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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

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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 ...

Celebrating Lynx pride, spirit, tradition

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Now that Homecoming 2013 has come and gone, I believe it's a good time to talk about school pride, spirit, and tradition. Bob Dylan once sang that "the times they are a-changin'" and while this is true, one thing that has remained the same is the strong celebration for these things that exists ...

Shame, shame, shame

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Do you remember that little thing we used to do to each other when we were kids? We made a motion crossing one index finger with the other and said, "Shame, shame, shame."Haven't seen that done for a long time. Haven't heard the word "shame" too often lately either. To an old guy who has seen a ...

Start of a new season

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So now we're getting set to start a new television season. New shows premiering here and there, old shows kicking off their new seasons. Lots of hype and promises that this will be the best season ever.It all makes me kind of miss the way it used to be when television viewing was simpler, ...

A great slate of city candidates

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This year's city election may prove to be an exciting one. Seven local residents have stepped up to the plate to accept the challenge of running for the three open seat on the City Council. How great is that? Kudos to those seven people for wanting to give back to their community by helping to ...