Recently I heard about a study that found that, as we age, men are happier with their lives than women. Part of the difference comes from financial aspirations, and some from family life.

Men's happiness begins exceeding women's when they reach their late 40s. No big surprise there! At that age many women are reaching the pinnacle of success in their careers, but at the same time still bear most of the responsibility for home life that includes children and aging parents. The demands come from all sides with equal intensity.


The Citizen is taking on the challenge!

Now, in past years we have taken on any number of challenges, from Bellevue Council to the Kilbuck Police Department. This challenge, however, promises to be the most grueling to-date.


If you have a special pet in your life, you may want to pack up him and/or her and stop by Animal Friends this Sunday for the animal blessing service.

Too often in our day-to-day lives we forget to stop and be grateful for the many ways that pets enrich our lives. The face that's always there to greet us when we get home from work, the warm body snuggled up against us in bed, the lick or nuzzle or head butt that communicates their love for us -- these are moments that we often overlook as we focus on the seemingly more important goals of life.


I don't know who developed the idea of holding school homecomings -- probably some college fund-raising officer -- but it's a great idea that probably needs to broaden its application.

We live in an area where it is common to find several generations of a single family living within walking distance of each other; where grandparents help raise their children's children, and grandchildren return the favor. It makes for a strong foundation.


This is one week when you won't want to miss picking up a hard copy of The Citizen. That's because September is National Coupon Month, and local businesses are offering big savings on a variety of products and services.

There are coupons for everything from getting your hair cut to having lunch or dinner -- with car repair, manicures and many different products in between.

It's always a good idea to do business locally, but this week it's a better idea than ever!


I don't care what your politics are -- when schools start choking at the idea of showing a video of the President of the United States speaking to students, someone needs to get a much firmer grasp on reality.


This will be the first time since our publication day changed in January that we'll be covering Friday night football games. With the paper coming out on Friday, fans normally would have to wait an entire week -- until the next Friday -- to find out the results.

While the full game coverage and photos will continue to be published in each Friday's paper, you'll be able to get game results in our on-line Sports section by Saturday. Keep an eye out for additonal Web-only game photos!

Good luck to both local varsity teams!


The North Boroughs Fireworks Celebration is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, starting off with the Avonworth vs. Northgate hotdog eating contest, followed by music from Uptown Rhythm & Brass and fireworks at dusk. Should bad weather force a delay or change in the event, you can check this blog on Saturday for the latest information.


The North Boroughs Independence Day Fireworks Celebration -- delayed due to flooding at the end of June -- will take place this Saturday, Aug. 29.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the second annual hot dog eating contest featuring members of the Avonworth and Northgate varsity football teams.

"Uptown Rhythm and Brass" will bring the musical entertainment right after the hotdog eating contest, about 7 p.m.

The fireworks will go off at dusk, which will be about 8:30 - 8:45 p.m.

There will be refreshments for sale.