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15
Nov
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Hillbilly Hankerin’

The Hereford’s neighbors Parsley (Faith Beikman) and Rosemary Bickle (Carly Kolle), ABOVE, were a little suspicious of what was going on during Friday night’s school play.

Elizabeth Bott excitedly skips after some boys, ABOVE, as David Woerman points her in the right direction and Michelle Richardson just sits and smiles.

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JEN THALMANN

No need for words, Cyrus “Silent Cy” Hereford, LEFT, can tell you everything you need to know with just his body language. He was one of 27 students who took the stage last week for the school’s annual play.

When new boys come to the Hollar, BOTTOM LEFT, the daughters from the Guernsey and Hereford families get into a brawl for their attention.

After a chase around the house, BELOW, Liza Hefeford (Jalee Wohler) is thrilled to have caught David (Wyatt Wurtz).

Linn thespians put on annual fall play. The two-act play included 27 students

 

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Thu
15
Nov
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Commissioners reject 19 ballots

The Board of County Commissioners rejected 19 ballots from last week’s General Election during their meeting Tuesday morning. After each election, the commissioners are tasked with determining the eligibility of provisional ballots, which are ballots from voters whose eligibility to vote is uncertain. There were 58 provisional ballots cast in last week’s election. Polling place volunteers are told to place questionable ballots into envelopes, which are sealed and marked with the reason for the questionable status. The commissioners then determine whether the questionable ballot is eligible based on guidelines from the state. Ballots that are deemed eligible are then removed from the envelope and counted, while the envelopes of rejected ballots are not opened or counted.

 

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Thu
15
Nov
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County has nearly 68 percent voter turnout for General Election

Sixty-eight percent of the county’s eligible voters participated in the general election last week, according to county clerk Diana Svanda. There were 1,989 ballots cast in the election without counting the 39 provisional ballots that were later accepted. Most of those voters voted on election day on Nov. 6. There were no contested races locally, but after last week’s vote there is officially a new county commissioner, and the county treasurer has been voted in for four more years. According to the clerk’s office, a fourth of the voters – 510 – voted in advance, including 251 mail-in ballots and 259 people who voted early in-person.

 

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Wed
07
Nov
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A boy in Vietnam

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

 

When a 19-year-old Mel Pralle was drafted into the Army in 1969, he admits that he was scared. “When we were leaving town on the bus and going down the highway over the bridge, I remember wondering if I’d ever see the bridge again,” the rural Greenleaf man said. That fear disappeared soon enough,

Pralle said, as he settled into his new normal. Pralle spent his oneyear tour in the Vietnamese jungle. He was a radio operator in the infantry and spent his days cutting through the jungle looking for enemy supply lines. His group would then call in air strikes.

 

 

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Wed
07
Nov
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Fall harvest nearly done

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

 

Harvest is winding down across the county, and grain elevator officials in the county said there is about 7-to-10 days left of harvest for most people when the weather dries out. The frequent precipitation this fall has paused harvest several times and prevented storage issues at the local elevators this harvest.

Soybean harvest is 90-percent or more complete in most areas of the county, according to Palmer Grain manager Brad Beier, Hanover Cooperative’s Stuart Vitosh and Central Valley Ag’s Haddam location. Jarad Hammond, who is CVA’s location manager for Greenleaf, Linn, The Junction and Washington, said soybeans are only about 80 percent complete in his area. Corn harvest is about 80 percent complete in the areas of Palmer, Linn, Barnes, Greenleaf and Washington, about 90-to- 95 percent complete in the Hanover area, and only about 60 percent complete in the Haddam area. Harvest information for the Clifton area was unavailable.

 

Wed
07
Nov
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Quietly Serving

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

 

When Bill Hardenburger died earlier this year, there was no obituary and no public funeral. Those were the rural Haddam man’s final wishes. But his brother Chuck Hardenburger, also of Haddam, said he thought the community should know about the legend that died that March day. Hardenburger retired as a Lt. Colonel after 22 years in the United States Air Force. He was a fighter pilot who flew about a hundred missions over Korea. He regretted killing civilians on those missions, he told his brother

 

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Tue
30
Oct
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Commissioner Ouellette resigns, Ordoyne takes over

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Gary Ouellette was no longer a commissioner when he walked out of the Board of County Commissioners meeting just before 10:30 Monday morning. He began the weekly morning meeting as chairman of the board but left just after the scheduled swearing in of Raleigh Ordoyne, who was selected a few weeks ago to finish Ouellette’s term.

Ouellette, who in January would have finished two years of his four-year term, announced in September that he would resign from the board after this week’s meeting because he and his wife have purchased a house in South Carolina and will be spending winters there. This is Ouellette’s second term as commissioner; he has served nearly six years as the representative for the third district, which includes the western portion of the county.

 

Tue
30
Oct
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Fun at the Hootenanny

The first-ever Washington County Hootenanny was Saturday at the Fairgrounds in Washington. The event, which was a benefit for Jeff Stigge, who was injured in the Palmer Grain explosion in August, raised just over $10,000. The event featured a corn hole tournament with 46 teams, hayrack rides with packed crowds, kids games, bowling, a haunted maze in the horse arena, a meal and more. Organizer Ethan Schuette said he hoped to make the event an annual benefit.

 

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Tue
30
Oct
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Construction begins on $500K Hanover firehouse

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The Hanover City Fire Department has begun construction on a new firehouse. The building will be on Washington Street where the old lumber yard once stood. Fire department members have been raising money since 2000 to build a new firehouse. The $500,000 building will measure 60x100 feet with five truck bays, a meeting room, bathrooms and an office for the fire chief. The building will also feature a city clerk’s office.

Fire chief Bob Rut said the department hoped to get most of the concrete work done this week to be ready to install steel when it arrives. In-Line Construction, of Marysville, is the general contractor for the project.

 

Wed
24
Oct
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Hootenanny is Saturday

Stigge benefit event to resemble fall festival with hayrack rides, haunted maze, cornhole tourney

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The Washington County Hootenanny will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The all-afternoon event is a benefit for Jeff Stigge, of Washington, who was injured in the Palmer Grain explosion in August. The event, which will be held rain or shine, will be at the Washington County Fairgrounds and will feature horse-drawn hayrack rides, a maze in the rodeo arena, bowling, kids games, cornhole tournament, smoked pork meal and more.

“We thought it would be good to do something different that would appeal to all ages and that the whole community could be involved in,” Ethan Schuette said of organizing the fall festival benefit.

 

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