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Always ready for fundraiser brunches

February 15, 2015 We need something to look forward to after church on Sunday, and the Smithfield Fire Department pancake-sausage brunch was just the thing to get people together and enjoy some good food. more »»

An honest conversation about ducks

February 14, 2015 The kids and kittens didn’t do anything unusually cute this week. more »»

Real leadership requires action

February 8, 2015 Filing for local municipal elections wrapped up last weekend. There are a few new names appearing on the ballots in our communities, but there also are many “regulars. more »»

Have you ever noticed?

February 8, 2015 I love one liners, pithy quotes and memorable sayings. I love short Sunday morning messages and one hour church services. Now, I'm not justifying these things, I'm just telling you what I lik. more »»

A farewell to our friend, Ruth Plunkett

February 8, 2015 Ruth Plunkett and my mom went way back. The two of them were quite alike: community-minded, detail-oriented, fiercely loyal, wanting everything to be "just so. more »»

The Valentine’s Day pressure returns

February 8, 2015 Calendar scanning prompted Better Half’s announcement, his eyes wide with a sense of oh-no at the realization that it was February, and Valentine’s Day was fast approaching. more »»

County farm bureau wants members

February 8, 2015 It was burgers and fries, soups, salads and pies that tempted the taste- buds of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau members who came out in the cold for the annual membership drive that sends chairme... more »»

Next time, I’m tagging along

February 7, 2015 My parents traveled out of town recently to celebrate their anniversary. more »»

It’s going to be a long two years

February 1, 2015 Mitt Romney announced last week he will not be seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016. One down and an untold number to go. more »»

Stop playing the blame game

February 1, 2015 Just wondering, how many of us are being faithful to the New Year's Resolution we made within the last 31 days? All too often we make a resolution that is simply out of reach or unreasonabl. more »»

In ‘de-thickening’ mode, not diet

February 1, 2015 I am not dieting. I am, however, in “de-thickening” mode. more »»

What weather will February bring?

February 1, 2015 One more month of winter weather has passed — days that were filled with deep down temperatures, blowing snow, slippery roads and fog that turned the tree limbs and sidewalks to a crystal ice. more »»

Your video games are watching you

January 31, 2015 I turn the gaming system on, and it chips. “Hi, Summer” appears in two-inch high letters. “How does it know my name?” I asked. more »»

Elections are interesting times

January 25, 2015 Several of our local communities are planning elections this spring, with council seats, mayoral positions and other elected offices going up for grabs. more »»

Are you looking for a fresh start?

January 25, 2015 As January comes to a close, you may be thinking of spring and warmer weather. more »»

It was a week of a lot of brokenness

January 25, 2015 “I might break your camera.” I’ve lost count how many times people have said that to me over the years, cautioning me just as I’m about to snap a picture. more »»

January brings time for snow art

January 25, 2015 There has been enough snow during the month of January that people have been able to build snowmen with the fluffy flakes. more »»

Another chance to get it right

January 24, 2015 The Sassy Saint wandered downstairs, wrapped in a blanket and her hair standing up every which way. One eye was half-open and she mumbled something incoherent as she stumbled toward the kitche. more »»

Speeches need to be realistic

January 18, 2015 We’re a little more than half-way through January, settling well into 2015. more »»

Who is the blind man?

January 18, 2015 Background Passage: John 9. 1-38; Specific Passage John 9. 1-5 Key verse: 9. 5b "but that the works of God should be revealed in him. more »»

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