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There aren't many animals that are uglier than the hippopotamus. The common hippo is the largest freshwater mammal living today, and is a distant relative of the pig. The common hippo is found … more
Pets are an important part of many people's lives. More and more, some stores and even bars or restaurants are allowing pets inside during normal business hours. Sometimes it’s just certain days, … more
“Back to the Future” promised me hover boards, not a joystick controlled adult baby carriage. If anybody hasn't seen Segway's newest vehicle, which apparently is a lot harder to fall over than … more
Watermelon is the fruit of a vining plant originally found in southern Africa. This wild African watermelon has white flesh and is largely inedible due to its bitterness. Recently, DNA has been … more
While many films have been made about World War I, few films have captured the raw emotion, terror and heroism as shown in “1917.” In the spring of 1917 in Northern France, two lance … more
Happy New Year to everyone in Legislative District 16!  I hope you and your families had a terrific 2019 and are looking forward to great things in 2020.  The 60-day legislative session kicked off … more
December was one of the busiest months of my career at the Blair Area Community Foundation. I literally printed out and mailed hundreds of thank-you letters and tax receipts to donors. Ran out of … more
I think I’m to the point where I’d prefer athletes to leave God out of their postgame speeches and interviews. Not that I’m against religion or what anyone believes, but I just think it really … more
Beetles are insects that belong to the largest order — taxonomic category — in the animal kingdom. This order contains a third of all known insects, and includes over 300,000 species worldwide … more
Happy 2020! Can you believe it’s the start of a new decade? I say it every year, but where does the time go? And as I get older time seems to fly by even faster. With a new year, usually comes … more
Although Adam Sandler has been synonymous with oddball films like “Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy,” he’s tried his hand at a few serious films as well. Sandler is … more
In 2017, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sent audiences roaring with laughter and adventure based on the 1995 film starring Robin Williams. After the film grossed near $1 billion, an inevitable … more
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