Today is Thursday, April 25, the 115th day of 2013. There are 250 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 25, 1983, 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she'd written expressing concern about possible nuclear war; Andropov reassured Samantha that the Soviet Union did not want war, and he invited her to visit his country, a trip Samantha made the following July.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Matthew Hessler of Athens received his Eagle Scout Award recently. He is the third of three sons of the Hesslers to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hamilton of Monroeton are celebrating their 52nd anniversary today.

Five members of the New Albany Wrestling Club competed at Millersville University in the Eastern National Middle Atlantic Association Championship. They included Shawn Minier, Cassidy Shults, Johnathan Henry, Jared Keeney and Scott Henry.

50 years ago - 1963

Albert Noiseux of St. Agnes High School, Towanda, and Beverly Jane Mott of Canton High School were first and second place winners respectively in the 1962-62 NEPH Essay Contest held recently, and they were honored last night at the Towanda Motel.

Gordon Gavitt has been promoted to Superintendent of Mails at the Towanda Post Office, it was announced yesterday.

Behind the veteran Tom Palumbo's two-hit pitching, Towanda High School's baseball team registered a 2-1 victory over the Wyalusing Valley High nine in a ETL engagement yesterday.

75 years ago - 1938

Aileen Guinter, a senior in the commercial department of the Canton High School, has been chosen Queen of the May by the student body.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Dennis of Towanda were married 30 years ago today.

There will be no more serving of hot lunches at Towanda High School this term. Mothers and pupils are asked to take notice.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director-writer Paul Mazursky is 83. Actor Al Pacino is 73. Ballroom dance judge Len Goodman (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 69. Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 59. Rock musician Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction) is 48. TV personality Jane Clayson is 46. Actress Renee Zellweger is 44. Actress Emily Bergl is 38. Actress Marguerite Moreau is 36. Singer Jacob Underwood is 33. Actress Sara Paxton is 25. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm is 17.