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Cranberries & Christmas

Fresh cranberries, like Christmas, have their season — right now. If you haven’t bought them as yet, get going. After December, fresh crans will be just a memory until next year. When you purchase cranberries, you know you are buying American. Like blueberries and concord grapes, cranberries were born in the USA.

Op-ed: Martina White doing just what city, state need

Martina White was the first new Philadelphia Republican elected to the state legislature in the last 25 years. She represents District 170 with a serious demand for change.

Merry fruitcake to all

I never understood it, but it was a fact of life — back in the day when most shootings took place on state game lands. Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, our living room was transformed into what looked like an Army/Navy basement sale. It was filled to capacity with camouflage jackets, rain gear, wool socks, orange vests, long johns, waterproof boots and warm hats, just to name a few items. These preparations marked the nearness of the opening day of deer-hunting season — a one-week yearly ritual observed by the men in our family. For the record, my thought on this then and now is: I Stand With Bambi.

Letters to the Editor: December 9, 2015

Wolf, Kenney have no sense

Letters to the Editor: December 2, 2015

Thank you, O’Neill’s office

Salmon… but no frankenfish

A salmon should be a salmon, not a frankenfish. A company called AqaBounty seems not to agree. Its newly manufactured “salmon,” dubbed the “frankenfish,” are large. They grow two to four times faster than the genetically unaltered, farm-raised variety. With a growth-hormone gene from a Chinook salmon along with DNA from the gene of an eel-like fish, AqaAdvantage (frankenfish) is a genetically modified Atlantic salmon, which may in the future be sold in a store or restaurant near you. 

How to stick with healthy habits during the holidays

From office parties to family gatherings, the winter holidays afford many opportunities to socialize and snack.

Op-ed: Bill that limits charters would help school district

Edward Neilson has been a Pennsylvania representative since Aug. 25.

Thanksgiving veggies with balsamic vinegar

A few years ago, my friend was in Rome, Italy, to visit her daughters who were Temple University students, studying abroad for a semester. When my friend returned home, she brought back a bottle of the most exquisite-tasting balsamic vinegar for me. It was a heavenly, velvety syrup with a slight mellow tartness. Not finding the brand sold locally here, I checked the Internet to see where it was available. Unfortunately, I would have had to mortgage my first-born to make the purchase. 

I will be eternally grateful on Thanksgiving Day

Below is a collage of small Thanksgiving miracles: