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This 18-ton Elmira, New York, manufactured American LaFrance fire truck was delivered to Engine Company No. 1 of the Sayre Fire Department in the summer of 1966, supplementing the other fire trucks used to provide fire protection for the town. The fire truck it replaced had been in service i…

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Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2019. There are 196 days left in the year.

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I just got back from an hour-and-a-half drive to the big city to pick up a few things at the mall that I couldn’t get delivered from Amazon. It was noon, and the giant parking lot was nearly empty.

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Today is Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2019. There are 197 days left in the year.

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There are moments in the long history of humankind that simply leap out of the darkness and the mists of our shared journey through the ages, moments that declare for all time the brilliance, the creative genius of our species. The pyramids of Egypt, the wheel, the Parthenon, the great cathe…

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Today is Saturday, June 15, the 166th day of 2019. There are 199 days left in the year.

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President Trump has declared victory in his confrontation with Mexico. After he threatened to impose crippling tariffs on $350 billion worth of goods Mexico exports annually to the U.S., that country’s leaders agreed to measures aimed at impeding asylum-seekers from Central America that flow…

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Today is Friday, June 14, the 165th day of 2019. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.

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Sayre Theater where charity moving pictures shows were held for the Emergency Relief Fund

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Last week my article was on a baseball game sponsored by the Sayre Emergency Relief Fund in 1932. The fund is just one instance of how the great depression that began in 1929 was felt in Sayre and the Valley and how the residents of that time responded to the needs of the people. I have rese…

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Today is Thursday, June 13, the 164th day of 2019. There are 201 days left in the year.

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One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation — and there have been many — is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election. (Just for the recor…

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Today is Wednesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2019. There are 202 days left in the year.

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You probably missed it, because some of the major papers missed its significance, too: the death of former U.S. Rep. Don Fraser. In fact, you may never have heard of Fraser, who also served a record four terms as mayor of Minneapolis. But he shaped the politics of the last half-century of Am…

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Today is Tuesday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2019. There are 203 days left in the year.

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During my school days, I used to enjoy taking standardized tests the way some people like doing crossword puzzles. To me, they were more rewarding than most of what went on at school. As an avid reader and an indifferent student, tests like the SAT were made for somebody like me — a bookworm…

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Today is Monday, June 10, the 161st day of 2019. There are 204 days left in the year.

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There are Springtime rituals—semi-annual rituals, actually because they need doing in the Fall of the year as well—that I harbor a deep and abiding loathing for. Among those items, and very high on the list of most detested, is the cleaning of the rain gutters. Five years and about one full …

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Today is Saturday, June 8, the 159th day of 2019. There are 206 days left in the year.

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Gerrymandering has always been part of American politics. After all, the term was coined in 1812 after Massachusetts governor and Founding Father Elbridge Gerry endorsed a state senate district that resembled a salamander.

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Today is Friday, June 7, the 158th day of 2019. There are 207 days left in the year.

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Today is Thursday, June 6, the 157th day of 2019. There are 208 days left in the year.

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In February 2018, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo. In four pages, the document, from the committee’s then-chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, revealed much of what the public knows today about the FBI’s reliance on the Steele dossier in pursuing since-discredited al…

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Today is Wednesday, June 5, the 156th day of 2019. There are 209 days left in the year.

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Today is Tuesday, June 4, the 155th day of 2019. There are 210 days left in the year.

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On our way to play golf today, Charlie and I couldn’t think of the name of the movie star who had come up in our conversation. We could remember all the movies he was in, all his co-stars, all kinds of odd trivia about his life and times — everything but his name. That’s all right; sometime …

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Today is Monday, June 3, the 154th day of 2019. There are 211 days left in the year.

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Always sharing an interest in history, Annie and I have always wondered when we, meaning the US, are ever going to learn?

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When I opened up the newspaper last week to read my column—I try to read it like an editor would, or like a first-time reader—I was immediately struck by what a long “Hurdler’s Tale” it was.

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Today is Saturday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2019. There are 213 days left in the year.

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This sign was on the side of the Nate Roseman’s grocery business at 122 West Packer Avenue in downtown Sayre. Roseman operated his store selling fruits and groceries from 1923 until the mid-1930s. It was during that time the sign was painted on the side of the building. Unfortunately for Ros…

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President Trump has escalated his war on facts and fact-finders. On issues ranging from climate change and missile testing to intelligence estimates and economic statistics, the Lord of the Lies consistently fabricates evidence to fit his own misshapen view of reality.