Columns & Editorials

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Once, many years ago, I ran across a book with the title, Hollywood Is A Kosher Nutburger.  I think that I read it but...

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One of the great things about enjoying wine is being able to check out so many great wineries. Each one of the 50 states...

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They say you can’t buy happiness. But, you can buy donuts, and it’s hard not to feel happy while eating a donut. The folks...

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I can assure the readership that this will not be a critique of the famous Dickens novel of the same name, but a few ideas on how to make the most of your adventures when exploring Nearby Nature. When you go to the zoo you want to see the animals, the same can be said about hiking, camping, or fishing; you want to see and experience nature first hand. When the sun is shining, birds chirping, and you go out to experience nature, one of the most disappointing things that can happen is that by the end of the day all you have experienced is tired/aching legs and bug bites from your hike.

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How many times have you been to a wine tasting or even just had wine at home and someone says “Wow, this smells like...

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Stocks rise, fall ... and rise again. Volatility certainly came back to Wall Street during the first several weeks of 2014 in the form...

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O.K., it’s Thursday, this must be springtime. Holy cow!  What a wild one!  Haul out the long johns, Maudie, the daffodils done froze!  And what...

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Our extensive collection of gardening books at the Newton Falls Public Library includes several on water gardening, such as Helen Nash’s “The Pond Doctor,”...

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Isn’t 65 the traditional retirement age? Perhaps, but baby boomers are modifying the definition of a traditional retirement (if not redefining it altogether). The...

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If your summer travel plans usually include visiting far away wineries but the economic downturn is stopping this year’s excursion, I hope this article...

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This is about the Portage County Park District, first in what will probably be a series of rants. Portage County DOES HAVE a park district....

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While we couldn’t find the answer in our copy of The Religions Book, nor by looking under “monasticism” and “vow” in Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of...

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If you are anything like Joe and me, we are big supporters of our county park systems. County parks provide us with beautiful natural...

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On a pile of soft, cozy picnic blankets the floppy-eared puppy snoozed, very nearly to the point of snoring, in a slumber soothed by...

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I know many of you are sick and tired of seeing the snow, the gray clouds and having to deal with the colder temperatures....

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Location, location, location ... It matters when it comes to real estate, and it also matters when it comes to the way you hold...

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April showers bring May flowers, eh? Somebody alert the providers of floral items.  They’re either going to be left twiddling their thumbs because the general...

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While we have “Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang” and “A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles” available in the reference section here at the Newton...

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By now you probably have seen the Girl Scout Cookie booths at your favorite grocery stores, banks, malls and Wal-Marts so if you didn’t...

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A little phrase that may mean a big difference. When you read about investing and other financial topics, you occasionally see the phrase “tax...

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Out like a lamb?  Maybe a drippy-wet lamb.  Maybe a lamb looking up at the occasional flurries and possible thunderstorms lurking in the wings...

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This weekend, I had the opportunity to make some homemade mozzarella and ricotta cheeses with some friends, and the results were simply delicious. Although...

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Wow what a winter! It is like the children’s fairy tale “The Never Ending Story” instead we should call it “The Never Ending Winter.”...

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Maplewood, beware! I’m thinking that the cats—at least some of them—need occupational/vocational counseling. One of the guys(It’s always the guys)apparently thinks that he is a watchcat,...

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Is a tax refund coming your way? If you have already received your refund for the 2013 tax year or are about to receive...

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Like many of you, our family and employees are saddened by the loss our town suffered this past weekend. We have grown to know...

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The first department store in Portage County (Chic & Shabby/the Root Store)transformed into a  source for home decorating with a distinctive touch…a craftsman fascinated...

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The Newton Falls Public Library offers free computer classes and one-on-one times three Mondays and one Saturday every month. However, we understand that everyone...

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The wind still whistled through the curious puppy’s floppy ears, but Doodle Dog had so much fun at the park he decided to go...

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get at the winery is “Can you taste the difference between an expensive and inexpensive wine?”...

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The Oxford English Dictionary has just come out with its quarterly revisions and additions.  Some nine hundred new words and phrases have now been...

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At the Newton Falls Public Library, we weren’t familiar with tree-climbing groundhogs either, but we looked into it and, as it turns out, they’re...

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Some retirees succeed at realizing the life they want, others don’t. Fate aside, it isn’t merely a matter of stock market performance or investment...

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How far back can you remember into your childhood?  I’m guessing that most people can’t remember much before 4 years old.  I’ve read that...

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How many 401(k)s have more than $100k in them? According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), the average 401(k) balance at the end...

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If you are an avid reader of this column, you know that I love getting together with friends and pairing different foods and wines...

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It seems that most everyone is Irish, at least on Saint Patrick’s Day. And although my family is truly Irish (just ask Grandma Flanagan!),...

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The Old Farmer says of the month of March (and I quote), “In like a sea lion, cold and wet with fishy breath. Rain...

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There are two annual book sales at the Newton Falls Public Library, one in the spring and one in the fall. There’s also a...

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Have you noticed? It’s getting lighter closer to breakfast and is still light out after supper! The temperatures have warmed (albeit very slowly) but...

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It was time to go outside – Doodle Dog was tired of being cooped up indoors! Some furry rodent had supposedly predicted that winter...

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As the cold stabilization stage starts to wind down this year, I had the chance to sample some of the new wines we are...

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One of our patrons, an avid walker and biker, was making plans to spend a few weeks in late spring or early summer going...

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Why do some people let their potential for lifetime wealth slip away? Some people are better off economically at 30 or 40 than they...

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“Maple syrup is a unique product made in a limited part of the world, and Ohio is fortunate to be located in the heart...

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Mardi Gras, that is.  Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, beginning of the Lenten season.  Carnavale, Carnival, Carnaval, Karneval, Faschtnact/Fasching…whatever your ethnic background,...

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SANK!  The word is SANK!  The past  tense of “sink”  is “sank”…”sank”, not “sunk”.  “Sunk” is the perfect tense, which is either being shamefully...

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Various symbols and imagery breathe life into St. Patrick's Day celebrations. In addition to Kelly green clothing, leprechauns and Irish flags, shamrocks are commonly...

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One of our patrons stocks several bird feeders year-round. With the cold weather we’ve been having lately, she was worried about how her birds...

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One thing I have learned over the years is that wine tastes the best when shared with friends with some friendly competition. On any...