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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 ...

Bigfoot by request

I have new neighbors. They’re nice people. It turns out I knew one of them already; the mom next door participated in a teen group I used to run. She now has three kids of her own, which would make me about 672 this coming year. She also has a stepdad. Apparently he’s a reader of mine; ...

It’s pumpkin season!

Pumpkin comes from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “Pepon.” The English changed the word to “Pumpion” and American colonist changed the name to pumpkin. The Pumpkin has been pretty famous throughout history. “Pumpion” is referred to in Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives ...

The monument answer

Was there some kind of mandatory hike in McElhattan that everyone got invited to but me? I only ask because I have fielded the same question about 10 times over the past couple of months, and I’m not sure why it’s come up all of a sudden. I get a lot of history questions, but not to the ...

Happenings from the Heisey

Hello all! September will be busy and we hope you can join us. Masks are required as well as social distancing at all our events. We will have sanitizer available. The Heisey House will be open on Saturdays through September from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our Second Sunday program Sept. 13 is at ...

Sun: The forgotten fertilizer

Plants sustain life as we know it. I will dedicate this space and upcoming articles to cover some interesting facts about plants that I hope increases your interest and appreciation for these green food machines. I will start by asking you, wherever you are right now, to look around and ...

Don’t get jacked, it is only a jackfruit!

The jackfruit is starting to be seen in local grocery stores, but many people are unsure of what this fruit is and how to use it. Jackfruit can be up to 3 feet long and 20 inches wide. Just one fruit can weigh as much as 110 pounds. While jackfruit first appeared in the rain forests of ...

Free virtual walking program will get you moving

Fall is a great time to get outside and be more active! Penn State Extension is offering an eight-week virtual walking program to help turn behaviors into healthy habits. Moderate activity, such as walking, reduces stress and fatigue and increases mental alertness. It improves cardiovascular ...

An explosive romance

At about 3:30 a.m. on July 18, 1926, the people of Renovo woke up simultaneously. This was not planned on anyone’s part, except for one guy. It happened because of an explosion that went off at the corner of Huron Avenue and Sixteenth Street. Now, this brings me to a multiple-choice ...