July 23, 2014

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Don't get stressed by the heat! Keep cool while spending less on energy Print E-mail

The Midwest is experiencing another intense summer heat wave. Sweltering hot days make it harder to keep your home cool, straining air conditioning systems and energy budgets. The Energy Education Council (EEC) offers some simple tips to boost comfort and save on electric bills during the sultriest of days:

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"Time" Print E-mail

I guess the word ‘time’ is one of the most complicated and misunderstood concepts in our vocabulary.  When we are young the word has one meaning and when we are old the term changes completely.

Everything in life from birth until death is computed with a beginning and an end: morning-night; young-old; start-finish; maiden-old woman; young romantic man-old dried up man; fresh-decayed; Spring-Fall; the terminology is endless.

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History of Pendleton County: Notes Collected But Not Classified Print E-mail

The history of Pendleton County was written by Emma McClanahan Thompson in 1934 and was printed in several editions of The Falmouth Outlook beginning July 5, 1988.

Capt. James M. Wilson born at Falmouth in 1838. He enlisted at the first call served with rank of captain and breret major and was in the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mt., Missionary Ridge, and many others. He was in Atlanta campaign and was with first company of troops to enter Savannah. After war he was a grocery merchant at Falmouth postmaster for 17 years under McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft. Mayor of Falmouth for 8 years. Died in 1917.

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Teaching kids how to extend the summer harvest Print E-mail

It's August and blazing hot, and your kids may be more interested in the local swimming hole than they are in the garden. But in just a few weeks, autumn temperatures will bring relief and, for some folks, an end to the growing season. The cooler weather also means fewer ripe vegetables to pick each day, and you and your child or grandchild may want to protect a few favorite plants to extend your fresh harvests as long as possible. And often there's a tangible bonus to extending the season - nurse your plants through a few chilly nights, and you may be rewarded by a glorious period of Indian summer that keeps the veggie harvest coming in.

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"Fall Revival" Print E-mail

Many of our modern day church members have never experienced a good ol' "Hell Fire and Brimstone" Revival.  When I was growing up, my church, as well as most other similar denominations, had at least one revival each year.  Many times there was not just one, but several that lasted a whole week.

The revival would begin on a Monday night, and then would meet each evening and end on Sunday night. If the revival still had "Spirit," I have seen revivals continue on to the next week and beyond.

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History of Pendleton County: Notes Collected But Not Classified Print E-mail

This history of Pendleton County was written by Emma McClanahan Thompson in 1934 and was printed in several editions of The Falmouth Outlook beginning July 5, 1988.

The Falmouth Woolen Mills.established in 1866 by Joshua Woodhead, employed home labor and was known for the excellence of its products. Joseph Woodhead's father, who learned the woolen goods trade in the Queenland of England, spent periods of time after coming to America following his trade at Lowell, Mass., Utica , New York and Columbus, Ohio. His son, Joseph, conducted the business after his father's death in 1887. The product of the mill consisted principally of blankets, jeans, flannels and yarns. Both Joshua Woodhead and his son were noted for their staunch character, honor and strict business integrity. Joseph Woodhead was public-spirited, progressive and especially took an active interest in the local educational affairs, being partially responsible for the present excellent public school facilities and system. He was one of the town councilmen for more than 30 years and rendered great service to his town. He too has died. The mill has ceased to exist but the old residents still proudly display blanket which were made in the mill.

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"Reunions" Print E-mail

Our society is very much familiar with reunions. A reunion is a get together with folks that have something in common.

Usually the most common type of reunion in our culture is a family gathering, an old army gathering, or a high school reunion. The most famous reunion in our society is probably the high school reunion. By being an old high school teacher, I have attended many reunions.  I always enjoy seeing former students and friends and renewing old acquaintances.

My class of 1963 is having its 50th get together this September 14, 2013. I have been to all the reunions we have had over the years and have enjoyed them thoroughly, and plan on being there this year.

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History of Pendleton County: Cultural Influences Print E-mail

This history of Pendleton County was written by Emma McClanahan Thompson in 1934 and was printed in several editions of The Falmouth Outlook beginning July 5, 1988.

Cultural Influences

In 1871 a new organization, known as Patrons of Husbandry,  was started in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of improving the home, social and business life of the American farmers and their families. The local, or subordinated societies, were called granges and the members were called grangers. In a few months Pendleton County was visited by organizers and granges were instituted in practically every farming section of the county. Falmouth was designated as the meeting place of the Pomona Grange. Monthly sessions were held and on those days scenes of rural activities were very noticeable.

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How to make the back to school transition go smoothly Print E-mail

It's school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while. Let's find out more about going back to school.

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"A New Step" Print E-mail

Where did the summer go?  It seemed like only yesterday that the school vacation began.  Does modern time really go faster or does it just feel that way because I am getting older.  Maybe it is a combination of both.

Fall is a mysterious season that “creeps” in. One day you notice that the sun seems a little brighter and the shade of the old oak is darker and more distinct and you somehow have a feeling that a fragment of fall is present.  The air, especially at late evening and early morning, has a different smell and a cooler feeling.  Fall is so beautiful that I feel sad at its approach.  This season is for observation and also for learning. It is kind of like the great poet, Edgar Allen Poe said, “The essence of beauty is sadness.”

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