Local Columns

Looking into the future

It’s sometimes so easy to get caught up in the anxiousness that surrounds bad news when it hits our region that we lose sight of the good things that are around us. Our region’s retail sector, for instance, has taken quite a few hits in the last year or so. Sears Holdings Corp., in ...

Happy Sunday and come back next week

Happy Sunday. And here you are, bless your hearts. Getting the paper. Thank you. Reading this column. Thank you again. And here I am, part of a page waiting to line a bird cage, to embrace your heaps of coffee grounds or await a trip to the recycle bin. Or if you’re old-school like my ...

Guest column/In loving memory of the Rev. Michael Scanlan

I know the Rev. Michael Scanlan, TOR, who died Jan. 7 at the age of 85, set the vision, the mission and the tone of Franciscan University of Steubenville and made it one of the best universities in the country. I am so grateful to him for that. I am very grateful that my sons, Chris ...

With January being one of least social months of the year, I had to search my picture files to find photos I had not presented in columns before. ----- The Cadiz Lions Club is getting quite skilled at flipping pancakes, with not one falling to the floor in the process. They hold pancake and ...

Politics an interesting subject

I was never interested in politics when I was younger. I was busy calculating how many black pieces of clothing I could rock at once without turning into a literal black hole, perfecting heavy cat’s eye liner — never did nail that one down — and listening to music consisting mostly of ...

Many worry about the future without thought of today

In the spring of 1871, a young man picked up a book and read 21 words that changed his life. The young man was a medical student at Montreal General Hospital. He was worried about final examinations. He was troubled about what he should do with his life, where he should establish his medical ...

Talk to ourselves not ourselves talking to us

Every year around Christmas through the rest of the winter season comes the depression sessions, and for many people, it goes on the rest of the year. This reminds me of a story I heard from the 1700s. History’s greatest clown was a man named Joseph Grimaldi. He was the father of modern ...

Some toys are hall worthy

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays safely past, there’s a good opportunity to get caught up on some things that have been sitting on the corner of the desk for some time now, and, in the process, help to bring a little closure. In case you missed it, this year’s inductees to the ...

An ordinary, unordinary New Year’s Eve

In some ways, New Year’s Eve was like any other day of the year, but in other ways it wasn’t. It was an ordinary day, on the one hand, in that Better Half and I ran errands, something we take almost to the hobby level. On our list of things to do that Saturday that brought 2016 to a ...

There’s nothing like a good auction

Since I love auctions, being an invited guest at the Mingo Lions Club Christmas party was a great joy. I think that William Johns, who served as the auctioneer, with the help of Bill Snyder, president, for the white elephant gifts brought to the Mingo Lions Club Christmas party was getting ...