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Well, election 2018 is finally over. Or is it? As has become customary in recent years, the Democrats would take umbrage with that statement. If they win, the election is over. If they lose, it’s only beginning. Especially since the Presidential election of 2000, Democrats have been trying t…

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A couple months ago, I wrote about Plummer’s drugstore located in the Hepler building along Broad Street in New Bethlehem, a storefront now occupied by Vern Hilyer’s Rest Assured. It was a favorite teen hangout, but if conditions were too crowded or you just wanted to avoid the same people y…

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This is about the elections in Mexico and Broward counties where they let people in jails and illegal aliens vote, and there are people on the rolls that have been dead for years.

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Give a farmer a day off from farming, and he’ll drive to the nearest farm show to immerse himself in some farming education. When the farmer’s at home, he reads off the top of a teetering stack of farm magazines beside his favorite chair. The family television is permanently linked to RFDTV …

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We would like to thank each and every one of you who helped make our Military Salute at S&T Bank in New Bethlehem another huge success! Although we’ve been doing this for quite some time, each year we learn something new and each year it grows.

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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 and while we are surrounded with the beauty of nature, wonderful church groups and organiz…

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The New Bethlehem Weslyan Methodist School would like to thank the following businesses for helping to make our auction very successful: Joe’s Pizza, Village Pizza, M&M Pizza, Advance Auto Parts, Heeter Lumber in New Bethlehem and Rimersburg, Wildflowers Floral and Gift Shop in Rimersbur…

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Red Bank Creek is the reason behind New Bethlehem’s existence, but without the intervention of people it would have remained just another pretty stream feeding the Allegheny River. Area kids owe a lot to the mad hydraulic engineers of yore.

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Lateral root or whatever root, if a tree had a tap root, versus another type of root, then it would withstand a higher wind before being blown over.

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As this is the last column before Thanksgiving, I am going to beg the reader’s indulgence for an old guy, as I’m going to wax nostalgic. My main focus will be on my dad’s old shotgun.

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In a violation of my own principles which guide this column, I’m going to address Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. We have grown complacent, thinking that this sort of thing can’t happen here. Seventy miles away is “here,” folks.

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Fall in Western Pennsylvania, what a wonderful time. Aside from the leaves changing and the days getting shorter (and colder), there is something else very special about this time of year: Veterans Day.

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To Joann Ganoe, I hope you were with me on the bill Tom Wolf signed which is what the Democrats want. Disarm America, take control with a dictator in charge, enact socialism, eliminate the Constitution, kill more babies, open border and get everyone on welfare and make this a third world cou…

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As half of me is Jewish, according to my DNA, I wonder which half of me one any of you who agree with the recent synagogue murders, would attempt to murder in me?

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A good method to stir up gatherings lacking edifying conversation is to casually drop the comment that eating beef is a good thing for our environment. Before you utter the words, though, make sure you’ve located the exit. The mob will attack.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Last Wednesday evening, residents of the Redbank Valley School District had an opportunity to get to know Dr. John Mastillo, the newly hired superintendent of the Redbank Valley School District.

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Ann Coulter is a Christian, lawyer and best-selling author. In 2011, she wrote, “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America,” predicting mob rule tactics liberals will use to force their socialistic agenda on all Americans. The Brett Kavanaugh hearings showed Democrats and the liber…

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This vote will either make America strong and greater, or turn America into a Third World country and a socialist (communist) country under mob rule.

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They don’t want you to vote. They want you to stay home, keep your mouth shut, and think it will be alright.

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For some reason, at the age of 86, I felt most registered voters were interested in my constant letters to the editor over the last 44 years; but I have recently learned I was wrong.

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Left-wing activist Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court Justice (then-nominee) Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.

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The Rev. Jake Jacobson’s earliest memories of the Bible were when he was four or five sitting on his mother’s lap at bedtime as she read Bible stories. The strength of those Bible stories continues to guide him even today.

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One of my favorite cartoons from recent years showed the Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy having a tea party with Alice in Wonderland. The caption was something like, “Yeah, I’ve seen some weird stuff.”

