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I can’t stop thinking about it. I never will. The Soviet Union poured billions of dollars of weaponry into Vietnam to help their communist brethren kill my American brothers. More than 11,000 of them were sent home in body bags during my year in country, and well over 58,000 of them perished…

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On Monday, the nation will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate the legacy of the beloved civil rights leader. MLK Day is marked with prayer services, speeches and concerts. It has become a national day of service for many across the U.S. with a goal of Americans helping each other.

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President-elect Joe Biden has introduced his foreign policy and national security team, and it is certainly a far cry from the haphazardly organized group assembled under current President Donald Trump.  These people - seven nominated so far – include Antony Blinken for secretary of state; A…

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We ended 2019 optimistic that a major step was being taken to support the recycling effort when national food chains joined local governments to eliminate single-use plastic bags. These bags clog waterways, endanger animals and take up valuable space in landfills.

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This year more than ever, people coping with the coronavirus pandemic are looking to capture the magic of the holiday season. Because of health advisories, there likely won’t be large family gatherings or crowded pews in churches during Christmas services.

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I admit it. I did not want to see a Starbucks in the Village. I was a regular at the Rosecart Café – that charming little bistro in a century house on East Washington Street where Ginny Rosen and Guy Cartwright served up coffee drinks and light breakfast from 1994 to 2001. The Rosecart was m…

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We live in hope. After more than 10 months of living under the threat of the novel coronavirus, scientists have come up with vaccines that gained emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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As everyone hunkers down in various levels of COVID-19 shutdown mode, there is no shortage of jokes about how we will have to relearn normal societal behavior once we are in each other’s company again. For one thing, many people will have to get used to wearing pants again. For me, if I ever…

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A few disruptions from residents attending a virtual Woodmere session last month has prompted some Village Council members to consider permanently eliminating one of the two public comment segments of all meetings.

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Let’s go to Kari’s Play World. That is what children and parents in Bainbridge will be saying when the playground at River Run Park is replaced in the coming weeks.

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On Thanksgiving Day we are thankful for family, friends and neighbors. They are the people closest to us. They are the people we talk with, laugh with and cry with the most. They are the people who surround us in our everyday lives.

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We think back to a year ago Thanksgiving and it seems like a lifetime ago. So much has happened that we have not been happy about but so much more we are grateful for and for the people that make it their business to be there for us when around us the world seems a scary and hopeless place.

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Oh, what a game. A true nail-biter. Chardon High School gridders went into the state championship last Saturday with confidence thanks to their winning record and No. 1 ranking by AP. Yet there was no doubt that head coach Mitch Hewitt and the Hilltoppers were facing a worthy opponent in No.…

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As Rosie got older, she lost her ability to jump on and off the tailgate so she moved her daytime base of operations to one of several well-hidden spots around the yard from which she could observe her domain undetected and launch surprise attacks on anything that moved. She became so good a…

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The coronavirus pandemic that came onto the scene more than nine months ago continues to dominate work, play, school and family life. We are writing about this once again because Ohio is facing a record number of cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

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My husband’s SpongeBob pajama pants will never be the same, and don’t even get me started on his Ohio State pair. You see, I use them to make pandemic masks. Brent can still wear his Spongebob pajama pants, but they’re capris length now, since I whacked several inches off the bottom to make …

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Something always seems to be brewing in Woodmere. The tiny village is home to about 860 residents, upscale shopping at Eton Chagrin Boulevard, an Apple retail store, a Starbucks, a neighborly Trader Joe’s and wonderful restaurants. On the surface, life should be good in Woodmere.

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Last week, after weighing all of my options, I decided to cast my ballot by mail. I had studied the actuarial tables and found that the chances my vote would be hijacked by train robbers, anarchists, pirates or an evil doppelganger were pretty low.

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In just a few days, the Nov. 3 general election will be here. If you are a registered voter, it is critical that you cast a ballot. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, voting is a right and a duty.

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The people of the Chagrin Valley showed their generosity earlier this month when they joined together to collect and donate food for the Bainbridge Area Food for Friends pantry. The coronavirus pandemic over the last eight months has changed the lives of everyone in the valley, Ohio, the U.S…

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It was a sunny day in the spring of 2014, the top was down on her convertible as Sali and I headed for downtown Chagrin Falls and the place that held promise for the restaurant she had dreamed about owning for years. Now it was happening.