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Remember always what it felt like

A lot of emotions went through my mind during and after Wednesday’s horrendous fire at the Towne Square building.

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Friday 01/02/2015
A time out for time travel on New Year's Eve
Posted: January 02, 2015

Family traditions, while too regularly falling by the wayside of an increasingly speeding and spreading world, are sometimes just another word for routine.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
The 2014 Rockets were an improvement over previous season
Posted: November 06, 2014

There were times of excitement and frustration for the Titusville Rockets in the 2014 season.

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Monday 10/27/2014
Dorothy G. Woodford, 96
Posted: October 27, 2014

Dorothy G. Woodford, 96, a resident of the Golden LivingCenter, in Titusville, passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2014.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
There's more to the story on Campbell
Posted: October 09, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback I received when last week I wrote about the legend of Daisy Campbell.

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Sunday 12/23/2012
Daughter's short life gives family lessons and miracles
Posted: December 23, 2012

On April 27, 2008, God sent a miracle to this world. He blessed our lives by sending this angel to us, to care for until he called her home.

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Sunday 08/19/2012
Webworm world
Posted: August 19, 2012

Every year at this time, the trees take on a haggard look – like photosynthesis has become too much work and our friends look forward to changing into their colorful pajamas before settling down for a long winter’s nap. Foliage is insect eaten, withered or yellowed. Summer’s green mantle fades just as a robe of royal splendor tatters with the passage of time.

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Thursday 04/26/2012
Industrial Titusville
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 4:03 pm

While ferreting through some old newspapers The Herald has in its collection, I discovered a gem of a book called, “Industrial Titusville.”

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Sunday 03/18/2012
Travels with Grippa
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm

As many of you know, I lost Vernon, my walking companion, a year ago. In the interim, we also lost other aged canine companions. This old farm house, at an all-time low of only four dogs, seemed as empty as my classroom on the Fourth of July. A puppy explosion soon followed.

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Sunday 03/04/2012
Groundhogs: the true story
Posted: March 04, 2012

I look forward to my first groundhog sighting each spring. What now seems like ages ago, I watched Punxsutawney Phil whisper into the ear of his handler that we were in for six more weeks of winter. However, it is not Phil that concerns me now, but rather, his lesser-known relatives.

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Monday 02/20/2012
Fun with nouns
Posted: February 20, 2012

In our language, a collective noun is a word used to define a group of objects, concepts, emotions, animals or people. Words such as array, family, jury and chorus, are all familiar collective nouns.

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Monday 02/06/2012
Of mice, men and children
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm

This is the time of year when mice are most often glimpsed inside homes, though, if, like Tom and I, you live in an old farmhouse, you know they may be found inside during other seasons as well. Since we have so many dogs living in the house with us, the mice have either smartened up and decided to become less visible, or live elsewhere, for this winter we have seen very little evidence of them.

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Monday 01/16/2012
Winter eternal
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm

It happens every year at this time – that curious feeling that it always was, and always will be winter.

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Tuesday 01/10/2012
An enjoyable screech
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Since I last reported my early morning wildlife sightings, I have not glimpsed many floating eyes or wind-up toys as I journey to school each morning. I know deer season seriously spooked the floating eyes that always entertained me, and the wind-up moles, shrews, voles and mice have been elusive as well. Great blue herons were always a thrill, but as the calendar turned toward the first day of winter, even they deserted me. Lately, the only fauna I see with any regularity are owls in general and Eastern screech owls in particular.

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Wednesday 01/04/2012
What is snow?
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm

So far this young winter season, snow has been sporadic, unlike a year ago, when, by mid-December, we were already in a deep freeze. Last year, my school was canceled for the first time on Dec. 15, and Justus Lake was frozen solid by Christmas.

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Sunday 12/18/2011
Two words
Posted: December 18, 2011

At this time of year, only two words exist in the minds of children. These words dance inside their heads like sugar plum fairies on steroids and rob them of their good common sense and zest to learn. The children I know simply can’t concentrate on anything other than those two words: Santa Claus. This obsession escalates the closer to Christmas we get — even though at the school where I teach, we focus on Advent rather than secular Santa.

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Sunday 12/11/2011
December gifts
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:56 pm

For the past few weeks, I have walked through the woods without consequence. I have seen nothing but occasional bushy white flags bobbing off in the distance, or a squirrel or two that scolded from high atop the bare canopy.

