Today is Sunday, August 3, the 215th day of 2014. There are 150 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 3, 1914, Germany declared war on France at the onset of World War I.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1989

Emergency Operations Center Manager John Mosser presented a certificate of appreciated to Robert Dinse, thanking him for his service to the EOC and county medical services.

Evacuation and Construction have begun for the "Children's House" being built in North Towanda.

Summer Camp is underway at Barclay Friends School in North Towanda. Kids were enjoying music, puppetry, games, movement, Indian and pioneer crafts and more.

50 years ago - 1964

After 10 years of the Roman Holiday is greater than ever and Saturday's success was encouraging enough to lead to continuance for another 10 years.

Recently a great historic event took place in Towanda, the first women jurymen were drawn to serve at the regular term of Bradford County Court.

75 years ago - 1939

Grover C. Worthington of new Albany received the advanced degree of Master of Science in Education at Bucknell University's annual summer commencement.

The bell that was in the Presbyterian Church at Wysox long ago, idle for many years, has been placed in the tower of the Myersburg Church.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1994, Arkansas carried out the nation's first triple execution in 32 years. Stephen G. Breyer was sworn in as the Supreme Court's newest justice in a private ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's Vermont summer home.

Ten years ago: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge defended the decision to tighten security in New York and Washington even though the intelligence behind the latest terror warnings was as much as four years old. The Statue of Liberty pedestal in New York City reopened to the public for the first time since the 9/11 attacks. NASA launched space probe Messenger on a quest to reveal the secrets of mysterious, superhot Mercury, the sun's nearest planet. French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson died at age 95.

Five years ago: Iran's supreme leader formally endorsed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd) for a second term as president. A court in Los Angeles appointed Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine, permanent guardian of the late pop star's children.

One year ago: President Barack Obama's trade representative, Michael Froman, vetoed a yet-to-be-enacted ban on imports of Chinese-made Apple iPads and iPhones, overruling the U.S. International Trade Commission and dealing a setback to rival South Korean electronics company Samsung. Zimbabwe's electoral panel declared that longtime President Robert Mugabe had won re-election by a landslide.

Today's Birthdays: Author P.D. James is 94. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Marv Levy is 89. Singer Tony Bennett is 88. Actor Martin Sheen is 74. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth is 74. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 73. Singer Beverly Lee (The Shirelles) is 73. Rock musician B.B. Dickerson is 65. Movie director John Landis is 64. Actress JoMarie Payton is 64. Actor Jay North ("Dennis the Menace") is 63. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Marcel Dionne is 63.

Country musician Randy Scruggs is 61. Actor Philip Casnoff is 60. Actor John C. McGinley is 55. Rock singer-musician Lee Rocker (The Stray Cats) is 53. Actress Lisa Ann Walter is 53. Rock singer James Hetfield (Metallica) is 51. Rock singer-musician Ed Roland (Collective Soul) is 51. Actor Isaiah Washington is 51. Country musician Dean Sams (Lonestar) is 48. Rock musician Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) is 44. Hip-hop artist Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa) is 43. Actress Brigid Brannagh is 42. Actor Michael Ealy is 41. Country musician Jimmy De Martini (Zac Brown Band) is 38. NFL quarterback Tom Brady is 37. Actress Evangeline (ee-VAN'-gel-een) Lilly is 35. Actress Mamie Gummer is 31. Country singer Whitney Duncan is 30. Actor Jon Foster is 30. Actress Georgina Haig (TV: "Once Upon a Time"; "Reckless") is 29. Singer Holly Arnstein (Dream) is 29. Actress Tanya Fischer is 29. Pop-rock musician Brent Kutzle (OneRepublic) is 29.

Thought for Today: "It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature." - Henry James, American author (1843-1916).

To get to the other side?

I was calling to say I was looking at the picture of the geese that stopped traffic on North Wilbur Avenue in Sayre. I live on Williams Street and about three weeks ago, I was on my way to church, and I had to stop for chickens to cross the road.

It's a by-pass

Great advice on the (Route) 199, turning off, except for the fact that on the by-pass for a reason. You by-pass those towns you're not going to go to.

Too soon or too late

I'd like to say, first off, thank you we got into the Troy Fair for free, because we're senior citizens. My complaint is all the shows were starting at 12 (noon) or 3 o'clock. If you're going to go there, you have to get there before 2 in order to get in for the free part. If you go there early, who's going to wait around until 3 o'clock to see a show. And I have to agree, the prices for the food were outrageous.

Shocked

I was shocked at the sudden departure of the manager of the Sayre Theatre. You wouldn't find a more kinder, friendlier, and dedicated community servant than Margie Ross. With the 100th anniversary old time festival planned in the near future for Sayre Theatre I find it highly suspicious why she would leave so abruptly. Something is fishy and not right there. I hope she was not mistreated. If BCRC wants my patronage, the community has a right to know the circumstances of Margie's sudden disappearance. If anything, she deserved a gala retirement event.

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