Commentary

Wed
23
May
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The perfect storm

By John Forshee, District Director
River Valley Extension District

You may recall the movie that was released in 2000 called The Perfect Storm. In this movie, based upon a true story that occurred in 1991, two major storms combined off the East Coast of the United States to create a storm event that had never before been recorded. The Andrea Gail fishing boat and all its crew were lost at sea.

The recent months and weeks in the River Valley Extension District might seem a little like we have been hit by the “Perfect Storm,” but unlike the tale of the Andrea Gail, we will survive to tell about it. I want to use my column this week to provide our readers a bit of an update on the district staff , and I will back up about a year to begin this tale.

 

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Wed
23
May
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Resisting kitchen gadgets

By JOE PHILLIPS

I’m a sucker for gadgets but have slowly built a resistance to the lure of kitchen gadgets. When I learned that do-hickeys sold on television are usually good for one job I became more selective.

There are gizmos that cook eggs in a microwave oven. That’s all they do and nothing else but take up space. Boiling and peeling eggs is basic stuff . Do we really need something that only cooks eggs?

 

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Wed
16
May
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Three ceremonies are too many

By DAN THALMANN

I made it to three of the high school graduation ceremonies on Sunday, but just because I was there doesn’t mean I accomplished decent coverage of the events.

Every year at this time, there are events around the county that stack up on top of each other. For graduation ceremonies, Hanover and Linn hold their ceremonies at 1 p.m. and Washington County and Clifton-Clyde hold theirs at 2 p.m.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Back to the chickens

By JOE PHILLIPS

“Little Miss Phillips” pointed out that my desire for chickens might go the way of my beekeeping project.

She said that while I loved to sit at the hives and watch bees come and go as well as read everything I could find on beekeeping I wasn’t good at it.

 

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Wed
09
May
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This mother can’t handle graduation season

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

My oldest child is seven, but graduation season is already painful for me. I walked through the school hallways last week with sadness as I thought about all of the kids who were about to graduate and go off into the world.

I cry through high school graduations even though I have no family graduating. Lord help me when my own children graduate.

 

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Wed
02
May
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First item on the agenda, save the brewery

By DAN THALMANN

We must diversify our local economy.

Washington County’s main economic engine is agriculture. Farming is the main area of economic activity. One step beyond the farmers are businesses who support agriculture and the next step are the businesses and services that provide goods and services to all of the above.

There is very little that goes on in this county that isn’t dependent on local, regional and national agricultural economy. It’s not like we have huge bicycle manufacturing plants or computer assembly plants or Amazon fulfillment centers or a mountain/beach tourism industry that could do well and fuel our communities even if the farm economy is struggling.

 

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Wed
02
May
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No spring fever this year

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

This may be the first year in my memory where I haven’t had spring fever. Perhaps it’s because I’m the busiest I have ever been. Or maybe it’s because we haven’t had much spring-like weather.

We have gotten a few nice days, but until a week ago it seems like we never got more than one nice day before it was followed with several cool, windy days. Perhaps I just spend the nice days sitting in an office.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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Durst gave lifelong commitment to Washington County’s history

By DAN THALMANN

Duane Durst’s passing earlier this week was a major loss to the history of Washington County. During his career and into his retirement and I’m sure up to his final days, Duane fervently worked to bring attention to our county’s past – it’s people, places, events and stories. I would contend nobody in the history of this county has spent so many years as committed to that task as Duane.

He worked for years as curator at the Hollenberg Pony Express Station state historic site and for his work there alone, we would owe him a debt of gratitude. But retirement didn’t slow him down. He continued to work on an array of topics he thought deserved attention.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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The joys of cranky children

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I write my columns a week or two ahead of time, so I felt a little silly last week with my column about mashed potatoes when the other two opinion items on the page were a significantly different tone. I suspect I came off like some silly woman pretending to be a serious journalist with her mashed potatoes column while the rest of the world was discussing more important matters.

Most of the time I stick to the safer subjects when I write my columns: My crazy, busy, hilarious and sometimes cringe-worthy life. Here is a gem from my life recently:

Life is rough when kids get over tired. One of my boys didn’t get to bed until about an hour later than normal recently, and he took his anger out on my laundry.

 

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Wed
18
Apr
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Mashed potatoes and gravy get me through my week

CYNTHIA SCHEER

None of my three boys likes mashed potatoes and gravy. They were made from mashed potatoes and gravy, so I don’t understand why they don’t love it.

I worked at Republic County Hospital for two years, which encompassed the last two months that I was pregnant with my first child and all nine months that I was pregnant with my second. I always ate lunch at the hospital cafeteria, and the servers could always count on me getting mashed potatoes and gravy. Most of them would put it on my tray without even asking because they knew I always got it.

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