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Posted 6/7/2013 7:15:00 AM

Not too long ago, it looked like the Penguins were a lock for the Stanley Cup Final.  I even told my wife that we would try to go to one of the games at the Consol Energy Center, just assuming that those games would exist.  That’s very much in doubt at this point.  The Penguins looked better Wednesday night, but 2-1 or 9-0, a loss is a loss and the series stands at Bruins 3 – Penguins 0.

The good news?  A comeback is “possible.”  You wouldn’t want to bet on it though.  Only 3 times out of 172 tries has a team come back to win a series after being down 3-0.  That’s a success rate of 1.7 percent.  The latest victory was 2010, when the Philadelphia Flyers came back to beat the — Boston Bruins.  So, there’s hope.  In addition, how many of those teams had players such ...

Have You Forgotten?

Posted 6/6/2013 4:57:00 PM

Today is the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.  How many people will remember that when they wake up this morning?  Next year will be the 70th anniversary of that massive military maneuver and there are very few people left across America and the world who actually participated in the assault.  That’s the passage of time, which we all realize that we can’t do much about.  But at the same time, it makes me so sad.  The term “greatest generation” has become almost cliché.  How can we call the generation that came of age in the late 30s and 40s our nation’s greatest, when there are so many other candidates:  our Founding Fathers who rose up against British tyranny, the generation of abolitionists and Civil War veterans who fought and died to make men and women free, among others.  But the World War II generation is at ...


Posted 6/5/2013 9:09:00 PM

How many times have I promised to post more on this space?  This time I really promise.  I've set up a companion blog to talk about Indiana County news, the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers.  You can find it at theviewfromninth.wordpress.com.  The name comes from my view every morning from the AM 1160 WCCS studio.  Expect many more updates on both blogs!


Distillery Debate

Posted 4/12/2013 11:50:00 AM

As many of you know, one of the biggest controversies right now in Indiana County is whether a new distillery should be allowed to open in Homer City.  Many support the plan due to the economic benefits that it could bring to the Homer City area, while others oppose it because the location of the distillery is next to a church.  The issue has brought out dozens of people to meetings in Homer City, including a planning commission meeting last month.  Another planning commission meeting is scheduled for April 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at the Homer City Fire Hall. 

The following is an edited version of a recent debate we aired on "Hometown Magazine."  I spoke with both Rev. Joe Stains of the Homer City United Methodist Church and developer and IUP professor Dr. Bob Sechrist.  It will be featured on this weekend's "A Closer Look" program on AM ...

A Transplant For Katy

Posted 10/11/2012 11:43:00 AM

We've received a lot of response to an interview done Wednesday on Hometown Magazine.  Author Luis Fabragas visited "Hometown Magazine" to discuss his upcoming book, "A Transplant for Katy."

I first heard about this book on Facebook and, right away, I started to work on getting Luis on the program.  That's because the subject of the book, Katy Miller, was just behind me in high school.  Many who knew Katy were affected by her battle with a rare liver disorder.  She lost that battle in 2007 at the age of just 21.  In his book, Luis tells the story of Katy's diagnosis, her liver transplant and the eventual decline of her health.

This is a great book.  I read it in one night.  The book is up for pre-order on Amazon.com.  Luis is planning to return to Indiana for a book signing in the near future.

My interview with Luis

Thanks For Listening!

Posted 6/1/2012 11:30:00 AM

Hard to believe that we've been on the air with Hometown Magazine for nearly six months!  I had the chance to talk with some many people over that time, and I'm continually grateful to fill our weekly spots with newsmakers from across Indiana County!

It seems like we've spent so much time talking about the state budget.  Nearly everyone that comes on the show has a story to tell about how they've been impacted by funding issues.  Local lawmakers, all the way up to the Speaker of the House Sam Smith, have been very accessible in coming on the show to explain what is happening in Harrisburg and how it impacts people here in Indiana County.

That continues next week as time ticks down to a budget deal in Harrisburg.  On Thursday, State Rep. Dave Reed stops by, followed by Sen. Don White on Friday.  Dana Henry's segment will air ...

Last Minute Guest For Tuesday

Posted 1/31/2012 6:55:00 AM

Good morning everyone!  We have a last minute addition to Tuesday's program.  Indiana County Commissioner Rod Ruddock will be joining me in the 9 o'clock hour.  Commissioner Ruddock was just named yesterday the chairman of the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission.  That regional planning agency works to set priorities for federal highway projects.  We've also confirmed a big guest for Friday.  House Speaker Sam Smith will be in our NewsTalk 1160 WCCS studio to talk about plenty of issues.  Speaker Smith is in the news today.  He's asking a federal judge to declare Pennsylvania's 10-year-old legislative district maps unconstitutional.  That's in light of last week's state Supreme Court ruling last week, which declared the state's new maps invalid.  Feel free to send questions for any of our guests this week!

Exciting Wednesday Show!

Posted 1/18/2012 7:13:00 AM

Good morning everyone!  We have an exciting show planned for this morning.  Two members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club will be in the NewsTalk 1160 WCCS studio with a big announcement.  Inner Circle Vice President Mike Johnston and Inner Circle member Ed Jecielek will be in for our 8 a.m. hour.

At 9 a.m., Ben Rafoth will be in from IUP.  We'll be discussing the IUP Presidential candidates.  This, of course, is an issue very much in the news with the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors meeting on Thursday.

Tune in to your Hometown Magazine, starting this morning at 8 a.m.

Indiana County's Drug Problem

Posted 1/17/2012 6:43:00 AM

It's no surprise that many rural areas are now dealing with issues surrounding drug abuse.  With that in mind, starting in the 9 a.m. hour today on Hometown Magazine, we're going to focus on the issues drugs are causing in Indiana County and what officials in the area are doing to address the problems.

We start this morning at 9 a.m. with Sheriff Bob Fyock.  Chuck Clark is filling in this morning and he'll have Sheriff Fyock live in the NewsTalk 1160 WCCS studio.  I've spoke with Sheriff Fyock over the phone several times over the past couple weeks, and he's very involved in some programs aimed at teens and stopping issues with drugs before they even start.

Sheriff Fyock's interview on Tuesday will set up our special program planned for Thursday morning.  Starting at 8 a.m., Coroner Michael Baker will be live in our studio, talking about the growth of ...

Off To A Great Start!

Posted 1/12/2012 6:41:00 AM

Hi Everyone!  We're nearly through the first week of Hometown Magazine on NewsTalk 1160 WCCS!  It has gone well so far, with lots of great topics and interesting guests.  Thank you to all of my guests who have appeared on the program so far!

Today, I'll be talking with Jess Bowman, the director of Downtown Indiana.  Jess and I will be talking about Indiana's Streetscape project, the new Business Improvement District and her plans for the future of downtown Indiana.

Chuck Clark will be filling in for the second hour of today's program.  Chuck will be speaking with Jimmy Stewart Airport Manager Todd Heming, about the new runway that is in the works at the airport.  Officials have said the runway will have a big economic impact in Indiana County!

I'm putting the finishing touches on next week's schedule.  I'm planning a show focusing on Indiana County's drug problem and ...