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Frank Willis wasn’t wearing his buckskins when he spoke at a program sponsored by the Durham Historical Society. The temperature was soaring but it was a bit cooler for his program in the iconic …

By the Way: Price increases driven by greed

“How much does it cost?” the innocent shopper asks. The cynic replies with his own question: “Are you buying or selling?” Caveat emptor, indeed. I am beginning to think merchants who score …

By the Way: Wishing for Native American wisdom

Ukraine is burning. Our children’s dead bodies are riddled with bullets. COVID, the bloody shape-shifter, is still stalking our world, and I am wishing for the wisdom of our Native Americans to be …

By the Way: Fierce land dispute did Col. Erwin in

June 9, 1791. A single gunshot. A man fell to the floor in a frontier cabin in New York. He was Col. Arthur Erwin, probably killed by a Wild Yankee after serving in Bucks County’s Militia and surviving the Revolutionary War.

By the Way: Washington through others’ eyes

Jeff Finegan and I share a family name and a love of history but we are not related. He does, however, have a longstanding literary relationship with George Washington. He’s the author of the “I …

By the Way: Cast in the Durham Furnace

The Durham Historical Society now has a 5.6-pound cannonball with an interesting provenance. The cannonball was found “beneath the lowest floor of the Old Durham Furnace.” Described as “solid …

By the Way: Mother's Day

Mother’s Day used to be about breakfast in bed. Today, it’s more like coffee to go. We’re constantly on the move. The other day I watched four political candidates airing their views on …

By the Way: Donations in lieu of a retirement party

Her Penn Community Bank business card read Susan Matthias, Riegelsville Branch Manager, but for the people of that …

By the Way: Exotic animals abroad in Bucks

The pandemic has delivered darkness to us and now an arrogant, obsessed little man too full of himself has set off a firestorm in Ukraine – killing, maiming, destroying. But green shoots are …

By the Way: A Latvian American’s view of Ukraine

A Haycock Township executive who worked on corporate business ventures in Moscow in the 1980s and 1990s has special insight into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He both knows and understands the …

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