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Looking out for the underdog

September 27, 2014 I’ve always felt an affinity for villains. As a little girl, I couldn’t help but hope that once — just once — Wile E. more »»

Of Community Stars, Taste of the County

September 21, 2014 This is one crazy time of year for me as community editor of the Herald-Star. more »»

Sharing thoughts on Kuzma

September 21, 2014 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. more »»

Some family rules and food facts

September 21, 2014 On the wall in the kitchen of the home of our son, Darin, and his wife, Missy, is a plaque called Family Rules. more »»

Kuzma leaves legacy

September 20, 2014 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 ma. more »»

Little Professor, Sassy Saint make life interesting

September 20, 2014 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. more »»

The plan is that there is no real plan

September 14, 2014 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 wee. more »»

Interesting perspectives

September 14, 2014 You don’t have to look very hard to find people who are willing to discuss the problems that our area is facing. more »»

Fall festival successful

September 14, 2014 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. more »»

Seeking shirts, $150 purses

September 13, 2014 As I look back on it, I realize that it was a bad decision. Hindsight really is 20/20. My first mistake was taking my mother out in public. My second mistake was taking the kids along for the ride. more »»

Guest column/Good family doctors in short supply

September 13, 2014 All of us are getting older but those of us at the bottom of the actuarial tables face particular challenges. Most of us lead full lives but we worry about our increasing ailment. more »»

Speakers in series interesting

September 7, 2014 Tri-State Area residents have come to expect a quality presentation from the Herald-Star, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Speaker series, and we’re sure the next installment will not disappoin. more »»

Lions and tigers and horse flies, oh my

September 7, 2014 This has been a week for a lot of animal and insect interaction, including confrontations with horse flie. more »»

A ‘Catch-up Photo Week’ for today

September 7, 2014 There are times when I take too many pictures or lose the photo identifications, and they are put aside for a time. more »»

Longing for the carousel

September 6, 2014 Our family accompanied our Sassy Saint to Kennywood recently so we could see her marching with the band in the Fall Fantasy parade. I hate theme parks. more »»

Many special jobs for the road trip taker

August 31, 2014 Some of us have special jobs when it comes to road trips. I know I did on an extended weekend getaway to the Chicago area with Better Half and my sister and brother-in-law to visit with a relative. more »»

Bus tour an interesting day

August 31, 2014 It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget about the things that are not going on not too far from where we live. more »»

Guest column/Clearing the air by using natural gas technologies

August 31, 2014 It’s time to recognize the most important benefit of the shale-gas revolution ... more »»

Stepping back in Great Trails history

August 31, 2014 More than 33 years ago an idea was born after Gary Jewell bought a 120-acre farm and added to it when Archie Hubner, who owned acreage near the Malvern highway, traded some land at the back of the... more »»

Turtle leads to adventure

August 30, 2014 I called home, and my daughter picked up. “Hold on,” she said. There was a lot of background noise, because her friends had come ove. more »»

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