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Since we have just celebrated another Valentine’s Day, I would be remiss if I didn’t choose this opportunity to share some thoughts about the subject of “love.”  

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For any problem within the American political landscape, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has a solution – albeit a costly one. Warren’s plan to eliminate student loan debt, while liquidating the middle class was certainly foremost when she was recently questioned by a dad …

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At left is Barb Beebe taking a senior photo at last week’s Corry swim meet.   Corry’s sports has its own photographer, and she seems to be everywhere. Kudos to Barb Beebe for helping out Jeff Parkin with senior night photos of the Corry basketball team. She's been at about every Beaver game …

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  Being a Corry Journal paper boy can be a great learning lesson. Roger Wenzel, a 1970 Corry grad, posted his memory on “You Might be from Corry.” He was a business owner at 14, an independent contractor in the printed news sector, a Corry Journal delivery boy. Some one lended him the $11 re…

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The death of Kobe Bryant brought back some sad memories for me working at The Journal. During my senior year of college, I worked here for a month during winter break at Point Park. My first column I ever wrote was about Robert Clemente’s tragic death on New Year’s Eve, 1972. Clemente had be…

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It was turning back the clock night this past Tuesday when Corry wrestlers hosted Fort LeBoeuf. Coaching the LeBoeuf junior high team were a couple of Corry all-time mat greats, Shane McChesney and Ed Burkhart. Both of their names are on the wall for their outstanding careers with the Beaver…

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Forget impeachment, and who will be the Democratic presidential nominee, or more importantly, who will be the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. Duke Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, of Sussex, England have left the royal titles behind and "will work to be financially independent."

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When young people get married they find there is a lot to learn about what their partner’s life was like before they knew each other. When John and I met and married, we were 78 and 80 years old. We got to know each other’s likes and interests and how we wanted to spend our time. 

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We lost a couple of special ladies over the weekend with the passing of Rose Amoroso and Sister Domenica DeLeo. Rosie was one of mom's closest friends. When I was young, I spent a lot of time at the Amorosos when they lived on the corner of Spring and Church Street. I recall trips to the dri…

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I have mixed feelings on the “doubleheaders” that happened again Wednesday night at Corry Area High School. Varsity boys basketball was in the new gym and varsity wrestling in the old gym — at the same time. I saw the first quarter of the basketball game, then six weight classes in wrestling…

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Before Congress departed for Christmas, they pulled another Scrooge on America's future. Rather than deal with an impending government shutdown, they saddled the nation with more debt by passing a 2,313 page, spending spree to the jingle of $1.4 trillion. It was yet another bipartisan spendi…

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I like to think that, had I lived at a certain place during a certain time in 15th-century France, I would have followed Joan of Arc. That notion bothered me when I considered my initial reaction to Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old climate leader from Sweden. Maybe because she ascribes her ch…

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Gauge of the year: Life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the third straight year. The last time that happened was over a century ago, when we were in the middle of World War I and the worst flu pandemic in recorded history.

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The start of a new year marks the beginning of the second half of the 2019-20 Legislative Session – which makes this a good time to provide an update on the legislative activities of the previous year.

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John Woodard is back bowling on Monday night in the John Woodard Classic League, which is named after him after he was the secretary for many, many years. I have a newspaper clipping of him and Larry Barr winning a tournament back in 1961. He also bowls Wednesdays in the senior league at Bow…

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Jim Wojcicehowski has worn many hats through the years, and is back as a substitute teacher in the Union City Area School District. But how about this, he's filling in as a gym teacher. And he may be the only gym teacher to wear a tie.

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Union City graduate Herb Combs has been promoted to associate athletic director for facilities management and operation at Penn State University. He will oversee the day-to-day management of Penn State Intercollegiate athletics' facilities and operations. Combs has been assistant athletic di…

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I made my first trip to Union City High School's newly-renovated gymnasium. It was impressive with a new press box and collegiate style scoreboard that listed individual player's fouls and points scored. McCray and Son were broadcasting the game that kicked off with Erie News Now anchor and …

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 Wednesday’s home wrestling match was like the clock had been turned back 35 years. The gym was almost full. Both teams had full squads. There were JV matches after the middle school bouts. The atmosphere was electric. At one point, after a Corry pin, the building noise was deafening. The re…

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Dec. 9 was sure special for the Hetrick family. On that day, 47 years ago, Dave and Maxine Hetrick got married in Pleasantville. That was a half hour after Dave's sister Judy married Tony Wright — in the same church. Here's the amazing thing. "We didn't know they were even there," Dave points out.

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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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“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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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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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.…