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Local Columns

A new year, will bring new obstacles to share the gospel

This is the beginning of a new year with new obstacles to overcome. As most of you know, I lost my husband, Paul, who normally wrote these articles. I was up half the night with this article rolling through my head so I believe the Lord has commissioned me to carry on where Paul has left off. ...

Remembering top toys

Expectations were high when this year’s nominees for the National Toy Hall of Fame were announced. There, among the 12, once again was one of my all-time favorites — Matchbox cars. It always seemed an injustice that the metal model cars that inspired many hours of playtime had been left ...

Whatever your traditions, Merry Christmas

When my sister Linda planned to come home for a visit this fall, I had a request. I wanted her to show me how to make Moravian Christmas stars. This was one of our Christmas traditions when I was growing up with the stars used as tree ornaments. Each year when I unpack decorations and ...

Pining away to be that Pioneer Woman

I admit that I’m gullible, but watching one episode of “The Pioneer Woman” on the Food Network, and I’m thinking, oh yeah, baby, I want so badly to pull off a Pioneer Woman party in a Kiaski kitchen. I can do that, right? Well, in my dreams, maybe. Ree Drummond’s life seems ...

Working together

The Rev. Daniel Egan, TOR, always will be remembered by residents of our region as the first president of what, in 1946, was then known as the College of Steubenville. Egan believed that it was important to bring the community and the college together, a thought that was behind the school’s ...

History in the Hills: Some Christmas memories

Christmas is a time to spend with family, friends and those closest to us. It is a time to come together and make new memories, traditions and reflect on what is important in our lives. Spending time with one another, going to special places and visiting those relatives we only see at Christmas ...

Guest column/Champions: Don’t forget you are gifted

Since my days as a competitor, coach and official, I have often wondered who acquires more positive character traits: The highly-talented athletes or the unnoticed ones competing against them. We have often heard on sports networks from superior athletes how hard they trained and sacrificed ...

Faith in our future

Faith in the Future has offered some very interesting presentations during the past 15 years. The foundation for the annual prayer breakfast, which has traditionally been held the Friday before Thanksgiving, remains the same as it was when the idea was first proposed by R. Daniel Conlon, who ...

She’s Toronto’s gingerbread lady

TORONTO — Today marks a one-time departure from traditional Valley Life stories you find on this Sunday section page. It’s different in two ways. For one thing, I’m writing it first-person style because I was involved in the story itself as a participant. The other difference is that ...

Guest column/Christmas in Steubenville Land Office in 1830

During the holiday season, the First Federal Land office at Historic Fort Steuben will be open on weekends to present an experience of what Christmas was like there in 1830. Visitors will be surprised to learn how very different it was. In 1830, Steubenville was a thriving river town of 3,000 ...