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For five decades, the leftist trifecta of Democrats, Hollywood and academia have enjoyed the fruits of rule-by-judiciary concerning the nation’s most celebrated social issues.  

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This week, the St. Jude Parish in Chattanooga, Tenn. is celebrating Fr. Charlie Burton's 38th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Charlie is Jim's brother and Barb Diehl is his sister. Charlie played on the St. Thomas baseball team that was coached by Abby Wotus and Father John Lucas.

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We lost a real treasure the other day with the passing of Lucy Antrim. She was longtime Red Cross volunteer who championed the blood drives for so many years. She was either 96 or 97 years old and will be missed by her family and friends.

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Sara (Andriacchi) Brennan is an interior designer and has a four-page spread feature in the August issue of “Romantic Homes” of her design work. The CAHS grad admits to being excited, proud and a little bit nervous. She’s the daughter of the late Dominic Andriacchi and Diane (Holton), and gr…

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It’s hard to believe but the Utah Jackson Memorial Scramble is in its 31st year, according to one of the organizers, Dick Chase. “It’s back at North Hills this year,” Chase notes. It’s a shotgun start at 8 a.m. If interested, phone Chase at 664-2194 or stop at the club house to register.

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Fear is one of those things that people argue about in terms of whether it is an emotion or a state of being or a physical reaction, but few people would disagree that it exists and that some people are more fearful than others.  

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As we anticipate the nation’s 242nd birthday and in order to capture a contemporary snapshot of the American zeitgeist, I decided to collect a series of headlines over a one-month period. 

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You can double your pleasure on the Corry American Legion NFL bus trip. If you sign up for the Steelers at Browns game on Sept. 9, also included on the deal is a Thursday night Browns versus New York Jets game. The Sept. 9 bus will leave the American Legion at 7:50 a.m. and return around 7 p…

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Since I was little, I have loved taking pictures. I got my first camera when I was in fourth grade, while we were stationed in South Korea with the military. Some of my first pictures are of walking downtown in the Korean city and of fighter planes on the runway at the base. 

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Connie Warthman tells me that Dr. John Mohr, 94 and legally blind, is still giving golf lessons on chipping and putting down in Florida. Connie also tells me that she golfed with Betty Bowen many, many times and she was always smiling, always pleasant. She’ll be missed.

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Alumni chairman Vicki Amoroso Hajec says a big thank you to Kristi Watrous Graves, Stephanie Skalos Pondel, Shelly Messinger Owens, Amorette Swart Ross, Amy Mennen-Helmer, Lori Johnson Weidner, Stephanie Morris Hajec, Danielle Eastman Elchynski and everyone else who helped make alumni weeken…

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I think it’s time to promote a new slogan!  Years ago, WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) was popular. Credit for creating that grassroots movement is given to a youth group leader in Holland, Michigan, named Janie Tinklenberg.  She began the movement to help the teenagers in her group remember the…

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One of the most underreported stories of 2018 is the national dilemma facing foster care. The lack of foster care parents has infected all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and nearly every state in the union.  

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How about this story from Curt VanderSchaaff. His parents were married on June 14, 1941 — 77 years ago. His wife Linda's folks were also married June 14, 1948 — 70 years ago. And 25 years ago Thursday, June 14, 1993, Curt asked “his lovely wife” to marry him. “She never did answer me, she ju…

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Former WWCB personality Ron Munn is coming home for alumni weekend from Scottsdale, Arizona. He will fly in to Erie Friday night for the weekend. On Sunday he and his dad will attend the Indians game for Father’s Day and then Ron Jr. will fly out of Cleveland Sunday night.

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According to a time-honored story, upon the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787, a lady of that city, Mrs. Powel, asked Benjamin Franklin: "Well, doctor, what do we have, a republic or a monarchy?"

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As we move into the season where spending a day on Presque Isle certainly trumps sitting around indoors, the big issue facing state government is finalizing a budget for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year that begins on July 1.

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Jim Hill was quite a guy. From wedding receptions to funerals, his voice has touched thousands. I like what Betty Moore wrote about how "young" Jim used to sing on Friday nights at Bea's Steak House. He also sang at Perry’s when he was young. I’ve known this for decades, there wasn’t a perso…

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I don’t usually pick a long subject for this column. But this one is

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It’s the banquet season for Corry’s sports teams and no one can rival the accomplishments of the eight-time champions of the Warren County League. It was another undefeated season. There have been so many fantastic memories, friendships, learning experiences and so much more as the team said…

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Hard to believe Barb has been driving the school bus for 50 years

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Sisters headed to Pittsburgh for night out at a baseball game

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It’s hard to keep track of just where John Wilson will be next

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My earliest memory of sharing our planet with bugs happened before I was 5 years old. I was sitting in a patch of sunlight which came in from a nearby window. I was wearing a little dress and my legs were bare. I was fascinated with an interesting black ant crawling across the floor toward m…

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Twenty-five years ago, the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg merged a number of churches, most of which were in Northumberland County. Merged sounds much better than closed, but closed they remain.  

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When Sen. Bernie Sanders conceded to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, he reminded us all, but especially Democrats, of the importance to engage in state and local politics.

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It is my pleasure to announce that once again, along with the Erie County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, I will be presenting the Veterans Resource and Job Expo on May 24. 

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Local weightlifter Larry Eastman competed in another 100 percent RAW weightlifting competition on April 21. This time, he not only tied his own state record in bench press, he also set a new state and world record in the strict curl for his age and weight class, and came in second in his wei…

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I have always been interested in what makes some people naturally gravitate to serving in the community, and others … not so much.  And how some people are driven to be more activist about certain issues; others are passionate about certain issues but don’t feel comfortable speaking out or a…

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Franklin’s Bay Lawrence was quite a football player with the Knights, and later in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. The 5-foot-10 cornerback never missed a  game in eight seasons and was an All-Pro in 1977 when he set a team record with interceptions. He was undrafted out of tiny Tabor Coll…

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“Mr. Weatherman” Jerry Owens says it’s not summertime warmth, but overall, not too shabby. We should have a mix of sun and rain rotating into the area every couple of days. “The cold air anticipated around the 28th does not look as cold, so I think we can call winter as being done,” he predi…

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In 1965, the musical group, The Byrds, released a song titled, "Turn, Turn, Turn". This song had words taken from the book of Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 in the Bible. To quote the beginning lyrics of the song, “There is a time for everything and a season for every purpose under heaven.” The second …

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Corry grad Kyra Hammond was honored to receive the Dr. Mary Ann Kibler Award from the Villa Maria School of Nursing through Gannon University. In the 1970s, Kibler ran for mayor and easily won the election to become Corry's only female mayor. After her husband died she taught herself Spanish…

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Will Dixon, a native of Superior, Colo., is wrapping up his final outdoor season at Monarch High School. His mother is Ann Popovich Dixon who was the 1980 valedictorian of Corry Area High  School and is Dave Popovich’s cousin. Dixon ran the leadoff leg of the 3200-relay that won the Colorado…

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"We Are the Mulvaneys," "Fall On Your Knees," and of course, "The Color Purple."  All three, books from Oprah's Book Club list.