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Gene Grime has been writing for almost 40 years, starting with covering sporting events, and then expanding to feature stories about seven years ago and to this column in late January of 2014. In a previous life, he taught high school mathematics at Napoleon (1960-1972) and then Archbold (1972-1999).

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A sailor stationed on a far-flung outpost was noted for his loyalty to his fiancée. Then one day, he received a callous letter telling him that she was going to marry a 4-F, and would he please return her picture.

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During World War II, the American wife (who was living in England) of a Scotsman received a letter from home. At the end was a P.S.: “Enclosed are three pieces of gum, one for each of you and one for the censor.” The lady shook the envelope, and two pieces of gum fell out. Examining the enve…

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On this date, in 1989, during a game against his old team, the Edmonton Oilers, Canadian ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League career scoring record of 1,850 points.

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Inspirational thought for this Saturday ...

Opinion

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There have been times, during an average conversation, when someone said something that stopped me in my tracks.

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When people look at the same thing every day they tend to take what they see for granted. As a result, some people living in New York City have never visited the Statue of Liberty.

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All people are treasure hunters, but only a few take it seriously enough to find both fame and fortune. Here are four examples.

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Last week on TV’s Travel Channel the host of “Bizarre Foods,” Andrew Zimmern, chowed down on elk tongue. I was mesmerized. I was also slightly disgusted. Then I did a reality check. My husband and I regularly eat liver which is equally disgusting in the eyes of our kids and grandkids.

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Work continues on Napoleon’s Industrial Drive. It has been announced the closure to the eastbound on and off ramps will be extended to Tuesday due to heavy rains this week. On Tuesday, the westbound on/off ramp of U.S. Route 24 to Industrial will close once the eastbound is back open. The co…

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There are times when I’m convinced the progress of this country can be measured through our ballot laws. Think about it. Over the course of our history, we’ve expanded the franchise from the sole preserve of white male property owners to most all citizens 18 and older — regardless of race, g…

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Is a lie always a bad thing? From this parent’s point of view the answer is a resounding, “No!” I’ve observed it’s inevitable that from time-to-time parents must resort to telling their offspring little white lies. Why? Because little white lies can keep tense situations from escalating. Tel…

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I once had a very wise nursery school teacher confide in me, “Konnie, it’s too bad, but it seems the only time parents are happy their kids are average is the day they were born. On this one day the mother and father are overjoyed and relieved to know their infant is healthy with 10 fingers …

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It seems to me, in this day and age, we can accomplish a great deal with a minimal amount of effort.

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If you ask a child, “What does a donkey say?” The reply you should get is, “Hee haw.” In order to exactly imitate this sound, some frame of reference is helpful. Unless you’ve been raised on a farm or ranch with these horse-like creatures their bray might seem strangely unfamiliar, making it…

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Anyone reading this article who is past the age of 50 grew up during a time when rhymes were part of a kid’s everyday experience. Most Americans raised around or before the middle of the last century eagerly used rhymes incorporated in simple slogans, jingles and sayings.

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Barring the use of technology what kinds of things can people do to get someone else’s attention?

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Since our country’s first Fourth of July in 1776, Americans have used parades as a form of expression and celebration. From coast-to-coast and in between it’s evident to any observer we love our parades.

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This time of year students may contract tonsilitis, but let’s not forget about senioritis, the common malady which often plagues soon-to-be graduating seniors.

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How are you at keeping up with old friendships? I hope you do better than this girl. Looking back on my life I can honestly say I’ve failed miserably at staying in touch. As I’ve grown older I wonder, “Why didn’t I make the effort?” In regard to my once close high school and college friends …

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As I’ve grown older I’ve noticed a significant change in attitude toward frigid winter temperatures.

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My name is Terry Rettig, and I started coming to Henry County Senior Center approximately two years ago. I started coming to the Senior Center because I was looking for information on aging, art activities, and Meals-on-Wheels. I also began attending the Caregiver Support Group. The reason I…

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It’s January. The year is 1978. My husband Bruce and I had been watching weather forecasts for several days. The predictions sounded ominous and honestly unnerving. We were told to brace for record-breaking snow accumulations and hurricane-strength wind gusts causing severe drifting and poss…