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July 24, 2016 We would fish in Aedre’s Pool, my friends and I, a can of corn between us, cane poles in our hands, teasing and punching each other as we waited for the bobber to bounce, bragging of kisses that had... more »»

Miss Fetters’ forbidden fruit

July 17, 2016 Before her retirement, an event greeted with a collective sigh of relief, most students regarded Miss Helen Fetters, English, room 4B, as the scourge of the Sycamore Shadows school system. more »»

A youth of much promise

July 10, 2016 When a young man still on the diaper side of his 13th birthday is offered the distinguished job of church bulletin editor, he’s either the preacher’s son or possesses considerable writing talent. more »»

The Drip

June 26, 2016 Scholars may disagree, but I believe that Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is about plumbin. more »»

Milton Dunnacker

June 19, 2016 He was the Johnny Appleseed of our early years, an uncouth eccentric who loved “The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” with as much passion as he disliked personal hygiene. more »»


June 12, 2016 Form a group and traditions will soon follow, however silly they may seem to those outside the group. more »»

Advice to Trump: Lead

June 5, 2016 This election cycle has been unlike any we’ve ever seen. Many of our fellow Americans are justifiably angry, and they’ve spoken with their votes. more »»

Byron Cobble

May 29, 2016 Tomorrow morning, Byron Cobble will flop out of bed, pour a cup of coffee, and plop into his chair. more »»


May 29, 2016 Collectors like toys with colorful, detailed, often amusing or realistic decoration. more »»

Listening to Ives

May 25, 2016 For someone raised on hymns like “I Need Thee,” “Standing on the Promises” and “Blessed Assurance,” I’m not surprised that I love the music of Charles Ive. more »»

The Imaginactory

May 15, 2016 On the night of October 1, 2009, I enjoyed the unfettered slumbers of the poor. The next morning, I awoke rich. more »»

On praying twice

May 8, 2016 So the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been following me. more »»

Ensuring Ohioans have safe drinking water

May 1, 2016 In the United States, we are blessed to enjoy some of the world’s safest drinking water. more »»

Seersucker Suit

May 1, 2016 It began with a bakelite brooch, a harmless piece of plastic purchased at a pawn shop for his girlfriend, Alberdina. more »»

On saluting flags

April 27, 2016 Much has been made in recent days of Prince’s affiliation with the Jehovah’s Witnesses—an affiliation that some observers have found inscrutable given the salacious nature of his music. more »»

The Beast and Stella Havelock

April 17, 2016 In 2002, Rube Elder and his wife purchased the 1928 Utopia Theater, located on Kishwaukee & Main in Sycamore Shadows. more »»

Peter Puckerton

April 3, 2016 Mrs. Rinehart attended a street carnival, tossed a ring on a bottle, and took home a three-cent fish in a ten-cent bowl. Folks said Peter Puckerton was about the luckiest fish ever. more »»

Paradise on the Ohio

April 1, 2016 The Main Stream Real Estate Development Co. more »»

Right to Work

March 23, 2016 As the 2016 legislative session was drawing to a close, I began to get the distinct impression that certain members, the ones who voted for legislation that will hurt working families such as “Right... more »»

Still an island of contradictions

March 22, 2016 President Obama’s visit to Cuba this week comes on the heels of the decision, last year, to re-establish diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba and to reopen each other’s embassies. more »»

The John Doe Statue

March 20, 2016 I think it was Winnie the Pooh — it may have been Calvin Coolidge — who said that nudity, once familiar, loses its impact. more »»


Help Me Grow Playgroup July 26, 2016

LISBON — Help Me Grow Playgroup meets 10-11:30 a.m. today at Robert Bycroft School. For information, call 330-424-0288. more »

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