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Seeing the light

At first glance, the Anna Bier Gallery currently seems to be filled with stunning color photographs. The viewer quickly realizes however that the colorful, realistic pictures on the gallery walls are bold but nuanced paintings. Christopher Leeper, the 48-year-old creator of these charming works, says that as long as he can remember, he has been excited by landscapes, and feels a need to respond when confronted by a sublime subject. Leeper’s paintings, on display in the Gallery through A...

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Sisters - your first friend and your best friend

My parents had two daughters, myself and my younger sister, Sandra Dee.A lot of you will know our ages and my parent’s favorite actress from the name that my parents gave my sister.Sandy and I were born two and a half years apart, with me being the first born. Sandy was born on December 21st and our dad told me that she was my Christmas present. I was not humored as I had wanted a spring horse! I recommended that they give her back.

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Red Cross celebrates volunteers

To The Editor:The American Red Cross Darke County Chapter is celebrating its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 6-12.Each year, our volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations, in fact with this year’s winter weather, they are likely to respond to twice as many fires as last year. Volunteers trained people in lifesaving skills and assiste...

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Fracking involves more than drilling and disposal

It isn’t often that area residents have the opportunity to hear leading experts speak on the pollution caused by fracking and the fossil fuel industry.Three experts in the fields of drilling, health and environment are coming to Greenville from Michigan and New York and one of Ohio’s gas producing counties to tell local residents how the oil and gas industry is polluting wells, groundwater, farmland and putting our children, water, air, health and livelihoods at risk....

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Life is a garden…dig it

Life is filled with trials and tribulations. From my own personal observation I’m amazed at how well some people function given the significant challenges they face. It’s true everyone has a story and no one’s life is sunshine and roses every day. Nearly every smiling person I have recently come in contact with has been struggling. Yet they choose to remain optimistic and resilient despite their circumstances. In their wisdom they know they cannot control their present situa...

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What could possibly wrong?

Parents plan wonderful activities for their children – entertaining, enlightening experiences that will result in fun as well as growth in some important area of the child’s development. And then reality intervenes with those plans, chaos sometimes ensues, and what happens happens – often resulting in a good story as well as a lesson learned. Author Eileen Christelow wittily depicts such stories in a series of popular books relating adventures of five little monkeys who humo...

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Union City News Reel

The effects of alcohol that you may not know. Alcohol is a drug, and very addictive. Some say that it is a disease and can be passed on generation after generation through heredity. Regardless, if alcohol is drank often and in excess, in time it can take control of your life. Alcohol not only effects your life but everyone that you are in contact with. It effects your family, your spouse, your children, your grandchildren. It effects everyone who loves or depends on you. I...

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Our Michael moment

Krista and I just returned from our brief get-away (sans amigos), an overdue vacation in Tucson, Ariz. to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and visit some of Krista’s favorite spots from her tenure at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. We had hoped it would be fun, relaxing, quiet, and peaceful.It was all that and more.

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The question of innocence

Have you ever thought about innocence? I mean in regard to how innocent do you feel, (in general), about your life? Technically innocence is defined as, “the state of being not guilty of a crime or other wrong act” (Webster). I guess when we judge ourselves, the matter of guilt or innocence would fall under what you perceive as a crime. I read a couple of interesting reports regarding self proclaimed innocence that you might find interesting also.

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Death penalty reform needed to reduce costs and make justice more efficient

Joy Stewart was a 22-year-old newlywed and was eight months pregnant with her first child in 1989 when she was brutally raped and stabbed, killing her and her unborn child. Because this killer acted in a way that was so heinous, he deserved to be punished with the most serious sentence our legal system allows. In the state of Ohio, this punishment is death.

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Enjoy the end of March – Lion or Lamb

Today is the end of March, but the weather has become a bit of a mixed bag lately. We have had a couple of days here and there with beautiful weather this month, but the cold temps and snow keep hanging onto our local forecast. Although we entered into Spring last week, the weather hasn’t quite caught up to the change of season yet. Don’t let the uncertainty of the forecast keep you from having fun. There are plenty of great places to go, fun things to do, and exciting activities ...

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Global Warming? Climate Change? Whatever!

I am an unrepentant capitalist and a global warming agnostic. As such, I have largely ignored all the whining and complaining about how we are ruining the planet. I have a bachelor’s of science degree, along with an MBA. The science courses I took to earn my degree did not include advanced meteorology or geology courses. Hence, I did not learn enough in science to have an educated opinion. However, my business background has helped me to learn how to do research and present a pretty goo...

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Voting is easy

Voting Is Easy in OhioTo all Ohio voters: There has been a lot of discussion about recent changes in the voting laws. Some of that discussion has informed and some of it has misled. As the chief elections official in our state I want you to have the facts about how easy it is to vote in Ohio. Please use it to guide your many choices in casting a ballot in General Election this November.Option 1 – Vote by Mail

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Greenville celebrations

Editor:As you know I have often written about bringing attention to the celebrations in Greenville for July 4, Annie Oakley and Treaty of Greenville. Two of the three are figments of our imagination, they do not exist, never happen, not part of our history. Not so fast pale face; what is on the horizon?Well several of us folks got together and we are attempting to put on a rodeo for the Annie Oakley days. We want to see chuck wagon races, wild horse races, wild cow milki...

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Senate Bill 150 proposes changes to Ohio’s Agriculture Industry to improve water quality

Farmers are the backbone of our local economy, so it is important to provide them with tools to continue to prosper while protecting local waterways. Ohio agribusiness men have worked tirelessly to adapt to changing circumstances around them by adopting nutrient management plans in order to preserve our natural resources and protect the soil.

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