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Monday, Sep. 26, 2016
Remembering a friend
Posted Tuesday, September 20, at 8:36 AM
I want to share my column this week to remember a friend I recently lost. Friends come along at different stages of our lives. This friend came along just in the last 15 or 16 years of my life. I only had the opportunity to meet with her once or twice a year when she came to help her dad organize and host the annual Lost Cane and surrounding area's annual reunion. ...

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Remembering 9/11
Posted Tuesday, September 13, at 11:57 AM

Current events eventually become history but some are unforgettable. We not only remember the act, we remember where we were when it happened. Sunday was the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States -- one of the worst days most of my generation will remember. In the world we live in today we are able to watch the news instantly and I would dare say most of us were glued to the television on that day in history...

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Grandparents Day is Sunday
Posted Tuesday, September 6, at 9:49 AM

Grandparents Day is Sunday, Sept. 11, and I encourage everyone who has grandparents living to make it a point to call or visit them. For those of us who have lost our grandparents, I hope we all take a few minutes to reflect on a fond memory we have of those special people whose first name began with Grand...

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A day off for the working people
Posted Tuesday, August 30, at 9:13 AM

Labor Day Weekend is coming up giving many people a three day weekend to enjoy as many workers are off and kids get their first day out of school for the 2016-2017 school year. There are a lot of festivities going on and it sounds like Leachville will be the place to be on Saturday, Sept. 3. The annual Harvest Festival (formerly called Watermelon Festival) will have something for all ages throughout the day. It sounds like a great line-up they have on schedule...

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Friday night lights are ready to come on
Posted Tuesday, August 23, at 8:47 AM

Okay, football is about to begin. Fans will have the opportunity to meet area football players who are featured in a special edition in today's Town Crier. Manila junior and senior high teams will actually begin tonight (Aug. 23) with a scrimmage game at Harrisburg...

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Happy Anniversary to us
Posted Tuesday, August 16, at 9:17 AM

Some how the number of our anniversary years seem to have passed our birthday years. I know that is impossible but it just seems the other day when I was 49 and holding. When I did the math I discovered I have been over 50 for almost 16 years. Okay, I know 39 or 49 holding for me is long gone and it will not be coming back. Age is like the weather, it is what it is and we have to accept it. No changing it...

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VBS still important
Posted Tuesday, August 9, at 9:00 AM

Our country church, New Harmony Baptist Church, recently completed Vacation Bible School. We had an average of 20 children, five teen helpers and eight or 12 adult workers. Vacation Bible School has been around a long time. I can remember attending VBS in my youth days...

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Ready for some heat relief
Posted Wednesday, August 3, at 8:42 AM

Has it always been this hot in July and August? Surely it was not or we would never have survived those growing up years without air conditioning. Maybe it is the the global warming we hear so much about. It really might be we just cannot take the heat anymore in this day of air conditioning...

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It is time to stop the violence
Posted Tuesday, July 26, at 8:47 AM

Over the last few weeks we have been overwhelmed with police officers killing suspects, police officers being shot, crowds of people mowed down with a big truck, and other evil acts all over the world. No matter how many times I hear about these events, I am always in disbelief of what people are capable of...

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Four weeks and counting
Posted Tuesday, July 19, at 8:43 AM

Summer break is passing fast. In less than four weeks the bells will be ringing for our area schools. Manila, Riverside and Buffalo Island Central students will begin the 2016-2017 school year on Monday, Aug. 15. Riverside East will start its first full year in the new elementary building, Manila is in the process of building a new high school and BIC is in the process of building a new junior/senior high school in Monette and a new elementary school in Leachville. ...

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Diet time again
Posted Monday, July 11, at 1:51 PM

I have lost and gained the same 25 pounds many times in my life. I have been on many diets. Some work, some don't, some better, some worse. I don't want to advertise for any one diet plan but there really are some good, healthy diets out there that really work well. At one time or another I have been on most of them. For the life of me I can't figure out why I don't just stay on one forever and leave off the apple pie...

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Six months left in 2016
Posted Tuesday, July 5, at 9:40 AM

Another Fourth of July has come and gone which means half of 2016 is history. Like the proverbial half-filled glass of water, we can think, "great, we have half the year left," or we can think, "woe is me, the year is half over." However we look at it, we have six months left of the year with upcoming holidays Labor Day Sept. 5; Thanksgiving Nov. 24; and Christmas Dec. 25...

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Independence Day
Posted Tuesday, June 28, at 2:21 PM

It is time for my annual Fourth of July reminder to be thankful for the freedom we enjoy. Too many times we take our independence for granted. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, we should take a little time to think about what it took to get us here and what it has taken to keep us here...

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Looking for the good
Posted Monday, June 20, at 2:03 PM

Life is filled with good things and if we don't dwell on the bad we should be able to realize each new day is a gift. We can choose how we will spend it. Have you ever noticed how contagious moods can be? I can be in a good mood and start listening to the woes of the world and the next thing you know, I am right there thinking there is nothing good going on...

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Don't forget dad
Posted Tuesday, June 14, at 11:17 AM

Sunday will be Father's Day, a day set aside to honor our fathers. We know we should honor them every day but it certainly doesn't hurt to have a day just for them. Too many times fathers get left out of the circle of things because they are men. My generation was brought up to think men are not supposed to be as sentimental as women. Therefore, we would never forget Mother's Day but we sometimes think Father's Day wouldn't mean as much to dads...

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Days of June
Posted Tuesday, June 7, at 10:58 AM

We can officially call the season summer since school is out. Actually the first day of summer will not arrive until Monday, June 20, the day after Father's Day. As I have done in the past, I looked at the June calendar to see what National Days we have ahead to celebrate...

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Where to go? What to do?
Posted Wednesday, June 1, at 10:11 AM

School is officially out and it is time for families to start planning their summer vacations. Many people with young athletes plan trips around their children's summer ball schedules. A lot of kids today play basketball all year round or play on baseball/softball traveling teams in addition to their regular season. ...

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Let's remember
Posted Tuesday, May 24, at 1:46 PM

Monday is Memorial Day 2016. We should all take time from our busy schedule to remember. Memorial Day lets us know summer is near, the end of another school year has arrived, and most of us will get a three day holiday. Memorial Day has a much deeper meaning than just another day off work. It is a time to remember the men and women who have died while serving our country. They left their homes and families so we would not have to. Many gave their lives and we should never forget...

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Summer break is near
Posted Tuesday, May 17, at 10:11 AM

With the seniors graduated, I am sure the underclassmen are counting the days until summer break. I can still remember getting excited at the end of each school year. Three months without school seemed like heaven. Even as a child I was always making plans ahead of time. I wanted to know today where I was going and what I would be doing next week at this time...

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Graduation 2016
Posted Tuesday, May 10, at 10:14 AM

I know I have written several articles leading up to graduation and now graduation week has arrived. Buffalo Island Central will graduate on Thursday; Riverside seniors will graduate on Friday; and Manila seniors will graduate on Monday. All the classes are over, the grades are in and I want to congratulate all of the young men and women who will be going onto the next phase of their lives...

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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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