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We would like to thank everyone who participated in any way with our Military Salute at S&T Bank in New Bethlehem on Nov. 9. This was our third year of presenting this honor, and each and every year we get a little better at it — but only because of everyone who visits our branch to help…

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Every month, the Redbank Valley Church Association Food Pantry supplies food for families in need. Tom’s Riverside has assisted in many ways. One very helpful example is that Les Aaron orders Thanksgiving turkeys for the food pantry during the summer, so they are available for the Thanksgivi…

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I’ve lived the American Dream. I asked our single mom’s welfare caseworker to eliminate my share of the food stamps when I was a teenager. He would not. I was sad to see his obituary in the newspaper years later. He had said our single mom with four kids would starve without my share of food…

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My brother has been taking piano lessons. He wants to learn to play a keyboard. He thinks he could get good enough to be in a band. He talks about making that what he does for a living. He has a problem, but he doesn’t know it. He’s tone deaf. I only figured it out when he kept playing one n…

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t’s hard to believe how quickly time passes by. Another Thanksgiving is almost upon us. It is a time of year when we should stop, count our blessings and be thankful for them.

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Our elites don’t like us choosing our own judges or the people who draw congressional and legislative districts, so they want to replace us shoeless rubes clinging to our sky God, boom sticks and racism with an “independent,” “bipartisan” “citizens” commission.

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On Nov. 2, it was my good fortune to attend a Turkey Town Veterans Recognition Breakfast sponsored by state Rep. Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland County) that provided good chow and fellowship, and featured keynote speaker state Rep. Dr. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny County).

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As Sligo Borough looks to balance its 2018 general budget and the possibility of a tax increase always looming, it might be tempting to turn on the way-back machine and see how the borough dealt with cash problems in the past.

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There are a few days before the traditional celebration of Veterans Day, not the so-called Republican version we have been observing since the Nixon Administration. The changeover happened so long ago, perhaps 45 years in the past, that there is little need to debate the issue. Suffice it to…

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Thank you to everyone who helped, donated and came out to support Brock Roy at Redbank Valley Volleyball’s last game of the season. It was truly a team effort!

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Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi and I have worked together as colleagues and friends for the last 18 years. We have each been District Attorney of our respective counties since before Columbine, 9/11, and before the plague of heroin struck Western Pennsylvania. Each of the…

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You know, some things are known for getting better with age. Certain cheeses, fine wine and single malt scotch come to mind. But, is it true of people?

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That sweet fizzy stuff that we grew up drinking has a variety of names across the country. Out here in the western hinterlands it is pop, out east it is soda. State College seems to be the demilitarized zone where the two are used interchangeably.

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The 2017 Redbank Valley School District Press Release Series was recently completed. The eight-part series is available on the district website at www.redbankvalley.net, under the “District Information” and “District News” headings.

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”Gee, Denny, your columns have not been much fun lately. You usually brighten our day. Lately, you have been crabby.”

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Charitable Deeds and Services helps the poor and needy in Clarion, Venango and Forest counties. We have now started our 16th Annual Utility Campaign for the poor and needy. There are so many families out there without electric, gas and water. I can’t believe this is happening in the United S…

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When you think about Veterans Day, what comes to mind? War heroes, battlefields, glory, strife, sacrifice? There are so many things that come to mind we could never list them all.

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Susan Spika was sponsored by the Clarion County League of Women Voters in October to discuss public school funding at a public meeting. At her talk we learned that HB 1717 and SB 2 is legislation that would create a new generation of school vouchers called education savings accounts, or ESAs.

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Our millionaire NFL player/“victims” who choose to kneel during the national anthem can’t claim ignorance. The act is indelibly associated with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After his initial “protest,” Kaepernick said he was kneeling for “people that are being oppressed” and he w…

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There is a good reason why the Clarion Forest VNA Hospice is rated in the top 5 percent of all hospices in the United States. The local VNA has offered Hospice since 1994 and adheres to national standards that help ensure patients and their families receive the best care.

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Readers might remember my personal grudge against today’s television programming. Believe me, I’m not your average snobby curmudgeon. I just don’t find the material funny or interesting.

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In his Rimersburg Rules column in the Oct. 10-12 edition of The L-V, Joe Lewis writes that “Gun control laws won’t prevent another Las Vegas massacre because gun control doesn’t work.” My experience with reading Lewis’ column is that he seems confused by complex and nuanced issues. Let me tr…

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We are writing to thank everyone who helped with the youth pheasant hunt sponsored by the Hawthorn Rod and Gun Club on Oct. 7. We could not have asked for a better day for our young hunters. The weather was perfect.

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You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. The truth is that the liberal left has now stooped to an ultimate low by defending prima donna NFL players who dishonor our flag and National Anthem.

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You know, there is stuff in the news today that we would have never heard of even 10 years ago. Let’s call it “crazy news,” and take a little look at it.

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Last Friday’s fire in a storage building facing Hunter Way was a reasonably lucky event. It did not become what New Bethlehem’s fire chief, Barry Fox, would call “our worst nightmare.” Other than the loss of a small building and a few hours of frazzled nerves, the town got off lightly.

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The 5th Annual East Brady VFD/Rimersburg Hose Co. Gun Raffle was held Sept. 9 and we would like to thank everyone who attended and purchased tickets, offer congratulations to all the winners, and most importantly, say “Thank you” to all the local businesses that donated. Without them, the ev…

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Gun control laws won’t prevent another Las Vegas massacre because gun control doesn’t work.

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This year, thus far, the new supervisors of Madison Township (Clarion County) have donated countless hours to the township, putting the funds back into the roads for much needed repairs.

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It is hard to bring my mind back to our corner of the world this week. By the time you read this column, it will have been about 10 days since I stood on a particular spot on the Gettysburg battlefield.

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Not long ago, it struck me that summer is really over. My favorite season of the whole year, it went by incredibly fast. I can, however, take a measure of comfort in the fact that it was a good summer, and it provided me with some really good memories.

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The 2017 Peanut Butter Festival has come and gone — and to some, it will hopefully be remembered as a pivotal turning point or new chapter in the festival’s history. Most folks will say we were lucky or we had good weather, but I believe we were truly blessed.

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I may get myself tarred and feathered after this week’s edition goes to press. That’s okay. Fall is coming on fast and the extra warmth will be welcome.

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I want to thank everyone who made the Peanut Butter Festival possible this year. Being runner-up for the queen crown this year, I realize all the hard work that is put into this small town festival.

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When Mary Campbell of Shippenville was robbed at gunpoint in the early morning of Dec. 9, 1979 while she worked at the Delmont Stop N Go, she was terrified and that terror followed her throughout her life.

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There seems to be some controversy over football players “taking a knee” during the National Anthem. I don’t get it.

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We don’t like it when a piece of our youth disappears. I find myself missing the old Newbie newsstand an awful lot these days. When it comes to a teacher not that much older than I am, the loss strikes even closer to home.