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…

Through all the years that I spent in the high school math classroom, I often taught awareness in all the ways that conniving people would try to separate honest people from their carefully-saved money. There was a time that I had a series of mini-courses where I conducted classes in use of …

Through all the years that I spent in the high school math classroom, I often taught awareness in all the ways that conniving people would try to separate honest people from their carefully-saved money. There was a time that I had a series of mini-courses where I conducted classes in use of …

My clock-radio comes alive every morning at 7:00 a.m. tuned into DuBois’ WCED, now commonly known as “Connect Radio.” I like to catch the brief morning national news and the locals. Then I drowsy along for a while until I feel forced to get up for corn flakes, breakfast according to the plan…

Home has never been very far away for me. I have spent most of my life out on the farm and, though my occasional travels have taken me across the country, this place has always been home to me. After my wife and I built our house, it took a while for that building to become “home.” For us, h…