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The circle of life

"In my opinion, not enough people have looked their dinner in the eyes and considered the circle of life." Ron Swanson, libertarian, bacon lover, real man In order for human beings to live, something else must die....more >>

Letter to the Editor: A parent's reflections on the 'turf'

Editor's Note: The following letter was penned in November 2012, but it was just recently e-mailed to the Leader. The fall football and soccer seasons are over. Oxford Football team's second season on their new blue turf was terrific....more >>
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OHS Classes of 1947 and 1948 reunite

Back in June, Oxford High School's Classes of 1947 and 1948 held their 66th and 65th reunions at the Oxford Hills Golf & Country Club. A total of 29 graduates attended. Since graduating in 1948, Shirley Acheson has organized the reunions and 10 years ago, the Class of 1947 combined their reunion with the Class of 1948's reunion....more >>

Opinions

Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Chili leads to one conclusion:

Women rule the world

There I was all alone, by myself with the 50 or so other people gathered under the big tent waiting to hear Big Tom Lowrie make the announcement. There was much laughter and general jovialness throughout the evening of the 4th Annual Chili Cookoff....more >>

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Season to write

I am preparing for battle. A battle against plot bunnies, argumentive characters, energy zombies, repetitive word ninjas, oh... and procrastination. Yes, it is almost time for November - National Novel Writing Month - writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days....more >>

Spiritual Matters

The church has left the building

When you think of the word "church" what comes to mind? For some church brings to mind an image of a quaint country building with a pretty white steeple. For others perhaps a grand cathedral in Europe or a place you went as a child on a bus to learn about Jesus....more >>
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Born September 1st
1795: James Gordon Bennet, editor of the New York Sun, the first tabloid-sized daily newspaper.
1875: Edgar Rice Burroughs, novelist who created Tarzan, the Ape Man.
1907: Walter Reuther, labor leader who merged the American Federation of Labor with the Congress of International Organizations.
1923: Rocky Marciano, world heavyweight boxing champion who retired undefeated.
1939: Seiji Ozawa, conductor.
September 1st
in history
1836: Protestant missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman leads a party to Oregon. His wife, Narcissa, is one of the first white women to travel the Oregon Trail. The Oregon Trail emigrants who chose to follow Stephen Meek thought his shortcut would save weeks of hard travel. Instead, it brought them even greater misery.
1864: Confederate forces under General John Bell Hood evacuate Atlanta in anticipation of the arrival of Union General William T. Sherman's troops. The Federal officer who sent his men naked against the enemy was Colonel James P. Brownlow of the 1st (Union) Tennessee Cavalry.
1870: The Prussian army crushes the French at Sedan, the last battle of the Franco-Prussian War.
1876: The Ottomans inflict a decisive defeat on the Serbs at Aleksinac.
1882: The first Labor Day is observed in New York City by the Carpenters and Joiners Union.