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In the Jan. 3-4 edition of The Leader-Vindicator, columnist Chris Henderson gets one sentence in before he makes a mistaken and ill-informed gaffe. He writes, “It is hard to believe that it has been this long since the big Y2K scare which, of course, turned out to be nonsense.” What has, of …

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On Dec. 22, Redbank Valley High School hosted its first ever “Student EdCamp.” A team of teachers and I took the lead on organizing a student-centered and student-focused event, the day before Christmas break. We are proud to say that it was a rousing success and there are numerous individua…

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Recent letters from Sheri Hamilton and Lynn Ramsey present an opportunity to expose the truth about feminism. Both women are feminists. They attacked my previous letter against godless liberals by claiming I have false Christian values, am outrageous and a threat to America. Feminists are th…

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This holiday season I believe Tom T. Andrews Jr., my father, is smiling in heaven as a result of the Redbank Valley Historical Society’s recent publication of “Business Center Recollections” featuring his 1989 columns about New Bethlehem. On behalf of the Andrews family, I extend a heartfelt…

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Sadly, I just lost another good, long-time friend, Melvin Stark. For many years, he did a lot of work helping me with maintenance and repairs on my rental properties. He always did a good job and was fun to be around.

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In his Rimersburg Rules column in the Dec. 13-14 edition of The L-V, Joe Lewis bemoans the possibility that the will of the voters in Alabama would be thwarted by various evil forces. I’m sure that now he is overjoyed at the results of the election there this past Tuesday — the will of the v…

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I would like to share a brief story of serendipity, an event that happens by chance, that has resulted in a wonderful benefit for Union High School students.

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The latest lawsuit brought against the Armstrong County Commissioners and we the taxpayers is hard to swallow. The Armstrong County Tax Collectors Association decided we need to be responsible for fattening their paychecks.

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The most important trait of my friend Blondie was he never talked behind your back. If he had something to say, he said it to your face. He was honest, caring and a fighter for what he believed in. I give him a lot of credit for standing up for what he believed in.

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The board of the Hawthorn-Redbank-Redbank Municipal Authority (HRRMA) would like to thank the employees from the Redbank Valley Municipal Authority (RVMA) for all their help last week when we had a major water line break.

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The genie is out of the bottle and will never return to it. The genie represents white males, workers, producers, savers and Christians. The bottle represents the prison built by godless liberals when they controlled the entire federal government for over 10 years. Liberals rammed down peopl…

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We would like to thank everyone who participated in any way with our Military Salute at S&T Bank in New Bethlehem on Nov. 9. This was our third year of presenting this honor, and each and every year we get a little better at it — but only because of everyone who visits our branch to help…

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Every month, the Redbank Valley Church Association Food Pantry supplies food for families in need. Tom’s Riverside has assisted in many ways. One very helpful example is that Les Aaron orders Thanksgiving turkeys for the food pantry during the summer, so they are available for the Thanksgivi…

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I’ve lived the American Dream. I asked our single mom’s welfare caseworker to eliminate my share of the food stamps when I was a teenager. He would not. I was sad to see his obituary in the newspaper years later. He had said our single mom with four kids would starve without my share of food…

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On Nov. 2, it was my good fortune to attend a Turkey Town Veterans Recognition Breakfast sponsored by state Rep. Justin Walsh (R-Westmoreland County) that provided good chow and fellowship, and featured keynote speaker state Rep. Dr. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny County).

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Thank you to everyone who helped, donated and came out to support Brock Roy at Redbank Valley Volleyball’s last game of the season. It was truly a team effort!

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Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi and I have worked together as colleagues and friends for the last 18 years. We have each been District Attorney of our respective counties since before Columbine, 9/11, and before the plague of heroin struck Western Pennsylvania. Each of the…

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The 2017 Redbank Valley School District Press Release Series was recently completed. The eight-part series is available on the district website at www.redbankvalley.net, under the “District Information” and “District News” headings.

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Charitable Deeds and Services helps the poor and needy in Clarion, Venango and Forest counties. We have now started our 16th Annual Utility Campaign for the poor and needy. There are so many families out there without electric, gas and water. I can’t believe this is happening in the United S…

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When you think about Veterans Day, what comes to mind? War heroes, battlefields, glory, strife, sacrifice? There are so many things that come to mind we could never list them all.

