Today is Monday, Dec. 3, the 338th day of 2012. There are 28 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 3, 1992, the first telephone text message was sent by British engineer Neil Papworth, who transmitted the greeting "Merry Christmas" from his work computer in Newbury, Berkshire, to Vodafone executive Richard Jarvis' mobile phone.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The unoccupied house located at 111 Washington St., Towanda, will be torn down with funding provided by a Department of Environmental Resources rat source elimination grant. Razing of the building is expected to begin about February.

Tax-exempt status was granted yesterday by the Bradford County Commissioners, seated as the board of assessment, for land in North Towanda Township to be used for construction of a new firehouse, township garage/office building and community center.

At the Bradford County Jail, Warden Robert Fauver reported that a new GED program has begun for inmates, along with a job training program.

50 years ago - 1962

Celebrating his birthday today is Robert E. Munkittrick, member of the sales force of the Sylvania Electric Products Corp. in Towanda.

Diane Elizabeth Nordstrom of Laceyville has been awarded honorable mention in the 28th Children's National Photograph Contest held in over 200 cities in the U.S. with 200,000 children participating.

Towanda's wrestling co-captains for this season are Robert Cooper and Mark Shaylor. Basketball co-captains this season are Tom Palumbo and Nick Prusack.

75 years ago - 1937

A community orchestra is being organized in Towanda under the direction of Mrs. Clyde Brice. This is to be nondenominational and all musicians in Towanda and vicinity are invited to join.

Frank Sullivan of Overshot yesterday was appointed assessor for Towanda Township.

John Buckholz yesterday was elected by the Loyal Order of Moose to succeed Harry Conant as secretary of the local lodge.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Jean-Luc Godard is 82. Singer Jaye P. Morgan is 81. Actor Nicolas Coster is 79. Actress Mary Alice is 71. Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is 64. Actress Heather Menzies is 63. Rock singer Mickey Thomas is 63. Country musician Paul Gregg (Restless Heart) is 58. Actor Steven Culp is 57. Actress Daryl Hannah is 52. Actress Julianne Moore is 52. Olympic gold medal figure skater Katarina Witt is 47. Actor Brendan Fraser is 44. Singer Montell Jordan is 44. Actor Royale Watkins is 43. Actor Bruno Campos is 39. Actress Holly Marie Combs is 39. Actress Liza Lapira (TV: "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23") is 37. Actress Lauren Roman is 37. Pop-rock singer Daniel Bedingfield is 33. Actress Anna Chlumsky (KLUHM'-skee) is 32. Actor Brian Bonsall is 31. Pop/rock singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is 29. Actress Amanda Seyfried is 27. Actor Michael Angarano is 25. Actor Jake T. Austin is 18.

Thought for Today: "What the world really needs is more love and less paper work." - Pearl Bailey, American entertainer (1918-1990).