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At 31 years old, my wife and I find ourselves on the downward slope of the wedding phase of life. Most of our friends have married and started families, so the frenzy of our late twenties, when it seemed attendance at one wedding per weekend was mandatory, has slowed to a drip. Hallelujah.

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To the delight of teenagers and the despair of parents, Chiller Theater debuted on Pittsburgh’s WIIC this month. The program ran for 20 years until its end, and the television station changed its call letters to WPXI. But those Saturday nights live on in the memories of anyone who stayed up …

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

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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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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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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 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…

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Is there a secret society willing to undermine our constitutional republic?

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

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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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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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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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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…