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  • 'Live PD' shows the best, and the worst

    I love the TV show “Cops.” It is an adrenaline rush of a show, and one that highlights some of the best police officers and some of the dumbest criminals on the planet.

  • Don't forget about the other bikes

    Ogle County is a beautiful place. On that I’m sure we can all agree. It made sense to me when Oregon began pushing the idea of the city, and the county, becoming a go-to destination for bicycle enthusiasts. It is clearly a great place to get out and ride.

  • Don't let me catch you complaining about the warm weather

    Oh, the whining. It really reached a fever pitch in recent weeks as the weather has turned warm. And to that, I only have this to say: Welcome to summer, people!

  • We need serious reflection this July 4th

    The Fourth of July. It’s a time people celebrate our country. There are cookouts, parities and fireworks displays across the nation. There is plenty of flag flying and plenty of speeches about how much people love America. There are red, white and blue hats, blankets, clothes – you name it.

  • I am not handy – but I can buy beer!

    I am not handy. I am not handy at all. I am embarrassingly not handy. Horrifyingly not handy. My tool box is an unorganized mess, and quite frankly, I can’t tell what half of the tools in there are.

  • Looks like I have to blame Canada

    Well, I guess I don’t like Canada anymore. It’s OK, because I have just been looking for an excuse to not like our neighbors to the north. They are all so nice, and happy and smug. They even speak French in parts of the country – French! I have half a mind to ship a truck load of Freedom Fries up to those people.

  • Will you stay, or will you go?

    It is decision time for recent high school graduates in Ogle County. Many are off to college, but some are unsure as to their next move. Get a job? Join the military? Set up a room in the parent’s basement and hope they don’t notice that you are basically bumming off of them?

  • Roseanne firing not a free speech issue

    If there is one thing that Roseanne Barr is good at, it is stirring up controversy. Who can forget her rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1990? It was off-key shouting at its best. And she even ended the whole mess by grabbing herself and spitting on the ground.

  • You might be macho, but you are burning that steak

    In an ever-changing world, there is a place macho men can still be men. You can dribble beer on your chins, bark at the neighbor over the fence and curse through the billowing smoke.

  • Popular names aren't what they used to be

    I grew up in a neighborhood full of kids, so there were a lot of boys my age to pal around with. We played football, baseball, rode our bikes, swam and fought a lot. We tested the waters by cursing around each other and talking about girls.

  • John McCain will be missed when he is gone

    Life is about to come to an end for a man I have long admired.

  • Might be too late to learn that new language

    If you have always wanted to learn how to speak German, or Italian, or Spanish or even Klingon, it is probably already too late for you. According to a new study, it seems that the optimal age for learning a new language and speaking it like it is your native tongue is before the age of 10.

  • I think I am becoming a hoarder

    Have you ever watched the TV show “Hoarders?” It’s about exactly that – people who hoard things.

  • A motorcycle trip to remember

    I was one of those people who would pass motorcycles on the highway during a rain storm and think, “those people are nuts.”

  • Teachers deserve the best we can give them

    It’s about time. I see that school teachers in many parts of the country – including my home state of Arizona – are starting to say enough is enough.

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Enjoy art in the park

OREGON – Looking for something fun to do on Tuesday mornings? The Oregon Park District will be offering Art in the Park, free of charge on Tuesdays through Aug. 14.

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Park District offers meals

OREGON – The Oregon Park District is participating in the USDA/ISBE Summer Meals program this summer. This involves giving away free sacked lunches provided by Lifescapes Community Services Inc. to anyone 18 years and under every Thursday this summer.

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Host families needed for exchange students

The U.S. is expected to welcome hundreds of thousands of exchange students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Park District plans playhouse trip

OREGON – Join the Oregon Park District for a day trip to Mount Carroll to visit Timberlake Playhouse on July 25. The Oregon Park District is hosting a day trip for ages 18 and over to see Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

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Kitchen Table awarded grant

ROCHELLE – On Monday, June 25, Shane Ebersohl and Angela Shippert of the Monsanto Company stopped by the Kitchen Table community cafe to tour the facility and present a grant award from the Monsanto Foundation.

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