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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

No boys allowed | Mark’s Remarks

When I first started teaching almost 25 years ago, there were only a few men on the staff. In my own particular grade level,...

The secret to lower grocery bills | Planet Ryan

By RYAN LEDENDECKER Columnist Did you know that back in 1913, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, a loaf of bread would set you...

Summertime memories | Planet Ryan

What an absolutely awesome past few weeks of weather we’ve had. Am I right? I recall a column I wrote last year at about...

Listen to the words | Mark’s Remarks

Go figure. I like to listen to the oldies station. If you’ve read any of my columns about my love of history, that will...

The magic of an ordinary birthday | Mark’s Remarks

Bless Andrea Degenhart’s heart. Every year she wishes me a happy birthday in her column. You would think that all of us at the Republic-Times...

The airwaves | Mark’s Remarks

In my hometown, we have a little radio station that started broadcasting in the 1950’s. I grew up listening. In the mornings, there would be...

Leave no crop behind | Planet Ryan

Back in mid-May, I told you about my near-insatiable urge to plant a garden. Perhaps it’s just one of those things you feel you...

Waiting for Rosie | Mark’s Remarks

I know most of you remember watching "The Jetsons" when you were a kid. Or maybe when your kids were kids, or whatever. The...

The night the lights went out | Mark’s Remarks

Recently, we had a power outage that was, I thought, wonderful. It seemed everything halted for a time. We lit candles and sat around...

How hard is it to smile? | Mark’s Remarks

I went to a local business office not too long ago. A lot of you must go there from time to time. I will...

The Rodent Destroyers | Planet Ryan

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with snakes. I’m not talking about keeping a house full of them in cages...

The Hex | Mark’s Remarks

I don’t really believe in hexes, but I do something I call putting a “hex” on old houses. Maybe it should be called "saying...
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