Booster Club reviews activities, looks ahead

The Waterville Shocker Booster Club is alive and well.
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What if the workers owned it?

By Brian Depew Center for Rural Affairs The owners of a mid-sized manufacturing plant in a nearby small town were ready to retire, but no one in the next generation was interested in taking over. The plant was sold to an out-of-state buyer with no local ties. The business was profitable, but the new owners chose to merge operations and close the local plant. The story is familiar in small towns....
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USDA comment period is extended for three ‘Farmer Fair Practice Rules’

There is still time to comment on three “Farmer Fair Practice Rules” introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in December. The comment period has been extended to March 24.
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Lawmakers must consider costs of all taxes

As lawmakers in Olympia inch toward adjournment, they must keep in mind the total added costs of new taxes on our state’s economy. It is not just about the taxes and fees they impose.
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Ask about Whole-Farm Revenue Protection

Many farmers rely on crop insurance to help manage the risks of farming. Crop insurance is known for covering major commodity crops, however, there’s a new crop insurance policy that expands what commodities farmers can insure.
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Rescuing America’s health care system

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is necessary to prevent Americans from suffering the consequences of this failed and unraveling law.
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When you dig deeper, President Trump’s ‘tough talk’ on trade doesn’t sound as good

When President Trump spoke to Boeing workers at its South Carolina production facility, he reiterated his campaign promise to bring jobs back to America.
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Time to call your legislators

With legislative sessions in full swing, it is vital for rural constituents to contact legislators regarding issues that affect our communities.
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Letter to the Editor

Waterville blood drive Thanks so much to everyone who donated life-saving blood at the Feb. 23 drive. To Chapter Z PEO, thank you for supplying the yummy sandwiches and homemade goodies, and for serving the donors. The drive took in 17 units, which could save up to 51 lives. There is always a need for blood to help accident victims, cancer patients, premature infants and other patient needs...
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Pollinators are essential for the world’s many crops

The majority of Americans pay little attention to pollinators — bees, butterflies, wasps, moths and other insects.
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