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Ins and outs of the outhouse

February 22, 2013 I was born and raised in a tiny village called Bridgeburg, some five miles north of Kittanning, Pa., along the winding Allegheny River. more »»

Christmas during wartime

December 21, 2012 We are constantly reminded every day of our looming debt crisis during this pre-holiday period (at the time of this writing). more »»

Looking at yuletide traditions

November 30, 2012 As the yuletide period and the holiday of Christmas arrive, there are many traditions that seem to make this age-old holiday’s celebrations more enjoyable. more »»

A brief history of Halloween

October 19, 2012 Halloween has always been very illustrative of a harvest’s end. In the old days in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, we would see corn shocks stacked up high, occupying endless fields on farmlands. more »»

Candidates make their promises

September 28, 2012 “Promises, Promises” returned to Broadway in 2010 after four decades. The musical comedy with music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David returned during a revival of the ’60s. more »»

Could we stand the good life of a dog?

September 7, 2012 After much debate and continuous advice from my wife and family, I decided to add a new addition to our family in the form of a female liver-and-white English springer spaniel puppy. more »»

Group provides dogs to the blind

August 17, 2012 It was a cloudy, misty morning this past Saturday as 11 people representing three Lions Clubs boarded a van in Canfield for a journey to Columbus to tour the facilities of Pilot Dogs Inc. more »»

Baseball is still a game for kids

June 15, 2012 The game of baseball has been around for more than 150 years in this country, and it has been called our national pastime. more »»

Memorial Day still has same meaning

May 25, 2012 This year, May 28 will be Memorial Day, a government holiday and a day sometimes thought of as the official beginning of summer, with Labor Day marking the end of summer. more »»

Lions give the gift of sight

May 4, 2012 Most of us rise each morning and can gaze at the morning sun and simply see all the scenic views and the people who are a big part of our daily live. more »»

Gaming a roll of the dice

April 13, 2012 It’s been seven years since the news broke that the Eastern Shawnee Indian group was intending on establishing a Las Vegas-type gambling casino in our own back yard in Lordstown. more »»

Pros and cons of getting a new dog

March 2, 2012 I lost a dear friend of mine this past Thanksgiving weekend in the form of a female, black-and-white springer spaniel by the name of Fergie. She was with me for more than 12 1/2 years. more »»

‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’

February 10, 2012 It was the mid-1950s and there seemed to be a lot to be thankful for, including the end of the Korean War and a brand new president named Ike whom everyone seemed to like. more »»

Competing with robots, computers

December 9, 2011 Way back in 1960, in a year when only 2,000 were in use, computers and their capabilities were thoroughly discussed as perhaps an eventual tool to cut the work forc. more »»

Act of giving thanks

November 18, 2011 When the fourth Thursday of November arrives in the United States, it is called the holiday of Thanksgiving. This is a day of simply giving thanks along with much feasting among family and friends. more »»

Violence seems to be on the rise

October 28, 2011 As of late, it is a frightening world out there with many, many strange and weird, violent happenings to go along with a terrible economy. more »»

Kids and the new electronic world

October 7, 2011 As an old “fuddy duddy,” I am amazed at the role electronics plays in the lives of kids these days. Most kids start getting interested in computers by age 3 and are truly addicted to them by age 6. more »»

Is it your night to win?

September 16, 2011 Gambling, especially the lottery, has been around since the beginning of time. Let’s take the word “lottery” itself, which is derived from the word “lotto” and is the Italian word for destiny or fate. more »»

Playing post office

August 26, 2011 The government is playing post office these days, and it isn’t even close to the parlor game we may have played as kids and not nearly as enjoyabl. more »»

A look back at the first teachers

July 15, 2011 Teachers in the state of Ohio are presently mad as hornets due to Go. more »»



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