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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.

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Identity theft is often linked to stolen credit cards, false loan applications or unauthorized bank account withdrawals. Now the incidents of unemployment fraud are mounting at alarming rates in Ohio, with cases hitting close to home.

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In May of 2020, when Ohio had been plunged into recession by the COVID-19 pandemic, state budget analysts were wringing their hands trying to make ends meet in the wake of the worst fiscal crisis since the Great Recession.

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Woodmere Village is in a conundrum. The solution, however, seems to be within reach if elected officials could find a way to cooperate with each other.

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Filling the void. That’s what local agencies, charities and religious groups are doing right now to help families keep food on their tables. Often, food drives are associated with the winter holidays. But the need is year-round for senior citizens on fixed incomes, families facing economic d…

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That old briefcase, you know, the one you threw in the back seat months ago, the one that has become your forever passenger for all to see.That beat-up bag could tempt a passer-by to smash your window just to see if there is something valuable inside.

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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…