For many years, Brockway native Terry Fustine has served as Emergency Management director for Snyder Township and is usually in attendance to the regular monthly meetings on the last Thursday of the month, unless this meeting is upstaged by a special holiday such as Thanksgiving. I came aboa…

Over the last two months, a relatively small group of people have met several times to contemplate the history of the Brockway area and to begin plans for a printed update covering the 35 years since the Brockway Story by Lew Reddinger was published for the community’s sesquicentennial (150 …

I feel that I’ve really returned to my natural roots this spring, at least in my mind. For many years, I went through all the recommended steps to prepare for planting. After studying the seed catalogs and evaluating our farm land as to the planting needs, I officially began the season with …

Last year as the world around us was being transitioned from calendar pages marked with 2019 into pages with 2020, our personal lives were being changed in many aspects, both personal as well as in professional that affected everything we attempted to do. And that included changes that revol…

Wherever I’ve gone over the recent weeks, I have found myself engaged in more conversations than I’ve been for months. There are quite a variety of subjects but everybody seems to be talking about the weather these days with good reason. Most conversations open up with questions like, “How a…

What a year this has been! We will certainly have a lot to remember and talk about when we think of 2020 from the spring right through to winter, and we have only come to the beginning of winter with a memorable snow storm. We have a community poet by the name of Lilly Bigelow who used to be…

A person’s life story can move along a straight path for a long time and everything seems to move along with everything going the way one prefers with only a little curve slipping in now and again that makes life more interesting (or maybe not). One of the turns came along my path on the las…

I was looking through some old pictures last week and that set me to thinking of a special time of history that I had explored about our county. According to the record, Jefferson County in Pennsylvania was chartered on March 26, 1804, by act of the Pennsylvania Legislature. At the end of th…

From the time I entered first grade at Brockway’s Ninth Avenue School until I graduated from Penn State in 1960 and later when I retired from Brockway Area High School in 1995, I had been conditioned to live by the calendar and the clock. Just about everything I did was dependent on some pla…

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NEW BETHLEHEM — Vendors at the Gumtown Market in New Bethlehem have had plenty to sell this summer, but current drought conditions are stressing mid-season crops. Warmer temperatures helped make up for a wintry May, but a lack of rainfall could cancel out those earlier gains. Growers have en…