Let the reindeer games begin: NORAD launches annual Santa Tracker

While Santa’s elves are hard at work finishing toys for the good girls and boys, Rudolph and the gang are carb-loading and Mr. Claus is preparing for his annual flight around the world. And last week, a group of men and women whose daily work does not often make headlines launched a special holiday-related mission. On Dec. 1, employees at the Peterson Space Force Base, who monitor and defend U.S. airspace from Colorado every day, fired up the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Santa Tracker, which will provide real-time updates on Jolly Old St. Nick’s whereabouts as he circles the globe Dec. 24. Until Santa Claus is cleared for take-off and NORAD’s tracker ...

Local library officials hoping state funding arrives soon

By Brad Hundt Staff writer If you see a local librarian who looks a little nervous, he or she has reason to be. Money that would have flowed to the state’s public libraries has been caught in a legislative logjam in Harrisburg. Even though the commonwealth’s $45 billion budget for 2023-24 was signed into law by Gov. Josh Shapiro in August, the $70 million slice of the budget carved out for public libraries has not been released because lawmakers have not yet agreed on so-called “code bills” that allows the money to be distributed. This has left local libraries that rely heavily on state funding wondering if they will have to cut hours, halt ...

Downtown Washington kicks off the holiday season

Downtown Washington kicked off the Christmas season with its annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Market. Visitors were delighted with a variety of activities, including live entertainment, several vendors, food booths, children’s activities, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. The parade, held ...

Fire safety protocols to keep in mind when holiday decorating

Decorating the interior and exterior of a home is a beloved holiday season tradition in millions of households. Such decor makes it easy to dive into the festive nature of the season. Many people could not imagine a holiday season without decorating their homes, and it’s vital that ...

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PT’s defense stands tall in the end

ALTOONA – Peters Township’s defense has been a force all season long, but it had to make one more stop during Friday’s game against Cocalico in the semifinals of the PIAA Class 5A football championship at Mansion Park. The Indians were clinging to a 14-9 lead when the Eagles blocked a ...

Sieg, Fort Cherry to play for state title

By Joe Tuscano For the Observer-Reporter FARRELL – When they needed him most, Matt Sieg came through. The Fort Cherry quarterback rushed for 245 yards and scored four touchdowns, three of them in a critical fourth quarter as the Rangers defeated Redbank ...

Belle Vernon back in state final

WEXFORD – Belle Vernon has its chance to repeat. Quarterback Braden Laux had two short touchdown runs and passed for another score, sparking defending champion Belle Vernon to a 42-16 victory over District 10 champion Hickory on Friday night in the PIAA Class 3A football semifinals at North ...





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OP-ED: Schools should drop the obsession with gender identity

Let's make a deal. American parents stop harassing schools over library books that deal sympathetically with differences in sexual preference. And America's schools stop withholding information about a student's said preference from the parents.First, the ugly clashes over offerings at school ...


Greene County property transfers

The following property transfers have been recorded in the Greene County Recorder of Deeds office the week of Nov. 23. Cumberland Township Amanda Graham, et al., to Equity Point Real Estate LLC, Lot 195, Nemacolin, $16,000.00 (11-15-23) Charles T. Bokat, et ux., to Douglas Roher, et ux., ...


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