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  • 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.

  • Certain words should not be political weapons

    I am taking back a word. It is a word I grew up understanding. It is a word that is very American. It is a word that many of us have used to describe ourselves.

  • Balding? No, that's strategic thinning

    I knew this day would come, and I have been dreading it. How long have I been dreading it? For more than 40 years, that’s how long.

  • No longer seeing life through my tunnel vision

    The pilot warned me that I might get tunnel vision. I was in the backseat of an FA-18 Hornet fighter jet being flown by a U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilot and we were going straight up into a blue sky – and gaining speed.

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Local band to play Jamboree

MOUNT MORRIS – On Friday night, June 29, local band, Pablo and the Rhythmix will return to the Mount Morris Jamboree, playing a free concert on the band shell from 7-9 p.m.

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Byron Forest Preserve to offer free Illinois Bicentennial Lecture June 19

BYRON – The Byron Forest Preserve District will host a special Illinois bicentennial lecture in cooperation with the Illinois Humanities titled “At the Center of Everything: The Power of Indigenous Illinois in Early America” by Bob Morrissey of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Tuesday, June 19, starting at 7 p.m. at the Jarrett Prairie Center Museum in Byron.

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Nancy Adams honored as Woman of the Year

POLO – Each year in May the parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Polo vote to select a Woman of the Year. Nancy Adams was selected as the recipient of the 17th annual Woman of the Year Award for 2018.

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Baker earns scholarship

ANKENY, Iowa –The Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) is pleased to announce that Kimberlee Baker, originally of Stillman Valley, is the recipient of the IVMA Recruitment Scholarship for 2018.

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Artist bringing colorful summer to Mount Morris

MOUNT MORRIS – Encore! Mt. Morris is launching a new program this summer, an artist-in-residence (AiR). What is that, you say? An AiR is a practicing artist or college-level art student who can inspire the artist in all of us through art experiences of all kinds.

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