Today is Saturday, Oct. 27, the 301st day of 2012. There are 65 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published under the pseudonym "Publius" (the essays were a collaborative effort by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay).

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Valley Art Society is planning instructional and informative programs in the field of fine arts and crafts. Programs will include video tapes, figure drawing, the forming of discussion groups and the sponsoring of workshops.

Approximately 65 firefighters from Sayre and Athens responded to a weekend fire on Chemung Street in Sayre. Local firefighters were busy all weekend, with the Sayre force answering three alarms and the Athens department responding to two calls.

Campaign expense reports, which were due to be filed by 5 p.m. last Friday, show David Ross the top spender among the four candidates vying for the three county commissioner seats to be filed via voting Nov. 3.

50 years ago - 1962

First-prize winners in the Towanda Halloween Art Contest are Lois Giffen, George Miller, Barbara Clare, Don Corbett and Sue Harris.

The Towanda Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday that plans are under way for the official opening of the new Towanda Borough parking facilities.

The appointment of Donald E. Porter as Robert Packer Hospital director of development was announced recently.

75 years ago - 1937

The Monroeton, Wyalusing, Northern Tier and Towanda bands have been engaged for the Halloween festival to be held next week.

Dr. John J. Harrigan, for a number of years a well known dentist in Sayre, is moving his office to Towanda and will be located in the office directly over Edward Hoffman's House of Fashion.

The Winter Carnival, the annual bazaar of the SS. Peter and Paul parish, started last night at St. Agnes hall with such a crowd in attendance it was described as the "greatest opening night in the long history of the affair." More than 600 were served at the chicken supper.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Nanette Fabray is 92. Baseball Hall-of-Famer and sportscaster Ralph Kiner is 90. Actress Ruby Dee is 88. Actor-comedian John Cleese is 73. Author Maxine Hong Kingston is 72. Country singer Lee Greenwood is 70. Producer-director Ivan Reitman is 66.

Country singer-musician Jack Daniels is 63. Rock musician Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 63. Author Fran Lebowitz is 62. Rock musician K.K. Downing is 61. TV personality Jayne Kennedy is 61. Actor-director Roberto Benigni is 60. Actor Peter Firth is 59. Actor Robert Picardo is 59. World Golf Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan is 56. Singer Simon Le Bon is 54. Country musician Jerry Dale McFadden (The Mavericks) is 48. Internet news editor Matt Drudge is 46. Rock musician Jason Finn (Presidents of the United States of America) is 45. Rock singer Scott Weiland (WY'-land) is 45. Actor Sean Holland is 44. Actress Sheeri Rappaport is 35. Violinist Vanessa-Mae is 34. Actress-singer Kelly Osbourne is 28.

Thought for Today: "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore Roosevelt, American president (1858-1919).