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Darke a celebrating county

Darke County is one celebrating area. We’ve already have had several, with some more on the radar.I’m excited about the Annie Oakley Festival coming to York Woods. It’s closer to home for me.The event actually opens at 9 a.m. July 25, but there are some things happening before that…like the Miss Annie Oakley Shooting Contest.Practice will be ...

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The blame game

To everything there is a reason, that’s a given, but it doesn’t have to be reason enough for quitting, giving up or staying stuck. The blame game makes sure nothing ever changes in a life except the excuses and there can be a bevy of excuses to cover any singular circumstance.The blame game is a vicious circle, enabling the players to remain victimized in every situation that they are unable to assume responsibility. One can never become whom they want to be if they kee...

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Something old, something new, something for everyone

When planning a new season, performing arts organizations must walk a narrow path, offering new and exciting artists and events while maintaining traditional values and continuing to appeal to those who have supported past presentations. Darke County Center for the Arts must use diverse methods to meet the needs, hopes, and likes of local citizens and to fulfill its mission of cultural enrichment for our community. And DCCA’s upcoming 2014-2015 season, rooted in tradition but taking win...

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Eye to eye

An old segment on the Today Show: A mother had posted a picture on Facebook. A friend had seen the picture of the daughter noticing something out of the ordinary. She told the mother that her child should see a doctor as soon as possible. The thing that caught the eye of this friend was a white spot on the eye of the child. A doctor diagnosed that she had a cancer in her eye and would lose the eye. It could have taken her life. The quick observation of a friend saved the child’s life....

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Love and trust

Feelings, real love, infatuation or just an attachment? How do you know what you feel for someone is the real thing?There are different kinds of love, some are easy and require no explanation. The love of a child, the love of a sibling or parent, this is a love that just happens naturally. It’s a love that is born and requires nothing but accepting.All love comes with trust on some level. Trust is the main ingredient of love, without trust, no love can survive. Thi...

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Summer Recipe Series, Part I

These are some requested recipes from readers as part of our “summer recipe series.” The Amish Cook will return in its regular format later in the month. Enjoy!An Amish Cook reader in Highland, Indiana requested a recipe for blueberry muffins with a splash of lemon. Try this recipe which comes from an Amish settlement in Maine where blueberries are plentiful during the summer!BUTTERMILK BLUEBERRY LEMON MUFFINSMakes 24 muffins3 cups flour...

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Hydraulic fracturing i.e. ‘fracking’

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part series; the first part of this column about fracking appeared July 9, 2014.Capitalism definedIn its simplest form, capitalism is both a political and economic term. Capitalism, as I use it here, is the economic term.

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Auglaize County - a great place to live

West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live work and rear a family. I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great our local communities are. For the next few months I will periodically focus a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live work and rear a family. This month I will discuss Auglaize County.Auglaize County is known for manufacturing and agricult...

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Freedom is from God

“George Washington who is sometimes called the father of our country. As a youth, I remember hearing miraculous stories of George Washington being preserved in battle, such as, removing his clothes at the end of the day and finding four bullet holes but no wounds.

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Hydraulic fracturing i.e. ‘fracking’

PreambleBefore we go any further, it is important to understand that I am neither for nor against fracking.It is interesting that a report from early April 2014, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control (IPCC), indicated that USA CO2 levels were at their lowest level in 20 years, due to fracking. Also, you will note that despite “bad guys” having half of Iran and Iraq’s largest oil refinery, American gas prices have not spiked. That means, beca...

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A Grandparent’s Voice

An old segment on the Today Show: A mother had posted a picture on Facebook. A friend had seen the picture of the daughter noticing something out of the ordinary. She told the mother that her child should see a doctor as soon as possible. The thing that caught the eye of this friend was a white spot on the eye of the child. A doctor diagnosed that she had a cancer in her eye and would lose the eye. It could have taken her life. The quick observation of a friend saved the child’s life....

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Dumb and Dumber

One of my Dad’s favorite “Along the Garden Path” columns was an article that tells about a conversation God and St. Francis had on lawn care.GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar...

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Who let the dogs out?

We finally trained the pups to stay in the backyard even when the gate is open.The book says such training is accomplished by making your pet believe that any time he does anything you disapprove of he will be caught. In effect, we humans should seem to be everywhere all the time.Even with a family totaling 10 this isn’t easy, but we made it one Sunday morning. We put the pups in the yard and went on the paper route without noticing the gate was open.Whe...

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A place that should be preserved

EditorFinally after 26 years (1988) the Water Street cemetery looks like a cemetery! Among the names on the Memorial Wall, some historians say seven British soldiers were killed during or possibly before the War of 1812 and buried there. One Revolutionary Soldier, Major Wm. P. Dugan was buried there, but (he died Aug. 14, 1857) after half a century in a grave that had been neglected and unmarked. He was moved to the “new” Greenville Cemetery in the “soldier’...

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The family tree

This past 4th of July weekend Krista buried herself in a couple of documents for hours. Between the sort of contemplation about forbears that this holiday may naturally stimulate and the relative peace and quiet our household enjoyed as a consequence of Abby’s absence (she was camping with her friend Taylor and Taylor’s family), “madre amigo” had both the motive and the opportunity to indulge a growing passion: amateur genealogy.

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