The Legend of Perma Stone Shorty Media star: Award-winning show dog Perma Stone Shorty holding the magazine that burnished his reputation.
Ugh! A Bug! Ugh! A Bug!
Dem Dry Bones A rack of racks rests in peace, awaiting the next processing stage at Swarthout’s Skullworks.
The Great Hunt The northeastern section of Bradford County contained the bulk of the hunt.

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Media star: Award-winning show dog Perma Stone Shorty holding the magazine that burnished his reputation.
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The Legend of Perma Stone Shorty

Once bitten by the beagle bug, there’s little hope. Bite victims always contract that incurable disease, beaglemania. Those infected are obsessed with silky soft beagle ears. They might point out a beagle while motoring down an interstate highway. They unconsciously pet beagles that are out for a walk. And, nearly the last straw, they will pick up a beagle puppy […]

Ugh! A Bug!
Outdoors

Ugh! A Bug!

No question about it…they are fascinating insects. But these creeping, crawling critters known as dermestid beetles are happiest in conditions that we would label utterly, disgustingly putrid. There are hundreds of species of these bugs worldwide ranging in size from one to twelve millimeters. A few common names are hide, larder, carrion, leather, and carpet beetles. Most are scavengers of […]

A rack of racks rests in peace, awaiting the next processing stage at Swarthout’s Skullworks.
Outdoors

Dem Dry Bones

Roaring Branch is a tiny village along Route 14, established in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at a point where Mill Creek and Lycoming Creek unite. The name supposedly originated from the roaring waters of Mill Creek descending through a rocky gorge on its way to meet the Lycoming. Recent demographics list a population of about 1,100 people who use the Roaring […]

The northeastern section of Bradford County contained the bulk of the hunt.
Outdoors

The Great Hunt

It’s November. And November is deer season throughout the Twin Tiers. Several decades ago, deer season was almost a religious rite to locals. They geared up for opening day with a solemnity that rivaled the Lenten lead-up to Easter. A few days before the opener, like a last-minute Christmas shopping frenzy, hunters scurried to shooting ranges to sight in rifles. […]

Singing at the Range
Food & Drink

Singing at the Range

I’ve always thought I lived a pretty normal life. Mom was a stay-at-home (until the last kid of four went to school all day), and after school I used to try to help in the kitchen (mainly), or run the vacuum or transfer the wash from the big round barrel washing portion to the attached spin dryer. That whizzing sound […]

Move Over, Pumpkin Pie
Food & Drink

Move Over, Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching and with it come thoughts of the traditional foods served at our respective Thanksgiving tables. Here is a recipe to try that can involve the help of younger children. It is called Thanksgiving Pumpkin. It is a recipe that I found years ago and began making when our grandchildren were old enough to help. Thanksgiving […]

Pat’s hat, in front of the glass bulb flag in the Penn Wells Hotel, where the Williwaws gathered to remember.
Heart of the Mountain

I’ll Be Seeing You

Every year, at this time, my thoughts turn to a group of men whom I spent some time with one weekend out of the year, for several years. They weren’t from this area, but they’d made a sacred pact from years ago to, “See you next year!” They came for many reasons, which had grown out of one communal experience, […]

Luck, Be a Lunker Today
The Lunker / Uncategorized

Luck, Be a Lunker Today

After waiting out the never-ending winter, I was looking forward to and getting ready for a great fishing season. But my status changed abruptly. After two doctors’ visits with tests and x-rays resulting in medication increases, nights unable to rest and sleep, in great pain and with no appetite, I was admitted to the hospital. I was in the capable […]

My Brew Heaven
Food & Drink / Life / People

My Brew Heaven

First, Chris Hansen established eight of the new plants, among the vegetables already growing in his garden. But he couldn’t stop there, so the following year he added a few more. Today, the veggie garden is gone, and 1,500 plants tower sixteen feet tall during the height of summer. The plant is hops, an integral component of most beer, and […]

Wells-brew-o House
Arts & Leisure

Wells-brew-o House

Limited quantity, high variety, and consistently awesome. This is the mission that Rob Kathcart and Chris Kozuhowski came up with when they teamed up to make Wellsboro House, a restaurant on Charleston Street, into the Wellsboro House Restaurant and Brewery. Kozuhowski, the owner of Wellsboro House, had been friends with Kathcart, who is a Wellsboro native and schoolteacher for Southern Tioga […]