John K. Manna: State finally has road, bridge repair plan
Pennsylvania finally has a program in place to fix roads and bridges and provide more money for mass transit. The massive undertaking — pushed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett — will cost about $2.3 million per year, most of which will be paid by motorists in the form of increases in gas prices at the pump and fees.
Culinary Conversation: Authors share recipes deer to them
If you want the most knowledgeable information about a subject, go to the authority. In this case, the expert on cooking with venison — deer meat — is Ellwood City’s Steve Loder. He and his wife, Gale, are the authors of “Quality Venison Cookbook — Great Recipes from the Kitchen of Steve and Gale Loder.”
John K. Manna: Three former governors give their endorsements
Another election is history, which means another election campaign season is under way. Actually, some Democratic candidates running in next year’s gubernatorial contest couldn’t wait and began campaigning months before this year’s election.
Culinary Conversation: My, oh my, it’s pie!
Making a pie crust can result in one of two things. You’ll either be remembered as the king or queen every time the word pastry is mentioned. Or you won’t. For some, that age-old cliché “easy as pie” is not that simple.
Mitchel Olszak: Autumn becomes the time to report for leaf duty
This time of year, I find myself frequently looking skyward. I’m not pondering the clouds, anticipating snow or scanning for NSA drones. Rather, I’m looking at the trees.
Culinary Conversation: Time to plan Thanksgiving meal
The calendar doesn’t lie. Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away. Then planning begins for all the other holiday meals. I have already made up a list of what we’re making on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It’s a frenzy of preparation and two days of baking and cooking, but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.
John K. Manna: Taking a look at Tuesday’s election results
What to take away from Tuesday’s election in Lawrence County. Maybe not much, but let’s try. Voter turnout was awful — just below 20 percent. Based on records of the county Board of Elections, it was the worst turnout for a general election within the last 30 years.
John K. Manna: Voters must make choices in ‘off-year’ contests
I don’t know who coined the phrase “off-year election.” The implication is that it’s not as important as presidential, gubernatorial and congressional elections.
Culinary Conversation: Tasty dishes fit for a restaurant buffet
My first recollection of visiting a buffet restaurant was for my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. That was a long time ago, and I don’t remember much except that there was a large group of us and the restaurant was somewhere in Boardman.
Mitchel Olszak: Questions abound in New Castle tuition scandal
With the release of names in the New Castle school district tuition scandal, a local drama comes to a close. Well, not exactly. Countless questions still hang over the matter of non-resident employees who failed to pay required tuition for their children who attended New Castle schools.
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