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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.…

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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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A tip of the hat to those who walked about 11 miles as the Veteran Walkers of Northwestern Pennsylvania were hoping to spread awareness about suicide in servicemen and women. The 10 walkers, many with flags, marched from the Corry American Legion to Union City American Legion. At the UC legi…

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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.