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Today's News

  • Cool it at the Hot Summer Nights Dance

    Dance in air conditioned comfort when those Hot Summer Nights settle in, June 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. Cool music by Marti Carroll, sandwiches, snacks, and soft drinks.

    Cost is $8 per person. For tickets, see Nancy Archer, or Geri at the office.

    Democratic Club

    Southwest S.R. 200 Coalition president Pat Gabriel is scheduled to speak at this month’s meeting. She will update us on developments in the Corridor and discuss aspects of county politics as local election races heat up.

  • No more excuses from Washington

    As promised last week, more of the same on current America. Republicans wanted cheap wages; Democrats wanted votes, so nothing was done. Again and again our so-called political leaders have sold out the American public. Each and everyone who votes for illegals must be removed, one way or another.

  • Candidates talk about education

    At this month’s State Road 200 Coalition meeting, Marion County School Board candidates were invited to attend and give a five-minute presentation on why they are the best person for the job. Coalition vice president Cindy Congdon, who led the meeting in the absence of president Pat Gabriel, introduced each candidate and began with candidates present from District I.

  • Fly the flag proudly on June 14

    Hello Readers: A reminder ee another week passes with very little rain ee and the heat rises. For the safety of your health, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Also, stating the obvious, never leave a pet or child in a hot, parked car.

    Saturday, June 14 is Flag Day. A short historyee In 1885, Mr. Cigrand, a schoolteacher in Wisconsin, arranged for his pupils to observe June 14, as “Flag Birthday” or “Flag Day” which was the 108th anniversary of the adoption of “The Stars and Stripes.”

  • Hi ho Segway ? awaaaaaay!

    If your typical round trip in the trusty old gasoline guzzler is from one of our western Corridor communities to the S.R. 200 Wal-Mart and back or even a round trip to the Regal movie theater, you might be a Segway prospect.

    What the heck is a Segway? It’s the result of a brainstorm Dean Kamen had years ago way up in snowy New Hampshire. And it is best described by having you look at this picture:

    Step onto it and be surprised when several gyroscopes keep you upright and stable. Hold onto the T-bar grips and just lean forward slowly. The Segway eases slowly forward.

  • New home hatches for Station 21

    It was only the Friday before when Marion County Fire Rescue turned dirt for its newest fire station – and they did it again on June 6 with the groundbreaking for Friendship Station 21. But it will be about a year before firefighters and volunteers can move into their new digs off S.W. 90th Street and move out of their current building, which was once a turkey processing plant.

  • Congratulations to Landing's lady golfers

    Word has gotten out that Gladys Beatty, Nancy Rife and Kay Shoaf all received “chip in pins” during the recent Palm Tees Golf League awards luncheon, when Nancy and Kay also earned their “birdie pins.” Kay was honored with a very special award; an abacus for having carded the highest number of strokes for a single hole.

    These ladies join members from other Corridor communities playing the 9-hole course at Oak Run ee where, Nancy tells me, they count all of their putts.

    Meet Pam Guenther

  • An oddly earthy study of academia

    We readers like our favorite authors to stick to what they do best – like John Grisham’s legal thrillers. But authors have a way of wanting to try something different. I picked up Jane Smiley’s attempt at satire in a book set in a Midwestern agrarian university fondly called Moo U.

  • How do we compare the incomparable?

    Emily Dickinson rarely traveled outside of her birthplace, Amherst, or even very far from home. Much of her life was spent in her father’s house and much of that in her room.

    Yet she leaves us a treasure trove of insights and beauty which can illuminate us. This remarkable poet wrote about places she had never seen. The moors and the ocean are two of them. She also wrote:

    The bustle in a house

    The morning after death

    Is solemnest of industries

    Enacted upon earth.

    The sweeping up the heart,

    And putting love away

  • Shopping for body parts insurance

    Politicians are at their dumbest when discussing health care and health care financing. There are rare exceptions, such as Congressman Pete Stark of California and Hillary Clinton, who spent months learning about both care and financing during her husband’s first term in office. That’s not to say her ideas are right, but at least she knows what she’s talking about.