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The day of the library

Everyone knows it - The Ross Library is one of the best sources of local history in Clinton County. We have a whole room dedicated to it - the Pennsylvania Room, which is within sight of my desk as I write this. Anyone who wants to learn about the county's history is welcome to come in and look ...

The importance of honeybees

By TOM BUTZLERFor The ExpressI was able to attend a talk earlier this week at Penn State's Entomology Lunch Seminar Series where Ed Flannagan, of Wyman's of Maine, talked about the importance of honeybees to Wyman's blueberry operation. (He did give a review of the company's history and its ...

Colleges update mascots, mottos, amid pressure from students

By COLLIN BINKLEYAssociated PressAmherst College at Boston has turned on its mascot.Georgetown University is renaming buildings.Union College has a new motto.Faced with growing pressure from students, colleges across the U.S. are updating campus fixtures that have been deemed insensitive or ...

‘Twixt the cobwebs of Halloween and the lights of Christmas

By ROSEMARY and WALTER BRASCHAt one time, people placed carved pumpkins with a candle inside on their front porches to announce the beginning of the Halloween season.And then it became a contest. First, best Halloween pumpkin. And then who could decorate their trees and hedges with the best ...

Children don’t necessarily follow in their parents’ political footsteps

By MATT SWAYNEMore than half of all children in the U.S. either misperceive or reject their parents' political party affiliations, according to researchers."This finding turns the conventional wisdom, as well as years of political socialization research, on its head," said Christopher Ojeda, a ...

Bible digest

"Cast your burden on the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." (Psalms 55:22 AKJV)Let it go. Give it to God. God loves you.

Keys for making life better

The world in general can be a dim place.However here are what I believe to be eight keys to making life better.Key One - Learn new skills. Education and training are a part of life. Do not embrace the "I am stuck" mentality. You can teach old dogs new tricks. Education does not necessarily mean ...

So much to be thankful for

By BRYAN GOLDENThanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It's a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have.Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to be thankful for. It's important to be grateful, not ...

Are you happy?

Like many others, I can't resist academic studies on happiness. They often come up with persuasive reasons some seem to be happier than others. I'm always on the lookout for pointers.That said, there's no happy-mometer to push under someone's tongue to measure contentment with scientific ...

A Thanksgiving message

By LEA FILSONTomorrow, Nov. 26, 2015, as you carve the turkey and look around the table at your loved ones, there are important lessons you can teach both young and old about our American Thanksgiving holiday.When the Pilgrims traveled to America on the Mayflower, before coming ashore, they ...

Ruins of the past

So it's kind of funny, you know, the kind of thing that you notice while you're going about your day. At least it is for me. History often doesn't go away entirely - It leaves traces, remains of the past that are noticeable in the present if you know what to look for. And if you know where to ...

From corn to robotics, 4-H is for everyone

How's your knowledge of 4-H trivia? Keep reading and find out how much you know - or don't know - about the 4-H Program!Did you know that 4-H is more than 100 years old? The 4-H Program was created in 1902. (Ohio gets the credit for hosting the country's first 4-H club. The 4-H idea didn't make ...

Why is funding for liquor stores essential, but not for child protection?

By BERNADETTE BIANCHIAmid all the political posturing and the hard lines drawn, there has been a complete absence of logic regarding funding for child protection in Pennsylvania during the current budget impasse.In this process, some of the most vulnerable residents of Pennsylvania are being ...

What the Pa. GOP really lost in 2015

By G. TERRY MADONNAAnd MICHAEL YOUNGMuch attention has focused on the Democrats historic sweep of Pennsylvania's judicial offices in November's recent statewide election - in particular the unprecedented victories in three open Supreme Court races.It has been pointed out that the court's new 5 ...

It’s time to for Congress to reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund

By ED PERRYAt the end of September, one of the most important conservation programs in the history of our country was allowed to expire because Congress failed to act.The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the program that has helped us to protect our most precious places for ...

The undeclared condom war

By RALPH DOTTERER JR.Like an illuminated porch light on Halloween eve, the title of this article draws interested readers to my door.In my literary bowl of assorted treats, there is hopefully something to your liking ... for your inquiring mind to eat.For those of you who dare to reach for one ...

Lawmakers spend $243K on hotels, meals during budget impasse

By ROBERT SWIFTwww.citizensvoice.comHARRISBURG - State lawmakers spent $243,000 of taxpayer money for their hotel bills and meal tabs during the first 100 days of a state budget stalemate even as that impasse required schools and social service programs to scramble for money to stay ...

We’re raising fragile kids

By JOHAH GOLDBERGIt seems like every week there's a new horror story of political correctness run amok at some college campus.A warning not to wear culturally insensitive Halloween costumes sparked an imbroglio at Yale, which went viral over the weekend. A lecturer asked in an email, "Is there ...

The $2B question has no answer in budget deal xx xx

By MARC LEVYAssociated PressHARRISBURG - It is the $2 billion question: Which Pennsylvania homeowners will get the biggest benefit from a higher state sales tax?Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Legislature's huge Republican majorities must somehow agree on an answer if the package - intended to ...

Are you ready?

Leaves are falling, frost is sticking, and winter is clearly on its way.Are you ready?Although the weather has started turning, it's never too late to make improvements to your home that can save you energy and money all year round. Here are some useful tips to consider as the coldest months of ...