Today is Thursday, Dec. 6, the 341st day of 2012. There are 25 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 6, 1922, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which established the Irish Free State, came into force one year to the day after it was signed in London.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

Troy Borough Council was recently awarded a Century plaque from the Bradford County Historical Society.

Mrs. Mabel Shores of Towanda is celebrating her 89th birthday today.

Two long-time employees of the state Department of Public Assistance, Bradford County office, were recently honored through presentation of service certificates. Dorothy Bennett was recognized for 25 years of service and Connie Gerrity was honored for 20 years of service.

50 years ago - 1962

A fresh supply of the new Christmas postage stamps was received at the Towanda post office yesterday, according to Postmaster Richard E. Snell. Currently the hottest seller in the holiday mart, these stamps are selling so fast that the Washington powers are working the Bureau of Printing and Engraving overtime to keep up with the demand.

Constance Fries of Towanda has been selected by the Tulane University Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps cadet staff to serve as a sponsor for the 1962-63 school year.

Members of the Sullivan Highland School fifth grade are putting out a four-page monthly paper called "The Fifth Grader." Editor-in-chief is Robert Hydock.

75 years ago - 1937

After hunting ever since his early manhood, Alonzo Decker of Vaughan Hill, who is 73, got his first deer a few days ago.

At the Towanda Public School kindergarten class, Mrs. Hydon gave a turtle to the class. It has been missing for about a day from its bowl, and searching parties have been hunting for it in the school.

The Towanda Auxiliary of the Robert Packer Hospital will collect canned fruits and vegetables this week. Those who wish to give and have no way to make deliveries may call 130 or 383 and a car will be sent for them.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1790, Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.

Today's Birthdays: Comedy performer David Ossman is 76. Actor Patrick Bauchau is 74. Country singer Helen Cornelius is 71. Actor James Naughton is 67. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Frankie Beverly (Maze) is 66. Former Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., is 64. Actress JoBeth Williams is 64. Actor Tom Hulce is 59. Actor Kin Shriner is 59. Actor Wil Shriner is 59. Actor Miles Chapin is 58. Rock musician Rick Buckler is 57. Comedian Steven Wright is 57. Country singer Bill Lloyd is 57. Singer Tish Hinojosa is 57. Rock musician Peter Buck is 56. Rock musician David Lovering is 51. Actress Janine Turner is 50. Rock musician Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) is 50. Writer-director Judd Apatow is 45. Writer-director Craig Brewer is 41. Actress Colleen Haskell is 36. Actress Lindsay Price is 36. Actress Ashley Madekwe is 31.

Thought for Today: "Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." - William Butler Yeats, Irish Nobel Prize-winning poet (1865-1939).