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Local Columns

Enjoy being an American

This Fourth of July weekend is a chance for us to relax, sit back and reflect. Just like most of the things that have happened since mid-March, this Independence Day holiday is very different from any that have celebrated in the lifetimes of just about every person in the Tri-State ...

Buying early can lead to second guessing

I bought two gifts a month or more in advance for a friend’s birthday, and I admit, I was feeling pretty confident about my efficiency. Truth be told, I was feeling a little smug, too, high-fiving myself and giving myself a pat or two on the back for a job well done. I was president of ...

Guest column/Adapting higher education to online learning

In the flash of an eye, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of American life. Among the most dramatic upheavals has been in the way students learn in schools and colleges at every level. In higher education, the traditional model of classroom-based, face-to-face instruction ...

Matthew 8:5-13: Healing of the Roman Centurion

By THE REV. ANDREW P. NELKO St. Nicholas Orthodox Church In the Gospel of Matthew we hear about the healing of the centurion’s servant. A Roman soldier comes to Christ and asks for Christ to heal his servant who has been paralyzed. Christ responds asking for the centurion to take him to ...

Some diversion, delight in a world gone mad

In a world gone mad, nature offers welcomed diversion and delight. And some scolding on my part. I never would have imagined myself yelling at a chipmunk that was too close to the highway, oblivious to cars and trucks whizzing by, intent instead upon munching on whatever it was that this ...

Another look at a hall

Halls of fame can be appreciated on many different levels. There is, of course, the recognition that those who have been enshrined are among the greatest in their field, whether that be baseball, football, basketball or hockey players, the best boxers of all time, those who have transformed ...

Guest column/Information about your right to protest

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” — First ...

History in the Hills: From nothing — everything

Our area is rich, not just in natural beauty or resources, but most importantly in the people who make it up. Different groups have called our area home since it was settled in the late 18th century by Europeans. Native American tribes have lived in this area off an on for more than 19,000 ...

Looking back in time

There’s something mesmerizing about a stack of old newspapers. No matter how little time you intend to spend looking through the yellowed-pages, it’s easy to get caught up in those little glimpses of the past. Before you know it, the few minutes you had intended to spend looking at them ...

Making faces makes for a poor poker player

I’d make a terrible poker player. It’s not just because I have no interest in the game itself and couldn’t begin to play it well. It’s because no way can I have one of those poker faces — “an impassive expression that hides one’s true feelings,” so the definition ...