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Local Columns

Many city projects and events planned for this summer

Construction has started on many projects and plans are underway for a few of our most popular events. Recently, construction started on South Whitney Street where storm, sewer and water lines will be replaced along with a new asphalt surface. It is anticipated to be completed in the fall of ...

Remembering Dean

This column is often written in a form called the personal essay. “Personal essays relate the author’s intimate thoughts and experiences to universal truths,” is one definition. “Universal” seems a bit much for mine. Maybe “township truths.” Sometimes personal means my thoughts ...

Contamination in recycling

There are many residents who are learning how to shift their focus from being a consumer to a resident who is a caretaker of our local environment. This can be a challenge but it is an important one that all of us need to revisit. Learning where to dispose of items that we no longer want or ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: While traveling I see a lot of vehicles pulled over on the side of the road with either steam or smoke coming from the vehicle. Can you talk about what a person should do in these situations? Answer: When dealing with a vehicle that is overheating, most vehicles have dashboard ...

Plant the seeds of…

It’s time to plant! Those words meant it was time to hit the fields to began planting fields of corn, soybeans, oats and flax. The words meant that it was time to begin our long hot summer hours of work. And work we did! It was also the time of the year to plant the garden, and I must ...

Aurora borealis

It was a spectacular show that was enjoyed by everyone. Were it to be given a Rotten Tomatoes rating, it would be ranked as “super-duper fresh.” Best of all, this over-the-top production was free. Yes, the recent display of the Northern Lights was pretty special. It was leagues better ...