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Tuesday 12/06/2011
Floating eyes and wind-up toys
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Since September, and for no reason whatsoever, I’ve been counting the number of creatures I see each morning as I drive to school. Because it is always shortly after 5 a.m. when I depart, all my sightings are in the dark. I also keep track of the temperature, and weather conditions — not for any great contribution to research, but just for my own enjoyment.

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Thursday 12/01/2011
Newspapers, TV and the Internet
Posted: December 01, 2011

After watching a TV alert on arsenic in fruit drinks on a morning news show this week, it made me wonder how many people will receive this information. There are a number of ways people might hear about this.  After a lot of thought, it seems to me it will come down to whatever generation a person is in. Each of the following examples speaks to a different generation. You can decide for yourself which generation.

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Sunday 11/27/2011
Walking through November
Posted: November 27, 2011

All the world is washed in shades of brown and gray.  How quickly time passes. What a change from October’s bold proclamation of vivid color is the somber November woods.

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Monday 11/14/2011
Wandering waxwings
Posted: November 14, 2011

There is a sleek, crested, black-masked bird that calls nowhere, yet everywhere home. This bird is often referred to as elegant — in fact — in the words of renown birder Ed Kinze, in the August 2010 Backyard Birds Newsletter: “This bird is one of the most glamorous of our continent.”

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Thursday 11/10/2011
Rocks, pillars and trees
Posted: November 10, 2011

Jesus often used symbols in his teaching to get across a spiritual truth. Rocks, pillars and trees are not about literal things. They are about the spiritual walk of a Christian.

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Sunday 10/30/2011
A remembered walk
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:54 pm

By Susan Tarr

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Monday 10/24/2011
Long live the viaduct
Posted: October 24, 2011

The Sept. 15 reopening of the Kinzua Viaduct sparked my memory of two visits I made to Kinzua Bridge State Park.

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Sunday 10/16/2011
The gift of color
Posted: October 16, 2011

Nature’s seasons are clearly defined by color. Though autumn has the reputation as being most colorful, I believe each season gifts us with as many tints and hues as autumn. The other seasons stage a more subtle display.

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Tuesday 10/04/2011
Sitting in on St. Joseph's
Posted: October 04, 2011

One of the more interesting places I recall from my childhood was St. Joseph’s Academy.

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Sunday 10/02/2011
Virginia, the creeper
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:56 pm

There is a vine that catches my eye each summer and captivates my attention every autumn. This vine is considered an invasive pest by some people, yet is grown as an ornamental by others.

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Thursday 09/29/2011
Are you a Protestant? Really?
Posted: September 29, 2011

We have addressed this before, however the definition of a Protestant is one that is constantly misunderstood and quoted.

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Sunday 09/25/2011
Children should be allowed to….
Posted: September 25, 2011

It’s good to once more keep company with a batch of 8-year-olds turning 9. The children in my new class of third-graders are as refreshing as my morning drives around Justus Lake. Though I treasure my summers, there is always something special about returning to school each August.

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Sunday 09/18/2011
September: Back to business
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:54 pm

I never knew how much I missed my early morning drives to school until the short weeks of summer waned and I resumed my early morning driving routine.

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Monday 09/12/2011
Mellow yellow
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:54 pm

September is the golden rite of passage between summer and autumn. For those who view summer’s demise as unpleasant, September is a melancholy time. For those like me, who enjoy all four seasons, September is a welcome change.

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Sunday 08/28/2011
Mushroom memories
Posted: August 28, 2011

During recent evening puppy walks, I’ve noticed a plethora of meadow mushrooms along the mowed paths in our overgrown pasture. These delicate, delectable treats always invoke very fine memories of my mom.

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Monday 08/15/2011
It’s yellow jacket time
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:56 pm

On a routine trip to the local recycling center, I noticed yellow jackets were once again out in full force, buzzing in and out of the receptacles. Every year at this time, problems with yellow jackets occur.

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Monday 08/08/2011
Bring it on!
Posted: August 08, 2011

Once the calendar turns to August, everything changes. I know these changes don’t happen overnight — it just seems that way to me. After all, there have been numerous subtle changes since the heat wave broke in mid-July.

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Sunday 07/31/2011
The ‘Hanging Garden on Buxton Road’
Posted: July 31, 2011

In the year 600 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar II, of Babylon, built his wife, Amytis, a garden to keep her happy. Amytis didn’t like the Babylonian desert. She missed the trees and fragrant plants of her homeland.

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Friday 07/29/2011
The debt ceiling
Posted: July 29, 2011

No, I am not about to start a political comment column, but we have been hearing a lot about the debt ceiling, and the word default has surfaced quite a few times. How can one avoid the topic? You have probably heard and read all the same news as myself. So, here are some brief thoughts on the economic situation in our country.

