EYE HEALTH: By the age of 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision-impairing eye condition. Four major age-related eye diseases affect older adults: glaucoma, cataracts, macular dege…

COMMUNITY POLICING PHOTO CONTEST: The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced the seventh annual “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest. This widely anticipat…

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: Michael Berk, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, shared a letter with the Era newsroom, reminding us and our readers that this week is National S…

COSTUMES: What would you suppose is the most searched Halloween costume in Pennsylvania?

NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK: This week is recognized as National Teen Driver Safety Week, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

MORE: We promised more from the Good Housekeeping list of the most popular scary movies.

VETS: We’re happy to be in an area that is always proud of its veterans.

POETRY: We had a visit from George Santora on Friday, who brought us an emotional poem to share, called I Will Come to You in the Silence.

SCARY: With the approach of Halloween, and everything that’s happened in 2020, it’s no surprise that people are turning to scary movies for entertainment.

APPLE RECIPES FOR FALL: It’s the time of year for apples, and Apple Pie Marshmallows sound like a fun challenge in the kitchen.

QUAKING: Maybe we don’t see many earthquakes in this part of the world, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking us to take a few minutes on Thursday to practice some steps to sta…

LETTER: Sometimes we get a letter that lands near to our hearts, and has us wanting to share it with our RTS readers.

PACKING FOR THE MOON: While advancing its Artemis program – which includes sending the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 – NASA wants to know what you would pack for a trip…

PHANTOM FRIDGE ODOR: The refrigerator and freezer are two of the most important appliances in the home and are key to keeping food safe.

PEAK METEOR ACTIVITY: October’s Draconid meteor shower – sometimes called the Giacobinids – is gearing up. According to Earthsky.org, this week’s waning gibbous moon won’t rise until mid-to-la…

ELK HISTORY: The elk herd in Elk County includes around 1,400 elk.

WATERSPOUTS: The Great Lakes were recently the site of a world record waterspout outbreak.

PRESERVING WINTER SQUASH: The Penn State Extension has tips on preserving varieties of squash. Winter squash varieties for preserving include: Pumpkin (sugar or pie pumpkins); Spaghetti Squash…

LAWNS: The PA DCNR released information recently on the move to turn large, rolling lawns back into food for pollinators and birds and better resources in general.

PRESERVING SUMMER SQUASH: Penn State Extension has some tips for preserving summer squash. We already covered tips for winter squash in a previous column.

SEASONS: We thought this would be a good time to share some poetry from Donald Neal of Bradford. This one is titled Autumn:

BOWL OF COLORS: For 57 years, Andy Heffner and his wife have been making the trek to the firemen’s monument in Oak Hill Cemetery to have a picnic and enjoy the autumn leaves.

BRIDGE: It seems our Kinzua Bridge is attracting lots of attention, which is a steady source of pride for area residents in autumn.

HELP THE LIBRARY: There are two ways to help your local library without spending a penny. First, Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day, and the American Library Association celebrated al…

YAY: We have to say a quick “thank you” to the gentleman who appreciated our RTS about candy, and our willingness to be taste-testers.

CANDY: It’s that time of year again, when we stock up on candy for Halloween.

FALL FESTIVAL: Just over 50 years ago, local merchants started a new way to celebrate the autumn season in Bradford: a Fall Festival.

FERMENTING DILL PICKLES: Fermentation occurs when bacteria and yeast consume natural sugars and produce acid as a by-product. The acid produced by these microorganisms has a more complex flavo…

WHAT NOT TO CAN: Some foods are not suitable for home canning because the product itself prevents the destruction of harmful microorganisms during the canning process. Other foods interfere wi…

POETRY: Frances Haight, a regular contributor to RTS, sent us a letter sharing some sad news Thursday.

CHOCOLATE: Wednesday was a holiday, one dear to our hearts.

PRESERVING BROCCOLI AND CAULIFLOWER: Broccoli and cauliflower are members of a diverse group of vegetables commonly called cruciferous, for the Latin Cruciferae meaning “cross-bearing”, becaus…

MUSIC: Bradford resident Donald Neal has shared a poem with us about music.

MASK WEARING: Like it or not, mask wearing seems to be here to stay. For those looking for tips on wearing and cleaning masks, CDC.gov has some pointers. They advise wearing masks in public se…