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66 and holding
Posted Tuesday, November 29, at 10:18 AM
Yes, I celebrated another birthday. I have always been bad about transposing numbers but for the next year it will not make a difference when it comes to my age. I turned 66. I can remember when I thought 66 years was really old. I have now changed my mind. I have come to the conclusion there is no such thing as old age. No matter where we are in life, we are not old if we can still get up and go...

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Black Friday is here
Posted Tuesday, November 22, at 9:00 AM

Hopefully everyone is exercised up, caught up on sleep, and ready to go out and shop Black Friday. I remember when Black Friday started in the wee hours of the morning on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Over the last few years shopping sales have started on Thanksgiving evening. ...

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Giving thanks
Posted Tuesday, November 15, at 9:44 AM

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and hopefully we will take time to be thankful. We all learned about the first Thanksgiving in our elementary school days. The Pilgrims had turkey and were thankful for surviving in the new country. Without them, where would we be?...

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A salute to all veterans
Posted Tuesday, November 8, at 8:59 AM

Friday is Veterans Day and there will be ceremonies, parades and special gatherings throughout our country to honor our service men and women who have served us well. Veteran's Day was originally known as Armistice Day. It was set in recognition of the day fighting ceased in World War I, Nov. 11, 1918...

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November has arrived
Posted Tuesday, November 1, at 8:58 AM

November has a lot of days to take notice of, including Daylight Saving Time ending Sunday, Nov. 6 (remember spring forward, fall back); election day on Tuesday, Nov. 8; Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11; BIC Homecoming, Friday, Nov. 18; Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24; and Black Friday, Nov. 25, (which now starts on Thursday). One more important date not on the calender is my birthday, Nov. 19...

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Trick or Treat
Posted Tuesday, October 25, at 11:55 AM

Halloween is Monday so we should make sure we have our supply of candy on hand for the little ones who come around all dressed up in their favorite characters yelling trick or treat. I don't get too excited about Halloween but I don't mind giving out candy to the children if I am at home...

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October is breast cancer awareness month
Posted Wednesday, October 19, at 2:58 PM

A lot of pink is around the area to remind us that October is breast cancer awareness month. The annual campaign originated to increase awareness of the disease. We need the reminder to keep us on our toes. Early detection is very important. Research has come a long way and survival rates have increased. ...

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Getting close to 2017
Posted Tuesday, October 11, at 8:48 AM

We are almost halfway into October giving us only 82 days (counting today) left in 2016. We start on Jan. 1 each year with 365 days (unless it is a leap year and then we can add one. The year is almost gone and we can ask once again, where have the days gone...

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This and that
Posted Tuesday, October 4, at 7:44 AM

Fall 2016 arrived on Sept. 22 and the autumn weather arrived a few days later on Monday, Sept. 26. It was warm through Sunday but Monday was the first full day temperatures stayed in the 70s. I did not complain (came close) but refused to do so. My co-worker came back from lunch on Monday with socks on her feet and I came back with a light sweater. ...

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Fall has arrived
Posted Tuesday, September 27, at 9:21 AM

My favorite time of year has arrived. Fall officially arrived Sept. 22. We did get to enjoy a few of the fall perks such as cooler evenings, a little less humidity, and temperatures not dipping into the high 90s every day before the season actually changed...

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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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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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