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Steel River’s ‘Love Letters’ delivers a poignant message

By Cheryl Thornburg For Digital First Media |

Letter to the Editor: A ‘thank you’ to those who cleared the roads

Dear Editor: I would like to commend the Maxatawny Township road crew for an excellent job on getting the snow removed from our roads in speedy time and perfection. ...



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    From Arthur’s Policy Desk - Trump: Fifty years in the making

    The Republican Party, for more than 50 years, has cultivated a narrative to attract and hold the working class, high school educated, anti-intellectual white male voter who feels politically and economically emasculated in his own country. The party has sought to attract and hold the modern republican voter who resents and fears the disappearance of the 1940s Ozzie and Harriet American society he grew up in. The party began recruitment of this type of voter when it welcomed defecting...

    By Dr. Arthur Garrison Columnist |

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    Permanent life insurance: Peace of mind and financial flexibility

    When it comes to life insurance, you have two primary options: term life insurance and permanent life insurance. Term insurance is fairly straightforward and offers affordable life insurance coverage for a specific amount of money over a specific period of time. Permanent life insurance, however, comes in many shapes and sizes. While its primary purpose is to provide a financial benefit upon death of the policy holder, cash value withdrawals could potentially be used for college expenses,...

    By John Lauer Thrivent Financial |

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    In preparation for Valentine’s Day 2016, this week and next will be devoted to figuring out who is The Right One for me!

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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    Coming out of the shadows: Substance abuse, mental illness and treatment

    Substance abuse and risky behaviors have been a growing concern for the Kutztown Area and surrounding community. This leaves parents, teachers and community members with many questions: What can be done? How can we prevent this from happening? Where can we go for children and teens that need help now? Families struggling with substance abuse often feel left out in the cold, and due to the stigma attached to substance abuse and mental illness are anxious to ask for help.

    By Vinay Desai, BA Member of Kutztown Stong, Clinical Support Staff at CONCERN Counseling Services |

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    A Look Back in History: Going to bed with Sister and Sergeant

    My wife and I were pleased that we put a small cat door in our wagon shed so stray cats could enter if there was a storm or blizzard. But, one female cat decided to live under my wife’s car in the parking lot, so last winter I grabbed this cat and put her in the 1804 Town Crier’s house, where my son’s house cat once lived, but passed away.

    By Richard H. Shaner Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: Fear of...

    Fear of... You name it, I probably had every one of them already. I’ve overcome some fears and others I simply keep; they’re too hard to surmount. I decided to go back to my childhood and up to present day, to see if I could figure out where these fears came from.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    BOOK BEAT - IMPACT: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

    “What would you give to remember everything? I have this power. I absorb your memories; when you hear me, you relive them. A first dance. A wedding. The song that played when you got the big news. No other talent gives your life a soundtrack. I am Music. I mark time” (page 371 of Mitch Albom’s book The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto).

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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    Real Estate: Have you outgrown your current home?

    Your home should be your castle, your own little piece of the American dream. So, if your little corner of the world has been feeling cramped and you find yourself eyeing those larger homes, here are a few reasons why people choose to make a move.

    By Teri Eide Columnist |

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    The Historian: Oak splint baskets

    Sturdy and inexpensive, oak-splint baskets were used in almost every kitchen and barn on the old homesteads. Prized now by collectors, these plain, undecorated, utilitarian forms tended to fall by the wayside in the 20th century when inexpensive imported baskets, commercially made bushel and “peach” baskets, and all sorts of other containers came on the market.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: Being ‘Baby Carole’

    I was the 11th child (the first having died in infancy), yet I still refer to my siblings as a “family of 10,” namely Lester, Anita, Paul, Jannetta, Carl, Mary Alice, Dorothy, David, Gladys, and myself, Carole. Even though I’m now 67, the siblings refer to me as “Baby Carole.”

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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