If you drive an hour from my house, you can get to an Indiana city named Gas City. If you drive into town, you’ll reach the City of Gas City City Hall.
Raking fall leaves can seem like a chore, and a neverending one, at that. Reduce time and effort spent managing fall leaves by putting this valuable resource to work in your landscape.
It still is very vivid to me. I had returned home from the men’s fellowship where each Saturday a group of gentlemen had gathered from both Roman Catholic and Protestant churches. Our goal was to study the Holy Bible and share what each passage meant to the members. The readings referenced what would be read during each of the Sunday Masses.
The American calendar is filled with days, weeks and months set aside to draw attention to a wide variety of worthy causes and issues. Often there are several such observances going on at once. A great many of these are worthy of respect and deserve note, but the sheer number of them can make it difficult for people to focus on those that are most important.
It’s a mystery how the walls of the Pennsylvania Capitol insulate our legislators from the reality of the climate crisis.
We live in rather impressive times. A voice on our cell phone provides timely, flawless directions. We can converse with someone on the other side of the globe as clearly and immediately as if they were standing right in front of us.
In reading last week’s column, you may recall I had a very bizarre type of week. I could not print all my pictures from my birthday party get together due to what could only be classified as crazy mechanical manipulations that threw me into a tizzy. Then, I had my mischievous house guest ghost do a number on me. My getting a birthday card from my wife topped off the week. Some may find that touching, however, when it is learned that she passed a year ago April it might raise a few eyebrows.
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species that has emerged as a destructive pest in Pennsylvania since its arrival in the southeastern part of the state about five years ago. The insect, described as “a large, colorful planthopper,” is a threat to $18 billion in state agriculture — tree fruit, timber, hops and especially grapes. The lanternfly wreaks havoc by sucking “the sap from valuable trees and vines, weakening them,” The Associated Press reported in a Sept. 26 article that appeared on LancasterOnline.
Local news starts with us. Newspapers have been the foundation of real news for over 300 years. While the delivery of the product has transitioned from black ink on newsprint, to the internet, to smartphone applications and social media outlets, no other industry is as firmly rooted in the foundation of our nation, or our communities, as the free press.
At the precise moment of the autumnal equinox on Sept. 23, 1938, a torpedo-like cylinder, 7 feet, 6 inches long and 8.75 inches in diameter, was lowered 50 feet into the ground at the site of the New York World’s Fair in Queens.
Friction over people parking in bike lanes to attend weekend worship services while cyclists struggle to safely navigate the same streets is a good reminder of the unprecedented, competing, and growing demands on Center City’s constrained and finite transportation infrastructure. And like other street fights, this one can’t be resolved in a vacuum. It’s also a good reminder of the need for wider-ranging conversations — among constituencies, the City Council, and the Philadelphia Parking Authority — to make a good-faith cooperative effort to tackle the many mobility challenges in the heart of Philadelphia, where fiscal and geographical limitations force us to make the most of what we’ve already got.
While senior scams are decreasing, they are still prevalent and costly, according to panelists who testified before the Pennsylvania Aging and Older Adult Services Committee.
Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Plant the bulbs in fall and enjoy months of colorful spring and summer blooms – this year, and for years to come.
Today, our Alleghenies are blessed with dozens of nicely developed trails, totaling many hundreds of miles in length, and used by thousands of cyclists, runners, equestrians, families, dog-walkers and cross-country skiers annually.
I don’t know about you or even if you are a coffee drinker, but I like to start off my morning with a combination of the “black booster” and Coffee-Mate before I jump into the shower. It’s been a tradition for many years.
Individuals who play a major role in the outcomes of child custody cases in Pennsylvania have virtually no oversight or professional standards in hiring or training, which could lead to potentially harmful consequences for thousands of children in the child welfare system, according to a new survey by the Dads’ Resource Center (DRC).
George Washington once described the Great Meadows at the foot of Chestnut Ridge as “a charming field for an encounter.” But that was before an overwhelming number of French and Native American allies forced a humiliating surrender upon the young Virginia militia colonel – the only surrender of his career.
Every animal that comes to mind has been created innately how to survive, react or conduct oneself. This can be a cat, dog or lizard. It matters not. Each is part of the animal kingdom.
“An East Hempfield Township man who was charged last year for his part in a fentanyl-laced heroin bust that involved $50,000 worth of the drug” has been sentenced to six to 30 years in prison, LancasterOnline staff reported Aug. 13. Meanwhile, authorities stated that “a Lancaster County Drug Task Force bust of a Manheim man resulted in the seizure of 220 bags of fentanyl,” LancasterOnline reported Aug. 23. Finally, The Associated Press reported recently that law enforcement officials in Virginia took down a multistate drug ring that was in possession of “enough cheap fentanyl from China to kill 14 million people.” Let’s start with a fentanyl primer, as many of us must educate ourselves on this drug and its immense dangers.
I’m about to hit you with a mnemonic device that will bring the armies of men into peace with the wood elves. That’s right, I have one device to rule them all when it comes to remembering the eight rules of capitalization, and it comes from “Lord of the Rings.” Is this going to be nerdy? You betcha. Are you ready? Whenever you want to recall what gets capitalized, just remember “Forgetful Bilbo Baggins took Pippin into Sam’s watermelon marmalade store.” It’s as simple as that.
Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes, and when they’re left on the plant five to eight days after the fruit are fully colored, the flavor only gets better.