KINDNESS: We received a pleasant surprise Wednesday from preschoolers at Grace Lutheran Church.

A group of children in their winter gear, along with their adults from the Growing With Grace Christian Preschool, braved the snow to bring The Era a package of Hershey kisses in honor of World Kindness Day.

What a wonderful surprise!


SHOPS: In Tuesday’s edition, we shared Jim Belardia’s recollection of some of the shops that were on Main Street, Bradford, at one time.

Curly Walters of Bradford called Tuesday to say he remembers it a little differently.

“Between Rose Kreinson’s and that alleyway was The Alpine, which was a real good hangout for the high school kids,” our reader said.

“I’m thinking that telegraph office was on one side of that alleyway. He seems to think the Fanny Farmer’s, but that was next to the telegraph office up the street toward the head of Main.”

Walters also remembers a bakery along the alley that was owned by the Jennings.

The Alpine was popular for its ice cream counter. We’d love to hear more about it from readers.


SILLY: Did you know today is National Pickle Day?

Each year in the United States, 5,200,000 pounds of pickles are consumed. While pickles can be high in sodium, they are a good source of vitamin K. In moderation, they make a great snack, according to the National Day Calendar.

Here are some more pickle facts.

Food vendors sometimes serve pickles on a stick fairs or carnivals. They are known as stick pickles.

A rising trend in the United States is deep-fried pickles. The pickle is wrapped in dough or dipped in breading and deep-fried.

The popularity of the pickle dates back thousands of years to 2030 B.C. At that time, traders imported cucumbers from India to the Tigris Valley. Here the people first preserved and ate the cucumbers as pickles.

Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her diet of pickles.

Even Julius Caesar craved the benefits of pickles. He believed pickles lent physical and spiritual strength and gave them to his troops.