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‘The Brides of the Big Valley’

BURNHAM — Best-selling Amish fiction author Wanda Brunstetter will visit the Juniata Valley on Saturday to promote her new book, “The Brides of Big Valley.” Yes, our Big Valley. The author of more than 100 books, with 11 million copies sold, has set her latest story in the Belleville ...

Notes on college admissions scandal

Dear Readers: Many of you have strong opinions about the college admissions scandal, and because there were so many thoughtful replies, I am devoting a few columns to reprinting some of the feedback to my proposed solution of fining the parents to pay for scholarships: Dear Annie: Loved your ...

BP goals can be complicated, controversial

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is 75. I am 68. Our family doctor says that our blood pressure average is fine at 140/80 with no medicine. We thought it should be 120/70, but he says the limit is higher for seniors in order to decrease falls. This is pretty confusing. Do you think it’s OK? — ...

Adding vinegar to toilet tank can clear calcium buildup

Dear Readers: Is your toilet running slow? You may have calcium buildup in your tank, which can clog the flush holes under the rim of the toilet. Here’s the hint: Add several drops of blue food coloring to 1/2 gallon of vinegar. Remove the tank lid and pour the vinegar straight into the ...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The ego seeks to impose an image of life the way we prefer it, ourselves the way we want to be, other people how we picture them. To be disillusioned is to be closer to the soul of the sun. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). All wins and losses are temporary. Being up or ...

Today in history

Today is Thursday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2019. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. On this date: In 1788, South ...

Rivers rising in central US; more rain to come

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Waterlogged parts of the central U.S. braced Wednesday for more rain, following days of severe storms that have battered Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and caused at least three deaths. Authorities urged residents of several small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas to ...

Judge to approve sale of Reading Eagle

READING (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge said Wednesday he intends to approve the sale of the Reading Eagle to a large newspaper chain known for taking over struggling papers and then making deep newsroom cuts. MediaNews Group, better known as Digital First Media, offered $5 million for ...

Gardening volunteers help clean up cemeteries

The cemeteries of yore existed as much for the living as for the dead. People would picnic and relax there as they would in a park today. Now, a handful of 19th century graveyards are restoring the bygone tradition of cemetery gardening, enlisting volunteers to help keep things green and ...

New York landlord Robert Morgan indicted for fraud

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Prominent upstate New York landlord Robert Morgan was charged Wednesday in a 114-count federal indictment with inflating property values in his expansive real estate portfolio to secure more than $500 million in loans. The indictment also named Morgan’s son, Todd ...