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Columns by Chuck Clegg

Songs of Summer

If you were passing by the Lincoln Theater last Saturday night you would have heard the sounds of Beach Boy music. And you would have been correct in recognizing the music of the popular 60s group coming from inside the theater. But the music was being played by a group of talented musicians ...

Through The Lens: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock, you have heard the word "impeachment" a great many times recently. By the reports we hear on television and read in the paper, there are three sides to the story of impeachment. You are in favor or not or just tired of hearing about it. The ...

Through The Lens: Kiss Kiss

February has arrived and you know what that means, the Super Bowl game is over and Kansas City won. In western Pennsylvania, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil has been pulled from his warm home and held up to the world while men in stove top hats proclaim spring is going to be early this ...

Through The Lens: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock, you have heard the word "impeachment" a great many times recently. By the reports we hear on television and read in the paper, there are three sides to the story of impeachment. You are in favor or not or just tired of hearing about it. The ...

Through The Lens: Bundleman Pt. 4

In the morning light, the station came to life with the comings and goings of people. Patrick worked up the courage to ask one of the station workers about the address on the tattered letter. The worker could not make Patrick understand the names of streets, so he took a pencil and drew a ...

Through The Lens: Bundleman Pt. 3

Patrick's trip was uneventful as the train moved toward its destination. The ticket he purchased gave the train workers the ability to keep him on the right tracks. In Pittsburgh, he became lost for a brief time until a station worker directed him to his south bound train. He tried sleeping for ...

Through The Lens: Bundleman Pt. 2

As morning light arrived, the cargo ship's engines began to slow upon entering New York Harbor. The small man was now surrounded by those he'd left sleeping just a few hours before. For this sight too was one they had also dreamed of. The sight of a new country full of promises. No one spoke as ...

Through the Lens: Bundleman Pt. 1

In the large room, the single light over the door was the only illumination of the cargo held within the closed space. The metal floor was covered with dozens of sleeping individuals hidden under tattered blankets and heavy woolen coats. The room was filled with sounds of people sleeping in ...

Through The Lens: Christmas Around the World

Today is December the 25. The day each year in this country we celebrate Christmas. The tradition of Christmas goes back long before our country was known to the world. In the year 336 while the Roman Emperor Constantine ruled, the first indications of the holiday appears in history. Although ...

Through The Lens: The Forgotten Battleship

My column today is a story that has almost disappeared into the footnotes of our country's history. It is the story of the battleship USS Utah. When she was completed in 1911, she was one of the finest battleships in America's fleet. At a length of 521 feet with a displacement of 23,175 tons, ...