July 30, 2014

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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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The story of "Old Jack" - the faithful dog of Seldon McMillian's family Print E-mail

Seldon McMillian and his two brothers played with "Old Jack" about 1913.

By Seldon McMillian

(Taken from the August 16, 1988 edition of The Falmouth Outlook.)

I have been looking at a picture I have here of me and my two brothers and our two dogs taken sometime between seventy and seventy-five years ago.

I want to write a little story that happened about the time this picture was taken.

My parents lived on a little farm between Gardnersville and Knoxville in Pendleton Co. at a place called Jagg which was not even a wide place in the road. The only way you knew you were at Jagg was by the church house and the little one room school. My daddy helped build both of them.

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History of Pendleton County: Influence of the wars Print E-mail

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

Influence of the wars

During the Civil War the people of Pendleton County were much divided in sentiments. Passions and ill-feeling ran high, often causing hatred which lasted for many years, in some cases as long as the participants drew breath. In many instances brothers from the same fireside went to opposite camps and fought against each other for what they believed right. Many of the noblest and best men enlisted in both armies from Pendleton County.

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"Perspective" Print E-mail

I guess everyone looks at situations in a different light or perspective.  If we didn’t, this life would be pretty drab and boring.  We would probably drive the same kind of vehicle, love the same sports, go to the same church, school, and there would be just one political party.  We would agree on all issues and there would be no need to study debate techniques.

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History of Pendleton County by Emma McClanahan Thompson 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.

Part III: Mineral Resources

Pendleton County is not situated in any outstanding mineral region. As has already been said Pendleton is noted for its agricultural enterprises and not for its mineral resources as some of the other counties of the state.

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How to protect your family's skin from summer and all its elements Print E-mail

Afternoons at the pool, family barbecues, outdoor sports and picnics all mean summertime has arrived. With the change in temperature comes additional exposure to the elements and the attendant skin scrapes, bites and burns.

Pharmacy shelves are lined with products to treat these common summer ailments. But with more Americans concerned about using harsh chemicals on their bodies, families are frequently turning to natural alternatives that are just as effective.

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"The Honeymoon" Print E-mail

Today, July 30, 2013, will mark my 47th wedding anniversary. In some respects it seems like an eternity, but on the other hand it seems just like yesterday.  Some folks get married much younger than 21 years, but for us the age seemed just right.

We were married at the Oakland Christian Church on July 30, 1966.  About the only thing I remember about the ceremony was when Brother Eudell Hall said "If anyone objects let him speak now or forever hold his peace." I remember thinking, "Wonder if anyone will say anything?"

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History of Pendleton County by Emma McClanahan Thompson Part 2 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.

Part II: Agriculture

Pendleton County is situated in the Outer Blue Grass Region. In the beginning when it was in its virgin state, the hills were covered with great forests of the famous hardwood timber that later on the industries of the cities demanded and the Licking River carried downstream to the factories of the commercial world. When the settlers first came, the land had to be cleared of these forests which consisted of oak, maple, poplar, walnut, hickory, black locust and beech trees. Thousands and thousands of feet  of hardwood timber were rolled into the hollows and fired. Later the demand for this type of timber led the people to raft it down the river at high tide in the spring of the year to various mills along the river, located at Falmouth, Butler, Covington and Cincinnati.

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What to do when summer turns up the heat Print E-mail

After months of cold winds and being bundled under coats and gloves the heat of summer is a welcome change. Peeling down a few layers of clothes and soaking up the sun feels great. But then come those days when just looking outside makes a person feel miserable and even the shadiest of shades seems not to bring enough relieve from the humidity and the summer heat becomes a heat wave.

The hottest day of the last 12 months in the Tri State Area  was on July 17 when the high temperature reached 97 degrees. That was until the week of July 17 when the heat index threatened to rise to 102 degrees. A heat advisory was put into effect for all of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

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