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The indigo buntings bring beauty to our yards and enjoy eating the seeds of dandelions, goldenrods and thistles
AL BATT/BLUFF COUNTRY READER The indigo buntings bring beauty to our yards and enjoy eating the seeds of dandelions, goldenrods and thistles
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:10 AM
The tomato plants are showing promise.

  • It’s fun to be a tourist in Eastern Europe
    Sightseeing and other “touristy” things were definitely going to be part of this European trip. Because we’d been to the places we were visiting first, we thought we’d be revisiting sites there. We were wrong.

  • Tips make for better Rocky Mountain park visitor experience
    If you’re thinking of heading to a couple of our famous national parks in the Rockies, I’ve got some tips and interesting facts for you, thanks to the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI).
  • Congratulations to the Fillmore Central girls’ golf team on its second-place finish at the state golf tournament. What a remarkable run the past four years, third place three years ago, second place two years ago, state champions last year, and now another runner-up finish this year. Great job, girls! Who knows what next year will bring? Four of this year’s team will be back for another chance at a state-tournament return. The two seniors who graduated are Tayah Barnes and Elayna Kiehne.

  • Tis the season for tomato plants and graduates
    The tomato plants are showing promise.

  • There are three Fs when behind the wheel
     Driving in Europe is easy; finding locations is not always so. When planning this trip to Europe, we had first contemplated using the train. But finding local transportation to the places we were going would be a constant challenge. Also I was sure we would miss lots of spontaneity by rail.
  • Find enchantment at former ‘supervolcano’ preserve
     The amazing total solar eclipse that will travel in a path across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21, is the subject of this column once again. You all know how excited I am about it and that my plans are in place. But I want you to have the chance to see it, too. So, when I run across new opportunities, I just have to share the excitement. Although – as I’ve been saying all along – act NOW and you still might luck out to find a viewing spot and perhaps, maybe, possibly, overnight accommodations. Get on it TODAY.
  • Fillmore Central team, many individuals headed to state golf meet
     Fore! That’s the way I started my News-Leader article this past week documenting the fourth straight state tournament appearance for the Fillmore Central girls golf team. Congratulations, girls, on an outstanding accomplishment. Leading the way in the 4x4 (not the 4x400) with a one-two-three finish were Grace Miller (165, 82+83), Madison Scheevel (167, 86+81) and Tayah Barnes (175, 89+86). Add to that the scores of the other three FC golfers, Cailey Rindels (202, 101+101), Elayna Kiehne (220, 111+109) and Taylor Bushman (243, 121+122), and you’ve got a top score of 709. Caledonia had a team score of 776, for the runner-up position, Lewiston-Altura shot an 832 for third and Rushford-Peterson was fourth with a score of 1,027.
  • Morning song of birds provides needed tonic
     I was feeling tolerable. Happy to be home. A hospital isn’t a bad place to get out of.
  • Fatherhood reflections may have lost something in translation
     Once, your life was filled with few cares.
  • Nostalgia trip full of good food, delicious bread
    When we first booked this current trip to Europe, we had no set agenda. We just had an opportunity to get a great fare, so we decided to make use of it. I have long wanted to revisit places where I worked and people with whom I had worked, years ago, so this was going to fulfill that wish. We booked the seats and planned later how to use the time.
  • Homestead offers NASA solar eclipse viewing site
    The amazing total solar eclipse that will travel in a path across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21, is the subject of this column once again. You all know how excited I am about it and that my plans are in place. But I want you to have the chance to see it, too. So, when I run across new opportunities, I just have to share the excitement. Although – as I’ve been saying all along – act NOW and you still might luck out to find a viewing spot and perhaps, maybe, possibly, overnight accommodations. Get on it TODAY.
  • Tournament action rounding out spring season
    What a gorgeous start for the day. Yesterday was OK, but today looks like it is going to be a beauty. We have lots of section sports action coming up in the next few days. Today, Thursday, was the section softball championships, and the section track finals. Saturday, June 3, is the semi-finals for section baseball. Championship for baseball is Tuesday, June 6. On Monday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 6, we have the section golf championships.

  • Help pollinators with man-made bee nests
    About 30 percent of our native bee species make their nests in beetle tunnels in snags or similar locations. 
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