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Before we get to the “meat” of the column, I want to note the passing of Charles Krauthammer. He appeared frequently on television with political analysis and commentary. Whether one agreed with his views or not is immaterial. He was an “old lion,” and losing one of those is always a sad occasion.

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I have barely a shred of mechanical know-how. My childhood consisted of a great deal of four-wheelers and dirt bikes on which my friends and I terrorized the countryside, but when breakdowns occurred the repair work was always entrusted to someone who had the gift of vehicular prowess.

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The other week, Kathy Bowser started a new thread on her Facebook page devoted to New Bethlehem then and now. The open-ended question asked us about our favorite places to go when we were kids.

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The 4th Annual Firefighters Jubilee is now in the past. We would like to thank everyone who took time to come to the park and participate in honoring volunteer firefighters. The countless hours of training, sleepless nights, time away from families, are only a few of the sacrifices of a volu…

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Trump must not get to choose his judge and jury. Let’s take a hard look at the numbers — 191 criminal charges concerning at least 19 Russians and three Russian corporations, 32 indictments with at least 12 of them Russians, five guilty pleas, four cooperating witnesses, two in prison now, wi…

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On April 30, 2018, my family’s world changed. We experienced a house fire on Lafayette Street in New Bethlehem. We lost a home that we’ve lived in for nearly 22 years. Praise the Lord that nobody was injured, including family, construction crew working on the roof, neighbors, and firemen. Be…

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The Union All Sports Booster Club serves all athletes at Union High School in several ways. We provide each athlete in every sport spirit packs of the coaches’ choosing. We also provide sports banquets and senior gifts. We do this through fundraising. We have two big events a year. We hold a…

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I had to make this a two-part series as I have been blessed with knowing many heroes in my life. Also, I tend to get carried away when putting pen to paper.

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Last month, the awful news of the murders of five journalists and the wounding of two more in Annapolis, Md., evoked flashbacks.

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It is sometimes the little things we do that people remember the most and have a lasting impact. The efforts of one police officer who took the time to explain things to a curious little boy could even change a life. They happen more often than you might think because this is the type of thi…

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The Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following sponsors who make this show happen every year: VFW Servicemen’s Club, Nolf Chrysler Dodge, Robertson Car Wash, Char-Val Candies, American Legion Post 354, Shirey Overhead Doors, John and Shirley Milliren, Clarion County…

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America’s at a tipping point and the Democrats are the ones doing the tipping.

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Last month we successfully completed our first year of the Redbank Valley Elementary “Blessing Bag” Ministry. On average we packed 65-70 bags every other week, filling them with food items to supplement meals over the weekend, for children who might need extra nourishment.

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The Women of the Moose in New Bethlehem would like to thank the following businesses and individuals that helped make our 5th Annual Golf Tournament such a huge success!

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Have you ever watched a group of chickens chasing a grasshopper? It’s a chaotic event. There is squabbling and pushing and shoving all taking place in the midst of constant, rapid movement as the flock pursues their prey. The grasshopper keeps on hopping, here, there, wherever it desires, an…

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The short list for the nominee’s for the next Supreme Court Justice has been announced, what will the Left find wrong with them?

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Wow! Talk about a heat wave. As this is being written, on June 28, the forecast is calling for a stretch of brutally hot weather. Hopefully, by the time you read this, we’ll have gotten a break. Even if we do, you can be certain that there will be more to come. In fact, it’s not even really …

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If you are interested in what is happening in the food world, you know about diehard foodies, those hipsters who rave about avocado toast. I don’t get it. What is more natural than mashing up a ripe avocado, adding some herbs and slathering the tasty concoction on a slice of toast?

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In Trump’s America, if you are born into poverty, you’re more likely to stay that way according to a CNN article from June 22. Now that the U.S. decided to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council, let’s take a look at America’s poor people.

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June 30, 2018 will mark the end of Ron Steffey’s 15-year career as executive director with the Allegheny Valley Land Trust, owners of the Armstrong and Redbank Valley trails.

