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Ask Steve: How important is installing a carbon monoxide detector in a new home?

By Steve Moyer Columnist |

Felicia Fisher’s Slice Of Life: Serving up chocolate...very hot

You simply can’t go wrong with chocolate and since Americans consume 2.8 BILLION pounds of it per year, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who agrees with that sentiment. The irony of my extolling the virtues of chocolate is th...

By Felicia Fisher Columnist |


  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: Toilets, pots and such

    What better month then January to write about toilets. January 27 is Thomas Crapper Day! Yet, Crapper, whose been given the credit for inventing the toilet, actually didn’t. He was awarded nine patents, three of which were for water closets. Yes, he was a plumber in England from 1861 to 1904 and owned a plumbing company, Thomas Crapper and Co. Even though the “silent valveless water waste preventer” device is attributed to him, it was patented to Albert Giblin, an...

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: ‘Blackhat’ an acquired taste; ‘Citizenfour’ not to be missed

    “Blackhat” is being advertised as an action thriller, and strictly speaking, it is, and at an almost literally elemental level.

    By Robert Humanick 21st Century Media |

  • Columns

    Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Thinking outside the (brownie) box

    I cannot tell a (baking-related) lie. I use boxed, store-bought brownie mix. To me, the ultimate brownie not only has an over-the-top, amazing, “Oh my gosh I need a glass of milk right now to wash this down” chocolate flavor but is of the fudge and not the cake variety. Despite my various efforts, my made from scratch attempts were oily and bland. Come to think if it, I’ve even found many boxed mixes to be disappointments as well. They’re too bland, too dry, not...

    By Felicia Fisher Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Person to person - Impact: The Lady in Red

    For many years I was quite reserved and in most cases kept my thoughts to myself. Then I entered a period of “Internal Sweats”. Someone would do or say something that I knew was not correct (at least from my standpoint) and those Internal Sweats would build up until I just had to say something to the person. This story occurred in the early to mid-1990s.

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

  • Columns

    Ask Esther: Should I be concerned about a septic system inspection?

    I am planning to sell my home but have heard nightmare stories from coworkers concerning septic inspections. My home is about 40 years old but I have had no problems with my septic system. Should I be concerned about this?

    By Esther Prosser Columnist |

  • Opinion

    From the Item Editor: My trip back to the PA Farm Show

    Most of the time, thousands of people packed into one place, no matter how large, is not my preferred way to spend any spare time that I may have. Large crowds have never been my favorite thing and I tend to do just about anything I can to avoid them.

    Shea Singley

  • Opinion

    Small Beginnings: Untangling life in 2015

    Happy New Year! I know I’m a little late. The New Year is a few weeks old already and it’s as busy as last year and the year before that! What happened to that resolution about slowing things down and stopping to smell the roses? Long forgotten I daresay. Sigh. But the demands of life are great and therefore we rise to the occasion and meet them head on, so it goes in this post-modern twenty first century.

    By Lisa Schappell Columnist |

  • Columns

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: ‘Selma’ marches to greatness; ‘Still Alice’ takes the easy route

    “Still Alice” is likely three times the film it would be without its central performance – a tremendous turn by Julianne Moore, who adds texture and detail where the script often glosses over such. The film suffers from what might be described as Lifetime movie-ism: a tendency to simplify its subject matter, which is by definition very deep, and in turn resorting to easier emotional ploys. This kind of material is an emotional mine field, particularly for anyone who can...

    By Robert Humanick Columnist |

  • Opinion

    On the Record with Carol: Social Media and Tri County Record find a match

    My job in this column is to foster a closer relationship between the Tri County Record and the local people. In 2014 a variety of topics were shared here, some extending into the lives of those that reach out beyond our borders, and so it is with the diversity of this dance of life.

    By Carol Quaintance For 21st Century Media |

  • Columns

    Focus on the Family: Grandparents want to help, not butt in, with new baby

    Question: How can grandparents help new parents without wearing out their welcome? I’m excited to play an active and positive role in my grandchild’s life, but I want to be careful to respect appropriate boundaries with my son and daughter-in-law.

    By Jim Daly Columnist |

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