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Mountain lion spotted in Bedford

August 14, 2016 On July 15, while hunting for groundhogs on the Ron Dively farm in Bloomfield Township, Bedford County, two friends, Dwight Hartman and Dave Smith, were walking along a grown-up fencerow at about... more »»

Sunday Sports Mailbag

August 7, 2016 After reading Neil Rudel’s article (“Griping doesn’t help Penn State,” July 28”), I think he is missing two important points with James Franklin and Sandy Barbour’s comments. more »»

Don’t shift blame to Paterno

July 31, 2016 This letter is in response to Joseph Cavrich’s letter last week, “Let’s be open: PSU still stained. more »»

Let’s be open: PSU still stained

July 24, 2016 This is an “open letter” to Jay Paterno: As we quickly approach the five-year anniversary of the breaking of the tragic Jerry Sandusky story, we were subjected recently to yet another “open letter”... more »»

Sunday Sports Mailbag

July 17, 2016 The summer of 1977 was the first year for the Iron Masters Golf Classic. At that time, the format was a two-man match play tournament. more »»

Pro softball team wears Pittsburgh spirit

July 10, 2016 I went to my first ever Women’s National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) softball game on Saturday July 2. more »»

Don’t underestimate Crosby’s value

July 3, 2016 Despite Sidney Crosby’s average of 1. more »»

Stout, Ardrey are unsung heroes

June 5, 2016 In Altoona and small communities like ours, there are people who volunteer, help and serve for the greater good. More often than not, they do their work quietly and without recognition. more »»

Hack gets fresh start

May 8, 2016 Hack gets fresh start I couldn’t be happier for Christian Hackenberg being drafted by New York Jets. The thing to remember is the Jets looked at his freshman year under Bill O’Brien. more »»

Blue-White transportation falls short

April 24, 2016 I arrived at Penn State last Saturday for the Blue-White game around 9:15 am. to find a parking place close to the stadium in order to participate with the Alumni Blue Ban. more »»

Academic accountability plan needed

April 10, 2016 The NCAA and its member schools have agreed to open up the purse strings a little by agreeing to pay more to the student-athletes who make the major revenue possible in the first plac. more »»

Sanderson, PSU enjoying rare air

March 27, 2016 Coming into the NCAA wrestling championships, Penn State coach Cael Sanderson wanted to win his fifth national title and the team won the title collectively. more »»

Unbiased coverage is pleasure to read

March 20, 2016 While reading Jerry Pirrung’s letter “Choking over Giger’s coverage of SFU” in last Sunday’s Mailbag, I realized how people view things differently. more »»

Choking over Giger’s coverage of SFU

March 13, 2016 The March 3 article by Cory Giger was a continued low blow to Saint Francis men’s basketball and personally to Red Flash coach Rob Krimmel. more »»

In Franco, Altoona losing role model

March 6, 2016 It was with much sadness that I read the article online of John Franco stepping down as head coach of the Altoona Area High School football team. In full disclosure, I am coach Franco’s cousi. more »»

Super Bowl, from this view, was super

February 28, 2016 I have been really amused over the last week of listening to and reading the opinions of the professional sports “experts” degrading every aspect of the recent Super Bowl. more »»

Sunday Sports Mailbag

February 21, 2016 After the embarrassing showing of Penn State basketball team at Nebraska last Saturday night, I started thinking about Pat Chambers’ comment at the beginning of this seaso. more »»

Crago part of 'lottery' of coaches

February 14, 2016 On behalf of the many young men of Altoona who were positively influenced by the coaching and leadership of Bob Crago, I’d like to thank the Crago family for sharing him with us. more »»

Crago left an imprint for a lifetime

February 7, 2016 Words cannot express the impact coach Bob Crago had upon me as a youngster and throughout my adult life. more »»

Franklin should keep on being himself

January 31, 2016 I write in reply to Neil Rudel’s commentary on Jan. 17, “PSU needs patience to be virtue. more »»

Folks chiding Franklin should have ‘Hart’

January 24, 2016 I feel compelled to respond to the incredibly negative and irrational opinions of Les Hart in regards to the PSU football program. more »»

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