Today is Sunday, April 22, the 113th day of 2012. There are 253 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 22, 1912, the United States Chamber of Commerce had its beginnings with a National Commercial Conference held in Washington, D.C., at the behest of President William Howard Taft.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

A new, centrally located fire station and a community center for North Towanda Township are a step closer to becoming reality thanks to the news announced yesterday that a Farmers Home Administration loan for this project has been approved.

Shirley Morse of Canton is celebrating her birthday today.

Although final figures are still dependent on the status of the financial market when the project is finalized, tentative figures show that the estimated $5.4 million Valley secondary sewer project will require a $6.935 million bond issue, as presented last night during a special Athens-Sayre Joint Sewer Authority meeting.

75 years ago - 1937

Union Lodge No. 108 Free and Accepted Mason celebrated the 130th anniversary of its founding last evening in the Masonic Temple at the corner of Main and Pine streets in Towanda.

The vocational home economics girls at the Towanda school will hold a bake sale this weekend at C.H. Maryott's furniture store. This sale is under the direction of Miss Katherine Howd and Miss Pauline Billings.

Announcement was made yesterday that Thomas P. O'Farrell of Sayre will be associated with James J. Hennessey in closing out the stock of the Louis Sattler men's clothing store in Towanda. The huge stock of the Sattler store is to be sold in its entirety, the sale now going on.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: Actor Robert Blake was charged with murder, solicitation of murder and conspiracy in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, outside a Los Angeles restaurant; Blake's bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder; both men pleaded not guilty. (Both were acquitted at criminal trial; Blake was later found liable in a civil trial.) Linda Boreman, formerly known as porn star Linda Lovelace, died in Denver of injuries from a car crash; she was 53.

One year ago: Syrian security forces fired at protesters, killing at least 75 people around the country. Pope Benedict XVI consoled a 7-year-old Japanese girl, reassured a mother about her ailing son's soul and advised a Muslim woman that dialogue was the way to peace in Ivory Coast during an unusual, pre-recorded Good Friday appearance on Italian TV. A tornado ripped through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, causing signifcant damage to the C Concourse.

Today's Birthdays: Actor George Cole is 87. Actress Charlotte Rae is 86. Actress Estelle Harris is 80. Singer Glen Campbell is 76. Actor Jack Nicholson is 75. Singer Mel Carter is 69. Author Janet Evanovich is 69. Country singer Cleve Francis is 67. Movie director John Waters is 66. Singer Peter Frampton is 62. Rock singer-musician Paul Carrack (Mike and the Mechanics; Squeeze) is 61. Actor Joseph Bottoms is 58. Actor Ryan Stiles is 53. Baseball manager Terry Francona is 53. Comedian Byron Allen is 51. Actor Chris Makepeace is 48. Rock musician Fletcher Dragge (DRAH'-guh) is 46. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan is 46. Actress Sheryl Lee is 45. Actress-talk show host Sherri Shepherd is 45. Country singer-musician Heath Wright (Ricochet) is 45. Country singer Kellie Coffey is 41. Actor Eric Mabius is 41. Actor Ingo Rademacher (RAH'-deh-mah-ker) is 41. Rock musician Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down) is 38.

Rock singer-musician Daniel Johns (Silverchair) is 33. Actress Michelle Ryan is 28. Actress Amber Heard is 26.

Thought for Today: "It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil." - John Maynard Keynes, British economist (1883-1946).