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It’s not quite seven in the morning as I write this week’s column, tapped out on the computer during an early January frigid morning. I have been checking the weather conditions down in Tidewater, Virginia, my old stomping grounds before I moved back to this area some years ago.

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Wow! Here we are with the first column of 2018. It’s hard to believe how quickly the time passes by.

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By the time this week’s column goes to press, the worst of the early 2018 weather apocalypse will be behind us. I hope. There is still a lot of winter ahead of us, so we may be seeing history in the making.

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Many unemployed people welcome the prospect of a job, and more even look for a second or part-time job. There was a time when any job would do, depending on how badly you needed the income.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team are investigating the campaign of President Donald Trump for ... possible collusion with the Russians ... or obstruction ... or financial improprieties ... or jay walking or ... winning.

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My side of our family made its perennial pilgrimage to our farmhouse on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We fed 24.

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Well, here we go. Another year is upon us. It’s hard to believe that it has been this long since the big Y2K scare which, of course, turned out to be nonsense.

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Roy Moore lost the Alabama election for U.S. Senate because black voters were bused in from out-of-state to vote illegally, giving Doug Jones a narrow 20,000-vote theory.

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Unless you happen to celebrate Christmas according to the Eastern Orthodox calendar, the winter holidays are in the rearview mirror until Valentine’s Day. Now what?

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I heard a great story on Mike Rowe’s Facebook channel this morning, and it was too good to keep to myself. And yes, this is the same Mike you might know from the “Dirty Jobs” television program. It’s a Christmas story, a couple of days late, that Baby Boomers and their descendents will like.

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Well, here we are. Another Christmas. For most of us, it is a great time of the year. Sadly, however, that is not the case for all of us.

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By now, most of us are wrapping up our Christmas shopping, both literally and figuratively. There are always those last-minute purchases to get, not to mention stocking stuffers and maybe a few random doodads for ourselves.

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Eric Funk, a Redbank Valley High School graduate, is ending 16 years as a member of the Clarion Area School Board — but one of the reasons he decided to serve is because of his parents, Harry and Shirley Funk.

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I’m sitting here writing this on Sunday afternoon, checking the weather reports and watching the radar online. We may be in for a bit of a bumpy ride by the time press day rolls around for the L-V.

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As most Rimersburg Rules readers know, Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct some 38 years ago, accusations that Moore has vigorously and consistently denied.

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Well, by the time you read this, another first day of deer season will have come and gone here in the Keystone State. Here’s hoping that you had a good one, or that, at least, it wasn’t too miserable.

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Now that my gimpy knee is well on its way to recovery, it’s time to start thinking about a long-term prevention strategy. I never want a repeat of the last two months.

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I couldn’t allow Thanksgiving week to pass without talking about the noble turkey. We all know the importance of this beasty in our holiday celebrations, but the bird itself has intrigued me ever since I met my first live domesticated one 30 years ago.

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On Nov. 9, The Washington Post published an article where Leigh Corfman claimed that 38 years ago she was molested by Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore. Moore was then 32 years old while Corfman was 14 years old. Three other women claimed Moore dated them as teenagers.

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The United States Postal Service is one quasi-governmental agency that works. You may not like what you get in the mail, but you get it.

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I’m looking at the calendar this morning and the date is Nov. 13. According to folks in the know, Indian summer should be along shortly.

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My brother has been taking piano lessons. He wants to learn to play a keyboard. He thinks he could get good enough to be in a band. He talks about making that what he does for a living. He has a problem, but he doesn’t know it. He’s tone deaf. I only figured it out when he kept playing one n…

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t’s hard to believe how quickly time passes by. Another Thanksgiving is almost upon us. It is a time of year when we should stop, count our blessings and be thankful for them.

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Our elites don’t like us choosing our own judges or the people who draw congressional and legislative districts, so they want to replace us shoeless rubes clinging to our sky God, boom sticks and racism with an “independent,” “bipartisan” “citizens” commission.

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There are a few days before the traditional celebration of Veterans Day, not the so-called Republican version we have been observing since the Nixon Administration. The changeover happened so long ago, perhaps 45 years in the past, that there is little need to debate the issue. Suffice it to…

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As Sligo Borough looks to balance its 2018 general budget and the possibility of a tax increase always looming, it might be tempting to turn on the way-back machine and see how the borough dealt with cash problems in the past.

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You know, some things are known for getting better with age. Certain cheeses, fine wine and single malt scotch come to mind. But, is it true of people?

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That sweet fizzy stuff that we grew up drinking has a variety of names across the country. Out here in the western hinterlands it is pop, out east it is soda. State College seems to be the demilitarized zone where the two are used interchangeably.

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”Gee, Denny, your columns have not been much fun lately. You usually brighten our day. Lately, you have been crabby.”

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Our millionaire NFL player/“victims” who choose to kneel during the national anthem can’t claim ignorance. The act is indelibly associated with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After his initial “protest,” Kaepernick said he was kneeling for “people that are being oppressed” and he w…

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There is a good reason why the Clarion Forest VNA Hospice is rated in the top 5 percent of all hospices in the United States. The local VNA has offered Hospice since 1994 and adheres to national standards that help ensure patients and their families receive the best care.

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Readers might remember my personal grudge against today’s television programming. Believe me, I’m not your average snobby curmudgeon. I just don’t find the material funny or interesting.

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You know, there is stuff in the news today that we would have never heard of even 10 years ago. Let’s call it “crazy news,” and take a little look at it.

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Last Friday’s fire in a storage building facing Hunter Way was a reasonably lucky event. It did not become what New Bethlehem’s fire chief, Barry Fox, would call “our worst nightmare.” Other than the loss of a small building and a few hours of frazzled nerves, the town got off lightly.

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Gun control laws won’t prevent another Las Vegas massacre because gun control doesn’t work.

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It is hard to bring my mind back to our corner of the world this week. By the time you read this column, it will have been about 10 days since I stood on a particular spot on the Gettysburg battlefield.