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Florence Dahl is a resident at Corry Manor and she celebrated her 97th birthday on Nov. 30. Her sons, Brad Dahl, living in Hoover, Ala., and Steve Dahl, living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, were unable to travel to Pa. for the birthday celebration. But her daughter, Brenda Flores of …

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Did you make it into the woods for deer season? It has always been a family affair. Take Jason Edwards and his father Dave (not the former school teacher, though they grew up near each other in Columbus). Dave, now 70, bagged his 8-point buck two weeks ago in New York while Jason, who works …

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You can choose to begin this Christmas reflection in one of two (or both) ways.

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You probably saw that the Rev. Scott Jabo is stepping down as the president of Cathedral Prep, Villa Maria and Mother Teresa Academy, being reassigned in the Catholic Diocese. What you probably didn’t is that Rick Spear, who takes all the great CAHS softball and volleyball photos, worked wit…

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Arden Earll is a national, or international treasure. Staff Sgt. Earll, landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, where he was wounded in action. He rejoined his outfit to defend the Roer River, where he was wounded again. After recovering, he went to Bremerhaven, Germany, where he stayed until…

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Whether it's an ordinance or a sacrament, whether it's communion or the  Eucharist, whether it's consubstantiation or transubstantiation, all differences aside, everyone who knows me and how I think knows that I believe that it's a spiritual experience that is meant for everyone to share.  

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Corry boys basketball team will open the season playing at the Erie Insurance Arena versus Fredonia, N.Y., perhaps the first athletic competition between the two schools. Corry's junior varsity team will play at 2 p.m. with the varsity game set for 3:45 p.m. Admission tickets are good for th…

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“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs….”

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At a recent Sunday Mass, the parish’s 8th grade confirmation class participated in the Rite of Enrollment into the Book of the Elect. During the induction, the candidates were collectively asked if they were willing to receive the final sacrament of Catholic initiation – confirmation.

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Sunday was the birthday for the United States Marine Corps. It was a special day for some of the local Marines who gathered at the Corry VFW. Herb Berghaus, 81, was born in Germany and served from 1958-61. Paul Griebel, 90, went in the Marines in the mid 40s. Rex Nichols was in from 1954-57.…

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As the dawn of the NBA regular season looms, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey decided to exercise his 1st Amendment right of freedom of speech when he tweeted: “Fight For Freedom Stand with Hong Kong” in support of their protests against Mainland China. 

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It always feels so good to be invited to a party, doesn’t it? And on the flip side, it feels awful to intentionally not be invited to a party. I’m sure we’ve all been there. There’s something inside of all of us that itches to feel included and invited.

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In January 2017, when Donald Trump took the oath of office, the cry for his impeachment has echoed nonstop. For Democrats, impeachment is more than any pie, cake or cobbler; it is a just desert – a four-letter word – because they lost the White House in 2016.

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Jean Johnson touched so many people’s lives, young and old. She was a wife, mother, teacher at Wright and Concord schools and, most of all, a friend to many. She was a talented pianist and vocalist who often impressed listeners when she performed. Jean was married to Dave Johnson (the city e…

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The Buffalo Bills celebrated fandom in a big way. The team’s “Fantennial Weekend,” the Bills paid tribute to the great players, coaches and fans that have contributed to 60 years of Bills franchise history. Given the theme, it was only fitting that the Bills honor longtime fan and season tic…

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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 …