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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Fourth of July is, to use Walt Whitman’s phrase, “a brave delight fit for freedom’s athletes.”

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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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Much of politics is name recognition, presentation and marketability. Recently the House passed The Equality Act. A great name.

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As the nation grows less religious, the 116th Congress is reported to be the most religiously diverse in its storied history. According to Pew Research, 80 percent of Americans may believe in God, but nearly one-third say the “deity” in whom they believe in is not the God of the Bible, but “…

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Too often Memorial Day is anything but what it’s supposed to be: a solemn remembrance of our nation’s war dead.  Most Americans get caught up in the “first holiday of the summer” mode even though the summer solstice is still more than three weeks away. 

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When the internet lit up saying the storied New York Yankees exiled the playing of the country’s second national anthem, “God Bless America” by the legendary Kate Smith during each game’s 7th inning stretch, it had to be another bout of fake news.

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In November of 1981, when my son, Marlin, was a student at Syracuse University, he was a member of the marching band.  The band would go with the football team when they played away games.  He told me about the Syracuse game with Navy, at Annapolis.   He was fascinated with the Navy traditio…

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Old Saw No. 1: “Every obstacle is also an opportunity.”  

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  Recently I asked John, “Did you ever have a Pogo stick?”  His answer definitely surprised me.  “No, but I had a Go Devil.”   I had never heard of a Go Devil.  Did you?  He explained it to me. A Go Devil is made from a barrel stave.  You sand the outside curve until it is really smooth.  Th…

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As the 116th Congress settles in, if you believe we are entering a new era of legislative headway, think again.

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It started with an egg.  Well, technically, it started when I decided just before 9 o’clock on Saturday evening, that I had time and energy to bake a cake before I headed to bed.  I got ingredients out of the cupboards and refrigerator, and I was thinking about “stuff.”  That can be a danger…

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It started with an egg.  Well, technically, it started when I decided just before 9 o’clock on Saturday evening, that I had time and energy to bake a cake before I headed to bed.  I got ingredients out of the cupboards and refrigerator, and I was thinking about “stuff.”  That can be a danger…

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If watching segments of the four day chaotic marathon of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings wasn’t enough, enter Christine Blasey Ford, a registered Democrat, Bernie Sanders supporter, and psychology professor at Palo Alto University, who claimed that she w…

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Well folks, everyone seemed to like the good old days so here I am again! Only this time, it’s going to be about my old young days. Another true story, I could never make this stuff up.

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As we recognize September as National Preparedness Month, it seemed fitting to familiarize local residents with the Conelway Regional Emergency Management Agency. 

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Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series. 

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When I was having my babies in the late 50s and on into the 60s, we never knew the gender of our babies until birth. We could guess, and we enjoyed speculating about gender with our family and friends, and sometimes we had strong feelings about which we would be having, but at the birth, it …

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At the genesis of last year’s Shamokin high school football campaign, my broadcast partner over the last seven seasons at the Black Diamond Sports Network, the very Maddenesque Corey Houser, informed me that we were on the cusp of what would be referred to from there on out as: Hyno-Eve.  

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On Sept. 2, 2000, my wife, Anna, gave birth to my daughter, Brooke. It was a pretty normal pregnancy and as that day approached, my excitement grew.  

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The politically correct culture that has swallowed Western Civilization whole will leave no books, or pages in those books, unturned.  As mentioned last week, writer Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” series of books is now too offensive for contemporary America’s sensitivi…

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I started trout fishing with my dad when I was about 5 years old and I know the first few years were tough on my father.  Teaching a young boy how to fish in the streams can be a trying time.  

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“Young man, sarcasm isn’t comedy,” crackled the timeworn gent with the hooded eyes who moved about with the grace of a broken shopping cart.  

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In my senior year of high school, I took chemistry. It was not an easy class for me. I struggled a lot to get to understand the chemical equations and what happens when various chemicals are combined.  

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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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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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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.