Local Commentaries

Goodbye to summer; hello to pike

A turn in the weather. That is all it takes to get pike excited about fall. Forget the calendar. Fall begins whenever nature decides it will begin. Or maybe pike decide when fall begins. They are mean enough to do it. Pike ooze mean. Look a pike in the eyes. Evil, not just nasty. I think ...

Goodbye to summer; hello to pike

A turn in the weather. That is all it takes to get pike excited about fall. Forget the calendar. Fall begins whenever nature decides it will begin. Or maybe pike decide when fall begins. They are mean enough to do it. Pike ooze mean. Look a pike in the eyes. Evil, not just nasty. I think ...

‘I know my worth’

“Know your worth and mind your company.” Someone I’m in the process of developing a particular fondness for said that to me recently, and I can’t help being a bit fixated on it still, days later. We’d been involved in a negotiation of expectations, consequences, and rewards at ...

Doing the wash

Things are far different today when I say I have wash to do than they used to be. Today I open the lid on the automatic washer, set a few dials or punch a few buttons, add my detergent - which incidentally now comes in pods, one per load - put the clothes in and close the lid. In twenty ...

Into the rescue boat

The flood coverage on television has left me saturated with sadness. I can’t even imagine how the victims of all that moving water are coping. The loss, the heartbreak, the realization that your life is forever changed. I imagine that in the future the victims' everyday memories will ...

Flu signs & symptoms

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system including your nose, throat, and lungs. Influenza is commonly called the flu and is often mistaken for the stomach virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting. The Flu can resolve on its own but for some, it can be deadly. People ...

Why roundabouts? PennDOT says safety

When it comes to intersection improvement projects, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is diligent and deliberate in our planning process. This includes the design of possible changes at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Market Street in the City of Warren. Two ...

‘We didn’t put water in your boots’

I was folding laundry the other day. I know. I, too, was shocked. I was folding basically all of the laundry in my whole house. All of it. Because I don’t mind doing the laundry. But the dryer is basically the terminus for clean laundry in my house. Everyone has that one household chore ...

A smooth transition

Today I overheard some young parents talking about kindergarten entry. The mom said she had to pry her child off her. When she left he was in tears. When I smiled and told them that I used to teach kindergarten they asked what they could do to help him. My advice was to look through his ...

A Big Apple present

Some people just know how to give gifts. My dearest friend is one of those masters of the perfect present and her timing, as always, was terrific. I retired last month and I can honestly say I was overwhelmed at the thoughtfulness that so many people extended to me. But Ginger, my sidekick ...

To the moon

September has seen it’s fair share of historical events during our nations short lifespan. The Mayflower departed Plymouth, England in 1620, the U.S.A. or United Colonies/United States name was created in 1776, Theodore Roosevelt took over the Presidency in 1901 after William McKinley died ...

Fourth hand?

I’m not sure I have this completely figured out but it’s something like this: a friend told me a story that was told to her by a friend about something a friend of the friend had said. So, I think it’s third-hand to me and now fourth-hand to you. Or is it fifth…. And it probably has ...

Put Lake Ontario in your plans soon

Fish populations tend to go up and down. Sometimes we tire of fisheries, often fisheries that are so good that it is almost can’t miss. On the Great Lakes, weather can wipe out entire seasons when the bad weather happens on the days you could have fished. I am running out of excuses for ...

Why I write how I write

Okie doke. Here we go. There’s this philosophical quandary that’s constantly being discussed in regards to my writing and I’ve struggled with how to explain myself - actually, with whether or not I even should explain myself - for a few months. I’ve found myself unable to put my ...

Of all things… a cat

I had no connection with any of the 9/11 victims, but my most poignant memory of the 2001 attacks by terrorists that killed almost 3,000 has to do with of all things ... a cat. My wife, Judith, and I had left Youngstown for our Allegheny River cabin in early September before the savage aerial ...

Look at clouds to be transported

We talk about nature quite a bit at Audubon. But what is included in that broad category? Obviously plants and animals that live on this planet — trees and flowers, insects and birds. It could also include a whole array of non-living materials and systems that support the living flora and ...

Sounds like cricket

We’re ready for cricket. I have consulted with my Test cricket expert. What is Test cricket? That’s international cricket for you who are somewhat less informed than I. Around here, regarding cricket, I assume that’s almost everyone. He told me why one or (often several) more people ...

Click & clack

Remember Car Talk, that quasi-comedic, semi-serious NPR call-in show about car mechanics? “Click and Clack”, the Tappet Brothers, actually Tom and Ray Malgiozzi, were very bright guys, both MIT grads. And they were HILARIOUS! They had a business in Cambridge MA (which they always referred ...

Praise Fellowship launches The Story Series, service time

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 9, Praise Fellowship will kick off The Story series, a walk through the Bible. The Story is an abridged Bible, made easier to read and arranged chronologically to help people better understand and engage with God’s Word. “Most people don’t know the Bible. In ...

Allegheny wild

An advantage to outings in the Warren area, with the various state game lands and the Allegheny National Forest close at hand, is that one never knows when some unexpected wildlife sighting will occur. So these trips afield provide a dimension that a walk, say, in New York’s Central Park ...