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 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    December 3, 2020 

Editor's Notebook

Miniseters have long asked people to remember the true meaning of Christmas but it hard to combat the commercialization of the holiday. While we try to maintain some degree of normal, this year all holidays are different. Earlier this week, a friend...

 

Country Roads

December 7th, 1941, a date that “will live in infamy” happened 79 years ago. For many of us, the one year planned sneak attack by the Japanese on the United State Pacific Fleet base on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, probably was first learned about while...

 
 By Teraesa Bruce    Columns    December 3, 2020 

My Crazy Life

I was planning on a small quiet Thanksgiving dinner. Plans have a way of changing. Two days before the turkey went in the oven, Robert called to say he had gotten leave. He asked if a friend could come along, and I said, “The more, the merrier....

 

Esbon News

Thanksgiving has always been a day to be thankful. This year two families have one more reason...a really big one! The Underwood family (Roger and Deanna of Esbon) and Grauerholz Family (Enos and...

 

Editor's Notebook

This newspaper is dated, Thursday, November 26, 2020 but I suspect many readers of this column will not do so until after the Thanksgiving holiday. However, because the health departments are discouraging family gatherings this Thanksgiving, I...

 

Country Roads

Thanksgiving 2020 is turning out to be one of making adjustments that may include cutting back on getting the whole family together as usual because of COVID warnings. For most people, it’s been dealing with making adjustments and trying to decide...

 

Burr Oak

Mary Foley accompanied Mike and Mindy Kilgore, Bennington, to Pittsburg, Kan., last Friday. They stayed for the weekend with Megan, Nathan and Evan Keener. The group celebrated Evan’s second birthday with a party on Saturday. The theme and his...

 

Jenny's REESources

This article has been on my heart for several months. It’s reflections from a compilation of conversations. It’s been a hard year at times for most, if not all people. Interweaving this with Thanksgiving, there’s perhaps a variety of thoughts,...

 

Editor's Notebook

A friend from my growing up years in Superior, Stan Copeland will be back in Superior on Sunday to speak at the First Presbyterian Church service. A combat veteran and former U.S. Army chaplain, he is now living near Quinter, Kansas and conducting...

 

Country Roads

“Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button?” Do you remember that childhood game? While attending country school at Oak Creek during the winter months, we would play all sorts of games that were enjoyed while remaining inside the warm schoolhouse....

 

Burr Oak

Wanda Frasier enjoyed getting away Wednesday and Thursday into the Sand Hills of Nebraska. Enroute she stopped in Franklin at the park with the WWII planes, tank and other military memorabilia, in observance of Veteran’s Day. She traveled on to...

 

Editor's Notebook

Since the arrival of the pandemic, area residents have been presented with a series of challenges. Rita and I are long-term Sunday school teachers but the classrooms at the church we have regularly attended are not large enough to allow for social...

 

Country Roads

Blow Kansas winds blow! Kansas is known for the winds of the plains. Sunday a strong south wind blew through Kansas on into Nebraska with wind gusts reported from 40 upward of 50 miles per hour. As I drove to church, going west to east on the highway...

 

Republic

The winner this week at burger night is Rex Isaacson. Brian and Carolyn Brzon met Carolyn's brother Galen and wife, Becky, Nobert in Salina Friday for lunch. Betty Bouray went to UMW in Scandia when...

 

My Crazy Life

Not a whole lot is happening at the moment for this family. Robert is back in the states now and, hopefully, will be for a while. He called today and asked what was new. I honestly couldn’t think of anything. It seems like life is just on pause...

 

Editor's Notebook

I have often been impressed by the intelligence shown by the animals we closely associate with. A current example is our neighborhood cat. I don’t know who the cat belongs to but he is a friendly animal who enjoys being petted and likes to be with...

 

Country Roads

I will certainly be glad when this election is over. It used to be by late election day evening, it was known who won the election. This year it may be a different story. We may not learn who won until days or weeks later. This election has been one...

 

Burr Oak

David and Lori Barnes, Smith Center, visited Cliff and Glenny Barnes last Wednesday and took them out for lunch. David was doing some electrical work for his parents. Wand Frasier attended a rally and cruise Friday in McPherson for President Donald T...

 

Four Ways from Northbranch

Becky Pihl was a recent visitor of her parents, Maurice and Earlene Jeffery. Her sister, Susan Janda, also joined them. Last week Sam and Alyce Gillett took Lily and Claire Walker to Mankato to eat for a late birthday celebration honoring Claire....

 

Editor's Notebook

Several important days are included in the coming month of November. As a youngster, I thought there was only one important day in the entire month of November, that being Thanksgiving Day. I liked Thanksgiving Day for a number of reasons. It would...

 

Country Roads

It was an awakening this morning to note the ground was covered in snow with more flakes steadily falling. We heard it was coming via weather reporters last night but had hoped we would be missed this time. I know, I know, we need the moisture but...

 

Love My Crazy Life

So these past weeks have not been the greatest, and I’m having trouble making light of it. It all started about two months ago when the dishwasher quit. Since then, it’s just been one thing after another. The oven quit, Jacob was injured in a...

 

Editor's Notebook

When it comes to making mistakes, few people are immune. What sets some of us apart is how we recover from our mistakes. When opening the Monday morning mail, I realized an envelope from a national printing company had been flipped in the printing...

 

Country Roads

Playing the piano has been an enjoyment in my life. I’m not an accomplished concert pianist by any means. Playing for the fun of it is what I like doing, and of course playing hymns for church is also top on my piano selection list. My parents...

 

Jewell

Jewell’s history: On June 8, 1874, Lodge No. 116 I.O.O.F. was chartered at Jewell. Samuel F. Burdett, special deputy grand master, assisted by W. H. McDonald of Cawker City Lodge No. 87, organized the Jewell chapter. The following charter members c...

 

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