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Tuesday 07/26/2011
The bears and I
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Every year at this time, various bear sightings are reported. Most often, these come from people who reside in town and spy bruins at their birdfeeders. Other sightings occur when people traveling area roads, catch a glimpse of Ursus Americanus crossing the road in front of their vehicles. This happens all the time. Many friends and neighbors tell me so.

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Monday 07/18/2011
July litany
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:55 pm

If I had to rate the months of the year on a scale from one to 12, July would fall near the bottom of my list. I have always thought of July as High Summer — a green and monotonous month — a let down after the great flush of spring.

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Monday 07/11/2011
The OC&T and me
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad. Tom and I moved to Titusville in April 1974 — 12 years before the OC&T’s first run. When Tarr Farm became our home, the old Perry Street Station was our source for Blue Seal Feeds sold at Titusville’s Valley Farm and Lawn Supply — housed in what is now Perry Street Station. Since we had an abundance of animals at the time, we spent a great deal of time inside that feed mill.

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Monday 07/04/2011
Moth watch
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:55 pm

My husband is a collector of caterpillars and cocoons. For as long as we’ve been together, I cannot recall a single summer when we didn’t watch some sort of Lepidoptera metamorphose from either chrysalis or cocoon. Last year, it was monarchs. The year before that we hosted a rare treat — a giant swallowtail laid her eggs on the citrus trees that summer in pots on our front doorstep. How that lone female managed to find exactly what she needed so far removed from her normal range remains a mystery to Tom and me.

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Wednesday 06/29/2011
The ice cream men
Posted: June 29, 2011

"Ice cream!" we kids would shout, as the music from a slow-moving van wafted its way down each street and alleyway of Titusville.

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Sunday 06/26/2011
Build it and they will come
Posted: June 26, 2011

Whenever we drive to town, Tom and I look for kestrels perched along electric lines. We are seldom disappointed.

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Monday 06/13/2011
Is it worth it?
Posted: June 13, 2011

Every year at this time, when I browse the lawn and garden section of hardware stores or “Big Box” establishments, my nose is assaulted by the chemical smell of lawn care products.

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Friday 06/10/2011
'Super 8' a blast from the past
Posted: June 10, 2011

When the Amblin logo appears in front of "Super 8," the latest blockbuster by director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), you can't help but feel warm memories. It is, after all, the company headed by Steven Spielberg, which brought us "E.T.," "The Goonies," and the "Back to the Future" trilogy.

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Monday 06/06/2011
How did June come so soon?
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:55 pm

How did another school year end so soon? Each September, I think the end will never come, but every June comes sooner than the year before. I am now at the stage in my teaching career where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have only two years left before I turn 62 — the age at which I have chosen to retire.

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Friday 06/03/2011
'X-Men' falls short of potential
Posted: June 03, 2011

"X-Men: First Class," the highly anticipated prequel to the previous X-Men trilogy, walks the fine line often seen in comic-book films between emotionally powerful and slightly cheesy. And at the end of the day, the excellent performances by the two leads aren't quite enough to save the overall product.

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Monday 05/23/2011
Heaven 'scent'
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Is there anything more delicious than the scent of wild crabapple blossoms? I think not.

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Monday 05/09/2011
Waiting for my favorite season
Posted: May 09, 2011

Like every other member of our community, I have anticipated the arrival of spring since Groundhog Day. For many long weeks, I dreamed of hearing my first spring peeper and feasting my eyes on clusters of daffodils. Spring took a long time coming this year — like some superior being pressed the “pause” button on nature’s magnificent video.

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Thursday 05/05/2011
Circus mornings, movie afternoons
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:55 pm

The dusty old memories of visiting circuses and vaudeville shows are all a part of the Queen City.

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Sunday 05/01/2011
Endless rain
Posted: May 01, 2011

Though I thoroughly enjoy all seasons, spring is my favorite. I eagerly anticipate every subtle hint of green from snowdrops to the first beaded canes of honeysuckle. I wait for the springtime chorus of frogs and toads like my friend waits for the opera to come to his town. I turn my eyes toward roadsides for the cheery yellow disks of coltsfoot, and wait for coltsfoot’s yellow companion, forsythia — while the winter weary carpet around us catches green fire. I long for the hills’ first froth of lovely pastels. All of this is happening now. The only problem is — I feel like I’m watching from the inside of a goldfish bowl.

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