Opinion

Ice cream social successful

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:The First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Faith United Methodist Church want to let the community know how much we greatly appreciate your support by attending the joint old fashioned ice cream social.The generous donations received were equally divided between ...

A ‘crushing’ obsession

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It's never easy admitting you have an obsession. It can be embarrassing, frustrating and even a little depressing. Perhaps the best thing to do is just admit the obsession and move on to the healing process.So, here goes I was addicted to Candy Crush Saga. I have to admit I do feel better just ...

Rumblings of 2016

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Jam of the week: "I Sat By The Ocean" by Queens of the Stone AgeOnce again, the game is afoot, but whether or not people are ready to play is the question.Late at night, scrolling through my Facebook news feed, I stumbled upon something unexpected. Facebook notified me that one of my friends ...

A season of blockbusters

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Summer Blockbuster season has arrived. But have you read the inspiration behind many of the biggest movies of the season? Stop by Kendall Young Library to read the book before catching the movie on the silver screen.The Great GatsbyMovie Release: May 10, 2013This is the fourth film re-telling ...

Summer Nights a success

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To the Editor:The city worked very hard with the Chamber to close the streets off, clean them, stopped and visited and made sure we had everything we needed for Summer Nights. TMI provided porta-potties, the stores were going to be open late and they were ready. Then, Summer Nights was moved to ...

More mini events planned

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To the Editor:I want to thank all of you that visited the Wilson Brewer Park Museums & Visitors Center June 9. The Brewer/Groves cabin, Harmony Center School, Mulberry Center Church, Depot, and Depot Basement were all open for you to explore and enjoy the history of Webster City and ...

50 years: a lot of difference

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Fifty years makes a lot of difference in a man's life. Fifty years ago I was a 15-year-old high school student living in a large family in a small farm town in Iowa. In addition to the physical changes like the chest dropping into the drawers and the hairline receding into nothingness a ...

As right as rain

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I wonder if you've noticed, too, that regardless of where you are these days the topic of conversation eventually turns to 1) the weather, 2) whether all the crops will ever get into the ground, and/or 3) that mowing a lawn is pretty much a full-time job. Number 3 is where I am right now.I am ...

Reunion 35 years in the making

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It dawned on me the other day that it's been 35 years since I graduated from high school. After the shock and awe wore off, I also realized that I hadn't heard anything about a reunion this summer.Apparently, neither had anyone else in my class. Those who are members of my hometown Facebook ...

Social to benefit UDMO

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To the Editor:Many fun events are being planned in the community this summer. One that will be happening soon is the annual ice cream social hosted by Faith United Methodist Church and First Congregational U.C.C.This year, the ice cream social will be held on Wednesday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. ...

Say hello to the surveyors

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Jam of the week: "Rosslyn's Crypt" by Dirty Art ClubI had a whole weekend planned, but then I had to add yet another page to my scandal scrapbook.Several days ago, the British newspaper, The Guardian, broke the story that the National Security Agency, NSA, has been collecting vast amounts of ...

Grateful for sponsors of Special Olympics Torch Run

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To the Editor:This was the 22nd year of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Hamilton County and we had 44 law enforcement officers and family members sign up to run the torch through Webster City. Although some did not make it due to last minute work duties, they supported us ...

Thanks to volunteers who helped with Avenue of Flags

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To the Editor:The Avenue of Flags committee of American Legion Post 191 extends its sincere appreciation for another year displaying our most beautiful American flags in Graceland Cemetery for the year of 2013.Thanks to everyone for being soo careful as you drove through the cemetery. Damage ...

Kitchen duty and other tasks

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While I am far from being a good cook, I know my way around a kitchen. As the oldest of six kids I helped my mother in the kitchen and around the house. She went through a period of health problems when I was a young teen and I filled in for Mom as best I could.Martha Stewart will never give me ...

‘Red rover, red rover’

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Just this week I was with some friends when - for some reason - the topic of childhood games came up. Now, I don't mean board games here; what we enjoyed remembering were active outdoor group games that many of us played when we were growing up. Remember those?Probably the prime place we ...

Sick of protesters

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To the Editor:Critter Nation has recently been attacked by some protestors, some from Webster City I may add. I may also add that the protesters also shop there. Now, they seem to think he's a bad guy. WWhy, might you ask? Well, it's because he sells 10 to 15 dogs a year that come from a USDA ...

A lifetime of service

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It's been a very sad week at our house. My 95-year-old father, Merrill, died of congestive heart failure. He had been sick for about six weeks, in and out of the hospital four times and ultimately, on hospice care for the past couple of weeks.One of the things he repeatedly said during his ...

Where do you call home?

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Where do you call home? Is it the community in which you grew up? Or, if you have moved away from that place, is it where you live now? Or another community where you lived at one time?For me, there's no one community. My home is an entire county.Throughout my lifetime I have lived in 11 ...

Let the garage sales begin

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Garage sale season is underway for another year. It's rather like God is in his heaven and all's right in the world because once again average folks are offering up their surplus/outgrown/unwanted possessions for others to browse and buy. It's interesting that there never seems to be a ...