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Barclay Mountain Heritage Day draws interest into local history

LEROY TOWNSHIP — Leroy Township enjoyed a nice and sunny Saturday for LeRoy’s second annual Barclay Mountain Heritage Day at the LeRoy Heritage Museum.

The celebration had a little bit of everything with a petting zoo, music, museum tours, history lessons, exhibits and more for folks to tour and explore.

LeRoy Heritage Museum President and Curator Matt Carl stated that Barclay Heritage Day was created to celebrate the rich history of Barclay Mountain and its industries.

“Coal mining, lumbering forestry — I mean you name it,” said Carl. “It is nice to be able to promote the history, we have done it many other ways with the museum and walking tours and other events, but this is one that focuses on the mountain.”

Carl stated that numbers were better this year because the weather was not stormy as it had been last year.

“Last year we did it through the pouring down rain. This year has much better attendance. This is what we hoped would happen last year.”

The area’s history has been of much interest to local families, according to Carl.

“There is an interest in people for the real information and real stories from the mountain,” Carl stated. “This is a good way to do it with an enjoyable atmosphere.”

Carl stated that Barclay Mountain Heritage Day drew in 20 sponsors and a large amount of community support.

“A lot of people think the story is important enough to make this happen so we are certainly grateful to those people,” he explained. “It’s great — we are saving their history and to have people get on board with that really makes you feel good after doing so much work to make that happen.”

All the proceeds from the event were set to go towards a Victorian home in town that will be the new location of the LeRoy Heritage Museum, according to Carl.

“We call it the Old Lewis Hotel. It is built from lumber from off the Mountain and it’s going to be the expanded museum.”

Trump: Kim wants to meet again, apologized for missile tests

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wants to meet once again to “start negotiations” after joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises end. He also said Kim apologized for the flurry of recent short-range missile tests that has rattled U.S. allies in the region.

Trump is tweeting more details from the “beautiful” three-page letter he told reporters on Friday that he’d received from Kim. Trump, who is on vacation at his golf club in New Jersey, said Kim spent much of his letter complaining about “the ridiculous and expensive exercises,” which North Korea sees as a threat.

He said Kim offered him “a small apology” for the recent tests and assured him “that this testing would stop when the exercises end.” North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, according to South Korea’s military — the fifth round of launches in less than three weeks.

“I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future!” Trump wrote.

The two leaders have met three times — in Singapore, Hanoi and at the Korean Demilitarized Zone — but critics say Trump has received few concessions in the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for the meetings.

At their second summit in Vietnam in February, Trump rejected Kim’s demand for widespread sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling the North’s main nuclear complex, a partial disarmament step.

The U.S. and South Korea have scaled down their major military exercises since Trump and Kim’s first summit in June 2018.

But the North insists even the downsized drills violate agreements between Kim and Trump and compel it to “develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”

When they last met in June of this year, Trump and Kim agreed to resume working-level nuclear talks that have been stalled since February, but there have been no known meetings between the two sides since then.

Bradford County Summer Park Series comes to a close at Round Top Park

ATHENS — The Bradford County Summer Park Series came to a close on Saturday at Round Top Park with an R/C model airplane show and demonstration, Ross Park Zoomobile, live music, cornhole tournament, history displays and more.

The event started at Sunfish Pond in Leroy Township on July 6 before moving to Hornbrook Park in Towanda on July 27, according to Executive Director of the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Cain Chamberlain.

“The series was created to promote our public parks in Bradford County and get people out,” stated Chamberlain. “You know, a lot of people live in communities their entire lives and never even know these beautiful parks in this area exist. It was a way to promote them and get people outside doing outdoor recreation.”

Chamberlain stated that Round Top park has an array of things to do with the flying field, atv trails, live music, cornhole tournaments and more.

“A lot of people come out here to do different things, but we just wanted to promote it to the public and bring more people out.”

The series has done well and had a large draw at Sunfish Pond, according to Chamberlain. Next year, the EMHR will look to do a series for Sullivan County focused on hiking and biking.

“We are going to be working with DCNR foresters from each of the three parks over there — the Loyalsock State Forest, Ricketts Glen and Worlds End and we hope to organize some different hikes and bikes for the public over there.”

The EMHR serves Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties and will look to do a series in each of the Counties.

“We want to continue this County by County each year,” stated Chamberlain. “We really appreciate the support from the local fire company who did the parking today and the Athens Township Parks Commission who has been a very big help in getting this underway. Just want to thank everyone involved and everybody that came out.”