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To Country View and back

My husband aimed north for Country View Bulk Foods in Snover. We don't keep a deep pantry, which concerns my friends who've dehydrated vegetables and fruit in preparation for a long-term food shortage. We've heard the repeated predictions since 2020 due to the broken...

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Another angle to those family stories

When you get together with family members after you haven’t seen each other in a while, it seems the topic of conversation always steers back to your childhood. Such was the case for my sisters and me recently. My sister Michele, her husband Pete, and daughter Sarah...

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Gold and silver benefits

On a sunny October day, the Townsend Tunnel shines like gold – one benefit to living on a former cow path that intersects Townsend Road, sometimes impassible due to ditches and pot holes from rain and thawing snow flowing downhill. However, whether descending or...

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The Millikin Women – Early Pioneers

On August 13, 2022, Don Millikin, Class of 1967, stopped by the museum. He was in town to attend his 55th class reunion. He had heard that I was looking for family trees of Almont’s earliest settlers. He brought in a tree he had prepared, a detailed tree prepared by...

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A steadfast principle

I arrived in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, before nightfall, the main streets crowded with locals celebrating the annual Jenny Wiley Festival. In the 1950s, Floyd County, Kentucky, developed Jenny Wiley Park in honor of the legendary pioneer taken captive by Native...

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Mary Swan Crosby Farley – Belle Arbor Pioneer

Mary Swan Crosby Farley was born March 1, 1818 in Merrimack, Hillsborough, New Hampshire to William Crosby (1793-1831) and Mary “Polly” Crosby (1793-1878). Mary Crosby’s maiden name is uncertain. Her maiden name is listed as Crosby but I have not been able to confirm...

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October’s honeyed mouth

At sunrise, the scent of Tall Goldenrod emits from my beehive. Now with October's chill, a few early risers fly out of the hive’s honeyed mouth to forage. I put my ear to the top box and listen, plan to draw off honey next week. Since mid-May, the nucleus of bees I...

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Discover sparks of talent God has given

My freshman English teacher required us to keep a journal. Every day a portion of the class time was set aside for us to write in our journals. Periodically, she’d collect the journals and verify that we were practicing the discipline of writing every day. I can’t say...

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Not goodbye, but see you later

I could easily reflect on a wide range of topics when thinking about my 19 year career in journalism with the Tri-City Times. There’s the unique, fascinating people I’ve met and written about, the important but often complicated issues local communities have grappled...

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Praise the color pink

My heart sank this past spring when I first noticed my nibbled pink Japanese anemones. Then experience reminded me to be patient. In this particular botanic situation, the timing of the deer’s munching was positive. It’s akin to the principle of pinching off the first...

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