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Celebrating a big birthday for a big brother
Apr 22, 2017 5:00 AM

Celebrating a big birthday for a big brother

"Well looky there, John! It's a catfish!" said Tim as I hoisted the pole up out of the water, holding it as high as my little arms could reach. Slimy, smelly and madder than all get-out, this was nothing like the fishes I had seen in Dr. Seuss' "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.

By John Lorson Columnist
Apr 22, 2017 5:00 AM

Garlic mustard memories

There are times when you try to force yourself to make memories, and sometimes they just happen when you're least expecting it. It was a Sunday. We went to church and stopped at a family member's house to see the new kitchen and have a cup of coffee before going home.

By Karrie Mcallister Columnist
Apr 22, 2017 5:00 AM

Easter Sunday goes well until ....

We are in our post-Easter mode this week -- living on carrots and celery. Last week was filled with cooking. One day I spent over an hour grinding up 5 pounds of ham in my old-fashioned grinder to make our traditional Easter hamloaf.

By Carol Kallbergcolumnist
Apr 15, 2017 5:00 AM

Just a LITTLE off top, sides and bangs

Well, I managed to do it again. Get a haircut that makes me look like a boy. Maybe not exactly like a boy -- more like an old man. I've been going to a sports place where you may never get the same hair cutter twice in a row.

By Carol Kallberg Columnist
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Send Help! A nest filled with hamsters can never be empty
Apr 15, 2017 5:00 AM

Send Help! A nest filled with hamsters can never be empty

It wasn't until Regina's demise that I learned the truth about her name. "It came from the movie 'Mean Girls,'" said Sylvia, former keeper of the dearly departed. "The character 'Regina' was actually the meanest of the mean girls.

By John Lorson Columnist
Apr 15, 2017 5:00 AM

What's up?

April 13-15: Spring Dance Concert, 7:30 p.m., Freedlander Theatre, 329 E. University St., College of Wooster, directed by Kim Tritt, Department of Theatre and Dance; free, open to public. April 15: "All About Buttons," 1 p.m., Ken Miller Museum, 7920 Shreve Road, Shreve.

Apr 15, 2017 5:00 AM

How slips, slip away

Our youngest daughter is 9 years old and loves to make lists and be organized on paper, despite the fact that her room looks like someone set a leaf blower on high and went to town on every inch of it.

By Karrie Mcallister Columnist
Apr 8, 2017 5:00 AM

Danville public euchre card party on Tuesdays

A public euchre card party will be held Tuesdays, April 25, May 20, June 27, July 25, Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 31 and Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke Community Center, Rambo Street, Danville (directly across from Danville High School). There is a nominal fee for food and $1 admission for cards.

Apr 8, 2017 5:00 AM

4-H Brief

Doughty Valley 4-H Club elected 2017 officers when members met March 27.

Apr 8, 2017 5:00 AM

Just how do you wrap a cast iron skillet?

I recently attended a bridal shower at our church. One of my fellow choir members is getting married at an outdoor wedding on May 20. This was just one of many showers to be held in her honor.

By Carol Kallberg Columnist
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Apr 8, 2017 5:00 AM

Karrie McAllister: Cut-leafed toothwort is my favorite spring wildflower

My favorite of all spring wildflowers has a name that does not imply beauty. It does not imply the majestic number of petals. I have to wonder if when naturalists were passing out flower titles, they were out of poetic names when it came to this lovely treat of the forest floor. Thus, we have the cut-leafed toothwort.

By Karrie Mcallister Columnist
A hard time walking away from the hard stuff
Apr 8, 2017 5:00 AM

A hard time walking away from the hard stuff

I guess it's safe to tell you now that it's ended, but over the course of the past 10 weeks or so I suffered through a secret addiction. It started small as such things often do.

By John Lorson Columnist
Whitmyer-Irias
Apr 8, 2017 5:00 AM

Whitmyer-Irias

APPLE CREEK -- Greg and Janet Whitmyer of Apple Creek announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin, to Jeremy Irias. He is the son of Cristobal and Rebecca Irias of Fredericksburg. Miss Whitmyer is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

bfearless. show offers fashion with a deeper purpose
Apr 1, 2017 5:00 AM

bfearless. show offers fashion with a deeper purpose

WALNUT CREEK -- It's an evening designed for fashion and fun, but the annual bfearless. fashion show goes beneath the surface to touch the heart of a family.

By Tami Mosser Staff Writer
Benefit breakfast Saturday
Apr 1, 2017 5:00 AM

Benefit breakfast Saturday

Mount Eaton Community Church helpers Tina Miller (left), Martha Shrock, Yovonne Miller, Charlotte Binns, are preparing for the upcoming Pancake and Sausage Benefit for the James Kurtz Family. This will take place April 1, 7-10:30 a.m., in the church fellowship hall.

Apr 1, 2017 5:00 AM

Battling broken hard drives and false hopes while dieting

It is such a relief to have my computer up and running again with its shiny new hard drive. For some reason I thought that item would be much larger considering its importance and the size of the tower in which it sits.

By Carol Kallberg Columnist
Tale as old as time plays out in real life
Apr 1, 2017 5:00 AM

Tale as old as time plays out in real life

During 1991, a quantum shift took place in the Lorson household as two free-wheeling 20-somethings saw their large and limitless post-college universe of concerts, movies and weekends away shrink to a tiny orbit around our firstborn child, Charlotte.

By John Lorson Columnist
Peeps are front and center in diorama contest
Apr 1, 2017 5:00 AM

Peeps are front and center in diorama contest

MILLERSBURG -- The Holmes County District Public Library will be hosting a Peeps Diorama contest using marshmallow peeps to display your creativity, by producing a diorama using at least one peep as characters inspired by a book, a movie or other pop culture or historical events.

By Kevin Lynch Staff Writer
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Apr 1, 2017 5:00 AM

Living briefs

Baby Gideon benefit dinner MORELAND -- A spaghetti dinner benefit will be served Friday, March 31, from 4-8 p.m. at Moreland United Methodist Church (6 miles south of Wooster off state Route 83, left onto East Moreland Road).

Mar 25, 2017 5:00 AM

Library Brief

April 3 is the next date for the monthly Holmesville/Prairie Township Library after-school program, which runs from 4 to 5 p.m. The theme is "favorite places." Kids can enjoy snacks, a story and an Easter egg hunt. The Library Board meeting is 6 p.m.