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Finding joy in a troubled world

December 21, 2014 News last week out of Pakistan was jarring. A Taliban attack on a school left 145 dead, 132 of whom were children. more »»

Passage of spending bill necessary, right

December 21, 2014 There’s been much written and discussed about the recently passed “Omnibus” spending bill — legislation that funds each of the federal agencies — approved by bipartisan majorities in both the U.S. more »»

Historic letter from early hotel manager

December 21, 2014 This is a slight departure from the usual downtown article that appears in this newspaper, but it seems very timely. more »»

Books as gift idea for family and friends

December 21, 2014 Need some last minute gift ideas? How about a book? Below are some new releases that could be perfect for someone on your list. more »»

Spelling bee winners are announced

December 21, 2014 These Beverly-Center Elementary students were winners of their classroom spelling bees, held Dec. 10: Mrs. more »»

Memoirs of a bum — a story by Pavlo

December 21, 2014 No man is an island. A statement passed down through the ages to remind us mere mortals that we all need someone or something on our journey, to assist or comfort us when the road narrows and climbs. more »»

The shortest day of year

December 21, 2014 The first day of winter, Dec. 21, is defined by the year’s shortest day and longest night. It is cause to celebrate because each new day brings more daylight and less darkness. more »»

Christmas Eve service scheduled

December 21, 2014 Christmas Eve service and communion will be 7 p.m. at Pennsville United Methodist Church. Christmas Eve service will be held at 9 p.m. at Todd’s United Methodist Churc. more »»

Celebrate Christmas Day with several recipes

December 21, 2014 Hey, kids. This is it. Christmas is this week. It is too late to change that “naughty” mark to “nice’. Of course, that goes for the adults, too. This will be a very busy week. more »»

Creating a purse, part five: accessorizing

December 21, 2014 Accents are normally items added to a project at the end. Most crafters will complete the project physically and then add the bells and whistles at the end. more »»

Stories of Christmases past

December 20, 2014 Christmas 1865 Christmas day this year was an exceedingly merry one; the streets, though very muddy, were all day filled with happy people—some felt rather too much so. more »»

Choose comics for kids carefully

December 18, 2014 With superheroes in the pop culture mainstream like never before, chances are you know a kid who’s into Spider-Man, Batman, Wolverine or Wonder Woman. more »»

The danger of political litmus tests

December 15, 2014 Republicans could do far worse than naming Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, as their nominee for president in 2016. But they won’t have that option. more »»

Opera House usher may still be making rounds

December 15, 2014 In the small town of McConnelsville, Ohio, sits an old opera house that was built in 1892. It wasn’t until 1913 that silent films were shown here, and in the 1930s they began showing films with sound. more »»

Seeking our inner Michelangelo

December 14, 2014 Last weekend, I went to a paint-and-sip party. It was a fundraiser, and I had already agreed not to do much sipping, so as to allow my fellow painters to get the full experience. more »»

A look back at chamber’s year in review

December 14, 2014 I am delighted to share that we added 41 new members to our Chamber roster during 2014 (listed below). more »»

Mystery books for adults and teens

December 14, 2014 #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson team up in “Wicked Ways. more »»

Holiday coloring contest winners named

December 14, 2014 B & W Pharmacy recently sponsored a holiday coloring contest for local elementary students. more »»

Christmas party to be held

December 14, 2014 Pennsville United Methodist Women met at noon Dec. 6, at the church for Christmas potluck. After the dinner, readings and stories were read by all attending. more »»

Dreaming of new binoculars

December 14, 2014 As the holidays approach, serious birders often dream of buying a new pair of binoculars. Good binoculars cost $200 to $500, so they are a serious investment. more »»



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