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Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
Early spring and Valentine's Day are in the near future
Posted Tuesday, February 9, at 2:26 PM
Last Tuesday, Feb. 2, was Ground Hog Day. It was the day Punxsutawney Phil predicted winter is ending. It was reported he did not see his shadow. I read where an estimated 40,000 people gather every year to watch Phil emerge to make his prediction about the weather...

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Remembering the draft
Posted Tuesday, February 2, at 10:29 AM

Last week my husband Dale reminded me that 50 years ago on Jan. 26 he went into the Army. Where does the time go? I am not good at remembering exact dates, but I do remember the events. It was 1966 and we were dating at the time Uncle Sam called him into service. I was a sophomore in high school and he had graduated the year before...

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Catching up on my reading
Posted Tuesday, January 26, at 9:10 AM

I just finished reading Harper Lee's novel, Go Set a Watchman, which was released in 2015. The book was one of two books I received as Christmas gifts. Harper Lee's first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is one of my all time favorites. I have read the book several times, seen the movie numerous times, and saw a stage version at the Forum in Jonesboro...

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Through the years
Posted Tuesday, January 19, at 12:09 PM

Through the years I have written many columns on getting older, the weather, our great schools, and the plus side of living right here on Buffalo Island. As we start a new year I will just combine all of my sentiments in one column. I have written about turning 40, 50, 60 and the years in-between. Now that I am actually on the "65 Medicare List," I really don't feel old at all...

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Back on schedule
Posted Tuesday, January 12, at 2:42 PM

After the holidays it was nice to have Monday through Friday work week. It seemed like we had two or three Saturdays all in a week during Christmas and New Year's holidays. I would wake up each morning wondering what day of the week it was. There is something to be said for routine...

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2016 has arrived
Posted Tuesday, January 5, at 11:16 AM

Can you believe it is 2016? Believe it or not it has arrived. It just seems like the other day when we were getting concerned about moving forward into 2000 and wondering if all of our computer systems would be able to make the change. I really was not too worried because I decided those people who are smart enough to create all of the technology we enjoy are smart enough to keep it running...

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Here comes 2016
Posted Tuesday, December 29, at 10:01 AM

Christmas has come and gone. Another one has become a memory. We might as well start planning next year because it will be here before we know it. I will miss the Christmas music. I have never been able to sing but I love to listen to the songs of Christmas. New songs have come along through the years but to me there is nothing more beautiful than "Silent Night," or "What Child Is This?"...

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Merry Christmas
Posted Tuesday, December 22, at 9:07 AM

This is my last chance of the year to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. We say it often in the month of December, but do we really think about what we are saying? What makes a Christmas merry? We all have our own ideas. I agree with the people who say Christmas is too commercialized. ...

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Winter arrives next week
Posted Tuesday, December 15, at 2:06 PM

I was looking through some back issues of the Town Crier and I noticed we had already had a snow by this time of year in 2013. So far this year we have been blessed with mild weather. The Christmas parades have been chilly but not cold. I did not even have to drag out my heavy coat. I'm glad because I am not sure it will still fit...

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Counting down the days
Posted Tuesday, December 8, at 1:46 PM

It is time to start counting the days until Christmas and singing the 12 Days of Christmas. We start out with months, go to weeks, and then we get down to days. In just a little over two weeks Christmas will be here, and then like magic we will blink our eyes and it will be over...

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Another Black Friday
Posted Tuesday, December 1, at 12:00 PM

I survived another Black Friday followed by more Christmas shopping on Saturday. I really think they are going to have to change the name of Black Friday if it continues to start earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Thursday. I have observed over the last few years shoppers seem to be in a better mood late on Thursday than early hours on Friday...

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Thanksgiving
Posted Tuesday, November 24, at 3:03 PM

Thanksgiving is Thursday and most of us will be off work enjoying a family meal. I hope we all take time to give thanks. We can be thankful even though we are seriously living in some very troubled times. Just recently we watched as the attack in Paris was in all of the headlines. ...

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Basketball season underway
Posted Tuesday, November 17, at 2:48 PM

Basketball season is getting underway in our local high schools. The Town Crier will be featuring the young athletes in the annual basketball review scheduled to be published next week. Schools have many different sports including football, volleyball, tennis, bowling, track, baseball, swim, cheerleading, softball, golf, soccer and probably some others I am not even familiar with...

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November is a big month
Posted Tuesday, November 10, at 2:01 PM

November has arrived and I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday of the year. I generally eat all I want and don't think about calories at all throughout the day. I do take time on Thanksgiving Day to remember all of the things I am thankful for. It really is more than just the food...

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Remember Veterans
Posted Tuesday, November 3, at 1:33 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, and again, we should all remember to honor the men and women who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day in November 1919. It later became Veterans Day in 1954 and is celebrated with parades and ceremonies in honor of all our veterans...

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Trick or Treat
Posted Tuesday, October 27, at 1:16 PM

Halloween is Saturday, Oct. 31, so we should make sure we have our supply of treats on hand. The little ones (and sometimes not so little ones) come around all dressed up in their favorite characters yelling trick or treat. Also, we should take extra care if we are out and about in our vehicles to watch out for the children. They are too busy to look out for us...

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Back in the routine
Posted Tuesday, October 20, at 2:25 PM

You probably didn't miss me but I have been gone for a week. We took our annual fall trip. This year it was spent in Yorktown, Va. Our grandson turned 14 on Oct. 11. Out of his 14 years, I think we may have missed two birthdays. We spent the first few in Texas, the next several in Virginia at Langley Air Force Base, one in England, and the last three back in Virginia where they now live since our son retired from the Air Force three years ago...

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Finishing up the year
Posted Tuesday, October 13, at 9:28 AM

We are in the last quarter of 2015 and if it passes as quickly as the first three quarters we will be writing 2016 very soon. Fall and lower fuel prices seem to have put most all of us in a better mood. We are almost halfway into October and then time will start moving faster. We will have Halloween for the little ones, Thanksgiving with all of the trimmings, and then Christmas...

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Firefighters deserve a big thank you
Posted Tuesday, October 6, at 12:45 PM

Oct. 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week and young students will be receiving visits from fire fighters and get a close up look at a fire engine. They will be taught about fire safety. One theme I heard was, "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep," every bedroom needs a working smoke detector...

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Meeting the changes of life
Posted Tuesday, September 29, at 2:49 PM

For those of us who were children in the 1950s, teenagers in the 1960s and turn into senior citizens in the 2000s, we have seen a lot of changes. We are known as the baby boomers, a name given to those born post World War II from 1945 to 1964. I am part of that generation that makes up a large percentage of the country. Because we have seen so many changes come about, we don't take things for granted as many of the younger generation seem to...

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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