Arts & Living

Hidden gem: VNA Caring Center offers adult daycare alternative

SHAMOKIN — In the basement of the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center lies a hidden gem: the VNA Caring Center. The adult day care program allows individuals with functional and cognitive disabilities to receive basic health maintenance, participate in discussion groups, education and exercise programs, and most importantly, have fun. Director Rose Miller, LPN, said the center can accommodate 30 clients, and has […]


Alfred E. Ruegg, former superintendent of the Eagle silk mills, who on his retirement from the local management went to Binghamton, New York, and opened the Shemango Silk company, died last August after successfully conducting the business for a number of years. In filing last week the inventory of his estate, the estimate of approximately one million dollars was furnished the […]

Chronicles: Farmers busted for selling oleomargarine as butter

State agents were cracking down in February 1901 on farmers who were selling oleomargarine as pure country butter in the Ashland area. The Mount Carmel Daily News of Feb. 23 reported Charles Shadel, who operated a farm at Fountain Springs, had been taken into custody on Friday, Feb. 22, by Robert M. Simmers, an agent of the state Pure Food […]

Move along; nothing to read about here

I’ve been racking my brain for several days – and my brain is getting pretty darn sick of it. Actually, I’ve been trying to think of an idea for this week’s column. I have not. I was disappointed, but I realized not having an idea has never stopped me from writing a column before. Like many people, I’m going to […]

Saturday Spirit

We could open the final chapter of the Rev. Mr. Robert P. Mack’s quietly remarkable life on Earth with the Catholic perspective on death. “Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed, not ended.” It is certain that Deacon Mack was faithful to God, the Catholic Church, his wife of 68 years, Jean, their three children and four grandchildren. Or, […]

I’m shook, but also here for it because it’s fire

“I’m shook, but I’m also here for it because it’s fire.” That, my friends, is a real sentence in which there are many stances, opinions and feelings. Seriously. I know. One day you’re 21, the next day, your birthday cake candles are heating your house and potentially a fire hazard. Much like hearing Nirvana on an oldies station, age sets […]

Molly Pitcher Brewing

I got my first taste of Molly Pitcher’s brews at the Selinsgrove Beer Festival. Their booth was fortuitously located next to the PA Alers Homebrew Club stand, allowing me multiple opportunities to sample their wares. Every beer I tried was outstanding. And with a name like Molly Pitcher, a visit was inevitable for this self-avowed history geek. A break in […]

Theft attempt stopped by gunfire, booby traps

When 20-year-old Michael Coyle of Shenandoah turned up at the Miners’ Hospital, Fountain Springs, on Saturday, Jan. 7, 1899, he claimed he’d been accidentally shot by a man at Turkey Run. However, the Shenandoah Herald had another version of the incident, indicating this was indeed a case where crime did not pay. “The case is one of unusual interest, owing […]


Philip Vagnoe, of Mount Carmel, Alleged Bandit Gang, Liberated Yesterday Friends were successful yesterday in gaining the release of one of a quintet of alleged robbers, who were committed to the Northumberland County Prison at Sunbury in default of bail this week following hearings before Justice of the Peace Muldowney here on charges of robbing the Valley House Hotel and […]

Make it a heavenly Valentine’s Day this year

Once again, Valentine’s Day is upon us. With Valentine’s falling on Wednesday night this year, I know many of you are celebrating in advance this weekend. Without a doubt, Valentine’s Day is great for greeting card and candy sales, florists, restaurants, jewelers, media folks and many others. Even though a great number of folks, including yours truly, see it as […]

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