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‘Still’ at reunion

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"Still" was a word heard often on Saturday evening, as in "I'm still working at the same place," or "We still live in ..." or even "I'm still always glad to get together with you all."Not so unusual for a 45th class reunion, perhaps, because by now there just isn't much changing locations or ...

Lots to see and do close to home

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There is something simply satisfying about sitting under the canopy of large shade tree on a warm, sunny summer morning. Throw in some kids scrambling for Tootsie Rolls tossed from fire trucks, clever floats, and old tractors and you've got yourself a fine Independence Day parade. And the ...

Committee member offers thanks for Relay supporters

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To the Editor:On behalf of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Hamilton County, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the residents and businesses of Hamilton County for their generosity and support to our Relay this year. Since this is a county wide event we decided to ...

Making smart insurance choices

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The amount of information in the media about upcoming changes in health insurance is expanding weekly. That's a sign that people are starting to wonder how it all affects them.Anxiety. Since health insurance is a complex topic which many folks don't understand very well to begin with, the idea ...

The treatment of silence

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Jam of the week: "Daydream in Blue" by I MonsterIt's a generally good idea to know what you can and cannot do. That seems like a simple statement, but is worth mentioning after a recent Supreme Court ruling.I've been touching on Supreme Court cases lately. The Court's ruling on the Voting ...

A little ZIP of our own

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Back in 1963 our little farm town of Kamrar located about halfway between Ames and Fort Dodge didn't get much respect. I was 15 at the time and of all the towns we had lived in, Kamrar was the smallest.Fifteen years earlier, in 1948, the Kamrar Komettes had earned the town a great deal of ...

Back to summer camp

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For some reason, I always find it satisfying when it's a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same. I just like knowing that some things are constant. It's known as tradition.Take summer camp. That's been around for about a century now. Camps first got underway when life ...

Time to find a new recipe

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Oh, Paula Deen. You've gotten yourself into some hot water this week. The Food Network star, businesswoman and bigger-than-life personality has fallen from grace following the admission during court deposition that she had used a racial slur. From that point on, no amount of apologizing or ...

June and July are jumpin’ in WC

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The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Iowa Home Care, Access Systems, Angel Touch Massage, Walker Insurance, Palmer and Cheryl Schneider, and Kathleen Swon as new member.June 6, we held the first Quarterly Coffee at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in the New Show Arena. There were ...

Supreme Court passes the ball

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Jam of the week: "The Sun" by The Naked and FamousWhile Edward Snowden doesn't even have the decency to wear a striped shirt to help the U.S. government in a worldwide "Where's Waldo," and others scandals show little new information, the Supreme Court of the United States made headlines Tuesday ...

Jewell to host Relay for Life

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To the Editor:For many years the Webster City community has hosted the annual Hamilton County Relay For Life (RFL). The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This year the RFL committee has extended an invitation to Southern Hamilton Communities to host the event in Jewell quite ...

Live wisely; karma is for real

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I am not a follower of Eastern religions, but there is an element of Buddhism in which I believe. It's a phenomenon called "karma."Contemporary poet Nishan Penwar describes karma this way: "Every act done, no matter how insignificant, will eventually return to the doer with equal impact. Good ...

Advice for the bride-to-be

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'Tis the season for weddings, of course, and that often means a wedding shower or two to go along with it. I went to one on Saturday, a very nice morning affair with many good wishes, lots of smiles, good food, and lovely gifts. I don't know what else is needed for a successful shower.The ...

Ice cream social successful

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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 ...