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High school graduations are a memorable achievement, but this year's graduates have faced challenges and overcome the loss of so much of their senior year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Saturday … more
Days 44 through 48 of this 60-day legislative session were full of heated debate, name-calling and more than enough drama. What was missing, however, was real, tangible action on property tax relief … more
This summer reminds me of the first time I retired many years ago. After a satisfying 32 years of teaching, I was looking forward to new opportunities. Like most retirees, I had a long list of things … more
Raise your hand if you need a vacation. We could all use a vacation from work, from the stress of everyday life and even this pandemic.  Let's say things calm down in the pandemic world. If you … more
Parks are a vital part of any community. According to the National Recreation and Park Association, parks and recreation have three values that make them essential services to communities: • … more
Alfie and I try to have a new hiking adventure each weekend. One of the weekend days is a “Doug day” for working around the house and yard, and the other a “dog day” for hiking with my … more
Dementia is an overall term for a series of diseases and conditions involving the brain. It is characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem solving and other thinking skills that affect a … more
No other animal of the sea has been so misunderstood, feared, and vilified as the lowly octopus. The octopus is an invertebrate that belongs in the phylum Mollusca along with chitons, clams, … more
My go-tos for pop culture, entertainment and hobbies, as most who know me might say, are books, video games, writing, TV shows and concerts. But I've been known to dabble in the outdoors, … more
Washington County's communities — specifically Arlington and Blair — have faced housing shortages in recent years. In Arlington, the demand for new housing outpaces the availability. Families … more
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