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I’ve noticed that people who are trying to promote a cause always carry with them some of the most bizarre bits of information. These are the attention-grabbers for the public: short, shocking, often horrifying sound bites that make readers read or news watchers watch or passersby pause and …

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This week, you are getting something a bit different from me; a true story of my own. I changed the names.

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You know, I have reached a point at which almost nothing on the news surprises me. Just when you think that you have seen the most ridiculous thing possible, something else comes along.

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Last month we learned that Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam appeared in black face, not as a 13-year-old on Halloween, but as a college student, claiming he was channeling Michael Jackson. Northam was immediately condemned by Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring. At least until…

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Back in 2016, I was told — sometimes humorously, sometimes insultingly — that my decision to give my November general election vote to Libertarian Gary Johnson was “throwing my vote away.”

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A Himalayan Salt Room Halotherapy may be the last small business you would expect in this area, especially if you are still longing for a local KFC, but it is also the area’s newest business.

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I hope you got all your timepieces set ahead again. By the time you read this column, the annual journey to Daylight Saving Time should be several days in the past. If you haven’t monkeyed with your clocks, you are either late, retired or simply tired.

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I’m writing this column on a Sunday night when the snow is falling thick and fast. In this area, we aren’t supposed to get much more than four to six inches. It’s merely a seasonal snowfall.

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Well, it’s finally March. February is over at last. In March, one’s attention naturally turns to spring.

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For as long as I can remember, farmers in Clarion and the surrounding region have, after reading Lancaster Farming and other agricultural publications from the area, longingly looked East with visions in their minds of the flat and fertile land constituting Pennsylvania’s breadbasket. “They …

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Charlie and Jessica Crosby like auctions so much they decided to open their own auction house and flea market on the outskirts of Shippenville.

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Last Sunday’s day-long windstorm could well be one for the record books, but I wouldn’t count on it. I’ve never found a mention of that kind of weather in the various county histories for this area, but there really is no new thing under the sun.

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Here’s how it works. A part-time journalist like Rimersburg Rules is impressed by a full-time journalist. A full-time journalist at a weekly paper is impressed by a journalist at a daily paper. The small town journalist is impressed by the big city journalist, and so it goes, much the same w…

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The weather outside is frightful, and it was on a night much like this more than 60 years ago that Glenn and Shirley Kerr found themselves in possession of a baby daughter. They couldn’t give her back to Dr. McNeal, much as they might have wanted to during those 2 a.m. feedings and later ado…

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You know, it’s hard to decide where to start. Given that, I guess I’ll start with the least important thing. Just when I thought that I could have no less respect for the NFL, they have hit a new low. Recently, it was announced that they had settled with Colin Kaepernick on his collusion law…

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A man named Carlo Petrini, in his attempt to create an easily understandable explanation of the role consumers share in shaping agriculture and food, created the term "co-producer" to reference everyone who eats but does not farm. His analogy does a good job driving the point home: even if y…

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The urban media wants everyone to forget Covington High’s Nick Sandman, and no wonder.

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Valentine’s Day has found its way to us again this year. It’s a non-event in my life these days, so I almost forgot about it.

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It takes sacrifices for soldiers and their families anytime they serve, but especially when they are deployed overseas. In today’s global war on terror, the National Guard is called upon for special missions in Iraq.

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Before getting to the meat of the column, let’s look at a bit of news from our “friends” at the Game Commission.

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Something has been on my mind lately, something other than the weather and, well, the weather. You know, it is becoming more difficult to find people willing to commit to public service.

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Several projects I’m involved with have shined a new light on the economic realities of the region in which we live. The sad truth is Clarion is smack in the middle of a very depressed area. Based on the grave statistics, one can readily deduce that a lot of families are struggling all around us.

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By the time this week’s issue arrives in readers’ mailboxes, we are all going to be hunkering indoors and wishing for spring. There is a big clot of Arctic air paying us a visit, accompanied by a stiff wind that makes it feel like 30 below zero.

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It’s all my fault, you know. It’s four below zero this morning, and there’s a brisk wind a-blowing. This weekend’s storm appeared to be something of a bust for snow lovers — and then there’s the rest of us who aren’t complaining much.

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Back in 1990, the Piney Creek Power Plant seemed like a good idea as long as the federal government would subsidize the operation to encourage burning low grade coal and converting it into electricity.

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Rimersburg Rules was watching the President’s address on our southern border crisis when at the end of the speech the camera inexplicably cut to the movie version of Steven King’s “The Shining.” It was the scene where the two creepy twin girls gestured to the world’s billions of potential il…

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Imagine standing in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. Immediately in front of you are six or seven different varieties ranging from dyed sugar crispies to whole bran fiber flakes, and that’s just the beginning: the assortment of bowl ballast expands in both directions to the ends of the…

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You know, we would all like to look forward to a brand new year with optimism and confidence. For 2019, however, that might be easier said than done. There are just too many things going on, most of which can be traced to the Left.

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There are any number of germs making area people sick right now, some of them pretty awful. Call somebody on the phone and there’s a good chance you will be greeted with a croak or a honk.

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By now, the Christmas gifts have been put away and the tree has been packed up or thrown out. It might not be a bad time to think about taking down those outdoor lights, too. Our snowless condition won’t last forever.

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When we’re at our “summer home,” i.e. camp with outhouse and additional charms near Clarion, we read The L-V because ... what else do you need? During the winter though, we’re outside of Pittsburgh and it’s a different story. We’re forced to downgrade and subscribe to the local daily paper.

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It’s Monday morning and I have to complete a column for The L-V by noon. That’s all well and good, but I don’t have any ideas for a complete column. It’s just a warning for you, dear reader, that this is just going to be some random thoughts from the past week.

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Well, it’s hard to believe that we are into yet another year, but we are. They certainly seem to go by quickly. It’s been 19 years since the big Y2K scare. Nothing can stop the passage of time, and that’s that.

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I was recently sitting in a meeting during which someone disdainfully threw out a comment in regard to “this whole ‘know your farmer’ thing.” The utterance stuck in my mind, but not because I was offended. Obviously I am quite engaged with the continued proliferation of local food, and heari…

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With the holidays now in the rearview mirror, some of us may not be feeling our best. Stomach complaints, headaches, coughs and colds abound. The more health-conscious may have pulled a muscle while trying out a new gift of athletic gear.

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Christmas is a season for gratitude and reflection. Rimersburg Rules has been thinking some random thoughts and decided to subject you to them.

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Any hopes for a last minute gift for local access to medical marijuana from Santa were dashed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health when it recently announced the 23 new dispensaries that would receive permits.

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After last week’s column, you might be wondering where my mother was during the holiday seasons back in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The answer is “everywhere.”

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It’s that time of year again. Last week marked the 54th anniversary of one man’s attempt to defy gravity and the Bridge to Nowhere.

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Once upon a time, Christmastime was widely recognized as a time of peace, during which differences were temporarily set aside. Throughout history, warring nations would often cease hostilities for Christmas, resuming them after the holiday. Even politicians used to do that. Not anymore, at l…