My turn: Family get-togethers memorable

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, my family, like many others is preparing for a get-together. We are pretty good at having get-togethers. Sometimes they are picnics, sometimes elaborate meals and sometimes just impromptu gatherings. My favorites were always the picnics that we had when I was a kid. Sometimes we […]

My turn: Rejoining predawn crowd

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In grade school, my aunt Paula (only two years older than me), my sister Becky, and I, competed to see who woke up earliest for Saturday morning cartoons. “I was up at 6 watching ‘Yogi Bear.’” “I was up at 5:30 watching ‘Bullwinkle!’” the battle went. As dad got dressed to go make donuts at […]

Important to visit family

I got lost finding my uncle and aunt’s house. Yes, it was that simple. I was going to visit my Uncle Mel and Aunt Joann, on my recent trip back to western Pennsylvania and I got lost. They live on a state route which connects Butler County and Beaver County, and I became confused because […]

Food at the speed of life: Dump-it cake simple

I recently ran across a recipe that took me back a few years. I was about to move from Las Cruces, my college town, to take my first permanent job in Socorro. My roommate, Kristiana, suggested a going-away party. During planning, a recipe from my aunt Debbie came up. Kristiana remembered a similar dessert her […]

Thanksgiving time for family and friends

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

Prepaid funerals have advantages, disadvantages

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers While addressing the inevitability of death can be uncomfortable, planning ahead for a funeral can save money and lessen stress, according to financial advisors and funeral service providers. Prepaid funerals earmark funds for funeral expenses, and, unlike cash, aren’t counted as an asset, a major benefit to seniors who want to […]