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A week of making some discoveries

Better Half and I spent much of this past week making discoveries of one sort or another.This included that we were having "company" of the unsolicited and unwanted variety.Mr. Stink Bug and his family have returned.I don't know where they've been vacationing, but apparently the trip is over, ...

All abuzz with the beekeepers

Tiny bear jars held honey for the favors at the Jefferson County Farm Bureau dinner meeting held at St. Florian Hall. The room was "all abuzz" about bees with beekeeper speaker John Grafton talking about the sad loss of many bees during this and past years.In talking with Bob Powley, who goes ...

Looking out for the underdog

I've always felt an affinity for villains.As a little girl, I couldn't help but hope that once - just once - Wile E. Coyote would catch the Road Runner and that "puddy tat" Sylvester would catch Tweety Bird. When I watched "Jem and the Holograms" - dating myself here - I wished Pizzazz and the ...

Of Community Stars, Taste of the County

This is one crazy time of year for me as community editor of the Herald-Star.Groups that were off for the summer are on again for the fall, making plans for all the things that they do, and I am diving into the banquet season hot and heavy.Now in some ways, that's a very good thing, considering ...

Some family rules and food facts

On the wall in the kitchen of the home of our son, Darin, and his wife, Missy, is a plaque called Family Rules. I can remember many of these rules being enforced in my youth, and I would hope that they are being stressed to children today.Those rules are:"Say please and thank you."Tell the ...

Sharing thoughts on Kuzma

Like many people in our community, I was saddened to learn about the death of Hank Kuzma on Sept. 13.And, like many people in our community, I have more than a few stories I could tell about him.I first had the opportunity to meet Kuzma in February 1981, when I joined the staff of the ...

Kuzma leaves legacy

Coach.Teacher.Fundraiser.Organizational and preparational genius.All those words describe the Franciscan University of Steubenville's Hank Kuzma, but none of them were the essence of the man.The essence was in his deep and sincere voice, that always concerned look he had, along with his ...

Little Professor, Sassy Saint make life interesting

The Long Suffering Husband likes to tell this story about the Little Professor's second day of school.The very first day of school, we did the typical first day of kindergarten thing. We put him in his brand new clothes and shoes, hung a tiny superhero backpack filled with crayons and other ...

The plan is that there is no real plan

It was Attempt No. 47 (at least) for swearing off sugar when I calculated the day's calorie count and tucked away what I call my Rambo salad in the newsroom refrigerator one morning last week.At the beginning of the year, I'd planned a new start after I'd sedated myself with sweets to survive ...

Fall festival successful

The Smithfield Fire Department carried off a successful fall festival last week that was reminiscent of the early days of the Apple Festivals held in the past.There were people walking up and down Main Street, which was closed off for two blocks, and interesting cars and trucks in the car ...