April 16, 2014

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Sharing a century of wisdom

John Gladden | The Gazette WESTFIELD TWP. — So you’ve just taken off from a French airbase on a mission to Germany, flying over the mountains, when the radio of your Douglas A-20 bomber crackles to life with, of all things, a weather report. There’s a cyclone sitting right on top of the mountains, dead Read More…

Making old glory new again

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John Gladden | The Gazette RITTMAN — For eight years, Lois Csontos-Nielsen has been mending the flags that fly above Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. She stitches up so many of them, a fellow cemetery volunteer called her “Betsy,” after America’s most famous flag maker, Betsy Ross. The nickname stuck. Really stuck. “There are some Read More…

Mowing style allows a peek at the personal

John Gladden | Gazette Columnist Ah, opening day. It’s what we all look forward to. The green grass, the sunshine, the pageantry, the heady smell of gasoline, the anticipation of a new lawn-mowing season getting under way. Yard work is a major spectator sport. Guys judge one another on their mowing prowess — carefully sizing Read More…

Chatham Twp. home county’s house of the year

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John Gladden | The Gazette CHATHAM TWP. — With its brick walls, twin porches, arched windows and green shutters, Anne Melfo and Doug Fawcett’s 1880 cross-gabled Victorian farmhouse looks like it belongs in a storybook. After a decade of restoration, every inch of their 129-year-old home tells a story — from the painstakingly refinished hickory Read More…

Life better without taxes? Careful what you wish for

John Gladden | Staff Columnist Paying taxes buys the right to complain about them. Goodness knows, there is inefficiency and corruption in government, just like everywhere else, and our elected leaders frequently spend money on foolish things. But, would we really want to live in a place with no taxes and no government services? Hang Read More…

Tuckered out, hungry after night of tucking ’em in

Bedtime at our house is a relative thing, like the arrival of spring. Sure, there is an official time it is supposed to occur, but it’s really more of a process. A slow process. It’s 8 p.m. and I say to the 8-year-old: “OK, girl. Time to hit the showers.” “But I wanted a snack,” Read More…

Historical society is the keeper of our collective family story

Who is the keeper of your family’s stories? Who looks after Grandpa’s letters home from the war and the heirloom quilt? Who holds on to all the old photographs — and more importantly — can tell you the stories of the people in them? As a community, the keeper of our collective family story is Read More…

Grateful for all who serve in ‘love’s austere and lonely offices’

By JOHN GLADDEN | Staff Columnist Our old farmhouse has few luxuries. It has extravagant woodwork, for one, and good airflow through the gaps in its doors and windows — providing a level of ventilation airtight new homes can only envy. Its big luxury is a woodstove. It’s a luxury because we don’t really need Read More…

You say you want a revolution? Well, you know …

By JOHN GLADDEN | Staff Columnist We need a bloodless revolution. That’s the thought that occurs to me after hearing all the speeches, commentary and debate about reviving the economy. Most of the plans to jump-start American commerce seem to have one thing in common: The federal government pours money into the top of the Read More…

No offense, but trees are some of the best people we know

By JOHN GLADDEN | Staff Columnist It has been a tough winter for our trees. We live on a busy corner and we are accustomed to highway and electrical crews coming through in the summer, trimming along the road and under the power lines. That’s maintenance, which I can appreciate. The crews always go out Read More…