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Most years, we would have had a head start on a summer’s tan by now. This year, I think that a fine patina of mold is the best that we can hope for. As the Brits would say, “Corrrr, this rain is gettin’ chronic.”

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There’s quite a controversy going on at a local university over a mandatory class featuring a former Jew invited to lecture a Christianity class.

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The numbers don’t lie. So far, and these numbers will go up over time, there are five guilty pleas, one person sentenced and in prison now, 75 criminal charges brought so far, two criminal cases ongoing now, 19 people and three Russian corporations charged concerning Putin involvement in Ame…

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On Sunday, we held our Relay for Life fundraiser, “Cuts for the Cure,” at the Oakland Church of God in Distant. What a great event. Not only did we raise a lot of money for cancer victims and research, but we had a great day of fun, fellowship and fundraising.

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Memorial Day — for some it is the time of celebrating the unofficial start of summer. For others, Memorial Day has a much deeper meaning. However you choose to observe the holiday, I believe it to be important to remember the reason for this holiday.

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Last Wednesday, the Rimersburg Elementary School fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, in my opinion, gave a world class performance of the Young Performers Edition of “The Wizard of Oz” at Union High School.

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Spring is here and so are proposed school budgets for the coming 2018-19 school year. Some say hope springs eternal this time of year, but the outlook for school budgets that meet local revenue and state funding isn’t always so hopeful.

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The word “mollycoddle” was a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt. It means to over protect or over indulge someone. It seems that there is a lot of that going on in America today.

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I was intrigued by Union School District’s proposal to move to Mass Customized Learning (MCL). Since I’m very interested in learning how to help students be more successful, I wanted to offer my perspective from working over 25 years in education.

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The New Bethlehem Civic Club wants to thank everyone who participated in the AMBA blood screening event on Saturday, May 12. We especially want to thank the many participants who have remained faithful to our program.

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On Saturday, May 12, members from local fire departments completed the 140-hour Essentials of Firefighting class. The class consists of four different modules: Introduction to the Fire Service, Fire Ground Support, Exterior Firefighter and Interior Firefighter, and ends with a structure burn…

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I am having one of those days. I’m staring at a fresh blank word-processing document and I don’t have a clue as to what I should write about. We may be in for a bumpy ride.

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The biggest victim of climate change — call it what you will, but something’s happening and we might as well call it that — is the death of weather lore.

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Every once in a while, I catch sight of the town I grew up in. I mean the town with people on the streets out doing things on a Friday night. It makes me think of things that once were and can be again.

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I’ve been thinking of writing about this subject ever since I returned to the area a few years ago. I would like to claim that I coined “the third place,” but that honor really belongs to a features writer at the late great Harrisburg Patriot-News, now known simply as PennLive.com, more than…

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At last, my favorite month of the whole year has arrived. It’s my favorite for a lot of reasons, but here are a couple. Although I am long retired now, the thought of summer vacation being just around the corner always had a lot of appeal. The warm weather is another bonus, especially in a y…

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I can tell that the nice weather is keeping more of us busier as I have received no letters recently. As my longer-time readers know, this opens me up to sharing my take on whatever strikes me as being worth sharing.

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The Rimersburg Veterans Memorial Park and Museum board would like to thank you for your generous support of our park and museum. It’s quite an undertaking to keep everything running smoothly, and we more than appreciate the support this community has given us.

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Several years ago I was visiting a friend’s farm to observe his cattle grazing operation and ask a few questions. During our walk through the fields we came upon a plot that featured quite a good deal of ragweed growing among the desired vegetation. I asked him about the weeds and his plan t…

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I am writing in response to the March 28 article in The Leader-Vindicator, titled “Man released after sentence for 1986 double murder.” Brian Mitchell, according to the article, was released after almost 31 years of incarceration. He is currently living in a halfway house in Pittsburgh, and …

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On April 9, the FBI raided the office, home and hotel room of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The raids were based on a referral by Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating President Trump, seemingly for whatever he wants.

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• He stirred up the biggest racial division our country has ever gone through so far. He, Eric Holder and Rev. Al Sharpton are the biggest group of racist people this country ever faced. Sharpton owed millions in back taxes and still had an invite to the White House. I don’t think a real rev…

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One Clarion County nugget of wisdom is that everything leans toward Fisher, but no one is certain what the slogan means. Is it a thing? Is it a directional means? Or, is it a frame of mind?

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“Cooking beans is like going to see clowns and sword swallowers at a circus, only to find them all sitting inside the tent, playing canasta.”

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Time management. I’m reminded on a regular basis that the skills I possess in this field are horrendous. Such an observation usually makes its way to the surface when I have overbooked myself and I’m spouting off my temper about how someone needs to figure out a 30 hour day and an eight day …

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Hillary Clinton, the queen of feminists, recently unwittingly disclosed the real objective of feminists: female chauvinism (control and domination). Feminists achieved this objective quietly in steps until now.

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Ma Nature is still trying to make up her mind. One day it looks like winter, the next something like late spring. While her indecision affects us all, I think about our student athletes out there in miserable conditions.

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The game of chess, as most know, is based upon the concept of war strategy. The least valuable of the pieces are the pawns. Their moves are very limited, and if one must be sacrificed, it’s really no big deal.

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Last month 17 people were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. by a former student. Some of the students at the school that day have become active participants in a call for gun control. The Parkland students are being called Survivors, and they are, but let…

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Temple Grandin, a professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, gave a remarkable talk at Clarion University a few weeks ago.

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It’s all my fault. I talked about spring weather last week, and what happened? Ma Nature done snowed on our heads the other night, a couple of fluffy inches rather than a genteel springtime dusting.

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In his book, “The Dorito Effect,” Mark Schatzker introduces readers to the concept of a “need state” in association with nutrients contained in food. Upon further investigation of the topic, I learned that need states are not limited to food: If we are cold, our need state is for a coat or s…

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The Clarion Venango Forest County Farm Bureau is celebrating Rural Roads Safety Week April 8-15 by encouraging county motorists to travel safely on roadways this spring and throughout the year.

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I am writing this letter to express my sincere gratitude for all of you wonderful people who came together on March 10 at the Strattanville Fire Hall to make a cancer benefit dinner in my honor a success.

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Wow! It’s April already. It seems as though time flies even if you are not having fun.

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I went to bed late last night and after I turned out the lights, I thought that there was too much brightness outside the window. It was a reflection of the streetlight on a couple of inches of snow.

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We are writing to you to make you aware of specific items regarding the Rimersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Cookie Daze. Please note the following:

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I’m writing this letter in response to Jeff Shaffer’s comments in last week’s Leader-Vindicator about Pennsylvania’s troubled dairy industry.

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State Rep. Cris Dush of Jefferson County is leading an effort to impeach four Democratic members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court because they went beyond declaring Pennsylvania’s Congressional district map unconstitutional — as it appears to be.

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This winter has sure been a roller coaster ride. Hopefully we are going to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel soon. Spring is always the best time of year, when the white disappears, everything starts to green up and all of a sudden we have all these blossoms filled with beautiful …

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I may be jinxing our weather luck, but the worst of the snow and ice seems to be behind us. If we receive anything more than a dusting in the following weeks, you can blame me.