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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

AARP? Really?

This best of the best Don't Rush Me first appeared Jan. 9, 2013. When I first started typing columns back in 1986, one of the first "gems" of journalistic dribble I labeled Don't Rush Me recorded (lamented) the fact I had found my first gray hair....more >>

Andrea's Anecdotes A column by Andrea Beaudoin

18 years

I wonder often on human nature. I wonder why people do the things they do, why they are the way they are and what made them good at certain things. I think of human nature and psychological related issues often....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Handwriting instruction still needed, reader says

Dear Editor, In regards to "Writing tells the story, expert says," Jan. 8, how true, "Handwriting is brain writing." How sad, "They will figure it out in about 20 years after research shows what types of deficits people have developed without using handwriting....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Time for new resolution

res·o·lu·tion [rez-uh-loo-shuh] Noun, …a formal expression of opinion; a decision or a determination. Ever seen a resolution made by a city council that thanks someone? They look something like this: - WHEREAS that because, people like baseball, and - WHEREAS that baseball is fun and - WHEREAS that baseball is good for kids… that - RESOLVED Coach Johnson is the best baseball coach this town has ever seen! The "WHEREAS" is what is known to be true – the "RESOLVED" is the response....more >>
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Born August 1st
1779: Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.
1818: Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in the U.S.
1819: Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick
1942: Jerry Garcia, lead singer of the Grateful Dead.
1951: Jim Carroll, musician and writer of The Basketball Diaries.
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in history
1864: Union General Ulysses S. Grant gives general Philip H. Sheridan the mission of clearing the Shenandoah Valley of Confederate forces.After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate resistance at Petersburg, Virginia, suddenly collapsed.
1872: The first long-distance gas pipeline in the U.S. is completed. Designed for natural gas, the two-inch pipe ran five miles from Newton Wells to Titusville, Pennsylvania.
1873: San Francisco's first cable cars begin running, operated by Hallidie's Clay Street Hill Railroad Company.
1880: Sir Frederick Roberts frees the British Afghanistan garrison of Kandahar from Afghan rebels.
1893: A machine for making shredded wheat breakfast cereal is patented.