Tag Archive | central pa

Gricar case back in the limelight

If there’s one mystery which continues to haunt Central Pennsylvania, it’s definitely – what happened to Ray Gricar?

The attorney general simply vanished one day in 2005. His car was found in Lewisburg:

Former Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar hasn’t been seen since leaving work in 2005, seven years after he decided against charging Sandusky after a boy’s mother complained to State College police about abuse. His car was found in Lewisburg.

Current District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller formed a task force in 2010 to investigate Gricar’s disappearance, but state police from Hollidaysburg are taking over at the request of Bellefonte police.

Bellefonte Chief Shawn Weaver says state police have more resources to devote to the investigation and hopes having another agency take a fresh look at the case might generate some leads.

Now, the mystery is back in the limelight with the state police taking over the case. It’s got people talking and wondering yet again:


I want to know when the time is to simply say “This case is cold, when  we get compelling evidence, we’ll open it.” At this point, I don’t think any of these man hours have produced anything substantial.

But people love a good mystery. They just can’t let it go.

I guess we’ll see if Gricar’s family finally can get some closure.

Snow madness in the Valley!

It’s winer-mixing here in the Valley. A fine mix of snow and rain is coating many roads and surfaces, leaving the first significant snowfall we’ve seen here.

We’ve previously just had a dusting, though that was bad enough, in my opinion.

Anyway, everyone’s celebrating and/or complaining, depending on their point of view.

Here’s some scenes from around the area this morning:

This isn’t from PA, but I couldn’t resist:

— RTV6 Indianapolis (@rtv6) November 26, 2013

The leaves, they are a-changin’!


Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer …and that means it’s time for the annual regional traditions, like the changing of the leaves.

Yesterday, I saw some of those changes beginning to peep out, with some golds and reds beginning to mix with the traditional green of the leaves.

Summer is my favorite time, but I like fall too, and now I feel extra fall-y after seeing the leaves begin to change.

Although, honestly I could never understand why people would make a special trip/vacation to see the leaves change. I mean, it’s nice, but come on – it’s just leaves.

Either way, enjoy the beginning of fall, everyone!


Blog showcases local history

Helena Muffly (the diary's author) in a photo from her granddaughter's blog, A Hundred Years Ago

Helena Muffly (the diary’s author) in a photo from her granddaughter’s blog, A Hundred Years Ago

I got an interesting email Tuesday from a local blogger – Sheryl Lazarus – whose blog isn’t your typical look at local history:

You might find my blog interesting. It’s called A Hundred Years Ago. I’ve been posting my grandmother’s diary entries on it exactly 100 years to the day after she wrote them. She grew up on a farm in the McEwensville-Watsontown area, and kept the diary during her teen years from 1911 to 1914. I also include background information, old-time recipes, photos from hundred-year-old magazines, and other interesting things. I’m now just past the half-way point in the diary, and have posted a diary entry for each day for the past two years.

The blog is indeed really fascinating.

Sheryl posts diary entries and then adds her own context and commentary. For example in an entry describing Helena (the diary’s author) copying a dialogue for her school’s literary society, Sheryl wonders what she was reading and posts the text of a poem that might have been on the society’s radar.

It’s a fascinating look into the history of the region.

Make sure to visit A Hundred Years Ago!

And definitely send me any links to local sites you think are worth a mention!

Snowy weekend

The Valley was hit by 3 to 5 inches on Saturday – and people were tweeting about it! Here’s some Twitter highlights and portraits of snow from around the region.