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I am often amazed at some of the things that pop into my head from time to time, usually things that I learned in school. I had a lot of really good teachers, and some were outstanding in my opinion, because they dared to go outside the textbook before “thinking outside the box” became popular.

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I attended my first Brookville Laurel Festival committee meeting last week and must say the committee is very efficient. Each of the specially themed days has a set chairman who makes the contacts for the various activities going on that day and reports back to the committee as a whole.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.