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Bridge by Steve Becker

July 24, 2014 Assume you’re defending against a suit contract and have the A-10-x of trumps. Declarer, on your right, holds the K-Q-J-x-x. more »»

Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site; 48 dead

July 24, 2014 TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island early today where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing... more »»

Nation & world at a glance

July 24, 2014 Competing border plans pushed WASHINGTON — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young... more »»

Safety, fun on July 4

July 4, 2014 Today is July 4 and time to celebrate Independence Day. more »»

Living the life of a leftie

June 13, 2014 I am left-handed and have been all my life. During these many years, I have lived in this right-handed society. Left-handers may be one of the last unorganized minorities left in our nation. more »»

Lawsuit shows true colors of HSUS

June 12, 2014 Several farm publications recently had an interesting article about the Humane Society of the United States losing a lawsuit against a circus, which cost them $15.75 million. more »»


June 12, 2014 • WEATHERSFIELD ZONING APPEALS BOARD will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at the township hall for a public hearing for a variance. • HUBBARD PARK / RECREATION BOARD will meet at 7 p. more »»

Rituals of spring

May 2, 2014 With warmer spring weather fast approaching, I am busy doing my “rituals of spring. more »»

Local farmers depend on weather

April 24, 2014 Think about what it would be like if your living depended on what the weather deals to you. Local farmers are at that point right now. more »»

Cheese used to be made in Trumbull

April 11, 2014 When we go to the grocery store today and check the dairy section, we can find cheeses of all kinds and in many sizes and shapes of packages — lots of choices with fancy imported cheeses in some... more »»

Memories of cars

March 21, 2014 Think back — can you remember the first car your family owned or the first one you had a chance to ride in? It is interesting to reflect back and try to remember those cars. My father enjoyed cars. more »»

Regulations undermine best farm practices

March 20, 2014 Widespread publicity from information published by the national census of agriculture showed that, from 2007 through 2012, there are fewer but larger farms in this countr. more »»

Grateful for good neighbors

February 27, 2014 Good neighbors are worth a lot. Looking back, I think every place we have lived we have had some good neighbors. more »»

Explaining the benefits of the Farm Bill

February 20, 2014 It should be called the “Consumer Bill” rather than the Farm Bill that it is usually called. Why? Because it benefits all consumers as much, and in some ways more, than it benefits farmers. more »»

Recalling the good old days

February 7, 2014 Recently, I received an email from a friend who grew up in North Bloomfield not many years after I did. Tim Rodgers had read my recent column, and his email was titled “Random Rural Ruminations. more »»

Breakfasts feature pancakes, syrup and farm education

January 23, 2014 Want to enjoy a good pancake and sausage breakfast, great fellowship and an excellent program? Plan to attend the Trumbull County Food and Agriculture Committee (FAC) breakfast at 8 a.m. Feb. more »»

Landline feels homey

January 17, 2014 At Christmastime, a couple of our family members got so-called smartphones for a gift. To me, it is truly amazing what all these phones will do. But I confess that they give me an inferiority complex. more »»

Holidays about being together

December 27, 2013 Christmas is a time when families like to get together, if possible. Yes, there are those who may not have much family but still enjoy being with others this time of the year. more »»

Celebrating Christmas on the farm

December 26, 2013 ’Twas the night before Christmas, And down on the farm, The cows were in the barn all safe from harm. They had been milked and fed, And were now ready for bed. more »»

Ghosts of Christmas past

December 6, 2013 We don’t need to be reminded that Christmas is fast approaching. With this season go all the activities and gatherings that are tradition in our familie. more »»



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