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The radio station I listen to in the pickup is dangerous. Not in a physically harmful sort of way, but in a time management aspect. Every day from noon to 2:30 p.m. there are excellent speakers who preach on a myriad of topics I find absolutely fascinating. If I have to travel from one part …

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The recent antics of the Left during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation circus shows that they really do wish to destroy this nation and everything it stands for. Just about any American principle you can think of was violated.

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Watching the news this morning, a Pittsburgh area Catholic parishioner wanted people to know that human frailties are not the Catholic Church. In other words, the Church is separate from the rape of mostly young male children by the men their Pope has chosen as men of a god.

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I have written about the Hong Kong flu that made the rounds in 1969. I dubbed a major home remodeling project of my dad’s as the Plaster Disaster of 1969.

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In August we wrote “A Tale of Two Bobs,” comparing Bob Casey Sr., former governor of Pennsylvania, to his son, Bob Casey Jr., our current senator up for re-election. In researching this column, we’ve discovered we could have titled this one “A Tale of Two Bobs” as well: the pre-Washington, D…

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One of the trends in high school football and some other sports is to have cooperative agreements so that one school can host a team and allow players from other schools to participate.

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Finally Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed with a 50-48 majority, simply, a win is a win! Kudos to Senators Joe Manchin (D), and Susan Collins (R) for having the mettle to vote in favor of confirmation! Both senators will have hell to pay, but they are principled! Let it be known that all of…

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We get a constant barrage of howling from esteemed members of our community about “the left is this, and the left is that,” all of which is a repetitive list of infantile name-calling. “Lunatic left, cesspool party, Feminazis, radical deadbeats, and government freeloaders” are offered rather…

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If you guessed my headline is about Gov. Tom Wolf, you win the prize. This is about the article in the Sept. 8 Derrick where Wolf states he will sign a bill about domestic violence which states you must give up your guns (or have them confiscated) to a government agency. You can’t give them …

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I had a chance to do something a little different last Saturday, an alternative to our yearly round of autumn festivities. I took part in Armstrong County’s annual autumn Simulated Emergency Test, brought to our neck of the woods by area amateur radio operators of the Amateur Radio Emergency…

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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.

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Recently, I have been more aware of the words “stop,” and “go.” It is at times suggested to counseling patients that one way to help control an unwanted, intrusive thought that is causing its thinker anguish can be to simply say, “Stop!” whenever the thought surfaces.

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Kickoff time is fast approaching and you should have butterflies in your stomach. It’s the game of your lifetime with the commonsense, conservative team up against the rowdy, subversive, progressive, liberal team. Should the liberal team win the elections, American doesn’t stand a snowball’s…

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I was standing at my table, gazing out a window during a lull in activity. Two early twenty-something young men were departing the YMCA, and as they headed out the door one of them joked to the other in reference to my provisional beef stand: “I bet standing there all day is worth it!” Laugh…

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The Union All Sports Booster Club and the Union COG Pool Park would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Golf Scramble at Clarion Oaks Golf Course on Sept. 29 a success.

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It’s pretty hard to escape the recent headlines about allegations against priests, sexual abuse and their victims. We have to look no farther than New Bethlehem, Clarion or Fryburg. While the crimes were never reported or heard in court, the Erie Diocese recognizes these as credible charges.

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I have had many good foremen over my working career. Larry Oliver of Original Fuels Coal Co. comes to mind.

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I’m planning on getting a flu shot for the first time this year. At my age, I’m really pushing my luck during flu season, and the CDC is urging everyone to take advantage of the available vaccine, especially children and teens.

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The Rimersburg Veterans Memorial Park and Museum board would like to thank those who responded so generously to our request for donations this past spring: The Baker Street Church of God, Stanley and Martha Kline, Attorney Ray Scott, Clarion County Community Bank, the American Legion, Dennis…

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On July 18 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was house sitting for her boyfriend and taking care of his dogs so he could work out of state. Then she decided to go for a run and went missing. After a massive search turned up nothing, police got lucky. Surveillance video suggested a suspect.