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I’m doing solitude this weekend at the BG Flea Market. Ann accompanied sister Mary to Florida for the weekend to visit Mary’s son and his family, so I’m handling the duties as chief vendor, set-up man and tear-down man. I did con granddaughter Morgan and her new fiancé Caleb to come over to …

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Umpire Duane asks, “If a cow laughed, would she spew milk out of her nose?”

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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 ...

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We look today at the Lions Club calendar birthdays. Those celebrating from Oct. 13-20 include: Beth Moden, Kit Thompson, Roger Pugh, Audrey Sonnenberg, Larry Buenger, Micaila Cochran, Phil Sundermann, Phyllis Kloos, Robert McColley, Ryan Otto, Jim Rohrs, Dick Mengerink, John Norden, Amanda H…

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With the Henry County Hospital annual Bazaar behind us, Ann and I can breathe a sigh of relief and relax for a short time before loading up the next BG Flea Market, which takes place Oct. 20 and 21. Our trailer has seen a lot of boxes come and go during the past few weeks. Stepping up into t…

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I received this some time ago and thought I would share it with our readers today...

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Inspirational thought for the day:

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A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, “What’s the matter, haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?”

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Our next blood drive in Henry County takes place Tuesday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, here in Napoleon. It runs from noon-6 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome. Please consider donating a pint, a pint that you wont miss, but a pint that someone in the area can use very much.

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With the Picker’s Paradise behind us (which means the trailer is unloaded and unsold items are in their proper spot), it is now time to focus on another corner of our garage. I have promised myself that the garage will cleared of everything by early November so we can get both vehicles in th…

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How about some real names of our one-name celebrities?

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Mary French organized the Dictionary Project in South Carolina a number of years ago and local resident Carolyn Plassman read about the project in a Sunday supplement section. She and her husband made the decision to present dictionaries to third graders across Henry County, and that initial…

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It is once again time for Picker’s Paradise at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Whereas vendors (including Ann and I) will be setting up their displays on Friday, the real picking goes on Saturday (9-5) and Sunday (10-5). This bi-annual event got started back in 2014 and everyone thought it was…

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Ann and I made our final trip to Progressive Field Friday night (unless I happen to snatch a few World Series tickets) to catch the Tribe and the Red Sox tangle.

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I watch “Charlies Angels” almost everyday before supper and the show debuted on this date, back in 1976, becoming a mega-hit.

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Forty-five years ago, on this date, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a televised tennis match nicknamed The Battle of the Sexes.

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Pack! Unpack! Pack! Unpack! Ann and I are getting pretty good at unloading and then reloading our trailer to peddle our goods. We loaded up for Bowling Green last Friday and then packed into the leftovers on Sunday after a successful weekend. We got home; took a break for a rest; and then un…

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Birthdays spotted on the Napoleon Lions Club Calendar for the period Sept. 19-26 include the following people: Lynn Bostelman, Tim Nelson, Tyler Gerken, Bob Long, Carrie Drewes, Gregg Merrill, Jill Saul, Laura Hill, Marilyn Sunderman, Larry Siclair, Jim Blue, Rylie Schweibert, Ed Peper, Gary…

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I have kept you informed about facts concerning “Gunsmoke,” which hit the TV waves in 1955.

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I’ve noticed a lot of activity over in Oakwood Park these past few days, as there are turtles working out in preparation of the St. Augustine Turtlefest this weekend. Las Vegas bookies have not yet posted any early odds on any of the races, but I’m sure they will have their calculations done…

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On Sept. 12, 1974, black students boarded buses in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and traded places with their white counterparts in South Boston High School under a federal court order to integrate Boston schools.

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Sept. 11, 2001. Each of us knows exactly where we were when we first heard about the Terrorist Attack on the U.S. that day. It’s the same for the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and for some, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Those acts remain in our minds forever. Hopefully,…

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Recently, I offered our readers a quiz on Gunsmoke, and it was on this date, in 1955, that the western debuted on CBS. The late Burt Reynolds had a regular spot in the longtime series for several years.

