Today is Saturday, June 9, the 161st day of 2012. There are 205 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 9, 1972, heavy rains triggered record flooding in the Black Hills of South Dakota; the resulting disaster left at least 238 people dead and $164 million in damage.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1987

The Towanda Area School Board earned a loud round of applause and a partial standing ovation from the more than 50 people in attendance when it voted last night to hire a third school nurse for the 1987-88 school year.

Athens Borough Council once again postponed action on the renewal of the franchise agreement for Valley Cablevision. The council postponed its decision based on the fact that no one showed up for the public hearing last night, not even representatives of the local cable company, who were at another meeting.

At Canton High School, class valedictorian is Yonna Sharlet Taylor, salutatorian is Annissa Linette Metzger, and third honor student is Melissa Louise Roupp.

50 years ago - 1962

Towanda Valley High School graduated a class of 126 last night at its 79th commencement held in the school's gymnasium where the speaker was Dr. J. Clifton Lynch of Athens.

"Direct Blake," owned by Dr. Walter Lunch of Towanda, and regarded as a real classy pacer, is scheduled to participate in the harness races at Troy's Alparon Park tomorrow.

Celebrating his birthday today is Robert W. Schacht, Towanda drug store proprietor.

75 years ago - 1937

At the Towanda Public School, Eleanor Ellis of the third grade has not missed a spelling word this year. Douglas Ginter has not missed one since mid-years.

Towanda High School's graduation class of 1937 held its Class Day exercises in the high school auditorium yesterday with even standing room being at a premium. The commencement exercises are tonight.

Gerald Richard Frantz of Stevensville is celebrating his 12th birthday today. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Frantz, a student in the seventh grade of the Camptown school, and a member of the school orchestra.

One year ago: The entire top echelon of Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign resigned in a mass exodus that left his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters; the former House speaker vowed defiantly to remain a candidate.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Mona Freeman is 86. Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 82. Actor Joe Santos is 81. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 73. Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 73. Rock musician Jon Lord is 71. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 56. Actor Michael J. Fox is 51. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 51. Actor Johnny Depp is 49. Actress Gloria Reuben is 48. Rock musician Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 45. Rock musician Dean Dinning is 45. Musician Ed Simons is 42. Country musician Shade Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 38.

Bluegrass singer-musician Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent) is 37. Actress Michaela Conlin is 34. Actress Natalie Portman is 31. Actress Mae Whitman is 24.

Thought for Today: "Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is." - Horace Walpole, English author (1717-1797).