County officials should appoint a committee to consider jail changes
Staffing and training are the most challenging and important deficiencies noted in the recent independent review of the Crawford County jail.
WALK TALK: Pirates once again make 'bad' look easy
Trust me, I’m the first one to say that the first week of a 162-game MLB season does not mean everything. But the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense is really stretching the boundaries of what can be defined as a “bad start.” Entering Monday night’s late game in Arizona, Pittsburgh was batting .119. More than half of the teams have scored more runs than the Pirates have hits. Kansas City’s Billy Butler had more RBIs (7) on Sunday than Pittsburgh has runs scored this season (6). On Sunday, Boston’s Will Middlebrooks hit three times as many home runs (3) as the Pirates have hit through six games. It’s yet another historically bad start by the worst professional sports franchise we’ve ever seen.
WALK TALK: April Fools ... I had Louisville in the Final 4 all along
1 Can a guy admit when he was wrong in an attempt to gather back some of his dignity? Just two short weeks ago, I said that top seed Louisville would not win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. I even said an Elite Eight appearance may not even be in the cards for the Cards. Let’s just say those incorrect prognostications were an early April Fools joke. Instead, Louisville appears to be on a collision course with this year’s title after blowing away Duke on Sunday. The Cardinals’ 13-2 run when the game was tied at 42 is a surge that will be remembered vividly when Louisville hoists the championship trophy on Monday.
Eddy and the boys playing PG ball at the Talon tarpit field
I met Ed Mailliard nearly 50 years ago. Then he was known as just Eddy, or at least, that’s what my aunt Mary Varano called him. Eddy and my cousin Glenn were friends and they and a few other guys met at my aunt Mary and uncle Mick Varano’s house on upper Pine Street. The Varano house abutted the parking lot of Talon Plant 5 and the lot provided a perfect place to play a wonderful game called PG Ball.
EDITORIAL: School board should support community group by continuing MARC funding
Crawford Central School District should act now to show its support for a grassroots effort to improve the Meadville Area Recreational Complex by reversing its decision to eliminate funding for the MARC starting July 1.
Have political parties lost their purpose?
The Democrats and Republicans may be worlds apart on most things, but at their headquarters just two blocks away from each other on Capitol Hill, each is confronting the same question: Have political parties lost their purpose?
Time for neighbors to ‘dive in’ and determine the future of our recreational facility
Almost 50 years ago, a group of neighbors sat around a picnic table and talked about ways to make the greater Meadville area a better place to raise a family. The group was made up of moms and dads — not professionals, business leaders or boards-of-directors. Our neighbors from generations past sat around that picnic table and out of concern for our children’s health and well-being, decided to give to us a wonderful gift. The gift our forefathers gave us was the gift of community.
WALK TALK: Expect the unexpected in this year's NCAA tournament
1 We’ve finally reached almost every sports fans’ favorite time of year: March Madness. While the excitement of filling out your bracket is palpable, be foIrewarned that just as soon as you believe you have the perfect Final Four selected, understand that you might be ripping up your bracket before we even get through Saturday and Sunday’s round of 32. Last year was easy. Everyone knew that Kentucky had the best team in the nation. It wasn’t even close. I’ve never had this much trouble filling out my bracket, because there isn’t a clear-cut favorite. Just look at the possible third-round matchups for every No. 1 seed. Those look to be some compelling 1 vs. 8/9 games.
Owner shares memories as she says good-bye to Stable Pit & Pub Restaurant
Today the beloved Stable Pit & Pub Restaurant will go up for judicial sale at the Crawford County Courthouse.
WALK TALK: The complex subject of transgender athletes
A bit of a debate has started about Fallon Fox, who is a transgender mixed martial artist who was born a man but is fighting against women since Fox had hormonal therapy. But Fox doesn’t compete in the UFC, so not as much of a commotion has been raised. She has, however, been featured in Sports Illustrated and on CNN. The current issue is that Fox’s fighting license is currently under review. And Florida and California’s fighting commissions aren’t sure how to respond to claims from other females that Fox has an unfair advantage.
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