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Health and Home

Happenings from the Heisey

Bring a lawn chair and wear a mask to the Heisey House lawn on Monday the 17th to see the film-noir thriller “The Night of the Hunter” (1955 with Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters) and on Aug. 31 to see the 1947 comedy “The Egg and I” (Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert). ...

Happy birthday, John Sloan

There’s this house that I show on tours, when I’m walking with people down Main Street. Normally I don’t walk right up to the house; it can be seen from the corner of Main and Grove without making people hike clear to the end of the block. So I just point to it from half a block away, and ...

Transition from a work at home novice to pro

Months into working from home, it’s time to check in with yourself. How is your work-life balance? Have you figured out when and how you work best? And when did you last shower? As work and home life meld, it’s difficult to maintain boundaries, stay productive and take care of your mental ...

South Dakota law officers to get iPads to help mental crises

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police and probation officers in 23 South Dakota counties will soon be equipped with tablet computers so they can connect people in mental distress with mental health professionals, under a pilot program announced Thursday. The initiative was spearheaded by Supreme ...

Hungry caterpillars in the garden

One of the more popular books read to children is the “Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The story follows a large caterpillar as it eats its way through various foods as a subtle way to teach counting and an insect’s life cycle, from egg to butterfly. A very similar story is occurring in our ...

Rock climbing tests body and mind, enthusiasts say

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat, via AP OHIOPYLE, Pa. — There is a rock surface at Ohiopyle State Park called “the crack.” Made of sandstone, it is divided by a fissure that leads to a landing about 25 or so feet off the ground and then to a wider opening that provides access to the ...

Prince William, Kate donate for pandemic mental health work

LONDON (AP) — The foundation of Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge have awarded almost 1.8 million pounds ($2.3 million) to support the mental health of front line workers and others affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The couple’s Royal Foundation Covid-19 ...

The tragedy of Gertrude Kistler

There’s no telling what Gertrude Kistler might have been. She could have been anything — A teacher, a writer, a politician. But we don’t know. As she died a hundred years ago, we never will. By the present time, she’d have been long dead anyway, of course — Very few people live to ...

Make eating vegetables a family affair

The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults consume 2–3 cups of vegetables per day. Despite these recommendations, recent data show that only 1 in 10 US adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables each day. Vegetable consumption among American youth is also ...

Forsooth: COVID-19 brings Shakespeare to Vermont backyards

BURLINGTON, Vt. — On an idyllic summer evening not far from the shore of Lake Champlain, the immortal words of William Shakespeare float from a lush backyard, professionally performed -- for an audience of six. Jena Necrason of the Vermont Shakespeare Festival throws herself into the role ...

Queen makes veteran a knight at 100; no kneeling required

LONDON — In the end, Sir Tom didn’t need to rise. On a day infused with emotion, Queen Elizabeth II tapped the blade of a sword once owned by her father on the slender shoulders of 100-year-old Tom Moore, making a hero of a nation a knight of the realm Friday. Moore captivated the ...

Choosing Wisteria wisely

Wisteria are among the most beautiful vines when they flower. They can also be very frustrating when they don’t. “Why won’t my wisteria bloom?” is a question I’ve heard many times. Learning a little more about the different species of wisteria that can be grown in Central Pennsylvania ...

The Tiadaghton Declaration

The Tiadaghton Declaration of Independence. You’ve heard of it. If you live in Clinton County, you probably know the story. I mean, I’ll recap anyway, just in case you’re new here. Also because I have about 800 words to fill. A group of men who lived in Fort Horn, at present-day ...

Happenings from the Heisey

We hope all of you continue to be safe and sanitized! We don’t want anyone to miss any of our events. Our schedule has been revised to reflect the times and advisories. The Heisey House is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Groups ...

‘It’s gone’: What the loss of summer camp means for kids

NEW YORK — It wasn’t just the leadership opportunities or seeing his best friends or even escaping months stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic that had Rory Sederoff thinking 2020 would be one of his best summers ever. This would have been the Toronto teenager's 15th year at ...

Backyard camping tips: Don’t be intimidated

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Backyard camping has a certain brilliance to it that goes beyond experiencing nature. If something goes wrong, your house is just paces away. “If it all falls apart and blows up on you, you just go inside,” said Kevin Hill, owner of Uncle Lem’s Outfitters, an ...

What to do while going green

We are going green! No, I am not talking about the environment or the ecology, nor about eating more green vegetables (although these are all healthy changes!). I am talking about the recent transition from red to yellow to green phases in the Commonwealth after the lock-downs due to the ...

Bangladeshi group sends cards, baskets to COVID-19 patients

DHAKA, Bangladesh — When her father tested positive for COVID-19, Sumona Khanom struggled to get a bed for him at an already overwhelmed Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The family struggled, too, with a lack of money to buy food. She was exhausted. But then, solace came in the form of a ...

Time for strawberries

I am hopeful that we will be able to pick our own strawberries this year, as there is nothing better than strawberries just off the vine! Strawberries are the first fruit of the season and estimates are we consume about 4.85 pounds per person of strawberries, both fresh and frozen, each ...

The Dalai Lama to release first album in July

NEW YORK (AP) — Stressed out while working at a bank in New Zealand, Junelle Kunin began searching for music paired with teachings from the Dalai Lama to calm herself down and allow herself to focus. But she couldn’t find it online. That’s when the musician and practicing Buddhist ...