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HIT: Given the hit-and-miss nature of efforts to revitalize downtown Washington in recent decades, there was ample reason to wonder whether the Whiskey Rebellion Festival would endure when it was launched 10 years ago. Since then, it’s not only survived, but thrived. Washington’s marquee sum…

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HIT: There was an event in Harrisburg the other day that was of great interest to folks who have found their lives burdened by old convictions for minor crimes. The governor, lawmakers and other officials gathered to mark the beginning of the state’s new “Clean Slate” law, which will automat…

MISS: With more than 20 candidates jostling for attention, the field of Democratic presidential aspirants hardly needs any additional entrants, but it got one this week with the unexpected entry of former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak to the scrum. You’ll remember that Sestak represent…

HIT: Nearly 50 years of experience is walking out the doors of Washington Police Department this month. Lt. Dan Stanek has retired after nearly 29 years with the force, and next week Sgt. Michael Sulerud is calling it a career after 29 years as a police officer, 21 of them with Washington. A…

HIT: After nine years as chief executive officer and president of Washington Health System, Gary Weinstein is stepping down at the end of this month. For Weinstein, his tenure was largely about expansion. Over time, Washington Hospital became Washington Health System and added outpatient, di…

HIT: It was nice to see veterans of the Korean War getting their due in Greene County last weekend. Coming between World War II and Vietnam, the Korean conflict is often seen as the “forgotten war,” but the Americans who served in that war were no less brave and patriotic. Sunday was the las…

MISS: With Memorial Day out of the way, summer has unofficially started. If recent days are any indication, we could be in for some turbulent weather. The Associated Press reported last week that in 2019 Pennsylvania has already seen as many tornadoes as it does in a typical 12-month span. A…

HIT: Before they get their diplomas, most college and university graduates can count on hearing fairly predictable homilies on perseverance, integrity and other values they should take with them to their jobs or to graduate school. Graduates from Morehouse College in Atlanta got quite a bit …

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MISS: With more than 20 candidates jostling for attention, the field of Democratic presidential aspirants hardly needs any additional entrants, but it got one this week with the unexpected entry of former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak to the scrum. You’ll remember that Sestak represent…

HIT: Nearly 50 years of experience is walking out the doors of Washington Police Department this month. Lt. Dan Stanek has retired after nearly 29 years with the force, and next week Sgt. Michael Sulerud is calling it a career after 29 years as a police officer, 21 of them with Washington. A…

HIT: After nine years as chief executive officer and president of Washington Health System, Gary Weinstein is stepping down at the end of this month. For Weinstein, his tenure was largely about expansion. Over time, Washington Hospital became Washington Health System and added outpatient, di…

HIT: It was nice to see veterans of the Korean War getting their due in Greene County last weekend. Coming between World War II and Vietnam, the Korean conflict is often seen as the “forgotten war,” but the Americans who served in that war were no less brave and patriotic. Sunday was the las…

MISS: With Memorial Day out of the way, summer has unofficially started. If recent days are any indication, we could be in for some turbulent weather. The Associated Press reported last week that in 2019 Pennsylvania has already seen as many tornadoes as it does in a typical 12-month span. A…

HIT: Before they get their diplomas, most college and university graduates can count on hearing fairly predictable homilies on perseverance, integrity and other values they should take with them to their jobs or to graduate school. Graduates from Morehouse College in Atlanta got quite a bit …

HIT: Fraternities and sororities on college and university campuses are allegedly there to provide friendship and connections for students who participate. Frats and sororities also do good work in the community, their supporters say. But Greek organizations have come under increasing fire o…

HIT: It’s not clear yet how good the working relationship is between Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, but it’s almost certainly better than it was between Wolf and his previous No. 2, Mike Stack. Wolf held Stack at arm’s length on the best of days, and pulled Stack’s security detai…

HIT: It appears the Pittsburgh Steelers will have stability at the quarterback position for the foreseeable future. It was announced this week that the team has agreed with Ben Roethlisberger on a new three-year contract, taking effect after his current deal that runs out after this season. …

MISS: President Trump fashions himself an expert on many fronts. He once referred to himself as a “very stable genius.” But firefighting might not be his forte. During the blaze the other day at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, when firefighters were valiantly laboring to save the historic str…

MISS: Ten years ago, Pennsylvania enacted a law that allows nonprofit organizations and neighbors to take over homes and businesses that have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair for the sake of neighborhood safety and revitalization. The “conservatorship” law was enacted with excellent …

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