Archive for November, 2013


2009 Adult writing contest and youth art winners

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The holidays have a special meaning to all of us. It could be the sights and sounds of the children sled riding down the hill behind the farm house or the late nights making holiday treats in the kitchen. Or it could be the traditions we have in our families that we celebrate every year. […]

There is joy in new beginnings

Thursday, December 31, 2009

There is joy in new beginnings, no matter how many new year celebrations we might have under our belt. This, for me, has been one of the most exhilarating and joyous years of my life. So many times, we cannot put our lives in perspective until we are allowed to view it all in retrospective. […]

“A consistently dour columnist…”

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Come on, you don’t want to end this year reading what an aging aggie like me thinks the “Best Stories of 2009” are. Easy as it might be — health care, global warming, cap-and-trade, Uncle Honey… What, I already wrote about all those things? OK, how about what you wrote on what I wrote to […]

The silly season is upon us

Thursday, December 31, 2009

In NASCAR the so-called “silly season” is that period at the end of the year when teams are realigning. Drivers are going to other teams, teams are changing leadership or swapping drivers. People are hired, fired. Everyone knows this next year is the year. Just ask the Cubs or, for that matter, the Indians. Silly […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Dec. 31, 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

BARNESVILLE, Ohio — The Barnesville Progressive Home Helpers 4-H club held its monthly meeting Dec. 12 at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Barnesville. The Rada knife orders were turned in as well as non-perishable food items for the community service projects. The meeting was called to order by Andy Selmon and secretary minutes […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Dec. 31, 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA will collect cleaned Christmas trees beginning at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 5. People living at Lea Crest Estates, High Point or living in the villages of New Pittsburg, Lattasburg, Congress and West Salem may leave their cleaned trees at the curb in front of their homes for free pickup. Anyone […]

Vacation with us … Wince

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Ralph Wince family brought Farm and Dairy along to the Oak Island Lighthouse in Caswell Beach, N.C. Pictured are (left to right) Chris, Wade, Emmalee, Olivia and Ralph.

The Win-win

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Honorable mention: Sharon Sweda, Huron, Ohio Jacob slumped as Katherine cleared the table around him. Sensing he’d skip choir rehearsal, she chose to pray, rather than argue. The foreclosure notice had changed everything at the farm and Jacob became more withdrawn as the deadline approached. “Where’s Jacob?” Pastor Thomas inquired. Rumors circulated that Jacob was […]

The gift of remembrance

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winner: Alejandro Villalva, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Reserve, 42, San Antonio, TX Richard sat silently, transfixed, his entire attention riveted to the photo that he found in the illustrated book of the Vietnam War which his grandson had just given him as a Christmas gift. The photo was a hauntingly brutal depiction of young […]

Uncle Leonard

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Third place: Maryann Lepovsky, 65, of Lucinda, Pa. All the lights were out in town except for the bright orange Rexall sign on the corner drugstore. The soft snow as falling onto the frozen ground covering the grass and trees with a layer of fine angel hair. The date was Dec. 23, 1966. The peace […]


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