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Women are really more skilled drivers than men. It’s not easy to get a car into the garage sideways.

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A pretty blonde told her boyfriend she would marry him when he had saved $10,000 cash. Five months later, as June rolled around and many of her friends were planning to become brides, the blonde asked how the fund was building.

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Picture this scenario from Heaven at 7 a.m. on Monday morning, Labor Day, 2018:

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Yesterday was Labor Day, which means Ann and I traveled north for our 12th and 11th annual trek the Mackinac Bridge. We actually left Friday morning and took in some sights around the Upper Peninsula. Since I am actually writing this paragraph before we leave, I can give you more details lat…

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Ernest Hemmingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” was published on this date in 1952. The book earned him a Pulitzer Prize the following year.

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Ernest Hemmingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” was published on this date in 1952. The book earned him a Pulitzer Prize the following year.

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A recent edition of Sports Illustrated had a spread on relief pitchers in baseball, noting how the game has changed over the years. In the Good Old Days (let’s say in the 1950s and before), most starters went much longer into the game. There were a few relief pitchers that might close out a …

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“What is now proved was once only imagined.” (William Blake)

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It’s time to correct a mistake I made last week. It definitely wasn’t intentional, but it was a typo. In referring to the TV shows of the early 1950s, I mentioned “Mr. Peepers,” which I misspelled as “Mr. Peppers.” I do know that it was Peepers, but perhaps I had a Dr. Pepper beside me at th…

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Cleaning up the Senior Center birthdays for the rest of August: Marg Lanzer, Anella Huff, Marilyn Knepley, Mary Erford, Anna Bolen, Allen Dean, Mary Lou Frysinger, Patsy Yaichner, Karron DeHart, Rose Lester, Mary Stutzman, Ted Penny, Bernita Brubaker, Manuel Martinez, Miles Joseph and Donna Rathge.

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While conducting some business at Campbell Soup of Napoleon the other day, Ann and I noticed people staring across the road from the guard’s shack. Upon studying the situation, we noticed a bald eagle sitting in a tree without many leaves, just staring across the Maumee. I know such birds ha…

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“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” (Margaret Peters)

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A 23-year old Michigan law student looked over his absentee ballot from home and saw no one was running for township highway commissioner. He wrote his own name on the ballot. Since no one else took the trouble to do that, his one vote, the only one cast for the post, stood up and he was dul…

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Lions Club calendar listings for the week of Aug. 20-27 include the following: April Vollmar, Erin Hesterman, Jill Schilt, Michael Downey, Nichol Salvo, Dena Ward, Kerry Homan, Tucker Shepard, Art Miller, Beverly Eickhoff, Ian Blackwood, Jordan K. Cordes, Pam Frey, Zeke Sehlmeyer, Paul Schum…

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Ann and I have been known to frequent a casino every once in a while. Unlike most of our acquaintances who go gambling once in a while, we are truthful in relating how we do on our trips. Almost everyone I ever talk to tells me how they won $300 or they won $150. They forget to tell me it co…

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“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means that we have 1,440 opportunities to make a positive impact.” (Les Brown)

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The jury had been chosen and the judge was instructing the defendant. “Before your trial starts,” he said, “You have the right to challenge any member of the jury.”

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Hawaiian Larry asks, “What’s another word for ‘Thesaurus?’”

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The year was 1943 and a survey revealed 40 out of 100 teachers were getting less than $100 a month. Average pay for teachers was $1,500 a year, but 10,000 got less than $300; 60,000 less than $600; and 360,000 less than $120.

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“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” (Sylvia Plath)

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Its just about time for the eight-day Henry County Fair, that time of year that Napoleon is filled with friends and relatives from all around. It’s time to get your annual fix of fair food and to just say hi to some friends that you only see a few times a year. There is no better way to spen…

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”Stay focused on your destination, even if your path may seem stormy today.” (Billy Cox)