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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?"

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.

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.

“Success” Print E-mail

Success is defined as a person or situation which turns out well.  It may also be an end result that was desired from the beginning.  Public opinion and recognition is also an important factor in the formula.

Fame and success are often confused and many consider them to have the same meaning, but each is quite different.  Someone may be successful but not famous.  Someone else may be eyed as famous, but not successful.

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. Ms. McClanahan graduated from Falmouth High School in 1927. She received her B.A. and masters degree from the University of Kentucky. She was a teacher at Bunker Hill and Gardnersville School in Pendleton County and Pippa Passes, Ky.

"Dangling Participle" Print E-mail

I have been blessed by being able to experience various professions in life: I have been a farmer, a truck driver, a school teacher, a recreation director, an auctioneer, a circuit court clerk, an undertaker’s assistant, and several other minor occupations.  I have thoroughly enjoyed all and have learned much.

I suppose if I had to choose a favorite, my most prized profession would be a teacher. I know many current day teachers might think I am just blowing off steam, but the relationships I have had with my students over the years have lasted a lifetime.  I could write volumes about different students and events, but in this piece my focus is on one.

“The Race” Print E-mail

Most folks picture life as a journey, but it really is a destination. If one were to make a graphic picture of life, the illustration would start on a level plain at birth, ascending up hill until age 40 and then descend downhill until reaching back to the level plain at death.  This stage is really the finish line and also the victory.

I have never agreed with this design. The true design would be to place the point of beginning at birth at the top and continue that point in a downhill direction until death.

Please don’t think this introduction is negative. Life is an exciting and complicated experience.

Let’s take a look!  As a youngster in the early 1950s, the small town of Falmouth was the only metropolis I knew. Until I was sixteen years old, I had never been any father west than Williamstown, any father east than

Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day? Print E-mail

Learn the significance of our national holiday and make it more meaningful to you.

By Laura Schlereth

Celebrating the Fourth of July is one of the best parts about summer. You get to barbecue with your family, watch fireworks, go to a parade—take part in all the fun summer activities.

American legend, Amelia Earhart, lost over the Pacific on July 2, 1937 Print E-mail

July 2, 1937, the Lockheed aircraft carrying American aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan is reported missing near Howland Island in the Pacific. The pair were attempting to fly around the world when they lost their bearings during the most challenging leg of the global journey: Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, a tiny island 2,227 nautical miles away, in the center of the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca was in sporadic radio contact with Earhart as she approached Howland Island and received messages that she was lost and running low on fuel. Soon after, she probably tried to ditch the Lockheed in the ocean. No trace of Earhart or Noonan was ever found.

"Fourth of July" Print E-mail

Holidays are special and there are always little unique incidents that occur to make particular ones memorable.  I suppose Christmas and Easter are my favorites, but I am a little partial to the Fourth of July.

This holiday is less complicated and requires no special dress or costly gift selection.  Usually a friend, a hot dog, hamburger, watermelon, fire cracker, a flag and a pretty sunny day are the only items of consideration. It is just a day in which one can feel good and proud to be an American and a family man.


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