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Wed
06
Jun
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The Royal wedding

By JOE PHILLIPS

The wedding. I watched most of it between putterings. I’m a fool for women in hats and English women still wear hats.

The men wore uniforms, if they had any entitlement or purpose in doing so. A few men wore kilts, and swallow-tail coats.

The majority of women wore hats. Everything about the wedding was scheduled down to the minute. Arrivals were punctual, seating planned. Some observers were critical of one thing or another but it wasn’t their wedding. I think a couple should be free to celebrate their wedding how they wish. These are a people with structured society and established protocol even in the serving of tea.

 

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Wed
30
May
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Beyond the podium at the state track meet

By  DAN THALMANN  On the Backroads

 

Another state track meet is in the books and this county again had a team win the state title - the Hanover girls. If one of our local teams isn’t contending for the championship, a team from the Twin Valley League sure is. Since 2014, a TVL team has won a team championship every year at the state track meet.

 

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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