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Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2015
Exploring the joy of writing with others (08/29/15)
Hi neighbors. The Creative Writers group will meet Monday, Aug. 31, in the Nevada Public Library meeting room at 10:30 a.m. Although we usually meet the first Monday of each month, Labor Day holiday forced a change for this month only. The group is growing, although membership changes month to month...
Will stopping guns stop the killing? (08/29/15)
Last week the shooting and death of two reporters in Virginia has added more fuel to the gun debate with some national leaders calling for stricter gun control laws in the name of safety. For many years there have been activists on both sides of this debate; but each time there is a shooting that gains national attention, the issue of gun control is moved once more into the cross hairs of state and federal law makers. ...
One of my 'Are you kidding me' items (08/28/15)
Over the years, I have learned to temper my judgments and corresponding emotional reactions, when confronted with seemingly needless events, practices, or things that appear to be without reason. Having said that, there are often some issues that gnaw so relentlessly at my sense of well being, that I am compelled to speak out, or suffer the assured and irreparable damage to my soul. My list of unneeded stuff is lengthy...
Church by the Bronze Pond and Tennessee Ernie Ford (08/28/15)
Since I have a few ailments these days I sometimes don't get to church regularly. But recently I went to church right here in my own home. In fact I was lying in bed with my feet elevated. I was feeling very comfy and as it was getting dark I watched out the window for a while to see the different colors hit the pond through the trees. Then I decided to see what was on TV that evening...
Cut spending, new city, county, school buildings, ambulance equipment wasteful (08/22/15)
Dear Editor: Now that the voters have soundly defeated the 911 tax, our city manager says, "we're going to have to wind it up" in reference to the dispatch center. This is "the sky is falling approach" from one of our leaders. Let the Fire Department, Sheriff's Department, Police Department, City Hall, Vernon County leadership, and the Ambulance Board look for ways to cut expenses. Tell the voters where your department can cut and show us some initiative to save taxpayer funds...
Make time to be outdoors -- it's good for you (08/22/15)
Hi neighbors. Busy days are ahead as students return to school, and working parents tweak their schedules to mesh with their spouse and all of their children's new school activities. Parents who are in charge of the homefront have to find one big calendar to hang up to keep track of appointments for the family; buy small plastic bags and plastic containers for school lunches and help children organize their closets so dressing for school is planned the night before...
Facing danger, and going in alone (08/22/15)
On April 20, 1999, 12 students and one teacher were killed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold who were both seniors at Columbine High School, located in an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colo. Most people have heard about the devastating shooting and remember seeing it on the news...
Home -- enjoying 'The Sounds of Silence' (08/21/15)
Last weekend we enjoyed a visit from our great-granddaughter Marilyn and her family. Avery, her daughter, is almost three now and a very happy little girl who likes to play games and visit with the "old folks." Dennis and Lester usually have something to discuss that they liked or didn't like about something on TV. And of course Sponge Bob was constantly entertaining us from that TV while we tried to talk...
Revisiting the school water fountain (08/21/15)
Many years ago I wrote a column about school water fountains. Since school began again this week for most districts in our area, my next couple of articles will have an education theme. Today's story revisits two important school water fountains. The first school water fountain that made an impression on me at a very young age was located in the Bryan grade school cafeteria. ...
Despite the heat the golf tournament was a success (08/11/15)
Dear Editor: Thank you to everyone who played and helped sponsor our Nevada High School par 3 golf tournament. Special thanks to the Senior Men's Golf League, Larry and Jo Testman, and John Flynn and Len Zoglmann. Thank you to Frank and Pat Arnold for donating the golf towels for all of the winners...
National Night Out success for Nevada (08/11/15)
Dear Editor: On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the residents of Nevada joined forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "32nd Annual National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is co-sponsored locally by the City of Nevada Police Department and Parks Department, involves more than 16,540 communities from all 50 states, U.S. ...
Thank you for making the event a success (08/11/15)
Dear Editor: We wanted to thank all the exhibitors who participated in our ninth annual Schowe-n-Shine Auto Show. This was the eighth year we partnered with the Nevada Area Habitat for Humanity. Thanks again to all their board members and volunteers who helped us put on the show. Without our generous and hard working sponsors, none of this would be possible...
A fall in the fall? (08/11/15)
Many observers have been predicting a collapse of the economy of the United States, as well as that of the entire world. Many books have been written on the subject, including, "The Coming Economic Earthquake" (1991 by Larry Burkett), and "Financial Reckoning Day" by William Bonner in 2003. Never have so many called for it to happen so soon, however, possibly even this September or October...
A gift for our grandchildren -- a livable world (08/08/15)
Hi neighbors. Maybe it's time for rethinking how we treat our home. Our home -- planet Earth. Maybe we should step outside more, into the green meadow or forest, look at a lake. Take time to see what Earth (without human concrete and steel) looks like...
Focusing on safety as school begins (08/08/15)
It has been said that you learn more by the age of 5 than you will the rest of your life. I think learning should be a process that we always strive for without end, no matter the age. One of the learning periods throughout our life is one that will be starting this month for many young people. ...
It can't be August already (08/07/15)
Do you remember the old movies, like the ones where Jeannette McDonald sang into the face of Nelson Eddy? These movies tried to let the audience know that time had passed by changing the blossoms on the apple tree into the apples themselves. If that did not tell how much time had passed in the plot, perhaps the apple tree would be covered with snow in another shot and possibly back to blossoms again, if Nelson Eddy had gone to war...
Memories of past Dog Days of summer (08/07/15)
August, like any month of the year, has many distinct, identifiable properties. Common weather patterns appear during this second full month of summer, the most obvious being extreme heat. The atmosphere often takes on a particular set of qualities, that have been associated with the nickname, "Dog Days." August also has many activities and memories that are unique mostly to this month...
Battlefield Dispatches No.425 (08/04/15)
The correspondence of the Civil War contains thousands of letters written by the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines to their families at home and the following letters were written by Assistant Surgeon A. J. Huntoon of the 5th Kansas Vol. cavalry to his wife Elizabeth who was at their former home in New Hampshire for most of the war. ...