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Trip for license not funny

I took my Sassy Saint to the Department of Motor Vehicles. She needed to take her permit test - my goodness gravy! - and I needed to renew my license.Neither one of us left with what we came for.Sass failed the test, mostly because the Long Suffering Husband gave her some antique advice from ...

Guest column/Former Red Cross director says thanks to community

On Friday, I left my position as executive director of the Jefferson County Chapter and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to my community for supporting the American Red Cross.As the American Red Cross repositions itself for the next generation, our local chapter will be merging ...

If the shoe fits, buy it and have happy feet

There's only one set of circumstances under which Better Half will go shoe shopping for himself - desperation.Some people just do not like to play shoe consumer and trudge out there into the world to find footwear, and Better Half falls into that category for sure.His complaints that he really ...

Remember to honor vets Tuesday

Veterans Day will be here in two days. On that day, we honor those who gave their lives defending our way of life. As we remember their sacrifices, we need to appreciate more than ever their willingness to risk their lives for our country.These are words taken from a brochure of the Veterans ...

Judges have earned honors

Catching up on a busy week:Probably the greatest compliment that can be paid to a judge is that his or her decisions were always made with integrity and impartiality.Those words were heard frequently Wednesday night at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville when the Jefferson County Bar Association ...

It’s the thought that counts

Since school started, it feels like I go for stretches of days without seeing the Long Suffering Husband. Between the Little Professor and Sassy Saint's after-school and extra-curricular activities and my own work commitments - fall is harvest festival time, and it feels like there's a new ...

Guest column/Good health will always be something of a balancing act

Congratulations to Nik Wallenda on his high wire feat in Chicago. I can't imagine being in his shoes, but it got me thinking about the nagging fear that consistent, reliable health is on shaky footing.Could you ever imagine walking a tightrope high off the ground blindfolded with no net to ...

Let your voice be heard

There's a lot of interest regionally and nationally as we head into Tuesday's mid-term elections.That's understandable, though. While it appears to be safe to say that control of the U.S. House of Representatives will remain in GOP hands, there's a battle on for control of the Senate. A change ...

Decompressing for return to normalcy

I don't depart from routine all that much, but when I do, the return to normalcy requires some decompressing.I'm back on the job and back in today's spot after a whirlwind trip to Wilmington, N.C., with my sister Cathy and my aunt from Chicago Land.You missed me a little, right?Anyway, we vowed ...

‘Straight from the Heart’ wellness

Learning about health issues in a fun atmosphere with a great bunch of ladies was on the program last month when the women's committees of Jefferson, Harrison, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties put their heads together and set up a "Straight from the Heart Wellness" program at Sugarcreek.Since ...