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  • By Dick Frank

  • By Judi Siegal

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury
    On Thursday, March 8, an adventuresome group from Joy Lutheran Church attended the Horses In The Sun (HITS) competition held at the Post Time Farm on U.S. 27. From all accounts, this group of 19 members thought the day was a HIT. It was a beautiful sunny day and the horses were impressive, graceful “jumpers.” Twenty three horses competed for the $25,000 prize. There were three finalists and the successful winner was a 16 year old young man who had two perfect rounds.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Judi Siegal

  • Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday first celebrated in 1737 by Irish immigrants in Boston. Now almost everyone celebrates by wearing green, being honorary Irish, drinking green beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage.
    The Irish can be proud; going green the year around has now become a worldwide objective. In honor of St. Patty, Pun Alley gets painted green and has some Irish fun.

    Taken to the cleaners

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • March madness is coming. College men’s basketball playoffs involving 68 teams will play in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion. Scheduled to begin on March 13, it will conclude with the championship game on April 2 at the Superdome in New Orleans.
    With the ball bouncing down Pun Alley we hope to score a few points with punny stuff that didn’t hit the basket.

    Coaching psychosis

  • Whenever somebody mentions the word “free” in my presence my right eye turns a vivid jaundice. It is not that I have anything against the word free; just the person who is trying to use it to gain some kind of an advantage over me. I know anybody employing this mono-verbiage, is hiding some very long strings.

  • It is a story that dates back 2500 years. Although part of the Hebrew Bible, the story does not mention the name of God even once. There are speculations that the story did not exist; still the story of Queen Esther holds a fascination for Jews and feminists because of its timeless teachings. And a woman is the heroine of the day.

  • The Iditarod Sled Dog Race starts tomorrow. It takes mushers from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Nearly 1,000 whining, drooling dogs are a part of the opening ceremony; somewhat like the Miss Universe Pageant. For the first time in its history mushers were tested for alcohol and drugs. Officials say no one has been disqualified for performance enhancers, although three mushers have tested positive for Alpo.
    The rewards are incredible. The winning musher gets thousands of dollars in endorsements. The winning huskies each get a biscuit.

  • A Chiropractic Doctor acquaintance asked when I would be doing some stories about his profession. I told him I have already written several columns on medical doctors; but he persisted and after some manipulation I agreed to do a chiropractic column. Time to get cracking.

    Adjustment

  • During the last political election cycle, we were promised change, but I have not seen any of it, especially in my pants pocket.
    Then something wonderful happened. I was taking some mail to the post office and as I got out of my truck, I noticed a penny on the ground. At my age, if I have to bend down I make sure there are at least two or three things to do while I am down there. A single penny just will not do it for me. After all, what can you do with a penny?

  • Forty-one years ago, I was a naïve 19-year-old just beginning life’s journey. I do not like to brag but I was the poster child for naïveté. I had a few ideas about life but too few to make me a contributing member of the human society. What I knew about life could fit nicely in my trouser pocket with plenty of room for a country boy’s pocketknife.

  • Many think that the sports season for big bruisin’ men wearing protective armor and helmets has ended.
    While football is over, there is another sport going on now where padded men bang into each other, break out in fights and wind up with concussions. It’s hockey, a cool sport.

    The finish