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Posted Jul 24, 2016 at 11:39 AM

I had an uncle who, if he told me once, told me a hundred times over the years, drilling it into my head, "You’re never going to get rich punching a time clock for somebody else." There’s a lot of truth in that. Not that it’s bad having a job at a company, of course, but, according to my uncle, that should be merely a way to provide yourself an influx of cash to help fund what you really want to do in life. It should not be a means to an end. I thought of...

Posted Jul 22, 2016 at 9:30 AM

There's a long standing baseball lore that says a team in first place by July Fourth will advance to the World Series. Rarely does it fail to hold true. Of course this began when there were only eight teams in each league with no divisions. Back...

Posted Jul 2, 2016 at 8:30 AM

With Independence Day approaching, let's look at our Founding Fathers. There were many. But for now I'll focus on three; John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.  Adams was "obnoxious and disliked." This description is his...

Updated Jun 30, 2016 at 4:40 PM

My grandmother knew how much I liked sports, and one day long ago, in an apparent attempt to earn some street cred with me (as if grandmas ever need to win favor with their grandchildren), she pulled out a team photo of the 1915 Shadyside (Ohio)...

Posted Jun 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Cavaliers 93, Warriors 89. Not quite believing it, I continued repeating the score, again and again. But it was a lot closer. With about a minute to go, the game tied at 89, Kyrie Irving made a 3-pointer over the head of Stephen Curry. With their...

Posted Jun 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

My wife and I are leaving early Saturday morning to attend the high school graduation party of her oldest granddaughter. It should be a great time – that is, as long as I map out a good game plan and stick to it. I will be...

Posted Jun 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Start planning your Fourth of July celebration the Portage Lakes way, folks. Next Saturday, June 25, brings us the 41st annual Portage Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show and Purple MartinFest. If it's anything like past years, we should be in...

Posted Jun 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

School’s out for the summer. But will the kids also be out? Outside, that is. That’s a legitimate question considering that there are programs such as the National Football League’s Play 60, which stresses...

Posted Jun 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM

When the rumors started, I immediately checked them out. Trust me, folks, they're not true. There will be a Portage Lakes July Fourth Boat Parade this year … the 41st continuous one.  I'm not sure how or by whom they were...

Posted Jun 2, 2016 at 11:52 AM

This story is for all those local students who are graduating this year, whether it be from high school, college, trade school or whatever. It was March 1979, and being the erstwhile, driven student that I was, I was close to finishing my...

Posted May 29, 2016 at 9:24 AM

Lynn Wess has retired – at least for the time being. The longtime high school boys basketball coach, who guided the Coventry Comets to their first league titles since 1958 when they won the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division...

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