Jack reads the newspaper while he eats breakfast. It's a slow news day: some turkeys have gotten loose from their pens, and some honeybees have taken up residence in the post office mail drop box. Fast times in Norvelt, right?
The best column in the newspaper is This Day In History, written by none other than Miss Volker. Only, Jack notices that the newspaper has made a mistake and listed events from June 18, even though it's really only June 17.
It's like looking into the future—except the past. Whoa.
Jack starts worrying about proving to his mother that he did not load the sniper rifle.
And here's a surprise: Miss Volker isn't actually writing the This Day In History columns, but instead recycling those that she wrote when she was younger.
Jack heads outside and begins cutting down the too-tall weeds. He sees Mr. Spizz go by on a giant tricycle (yes, a giant tricycle), and learns that he's delivering dinners to some of the town's old folks.