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Gem of the Valley

August 21, 2015 It has been 16 short years since the Mahoning Valley Scrappers first took to the diamond at Eastwood Field, first known as Cafaro Field. more »»

Trains, travel and Amtrak

June 19, 2015 We all, by now, have heard the story about the Amtrak fatal crash in Philadelphia on May 12. I would like to put my two cents worth of opinion in about trains and train travel and even Amtrak. more »»

Killing us softly with sugar

May 8, 2015 One lump or two? That used to be a question ringing through most restaurants and the home front as well. more »»

Marking Civil War treaty

April 17, 2015 April 9, 2015, marked 150 years since the Civil War peace treaty was signed by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in a small village called Appomattox Court House. more »»

Waging the war of the potholes

March 27, 2015 There is a big war going on within most of our country these days, which includes our local area as well. This war for once is not in the Middle East, but in our own domain. more »»

Then Now

March 27, 2015 NEW YORK A new book of photos by legendary photographer Weegee shows what industrialized, pre-gentrified New York looked like in the mid-20th century, before the city was crammed with towers and... more »»

Senior News

March 27, 2015 RETIREES TO MEET: St. Joseph Hospital Retirees will meet 9:30 a.m. Monday at Wayside Restaurant in Champion. Bingo will be played; attendees are asked to bring any useful object to be used as a prize. more »»

Facing cabin fever

March 6, 2015 With such bone chilling weather during these last two months of January and February, I believe I have “cabin fever”! I seem to spend much too much time indoors looking out at icicles clinging from... more »»

A Wild Bill Hickok Society

February 13, 2015 It has been over a thousand years since the invention of gunpowder in China. At that time, it was used primarily for firecrackers and quite sparingly for weapons or military use. more »»

One hundred years since

January 23, 2015 With the start of a new year, our hope naturally will be peace throughout the land, our valley and among our neighbors, citizens and even family and friends. more »»

Holidays and the bottom line

December 12, 2014 It is that time of the year called the Christmas holiday season, when not only children but adults and seniors enjoy the pageantry, the songs, gifts, food and the warmth of good will to one another. more »»

The ‘golden’ years

November 21, 2014 The “golden” years for both men and women is often described as the beginning of a brand new type of life, usually after the age of 6. more »»

The ancient roots and spooky past of Halloween

October 31, 2014 Halloween has always been very illustrative of harvest’s end. In olden days in our valley, we would see corn shocks stacked up high that occupied endless fields on our local farm lands. more »»

What is in your attic?

October 10, 2014 The attic in a home is usually described as a space or room found below the roof usually exposing the rafters. Sometimes bedrooms or mother-in-law-type rooms are built there due to large families. more »»

Goodbye, summer, we hardly knew you

September 19, 2014 When the last snowflake fell in the spring of 2014, we rejoiced unmercifully, knowing that the most horrific winter by our standards was ove. more »»

Rails a great way to go

August 29, 2014 Due to my fascination and love of train travel, again I commenced my latest journey on Monday, Aug. more »»

Hair today, gone tomorrow

August 8, 2014 As time travels from adolescence to adulthood, many health problems arrive and arise during our own lifespa. more »»

Pizza in our Valley

July 18, 2014 The Italian immigrants arrived in our Valley as early as 1871, along with their many dreams and hopes of freedom and a better livelihoo. more »»

Are the best things free?

June 6, 2014 As a fan of “Mad Men,” I was really shocked and utterly surprised while viewing the finale to the first half of their final seaso. more »»

Tobacco talk

April 25, 2014 The use of tobacco is somewhat losing its appeal and grandeur these day. more »»

Aviation: Safety and fun

April 4, 2014 Aviation, or the operation of aircraft, has been around for a long, long time. more »»



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