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This last couple of weeks the farmers have been harvesting their crops. It looks like there is a good crop that the farmers have been taking off the fields because of all the semis that we see on the … more
Fall is finally here and cold weather is on the way. I officially declare it soup season! Start the season off right by turning on your stove and making your favorite soup from scratch. You might … more
Recently it was announced that everyone receiving Social Security will see a big jump in payments in 2022. The reason being that COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment) will go up by 5.9%. That is the most … more
Halloween is coming. It is the time where fall colors and cooler nights bring out the uneasy and spooky feelings. It is the time for families to spend what time is left outside- finishing up yard … more
If you are a true sports fan, it doesn’t matter what the competition may be.  I must confess, I have not been much of a volleyball fan over the years.  I have enjoyed watching the … more
Having recently recognized the 20th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, I am reminded of what motivated me to join the Oakland … more
This past week we made a trip east on Interstate 80 to Grimes, Iowa to watch our grandson’s football game. Every time we go to visit, it never ceases to amaze me how the community continues to … more
At the end of September, we looked at bright, glaring, outdoor lighting and why it is bad.  We learned that outdoor lighting should be shielded to shine downward, that dimmer outdoor lights, … more
This is the time of year when fungi become the topic of conversation. What most people find alarming is the speed with which conks, mushrooms, and puffballs develop. In some cases, it is literally … more
Growing up, my family pretty much kept to themselves. Our extended family was separated by enough distance that we didn’t see each other all that much. We really didn’t have that much of … more
The fall season is one of my favorite times of the year!! It is a time when the leaves are changing colors and it is much cooler than the rest of the year. I think God really did a good job of … more
The month of October is known for its variety of colors as the trees and blooms are turning orange, yellow and red. It is also the month to “think pink!” The color remindsus that October … more
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