The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


December 3, 2012

Business expansion will cost Hermitage chunks of history

An Editor's Notes


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Citrus aroma reminder of Christmas

I enjoy the non-commercial aspects of the holiday season. That’s how I was raised, and I have carried all of the good things about a simple Christmas throughout my life.

I enjoy the sights, smells and the sounds in the weeks leading up to Christmas. One would expect that for a guy who grew up in an Italian household with all of the traditions of Christmas in America as well as the “old country.”

One of the aromas that screams Christmas for me is the sweet citrus smell while peeling a tangerine or an orange. The season of Clementines and Cuties -- small, seedless  oranges -- is upon us, and their sheer smell is a reminder of Christmases of the past.

I have no idea why that has stayed with me all of these years, but the simple smell of a Clementine takes me to the kitchen table at 1025 Emerson Ave. in Farrell and to the dining room tables of all of the relatives whom we visited throughout our Christmas rounds.


Jim Raykie is the editor of The Herald and writes this column on Mondays. His email is

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