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One of life’s challenging principles states, “One’s reward is directly proportional to one’s effort.”

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Major Bridget Bemis is presently stationed in North Carolina at Cherry Point Marine Air Wing. She has been selected for Lieutenant Colonel. Bridget has been in the U.S. Marine Corps for 16 years, had seven deployments and is an Afghan war veteran. She will be taking command sometime in 2021 …

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School may be out for the summer, but the lingering pall of the standardized test hangs over playgrounds, summer camps and amusement parks like a rainy day at a picnic.

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The YMCA of Corry, a fixture of the community for over 100 years, is a community asset that has worked to build healthy mind, spirit and body for countless people since its inception.  With a staff of over 70  who are dedicated to providing a friendly face and excellence in programming, educ…

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The Corry VFW Post 264 is holding a "back to school event" for pre-K to fifth-graders next Saturday, Aug. 11, starting at noon. There will be free backpacks and school supplies. For information, contact Ashley Ongley. The VFW picnic is on Aug. 25.

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Yard sales are really popular in Corry, just drive around. The Corry Chamber of Commerce Annual Community-Wide Yard Sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The streets are sure to be busy.Corry Country Trio plays Thursday at North Hills Golf Course. It features Perry Nichols on guitar and voc…

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Am I the only person who in the last few weeks saw or heard a commercial for sales on back to school supplies and thought … what!? And actually reached for my phone to check the calendar even though I have never, to date, been transported forward through time. 

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The annual Findley Lake Kids Day provided plenty of fun and entertainment for children. There were games, a petting zoo, inflatables, a slip’n slide, a bounce house and food. Hot dogs, popcorn and sno cones were free. It was sponsored by Our Own Candle Company. “We gave away about 1,200 hot …

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When Marlin and I moved to Millertown in 1959 to be pastor of the church at Rogers Mill, I wanted to plant seeds and watch them grow. The parsonage had six rooms and a path! Yes, the path led to the outhouse which was built a little distance from the house.

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1969 was a half century ago and yet when that historical year comes up in conversation, those Miracle Mets always lead off. After being 100 to one underdogs the New York Mets finally came of age and went on to win the World Series that October.

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Umpire Tom Hansen turned into a medic this past week overseeing several injuries at Bracken Field in the Minor boys baseball tournament. Thanks again to Tom for picking up the ball reporting all those results. I wonder how many times Bracken Field will be used the next eight months.

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I have vivid memories off attending the All-Star baseball games in Cleveland in 1981 and 1997. The first one, I went with Mike Manos and GOP bigwig Paul Foust. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Hope and Bowie Kuhn, plus being on the field with the all-star players and coaches. Got home about…

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The Fourth of July is, to use Walt Whitman’s phrase, “a brave delight fit for freedom’s athletes.”

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Everyone was raving about the fireworks display and the grand finale Thursday night at the American Legion. Kudos to the Corry Arts Council (and Tuna) for organizing things there, and at city park for the daylong activities there. I can’t believe that Leroy Babcock did not win the hot dog ea…

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Corry Area High School grad Kenny Nichols has been a big hit on the baseball field, and in the classroom. His team, the Prince George’s Community College Owls, had another great season. Kenny was a utility player and even pitched. He has earned NJCAA All-Academic third team award. Winners mu…

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In 1942 the United States had joined the war against the Axis Powers. In the North Atlantic, German U-boats were devastating the Allied merchant ships in the struggle to keep Great Britain supplied with food and war materials.

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Are you ready for an “old-fashioned” Fourth of July? It coincides with Thursday in the Park so there will be activities starting at 1 p.m. ending with Happy Days at 8 p.m. There’s everything from a cornhole tournament to a pie-eating contest. There will be a fireworks display at dusk near th…

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The McCray family has a long and storied history. There’s even a church, cemetery and community building named for them. My McCray relatives had a reunion at Mike and Mary Lou’s last weekend. The star of the show was the elder statesman, uncle Willard (No. 90). As he said, he can remember th…

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The word “light,” is a common and powerful metaphor in the Bible. It’s common, because the word appears 295 times in 46 different books of the New Revised Standard Version Bible. It’s powerful because we know what light is and grasp the meaning when used as a metaphor.

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Corry grad Roger Ottaway, who now lives in Phoenix, is starting a fundraiser for the Mead Park restoration project to make improvements to various parts of the park. The idea is to set up a GoFundMe account and run it through Facebook. His target is the alumni around the country. This will b…

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Much of politics is name recognition, presentation and marketability. Recently the House passed The Equality Act. A great name.

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A tip of the hat to the fantastic job done by everyone involved with the  Corryfest parade and Alumni dinner. Special shout out to Vicki (Amoroso) Hajec, and to Punky Simbeck, Jill Gibson and Nancy Turner who organized everything for the winning 50th reunion class. The Corry candy bars from …

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There’s a new person who’ll be in charge of Bowl-Aire Lanes, and it’s all in the family. Rick Holton has decided to retire so his brother Steve will now be managing the bowling business (and The Pub). “Hopefully this will be a smooth and easy transition,” Steve says.

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The signs are up all along Center Street. It’s the biggest weekend of the year here — both CorryFest and Alumni Weekend. There should be hundreds of people back in town, some who haven’t been back since they graduated 20, 30, 40 or 50 years ago. Have fun, and be safe. It’s a time to celebrat…

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When I think of D-Day, I always think of Arden Earll. He’s been on TV a lot the past few days as part of the 75th anniversary of the invasion. It wasn’t long ago he was walking through the cemetery along with Michelle Obama. Now 94, he was quoted as saying “Sometimes I think, why were they k…

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As the nation grows less religious, the 116th Congress is reported to be the most religiously diverse in its storied history. According to Pew Research, 80 percent of Americans may believe in God, but nearly one-third say the “deity” in whom they believe in is not the God of the Bible, but “…

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Too often Memorial Day is anything but what it’s supposed to be: a solemn remembrance of our nation’s war dead.  Most Americans get caught up in the “first holiday of the summer” mode even though the summer solstice is still more than three weeks away. 

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Last week, teachers Olivia Wojcicehowski and Tyler Bailey took the advanced physical education class to the Corry YMCA to go swimming. The advanced class is made up of honor students and athletes who pair up with students from the life skills classrooms. Each year, the kids go to Bowl-Aire L…

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I received a story about former Corry youth softball player Aubree Cox, who played for coaches Dan Crawford and Omar Chase years ago. She’s had quite a career season at Georgia Gwinnett College, including a long home run that cleared 270 feet that no one had seen travel so far. She was a thr…

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At the county track meet were ex-CAHS throwing partners Abby Whitaker and Ryann Brundage

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Rachel Tasker has lived more in her short life than any 70- or 80-year-old. From her start in Corry, to living and interning in Washington, D.C. during the 2016 election, working with Penn State football, studying abroad in Spain and traveling the world, to standing sideline at the Super Bow…

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Cindy Swart has heard a lot of stories in the hair styling business. Those memories will stay with her as she has now retired. She was the owner of Cuts and Styles for 19 years after 14 years at Perfect Touch with Linda Zerbe, a year at Trendsetter 2 and seven years with Virginia Albers at H…

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When the internet lit up saying the storied New York Yankees exiled the playing of the country’s second national anthem, “God Bless America” by the legendary Kate Smith during each game’s 7th inning stretch, it had to be another bout of fake news.

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April has been a busy month for the Grice family. John's birthday (his 70th) was the 17th, Bob and Jackie — Steve's mom and dad — celebrated their anniversary (their 72nd) on the 18th, and Bob's birthday was on the 20th. Steve, a former CAHS track and football standout, now lives in Allen, Texas.