Editorial — Time to change smoke detector batteries

October 14, 2014

October is about more than ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and Halloween. It’s time to change the batteries in our home smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alert sensors.

While smoke detectors can be obnoxious if you’re accidently charring the bacon, these small devices can save lives.

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Hostess of Horror

October 22, 2013

Newcastle homeowner goes for big frights on Halloween

Long before the calendar flipped to October, and months before stores began selling Halloween candy, Newcastle resident Kim Alhadeff was ready for Oct. 31.

Zombie heads and ghosts hang eerily from a tree in the yard of Kim Alhadeff’s home.

Zombie heads and ghosts hang eerily from a tree in the yard of Kim Alhadeff’s home.

It’s her favorite holiday, and if you didn’t already know it, you’d simply have to take a look at the elaborate Halloween decorations of her China Creek neighborhood home.

“We’ve always decorated,” Alhadeff said. “It’s just gotten bigger and bigger every year. All the kids in the neighborhood just expect us to do it now, so we do.”

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Month of October brings appreciation, fatalism

October 15, 2013

I love October. Between the changing weather, the eruption of color and the settling shroud of Halloween, my appreciation of this month has grown exponentially over time.

It is a recent development and a remarkable one. Here: Let me remark on it.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

About 11 years ago, I was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a pretty severe case. Instead of the short daylight of winter, autumn depressed me the most. We’re not talking being moody and mopey. We’re talking straight up “can’t leave the bed because everything is eternally painful.” I had life-changing problems with school as I was just beginning college and it led to some pretty intense family issues. Everyone has their personal struggles.

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