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Buttermilk is a delight

By Bill Diem Our book club is reading A Book of Delights by Ross Gay, a 42-year-old poet who thought it would be nice to write about something that delighted him each day. He wrote 102 in the year-long experiment. We decided in our club to write about a delight. Here...

What did Ian teach us?

By Carol Stiffler When Ian Fishback died on November 19, the world got a bit darker. We lost someone very special. Ian was locally famous before he’d ever enlisted in the military. Most of us knew him one way or the other, and he’d built a reputation for unmatched...

Who are we? Not our opinions

By Bill Diem We were in Colorado a month ago, for the wedding of my son Ben to Tara. They took their vows high on a Rocky Mountain, and behind them in the distance the poplars were all yellow-gold or yellow orange, which is the peak of their fall color season. I...

The state of the school building

By Caitlynn Canfield There is no doubt that our school needs some things replaced and fixed, but how bad has the building quality actually gotten? Our High school was built in 1926 and that makes it roughly 95 years old. We’ve had a few renovations and major repairs...

On losing Tom Hoogterp

By Carol Stiffler Tom Hoogterp was a gift.  He showed me that simple words can be profound, that looks are certainly deceiving, and that a caring community can exist despite differences of opinion. He was an unassuming man in bib overalls with the mind and voice of a...

The library has a party

By Bill Diem Libraries are the original think tanks, said Forrest Alogna, the chairman of the board for the American Library in Paris at its annual gala last week. In antiquity, collections of books attracted scholars who studied them and came up with new thoughts....