Today is Monday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2013. There are 71 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 21, 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago -- 1938

Members from the Sayre Borough Council met Wednesday afternoon to discuss continuing a dispatch service for the Sayre Police Department, according to Patrick Musto, chairman of the police committee for Sayre Borough Council. The meeting, held at the Waverly Village Annext, was attended by representatives of the Sayre Borough Council and the Waverly Board of Trustees. The meeting's purpose was to negotiate the dispatching service for the Sayre Police Department, whose calls are handled by the Waverly Police Department when the Sayre Borough Hall is closed.

The Towanda Area School District Board of Education yesterday approved Act 84 which requires non-members of the teachers' bargaining unit to pay a "fair share fee" of contract negotiation costs. The motion passed by a 7-1 vote. Budd Clark cast the dissenting vote, saying he doesn't favor "a closed shop."

About 75 individuals, representing various areas of the Canton community, attended a meeting of the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC) held last night to a review of the community's Rekindle the Spirit Program. The program is centered on the revitalization of Canton's downtown areas, as well as the rest of the community.

50 years ago - 1963

Paced by the pile-driving Larry Poter and the fleet-footed Joe May, the Canton High Warriors riddled Towanda High's football team at Memorial Park here Saturday night to win by 32-7.

James E. Green of Towanda has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from Officers Training School in Lackland AFB, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. William Elliott have moved from 6 Thomas St., to 14 North Main St., the former Jennings home.

75 years ago - 1938

Happy Birthday: Richard Herbert Pierce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Pierce of Towanda. Dickie is one year old today.

Chairman Leo Scholl said last night that booths have been built in St. Agnes Hall, dinner plans completed and "loads" of things already on hand for the big Autumn Festival to be held next week for the benefit of the SS Peter and Paul Parish.

The Fashion Hat shop at 212 Main St., is not expected to open for business this morning, judging from a report made to local police last night by Miss Jane Cavanaugh of 14 Weston St. Miss Cavanaugh declared that after she had closed the place for the night and gone home, the owner came down from Elmira and took out all the merchandise.

Elsewhere on this date:

Five years ago: Dozens of members of the Mongol motorcycle gang were arrested by federal agents in six states on a variety of charges following a three-year investigation in which undercover agents infiltrated the group. Iraq's Cabinet decided to ask the U.S. for changes to the draft agreement that would keep American troops there for three more years. The former prime minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra (TAHK'-sin SHIN'-uh-wah), was convicted in absentia of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison.

One year ago: Former senator and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern died in South Dakota at the age of 90. A Wisconsin man, Radcliffe Haughton, opened fire at the spa where his wife worked, killing her and two others and wounding four other women before turning the gun on himself.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Joyce Randolph is 89. Author Ursula K. Le Guin is 84. Rock singer Manfred Mann is 73. Musician Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MG's) is 72. Singer Elvin Bishop is 71. TV's Judge Judy Sheindlin is 71. Actor Everett McGill is 68. Musician Lee Loughnane (LAHK'-nayn) (Chicago) is 67. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 64. Musician Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's) is 60. Movie director Catherine Hardwicke is 58. Actress-author Carrie Fisher is 57. Singer Julian Cope is 56. Rock musician Steve Lukather (Toto) is 56. Actor Ken Watanabe (wah-tah-NAH'-bee) is 54.

Actress Melora Walters is 53. Rock musician Che (chay) Colovita Lemon is 43. Rock singer-musician Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator) is 42. Christian rock musician Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay) is 40. Actor Jeremy Miller is 37. Actor Will Estes is 35. Actor Michael McMillian is 35. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian (kahr-DASH'-ee-uhn) is 33. Actor Matt Dallas is 31. Actor Aaron Tveit (tuh-VAYT') is 30.

Thought for Today: "A man is what he thinks about all day long." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet and philosopher (1803-1882).