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Ohio is a fun place. I don’t think I truly appreciated that until recently. When you grow up in a place, even if you go away for a decade or two, you don’t truly see it. Except, that is, unless you make a deliberate effort to open your eyes. Which is what my husband and I are finally startin…

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It all started with “Bambi.” I was the assistant features editor at the Savannah News-Press and found myself sitting one morning in the foreign land of the sports department at the other end of the second floor. Workers were remodeling the features department offices in our pre-Civil War bui…

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My husband and I spent Saturday helping our daughter move into a room in a large, Athens, Ohio, century home. She is about to start a yearlong gig working for AmeriCorps. Her duties will include working on conservation and biology educational programs, as well as working with other AmeriCorp…

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I've forgotten my Christmas gifts, but I clearly remember the gift the Browns gave to football-crazy Cleveland, winning the NFL Championship in a 27-0 victory over Baltimore. It was — and remains — unforgettable.

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Well, it's happened again. Violence has broken the tranquil peace of the Metroparks Rocky River Reservation — and almost at the same spot. On July 23, a woman stopping to have a cigarette before going home from work was robbed at gunpoint by two men. It happened within a stone's throw of the…

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I am back at work after a two-week vacation. I have never taken two weeks back-to-back and frankly I was becoming a little bored by week two. What do you do when you are bored? Completely reorganize your kitchen drawers and cabinets. Buy (or avoid buying) unnecessary stuff. Then you go to prison!

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Hundreds of thousands of foreigners have served in the U.S. military in every one of our wars, including the current War on Terror.

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North Ridgeville, Avon and many other cities in our region are dealing with explosive growth. Subdivisions pop up on land that until just a few years ago was home to crops or Christmas trees. With the growth comes the expected congestion. And many cities are discovering the joys of roundabouts.

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My idea of a perfect summer day is steaming temperatures (which we certainly have experienced), a good book and a visit to our community pool. I could spend hours dipping in, dipping out, reading, dipping in, dipping out. Sheer bliss.

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Vacations are funny things. You try to squeeze everything from pool time to feeding your passion (in my case, history) all into one week. The hope is, of course, that the experience will provide happy memories to brighten gray January days or warm during the next polar vortex.

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One year ago last month, the event that journalists had been warning about happened: Five newspaper employees were shot and killed by someone unhappy with coverage. The victims were Rob Hiaasen, 59, a former feature writer for The Baltimore Sun who joined the Capital Gazette in 2010 as an as…

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We noticed something was wrong with our refrigerator the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend. It just didn’t seem cold enough when we opened the door. Mid-morning it became apparent something was seriously wrong. There was a puddle of water pooling near its base, the result of all the ice i…

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Let's start with some basics: Ohio law requires the state legislature to pass a budget every two years. It must be passed by both the House and Senate by June 30. It also mandates that the budget be balanced, so no deficit spending.

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The time between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is what I’ve always considered the “sweet spot” of summer. You know that luxurious feeling of pure happiness just before you open your eyes and face the day? That’s the feeling I have for pretty much the whole month of June. Azaleas, dogwo…

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Most of us push away from the table three times a day full and satisfied. While we might debate whether some food we consume is good for us, the point is most of us do not go hungry.

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We are now in the fourth week of the expanded, new West Life. We merged our three papers — West Life, The Press and The North Ridgeville Press — into one entity that covers 12 West Side communities. So far, it seems as if people are loving it! Email, letter and phone responses have been abou…

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I’ve been a journalist and writer for a very long time. I’m not going to be specific because, well, that would make me seem old. And I’m not. Old that is. In the course of those oh-so-many years, I have developed trigger reactions to certain words, phrases and platitudes. And because I care …

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Former Rocky River Mayor Earl Martin passed away Mar. 28 at age 88. He will be remembered for decades of dedicated service to his beloved hometown. I will remember him for another reason. Earl was my neighbor.

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My husband and I lived for more than 20 years in a nice Lakewood bungalow-style house. We moved there when our oldest was 1 year old. Our son was born while we lived in that house. It was home.

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Friends who are parents of high school seniors spent the last year — not to dismiss the preceding 17 or 18 — going through the high-stakes drama of college testing, campus visits and the excruciating wait for "the letter" to arrive from the admissions office.

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Transitioning from one season to another in Northeast Ohio is a study in contrasts. That fact is embodied by the mercurial personality of our most valuable natural asset, Lake Erie. From one month to another, one day to the next, the lake presents a new face as it crashes, saunters or tiptoe…

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It’s March. It’s depressing. We are feeling whiplash from weather that goes from 57 degrees in the morning to the 20s by mid-afternoon. So now is the perfect time to remember all the wonderful aspects of living in Northeast Ohio. And I’m not being sarcastic. We live in a phenomenal area.

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It’s been two weeks since I attended the Ohio Newspaper Media Association awards ceremony in Columbus and I am still smiling. Journalism is embedded in my DNA. It’s been a family “business,” so to speak, since the 1940s, when my father got his first journalism job. In fact, my parents MET at…

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Has a red flashing light been going on and off in your head in recent days? That's your heart reminding you that tomorrow is Valentine's Day and to make sure you have properly prepared to celebrate the day honoring love.

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Did you see the stunning performance delivered by UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi when she competed a few weeks ago? After watching her spot-on, joyful floor routine, it was not surprising to learn she had been a prospective Olympian.

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Life lessons often happen at unexpected moments. No drumrolls. No claps of thunder. No deep declarations after a pregnant pause. Such was the case last week when, in a casual moment of multi-tasking, I learned that an unthinking texting habit of mine was causing extreme consternation.

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In virtually every election cycle since 1992, Democratic strategist James Carville's declaration, “It's the economy, stupid," has been repeated by politicians from the left, right and center as the "hot button" issue that will drive voter turnout.

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WESTSHORE - Just over half the MLB season has been played, and the Indians are still atop the American League Central. This was to be expected as the Indians are far and away the best team in a weak division, but it was hoped that they would be further ahead than eight games.

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Editor’s note: Maureen Bole, a recovering addict now three years clean, is sharing her experiences as part of the “Exposing the Opioid Epidemic” yearlong series in this newspaper. This is her latest installment.

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People in our communities are dying at an ever-increasing rate from opioid overdoses and we, as a society, may be growing numb to it. It's kind of hard not to shut down after seeing harsh images of parents passed out in a car and a toddler crying in the back seat, or hearing about a toddler …

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We’ve listed the 2017 deaths, as well as only the first name and age, in respect for the families. We wanted to give a perspective on the range of gender and ages affected.

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I can’t tell you how many familiar faces I’ve seen in obituaries or RIP posts on Facebook since I got clean in 2014. Or how many times I’ve seen friends doing well in recovery, then they go out and use once and die. I’ve lost close friends. I’ve hung out with someone and hours later they’re …

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One of my former employers awarded perfect-attendance awards every year. I hate this concept, which punishes people who miss work because of illness and rewards them for coming to work sick.