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For years, I have been sounding the alarm about chronic federal deficit spending – practiced by both Republicans and Democrats – steering our country into a fiscal abyss. I feel like a broken record as I periodically chronicle the folly of it all. The process has taken on a sense of inevitab…

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A $51 million office building under construction for Geauga County departments brings promise of open space and all the modern conveniences allowing employees to better serve residents.

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By the time you read this, I may be in jail. I’m joking, but only sort of. A collections agency seems to believe that my husband, Brent, and I owe Brent’s doctor $30. We have bank confirmation that we paid the doctor $30 and that the doctor cashed the check but the collections agency doesn’t…

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Join the flock. That’s what a number of local communities are doing by contracting with Flock Safety for license plate reading cameras with a promise of reducing crime and not invading privacy.

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Americans are slowly returning to their favorite mom-and-pop shops and locally-owned restaurants. With COVID-19 cases falling, and 23 percent of the population fully vaccinated, most states have lifted the strictest lockdown measures.

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Ohio had a free and fair general election on Nov. 3, 2020. That also was the case during the spring of 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the state moving the March 17 primary to a mail-in voting process through April 28.

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Geauga County and Northeast Ohio lost a much loved and well-respected leader last week. Retired Geauga County Sheriff Daniel C. McClelland, 67, died on April 14 after a courageous year-long battle with brain cancer.

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Ohio Republicans in the state legislature have apparently decided to go full Calhoun with a proposed bill attempting to nullify not only any federal gun laws they don’t like but also any court rulings related to gun laws with which they disagree.

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This is being written the day before Monday’s Chagrin Falls Village Council meeting, so news surrounding the Chagrin Valley Jaycees much-anticipated October version of Blossom Time – and council’s decision on same – hasn’t happened yet.

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My world has turned upside down. Before the pandemic forced us into individual pods and my husband’s death left me in a pod of one, I greeted mornings with anticipation, eager to see what would unfold. Nights were annoying interruptions – long, dark, empty hours to get through before life co…

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The ad from one of our local boutiques announcing the sale of mushroom growing kits made me smile at a memory of a time long ago – before there were “kits” sold in boutiques – when we grew a batch of Agaricus bisporus fungi, common button mushrooms.

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Area high schools and universities are making arrangements for year-end graduations. So far, most ceremonies will take place outdoors in stadiums, on grassy fields and in grandstands with fingers crossed for clear blue skies.

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The relationship between the United States and China is the most important bilateral relationship in the world. When it goes smoothly, global tensions are low. When the relationship hits the rocks, tensions rise, not only between the U.S. and China but throughout the world.

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Stress. Most if not all of us experience it at some point in our lives. This past year we have shared the burden of stress from the coronavirus pandemic. It was not just something we saw on the TV news or read about online and in newspapers. The pandemic permeated our daily lives. Work, scho…

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As reports of violence perpetrated against Asian-Americans widened in the wake of the Atlanta-area spa murders, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted doubled down on his declaration that the global pandemic is “the Wuhan virus after all.”

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Just two days after residents gathered in Solon Community Park for a vigil to mourn the deaths of the victims gunned down in Atlanta, Georgia, another mass shooting occurred, this time in Boulder, Colorado.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine received an outpouring of support from health professionals earlier this week when he vetoed Senate Bill 22 that would have allowed state lawmakers to randomly rescind public health orders that they did not like or want to follow.

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Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio have deemed the Chagrin Falls Main Street bridge safe, but if it is to stay that way repairs will be needed sooner than later.

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It started with a bluebird house that we received as a gift. Because of this simple wooden birdhouse mounted on a pole, I learned where bluebirds prefer their houses to be located (in an open sunny space with a clear flight path, away from trees or other obstacles) and I began paying more at…

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A few minutes ago, I climbed up the stairs after breakfast to see Prodigal Cat Pang’s back legs and tail sticking out from under the Venetian blind over the window above my bed. I stood quietly and watched for a few minutes before joining him by the window and pulling back the blind.

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July Fourth fireworks are a time-honored tradition across the U.S., Geauga County, Chagrin Valley and Solon.

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For many of us, pandemic lockdowns changed our relationship with food. We miss dining at restaurants, eating with friends, cooking together and sharing family baking traditions. Like many others, my family has been sharing photos and videos of ourselves baking bread, muffins and more, and te…

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The American Society of News Editors, now the News Leaders Association, launched Sunshine Week 16 years ago to cast a spotlight on the importance of access to public information and the dangers of secrecy in government. Today we share this space with Ken Paulson, the former editor-in-chief o…

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All signs must be treated equally, whether they are promoting a product, idea, candidate or political issue. That has been the advice of experts to area communities reviewing sign ordinances now on the books. The subject was discussed recently in Solon and Moreland Hills.

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We are feeling a bit optimistic. There are now three approved COVID-19 vaccinations available to people in the U.S. With the increasing rollout of vaccines to individuals and the continued use of health protocols, the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining.

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The voters of Woodmere have spoken. In the Tuesday election, three of four council members up for recall lost their seats.