Bitumen: All Gone with the Wind

Maps of Pennsylvania¬≠ – and Clinton County, for that matter – no longer carry the name of Bitumen. In fact, Bitumen has not appeared on maps for the last half-century. It’s not because the village is insignificant or unimportant. Simply put, the village is no longer there. With the excep¬≠tion of a small wooden church and cemetery, Bitumen has disappeared. The history of Bitumen...
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No Summer Solstice: War Stories of the Home Front Survivors

War stories. Before epic movies and documentaries changed its connotations, the phrase once implied a personal exchange, the kind that took place in barber shops, on porches, or in front of the court house on hot summer afternoons when the fish weren’t biting. They were the kind of stories that grew better in the telling, each time preserving another aspect, perhaps, of a day in a...
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