The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 4, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Happy Birthday, Mr. Stevens

“There can be no fanatics in the cause of genuine liberty.”— Thaddeus Stevens

Today is the 221st birthday of Thaddeus Stevens. Stevens was an abolitionist congressman from Lancaster County. Until the release of the Academy Award-winning movie “Lincoln” he was faintly remembered by most people but this movie has brought his writings and ideas much more into the modern-day consciousness.

Today’s “lovers of freedom” might do well to read what Stevens had to say about the issues of liberty and equality, for they are as applicable today as they were two centuries ago.

Earth month

The Merrill Linn Conservancy will hold several Earth Month events, starting Saturday at Ards Farm Market west of Lewisburg, involving a 9:30 a.m. tour of the conservation measures that are being taken on this farm. On Saturday afternoon there’s a canoe and kayak trip on the section of Buffalo Creek between Cowan and Mazeppa. You can register for this trip at

On Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a free double-feature film series at the Campus Theatre featuring “Save Our Land, Save Our Towns” and “Bag It.”Mountain biking basics

Go to the top of the hill and ride down. OK, the instruction won’t be quite that basic. However, if you think that you’re ready for some mountain biking but weren’t sure how to get started, a program scheduled for next Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the R.B. Winter State Park might just be for you.

Equipment, safety and outdoor ethics will be discussed as well as there will be a chance to go for a ride on the park’s mountain bikes. As an added benefit, the participants will also learn for to use a GPS and then go on a short geocache. The program is for participants over the age of 12 and pre-registration is required by calling 966-1455 to enroll.

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