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…

For almost 30 years, as living representatives of the farming community and the dairy industry in particular, my wife and I have been volunteers in setting up an ice cream stand in various venues around this area. Summer season has always busy especially the month of July with the Brockway’s…

This has been a summer to remember so far. Or has it been a summer in a year it would be better to forget? We started right after New Year’s Day with a lot of plans for the year of 2020 and worked to create a variety of plans to make this the best year ever. Around the Jefferson County Fairg…

By June 20th last year, plans were well under way for the 2019 Jefferson County Fair. Contracts had all been written and approved for entertainment on the midway and motorsports on the track; food and novelty stands had been assigned their usual spaces along the midway; cloth goods, flowers,…

In the years just after my father passed away in 1977, my mother found that life of the farm in the country was too lonely with a minimal amount of company around. Eventually she purchased a little house on Pershing Avenue in Brockway where she would have easier access to the church, select …

We were all looking forward to the First Day of Spring in March because it always promises to accompany nice, warm weather, although that doesn’t always happen. Then early in this month of April came Palm Sunday and Easter. We hardly noticed the arrival of any of those days because they were…

The maple sap has been flowing freely on most days over the past few weeks. This sap is a fluid that is present in an outer layer of the sugar maple trees that are growing on our property around the houses. In the cold climate around this part of the world, maple trees store starch in their …

Since I spend much of my time in the part of our house near the kitchen these days, I often earn at least part of my meals by setting the table according to the likely menu of the day. There are some basic requirements that can be set up for use – or not – and then be reset if the menu chang…