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Wed
11
Apr
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Reader offers house cleaning tips in response to column

By Henry Klee

In your March 29 paper, Cynthia Scheer wrote about her house cleaning abilities. Being I cleaned my house for several years, maybe I could give her some tips. Maybe it wasn’t spotless, but it was better than what that damn Carl Wineinger said, “When you leave Henry’s house, you clean your shoes, not when you go in.” He stretches it a little.

First — A portable air compressor don’t cost much and 50 feet of hose will reach most of the house; beats dusting.

 

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Wed
11
Apr
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Commissioner explains county’s tax rebate, praises landowners

By Gary G. Ouellette

Perspective

1. Washington County has a more aggressive tax rebate program than most counties around them. We have lowered the mill levy several years in a row, not many counties have done this.

2. The tax rebate plan was first put forth by Roger Otott, Gary Ouellette and Tim Mueller about 1 1/2 years ago. There had not been a plan in place for quite a few years. To say this Commission is not progressive is ignorant. Can we do better? Sure. With community involvement and working together as one, we can find ways to do things better.

 

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Wed
04
Apr
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Wanting to see the world

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

The summer is already getting away from me, and it’s only April. As I plot all the busy dates between May and August, I’m already feeling the sadness of the end of summer. It’s that time of year again when I’m thinking ahead to the annual summer vacation. I’m having the same diffi culty most parents have when their kids get in school and play summer ball:

When do you go on a vacation? The kids are practicing or playing baseball from April through the fi rst of July. Then there is the county fair, and we don’t dare leave our pigs and lambs for a week just before the fair. That leaves the end of July and early August, and it’s so darn hot to be walking around and taking in the

 

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Wed
04
Apr
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Still graupeling as basketball ends and baseball season begins

By DAN THALMANN

 

I learned the name of the little snow pellets that fell on the area on Easter Sunday. Evidently they are called “graupel”. A unique mix of conditions in the atmosphere causes this unique type of snow. It’s not quite snow, not quite freezing rain or sleet. It’s graupel. • • • In my years of attending the annual fi rst junior high track meet of the season in Washington, I think there has only been one with spring-like conditions. It’s almost always cold, often windy. But they need to get it in, because the junior high track season is pretty short

 

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Wed
28
Mar
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Befriending feral cats

By JOE PHILLIPS

How many do you need?

There is a saying among people who work with animals in film and television production. It goes something like this: “If you need a cat to perform more than one trick you’ll need more than one cat.”

Or: The number of required felines is directly proportional to the number of required tricks.

 

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Wed
28
Mar
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How did the homemakers do it?

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

I would have been a very poor wife in the old days. I can’t sew, nor do I want to learn, and I greatly dislike cooking. I also don’t deep clean my house any more than necessary, and I am lucky to keep the dishes done and the floors picked up. I think a lot about my grandmother who made noodles and bread from scratch up until her last few months of life at age 91, and there are days when I know I’m lacking in the homemaker department.

I wish I was a person who liked to cook. My kids have to eat three meals a day, and I can barely take it. I keep breakfast simple, so that saves me one meal a day, but it seems like the other two meals just catch up to me every day. I spend nearly an hour in the kitchen for every meal by the time I thaw hamburger or stir the pot on the stove. That’s two hours of my life gone every day.

 

Wed
21
Mar
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Annual garden challenges

By JOE PHILLIPS

I know it’s soon.

I’ve had such bad luck trying to have a garden that I dread warmer weather.

Last year the deer nibbled everything to the ground.

 

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Wed
21
Mar
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The truth about sports scholarships

By Bob Gardner

Many parents are trying to live the dream through their sons and daughters – the dream of landing a college athletic scholarship by specializing in a sport yearround. Unfortunately, most of these dreams are never realized. The odds of a sports scholarship paying for even a portion of a student’s college education are miniscule.

The College Board, a not-for-profi t organization comprised of 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions, reports that a moderate cost for college students who attend a public university in their state of residence is $25,290 per year. The annual cost at a private college averages $50,900.

 

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Wed
14
Mar
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The very awkward part of being a small town newspaper guy

By DAN THALMANN

I imagine the reporters at the New York Times or on a smaller scale, the Topeka Capital-Journal, don’t have to deal with running into the people they cover in their newspapers… ya’know… like, the day after they write about them.

In a small town, this happens all the time. Whether it is on a downtown sidewalk, at a ballgame, at church or at a meeting, a weekly newspaper reporter cannot hide from the people they cover. It is my job to cover the day-to-day lives and activities of the people around me. Since I live here, those people are my friends, my neighbors, people I know and like and respect.

Even if a particular story I write is just a light and entertaining feature story, you still want the subject of that story to acknowledge that it was accurate, that it captured the essence or emotion of a story and that it was well-written.

 

Wed
14
Mar
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School finance study remains questionable

By Denna Sattler

When the Kansas Legislature passed the midpoint of the current session, it was nowhere near resolving its biggest challenge.

Last fall, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled the state’s most recent plan to fund K-12 public schools failed to provide a constitutionally adequate and equitable education for all Kansas schoolchildren. The Legislature has an April 30 deadline to report how it plans to respond to the ruling.

State lawmakers struggling for answers amid a budget crunch opted to pursue an indepth study of the cost of providing constitutional school funding. While the idea sounded reasonable, the motives were questionable.

 

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