Marks grocery a pioneer for ethnic specialty shops
On a recent trip to Pittsburgh, I strolled through the Strip District, of course. In addition to giving a regular donation at the Rivers Casino, walking the strip is one of my favorite Pittsburgh pastimes.
City becoming large maze of traffic signals
One thing the city of Hermitage doesn’t need is another traffic light. But this week, that’s what Hermitage commissioners agreed to install on Route 18 at LindenPointe.
It’s tough when people kill only for sake of killing
The United States of America is truly the land of opportunity. Immigrants came here and founded this country and built it into the great land it is today.
'Gunsmoke' revisited: Festus, Chester, Dillon
CALL IT SOME BAD luck, but on the nicest two days of the spring last Monday and Tuesday, I was at home nursing a head and chest cold that had been keeping my sleep to an hour or two a night. It seems as though four out of five people one knows have had this viral illness this year, and from talking to many of them, quick cures are out of the question.
OUR VIEW: ‘Distracted’ rep missed a chance to advance policy
We don't often dip our editorial oars into the factually challenged cesspool of the blogosphere, but a couple of recent online posts caught our attention because they concerned Mercer County Congressman Mike Kelly.
Fixing up the old often better than destroying it
I read with interest the story on the front page of a recent edition of The Herald about Mike Lisac, owner of Warehouse Sales in Downtown Sharon, who has bought some historic buildings and is renovating them in an attempt to lure business to the city.
OUR VIEW: Farrell talks on Act 47 must center on realities
Farrell was the first city in Pennsylvania to file as a financially “distressed community” under the state Act 47. If city officials are wise, it would be the last to get out of it.
My ‘time-out’ as a kid was a spank on the butt
There are differing opinions on whether it is effective. Many so-called child-raising experts claim there is never a time a parent should strike a child. But most of us who did have the occasional spanking turned out just fine.
'Miss Flo' was guardian angel for students at Farrell High
It was with a great amount of sadness and a feeling of personal loss that I learned that a wonderful woman, Florence Krokoski of John XXIII Home in Hermitage, died last Thursday afternoon at 86 years of age. To lots of people, she was called Florence or Mrs. Krokoski, but to a generation of students from the Farrell Area School District, she will be remembered with much joy simply as "Miss Flo."
Walmart greeter's death touches the hearts of many
The power of social networking and the unbelievable popularity of an average man joined forces last week to provide a heart-warming story. It started St. Patrick’s Day weekend when a Facebook user posted a photo of Hermitage Walmart greeter Ed Krochka with the accompanying message: “RIP Ed.”
St. Paddy, NCAA brackets combine for a wild Sunday
Sometimes when the stars are aligned, we humble homo sapiens are granted a special weekend. This is one of them.
Sports films offer wealth of long-lasting quotations
My family thinks I’m crazy when I blurt out a quote from one of the numerous sports movies that I’ve watched.
Paul's "Mr. Smith" moment was an encouraging aberration
At deadline Wednesday, Rand Paul was still talking. The Kentucky Republican’s kind-of epic filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination for the top spot at the CIA was a great story.
Filibusters -- real, honest-to-God, talk until your voice is raw and your knees are weak, long past the point of making much sense or at least saying anything that hasn’t been said already filibusters -- aren’t something that happens every day.
It’s fitting that Rodman paid visit to North Korea
FORMER NBA player Dennis Rodman recently paid a visit to North Korea. How bad could that turn out?
OUR VIEW: Pa. taxes pocketbooks of working class unfairly
We often hear about how Pennsylvania’s tax laws are a burden for existing businesses and a red flag for those considering setting up shop in the Keystone state.
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