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Meet my new hero

I have a new hero, and his name is Rick Roach. Mr. Roach is one of the most famous school board members in Florida, where he has served on a local board for twenty years. He has recently announced that he won’t be running for a fifth term, because he now realizes that he has been trying to make a difference in the lives of children within a political system that is so broken that it mutes intelligent people like him. But, not running for re-election doesn’t mean he is giving up th...

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Letter to the editor

To the Editor:We the taxpayers of Piqua are paying for a service that isn’t doing what it’s supposed to be doing. Mainly they’re lazy, thinking they got us over a barrel.We ought to fire them and get a recycling company that isn’t afraid of honest work and is true in line with saving room in our landfills. America is slowly going green but our recycling company we are paying for is not.They are lazy, picky, snotty, and just don’t ...

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Letter to the editor

To the Editor:I will vote no on the Piqua Schools tax renewal. Some of the spending of these tax dollars in the past was very foolish.Gary KelleyPiqua

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Happy (SPOILER!) ending

Warning: Some movie and book spoilers for Gravity, Europa Report, Last Days on Mars and the Martian ensue Space-themed movies and books always seem to end on a depressing note with humans meeting a nasty death and generally star or feature men. Last year’s space movies were no exception minus Gravity, a film with many positive attributes including a strong female lead and the inclusion of a (SPOILER!) happy ending.

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April’s Columbine Challenge 15 years later

The threat of school violence is all too real for me. As a school administrator’s wife, at two different public systems, I’ve lived through a bomb threat and lock down with my husband inside the endangered buildings. Yet as a journalist, there is no violent episode more personally memorable than the one that occurred in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999. Fifteen years ago, employed as a west central Ohio television reporter, I was horrified by the live footage of bloodied bod...

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Living With Children

By John K RosemondI recently came across a 1951 article my late mother saved from the Charleston S.C. News and Courier. Titled “Agency Offers Pointers on How Parents Can Guide Their Child’s Emotional Development,” it is proof that parents and professionals of three generations ago possessed a wealth of common sense, a quality that has since become most uncommon.

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Blazing a trail forward

Doing a good job takes a lot of work, but it makes a difference. Contributing to a community takes a lot of work, but it makes a difference. And blazing a trail forward takes a lot of work, but it definitely makes a difference.

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Good Friday meditation

“Into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:44-49).And there was darkness, and the hallow stench of death lingered in the afternoon air. It may have only been 3 in the afternoon, but it felt like midnight. The utter exhaustion, both physical, emotional, and spiritual, left everyone with a dull emptiness as people slowly walked away from the hill appropriately known as “The Skull.” The spectacle of the crucifixion had neared its end, and the excit...

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Thanks for success of Lenten Fish Fries

To the Editor:St. Mary Parish would like to thank those who attended and supported our Lenten Fish Fries this year. This parish activity helps to support our parish, school and other outreach programs each year. We appreciate your attendance and look forward to serving you again next year.A special thanks to the Karn Family and Julie and Andy Monnin along with all of the volunteers who made the weekly fish fries happen.Mitch and Angie HohlbeinChairp...

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A gasoline leak into the basement

On August 28, 2009, after a heavy rainfall, the smell of gasoline arose in the basement of the home shared by Alessandra Riscatti, Elisabetta Riscatti, and Laszlo Beres. Worse yet, later that day, flames erupted from the sewer and spread through the house. Alessandra and Laszlo battled the fire while waiting for the Parma Fire Department. By the time they escaped their home, each had inhaled smoke that contained toxic substances, and Alessandra required treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning...

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The joy of giving

It’s been some time since the last article about an interesting individual here at Forest Hill Cemetery, with the weather changing we have been preparing and focusing on the upcoming mowing season. So let’s look at two names that have come up.Some of you may have heard of a gentleman here in town by the name of Albert “Doc” McKnight.Old “Doc” was born in 1855 and died on March 11, 1935, at the age of 80. He was always seen around town ...

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Aquatic therapy right here in Piqua

At the Hahn Hufford Center of Hope one of the programs we offer is the Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center, where we are proud to offer Aquatic Therapy. Studies have shown aquatic therapy can build upper and lower body strength, improve balance, coordination, mobility, and muscle tone. That’s just a few things aquatic therapy can improve. In water a person’s body weight is reduced, making it possible to achieve results unattainable with land-based exercises.

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