August 31, 2014

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Taking the stress out of annual Spring cleaning Print E-mail

Throw open those doors and windows - there is no better cure for months of winter than some fresh spring air.

But with spring, comes spring cleaning. And if the thought of pulling out mops, buckets and brooms brings on more stress than serenity, remember that a few tricks and some great tunes can make cleaning easier and perhaps even fun.

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It's Spring: The sun says new season, despite lingering winter cold Print E-mail

By: Justin Grieser

At the equinox, all latitudes see about 12 hours of daylight and darkness as Earth rotates on its axis.

It still feels like winter in many parts of the country, but Earth’s orbit says otherwise.

At 7:02 a.m. last Wednesday, March 20, 2013, astronomical winter ended as spring officially began in Earth’s northern hemisphere.

Astronomically, the spring equinox marks the moment at which Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor toward the sun, resulting in nearly equal periods of daylight and darkness across the globe. An observer on Earth’s equator will see the sun at zenith before its direct rays shift northward toward the Tropic of Cancer over the next three months.

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“Prayer” Print E-mail

Prayer is the most important concept in our spiritual relationship with the Creator.

Without communication not much meaning is present in that relationship.

If communication is missing in a marriage, a partnership, a friendship, or even a business the foundation is weak and the longevity is short.

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Stay safe while traveling this Spring Print E-mail

Spring travel can offer a much-needed cure for cabin fever. Whether you’re planning to head to the closest national park or sunny beach, or you’re trekking around the globe, there’s no question that technology has made traveling easier than ever before.

What many travelers don’t know, however, is that the technology they use in the vacation planning stages or on the trip itself can actually put them at risk for cybercrime or even identity theft. These days, keeping yourself protected means more than just wearing sunscreen.

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“THE CLOCK IS TICKING” Print E-mail

One of the most interesting professions I have had the opportunity to experience has been the auction business. For some thirty-five years, David Butcher and I have worked together selling anything one can imagine, but the biggest and most profitable commodity has been real estate. We were fortunate during that time, because real property continued to increase in value over those years.

Farming was on a decline and building and industry was on an increase. Therefore we could divide large farm tracts and market them in smaller parcels.  These smaller parcels offered the low income buyer an opportunity to purchase a mini farm for a home.

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Saint Patrick's Day, a cultural and religious holiday Print E-mail

Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick") is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland.

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Irishness and Irish culture.

The day generally involves public parades and festivals, céilithe, and wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day.

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“HERIDITY” Print E-mail

They say it is a miracle that a mother sheep can recognize her lamb in a herd of a thousand.  I can even do better than that.  Why, I can be in the middle of a million people on Manhattan Island and I can recognize my wife in no time, especially if I am somewhere I am not supposed to be.

Modern society has done wonders with DNA in pinpointing and labeling humans.  We as humans take pride in connecting our family history with important ancestors.  Sometimes I think it is good to research history and connect with our departed families, but we have to be careful in not taking a false pride.  We really had nothing to do with who we are.  We could just as easily have been born in the Australian Outback, as well as Pendleton County, Kentucky. The Good Lord determined where and to whom we were born.

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“Banjo” Print E-mail

Old men like toys too.  I have ridden and worked horses all my life.  Dad never had a tractor until I left home after I graduated.  I hated to work the team we had, since all the other boys my age in the neighborhood had tractors.  Today, I would give anything to have the team I hated when I was a boy. Even though I have had many good horses over the years, I guess my favorite would have to be the old mare, Miss Daisy whom I now have.  She is eighteen years old and beginning to show her age.  Miss Daisy and I have had some good times together over the years.  We have been to Texas, Florida, Mississippi, the Carolinas, and perhaps some seven other states. She is dependable in both city and mountains, and is an excellent sidekick.

Horses age in a formula of four years to one in relation to man. So multiply eighteen times four and Miss Daisy is 72 years old.  The Scripture says, and I believe it, that man should “take note” of “three score and ten” which is 70 years old.  Now I know that all of us are not going to drop dead at 70, but life changes drastically at that point.  The commercials on TV boast about 75 year old men becoming young again with a dose of Viagra. This commercial is misleading.  Miss Daisy and I are now in the same age bracket and she understands me and I am comfortable with her.

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Remembering William and Susan Munday of Pendleton County Print E-mail

The headstone above marks the resting place of William Munday, Co. D., 100 U.S. C. Inf., a Civil War veteran. His resting place is out Hayes Station Road up in what is known locally as Crowes Holler. It is supposed that his wife, Susan, rests beside it, but no stone marks her grave or any of the others in the cemetery there.

In the hidden valleys of Kentucky are many unmarked graves with the stories of their owners lost to history. Such it is with the friends and relatives of William Munday who share a cemetery of jumbled field stones. Munday's is the only grave marked by a headstone inscripted with "Win. Munday, Co. D., 100 U.S. C. Inf." Army records list him as William Munday, Company D., 100 United States Colored Infantry.

Possibly an ex-slave turned farmer born in Pendleton County, Munday enlisted for three years in the U.S. C. Inf. on May 23, 1864 by a Captain Berry at Covington. His first appearance is at the age of 20 in June of 1864 as a private on the Muster and Descriptive Roll of a detachment of U.S. Colored Recruits commanded by a Captain Mussey at Nashville, Tennessee. He then appears on the records of Co. D, 100 Reg't U.S. Col'd Inf. in Nashville, Tennessee from September 1864 to December 1865.

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“RABBIT” Print E-mail

Nicknames in our society are really a thing of the past.  This concept was not so in the Fall and Spring of 1961-62.

Pendleton High had begun its third year as a new school. Basketball and spring baseball were the only sports that existed. Therefore, much community interest and support was given. The attendance at basketball games exceeded very easily those of today.  Bleachers were packed, chairs were organized on each end of the court, and there were even many who found niches, and stood for the entire game.

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