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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 30th
1871: Ernest Rutherford, physicist who discovered and named alpha, beta and gamma radiation and was the first to achieve a man-made nuclear reaction.
1893: Huey P. Long, Louisiana politician who served as governor and U.S. senator, known as The Kingfish.
1918: Ted Williams, Hall of Fame outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, the last man to hit .400 in a season.
August 30th
in history
1860: The first British tramway is inaugurated at Birkenhead by an American, George Francis Train.
1861: Union General John Fremont declares martial law throughout Missouri and makes his own emancipation proclamation to free slaves in the state. President Lincoln overrules the general.
1892: The Moravia, a passenger ship arriving from Germany, brings cholera to the United States.
1932: Nazi leader Hermann Goering is elected president of the Reichstag.
1944: Ploesti, the center of the Rumanian oil industry, falls to Soviet troops.