LACE UP THOSE ICE SKATES FOR HEADWATER’S 16TH SEASON

The Headwaters Park Outdoor Ice Skating Rink opened on Saturday, November 17, 2018, for its 16th season. Admission fees will remain the same as in the previous 15 seasons, thanks to corporate and foundation support.

The Lincoln Financial Group is again the corporate sponsor for the season, which lasts through Sunday March 3, 2019. “Thanks to Lincoln, an

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I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!

Well, obviously I do want to talk about it, or I wouldn’t be writing this article. But I’m just going to tell it once here and then I don’t want to discuss it any further.

As you may know, if you read the article I wrote last month, we moved – again! And in the midst of the myriad of stuff we came across a decorative board we thought would make an excellent firep

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VETERANS ARE HONORED WITH PATRIOTIC QUILTS – Around The Frame

This year November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended WW I. Formerly known as Armistice Day and now Veterans Day it is the day our nation pauses to give thanks and show appreciation to all of the fine men and women who have served our country in the military.

The day is celebrated in various ways: some schools invite a vetera

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HATS OFF, BUT NOT TO ME!

We know we said we wouldn’t, our children said we shouldn’t and our friends said we couldn’t, but we moved again anyway! This was number 13 in nearly 52 years of marriage. That’s an average of four years living in each apartment or house, which doesn’t sound very long even though we stayed in the home where we raised our four children for more than 12 ye…
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BREWING PEPPERMINT TEA – News From The Hills

The whippoorwills are gone now, flown away to warmer climates. The summer sun is gone too, although it stayed here longer than usual. The frogs and crickets still sound their lonely cries, intermingled with the last of the katydid’s dirge. Summer is over.

There is more than a whisper of rain in the air this morning, just as there has been for quite a few days no

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CENTURY OF PROGRESS QUILT GETS A NEW HOME – Around The Frame

Somehow it was meant to be: I invite a nice woman I meet outside Born Again Quilts to come take a gander inside and not only make a new friend but have a great quilt story to share.

This is how I met Marianne Darr Norman, a quilter, a lover of quilt history, and most importantly the keeper of many of her family’s quilts. Marianne expressed to me a dilemma she has rega

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FALLING INTO AUTUMN – News From The Hills

Autumn entered our hills with wet feet, and it has been mostly damp ever since. Our hills are not the colorful scene as usual, since there has been no frost or freezing weather. We still can look forward to bright autumn weather, which is yet to come. The summer season is now gone, with gardens being mowed off, and turnips planted.

Turnips remind me of the late Roy

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THANK GOODNESS FOR FAMILY – News From The Hills

Gardens carry a rag-tag, end-of-summer air, and is almost gone. Only a few scraggly tomatoes and sweet peppers turning red remain. If you search through the dry, rustling cornstalks, you may find fat, yellow ground cherries growing close to the ground. I have a recipe here somewhere for a pie made from these juicy little globules, but I love to pop these littl…
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BUTTERFLIES TAKE FLIGHT – Around The Frame

I always love going to the Maumee Valley Antique Steam and Gas Show. The quilt show is always my first stop where it is fun to hang out with fellow quilters and view this year’s entries. There is a constant stream of visitors with ballots in hand finding it a challenge to decide which one is their pick for “Viewers’ Choice.” Arriving late in the day, I was t…
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SLOWING SUMMER – News From The Hills

The days are still hot and humid as summer lingers on, but there is a change coming soon. August brings the tail end of summer as the gardens finish their work for another season. The ripe smell of corn tassels hang heavy in the air as the cornstalks turn brown and dry. The late crops have mostly matured as we put the last of the cut-off corn in the freezer. All that is …
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SOLVING THE CASE OF THE SCOUT CAMP BANDIT

Scout camp was going pretty much as usual. Gordy had had an Oreo cookie stolen, and he was sure someone was taking his candy, too. He was determined to find a way to catch the bandit. That was when I suggested that he paint the candy wrappers with red paint acquired from the leather-working merit badge station. And that was exactly what he did just before he left th…
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THE AUTUMN OF LIFE – News From The Hills

I would like to send a great, big hug to all my friends who have missed me, and especially to those who have sent cards and letters telling me so. Most of you guessed the reason why—I fell again, and fractured my right arm, which kept me from writing or typing. Thank the Lord, I am almost back to normal (whatever that is!)

Without going into an organ recital, I will

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