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...Well, my announcement in last week’s column apparently created a bit of commotion, as I have received many phone calls, emails and visits to my office from residents congratulating me and wishing me luck in my next chapter. And I could not be more sincere when I say that from the bottom o…

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Well, I was going to wait until the May 25 edition of the Greene County Messenger to make a big announcement, but honestly, I cannot think of anything else more personally important to write about right this very minute than what my announcement pertains to.

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…April showers may bring May flowers, but the month will also bring a slew of events that will help unofficially kick off Greene County’s schedule of festivals, fairs and other fun activities throughout the spring, summer and fall. And this week I want to share with you a little more detaile…

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One of the most wonderful things about the spring season that I anticipate every year is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ home opening week, where I go to either the home opener or one of the games during the home opener week with family and friends. And this year’s experience was another awesome, em…

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...I truly hope everyone had a Happy Easter. Faithful readers of this column probably know that Easter is one of my favorite holidays of the year, because of how much it meant to my Dad, a devout man of God who served as a minister for many years before retiring in 2000 and passing away in 2012.

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Every day, I read articles from other newspapers outside of Greene County because I like to be kept informed as to what is going on in our nation, and even around the world.

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...One of the positive aspects of social media sites such as Facebook is the fact that every now and then someone shares some “good news” on various sites about local activities that are being held to help the people, places and even the overall well-being of our county.

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…Spring is right around the corner, and we here at the Messenger staff can’t wait for its arrival. Not just because it means we’re saying goodbye to winter. But also because we are once again gearing up for a very special annual edition, one of our biggest issues of the year, which will hit …

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…March is finally here, and as we count down the days until the first official day of spring, I can’t help but feel good about what lies ahead. Soon the days will be getting longer, the weather will be warmer, and I will finally be able to kick Old Man Winter to the curb and get ready to enj…

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...So, I have been staring at my computer for a while, trying to figure out how I can possibly express the thoughts, feelings and emotions I have right now, in regards to the latest school shooting tragedy and the recent scary news about how stuff like this can hit so close to home.

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...You know, it isn't that often that I feel the need to complain in this column, but as I sit here in front of my computer trying to write I am admittedly distracted by a number of things that have annoyed me recently.

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...You know, with each passing day of my soon-to-be 50-year existence, I am still amazed at the fact that I’m never too old to learn something new.

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...Well, it’s that time of year again. The Messenger staff is once again gearing up for our annual “Who’s Who In Greene County,” which will be published in one of the biggest issues of the year. The special publication, called “Progress,” will hit the newsstands in the spring.

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...I have had a few days to think about an issue that has really bothered me recently – and one that has popped up quite a few times during my many years as managing editor – and this issue pertains to social media.

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...Well, at the time of this column being written, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter have apparently decided that they were in a foul mood and conspired to team up and hit our area with ridiculously cold weather, high winds, snow, ice and even freezing rain. And their combined efforts have ob…

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…Hope everyone had a Happy — and safe — New Year! Hard to believe that it is now officially 2018. I have spent some time lately reflecting on the past year, and I just can’t help but be amazed as to how fast the days, weeks and years are just flying by. It seems like only yesterday that I re…

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By the time this column hits the newsstands, there will be just 10 days until Christmas; and just typing that filled me with a multitude of emotions.

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...Ho ho ho! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and getting ready for that special visit from the jolly old fat man! (Of course, I’m talking about Saint Nick and not a long-lost relative.)

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...I know that we celebrated Thanksgiving a week ago, but this column marks the first time I’ve been able to express my thoughts about this year’s Turkey Day and what it meant to me. So, consider this some more Thanksgiving leftovers that I hope you’ll find to be tasty.

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…Well, by the time you read this, Thanksgiving will have officially passed, and we hope everyone had a happy and safe Turkey Day. But now comes some bad news: Christmas is just a month away! (Go ahead and let the panic set in for a few minutes. I’ll wait.)

Death Notices

DAVIS - Daniel, 25, of Waynesburg, September 7.

KING - Matthew Lynn, 27, of Waynesburg, September 7.

LOHR - Derek A., 27, of Waynesburg, September 7.

METZ - Gerald Jerry, 72, of Carmichaels, formerly of Jefferson, September 11.

WILSON - Charles M. "George"/"Pickle," 66, of Waynesburg, September 9.

Full obituaries can be purchased and placed through the Regional Obit Center, 800-222-6397.

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