By William Bower
Recently, I received a letter from Christine Bierly, of Avis, PA, stating that she has a problem with skunks living in her garage. Christine had previously called Pest Control, who came and caught one skunk and took it away; however, that visit was quite costly and did not solve her problem.Skunks will give you several warnings before spraying; however, when they get to the tail raising, back away.
By Katie McKissick
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Since it’s always nice to make new friends, NASA is on the lookout for exoplanets. These are planets outside our solar system. They orbit a faraway star or float freely between stars.
We’re especially curious about planets similar to Earth. In our vast universe, with countless galaxies, stars, and planets, are there other planets like our own? Do they have living things we could never imagine? Are there other intelligent living things that are looking for us as we are looking for them?
We don’t know! But we’d sure like to find out.
Wild Pheasants Again in Pennsylvania? – Part I
As a young hunter in the 1960’s, I was privileged to hunt both stocked and wild pheasants. I would have a tough time choosing whether I enjoyed hunting pheasants or rabbits the best. Unfortunately, currently we have very few wild pheasants in most areas of Pennsylvania.
Scott Klinger, Pennsylvania Game Commission pheasant biologist, recently detailed the history of pheasant hunting in PA and what caused the almost total collapse of the native birds. Actually no pheasants are actually native to North America; they were stocked by settlers hundreds of years ago. Most pheasants originated in China and some areas in Europe.
By Canton Fitness Center
SECRETS TO SPOT TONING
I got an interesting message from a lady recently that read, “Do you have any exercise tricks to slim my calves?” After reading this, I chuckled because that is not the area that most people pick when they think of spot toning. Then, I thought, “What would it take to just slim the calves?” I honestly couldn’t think of anything that would work on just them.
Oh sure, you could do lots of calf raises to tone the muscles, but if there is a layer of fat over the muscle then it wouldn’t look thinner. If you were going to get slimmer calves, it would probably imply that you need to do something to lose weight. Doing more walking, jogging or cardiovascular activity would be involved, so to answer her question – “No, there are no tricks to spot toning.”
By Rev. Kenneth Marple, M.A.
America Began With Religious Intolerance
The Puritans left England because they despised the centralized control of the Anglican Church. We are expected to feel sorry for them. The trouble is, once ashore in America their own intolerance toward other religions made England look like the freedom express. The once-persecuted Puritans quickly became the persecutors. Puritan minister Nathaniel Ward wrote, “Anyone willing to tolerate another’s faith either doubts his own, or is not sincere in it.” Quakers who dared to enter Massachusetts (Puritan territory) were imprisoned, flogged, abused --and six were hanged; they were a “cursed sect of heretics.”
Why I Like Retirement !
• Question: How many days in a week?
Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday
• Question: When is a retiree's bedtime?
Answer: Two hours after he falls asleep on the couch.
• Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.
• Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees?
Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.
By Evangelist Eric Smith
“ In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” Ephesians 1:7-8. The portion of the sentence we are pursuing is the end of verse 7 and verse 8. The whole sentence is verse 3 through verse 14 of Ephesians chapter 1. Last time we looked at the last phrase of verse seven. Since then, have you mediated on what Paul wrote? Verse seven is such a powerful verse you can not just give it a passing glance. It must be pondered over and over to grasp all God desires for you in this verse, especially as you mediate on the whole sentence. In fact, this is what you need to do for the whole sentence.
By Jim Lewis
Do YOU believe that your best days are behind you? Consider the most beautiful thing that you have ever seen. Can you name it? Now how about the best smell you have ever experienced, or the very best thing that you have ever tasted? Can you name, in your opinion the best idea that man has ever come up with? Now think about the very best experience that you have had in your lifetime. Can you imagine any or all of these things ever be improved on?
What if I told you that they ALL will be? Interested? Better days are coming for some of us. God says so, if you are one of His children. If you are not, please consider this.
By Elaine Gee
Last Week's News
Dawn Fuller stopped in on Sunday. I was glad to see her.
I heard Vi Slater fell Wednesday and ended in the ER. Hurry and get well Vi.
