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Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015
Labor Day weekend
Posted Tuesday, September 1, at 1:22 PM
We will be enjoying Labor Day weekend this week. I did a poll on the webpage asking a favorite thing to do over Labor Day weekend and the majority so far answered "just be lazy." The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882. It was a day created to show appreciation for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894...

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Getting rid of clutter
Posted Tuesday, August 25, at 12:58 PM

I really need to have a yard sale but I just can't seem to pick a date and stay with it. The thought of dragging all of that stuff out of my closet almost reduces me to tears. Usually, I just give everything away if I know someone who can use it. If I don't know of anyone, occasionally I will drop a bag full in one of those drop boxes...

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50/50
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 3:22 PM

I did a poll on the Town Crier's webpage last week asking if anyone favored school in session 12 months a year. There would still be the same amount of classroom days but students would take more, shorter breaks. The vote so far has been 50/50. I suppose being out of school for a summer session was once very much a part of the income for a lot of families in this area...

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What's in a name?
Posted Tuesday, August 11, at 9:12 AM

Do you ever start thinking about something for no reason whatsoever? Well last week I started wondering what the most popular names for 2015 are. I looked into one source listing the most popular names of the year. Again, I didn't find my name on the top 10 list. As a matter of fact, I have never found my name on the top 100 list. I have never seen my name on those cute personalized items such as pens or pencils...

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August days are here
Posted Tuesday, August 4, at 9:55 AM

My husband Dale and I will celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19. We are getting closer to the big golden 50 mark. The changes we have seen in our almost half century of marriage amazes me. Technology has come a long way. When we married we were using typewriters and 10 key calculators...

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Bells will be ringing
Posted Tuesday, July 28, at 11:34 AM

Just a few more weeks and school bells will be ringing throughout the area as the 2015-2016 school year begins. There will be children leaving home for the first time as they start kindergarten or pre-k and older students who will be starting their final year as high school seniors -- the Class of 2016. It just seems like the other day when the school year 2000 arrived and those kindergarten students are adults finishing college...

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Temperatures continue to rise
Posted Tuesday, July 21, at 1:01 PM

Hot, hotter and hottest -- welcome to July in northeast Arkansas. In addition to the heat we have high humidity. It has not been too long ago when we were complaining about the cold and now we can complain about the heat. Temperatures reached 100+ last week. Even our visiting relatives from Florida were complaining about the heat. I also heard a few negative comments about our supply of mosquitoes...

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Camping days remembered
Posted Tuesday, July 14, at 11:46 AM

How many, like me, can remember the tent camping adventures? When our kids were young we tried to experience at least one or two camping trips each summer. My family was all together recently and we were discussing some of our memories from our camping days...

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Happy birthday Leachville
Posted Tuesday, July 7, at 11:54 AM

I know many people worked hard to make the Centennial Celebration for Leachville a success. It is not every day one of our Buffalo Island towns gets to celebrate 100 years and the organizers of the event need to be congratulated for a good job. The all school reunion encouraged even more visitors to return to their hometown of Leachville...

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Independence Day
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 10:31 AM

Too many times we take our independence and freedom 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. There will be a lot of family gatherings, community-wide celebrations, and fireworks held in conjunction with the Fourth of July celebrations...

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Packing to go
Posted Tuesday, June 23, at 9:18 AM

Is packing a problem for anyone else? Most every trip we have ever taken, I end up taking more clothes than I wear and snack food we carry around and then bring back home. The worst part of over packing is having to listen to my husband, Dale, tell me he told me so...

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Family reunions
Posted Tuesday, June 16, at 4:15 PM

I have a family reunion coming up on Saturday. We have a family reunion every year on the third Saturday in June. Family members come from across Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, and Michigan and more. Some cannot come every year and we do miss them when they are not here. We usually have well over 100 attending...

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Don't forget June 21
Posted Tuesday, June 9, at 1:38 PM

June 21, 2015, is a double day to remember. It is Father's Day and it is also the first day of summer. We don't need to worry about the "exact" day summer begins because once the temperature rises we have the open toed shoes out and ready. June is a busy month for my family with the annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life, family reunion and our yearly vacation. I love each event but I am a little tired by the end of the month...

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Keeping a positive attitude
Posted Tuesday, June 2, at 12:49 PM

I try to keep a positive attitude but I don't always succeed. I woke up this morning and realized we are six months into 2015. As hard as I tried to think of the year as having six months left, all I can come up with is where did the last six months go...

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A day to remember
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 11:44 AM

Monday was Memorial Day. I hope everyone enjoyed their day off. The list of what we can do on a long weekend is long. We can enjoy a family barbecue, we can go to the lake, we can catch up on our sleep, or just relax on a Monday morning without having to rush to work...

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Greetings and responses
Posted Tuesday, May 19, at 1:45 PM

Do you ever stop and count the number of greetings we give each day. I am out and about across Buffalo Island on most days and I see a lot of people. Some I know and some I don't, but as a rule, I speak to each one I meet. Sometimes they speak first and I answer and other times I greet them first...

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Signs of the time
Posted Tuesday, May 12, at 1:49 PM

I was traveling from Manila to Caraway last week and I could not help but notice the tractors were out most every where I looked. It had been several days without a rain, the temperature was about 84 degrees and it is the first week in May so it was a normal scene for this area...

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Happy Mother's Day
Posted Tuesday, May 5, at 2:50 PM

At the age of 64+ I am happy to be able wake up on Sunday and wish my mother a Happy Mother's Day face to face. I feel blessed to still have her with me. Mothers have so much wisdom and as long as I can go to her for advice I know I am better off. It is a shame it took me so long in life to realize just how knowledgeable she really is...

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Congratulations to the graduates
Posted Tuesday, April 28, at 11:34 AM

May is about to arrive and hopefully it will be filled with good weather for all to enjoy. May is a busy month in this area as schools are winding down another year and seniors are getting ready to graduate. During their last weeks of high school seniors are very, very busy with activities including their last tests; sports banquets; awards day; senior day; scholarship day; choir concerts; band concerts; looking at colleges; graduation practice and just winding it all up so they can receive the diploma they have worked toward since kindergarten.. ...

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Remembering
Posted Tuesday, April 21, at 3:04 PM

Did anyone remember last week, April 16, was the 17th anniversary of the devastating tornado that came through Manila early morning about 3 a.m. It was something we don't want to remember but it is hard to forget. The houses can be rebuilt and the trees replanted but the loss of the two children and injuries that changed lives will never be forgotten...

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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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