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Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:14 PM


A boy was born July 1 to Brittni Stevenson and Nick Burden of Elida.

A girl was born July 1 to Amanda and Richard Maag of Fort Jennings.

Finally, I’m the Bingo Queen!
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

I won’t insult anyone by saying I never win anything. I have won a thing or two in my day but I NEVER WIN at Bingo!

It never used to bother me because I enjoy playing. I enjoy the suspense. I like waiting breathlessly for the caller to say B-5 or N-27 — the last number I need for Bingo. And usually, it just doesn’t happen.

I found out I’m pretty much a poor loser when there are big-ticket items involved — like, let’s say, purses.

I attended the first Canal Days Purse Bingo and I was so excited. Some people are into shoes, some people are into hats — I love purses! I don’t have a lot. Just a few select ones I just couldn’t live without.

I went to the Purse Bingo with a friend and we found a few more to sit with and then we were off. The caller was flying through the balls and still no Bingo. A few cards held only two or three sad little dabs. When the purse I had my eye on came up the butterflies started in my stomach and I held my breath with each new call. I just had to have that purse!

Well, that didn’t happen and I am ashamed to say it made me a little angry. OK, I was mad. I wanted that purse!

So, the rest of the games I pouted as purse after purse went to someone else. All I wanted was the Bingo madness to stop.

Then, on the way home, the lady who won my purse was walking north on Main Street toward my house. Hmm. I had a few evil thoughts and then I went home and pouted some more.

Bingo returned to Canal Days the next two years and every time someone asked me if I was going to play, I just shook my head and said I had to be somewhere else. Why put myself through all that? I was also a little embarrassed by my own actions and feelings the first time. Really, Nancy. Pouting over Purse Bingo?

Tips for healthier, happier life
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:00 PM

About 15 years ago a colleague of mine came across a list of 20 ways to make our lives more pleasant. Some of them relieve stress, some are timesavers and all will lead you to a healthier, happier way of life.

The advice is good for people of all ages. Most are simple, common sense ways to face life’s challenges. See how many you can embrace.

1. Get enough sleep. If necessary, use an alarm clock to remind you to go to bed on time.

2. Don’t rely solely on your memory. Write down when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc.

3. Don’t put up with things that don’t work right. If something is a constant aggravation, get it fixed or replace it.

4. Plan ahead. Don’t let the gas tank get below one-quarter full, keep a well-stocked “emergency shelf” of supplies at home.

5. Make friends with nonworriers. Stress is contagious.

6. An instant cure for most stress: 30 minutes of brisk walking or other aerobic exercise.

7. Forget about counting to 10. Count to 1,000 before doing something or saying anything that could make matters worse. Another way—write out your anger in the sand near the water’s edge.

8. Take your scissors to your credit cards. Wait until you can pay cash for things you don’t absolutely need.

9. Think of your next embarrassing situation as an episode on TV’s “Candid Camera.”

10. Every day, make time for some solitude.

11. Schedule a realistic day. Allow ample time between appointments so you don’t have to rush, worry and apologize for being late.

12. Talk it out. Discussing your problem with a trusted friend can help clear your mind of confusion so you can concentrate on problem solving.

The time is now
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, June 29, 2014 7:36 PM )

I once again write to suggest that the time has come to consider legislation in Ohio to allow for the sale and use of the full line of consumer fireworks.

Consumer fireworks are safer today than they have ever been in the history of our country. John Adams, in a prophetic 1776 letter to his wife Abigail, suggested that the Independence Day holiday “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”

Today in America, we celebrate as John Adams suggested with the modern version of bonfires and illuminations, that being barbecues and fireworks. Nothing could be more patriotic, and nothing else quite suffices for the Fourth of July.

In 1994, the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory first began testing consumer fireworks at the factory level in China for compliance with U.S. manufacturing and performance standards. Since 1994, the use of fireworks in America has increased some 77 percent from 117,000,000 pounds to 207,500,000 pounds in 2012.

Excuses, excuses
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM

We’ve all been there. You’re sick and you miss a few days of work and need a doctor’s slip saying you were too sick to work but now you’re all better and can rejoin your co-workers.

What if you’re not sick and you want a day off or maybe just an afternoon to … watch the U.S. mens soccer team play for a spot in the next round in the FIFA World Cup.

Most wouldn’t dare sneak away from the factory or office for such a thing. What if it was OK? What if it was sanctioned by U.S. Men’s National Team head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann and carried the seal of someone really important … like the President?

On Thursday, Klinsmann posted this for Americans to print off and take to work to gain a few hours off the clock to cheer for the U.S. team.

To whom it may concern:

Please excuse (insert name) from work on Thursday, June 26th.

I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause. The #USMNT has a critical World Cup game vs. Germany and we will need the full support of the nation if we are to advance to the next round.

By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA!

Jurgen Klinsmann

Head Coach

U.S. Men’s National Team


I wish more occasions cropped up like this. I’m sure it brought a smile to or two and perhaps bosses were willing to look the other way for an hour or so in support of the team. New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo fell in line and gave all state employees an extra hour for lunch to catch the game.

I haven’t been watching a lot of the FIFA World Cup; just enough to know that I don’t understand the rules and Marouane Fellaini has some fine hair. He rocks it! I love the caterpillar eyebrows, too. He knows who he is, has no apologies and has used the beautiful bouffant to score goals.

Cameron played soccer for a couple of years. He played defense and wasn’t bad. He said he just got tired of running. Um, it is soccer.

I have found myself following a play and all of a sudden the inner dialogue starts: Oh, to the left. No, no, no. Don’t go that way. Yes, pass it to him and then get back. Yes. Run. No, no. Don’t kick it from there. How did you think that shot could ever have been a goal? Oh, man. Now it’s all the way down at the other end.

I love the goalie mitts, too. Nothing like some big ol’ cartoon hands to make the game fun.

Dang. Now I want to see Fellaini with the mitts on and that big hair.