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There are things you learn as a kid that at some point you realize were flat out lies. Some of those rip your childhood innocence to shreds (you know the ones I’m talking about, I’m sure), and then there are those that you look back and wonder just what a stupid little kid you were. For exam…

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Today is Saturday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2019. There are 73 days left in the year.

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Shepard Smith worked for Fox News since its founding in 1996. When he announced on air last week that he was quitting, he told his viewers: “Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism — and journali…

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Today is Friday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2019. There are 74 days left in the year.

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The Athens Independent Order of Odd Fellows building located on the corner of North Main and Pine Streets.

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One of the many historic items of ephemera that I have collected through the years is the official program for the Ninety-Eighth Anniversary and Thirty-third Annual reunion of Central Pennsylvania Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The event was held April 25 and 26, 1917 in Athens and was sp…

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2019. There are 75 days left in the year.

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There have so far been two hearings in the House Democrats’ effort to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. Both have been held in secret. One was last Thursday, the other Friday, and the public does not know what was said in either. Two more are scheduled for this week, an…

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2019. There are 76 days left in the year.

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2019. There are 77 days left in the year.

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I hope you’ll indulge me, dear reader…this reminiscence took on a life of its own and slipped into a soapbox rant against things lost, things like innocence and sense of community. I recommend finding a perfect Autumn leaf and pressing it between the pages of a heavy book.

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Today is Monday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2019. There are 78 days left in the year.

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Today is Saturday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2019. There are 80 days left in the year.

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Today is Friday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2019. There are 81 days left in the year.

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2019. There are 82 days left in the year.

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On March 16, 1898 Father James Leo Shanley was named pastor of Epiphany Parish. Upon his arrival in Sayre he was faced with a church building that was too small for his continually growing congregation. The population of Sayre in 1910 was 6,476 and by 1920 it reached an all-time high of 8,07…

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“No one is above the law,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she announced the Democratic effort to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. The phrase has become a Democratic mantra in the new impeachment push. But it could, in the end, serve to highlight the weakness of the…

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2019. There are 83 days left in the year.

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Not a fan of Little Cutie Contest

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During a slow week in Washington, it occurs to me that readers might enjoy an update on my unusual cat, Albert, aka “The Orange Dog.” Born under a neighbor’s front porch in the country, he spent his infancy among dogs and free-range chickens.

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2019. There are 84 days left in the year.

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LOS ANGELES — Once the 2020 presidential campaign leaves the early tests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the political themes will be California themes, the issues will be California issues, and the values being debated will be California values.

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Today is Monday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2018. There are 85 days left in the year.

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That title in quotes reflects a bit of a family inside joke that has had legs for more than twenty years now. As you will see, the title could just as well have been “Karma is a patient thing.” Here’s the tale:

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Today is Saturday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2019. There are 87 days left in the year.

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My wife, Cokie, and I wrote more than 1,000 columns together, but this is the first one I’m writing alone. The outpouring of affection has been so overwhelming — and heartfelt — since her passing that I wanted to share parts of the eulogy I delivered at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

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J. E. Wheelock Hose Company’s 1926 American LaFrance Brockway firetruck.

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According to the Towanda Daily Review a fire broke out in what was known as the old Wilbur House barn in the rear of the Newberry five and ten cent store (located at 148 Desmond Street in 1926) at 3 o’clock in the morning May 28, 1926. The fire did damage to the amount of $10,000 (value in 2…