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The Brookville Borough Council is making headway with its beautification efforts. Free trash bags will be handed out on April 19 in the Town Square from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to borough residents. The free bags are to aid residents in cleaning up their yards. At the March 4 council meeting, Co…

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Where, oh where, does one even begin to acknowledge and thank their community for the support and contributions provided to our family over the past few months? We had some family friends reach out to us in the early days of January asking for permission to have a spaghetti dinner and Chines…

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Greetings from Liberty, N.C.! A month has passed since we arrived in the U.S. We're adjusting to the change and starting to get into a rhythm. Dylan has managed to catch up with all of his assignments, and Marcie and Caleb are working out the rough spots of their homeschooling process. Mark …

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Last week we published an article about efforts to reform the Brookville Area Business Association, an organization that was once a vital group in promoting Brookville area businesses.

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While watching TV the other morning as we were getting ready to start the day, a couple phrases on two different shows really jumped out and started me to thinking.

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The other night I had a rare chance to sit down and watch some television. I was drawn to one of the “talent” shows that seem to have popped up recently that are looking for the “best of the best.” This was the America’s Got Talent –Champions 2019.

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Greetings from Liberty, N.C. Definitely not where we had planned to be at this time, but we are grateful for the opportunity to see family and friends.

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The gray skies, cold temperatures and icy snow don’t really put us in the mood to go outside and start cleaning up the yard. Cleaning up, however, has been on the minds of Brookville Borough Council members. In recent months they’ve discussed blighted properties as well as properties that ma…

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Editor’s Note: We are rerunning the Harris letter from last week as the end of the letter was not published.

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The news was announced Saturday morning that Punxsutawney Phil, prognosticator extraordinaire, had said it would be an early spring this year, rather than six more weeks of winter. However, arriving at the office on Monday a discussion on the announcement had us wondering if Phil really call…

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Next week people around the world will be celebrating Valentine’s Day, a time for expressing our love to those special people in our lives, whether they be lovers, parents, children or friends.

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The Toys for Angels Committee extends a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of the churches, individuals, and businesses who helped make this Christmas special for area families. Approximately 160 children from 53 families received clothing, footwear, toys, and treat bags this year. Helping make th…

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Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? The stores are offering great gift items at bargain prices right now and for those who have a vision to look ahead to Christmas 2019, it is a great time to begin shopping. After all, there are only 304 shopping days left until Christmas!

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It seems like it was just a few short weeks ago when we were closing out the 2017 calendar and opening up the calendar for the new 2018, wondering what it would hold for us. Now we are near the end of that year and ready to step into the all-new 2019.

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An Associated Press article about a Pennsylvania company caught my eye this week. A former Pennsylvania math and computer science teacher is on a mission that will highlight a business located in Hollidaysburg by highlighting the well-known toy it makes – the Slinky.

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What a wonderful time it was in Brookville this weekend. As I walked along Main Street Friday night to grab a few photos of the many events taking place, I was pleasantly reminded of other Victorian Christmas celebrations when the streets came alive with people.

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In just a few hours families and often their friends will be gathering to share this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

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At this time of the year many of us stop to take stock of what we are thankful for in our lives. One of the many things we can all be thankful for is that we live in this beautiful part of Pennsylvania, surrounded not only with the beauty of nature, but with the many groups who give of their…

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I am a member of the Brookville Area Joint High School class of 1958. I no longer live in the area but recently attended the 60th reunion of this class. There is a unique history associated with the passing of time between the matriculation of this group and the present day. They virtually h…

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I know that there are those that still disclaim climate change or man’s role in it and one of those is obviously our congressional representative Glenn Thompson. I read that Thompson recently voted NO on an amendment to HR4606 that would curb methane emissions. It would have simply “required…

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I wonder how many of us looked to the skies this past week as more thunderstorms rolled through the area. After the recent tornadoes touching down so close to Brookville it was expected I guess to question whether another one would form.

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Like most voters in the 66th representative district of Pennsylvania, I received the Cris Dush campaign brochure distributed and paid for by us, the voters of Pennsylvania.

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I am committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs – do the education leaders in our state feel the same way? In December of 2015, President Obama signed the new bipartisan federal education legislation into law…

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My mind has been drawn in two different directions as I’ve thought about what to write in this week’s column – the recent weather that saw road closings and creeks rising and the anniversary of Sept. 11.

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Sunday a national holiday passed us by, with many people not even aware that it was a holiday. Sunday was Grandparents Day.

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The other day as I was driving home, enjoying the quiet summer morning, I started thinking about the many blessings we are given. Most blessings are the things we take for granted every day, but some of our blessings provide once-in-a-lifetime memories for us to enjoy over and over again. Fo…

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Technology stinks. Every time something is promoted as “bigger and better, or new and improved” we cringe, knowing that only means it is going to cost more and be harder to use.

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Recently there were several areas marked as “safety corridors” on Interstate 80. According to a recent news release from Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway), “In Jefferson County the safety corridor will be between mile markers 78 and 95. In Clearfield County the safety corridor will be between m…

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The other day as I was walking into a store, coming out was a long-time friend that I hadn’t seen in a while. We stopped to talk for a couple minutes and in the course of the conversation I mentioned that I was having difficulty with a certain situation. With the gentle smile that she always…

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I’d like to offer two distinct thoughts regarding the Thursday, August 16 edition of the Jeffersonian Democrat.

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Sixteen more individuals were nabbed in a drug sweep last week as detailed in a story on the front page. The arrests came after a yearlong investigation into multiple cases involving the distribution of dangerous drugs in Jefferson County, according to information from law enforcement. They …

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Now that summer is here we are again hearing of kids dying in hot cars. The experts have given some tips on how to avoid this. A simple way to remember a child is in the back seat is to take two toys, books or stuffed animals along in the car. Give one to the child and keep the other one bes…

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For the past two or three weeks I’ve been enjoying the Christmas in July events – Christmas movies on TV, an occasional Christmas song on the radio, new Christmas decorations and just the other day I got an e-mail notice that one of my favorite online sites now has its new-for-this-year desi…

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On behalf of our son, Emmett Blake Rowan, the family of Stephen and Ruth Rowan would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone in our wonderful community that contributed in any way to the funeral of our son. Thanks to all of you who came out at 11 o’clock at night on Wednesday, July 1…

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A recent experience has taught me that we need to always question our own actions; ask ourselves if we are doing the right thing whatever that “right” thing may be.

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Interesting piece of mail from the Faith & Freedom Coalition (ie Ralph Reed) this week, as we all gear up for the 2018 mid-terms. Final option is a checkbox: “ No, because I oppose President Trump. I want the Left in control of our government; I want 'open borders' for America; and I wan…