On Jan. 15, 1885, one man sat outside his house in the freezing cold with some black cloth, a turkey feather and a camera, ready to be the first person to catch a snowflake on film. Wilson Bentley was obsessed with snow, so much so that he did very little with his life other than photograph snow; he’s most likely where the idea that no two snowflakes are alike came from. He’d catch flakes on the cloth, manipulate them into position with the feather and quickly put them under the camera shutter. He took dozens of pictures and found that snowflakes came in all shapes and sizes. Bentley called them “masterpieces of design” – they’re not designed, but they are still some of the most magical structures on Earth.

Mid-summer demands decisions of Pennsylvania gardeners: Will you plant seeds and seedlings for late-season crops? Will you simply maintain what’s growing, and harvest until it’s done? Will you spend hours each day dead-heading spent flowers, scratching weeds out of the ground, and watering p…

Forty-three years ago, Ed Byers left his job as a science teacher in the Williamsport Area School District and embarked on a business opportunity—buying a 20-acre farm in Allenwood.

Novice home gardeners often stumble into a most unavoidable and sometimes heartbreaking truth: There’s stuff that simply won’t grow in their neighborhood.

Any Jumbo Jet 747 pilot reading this will probably smile, but old hangar flyers have never forgotten our reaction to a first flight in the B-24 or B-17 four-engine bombers of World War II. We remembered that as we taxied ponderously onto the takeoff runway the big beast creaked and groaned u…

MIFFLINBURG — “This has been a whirlwind. I did not expect so many people,” said a happy Chastidy Shuck, assistant manager at Country Farm & Home Gift and Garden Center, as children around her added the finishing touches to their creations at a recent Fairy Garden Make and Take workshop.…

World War II began for the USA on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked our Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. However, China had also been attacked and invaded by the Japanese during the late 1930s, and they battered China on land, sea and in the air.

“An amateur Seabee pilot is a neophyte who doesn’t know and doesn’t know that he doesn’t know.”

NEW YORK — With all the joking and hamming for the camera that Chip Gaines does on “Fixer Upper,” it’s hard to believe that he initially was the shy half of the husband-and-wife duo that’s garnered huge fans and ratings for HGTV.

This very touching caring story was sent to me by a longtime friend and pilot living in Orlando, Fla. He said he discovered the story on several websites, but the author is unknown. Because of its length, I have condensed it, but protected the story’s theme.

You live here, so of course you’re keeping up: Shortest, mildest winter ever followed by spring in February, sudden onset of harsh “Winter the 2nd” in March, and summer setting in a week after the last snowfall. Only three weeks after that last snow, we’ve finally had another run of spring-l…

The organization, The Susquehanna Valley World War II Club, meets once per month on the first Thursday. We ancient vets of men and women gather, thanks to the Espy Fire Hall Auxiliary in its spacious auditorium for lunch and are fed there by the caring ladies of the auxiliary. Many of the lu…

Many gardeners struggle with spring. We are so done with winter, and warm days beckon us outside. Heed the call: it’s a tad late to start, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to get your garden underway and have a terrific harvest throughout the growing season. There are two major milest…

Readers who admit to rarely ever flying have told me however, they find aviation interesting. Recently, a reader asked me the meaning of the phrase “general aviation”. It means all aircraft except military and airlines. From my 40 years of flying, of which 35 were in “general aviation”, here…