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Disasters have been with us even before the unsettled days of Chicken Little, who was so convinced that the sky was falling; she refused to believe any other explanation was even possible.  Unable to locate the portion of “sky” that wacked Little upside the head, she continued chirping her o…

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We all know about the need to be super cautious when there is a Mama Bear with her cubs anywhere nearby.  She will protect those babies with all her fierce might, so, don’t get between Mama and cubs.  Of course, a bear has a lot of strength and few other animals are a match to tackle Mama Be…

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Harriet McLean Smith turned 100 years young last week and has quite a story. She graduated from Corry High School in 1937. She was the daughter of Charles (Danner) and Gertrude Alice McLean. Harriett is the sister of Mary Alice Hammond, Hodie McLean and Joan Beardsley TenHagen. She owned and…

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I recently began reading Henri Nouwen’s “Being the Beloved,” which I know I have read parts of before, but I’m finding it new again. And though I’m only in the early part of the book, it has really moved me. 

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On this day, 21 years ago, there was an earthquake that shook Corry and this part of the state. During that time, Brett Thomas was being born at Corry Memorial Hospital. “The whole hospital shook, and that’s a memory we’ll never forget,” his mother recalls.

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Joe Kasper tells me that one of his childhood friends, Jim Roberts, was in town last weekend. Jim did a show on WICU TV with Bill Knupp, called the "Long and Short of it,” since Bill was tall, and Jim was not.A followup on Jim Steuart's 300 game last week. His last one came when The Corry Jo…

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If you don't mind, I'd simply like to tell you a story, a true story, that I very recently used in the context of a funeral Mass for Dorothy Baressi, at St. Thomas.  

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Earlier this month, Dave and Marie (Cookie) Mitchell, Denise and Baylee Smith and Jeff Munn attended an impressive ceremony at the Pentagon. Amy (Mitchell) McInnis was made a captain in the United States Navy. On Monday, Amy is going for 10 weeks of training at Norfolk, Virginia. She will th…

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I’m a big fan of audio books, and I get many of them from Audible. They have a book of the day at a very reduced cost, and they recently offered a book taken from the “diaries” of the children of a U.S. president. 

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St Andrews Links in Scotland is like heaven on earth. Getting to play there is a dream come true, and it happened to Corry longtime friends Gary Merkle and Bob Williams. They waited six hours just to see if they could play the world’s oldest (and most famous) golf course. They were among the…

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Out of all the talking points, disputes and debates that color the political spectrum, the argument for not just increasing, but doubling the minimum wage has become the bellwether in a cross-section of partisan circles. 

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The 60th Sickler Family reunion was held last Sunday at Spring Creek’s playground picnic area with the farthest family members traveling from Enola, N.Y. Next year’s plans are underway to hold the reunion at the family’s old homestead on Jackson Hill in Spring Creek that has been in the fami…

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Carl Wascak was one person I’ll never forget. He was the third person I met when I started at The Journal in May of 1973. The first was George Sample and the second Bill Eaton. He always had time for anyone and everyone. I enjoyed our many outings, to Jamestown, Canada, Tidioute and Titusvil…

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Lisa and Mike Andrus have been fixtures in Corry for a long time. Lisa was a longtime first-grade teacher and Mike was the business manager at Corry Area High School. They are moving over Labor Day weekend to Dorn Road in Summit Township. He was often spotted riding his bike with his dog on …

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Growing up in Florida, summers were miserably hot. Like the winters here, I had to get mentally and physically prepared to go outside. Air conditioning made the inside pleasant, but as soon as I stepped out of the house or the car, my glasses would fog up and I couldn’t see a thing! Then abo…

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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.