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February 11, 2012 Valentine’s Day always seems to creep up on me. more »»


February 11, 2012 The parade to prison Vince Fumo. John Perzel. Mike Veon. Bill DeWees. more »»

Old movies educate the next generation

February 4, 2012 When one of the grandchildren came to visit on a day off of school, I dug out the old home movies thinking he’d like to see what his dad looked like when he was small. The activity was a hit. more »»

When one of the grandchildren came to visit on a day off of school, I dug out the old home movies thinking he’d like to see what his dad looked like when he was small. The activity was a hit. We did not finish with the movies that day, but we made plans

February 4, 2012 (part one of two) Check out this idea for a science-fiction film: people build these hi-tech machines to serve humankind… The machines make life so much easier that people surrender more and... more »»


February 4, 2012 Information desk When you work at a newspaper, people expect you to know stuff. more »»

True love

February 4, 2012 We’re moving smartly towards Valentine’s Day (wasn’t Christmas just last week?!!). I’m feeling especially Valentine-y this year. I’ve been touched by the magic of true love. more »»

SitCOMM: ‘Super’ job, Flannel Panel

February 3, 2012 Spider-Man. Superman. Captain America. Joe Paterno. Last Friday was the Flannel Panel’s unveiling of “Super Heroes Theme Night” in Joseph A. Massa Gymnasium at Warren Area High School. more »»

Running Home To Fifty

January 28, 2012 Jon Shaffer took a road less-traveled on his last lap around the sun to fifty. He fine-tuned his already conscious awareness of the importance of diet and exercise. He ran often and far. more »»

THE EVERYDAY HUNTER: Cures for Cabin Fever

January 28, 2012 It’s the time of year when deer are dropping their antlers, turkeys are following manure spreaders and Phil, the famous Punxsutawney groundhog, is ready to tell us how much cabin fever season we hav... more »»

Momma’s list for things ‘to do’

January 21, 2012 You have all heard of “honey do” lists. This week I had a “momma needs done” list that my children were able to take care of for me. more »»

Big dreams

January 21, 2012 I met Bill Dyke a few years ago when he gave me a call at Family Services to discuss one of my newspaper columns. more »»

When good motor mounts go bad

January 21, 2012 Dear Tom and Ray: The Toyota dealer where I have my car serviced recommended that I replace the motor mounts. more »»

In sickness and in health

January 21, 2012 Once upon a time, there was a man who never got sick. Early in our marriage, he unfortunately found himself in a house full of people who succumbed, one at a time, to the fl. more »»

Trail corridor protection

January 21, 2012 At the start of the 20th century, the Warren area was known as the Allegheny brushpile. The logging industry stripped the hills of all timber and just walked away. The U.S. more »»

I can almost taste it!

January 14, 2012 One of the things that I like about January is the arrival of the catalogs from the nurserie. more »»

We’re all the same, only different

January 14, 2012 It’s a short drive to work. I can hardly listen to a whole favorite song. Many times I’ll hear just a portion of a story on NPR. more »»


January 14, 2012 Mixing business with pleasure The radio scanner in the newsroom is a good source of information. It can also be a source of entertainment. more »»

Time to talk politics at the dinner table

January 14, 2012 We all have heard the admonishment that polite people never discuss politics or religion at the dinner table. Forgive me, but that sounds like a big part of the problem right now in America. more »»


January 14, 2012 Automatic salary increases for elected officials must end Imagine a scenario where you could guarantee yourself a pay raise every year, no matter wha. more »»

Encouragement goes a long way

January 7, 2012 A commercial that aired during the holiday season is one of my favorites. I remember seeing it before, but it never gets old. A family attends a concert in a large auditoriu. more »»



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