Today is Friday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2013. There are 67 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 25, 1910, "America the Beautiful," with words by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, was first published.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago -- 1988

Property owners in Sayre that have been delinquent with paying their water bills will have their water service turned off until payment is made, according to Gene Osmun, Sayre Borough manager. "Simply speaking, if people don't pay their bill, they're not going to have any water," Osmun said. "It's the end of the line for people who are delinquent with their payments."

At a special meeting of the Wyalusing School Board last night, the board voted seven-to-one to give the teachers a 33 percent increase over the next three years. The teachers have been working without a contract since Aug. 29 and have been negotiating with the board since the beginning of this year. Upon returning from executive session, the board met in regular session where Joan Sanderson made the motion, seconded by Jack Carr to approve the revised three-year contract. All board members present voted "yes" except Gary Woodruff who voted "no."

Sayre Borough Councilman Sid Freedman is urging council to incorporate the position of dog control officer into its 1989 budget, but differing opinions on priorities may mean the measure will not be passed. The position of dog control officer must be incorporated into the budget, Freedman said, in order for the borough to receive state funds.

50 years ago - 1963

W. Harold Griggs has been promoted to assistant supervisor of technical publications at Ingersoll-Rand Company in Athens on Oct. 23, it was announced by Paul J. Flynn.

Howard Ennis, known to his friends as "Bucky" led area bowlers during the past scoring period with a sizzling 672.

Miss Julia Campbell, one of the mainstays in the general accounting group of the Sylvania plant here for over 20 years, has retired.

75 years ago - 1938

Members of Troop 1, Towanda Boy Scouts, last night enjoyed an account of a moose hunt in Canada given by one of the men on the trip, Paul Essenwine of West Burlington.

The first practice of St. Agnes High School's basketball squad will be held tonight on the Towanda High Court, it was revealed by Rev. J. F. Nolan, assistant pastor of the Ss. Peter and Paul Parish.

James Miller was elected president of the Senior Monroeton Band at an organization gathering held last evening. Duane Young was elected vice-president and Carl Hinman Jr. was chosen treasurer.

Today's Birthdays: Former American League President and Baseball Hall of Famer Lee MacPhail is 96. Former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown is 89. Singer-actress Barbara Cook is 86. Actress Marion Ross is 85. Country singer Jeanne Black is 76. Basketball Hall of Famer Bobby Knight is 73. Author Anne Tyler is 72. Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 69. Political strategist James Carville is 69. Singer Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is 69. Rock musician Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) is 66. Actor Brian Kerwin is 64. Actor Mark L. Taylor is 63. Movie director Julian Schnabel is 62.

Rock musician Matthias Jabs is 57.

Actress Nancy Cartwright ("The Simpsons") is 56. Country singer Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) is 55. Rock musician Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers; Chickenfoot) is 52. Actress Tracy Nelson is 50. Actor Michael Boatman is 49. Actor Kevin Michael Richardson is 49. Singer Speech is 45. Actor Adam Goldberg is 43. Actor-singer Adam Pascal is 43. Rock musician Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) is 43. Actress Persia White is 43. Country singer Chely (SHEL'-ee) Wright is 43. Violinist Midori is 42. Actor Craig Robinson is 42. Actor Michael Weston is 40. Actor Zachary Knighton is 35. Actress Mariana Klaveno is 34. Actor Mehcad (muh-KAD') Brooks is 33. Actor Ben Gould is 33. Actor Josh Henderson is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Young Rome is 32. Pop singer Katy Perry is 29. Rock singer Austin Winkler (Hinder) is 29. Singer Ciara is 28. Actress Conchita Campbell ("The 4400") is 18.