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Staying connected during COVID

Friends are important to positive youth development. Developing friendships is about more than just having a good time; friendships teach children very important life lessons like communication, conflict resolution and cooperation. Friendships are important to social and emotional development, ...

Dealing with unwanted guest during holidays

The holiday season is the culmination of the year. November and December bring times of celebrating with family, friends and the community. Occasionally, we have to deal with someone that makes the holidays less enjoyable, like Cousin Eddie in “Christmas Vacation.” This year, we all have ...

What precautions are you taking?

Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are our pride and joy, and I am sure you have heard the expression, “Had I known grandchildren would be so much fun - I would have had them first,” that sounds funny, but it is very true. Children are blessing to us from above and are sent to ...

Matamoras Minute: Small gatherings

To follow up on the topic of last week’s column there were other sites round and about Matamoras where smaller picnics were traditionally held. These included Cline’s Grove in Monroe County. Located beyond Brownsville it was near Greenbrier. The Cline family was only one of the groups who ...

There may be a hero in the cubicle beside you

Sometimes you don’t have to look far to find a hero. It isn’t always a masked man or grand caped entrance that tips you off to the noble lion heart. Heroes are all among us. At United Way we believe our donors, volunteers and advocates are all cape worthy! They join us in the ...

Matamoras Minute: Better roads

Those familiar with Main and Front Streets in Matamoras observe the height from the road surface to the sidewalk. It varies from 25 inches to nearly level. The greatest step height is 14 inches. The first three blocks of Main Street heading west and Front Street traveling north require anyone ...