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Can we save the USA from the far-Left and the deep state? These people hate Trump and we conservatives are being called Nazis, deplorable, etc. Peter Fonda, Jane Fonda, De Niro, Schiff, Pelosi, Schumer, Walters, CNN, MSNBC (and the list goes on and on) are so braindead they don’t care about …

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Hope For Your Future would like to thank everyone who has helped support us throughout the years. This year was our fifth anniversary. With the support of our community, we have been able to help 34 families who have fought the terrible disease, cancer.

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The immigration debate has reached a fever pitch, and it has never been more obvious that we need a wall on our southern border! The Democrats know that if Donald Trump succeeds in signing an immigration bill, they no longer have an “ongoing” issue for elections, and on top of that, future D…

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Independence Day — Fourth of July — July Fourth.

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I never thought that the day would come when I would quote Al Gore willingly, but it has finally arrived. In a strange way, it has something to do with our environment, too. Oh, not the touchy-feely green environment, but rather our hometown environments.

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Obituaries are often the most read stories in a newspaper. They have changed over the years from a straightforward news story of a death and the life of a person told in the style of a news story.

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Let’s start with the Left’s newest wunderkind, David Hogg. Of course, now that he is 18, he can no longer claim the shield of being a minor, along with the protection that status provides. He is in the big leagues now, as I am sure he found out just the other day, when he said that there wer…

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“The pilot who leaves without a flight plan flies directly to the scene of the crash.”

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We are writing to thank all our friends, family and neighbors who came out to support us on June 2. The benefit for Rick Custer meant so much and it was great to meet and greet each one as you came through the door.

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A front page article in the May 27 Pittsburgh Tribune Review was titled, “Women at the Core of Anti-Trump Movement.” This says it all. The No. 1 enemy of President Trump and his 63 million supporters are not all women, just feminists.

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I am writing this letter to right a wrong. I have had propaganda sent to me by my father, Ted, and Pastor John on the proper way to display the U.S. flag. I was taught these rules in basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood back in 1982. Periodically our American Legion has a class on flag etiquet…

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That power outage that plunged New Bethlehem, Distant, Hawthorn and outlying areas into complete darkness a couple of weeks ago only lasted a couple of hours, but it was useful in a way. For one thing, it was a glimpse into the past.

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I was reading an article in “The Atlantic” a few minutes ago, and it set me thinking. Bless me, that is good writing if it can get another writer banging away at the keyboard at 6:30 a.m. before her first cup of coffee has kicked in.

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Another Art in the Park has come and gone, and, despite the weather, it was still a great day with wonderful people, beautiful art, live entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, fire truck rides, an ambulance to explore and last, but not least, delicious food. A huge thank you to all w…

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“Jolene! Jillian! Both of you come in here right now,” their father bellowed. The sisters had been playing in the front yard, but play had deteriorated into fighting, and Dad wanted to find out why, how, and who was to blame.

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Americans everywhere will proudly hoist the Stars and Stripes for Flag Day on June 14 — the day we commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States of America.

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It almost reads like a novel, “I Spy” or “Sleeper Cell” maybe. Barrack Obama is elected President of the United States and promises to fundamentally transform the nation. He picks John Brennan to be his unofficial National Security Advisor. We learned Brennan was forced to admit to voting fo…

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A newspaper generally saves some pages of its publication for opinions, which can include editorials, columns, letters to the editor and editorial cartoons. They are usually clearly marked as opinions. Anything else is supposed to be real news or advertising, unlike something such as Faceboo…

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School is over, or nearly so, for the students in our area. While there were a number of two-hour delays this past winter, all-out snow days were relatively few. Freedom arrives pretty much on time this June.

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The officers and membership of the service organizations — the Shearer-Shick Post 454 of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 7132 — wish to express their sincere thanks to the following for helping make the Memorial Sunday Service and the Memorial Day program in Rimersburg a…

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June is Dairy Month in Pennsylvania. It typically signifies a time to recognize the accomplishments of dairy farmers and includes positive messages from stakeholders, who focus their attention on the dairy industry’s substantial economic impact on rural communities and the state’s economy.

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It’s summer! Well, not officially, but Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of my favorite season of the whole year. It’s the time of golf, cooking out and a lot of other summer fun. For those of us of the angling persuasion, however, one certain thing really stands out. That would be ba…