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A time to reflect with gratitude

PALMER — Flags were waved, salutes were given and words were spoken, but the important thing was for attendees at Palmer’s annual Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday to keep the sacrifices of those who fought for freedom in their hearts, said a variety of speakers.
From poet Charles Barnes’ rendition of his work, “The New Gilded Age” reflecting on the changes in America over the years, to the recollections of longtime Palmer resident Albin Slesinski – often called Palmer’s #1 sports fan – offered by state Rep. Todd Smola (R-Warren), those who had arrived at the Honor Roll Memorial were told to be appreciative of what the country had fought through in its history. READ MORE


Fifth graders at Converse Middle School take turns reading an anti-drug poem during the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 29. ... See MoreSee Less

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While writing a preview for a blood bank fundraising story last year, this newspaper had the opportunity to meet 15-year-old Lisa Hartley who at the time had been recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
After that, her mother asked if we would follow her through her journey through treatment. She's been really strong through this entire battle, until more recently when we learned that the cancer had returned and there were more tumors. And another battle, another unexpected one to wage.
At this point, she's not feeling like that strong Lisa that was depicted in the beginning of the series and really needs encouragement and to know that she has support. I'm hoping that people will help share this photo so that she'll see and know that we're behind her and it'll help at least lift her spirits.
Stay strong Lisa. #TeamLisaStrong
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