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Susan Spika was sponsored by the Clarion County League of Women Voters in October to discuss public school funding at a public meeting. At her talk we learned that HB 1717 and SB 2 is legislation that would create a new generation of school vouchers called education savings accounts, or ESAs.

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In his Rimersburg Rules column in the Oct. 10-12 edition of The L-V, Joe Lewis writes that “Gun control laws won’t prevent another Las Vegas massacre because gun control doesn’t work.” My experience with reading Lewis’ column is that he seems confused by complex and nuanced issues. Let me tr…

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We are writing to thank everyone who helped with the youth pheasant hunt sponsored by the Hawthorn Rod and Gun Club on Oct. 7. We could not have asked for a better day for our young hunters. The weather was perfect.

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You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. The truth is that the liberal left has now stooped to an ultimate low by defending prima donna NFL players who dishonor our flag and National Anthem.

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The 5th Annual East Brady VFD/Rimersburg Hose Co. Gun Raffle was held Sept. 9 and we would like to thank everyone who attended and purchased tickets, offer congratulations to all the winners, and most importantly, say “Thank you” to all the local businesses that donated. Without them, the ev…

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This year, thus far, the new supervisors of Madison Township (Clarion County) have donated countless hours to the township, putting the funds back into the roads for much needed repairs.

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The 2017 Peanut Butter Festival has come and gone — and to some, it will hopefully be remembered as a pivotal turning point or new chapter in the festival’s history. Most folks will say we were lucky or we had good weather, but I believe we were truly blessed.

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I want to thank everyone who made the Peanut Butter Festival possible this year. Being runner-up for the queen crown this year, I realize all the hard work that is put into this small town festival.

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There seems to be some controversy over football players “taking a knee” during the National Anthem. I don’t get it.

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In response to Randy Wolbert’s personal attack on me (in a Letter to the Editor in last week’s Leader-Vindicator), first of all, I appreciate Randy’s response as I would appreciate it too if other veterans at that meeting would likewise express their opinion of what happened in that meeting …

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As an entrant in the Peanut Butter Festival Queen contest, I really appreciate all the local businesses who sponsored and contributed to the festival and contest.

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The Union All Sports Booster Club and the Union COG Pool Park would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Golf Scramble at Clarion Oaks Golf Course on Sept. 9 a success. Karen Davis at Clarion Oaks was a tremendous hostess and help, and we appreciate her support. We hope to build on …

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After attending a meeting of a group of veterans and one VA employee, I realized I had misinterpreted the use of the word when it came to veterans in general. I had assumed there was solidarity among veterans. Yet in this meeting, outspoken veterans were loyal to the broken VA, even after th…

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We all know that small towns have their own set of problems, and that ours is no exception. But I am here to tell you that if I am going to live in a small town, Ie can not imagine living anywhere else. This community, as a whole, is full of generosity beyond compare, and I am proud and hono…

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New coverage of the Charlottesville riot is this year’s biggest false attack (Fake News) against President Trump by the corrupt national media. What a charade!

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Kudos to Denny Bonavita for his clear, cogent and convincing editorial in the Aug. 16-17 edition of the L-V: “Armed rebellion against impeachment could be treason.”

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Valley Advantages LLC would like to thank and express our sincere gratitude to all the hole sponsors, golfers, those who donated and volunteered to make our 1st Annual Golf Scramble a great success. Special thanks to the White Oak Golf Course. Your support will help change the lives of the i…

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I am finding it very hard to comprehend how there can be so many cars and trucks traveling around the streets of New Bethlehem these days causing congestion and gridlock when there are so many fewer stores and businesses than there were years ago.

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Good news! God has heard the prayers from the remnant of His born-again Christians in America and has begun to heal our lands. The Great Awakening back to God through Jesus Christ has commenced all over our nation.

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The 2017 East Brady Riverfest has come and gone. The weather didn’t cooperate and it was a real trying year, but it all worked out in the end.

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Let me preface this letter by saying that I don’t live in New Bethlehem Borough, but after living in Porter Township for 41 years, I make many, many trips into town.

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Our family started entering things in the Clarion County Fair in the early 1990s, when our children joined 4-H. They entered their animals, art projects and even baked goods. It was always a fun time for them.