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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’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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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.

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You know, I sometimes feel like we are back in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1600s, during the witch hunt period. We seem to have more than our share of witch hunts going on today. Let’s look at some.

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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…