Grammy has her groove

By Pam Drake Early in the morning before the store opens, the young women who work there crank up the music. I ring in and start dancing down the aisle to clock in at the front of the store. Tori looks at me and begins to laugh. Then she starts dancing with me. Yep, I might be 67, but I can still dance.Sometimes I think it shocks our children and grandchildren that we danced rock and roll long before they were born. We danced to The Beatles and Beach Boys. We swayed with...

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Gift-giving memorable

Daddy’s birthday usually stretches over several days around our house. I takes awhile for all eight children to choose an appropriate gift, and when each one manages to do so immediate presentation usually follows.The four oldest have reached the stage of earning their own money and spending it so they shop for a gift without any influence from me. They did quite well this year.Bill Jr. did his shopping at the bait shop and returned with a bait bucket to replace th...

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July nearing its end

Calendars don’t lie and the “end” is the truth of July! What a lovely summer so far. Pleasant temperatures and rain when needed. Time is that precious gift that is always slipping away but memories are lasting.So if you have planned a week end getaway, or special friends lunch or even reading a good summer book, it is ”time” to act.All of the ads are featuring back to school clothing and kids are getting a little restless. Teachers are getti...

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Another First Friday slated

Aug. 1 – Another great First Friday in August. Enjoy lunch on the lawn at the library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy lunch and music. Lunches are $7.From 6 to 9 p.m. stores will be open and several will have live music to enjoy while you enjoy a cup of coffee or just strolling down beautiful downtown Greenville.Aug. 2 – Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency present Rapunzel at 3 and 7 p.m. This is a Darke County Center for ...

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Lots of outdoor activities abound

Faith United Methodist Church will be hosting a “Family Picnic/ Movie Night” for the Arcanum community on Aug. 9. They wish to invite families of the community to join them for a picnic meal with hamburgers and hot dogs at 6:30 p.m. with games for all ages to follow and a showing of “Planes” at dusk.

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Facebook is informative

Anybody who knows me, knows I’m not that “up” on modern technology. But, that’s not saying it’s a good thing or a bad thing for everybody else.Of course, over my 4 1/2 decades-plus here at the newspaper, I have had to learn how to use some of these new gadgets. And, now I’m in awe of what we ever did without the computer. We can write and save stories, scan photos, lay out pages and so on....

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So much good stuff going on this weekend

Darke County Center for the Arts exists to promote the arts and encourage cultural enrichment in our community. But DCCA is far from being the only local entity offering culturally enriching activities; in fact, so many opportunities exist that you probably cannot attend them all. But you can have a whole lot of fun attempting to participate in as many entertaining, educational and enriching local events as possible.

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And just what are your thoughts?

Currently there are so many tragedies and situations going on in the world. Most of the headline news is taking place in other countries, which is outside of United State’s control; however the border immigration topic is a USA concern. Any political or religious topic is best not discussed, except that approach does not seem to be working so well.

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Fairs play key role in food production

The beginning of another Ohio State Fair means fun-filled days and the making of many great memories for families all across Ohio. In addition to a place to enjoy lemon shake-ups, brave the midway rides, and find the most recent deep-fried treat to be tried, fairs also play a vital role in the future of our state. Fairs help educate the public about the importance of agriculture, and they support another cycle of youth involvement in responsible food and agriculture production.

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State leaders working to ensure local control for our schools

Recently I joined families in west central Ohio to participate in “We Will Not Conform,” hosted by Glenn Beck. This program was hosted at movie theatres across the country where viewers served as audience participants in the program that focused on the pitfalls of Common Core. This experience opened my eyes even more to the risks associated with the Common Core and further solidified the need to stop the implementation of it in Ohio.

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The Golden Ratio (or The New Math, Part II)

Last week I explained that my wife and I have learned that in the context of our three children and the chaos they generate, 1 + 1 + 1 = a lot more than 3. Put differently, the amigos’ collective rowdy effect is considerably more than the sum of their constituent parts. I also mentioned in last week’s column (“The New Math”) that a certain pattern is emerging in our family—a pattern which I refer to as the “Swensen sequence”. In the “Swensen seq...

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The relationship between twins

There are two types of twins. Fraternal and identical twins.Fraternal twins are one set of twins who may or may not look very much alike and may or may not be the same sex. They are developed from two separate eggs. It appears as if it is two completely separate pregnancies that are taking place at the same time within the mother.Identical twins are developed together and they are of the same sex. Usually they are, as they are properly named for, identical. Unlike Frater...

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Peanut Butter Crumb Pie

Introducing a new Amish CookHi. I’m Gloria Yoder, age 24. I’m an ordinary Amish housewife and mother and, yes, I love it. My husband Daniel and I have been blessed with over 4 years of marriage. We were thrilled when God added a baby girl to our hearts and lives 2 1 /2 years ago. We named her Julia Rose. She is our little sunshine. We also anticipate the arrival of another bundle in November. Julia is all excited about being a big sister.

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Succulents: Summertime

Summer and succulents just naturally go together. Succulents make excellent container plants because they’re easy to grow and need almost no care. You have heard “all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti” That is true – a cactus is a succulent because of its ability to store water.Succulents will look fabulous in groups on a deck or patio as an accent, or in a fantastic huge concrete or faux stone urn as a focal point.A great loo...

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Talent in magic shows

Our humble home was the site of two great magic shows last week.The first was created and executed by the “The Magnificent Mary, our eldest daughter Mary Irene, and her assistant, an Egyptian princess named “Peg-arie-gela,” our 9-year-old Joyce who couldn’t decide whether to call herself Peggy, Marie, or Angela.Their show included card tricks, scarf tricks, and a singing flower. Admission was one penny and well worth it.The second show ...

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