Today is Monday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2013. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 1, 1863, the pivotal, three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, resulting in a Union victory, began in Pennsylvania.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Fourteen-year-old Bob Zalinski of Towanda will be taking advantage of a unique opportunity this summer to visit the Soviet Union and learn more about that county and it's people and youth from other nations as well. Zalinski, son of Pat and Bob Zalinski of North Main Street, has been accepted as one of the 150 Americans who will be attending Artek, a "Pioneer" camp in the Crimea.

An air ambulance service that will cover a 21-county area in the Twin Tiers area is being planned by Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. "The service will cover the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York State," said Tom Kelly director of development at the Guthrie Medical Center." It will basically cover the areas in a 60-mile radius from Sayre." The air ambulance service will feature a helicopter and a medical staff that includes registered nurses, paramedics, a medical director and communications technicians. The staff is expected to consist of approximately 17 people.

Children of the Creative Corner of the Athens-Sayre Daycare Center helped Wendell, the stuffed ape, celebrate his second birthday. The class "adopted" Wendell two years ago from the Franklin Bookstore window.

50 years ago - 1963

Marilouise Webster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Webster of Powell, recently received the coveted Girl Scout God and Community award at the Powell United Methodist Church.

The Towanda Junior Legion player and one from the Wyalusing team were selected for the Eastern competition to be played at Hershey July 5. The three picked were Lee Sullivan and Ronald Calaman of Towanda team and Bryant Coleman of the Wyalusing team.

Miss Linda Aldrich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carleton Aldrich of 12 Fifth St., Towanda, is serving as physical therapist at Perth Scotland Hospital

75 years ago - 1938

Officers of the Pennsylvania Motor Police stationed in Towanda yesterday moved into the former Manderville tourist home at 118 York Ave., abandoning their substation on State Street and their living quarters in the former U.M. Fell house on York Avenue.

Mrs. A.C. Campbell, formerly Della J. Brown of Wyalusing RD 2, writes that she not only knew P.P. Bliss, the great Gospel song writer, but lived next door to him three years when she was a girl. Glad to hear from you, Mrs. Campbell, and hope you can get to the big celebration of the Bliss centennial at Rome July 17.

With the close of work today, William S. Barnes, who for more than 47 years has been employed in the clerical department of the Lehigh Valley railroad company, was retired from service. For a number of years, Mr. Barnes has been engaged as chief clerk in the trainmaster's office of the company at Sayre, and except for a brief period as assistant ticket agent in Dushore and five years as ticket agent in Geneva, he has been stationed in Sayre.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1942, the First Battle of El Alamein began during World War II. Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra and vocalist Frank Sinatra recorded "There Are Such Things" in New York for Victor Records.

In 1946, the United States exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Olivia de Havilland is 97. Actress-dancer Leslie Caron is 82. Gospel singer Andrae Crouch is 71. Pop singer Victor Willis (Village People) is 62. Actor Andre Braugher is 51. Actress Melissa Peterman is 42. Actress Lynsey Bartilson is 30. Actors Andrew and Steven Cavarno are 21.