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A Wild Bill Hickok Society

February 13, 2015 It has been over a thousand years since the invention of gunpowder in China. At that time, it was used primarily for firecrackers and quite sparingly for weapons or military use. more »»

One hundred years since

January 23, 2015 With the start of a new year, our hope naturally will be peace throughout the land, our valley and among our neighbors, citizens and even family and friends. more »»

Holidays and the bottom line

December 12, 2014 It is that time of the year called the Christmas holiday season, when not only children but adults and seniors enjoy the pageantry, the songs, gifts, food and the warmth of good will to one another. more »»

The ‘golden’ years

November 21, 2014 The “golden” years for both men and women is often described as the beginning of a brand new type of life, usually after the age of 6. more »»

The ancient roots and spooky past of Halloween

October 31, 2014 Halloween has always been very illustrative of harvest’s end. In olden days in our valley, we would see corn shocks stacked up high that occupied endless fields on our local farm lands. more »»

What is in your attic?

October 10, 2014 The attic in a home is usually described as a space or room found below the roof usually exposing the rafters. Sometimes bedrooms or mother-in-law-type rooms are built there due to large families. more »»

Goodbye, summer, we hardly knew you

September 19, 2014 When the last snowflake fell in the spring of 2014, we rejoiced unmercifully, knowing that the most horrific winter by our standards was ove. more »»

Rails a great way to go

August 29, 2014 Due to my fascination and love of train travel, again I commenced my latest journey on Monday, Aug. more »»

Hair today, gone tomorrow

August 8, 2014 As time travels from adolescence to adulthood, many health problems arrive and arise during our own lifespa. more »»

Pizza in our Valley

July 18, 2014 The Italian immigrants arrived in our Valley as early as 1871, along with their many dreams and hopes of freedom and a better livelihoo. more »»

Are the best things free?

June 6, 2014 As a fan of “Mad Men,” I was really shocked and utterly surprised while viewing the finale to the first half of their final seaso. more »»

Tobacco talk

April 25, 2014 The use of tobacco is somewhat losing its appeal and grandeur these day. more »»

Aviation: Safety and fun

April 4, 2014 Aviation, or the operation of aircraft, has been around for a long, long time. more »»

A trip to the sunny side

March 14, 2014 With no signs of a letup in what many consider the coldest winter ever, my wife, Joyce, and I decided last week to leave our beautiful frozen valley for a brief vacation. more »»

A full old age

February 21, 2014 From birth to death, life itself is to be enjoyed at its fullest. To reach mature adulthood, age 75 plus, is a great accomplishment these day. more »»

What do you resolve?

January 10, 2014 The holiday period is officially ended! The last of the turkeys, hams, pork loins, chocolates, champagnes, fine wines, beers and such have most all been devoured and dran. more »»

Tis the season to be ...

December 20, 2013 Matthew and Luke in the New Testament similarly chronicled the holiday of Christmas. The modern secular version sometimes overshadows this fabled Christian story. more »»

Tis the season to be...

December 20, 2013 Matthew and Luke in the New Testament similarly chronicled the holiday of Christmas. The modern secular version sometimes overshadows this fabled Christian story. more »»

Holiday storm revisted

November 28, 2013 It is Thanksgiving 2013, and I am sure we are all giving thanks, having a great feast and visiting with family and friends. more »»

Honoring those who served

November 8, 2013 Veterans Day, as we all know by now, will be celebrated and observed on Monday, Nov. 11. As a veteran myself, I am very proud to have served. more »»



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