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Local Columns

Trillion-dollar answer to million-dollar query

“Are you ready for Christmas?” Now there’s another question that puts me on panic alert, second only to “Are you cooking?” I hold my hands up in whoa-not-me mode. Hold your horses. N/A. Not applicable. This time of year everybody asks about your Santa-and-company-coming ...

A look into the future

They were hard to miss. While making a recent push to clear leaves in anticipation of the arrival of winter weather, they revealed themselves. After a pile of leaves was moved from in front of the walk, all that was left on the ground was a wooly bear caterpillar. Another was spotted not too ...

Guest column/Some profound thoughts about some things

Sometimes, do you sit with your cuppa, staring into but not seeing your surroundings and ask yourself profound questions like, “Does everyone on Spaceship Earth think we are living in a test tube?” Or, “Can anyone else remember a time when they consciously thought, ‘I do not want to be ...

Guest column/Shop local ­— support heroes on Main Street

Small businesses play a critical role in improving our everyday lives — creating jobs, products and services, and serving as launchpads for new industries as they scale — and the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced their importance for our communities and Main Street economies. The pandemic ...

Interpretation of ‘fun’ involves ‘Herald’

The interpretation of “fun” is different for everyone. In a casual, superficial conversation with people I don’t necessarily know very well, I tend to wince when this subject comes up. Maybe it’s because I feel “fun deficient” on some levels, unable to “wow” anyone with exotic ...

Downtown really shines

Of the hundreds of people who gathered at Historic Fort Steuben Tuesday for Steubenville Lights up the Night, it’s likely Patrick McGlaughlin was the most nervous. McGlaughlin, a longtime volunteer who has helped with numerous events at the fort during many years, had several jobs to do ...