Opinion

Back to school in Hamilton County

Editorials

Once again, school is starting up in Webster City and the rest of Hamilton County. As always, be careful around school busses and school crossings to help keep our kids safe. But even more importantly, be careful around children the rest of the time in our community. We owe it to our kids to ...

A good home cooked meal – not!

Local Columns

One of the more significant changes I have seen in our society over the past 50 years is the frequency at which we eat outside the home.Years ago, dining out was a big treat for most families. Nowadays it seems to be a way of life.I can recall only a handful of times that my parents and their ...

Summer projects

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My project for the week has been repainting the two barn quilts that are on the side of my long shed, which I painted earlier this summer. It's been such perfect weather that I was pretty much looking to find something I could do outside so I could truly drink it in. Barn quilts are a rather ...

What happened to the summer?

Local Columns

Well, that was a short summer.I'm not sure what happened to those long, humid, lazy days of summer, but all of a sudden, it's practically fall.Now with school starting next week, I doubt we'll have a chance to get in that family vacation we've been talking about all summer. Labor Day Weekend ...

Firefighters offer thanks for support of golf tourney

Letters to Editor

To the Editor,The Webster City Firefighters Association wishes to recognize and say thank-you to the following businesses and individuals who made our 16th Annual Golf Tournament a success. Their donation of raffle gifts and financial support is greatly appreciated. We also thank the one ...

An undue paint job

Local Columns

Jam of the week: "Hazy Field People" by Black Moth Super RainbowDespite living in Iowa for several years prior, last year marked my first visit to the Iowa State Fair. Going to one of the largest state fairs in the country was, of course, a fun and unique experience.My girlfriend and her family ...

UDMO offers thanks for support

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Upper Des Moines Opportunity would like to express our appreciation to all of those who were involved in this year's Back to School Bash. The bash was held on Aug. 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the ACE building in Webster City. Our sincere thanks go out to the All Cultures Equal ...

Flashing lights in the rear view mirror

Local Columns

One of my childhood ambitions was to be a cop. When I was 11 years old, back before we knew them as State Troopers, an Iowa Highway Patrolman was a neighbor.Every day I rode my bicycle past his big black Plymouth with a single cherry on top and a long whip antenna mounted on the back. Man, I ...

New school shopping

Local Columns

I have my new school shoes. I wonder if you do. The correct footwear is part of being ready for the first day of school, which is coming up faster than it should, if you ask me. So, like it or not, you'd better be ready. That involves some shopping.Sending youngsters back to school is more ...

Saving a lovable icon: Floppy

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I was sitting in a staff meeting earlier this week when the topic of Duane and Floppy came up. Three of us were laughing and reminiscing about this wonderful duo who delighted so many children in the late 1950s through the early 1980s. Three of us told stories about our favorite jokes and ...

From pillar to post

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Jam of the week: "Sooner Or Later" by TrifonicThe changing landscape of the newspaper business was even more evident on Monday when the Washington Post announced that it has a new owner.Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of online retail giant Amazon, bought the renowned newspaper for $250 million ...

Planting seeds of beauty and change

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Cold wet springs like the one we had this year give all of us concern about getting the crops in or getting our gardens planted. The cycle of weather is basically a process that is beyond our control (other than impacts that may be associated with "global warming"). In essence we are at the ...

Congratulations to Powers

Letters to Editor

To the editor:Our sincerest congratulations go to Pat Powers for being honored for his contributions to this community and the state of Iowa. His can-do spirit propels so many worthy efforts. We are lucky to have him here.You may not know it, but the "Power" in our name Power Up YOUth is in ...

Hibbles and cussers

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In the home in which I was raised there were at least two things you didn't want to get caught doing (a) being a hibble and (b) cussing.Our mother did not like hibbles. Hibble (my spelling) is a Low German word and I have been unable to find an official definition. We Huisman kids understood a ...

Ice cream memories

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So now we have officially left National Ice Cream Month, which lasted throughout July. It's rather sad, but at least we can eat ice cream any month of the year. That's part of the beauty of this treat, because it's just good almost any time, if you ask me.Ice cream is a $10 billion industry ...

Summer Nights return next week

Local Columns

Where did July go? We've been as busy as a one legged man in a kick boxing competition here at the Chamber. We started off the month July 5 with Summer Nights. First State Bank sponsored Adam Lee who performed a wide range of music. Webster City Custom Meats provided meat for the Boy Scouts to ...

Learn about the art of upcycling

Local Columns

Summer is a great time for projects. Long days provide plenty of time to tackle projects of all shapes and sizes. Plus, if you have a school-aged child in your life, projects help fill the long hours of the summer to avoid the dreaded "I'm bored" being uttered.Upcycling is a growing trend, ...

Watermelon Day a success

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To the Editor:The Stanhope community hosted the 56th Watermelon Day on a day that was just about picture perfect. Cool temps and a bright sun along with all the smiles just added to the day's celebration.Although sponsored by the Stanhope Lions, Watermelon Day would not happen without the ...

Springing a leak

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Jam of the week: "Like A Friend" by PulpWhile the world still waits for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to find a new home from his current residence in an airport in Moscow, news of another prominent intelligence leaker came in Tuesday.Bradley Manning, who copied thousands of classified documents ...

Volunteers helped make Fourth of July celebration a success

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:The Williams Lions Club would like to thank all of the hard-working volunteers for helping with the 62nd annual Fourth of July celebration.We want to thank all of the people for your attendance that day. The parade was wonderful with a large variety of entries.Also a big thank you ...