The Rescue Flash forward: Annie (left)  and Alene today at Alene's farm in Roseville.
Laughing All the Way to the Stage Laughing All the Way to the Stage
How Fabulous Were the 1890s? Gold In Them Thar Hills: In the humiliation of his life, Mansfield geologist Andrew Sherwood and his investors  were swindled in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896.
The State of the States The State of the States

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Flash forward: Annie (left)  and Alene today at Alene's farm in Roseville.
Life

The Rescue

A top a whisper-quiet drive, up Pumpkin Hill Road in Roseville, rests a farmhouse with a bell operated by the pull of a rope. It echoes over the green expanse of the surrounding land, over the cornfields, over the chicken coup, and down thirty feet into the earth. The year was 1968, and Alene and Roger York walked around this […]

Laughing All the Way to the Stage
Billtown

Laughing All the Way to the Stage

From the small screen to the big stage, the Williamsport Community Arts Center (CAC) is taking the excitement of some of the most popular shows on television and bringing it live and local. With the eighth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing just finished, the five finalists are taking it on the road across the nation, and Williamsport is their […]

Gold In Them Thar Hills: In the humiliation of his life, Mansfield geologist Andrew Sherwood and his investors  were swindled in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896.
Arts & Leisure

How Fabulous Were the 1890s?

We call the 1890s decade fabulous, and that is exactly what it was. It was a dynamic era of transition, excitement, and enthusiasm. It was so fabulous, in fact, that in Mansfield we still celebrate it every September. The 1890 Census showed a United States population of almost sixty-three million people, up 25.5 percent from 1880. Immigration and a high […]

The State of the States
Finger Lakes

The State of the States

The United States has come a long way. Decades ago, we were best known for wines like Boones Farm and Pink Catawba. But, in a relatively short period, the United States has caught up with some of the older wine regions of Europe, who have been at it for centuries. We have become one of the major players, producing a […]

When Life Hands You Wood
Outdoors

When Life Hands You Wood

It was the late ’70s. America had firmly declared, “We give up” in the Vietnam war, Nixon had resigned, oil and energy were forming America’s crises du jour, and America’s young adults were experimenting with what turned out to be a quaintly innocent version of the “me” era. I was in the very representative statistical center of that generation, and […]

A Mouse in the House
Mother Earth

A Mouse in the House

“So many rodents, so little time.” That is the credo by which our cat, Chub, lives. Chub has always had a very close relationship with food, perhaps because he was an orphan and a stray and likely went hungry a lot when he was too little to catch much more than bugs. He has since developed into an extraordinary hunter; […]

Lamb on the Menu? It’s Rare.
Food & Drink

Lamb on the Menu? It’s Rare.

When I was a kid—or should I say “several years ago”—we probably had lamb several times a month. It could be lamb stew or chops, but more often it was a succulent leg of lamb. And it was rare that we grilled anything in our little brick outdoor fireplace, so it was an oven roast. Dad was a meat and […]

Take Me Home
People

Take Me Home

The Animal Care Sanctuary—with its headquarters in East Smithfield and a branch in Wellsboro, one of the largest and most successful no-kill shelters in the United States—had its start with a woman who saw a problem and sought to solve it. In Lesley Sinclair’s mind, there was criminal neglect taking place in her town of Toms River, New Jersey, and […]

Time to Sperr
Outdoors

Time to Sperr

At least once a month, Red Cross volunteers Jean and Andrew L. “Andy” Sperr deliver containers of blood from Rochester to six hospitals, finishing at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Then the couple makes one more stop before returning home. Taking Exit 50 off Route I-86 onto Kahler Road, they pull into a peaceful park that is a special place, […]

The Jury Is In
Arts & Leisure

The Jury Is In

If Norman Rockwell were a Pennsylvania artist, Eagles Mere would probably have been a source of inspiration for his vision of small town America…and it would have been the town for him to exhibit his nationally recognized art. For the forty-fourth Eagles Mere Arts & Crafts Festival at the village green (held this year on Saturday, August 9 from 10 […]