A summer for the books

School’s out! Summer stretches out before us like a long and indulgent novel.
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Waterville blood drive

A big thank you to all who came out and donated to the Red Cross blood drive on June 21. The units of blood collected could save up to 72 lives. Thank you to the Douglas County Historical Society for sponsoring the drive and displaying the 1919 Red Cross quilt. Thanks also to my loyal volunteers Jana and Sharon and all the businesses that allowed the posters to be displayed. Happy summer. Peg...
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Who are the people in your neighborhood?

Mr. Rogers made the most of his neighborhood. I try to do the same — by walking the different streets in the name of “exercise.”
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Foster Creek Conservation District to establish a Cooperative Weed Management Area for Douglas County

Great news folks! The Foster Creek Conservation District (FCCD) is launching a new program to establish a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) for Douglas County.
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Value-added producers benefit from grants, according to report

Businesses that receive Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) are less likely to fail and are more likely to hire employees, according to a May 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) report.
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Winding down at the end of the season

It’s a wrap. Another school year complete — in the books. TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Finished. Because I am tired. It happens every year.
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Regional library celebrates it’s mail order service

The first mail order library in the country is turning 50 this month.
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Slices of Life | Seven wonders — of life

We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World. Most of us couldn’t name them all.
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Center for Rural Affairs | Overcoming three types of biases

While many people are familiar with the concept of bias, having a deeper understanding of what it is and how it manifests is often the first step in circumventing negative ramifications.
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Jill Pertler | Outworking worry

I worry. We all do. We all have things to fret about and fixate on. Real and legitimate things that could and may go wrong that will mess other things up big time. And lately — oh, lately — doesn’t it seem there are more major, huge and catastrophic issues to occupy our brain space? It seems that way because it is that way and that, in and of itself, is cause for worry. So many volcanic...
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