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It’s been about 20 years since my husband and I have had a real Christmas tree. We went artificial when fiber optic trees were introduced. We loved how the lights looked. Truly gorgeous. Our toddler children also loved it.

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A couple of weeks ago, on a slow Friday night, I felt a strong urge to buy a centerpiece for our dining room table. Something that would fit a candle perhaps. It had to be season-less and sophisticated. So I dragged my husband to the car with the announcement that we were going to visit a co…

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Dear Rusty: What determines the amount of the cost of living increase for Social Security as compared to the cost of living increase for Congress? Last year Social Security got less than 2 percent, while Congress got a 10 percent cost of living increase. Why the double standard? What items a…

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Tomorrow, for perhaps the first time in more than a year, families will be gathering in full force around the dinner table. This year, maybe more so than last, there are so many reasons to give thanks. Yes, 2020 was tough. But in many ways, 2021 was even tougher. We felt the pull of a return…

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy certainly gets more press than his predecessors. Some of the early commentary was downright bizarre and accused him of attempting to rig a presidential election (spoiler: he didn’t). But now, the head of the United States Postal Service (USPS) is facing legitim…

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Sunday was a perfect fall day. It was cold but not too cold. Gray skies but not gray all day. By midafternoon, clumps of puffy white clouds were being nudged across the skies by side-by-side ominous dark clouds, as if the darker clouds were saying “Your time is over. Begone.”

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Voters had such high hopes last November when they elected Republicans Michelle Hung and David Moore to the Lorain County Board of Commissioners. Hung, a one-term North Ridgeville council member, and Moore, a former one-term commissioner who left office about 15 years earlier, rode a Red Wav…

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My son and I went to the Regal Cinemas last weekend to see the original “Frankenstein” and “Dracula,” and it brought back many great memories of my younger days.

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Halloween is not just one of my favorite holidays. It is the beginning of the Love family house decorating season. We don’t just throw up a few pumpkins and mums in our front yard. We bedeck, bedazzle, be-spook and, well go overboard. We put up an inflatable haunted house. We scatter plastic…

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is in trouble. He’s in full reelection mode, and nothing is going as planned. He figured he’d coast to a second term on his brand image as a “moderate” Republican ably leading the state. But the curtain has dropped on that façade. Sure, DeWine may still fool some in the…

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My older sister Mary and I live in different cities. That hasn’t stopped us from being close. We talk at least every other day, usually when she or I are walking our dogs. It’s the perfect time to catch up. The talks have also revealed a side of Mary that I had never in all our years of chat…

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“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” has everything a comic-loving moviegoer could ask for in a sequel: a logical story, well-placed humor, excellent acting and brilliant special effects. In a nutshell, it’s as good as the first movie, “Venom,” was bad.

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Dear Rusty: I started Social Security about two years ago and I thought that the monthly benefit amount stated to me by Social Security in their letter was guaranteed. That written amount was what I based my decision on to retire. Now I hear on the news that we may have to take a 24% reducti…

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It’s a scene in almost every coming-of-age movie: the college graduation walk. Where parents shout and the dad holds a camera shouting for the graduate to turn for a picture.

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The oddest part is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine acting as though he’s somehow powerless and had no choice when he voted to rig Ohio elections with partisan, gerrymandered maps for the next four years. After all, he’s only the governor.

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About a year ago, a co-worker introduced me to TikTok, a social media platform I’d heard about, but had zero experience with, or understanding of how it worked. She showed me some of the videos she liked — people dancing to short music clips and generally being goofy — and I thought, “This i…

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U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s decision not to seek re-election in 2022 is a loss. It’s a loss to Ohio’s 16th District, which the Rocky River resident has represented since 2019, and to the country.

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In September 2019, my fall proceeded as normal: Visits to Cedar Point’s Halloweekends nearly every weekend through Halloween night. The visits were a fall tradition for us, capping a summer of going to Cedar Point at least once a week, if just for a few hours on a Friday night.

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We might never find out the reason for last week’s tragedy in Avon Lake. Jeffrey Hull, 50, his wife, Heidi, 46, and sons Garrett, 9, and Grant, 6, were found dead inside their home on English Turn on Sept. 7. Police were called to the house by a co-worker of Heidi concerned when she missed a…

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I grew up in Northeast Ohio — first in Fairview Park and then in Lakewood — but spent ages 22 to 37 living all across the United States. First it was California, which was OK. The weather and scenery were incredible, but the feeling of just not belonging never went away. Then there was a mov…

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The latest shenanigans at the Lorain County Commission read like a bad and cliché-filled political novel. In the last six weeks: an affair was uncovered between Republican Commissioner Michelle Hung, a former North Ridgeville councilperson, and former county 911 Director Harry Williamson, wh…

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A week ago, one of the newspaper’s “building” mates — she works in the office below the West Life in an historical Avon Lake home on Moore Road — came bursting into our office. She had to tell me a story. Her name is Dawn Pruitt. She lives in Sheffield Village, but works as a Home Health aid…

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A podcast recently focused on a different way of asking how someone is doing. “How are you?” seems like a sincere question, but it often elicits insincere responses like “Fine,” or “Doing well.”

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Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.

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Time blurs. That’s just a fact these days. Did it blur when I was younger? I don’t think so. I remember when I first started my career in journalism, there was this quaint idea that the first five years were an apprenticeship. You weren’t a full-fledged journalist. You were a journeyman. Boy…