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Local Columns

Pretty cool having Aunt Betty as my neighbor

It’s pretty cool being next-door neighbors with Aunt Betty. That’s a definite perk of returning to my roots and living in the family homestead where my father was born, where Houts have lived continuously since the house was built in the 1880s, and where my dad lived in his adult married ...

Powerful thoughts, words

Having a strong faith, believing in others, being thankful for the gifts in your life, never forgetting to help others and remembering the impact a single person can have on the life of another are things for everyone to remember. Reminders about how important those qualities are came ...

Guest column/Border home of a real, humanitarian crisis

Recently, I visited America’s southern border with Mexico at the El Paso crossing, which is the second busiest port of entry along our southern border. In every aspect, the reality on the ground is much different than how the national media and cable TV talking heads portray it. Here’s ...

Our stars will shine

There are many different awards programs and recognition events held throughout the Tri-State Area each year. And that’s a very good thing, because they all remind us that there are many people and organizations in our region who are doing great things and are deserving of praise. Our ...

A week of communication discoveries

So this is how my week of discoveries went… Our landline phone in the kitchen decided it had had enough of us. Despite battery changes, wire jiggling and mild expletives, it refused to function. And that’s a problem, given the old-time “gossip table” I’d bought in recent months ...

Yet another sure sign

We are into September and the now-cliched scourge of pumpkin-spiced everything has returned, which means fall and winter are really not that far off. Another couple of not-so-subtle reminders came last week, when the Farmers’ Almanac and its arch-rival, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, released ...

Thought of retirement does cross my mind

On Labor Day, the thought of retirement does cross my mind. Actually, the thought sometimes crosses my mind when I’m writing this Sunday column some weeks, often because I’m thinking, did I already write about this last month or last year or a decade or more ago? Chances are your memory ...

Guest column/The sanctity of marriage bonds civilization

My wife, Mena, and I confidently took to the dance floor, hoping we would emerge as “the winner.” The occasion was the Italian-American Cultural Club’s Marital Dance Marathon, conducted during the club’s Aug. 9 meeting at the Knights of Columbus in Mingo Junction. The couple married the ...

Spicing things up in the kitchen brings results

They say variety is the spice of life. Well too much variety of spices can pepper life with problems. Such issues can be managed, even resolved, however, a lesson Better Half and I learned last weekend when we decided our “spice station” in the kitchen needed a new game plan. It was ...

Tradition continues

When you think about high school football in our region, the word tradition almost always comes to mind. Whether it’s a game against an old rival, gathering with friends and family each week at a familiar stadium that generations have played in or grabbing that favorite shirt or hat that ...