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The house that moved

A while ago, I wrote a column about thunderbirds. It seemed popular, for the most part — Thunderbirds are said to be in remote forests, sometimes in Pennsylvania, and are described as giant birds that are occasionally seen. I wrote about them because I’ve been taking part in a documentary ...

Is it soup yet?

As we enter the long winter months, what could be better than a steaming hot, hearty bowl of soup? Luckily, January has been declared National Soup Month so take this time to warm your belly and feed your soul with delicious homemade soups! The earliest soups date back to 20,000 BC with the ...

Getting away with imaginary murder

September of 1948 got exciting really fast. The headline hit the front page of the Express: “Girl Picked Up Here Tells Of Cal. Murder.” “There is a girl in Clinton County Jail today who says she knows where police will find the burned body of a murdered woman,” the article read. ...

Happenings from the Heisey

This has been a very challenging year for the Historical Society. We had to cancel our largest fundraiser, Wine in the Wilds, as well as our monthly Second Sunday programs, which highlight people, places and events of Clinton County. Due to the pandemic the lack of travel has impacted our ...

The Ball: A Christmas Story

Happy holidays, all. If you’re wondering what to buy me, I’m a size XL in “column ideas.” I can always use more of those. I struggled a little to come up with this one. Every year, I find something nice and Christmassy to write about. Let’s face it, nobody wants to open their ...

Create your own family cookbook

Every winter holiday season, I ask my family what type of cookies they would like to bake and every year it is the same old cookies and recipes I have been using for years. I always try to bake at least one new cookie recipe, but the old family favorites always come out on top. This year I ...

The many benefits of houseplants

METRO — The lines between the outdoors and indoors are being blurred. Homeowners build extensive outdoor living spaces so they can relax on weather-resistant furniture and even cook in lavish kitchens in their backyards. In addition, indoor three-season rooms full of bright, open windows that ...

Hickory Hill, petrified bodies, and a birthday

A year or so ago, my column was scheduled to print on my wife’s birthday. So I let her decide on the topic, as an odd sort of birthday present. I told her I’d write about whatever she chose. This is called “Tricking my spouse into doing my work for me.” She asked me to write about the ...

Happenings from the Heisey

December 4 and 5 are very busy for us and we have fun things going on! Tonight, Saturday, “The Ghosts of Scrooge” from 5-9 p.m. offers half hour tours of the Heisey as “Scrooge” revisits his own ghosts of Christmas. The cost is $8 and group size is limited to six. Masks and social ...

‘Dining in Day’ is Dec. 3

Since 2014, nearly half a million people have committed to “Dining In” on Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Day! The pandemic isn’t going to stop FCS professionals and families across the country from celebrating FCS Day with the “Dine in Day.” The theme this year is Dining in for ...

Maybe it’s gold outside

There’s this story of lost gold. I’ve been hearing about it for years. It involves both Cameron County and Clinton County, the Civil War, and buried treasure. It’s an interesting story, and people have gone out repeatedly looking for the gold. The only problem is, it may not be ...

Happenings from the Heisey

Thank you to all who joined us for “Spooktacular Candlelight Heisey House Tours” in October. Volunteers had fun representing historical house residents and those who attended seemed to enjoy the presentations. On Nov. 8, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Poorman Gallery 352 E. Water, St., we and the ...

Meet me in Calder

City councilman Bill Mincer got the ball rolling on this one. He did what everyone does, and asked me a question about local stuff. I didn’t know the answer, so I promised to find out and get back to him. Specifically, Bill wanted to know about the brick sidewalk at the corner of South ...

Thunderbirds on film

Lights! Camera! Action! I expect to make the cover of People magazine. I want a star with my name on it embedded on Bellefonte Avenue. Because soon, I’m going to be a movie star! Okay, actually it’s probably not as exciting as I’m making it out to be. To be completely accurate, I am ...

Slow cookers make healthy eating easier

While a slow cooker can make life a little easier any time of year, the hint of cooler temperatures is often when cooks pull them out of storage. These small appliances, popular in the 1970’s, have seen a resurgence in popularity with our busy lifestyles and desire for healthier meals at ...

The Pumpkin Flood

I’ve always loved Clinton County for a lot of reasons. It’s a part of the state with plenty of legends and mysteries, amazing people, lost treasures and interesting people. Even our disasters here are fascinating, and have some excellent stories concealed inside them. And the precedent ...

Happenings from the Heisey

Editor’s Note: This column is being reprinted in it’s entirety. A portion of it was inadvertantly omitted in Saturday’s Express. We received a Pennsylvania Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts grant to support our programing and events. We will be able to bring presentations ...

Tick tock, it’s ‘tick o’clock’

The fall is officially upon us! Don’t let the fear of ticks and Lyme disease stand in the way of enjoying the colorful Pennsylvania outdoors! Simple steps to prevent tick bites First, dress for the occasion! Ticks are easier to spot if you are wearing light-colors. Choose ...

Happenings from the Heisey

We received a Pennsylvania Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts grant to support our programing and events. We will be able to bring presentations and collection displays virtually! We plan Zoom meetings highlighting speakers. We are so excited and grateful as we rise to this ...

What are mycotoxins and why should we care?

With corn and soybean harvest approaching, it is time for a reminder of factors that can affect grain quality, and today’s column will be dedicated to mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are toxic substances produced by certain molds (fungi) on the different substrates where they grow. What ...