Bradford County can be proud - it's come a long way in 200 years! This summer the county is celebrating its bicentennial with pride.

All those on the bicentennial committee deserve praise for all their hard work leading up to the celebratory events. Perhaps the biggest was the parade held last weekend in Towanda. Saturday was honorably dubbed "Old People's Day" and included many activities, notably a patriotic parade.

With great respect, area residents, Newman Benson, 91, and Florence Gowin Smith, 98, were honored as two of the oldest. And, county residents 70 years old and older were invited to gather for a group photo in front of the courthouse. Veterans were ushered to the front row.

To their credit, Rep. Tina Pickett and Sen. Gene Yaw, as well as all three of Bradford County's commissioners took part in the parade, as well as in a ceremony held on the courthouse steps to formally recognize the bicentennial.

Pickett, who presented the commissioners a resolution from the state House of Representatives, said she wondered what life was like in 1812 for residents here. She said it had to be an exciting, challenging, and interesting time - like today. We, like Ms. Pickett, look forward to the county's next 200 years.