Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago -- 1988

A recent study of commercial and residential garbage weights in Towanda Borough found that the average "blue bag" of garbage weighs 24.31 pounds and the average commercial load weighs 163.58 pounds.

The study was ordered by Towanda Borough Council after the borough's refuse hauler, Claws Refuse, informed council it would like to raise the cost per bag from $1.30 to $1.80 a bag and change the commercial rate from $8.30 per compacted cubmic yard to $5.50 for each non-compacted cubic yard. The increase was deemed necessary, Claws owner Dietlind Crain said, because dumping rates at the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority landfill are scheduled to increase on Jan. 1 from their current $16.25 per ton level to $31.50 per ton.

Council, especially Borough Councilman Ed Barrett, took exception to the size of the increase. Barrett said he was particularly upset with what he sees as the residential customers subsidizing the commercial customers.

Students at St. Agnes School were treated to a special Mass Wednesday at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda, which was celebrated by Msgr. John A. Esseff, diocesen director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith-Holy Childhood Association.

The Review will reflect some of the "Holiday Glow" today in Sayre as it collects food for the needy during its annual Catch the Christmas Spirit program. Suzanne M. Ross, an account executive in The Review's Valley office, coordinated the food collection there.

75 years ago - 1938

So Far, LaVern Callear, 11, of Litchfield is the youngest hunter in Bradford County to have gotten a deer this season. He went hunting with his dad and grandfather on Orange Hill and shot a doe.

North Towanda Methodist Church is celebrating its 42nd anniverdary with a special program at the church with the following participants: Mrs. Oscar Harden, W.G. Mills, George Coolbaugh and Grace Granger.

New Albany High school boys chalked up a 14 - 11 victory tonight over South Waverly. Dunham was the leading scorer with six points.

Elsewhere on this date:

One year ago: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that his cancer had returned and that he would undergo another surgery in Cuba. Pakistan's president visited a British hospital where a 15-year-old schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suhf-zeye), was being treated after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in October. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Today's Birthdays: Actor-director Maximilian Schell is 83. Flutist James Galway is 74. Singer Jerry Butler is 74. Pop musician Bobby Elliott (The Hollies) is 72. Actress Mary Woronov is 70. Actor John Rubinstein is 67. Rock singer-musician Gregg Allman is 66. Reggae singer Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) is 65. Actress Kim Basinger (BAY'-sing-ur) is 60. Rock musician Warren Cuccurullo is 57. Rock musician Phil Collen (Def Leppard) is 56. Country singer Marty Raybon is 54. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is 54. Political commentator Ann Coulter is 52. Rock musician Marty Friedman is 51. Actor Wendell Pierce is 50. Actress Teri Hatcher is 49. Actor David Harewood (TV: "Homeland") is 48. Rapper Bushwick Bill (The Geto Boys) is 47. Singer Sinead (shih-NAYD') O'Connor is 47. Actor Matthew Laborteaux is 47. Rock musician Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) is 41. Actor Dominic Monaghan is 37. Actor Ian Somerhalder is 35. Rock singer Ingrid Michaelson is 34. R&B singer Chrisette Michele is 31. Actress Hannah Ware is 31. Rock singer-actress Kate Voegele (VOH'-gehl) is 27. Actress AnnaSophia Robb is 20.

Thought for Today: "So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs." - Elbert Hubbard, American author (1856-1915).