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10
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Metz resigns as county treasurer

Washington County Republican Central Committee will be charged with recommending replacement

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Christy Metz submitted her resignation as Washington County treasurer last week. Her last day is Jan. 16. Metz was elected in November 2016 to a four-year term as treasurer; she has served just one year of that term.

“The decision was made to step down because of personal issues,” Metz said in a three-sentence written statement to the Washington County News.

 

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Wed
10
Jan
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Economic life of metal buildings to double

For tax purposes, metal buildings will now have 30 year life span

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Commissioner Gary Ouellette told his fellow commissioners Monday morning that the economic life of some outbuildings in the county will be extended to 30 years beginning this year. The economic life of those buildings, which include metal buildings such as Morton Buildings, has been 15 years. The economic life of similar buildings in surrounding counties is 30 to 50 years.

 

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Wed
10
Jan
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HADDAM’S CIRCUS

With roots in Haddam, Campbell Bros. circus grew to national fame

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

A circus that was once billed as the second-largest in the country got its start at Haddam. Four brothers started on a farm four miles north of town what would later be named Campbell Bros. Great Consolidated Shows. After three years at Haddam the circus was moved to Fairbury, Neb., to be on a main railroad line.

“Fairbury gets all the credit [for the circus] but it actually started here,” said Haddam historian Jay Frye.

 

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Wed
03
Jan
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Hundreds of vaccine doses freeze, health department unable to give shots

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER Managing editor

About 400 units of vaccines froze and were ruined Tuesday morning when a refrigerator at the Washington County Health Department malfunctioned. Director Tiffany Hayman told commissioners Tuesday morning that no vaccines will be given until further notice, which could be a few weeks. A new refrigerator, and new vaccines, will have to be purchased before vaccines can resume.

Hayman told commissioners this is the third time the vaccine refrigerator has malfunctioned recently. In the two previous occasions, though, the temperature did not get cold enough to freeze the vaccines despite the temperature being out of range for 40 minutes.

 

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Wed
03
Jan
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Great sports moments from county history

BY MARCIA HUBBARD Sports writer

Whether sitting around the table with your long time friends at the local coffee shop, or attending a reunion with numerous classmates, these two words invariable come up in a conversation several times . . .Remember When?

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1960

The Washington K-18 baseball team knocked off Russell 9-2 to win the state championship in Lucas.

Pitcher Roger Brunmeier allowed only one hit and struck out 13. Brunmeier had a no-hitter going until the last inning when a base on balls and an error, followed by Russell’s only hit of the game, gave them two runs.

 

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03
Jan
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Made with limestone

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER Managing editor

A rural Haddam farm featuring about a half-dozen stone structures has survived more than 120 years, although most of the limestone buildings are significantly damaged. The farm has been owned by only two families since it was homesteaded in 1862: the Rysers and the Giebers.

The buildings, located three miles west of the Haddam corner and one mile south along the Washington/Republic County line, were built by the Ryser family, and efforts to restore the 1889-built barn were halted when a tornado destroyed part of it in 2000. The farm also features a stone house, which sets empty most of the time but houses family and friends on occasion. There is also a stone barn, stone smokehouse, stone arch cellar, and a hog barn and milking barn, which were half stone and half wood.

 

Wed
27
Dec
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Ag startup VariMax growing in Palmer

Company uses satellite imagery for real-time nitrogen management

BY DAN THALMANN

It was a typical autumn day in Palmer in early November.

Dust billowed out behind a semi as it drove on the gravel road away from the grain elevator. The sound of hammers echoed off the Palmer hill while a couple people worked on roofing a house. Except for a few open businesses downtown, this town of around 115 residents is generally a quiet little town in the afternoons.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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FIVE DECADES OF MILKING

Virginia Parker milks cows twice a day as she has since 1963

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

A fat, black milk cow pokes her head into Virginia Parker’s tiny milking parlor. The cow observes for a moment before walking into the parlor and helping herself to the empty milking stall recently vacated by a Holstein.

The Angus/Brown Swiss cross sticks her head into the north wall of the milking stalls where the grain is fed and fills her mouth with ground milo and soybean meal.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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Health Department short on cash for the third time this fall

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Health Department director Tiffany Hayman told commissioners Monday morning that she was going to need about $700 by Jan. 4 in order to pay bills and payroll. She told commissioners Gary Ouellette and David Willbrant – commissioner Tim Mueller was absent – that the money shortage is a cash flow problem, not a budget problem.

“I’ve only used about 84 percent of my budget,” she said.

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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A Christmas Eve soup supper offered for the community

BY DAN THALMANN

The Dine for a Dime meal at the Methodist Church in Washington will be offering up a special gift to the community on Christmas Eve.

The program usually offers meals on Sunday evenings for those who could use a warm, home-cooked meal for whatever they want to donate for it. With the typical Sunday evening offering landing on Christmas Eve this year, coordinators Bill and Gracie Bryant weren’t sure if they should have the event or not. But then a little Christmas blessing happened.

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