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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…

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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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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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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…

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By the time this week’s column wings its way to your mailbox, the real Memorial Day will be here, or maybe gone. I wrote about picnics of yore, and finished up with a throw-away line about the real reason for our observing it. I can do better than that, so here goes.

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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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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 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.