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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…

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By the residents of Brookville, he was known as Bill, or Mr. French, or after he was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, Father Bill, but to my brother Michael, our cousins Jenny and Gordon French, and me, he was our Uncle Bookie. Before we go any further in this story, we much get the pro…

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Time has moved on from the Brookville Laurel Festival but comments are still being heard about what a wonderful event it was this year. Borough Council members added their comments Tuesday night. Councilwoman Karen Allgeier giving two thumbs up said, “Good job” and noted that she’d attended …

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On the morning of the Fourth of July I was listening to the radio and one of the hosts was talking about the many freedoms we as Americans enjoy. And then she asked a thought-provoking question: Why is it so much easier for us to complain and find fault with things that are happening, than i…

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For many of us this past week’s Laurel Festival went too fast. It was a step back to the Laurel Festival many of us remember from decades ago, full of activities for young and old alike. From food to games to car shows and kayak races.

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As an avid automotive enthusiast since birth, and one who knows first hand how to produce a successful, quality car show, I wish to commend the Festival Board on a very nice turn around with this years endeavor! Job WELL DONE!

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I feel there should be clarification regarding School Board member Kerith Strano Taylor's statement in the June 14, 2018, Jeffersonian Democrat with regard to separation of Church and state wherein she was quoted, "This isn't imagined; it's been the doctrine of the United States since its fo…

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Rex and I like to read the messages on church signs when we are out and about, so much so that the one who isn’t driving will have a pen and notepad handy, because neither of us can recall those little tidbits as readily as we used to remember.

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This year will see my 40th class reunion. One of my classmates asked how many people were in our graduating class? A slew of numbers were forthcoming in answer to the Facebook question. None of them were correct, until one classmate noted she had the program from our actual graduation ceremony.

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A couple weeks ago, on a Saturday afternoon, I was driving into town and noticed some birds gathered around the body of a snake, belly-up on the road. It was the third snake I had seen on that stretch of road during the warm week.

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Memorial Day as can be seen from this week’s edition of the Jeffersonian Democrat was an eventful day. Ceremonies were held in many of our communities, including Brookville and Summerville.

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Every now and then I hear people describe themselves as “I’m just a . . .” and I have the mixed emotions of sadness and anger. No body is “just a” anything.

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The book of Ecclesiastes is often attributed to King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. Though he was wise in many ways, King Solomon was not perfect. But he did realize that there has to be a balance in our lives, and perhaps his most recognized writing is that in the third chapter, in…

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The Brookville Borough Council had one of its native sons propose a Riverwalk project this week. Many seem to be already in favor of it and it would beautify the area along the rivers that converge in Brookville.

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Not everyone is drawn to small town living. Some people prefer the anonymity of city living. And while I will grant that city living may offer a wider variety of restaurants or more chances to attend top star performances, it still doesn’t have what we find here in Jefferson County.