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School sponsored breakfast and lunches are a great thing, but the absence of those meals on Saturdays and Sundays can be a problem. That is why the Blessings Bags program began last year in the Redbank Valley School District.

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The third Friday of September has been designated as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. What does POW/MIA mean and how might that day be recognized?

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I put off writing this week’s column as long as I could because I wanted to see the results of Tropical Storm Gordon’s visit to the area. Admit it. We’re all weather junkies to one degree or another in this valley.

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It’s no secret that Russians tried and continue to try to change the hearts and minds of Americans with an attack of false information posted on social media sites such as Facebook.

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On August 21 President Trump’s ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, pled guilty to eight felonies, five for failure to pay taxes on over $4 million and two counts of what the prosecutor and Cohen are calling illegal “in kind” campaign contributions.

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The Lunatic Left has hijacked the Democratic Party. The once-great Democratic Party, that stood for the working person with family and Christian values, has sunk into a cesspool party dominated and controlled by radical deadbeats and government freeloaders — the “I Want What Others Earned” crowd.

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Upon graduation from RVHS in 1982, I joined the Army. On June 21, I was on a plane to St. Louis then a two-hour bus ride to Ft. Leonard Wood.

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I am not going to put much time into responding to Anne Callenberg’s letter in last week’s Leader-Vindicator. I get the feeling she doesn’t support our military, can’t see how biased the news media is, can’t stand someone that made it big in the USA, and can’t stand that our country is bette…

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There has been discussion in the press recently about claims from the Scott Wagner camp that Governor Tom Wolf intends to enact — or “supports” — massive cuts in funding to Clarion County schools. That’s based on an offhand comment that the governor made about the ideal method for distributi…

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Summer is in full swing as I write this, and the break from school activities has loaded area households with teenagers. Additional human density at home eventually starts driving parents nuts, leading to the inevitable demand from the household heads: “Get out and do something!”

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I’ve written in the past about those “third places” where people tend to gather when they aren’t in school or at work. No matter where you’re from, there’s a better than even chance that you had a few favorite hangouts when you were in high school.

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Well, dear readers, by the time this issue comes out, Labor Day will have come and gone. Although we still have a couple of weeks left on the calendar, Labor Day serves as the unofficial end of summer.

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How short our memories are! Republicans seem to think it is outrageous that the Mueller investigation is still going on and the reality is that he has only been investigating Mr. Trump for a little over 15 months. (And let’s not forget, Mr. Trump brought this on by firing FBI Director James Comey.)

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On Aug. 6, I went to the Redbank Valley Youth Football League practice, to watch my grandson practice. It was 95 degrees that day, and there was a patch of shade about 12-feet by 16-feet directly in front of a little white building (facing the creek). I went in the gate, spoke to young kids …

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September is National Preparedness Month, and it starts this weekend. I tend to think that being prepared for emergencies is a year-round activity, but in the spirit of supporting the national observance, we have this week’s column.

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Regular readers of The Leader-Vindicator have probably heard that I have a new book out. (Cheers go up from an imaginary crowd in my head.) And that a sizable number of the pieces collected in this book were originally written for Tales of a Wayward Son, and therefore, dear readers, written …

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At his June 16, 2016 presidential campaign announcement, Donald Trump based his campaign upon ending illegal immigration, ending off-shoring American jobs, ending so-called free trade, protecting and celebrating the military and police, and putting America first.

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The last time I looked at the Farewell Address of George Washington I was a junior in high school. There was an excerpt of it in my American Literature textbook. Some facts to share with you about it: The Farewell was meant to be read and not given as a speech. It is quite lengthy and it is …

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We all have childhood secrets tucked away. Most of them aren’t exactly gruesome and won’t make good grist for the tabloid press. But some remain locked away for 50 years or more just because nobody likes to be called a fink.

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Recent hearings on C-Span with Commerce Department Secretary Wilber Ross, exposed some truths. Previous administrations were willing to give power to an unconstitutional, unelected World Trade organization, removing the Constitutional decree that Congress regulate trade.

