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  • By Patti Slaughter
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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.

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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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.

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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I had the pleasure a week or so ago to sit down with Ellen Neyman for a chat. I had heard her comment that she lived on the family farm and that the farm had been in her family for more than 100 years. That fact prompted me to reach out to Ellen to learn more. She graciously agreed to talk w…

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Do you know anyone who has a treasure chest, where they keep mementos of special moments from their past? Those hidden treasures might be a flower, a ribbon, a card, a coin – anything that brings back memories of a person or time that we want to remember always.

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BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Volunteer Fire Company is reminding area residents that it does not solicit donations by telephone.

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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Saturday was a beautiful day in Brookville. The day itself was cold despite the sunshine, but the weather wasn’t what made it such a beautiful day. The people who braved the cold to do for others is what really warms the heart.

  • By Patti Slaughter
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With the recent school shootings and even threats of violence in our own high school, safety for those in the schools has become a daily topic of conversation. The questions I hear most often is “Why” and “How could this happen?”

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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We are bombarded daily with bad news. So much so we begin to think that is all there is.

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This morning the daily thought on my desk calendar asked a question: “If it were against the law to be a Christian, would there be enough evidence in your life to convict you?”

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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How often have we heard in recent years about the dangers of texting and driving? Alas, nothing seems to change though as we drive along. People are forever looking at their cellphones.

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March is designated as National Social Work Month and this year’s theme is “Social Workers. Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” The theme could not be more fitting.

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Saturday night – or was it Sunday morning? – we lost an hour of sleep as we turned our clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time.

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Jeffersonian Democrat office – God answers prayers, great customer service and staff with awesome changes.

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Because Randy Bartley had been the editor of the Jeffersonian Democrat for a quarter-century, and a staff member for even longer, it follows that some readers took his editorship and his weekly "A View from Main Street" essays for granted, much as we expect to see the courthouse clock tower …

  • By Laura Lynn Yohe
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BROOKVILLE — My perspective of Randon “Randy” Bartley, as editor of the Jeffersonian-Democrat newspaper, initiated in November of 1994 when one of the several freelance writers at the time, Joey Ann Payne, introduced me to him.

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Teaching a young child — whether in the home, a school, a Sunday school class or other setting — is one of the greatest blessings an adult can enjoy. When that child chooses you as his/her confidant, you have been entrusted with the most tender of feelings.

  • By Jess Weible
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News is not a popular word. Sometimes the news can make us feel scared. Sometimes the news can make us feel angry. Sometimes the news can make us argue with each other. And all too often, our media administrators use the news to manipulate the public for all of those intended effects. It’s a…

  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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Over the course of my career as the editor of the Jeffersonian-Democrat, I have written approximately 1,460 Views from Main Street. This will be the last. I am leaving the paper at the end of this month.

  • By Patti Slaughter
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I very seldom visit Facebook, because there are too many tidbits posted that I don’t need or want to know. But occasionally I do find myself checking the site, especially when I get a notice that one of my nieces or a special friend has posted a comment.

  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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Two local boards are starting the new year with vacancies. The Brookville Area School Board of Directors has a vacant seat as does the Brookville Borough Council.

  • By Patti Slaughter
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As we begin a new year, perhaps it would be wise to look back over the past year and see where we need to make changes in our life. One such place might be the source(s) of our information.

  • By Lowman Henry
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Given the current toxic political climate the 2018 congressional elections are likely going to be among the most divisive, hardest fought mid-term elections in U.S. history. Penn’s Woods will be a significant, possibly decisive battlefield as the GOP fights to maintain its majorities in both…

  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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This edition marks the close of another year, a year that has brought with it tragedy and triumph. We all know the bad news but maybe we should look at the good news.

  • By Patti Slaughter
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Had I been a reporter in Israel around 2000 years ago, on this week in time I might have written a story something like this:

  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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As I sit in my office the snow is gently falling outside. This snow is the first significant accumulation of the season. For me, it is not a time of celebration. I do not look forward to shoveling sidewalks, scraping windshields, stepping into hidden puddles and sliding on icy walks and road…

  • By Patti Slaughter
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One of the things I like best about Christmas comes when we have a free evening and can just start driving, looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations and lights.

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We’ve had a couple weeks now to recover from the Thanksgiving festivities which filled our homes, followed by the near-madness of Black Friday. Sunday the countdown began. Young and old alike are turning the tabs on their advent calendars, counting the days until Christmas.

  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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Recently Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that expanded gambling “opportunities” in Pennsylvania. This was part of the deal to try and balance Pennsylvania’s budget. It was a bad deal.

  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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Veterans Day is an event that is often overlooked these days. It wasn’t always so. Not so very long ago the streets would be lined with people honoring veterans. There would be a parade and marching bands.

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  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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History is a great teacher. History shows us the problems faced by our ancestors and how they resolved those problems. A study of history also illustrates two things: We seldom learn from our previous mistakes and, secondly the human condition, in spite of our great advances in technology, h…

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Tomorrow (Friday) is a day loved by pranksters of all ages — it’s April Fool’s Day.

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It was nothing short of an Easter miracle: Pennsylvania has a budget! The nine month old budget impasse has ended when HB 1801 went into effect.

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We are hearing a lot about plans these days. Having a plan is a good thing. Hopefully having a good plan will avoid pitfalls and save the government, that is to say you and me, money.

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In this life we meet many people. Some of them pass through almost unnoticed but others have a substantial impact. One of those people was William D. “Daisy” Gilbert.