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In our enthusiasm to ask readers to donate to the Keystone Little League to help support the players and league we should have included that those who donate money must earmark which team should receive the contribution. Keystone Little League encompasses two age groups: 10-12 year old ...

Keystone LLB All-Stars’ success a testimony to kids and parents

he Keystone Little League is a powerhouse! Three Pennslyvania State Championships in just eight short years. Three visits to Little League Baseball’s Mid-Atlantic Regional finals at Bristol, Conn. One visit to the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport in 2011. A ...

Get on over to the county fair!

The 46th annual Clinton County Fair is underway at the fairgrounds along Route 220, just outside of Mackeyville. Folks, your attendance at this yearly event is as much about supporting our farms and farmers as it is about eating great food and music and carnival rides. Agriculture touches ...

Love thy neighbor

e’re not going too wax poetic over a for-profit firm’s just-released, “new research” showing that “Pennsylvanians would offer $218 to help a neighbor in need, among the highest in the United States.” Don’t get us wrong; it’s a very gratifying survey result via responses from ...

‘Steer Clear’ or ‘Move Over,’ but just do it

e believe it’s important to remind readers of certain issues that affect public health and safety. So let’s talk about Pennsylvania’s Steer Clear Law. The “Steer Clear” law requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled ...

Stop America from choking on debt

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Saving grace

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the all-too-infrequent heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers saved members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a cave. We had a miracle right here ...

Sentimental value won’t save the Town Tavern

We agree with Mr. Steve Poorman’s assessment that the Harmon Building at 47-51 Bellefonte Ave., which includes the former Town Tavern, was a structure with great potential at one time. But once upon a time is a great beginning for a story of long ago ... not so much for a vision of the ...

We should never take our water quality for granted

he high bacteria count found in two samples of water from the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at Lock Haven’s public swimming beach in mid-June should remind us all how fragile this life-giving natural resource is. We should never take for granted the quality of the water flowing in ...

The less government the better

One of President Ronald Reagan’s endearing qualities was his constant call for smaller government. How nice it would be to believe that President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic nonsense. Most Americans have ...

A sad day for the free press

Today is a sad day to be a journalist. And today, especially, is a sad day to be a journalist at a community newspaper. Today, we are reminded that, in doing our due diligence as reporters and editors and upholding all Americans’ 1st Amendment right to a free press, we put ourselves at ...

The truth about our recycled plastic

he time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper, glass, cardboard and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling ...

High bacteria level in river merits concern

he discovery of an abormally high level of E. coli, a species of fecal coliform bacteria, in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at the public swimming beach at the foot of Vesper Street in Lock Haven is surprising. Should it be alarming? Tests and time will tell. Levels of coliform ...

Applause! Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A huge THANK-YOU goes out to Joel Strouse, Suzette Miller, and Tina Hawksworth for organizing our annual 5K, 10K and leisure lap Fun Run at Tea Springs. Your expertise ...

KC board deserves praise for openness amid decisions

One week ago tonight, the Keystone Central School Board voted to adopt a $73.2 million budget for 2018-19. The vote came after essentially 10 months of what we can accurately describe as grueling information-gathering, discussion and decision-making ... decisions that meant 34 teachers have ...

Fighting the ‘big C’ must not stop until we find a cure

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children ...

Concert series’ 20th anniversary worth celebrating

hile the kickoff to floating stage concerts on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River this Sunday features an up-and-coming (and really good) blues guitarist and vocalist, there’s nothing blue about the 2018 Lock Haven FREE Summer Concert Series. We want to give a plug to the many ...

A day to reflect on our values

t’s Flag Day 2018 in America. The official flag of the United States of America doesn’t just represent freedom. It represents sacrifice. It represents decency, respect, compassion. It represents peace. It is a symbol for America’s values and ideals. Those values and ideals ...

Rising suicide rates are a wake-up call for us all

“When you think you’ve had too much of this life — hang on.” — R.E.M. epression and anxiety seem to be more prevalent in society today. You can decide yourself what’s causing more people to suffer from depression — you can even politicize it if you want — but the bottom ...

Express Yourself Letters to the Editor

The Express welcomes letters to the editor as we encourage our readers to “Express Yourself” in this forum. Letters must be signed using the writer’s legal name — no initials are accepted — with a complete mailing address and home and/or daytime phone number included so we can verify ...