Local Commentaries

Caterpillar wrangling

The neighborhood gang of kids sat in a circle on the grass looking at a huge caterpillar. It was green, with odd bumps coming out of it. The big debate was over whether the caterpillar was good or bad. This debate ended quickly when one boy said, “bad!” and stomped on it. That happened ...

Time for a change?

“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” - Mark Twain. “Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.” — Benjamin Franklin I’m stunned. I googled the quote and found attribution to two different ...

Fresh produce

When tomatoes are in season I cannot get enough of them. Sometimes I eat cottage cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Sometimes I make BLTs. A BLT happens to be my favorite sandwich, but only if there are garden tomatoes. I no longer grow my own tomatoes, so I visit one of the farm stands for ...

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 ready For the first time that the newsroom can recall, there was a no vote on a motion to adjourn at a recent meeting. “I had ...

Accidental fashion

I’m really into fashion. I mean, I don’t get too dressed up too often, but I’ve been cutting edge plenty of times. Well, not in the “Men’s Warehouse ‘You’ll like the way you look’” kind of way. Those people don’t cater to guys my size. That reminds me of the time we were at ...

When you feel a little like Batman

Okay, look. We need to talk. I spent last Friday night riding with the police. Up front. New achievement unlocked. No big deal. I was there for some Lisa Ling, first person, documentary style action, observing officers as they enforced DUI laws. I left work at 10:30 p.m., and stopped at ...

Going back may be good

After being at the fair and seeing how much waste was generated by the vendors and the campers, it made me think. This was only one event in a small community. How about all of the mega-events that take place all year long? Take sporting events and large concerts. How much waste is ...

Calling all cell phones

I’ve been trying to decide if the cell phone is more of an asset or a curse and I’ve decided it’s both. It’s sorta like living with a man – some days you can’t live with him while most days you can’t imagine life without him. There are even days you’d trade your man for a ...

Up to The Mountain

This is the moment you’ve waited for. Yes, I’m talking to you, Sheffield Wolverines. I won’t rehash over my connection to the school and football team over the years, but let’s just chalk it up to almost two decades of play or coverage. However, this past year has certainly been ...

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 ...