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Later this week, we’ll mark two important dates for Americans — Saturday, Nov. 10, is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, and Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. Thank you to all those who’ve served.

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There’s no doubt Huntingdon County residents are some of the most generous folks around. That generosity shines all year long, but this time of year, as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, it shines a little brighter and the end result is beautiful.

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Time flies when you’re having fun! In fact, time flies so fast (and life gets busy) that I forgot to mention last week marked the 10th anniversary of the Chatter Box column.

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This weekend is the weekend for fall activities. There’s so much to do — the Pumpkin Patch Trolley at the Rockhill Trolley Museum (10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) Hartslog Day (Saturday), the return of Huntingdon’s Healthy Harvest Fest (Saturday) and more.

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There are some people in our lives we can’t live without. For me, it’s my mom. That might be an obvious choice for some folks, but I could not do what I do on a daily basis if it weren’t for my mother. She takes my boys to school and picks them up. When she’s not working (and even sometimes …

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I’m not a firefighter or EMT, but I’ve been around enough to know there’s more to being a volunteer than just responding to emergencies. Sure, that’s the main reason they do what they do — to help people — but these days, volunteer service means so much more.

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I have a feeling Sept. 11, 2018, will be recalled in Huntingdon County as more than a Day of Remembrance. Many of us won’t soon forget the widespread flooding that caused schools and businesses to close and employees to take the “long way around” in and out of the borough.

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They say all good things must come to an end, and that is the truth in the newsroom here at The Daily News this week. As summer unofficially draws to a close, so does our time with our summer interns.

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You can certainly tell late summer is upon us. From cooler mornings with lots of dew and fog to the days getting shorter, this time of year has a certain feel that arrives in August and sticks around until fall makes its unofficial appearance.

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Two weeks ago I mentioned I was dreading the end of July, well, the middle of August is no better. This week is always used to “recover” from the fair. But, on top of catching up on work in the office and at home, my boys start soccer practice (if it ever stops raining), I have to fit in som…

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There’s been lots of excitement in Huntingdon County over the past week. It’s not often you have folks camping out for the McDonald’s grand opening one day and camping at the county fair a few days later.

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I’ve been dreading the end of this month. It means the fair is less than a week away, which means school is just a few weeks away, which means ... summer is over.

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Summer is one of those seasons that gets everyone thinking about catching up with one another. Think about it — families plan vacations to see one another, it’s a popular time for family and class reunions and sometimes it’s just a good time to spend a lazy day on the lake catching up with c…

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Where can you stay outside until 9 p.m. (or later) and not have to worry about a flashlight, catch lightning bugs and enjoy dinner that was picked fresh from the garden? Why, central Pennsylvania in summer!

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Three local residents were able to cross off an item on their bucket list Sunday, as they traveled with their horses to the Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Sure it’s a day for picnics and family gatherings (aren’t most birthdays), but it’s also truly a day to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. I’ve always thought back to that week in 1776 as voting delegates of the Continental Congr…

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The members of the Stone Creek Valley Lions Club have been waiting for the upcoming weekend for some time now. All of their hard work and planning efforts will be put to the test, as they enjoy the fruits of their labor at the Pennsylvania Beacon Lodge Annual Horseshoe Tournament and Bazaar …

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We certainly haven’t needed a calendar to tell us it’s summer, as Sunday and Monday were hot and muggy days. Regardless, Thursday, June 21, the season will make it’s official arrival.

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If you’re a regular reader, you know I always try to focus on the good and positive things folks are doing in Huntingdon County. I would argue it’s hard to find a county with residents who come together to support others as much as Huntingdon folks.

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As I’ve enjoyed all the graduation celebrations and end-of-school-year photos on social media over the past week, I thought about my own family members’ accomplishments over the last week and realized it’s been a while since I’ve updated my readers.

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This is the last full week of school for Huntingdon Area School District students. How did that happen? Where did the school year go? Well, I don’t know where it went, but I know it went quickly.

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I know I say this just about every month, but can you believe it’s May? I swear each month passes faster than the one before it. April was a whirlwind to me — it started with a birthday, Easter and the end of indoor soccer for our two oldest boys, and ended with baseball season and visits fr…

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I can’t believe this is the last full week of April. It seems like the year just started, but here we are already with one week left in April and just over a month left in the school year.

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It’s hard to go somewhere these days and find folks talking about something other than the weather. It certainly has been an awkward spring. Last Friday and Saturday were a nice reprieve from the cold temperatures and precipitation.

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I’m hoping this morning was Mother Nature’s last cruel winter joke, as everything was white at my house. It’s crazy to think it will feel more like winter today and more like summer by the end of the week — and it’s spring!

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Despite the belated April Fool’s joke from Mother Nature Monday morning, spring is showing it’s true colors more each day.

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It’s almost hard to believe there was close to a foot of snow on the ground less than a week ago. Even though we expect Mother Nature to be fickle this time of year, the snow sure messed up some plans — baseball practices and egg hunts, just to name a few.

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Although it might not feel like it yet, happy first day of spring! There might be snow in the forecast today, but it won’t be long before the grass is a lush green, the trees, shrubs and flowers are blooming and the kids are on the baseball diamond.