Local Commentaries

Kafkaesque

You know what’s a great word? “Kafkaesque.” Kafkaesque is such a great, great word. It really is too bad that so many hipster dbags think they know what it means and use it at fancy dinner parties where they’re pretty sure that, even though they don’t actually know for sure what ...

Summer’s winding down

There is no doubt about it summer is winding down. Once the fair is finished the teams begin to practice for fall sports. College students pack up their things and leave for college. This year two of my grandchildren will take off for college. The other grandson will be playing soccer on ...

Why you should definitely have an ‘Advance Directive’

People are concerned these days with self-improvement, desiring the best vitamins, self-help books, healthy diets, and activities; striving each day to make their life the best it can be at every age. People aren’t so ambitious about making sure they have an “Advance Directive,” which ...

A poetic transition

“I was a boy who liked to write long before I was a man who liked to hit people.” Those poignant words were spoken by Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett on this past Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks. For those who are not familiar, Hard Knocks is a sports ...

An environmental leap

Since I am not a hunter and gave up fishing some years ago, people occasionally ask me why I spend so much of my retirement time up along the Allegheny River. If I wanted, I could paraphrase that old political phrase which stressed the importance of jobs and business health to a campaign and ...

Afterthoughts

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because...well, you’ll see. Not half-full During a discussion of population in Warren County School District, experts were talking about the bell curve. While the ...

Downtown Small Mouth Bass fishing

Within the city limits of Warren flows a good deal of very fine smallmouth bass fishing water. This includes both the Allegheny River and Conewango Creek. It can be fished by boat or from shore. Some places are good for wading. Warren is among the best places you can be if you like smallmouth ...

Unfair that rural students come up short

In July, Governor Wolf said Pennsylvania should push all state school funding through a new formula. Currently, Warren County receives about 58% of its school revenue from the state (35% from local taxes and 7% from the federal government); if all school funding came through the new formula ...

Chariot races for the roundabout

I should probably state, before I let this pony fly out the gate, that I have no idea what I’m talking about. Nothing contained within this column is in any way meant to imply that I know thing one about city planning, or roundabouts, or engineering, or traffic safety, or anything. Like, at ...

The adventures of Baxter

We got Baxter as a puppy in April of 2006 in Oswego, NY. He was a month old and no bigger than a Coke bottle. There were two other puppies left from that litter, and we had already discussed choosing a girl. That was until Karyn picked him up and he kissed her face. He chose ...

Pet adventure

It has been a long time since I have written about our pets. When I was growing up I was not allowed to have any pets so moving to the farm with the opportunity to have them was a big deal for me. I have more than fulfilled my desire for pets having been a mother to several wild pets plus a ...

Afterthoughts

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because...well, you’ll see. Big news An email alert arrived in the newsroom announcing a bust involving DEA, ATF, and others, and a man who had been using a Warren ...

Where are anglers catching the largest walleye?

There was a time in the foggy past at a mystical river called Allegheny, more than anywhere else below a mighty dam called Kinzua, when walleye weighing 12 pounds, 13 pounds, 14 pounds, even 15 pounds were caught with some degree of regularity. For a while, local anglers kept this quiet. But ...

Those quiet golden years?

Retirement. I've decided to try it. Since I took my last job a year past the age at which most sensible people retire, I don't have a quarrel with the age factor. I am more than old enough to hang it up. And yes, there have been many days that I thought I stayed way too long. So my ...

Cricket sounds

I don’t intend to start playing mid off, silly point, short leg, nor gully any time soon. They just don’t seem like the positions for me. Deep cover and deep midwicket maybe? Historically, I would have been a fit for wicket keeper. All of these position names will become common ...

The renewal of trees

I sat at the table as the student while a fellow educator modeled a lesson. We first made observations of different tree leaves. Words poured out. Smooth, zig-zag, oval, pointed, thin, fuzzy, bumpy, green, symmetrical, not symmetrical, dark green, even darker green. She then asked, “Why are ...

August is the time to enjoy the garden

I love August. The list of garden tasks for April and May doesn’t apply anymore. The planting of containers and the installation of new perennials in June and July are over. As the calendar turns, summer perennials are fading and the early fall perennials are taking center stage. My ...

A trip down memory lane

Ah, The Warren County Fair. The sights, the sounds, the smells. You know the smell I mean... Nostalgia. The Fair is a cacophony of odors. Some of them taken by themselves can assault the senses. But when you mix in the fried bread dough, curly fries and Italian sausage, it creates a ...

We can be prickly sometimes

I have a confession. I’m terrified of bees. Not for any good reason. I just really, really hate them. I think it’s because I never ate honey until I acquired a coffee maker that could brew espresso pods. It was then that I began making americanos at home, and I substituted what I lacked ...

I imagine!

Last weekend, I watched a movie on television. That is something that I do not often do, but I had heard this movie advertised and wanted to see it. When I noticed it on television I decided it was cheaper to purchase it that way rather than go to the movies or to buy a DVD. The movie was "I ...