknown Soldiers

The war in Afghanistan is far from over. While too many at home have moved on, thousands of brave men and women from our cities and towns are still in harm's way."The United States is incredibly blessed with generations of uniformed service men and women, inextricably linked to a legacy born in ...

Mysteries of the unexplained

Have UFOs and Bigfoot been sighted in Clinton County?The short answer is, yes, there have been reports. The reliability of these reports is open to question, but there have been sightings. And these are sightings I plan to follow up on, hopefully, with a new club forming at the Ross Library.The ...

Blanchard Church of Christ youth serve the community

BLANCHARD - Each year in August, the youth group of Blanchard Church of Christ goes on a short-term mission trip to inner-city Pittsburgh. There they partner with social agencies to help serve people in need.However, when youth minister Aaron Reitz learned, only days before departure, that ...

Finding Faith: One body, under Christ, with liberty and justice for all

OK, sorry for the paraphrase on the Pledge of Allegiance, but if we think about it, should we not be pledging our allegiance to one another as believers?St. Paul clearly teaches we are all in this together, and that we cannot function without each other. As he put it, in 1 Corinthians 6:15, ...

What’s in your obituary?

By RALPH DOTTERERI sometimes spend a few minutes looking at the composite of wallet size pictures The Express occasionally prints in the paper. The names, along with dates and events, have been lost with the passage of time.There are pictures of wide-eyed children, their lives just waiting to ...

Reasons for writing

Writing these first words is like standing at the foot of a very tall hill, gazing up at its peak, and trying to decide whether or not to take the first step up the path or go back to my couch and watch TV.There are a lot of things that I feel like I should be doing; packing, spending time with ...

The day of the Lock Haven Canal Riot

It's another one of those ones that sounds like the opening to a joke: "So these Irish and Germans are working on a canal..."It was 180 years ago to the day - August 24, 1833. Jerry Church hadn't yet arrived; Lock Haven was about two months away from being founded. At the time, the city ...

Prison officers, public deserve input, notice of closures

By JASON BLOOMWhen the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections moved to close state prisons in Greensburg and Cresson without any warning to its corrections officers, their families or those communities, it set a precedent that should concern communities that host state prisons across the ...

Who built the cairns near Farrandsville?

Recently, my wife decided that she wanted to go for a hike. She suggested we take a Saturday and go hiking someplace in the woods. She left the actual place up to me, which was senselessly trusting of her."You know," I said, "It's been a while since I've been out to those cairns in ...

Missing: David Barber

The story hit the newspapers during the autumn of 1903: Not only had a home burned to the ground, but the owner had vanished without a trace. The whole thing contained shades of the Bermuda Triangle or Amelia Earhart, and it happened not far from here.The man's name was David Barber. He lived ...

The lonesome death of Trayvon Martin

By GAYATRI DEVICommentaryAfter George Zimmerman fatally shot and killed Trayvon Martin around 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2012, and the Sanford, Fla. police department took his dead body to the morgue, he lay unidentified and unclaimed as "John Doe" for over 12 hours.Martin had walked to the nearby ...

Top model to work the catwalk for local autism awareness project

LOCK HAVEN - The world outside your own realm can easily go by unnoticed if it doesn't directly affect you - we've all got our own lives and our own everyday battles.But sometimes, all you have to do is look next door to open your eyes to the world that surrounds you. And if you're brave enough ...

The legend of ‘The Deserter’s Cave’

While I write about the Civil War to promote our events at the Ross Library, beginning today and running through next Saturday, I want to touch on some old legends. I've mentioned some soldiers, as well, and some of the events, but you know how much I like these old stories. And some of them ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause.I would like to THANK the Green Lantern Bar and Grill, Ray and Brenda Wolfe, Renovo Son's of Italy, Mayor Don Pagnotto, Dick and Mary Adams, Dick Perry, Renovo Fire Dept., ...

Pennsylvania budget season ends with Gov. Corbett at crossroads

HARRISBURG - Some see Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett as the man who beat back tax increases, imposed difficult but necessary decisions to handle a multibillion-dollar revenue shortfall and tried to keep the federal health insurance law at bay.Others argue that he is weak, saying his Republican ...

Court ruling a new watershed

We support traditional marriages between a man and woman.It's not without its problems, of course, but it's an institution that certainly has stood the test of time and we like it.We also think old-fashioned marriages will be just fine in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling ...

America’s birthday

Will this be America's last birthday?America is the first country in history to be founded based on individual liberty. The principles of liberty are timeless. The concepts apply as much today just as they did over 200 years ago.Our founders knew firsthand the misery and suffering caused by ...

Soaring in Pennsylvania

A bald eagle soaring high on the Fourth of July.fIt's about as American an image as one could conjure.And for Pennsylvanians this Independence Day, the opportunity to witness such a sight firsthand is greater than at any other time in recent memory.In the 30th anniversary year of efforts to ...