My condolences to the Rod Spalding family..
My daughter Sue, Lyndon, and Josh are camping up to Booms Hill this week on vacation.
We had a little rain this week but could use more.
By Richard & Joyce Pratt
The weather this past week has been a variety with several nice sunny days, lots of rain and a cool fall day on Saturday.
The highlight of the week was Thursday with a very well attended picnic put on by the Housing Authority at noon with over 30 attending.
Likewise the fire meeting in the morning was well attended. A very special thank you to Cindy Roupp, Jim Bailey, Wendy and everybody else who may have helped in any way. Who can help but enjoy a free picnic, when even the table service is supplied? Thank you.
By Esther Butcher
It’s been a pretty nice week. Cooler nights are good for sleeping, and warm during the day is nice.
Our grandson Travis (Hubee) Butcher stopped in for a visit on Thursday evening as he is planning on leaving for college next week.
Cindy Putnam and children and Brian also grandkids went to Bucktail for the weekend and had a good time.
It’s starting to feel a little like fall sometimes, hope we have an easy winter this year.
By Terren Smith
Hi all. How was your week?
Last weekend was Old Timers in East Smithfield. Saw a lot of people who I have not seen in a year.
The Sunday was the Galilean service at the lake. A very good turn out by all three churches and lake friends.
Monday, Earl Smith's three cousins Peter and Dee and Jimmy Schnitzle came for a visit from up state New York. Earl has not seen them for over 30 years.
Then Ruth Lee came down and they all went to Ted Lee's, then out to dinner. They are related to Ted, Bill and Ruth, also.
Happy birthday to my youngest daughter, Beth who lives in Mt. Pocono. I don't want to disclose her age but she was born in 1966.
The highlight of the week was the marriage of one of our twin grandsons, Jordan Stone, to his longtime significant other Cindy. The wedding was held in the Alba Church with Pastor Charlotte Morse performing the ceremony. Reception was held at the Troy Fire Department and although I didn't understand any of the music and of course it was too loud, the rest was fine and we learned that the five grandsons who were there can really dance. I was both surprised and excited to witness the skill they have. I don't know where the talent came from but it certainly wasn't me. One did a great imitation of Michael Jackson and all that was missing was the white glove.
By Lorelei Colton
We have had some really gorgeous sunny days lately and most of us are unwilling to give in to the fact that summer is nearing its end. However, I did see a reminder that spring also may be hanging around for a bit – in the form of a few bright yellow dandelions scattered around the yard. Sunday morning it was a crisp 49 degrees and very foggy. According to the ole’ almanac of “Wit & Wisdom”: So many fogs in August we see, So many snows that year will be. Snow I can handle. Twenty plus degrees below zero? Not so much. I finally got the “um-teen” bushels of laundry from camping etc. caught up and hung on the clothesline in the bright sunshine to dry, but our garden is a field of weeds and neglect. It started out so great but the changing weather patterns have really left it much to be desired. Ron has picked several cucumbers, green peppers, and finally some tomatoes, but for the most part there is very little we are going to be able to can or freeze. There’s always next year. On the other hand, the flowers seem to be flourishing quite well – if tended to, naturally. Many folks are kind enough to bring flowers into church on Sundays and Julia Palmer’s gladiolas are beautiful indeed. Thanks for sharing with us Julia!
By Stratton "Lefty" Schaeffer
The Inverted Fishhook of American Race Relations
It was the summer of 1956 when Jim Crow first hit me right between the eyes in the Charleston, South Carolina airport. I had just flown from Philadelphia to join my ship in the Charleston Navy Yard. In those days propeller driven commercial planes took twice as long as today's flight.
My first order of business upon landing in Charleston was a trip across the tarmac to the public restroom where Jim Crow had a rude awakening for this Yankee. The airport facilities were rest rooms separated by public water fountains similar to what you'd find in airports today but in Charleston there were double facilities and above each, in large bold letters, was a sign proclaiming: Whites or Colored. It's not to say that ethnic prejudice had been eradicated up North but, by comparison, Pennsylvania was light years ahead of what I experienced that day in Charleston.