Opinion

Disappointed bingo is gone

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Thumbs down to the Hamilton County Fair Board or whomever is responsible for taking away Sunday night bingo.Many bingo players were greatly disappointed in this action.Ed and Marguerite DonnlleyWebster City

The frightening films of Halloween

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Jam of the week: "Crips" by RatatatHolidays are always great occasions for something. Christmas gives me a good excuse to go a bit crazy on the eggnog, New Years Eve marks a rare occasion where I watch network television, and Halloween in the near future means horror movie marathons.I was big ...

Supports Conaway for City Council

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:I am writing in support of Linda Conaway for Webster City Council. I have known Linda for several years and always found her to be logical, truthful, and helpful. Linda has a strong sense of good old fashion common sense and the strength to follow through with her ...

Bitter, cruel and, in some cases, profane

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What is becoming of us? Some Americans can no longer participate in a debate without becoming red hot irate and, in some cases, profane.Popular Science, the 141-year-old source of science and technology news, announced recently that it will no longer accept online comments on news articles. The ...

Old skills, new conveniences

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First I put the set together backwards, the next time I forgot half of it, but finally on the third try it was assembled properly and I got the result I wanted.Do you know what process this is? It's something I had to concentrate on the first few times to get it right. After that it was still ...

Out of touch

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Jam of the week: "Vasoline" by Stone Temple PilotsFor the better part of the last two weeks, I've accidentally slipped through a portal to the distant past. Or at least it seems like it. Webster City still remains largely the same, the dates seem consistent with the present, but my cell phone ...

Squirrel hunts are golden

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Speaking personally, there are many uses for outdoor October, and I savor them all. I could drink that ale-golden month to its dregs and never touch a gun. But without hunting, some of the savor would be missing.I've told you that before - many times. Forty-three times in fact. Every year, for ...

Kids still say the darnedest things

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Years ago one of the bright spots of daytime television was Art Linkletter's House Party. My favorite part of the show was Kids Say the Darndest Things, during which Linkletter interviewed schoolchildren between the ages of five and ten. Bill Cosby hosted a Kids Say the Darndest Things show in ...

Remembering 4-H

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The advertisements and signs and posters I saw last week in honor of National 4H Week made it easy for me to remember my years as a 4Her. I was a Marion Merry Maiden, to be exact.That was the name of the club to which my sister and I belonged. Marion refers to the township; so even though our ...

Television when it’s convenient

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The DVR player gets a real workout at our house. It seems I never watch television programs when they are actually on live. Rather, I get to pick and choose when I want to watch my favorite programs - when it's convenient.In that respect, the DVR was a genius invention. In other respects, it ...

September was busy in WC

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September came to us with RV TV and Webster City responded with a resounding "You Betcha!" There were more than 2,200 people that came downtown Sept. 11 and just had a plain, old fashioned good time. Andy Fales sent us a letter and in part it said "This was the best, biggest and busiest stop ...

4-H helps build leadership, life skills

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We would like to invite All Youth (4th 12th grades) and parents to join us on Sunday for our 4-H Fall Rally at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds from 4 to 5:30 p.m. You will be joining the Hamilton County 4-H County Council, 4-H Club members and leaders in launching off National 4-H Week with a ...

Wonders what to do with bulbs

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Like most people now, I have made the switch to compact florescent light bulbs. They save energy, money and usually last longer than the filament style bulbs. Ninety percent of the light sockets in my house have them.The question is, what do we do with them when they do burn out? ...

Information on Medicare open enrollment available from SHIIP

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To the Editor:With all the interest and activity around the Health Insurance Marketplace this fall, we want to remind residents of Hamilton County not to miss the Medicare open enrollment period for Part D drug coverage and Medicare Advantage plans. The open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 ...

Meal raises funds for community and senior center

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To the Editor:To the citizens of Webster City:Thank you for making the Webster City Community & Senior Center's hot beef fundraiser a big success. We served 156 dinners and raised over $1,600 dollars.It took the assistance of many individuals to make this happen, and their help is very ...

Club member invites others to join a Hamilton County 4-H club

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To the Editor,4-H is a great way to grow leadership and communication skills, meet different people and their interests, get involved in the community and have lots of fun. 4-H is offered to anybody fourth grade and older up to 12th grade.I have been part of the 4-H program since fourth grade ...

It’s so easy to get sidetracked

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The Internet is a fascinating research tool. I wish I'd had Google as a resource when I was writing news. It would have made the job easier.On the flipside, the Internet can be too handy. Often I notice interesting stuff while looking for something else and I find myself sidetracked.Here are ...

Moving — A fresh start

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My 20-something daughter just moved to a new apartment in a different state. And, wonder of wonders, her new employer paid for a company to move her.This concept of using a moving company is foreign to my family. We have been more of the system that borrows a horse trailer, hooks up the ...

Books to exercise your brain

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The theme of National Library Card Month at Kendall Young Library this year is Exercise your Brain. There are many different ways to give your noggin' a workout: puzzles ranging from the crossword to the jigsaw variety are one route to take in the quest to a stronger brain. Try these books ...

Out of Pleasantville

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Jam of the week: "Tourette's" by NirvanaAs you can probably guess from the two stories I wrote for today's paper, I've had iPads on my mind for quite a while now. Many of the teachers and administrative staff I've talked with for the articles and upcoming installments of the series have ...