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Mr.Steve Smith, far left Democrat, are you that blind that you can’t see what is going on and what the Far Left is doing to the USA? I actually feel sorry for you.

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Thank you to all who attended to help us celebrate the reopening and dedication of the Climax Tunnel at Mile 17 of the Redbank Valley Trails. We thank those who sponsored or provided assistance for the celebration including Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Allegheny Valley Land Trust, Fra…

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I was able to get a little education the other night when I covered a meeting of the Clarion Area School Board — and it turns out I can use all of the education I can get.

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When you write columns, you sometimes find it difficult to find enough material. That’s certainly not the case this month.

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At the Union School Board meeting on Aug. 9, the merger concerning the Union/A-C Valley bands was discussed. Parents were questioning that when attending away games why both bands didn’t perform at halftime. Especially now that the travel time to the away games is so much greater. We were in…

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Ah, summer. It’s the season that brings warm days, abundant wildflowers, fresh peaches, and promotional emails from farm organizations.

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In the July 25-26 edition of The L-V, Fred Shick opined that, “All they (Democrats) are doing is trying to destroy President Trump. Democrats should be real proud of their people in government getting paid for obstruction.”

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Summer is slipping away, there will soon be a chill in the air, and it is time for football. What could be more American! Black (mostly) NFL players are kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S., statistics do not support their grievanc…

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Picking up from where we left off last week, ice cream was not the only cool-treat game in town back in the day. I have to use that awkward expression because it covers a couple of generations. Fortunately, most of these goodies are still available in supermarkets, dollar stores and convenie…

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I was reading with amazement, Joe Lewis’ Rimersburg Rules column in the July 25-26 edition of The Leader-Vindicator when I found myself nodding in agreement with his observation that: “One wonders how persons who can’t maintain loyalty to their spouses, even when times are hard and disagreem…

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At Bill Clinton’s 1992 Democratic National Convention, Sen. Bob Casey’s father, Robert Patrick Casey Sr., the sitting Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania, requested a speaking slot to address the convention and oppose the radical pro-abortion plank placed into the party platform.

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We grew up on the Rimersburg-New Bethlehem Road on a farm. I worked on the neighbors’ farm owned by Paul Kirkpatrick. He and his mischievous son, Mark, taught me a lot about farming.

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In the world today, where some suggest that you should believe nothing you see or read because everything is fake, you can sometimes find yourself somewhere between “Does it even matter?” and “I’m curious.”

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Back in the days when nobody worried too much about dietary fat, salt and sugar, summertime was meant for pigging out on ice cream and potato chips, washed down with the odd glass or three of Kool Aid. Okay, maybe we still do sometimes.

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Perhaps it’s my imagination, but there seems to be an extraordinarily large number of dead raccoons along the roads this summer. The recent decline in hunting and trapping seems to have resulted in an overabundance of these critters.

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We have had several spells of totally no-good heat and humidity this summer, but we have had enough rain when we needed it. But there were days resembling my life in the Virginia Tidewater.

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I want to say how proud I am of two young, honest boys, Connor Cowell and Brady Smathers, who found a wallet Saturday at the Clarion County Fair, and turned it over to the police.

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President T-Rump (more recently known as “Putin’s Poodle”) continuously bleats about Mueller’s “witch hunt” and claims there is no proof of collusion. Well, not yet — that will come in the courtroom or the Senate chamber during the impeachment trial.

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A masterfully written letter from David Koch of Koch Industries in support of Americans for Prosperity triggered the following response I would like to share with you.

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Now that summer is here we are again hearing of kids dying in hot cars. The experts have recently given some tips on how to avoid this.

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I decided to strike back against Big Pharma and the Taliban this week. Now, as a rural Pennsylvania woman facing down her approaching golden years, you might wonder how I got my hands on some rocket-propelled grenades and a military drone. I didn’t have to, because there are other ways of ge…