Today is Monday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2013. There are 78 days left in the year. This is the Columbus Day observance in the United States, as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 14, 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for the White House as the Progressive candidate, was shot in the chest in Milwaukee by New York saloonkeeper John Schrank. Despite the wound, Roosevelt went ahead with a scheduled speech, declaring, "It takes more than one bullet to kill a bull moose."

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

The Valley Economic Development Association (VEDA) has received a large amount of inquires concerning their Economic Development Needs Assessment (EDNA) survey, according to Lillian Ackley, executive director of the VEDA. "We received 55 responses to our program," said Ackley. "We expect to begin interviews in the near future, maybe even next week. I'd say approximately 50 replies are from the Valley area."

The Bradford County Republican Committee has received confirmation that Dorothy Bush LeBlond, only daughter of Vice President and GOP presidential candidate George Bush, will be making a visit to Towanda this coming Monday.

The Design Committee of Towanda's Main Street Project has awarded matching design grants to commercial property owners for downtown structure improvements. Main Street Manager Jim Zubler explains these design grants are allocated to communities which have been designated "Main Street Communities" by the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs.

50 years ago - 1963

The St. Agnes PTG met in the St. Agnes School last Thursday for its October gathering. Old business was discussed and plans for the future were made. Mrs. Nelson Shearer, president, announced that the junior class is selling St. Agnes sweat shirts and t shirts. Anyone interested may contact Kathy Kerr or Elizabeth Bahl.

Mrs. Edith Gleason of Windham Center was tendered a delightful surprise party Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 8, the occasion being her birthday. Present at the party were Mrs. Ruth Walker, hostess, Mrs. Cora Brown, Mrs. Bess Green, Mrs. Celia Darrow, Mrs. Lena Boardman, Mrs. Fannie Waterman and Mrs. Frances Sickler.

Richard Welch and staff will install officers of Troy Grange on Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, at 8:30 p.m.

75 years ago - 1938

The first elk to be seen in years in this vicinity has been spotted on Kellogg mountain near Monroeton recently. Hiram Shaw of Monroeton reports while at the towner on Kellogg mountain this week, he saw a large cow elk through the glass about 200 yards from the tower.

The Texaco gas station at Monroeton which is at the junction of Routes 220 and 309 is under new management, that of Carlton "Skeeter" Wiggins.

Jane McCracken of Towanda, Ida Dunfee of Monroeton, Frank Fries, Don Fries and Gerry Cain of Dushore leave today to spend the week in New York.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Roger Moore is 86. Classical pianist Gary Graffman is 85. Movie director Carroll Ballard is 76. Former White House counsel John W. Dean III is 75. Country singer Melba Montgomery is 76. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is 74. Singer Sir Cliff Richard is 73. Actor Udo Kier is 69. Singer-musician Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) is 67. Actor Harry Anderson is 61. Actor Greg Evigan is 60. TV personality Arleen Sorkin is 58. World Golf Hall of Famer Beth Daniel is 57. Singer-musician Thomas Dolby is 55. Actress Lori Petty is 50. MLB manager Joe Girardi is 49. Actor Steve Coogan is 48. Singer Karyn White is 48. Actor Edward Kerr is 47. Actor Jon Seda is 43. Country musician Doug Virden is 43. Country singer Natalie Maines (The Dixie Chicks) is 39. Actress-singer Shaznay Lewis (All Saints) is 38. Singer Usher is 35. TV personality Stacy Keibler is 34. Actor Ben Whishaw is 33. Actor Jordan Brower is 32. Director Benh Zeitlin is 31. Actress Skyler Shaye is 27. Actor-comedian Jay Pharoah (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 26.

Thought for Today: "Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are." - Skydiver Felix Baumgartner, after becoming the first man to shatter the sound barrier without using a jet or a spacecraft.