Lou Bernard


LOCK HAVEN, PA (AP) – Pennsylvania held onto the lead in the Clinton Challenge this week, adding 451 hours for a total of 2309, maintaining a strong lead over New York, which had 2215. New Jersey made an impressive leap forward, adding 701 hours for a total of 2109.

“That’s only 200 hours between first and third place!” commented Laura Stoll of New York. “Will we have a photo finish?”

Clinton County, Pennsylvania has been in fierce competition with New York throughout the summer, often holding onto the top place by only a few hours. New Jersey is now surging forward, proving that this could be anyone’s game and the outcome is still very much up in the air.

“What we need right now is a montage,” said Lou Bernard of Pennsylvania. He then proceeded to shadow box near the reference desk and sing “You’re the best! Around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down!” until his co-workers told him to knock it off because it was closing time.

The Clinton Challenge is a summer-long program for ages twelve and up in which patrons keep track of their reading and turn the hours in to their library. Clinton County, Pennsylvania is competing with Clinton, New York and Clinton, New Jersey to see whose patrons can read the most hours.

The game ends on September 2nd. This week’s hours are due on July 29th. Patrons can find out more information at the Ross Library or at 570-748-3321 or

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