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Where does the time go?
Posted Wednesday, April 23, at 8:39 AM
Here I go again asking the same old question, where does the time go? It seems just the other day I was introducing the new teachers and staff for a new school year and now I am working on the Town Crier's annual graduation section honoring seniors at Manila, Buffalo Island Central and Riverside High Schools...

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Easter time
Posted Wednesday, April 16, at 2:20 PM

Sunday will be Easter, a time to reflect on who we put our faith in. We celebrate Easter as the day our Lord came out of the grave so all who believe can have eternal life. For those who don't believe in the resurrection, Easter Sunday, like any other Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, is just another day...

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We've come a long way
Posted Tuesday, April 8, at 11:56 AM

When we think of a pioneer we think of early settlers in a covered wagon who made the trek west paving the way for us today. Pioneers come in a lot of forms. I think "Rosie the Riveter" was a pioneer letting the world know just what women are capable of. During the World War II era women were forced to leave the comfort zones of their homes and go to work in the defense plants. That was a major change in life in the 1940s...

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April Fool's Day
Posted Tuesday, April 1, at 10:33 AM

March, along with spring breaks, have come and gone. Today is April 1 -- April Fools' Day. I have read different theories on the origin of April Fools' Day. One explanation was a new calendar in the 1500s changing New Year's Day from April 1 to Jan. ...

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Favorite movies of the past
Posted Tuesday, March 25, at 12:03 PM

I don't go to the movies often so I am not up to date on the good, bad or ugly movies on the big screen today. There was a time when I loved going to the movies and went at least once a week. I rarely missed a Sunday matinee at the New Theater in Manila. ...

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Going into a new season
Posted Tuesday, March 18, at 1:26 PM

First I want to congratulate the area basketball teams for a great season. Teams from Buffalo Island Central, Manila and Riverside all did a great job. We had several teams to go beyond the regular season and represented their schools and our area well...

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What a ride
Posted Tuesday, March 11, at 3:16 PM

Last week I wrote my column about March coming in like a lion and I think most everyone will agree, it did just that. What a week. Schools were out once again with the snow days adding up, and many people could not get out of their drive-ways. It was wide-spread. Not only were my grandchildren who live here out of school, my grandchildren in Virginia got additional snow days. Our weather consisted of freezing rain, sleet, and snow...

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March has arrived
Posted Tuesday, March 4, at 4:27 PM

I have heard it said March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. March is here and I hope it brings some warmer weather. I am ready for springtime, the grass to turn green, the days to get longer, and a good walk around the block. I don't know if I will get what I want but I can hope...

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It's been 50 years
Posted Tuesday, February 25, at 11:51 AM

A half century ago I remember watching the Ed Sullivan Show along with 73 million others and welcoming the Beatles to America. It was in black and white but it was an event. The Beatles arrived on Feb. 7, 1964, and were on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9. We all knew they were coming. John, Paul, George and Ringo -- everyone had a favorite...

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Skills for a lifetime
Posted Tuesday, February 18, at 6:02 PM

Students have been busy celebrating Vo-Educational month during February. I have visited all of the area schools taking pictures of students participating in FFA, FCCLA and FBLA. The students and advisers have been very gracious and welcoming. It has been awhile, but I do remember my years in FHA (Future Homemakers of America) and home economics classes. Today it has been renamed to be more fitting for the times and is called FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America)...

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Helping hands
Posted Tuesday, February 11, at 4:31 PM

Again, I can't say enough about my friends and neighbors across Buffalo Island. As I look over my calendar of events it is obvious we live in a caring, sharing, giving area. I attended the third annual Buffalo Island St. Jude dinner and auction over the weekend. It was obvious people were not looking for bargains but looking to help others. It is held each year "for all of the kids at St. Jude."...

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Gifts of love
Posted Wednesday, February 5, at 4:22 PM

January 2014 is behind us and we are well into another new year. We can look forward to Valentine's Day on Feb. 14. I may not have many male readers, but for those I have, I want to remind them a toaster or vacuum cleaner is not a good Valentine's Day present...

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Common complaints
Posted Tuesday, January 28, at 1:25 PM

I don't know about you, but I am ready for spring. I like living in the part of the country with the changes in all four seasons, but I prefer winter to be a little shorter than the other three. I can't imagine having Christmas in 80 or 90 degree weather. It just would not seem right, but I sure wouldn't mind 60 degree weather through January and February...

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National Pie Day
Posted Tuesday, January 21, at 11:56 AM

Did you know Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, is National Pie Day? I did not know there was such a day until I looked on a calendar that has all of the "special days" marked. Now I will be obligated to bake or create a pie on Jan. 23 of each year. I can't just skip a national day now that I know there is one...

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Fun for all ages
Posted Tuesday, January 14, at 12:49 PM

I have always enjoyed basketball. I played on the first team of girls basketball when it was brought back to Manila High School in 1966. I played basketball during my ninth grade and part of the tenth grade years at Dell High School during our short move to the neighboring district. The year after we returned to Manila girls basketball came back to life...

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Need more ideas
Posted Tuesday, January 7, at 3:28 PM

I am going to have to get out more and try to be a little more observant on what is going on around me. I have been writing this column for about 20 years and I need some new ideas. Good subjects always include family, world events, upcoming holidays, special events, local news, weather, threat of weather, memories of the past, ballgames, and just my own thoughts to ponder...

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It's a new year
Posted Monday, December 30, at 2:35 PM

We are about to start a new year. I think it is good to look back over the year we are leaving behind and do a quick review. We can measure the good and the bad we have experienced; 2013 will soon be history. You have to admit, it is a blessing just to be going into another new year. We can be thankful to the Good Lord for giving us another year...

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Merry Christmas
Posted Monday, December 23, at 1:51 PM

This is my last chance to wish everyone a Merry Christmas 2013. 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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Only seven shopping days left
Posted Tuesday, December 17, at 4:25 PM

The snow and ice finally started melting last week and area schools opened back up on Wednesday. The children and teachers got a five day break (if you count the weekend). Of course they will have to make up three days before the end of the school year. Hopefully, they will not have a lot more weather for them to add to "make-up" days...

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Winter arrives with a blast
Posted Tuesday, December 10, at 5:15 PM

On Wednesday and most of the day on Thursday of last week I was hoping the weather reports were wrong and the predicted winter storm would just disappear. It didn't happen and I had to accept the fact -- the weather reports were correct. When it started I had a fear it would be the freezing rain we had experienced several years ago. Thank goodness, it wasn't as bad as the ice storm of January 2009...

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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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