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Goodbye, Mayor Eisemann

We have this file at the library. It’s informally referred to as the Mayor File, and it contains obituaries on all of the former mayors of Lock Haven. Beginning with Levi Mackey, it runs all the way to the present day. If there’s not an obit available, or if the former mayor is still ...

Happenings from the Heisey

This month’s Update is based on Express articles published in 1921 noting the founding of the Clinton County Historical Society. Since the first article was published on Jan. 13, 1921, it’s obvious that the motions had been set in place in 1920. Portions of that news item report “Few ...

Discoveries at Kettle Creek

One of the nice things about Clinton County is that it’s really easy to get out into the wilderness from here. Once you leave town — any town — you don’t have too long a drive until you’re in a forest. So, first, take a map in case you get lost. Keep one in your car. I worry. My ...

The other Crider Cemetery

Back in January, I wrote a column about the Cryder Cemetery, in Gallagher Township. That one was suggested by city councilman Bill Mincer, who has relatives there. I really got into it, because it’s an interesting little cemetery. Also, because it never hurts to suck up to city ...

Happenings from the Heisey

In October of 1921, a group of Clinton County residents determined a need for proper preservation of our county’s history and proposed a mission that still holds true today. “The purposes for which it is organized are literary, scientific, and historical, for the collection and ...

The justification of Henry Shoemaker

It’s been no big secret that I’m a fan of Henry Wharton Shoemaker, the writer and folklorist from Wayne Township. Now, I’ll admit that not everyone is a fan. He’s had his detractors. Almost every time I write about him, someone points that out. His biography contains this whole essay ...

Farm stress and wellness resources

Farming is one of the most stressful professions with so many uncontrollable variables. Farmers are constantly exposed to situations that can pose a risk to their physical, mental, spiritual, and financial health. The following types of risks farmers encounter have been adapted from the ...

Centre County 4-Hers gear up for 2021

Centre County 4-H clubs have been busy with meetings as they gear up for what is sure to be another crazy year! Through a combination of Zoom meetings and approved in-person meetings, 17 clubs have successfully held meetings since the start of 2021. Clubs have held livestock skillathons, ...

The ice flood of 1918

Let’s be honest here — Nobody has exactly had the time of their life over the past year. A pandemic, social unrest, political issues... It hasn’t been great lately, and at this point, I’m only hoping things improve. But at least it’s been reasonably warm, up until the past few ...

Heart to heart

February just naturally brings to mind hearts! For many people the association is one of romance, from the first exchange of valentines in elementary school to a romantic dinner for two with fine food, wine and delicious chocolates. The color red is also prominent during the month with red ...

Happenings from the Heisey

We have a new roster of board directors and new officers. Joby Topper rejoins the board and Marchal Rote is a new board member. The new officers are President Bonnie Hannis, Vice President Jim Berkebile, Second Vice President Pete Smeltz, Secretary Marchal Rote, Corresponding Secretary Maribeth ...

The Cryder Family Cemetery

According to a map from the county government, there are 70 known cemeteries throughout Clinton County, more or less. I have a copy of the map at home in my office; last time I visited the county building, I begged them to print me off a copy. I’ve had a sort of unofficial goal for a few ...

Space-themed decor brings the heavens indoors

It was a tough year here on Earth, but 2020 was a bright spot for space exploration. SpaceX sent its futuristic Starship to new heights, three countries launched Mars missions, and robots grabbed debris from the moon and an asteroid. Next year promises more, including a planned launch of ...

Oklahoma lawmaker proposes ‘Bigfoot’ hunting season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of a state lawmaker in Oklahoma. A Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season. Rep. Justin Humphrey’s ...

Condo board suing Florida woman over feeding of stray cat

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A condominium association in Florida is suing a 78-year-old woman over the feeding of a stray cat. A lawsuit filed earlier this month in Tampa accuses Joan P. Hussey of breaking the rules by attracting and feeding “stray cats/animals” in and around the common areas of ...

Centre County 4-Hers take part in ‘unplugged’ program

Ninety-four Centre County 4-H members received complimentary craft kits during the December launch of a county-wide program, “4-H Unplugged.” The kits were designed to be completed without the need for internet connection or scheduled meetings. They provided most of the supplies members ...

Anxiety is linked with smoking – but how is still hazy

In these stressful pandemic times, health experts have more reason to circle back to the link between anxiety and smoking: Does anxiety cause people to smoke? Or does smoking cause anxiety? Like many other aspects of mental health and addiction, there are no cut-and-dried conclusions. “I ...

FDA approves first long-acting HIV drug combo, monthly shots

U.S. regulators have approved the first long-acting drug combo for HIV, monthly shots that can replace the daily pills now used to control infection with the AIDS virus. Thursday’s approval of the two-shot combo called Cabenuva is expected to make it easier for people to stay on track with ...

Black rhinoceros born in Kansas’ Garden City zoo

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A rare black rhinoceros has been born in captivity at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City. The male rhino was born Wednesday to 10-year-old Johari and her 7-year-old mate Jabari, the zoo said in a news release. The pair were moved from zoos in Cleveland and ...