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Gone But Never Forgotten

Author’s note: When growing up in the 1980s and 1990s it was way different than the 2000s. You had more jobs and duties to fulfill at home. Another thing is you had to work hard for what you got. I chose this story about my father, Brian, losing his father, Dennis Sr., for several reasons. ...

Red Green

Steve Smith has made a career out of playing, well, Steve Smith. More accurately, he’s been, for most of 40 years, his signature character — Red Green. And Red is back on the road this year in what Smith hints could be the final public appearances for his alter ego. Red Green began as ...

Grow up, Kenny

Author’s note: This story is about my dad and how he grew up when he was having his first kid. I chose to write this story because my dad is a role model to me, and I wanted to learn more about him when he was younger. The story is also about my sister Danielle and how she struggled as a ...

Local artist turns trinkets into treasure

MIFFLINTOWN — One person’s trinket is Freda Durio’s treasure. One year ago, Durio, of Mifflintown, started putting costume jewelry into frames and forming what many have said is unforgettable art. “I saw a picture somewhere of a jewelry tree,” Durio said, and she decided to make ...

Love in 1971

Author’s note: The year was 1971; it was a period of growth, and it was a revolution. The 26th Amendment allowed people to vote at 18. Disney World opened for business, and Apollo 14 launched to the moon. It was a busy period in time, when we were advancing as a nation. For as long as I can ...

The Big Decision

Author’s note: I chose to write about this because my father has been one of the biggest influences on my athletic career. He accomplished a feat that not many people can say they did back in the 1980s. His story is inspiring to me and hopefully it is to many others. He left a great mark on ...

Budding genealogist delves into history of the Smith Farm

McALISTERVILLE — One man’s love for discovering his family tree has grown into a potential side business opportunity at his farm. Dan Smith is a high school biology teacher, farmer and now a budding genealogist of sorts. Other than eggs and produce, the farmer is offering the service ...

Pregnant at 16

Author’s note: Back in 1960, a girl named Darla had a big life changing event. She ended up finding out she was pregnant. She moved out to live in an apartment with her boyfriend on little pay. They got married a few months after the baby was born. Then, years down the road she had another ...

A Christmas miracle

(First of three articles) Late December 1776. The temperature is 29 degrees and we’re sitting by a fire — but neither of us are at home. You and I are sitting near the banks of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. We recently had one heck of a battle at Long Island where they say 800 ...