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Mon, May 8th, 2000
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May 8, 2000

My birthday happens to have occurred in the late spring and, while I dont remember much about the day itself, others have told me that I spent the day with my mother. Recent anniversaries of my birth have also been spent with my family. I try to take the day off from work to do some outdoor activity that has been lacking from my daily routine throughout the long winter.

Biking has become one of my favorite birthday activities. The weather, if fit at all, is usually cool enough for an out-of-shape person like me to start exercising without too much stress. An additional benefit to early season biking is that the bugs are few, except for the occasional cloud of gnats that cruelly sacrifice one of their number to die a horrible death beneath my eyelid or up my nose.

If these outings happen to occur on a weekend, our sons come along. The boys are well past the point where we have to help them stay upright on training wheels, but they are not beyond needing to be reminded to stay to the right and stay alert to traffic. Having been raised in the country, they tend to wander on the bike path, thus creating a hazard to serious bikers. We nag to get them to ride single file in the right lane, but it isnt long before they are looking up at the trees or down at the river like country bumpkins admiring a five story brick building in the city.

The whole family wants me to get a new bicycle so that I can keep up with them in style. They all ride multi-speed bikes with ten or fifteen gears out there in the open where you can see them and bend them. My old bike, almost as old as the three kids combined, has three speeds hidden inside the back wheel where they are safe. I shift with a little silver lever fastened to the upward-curving handlebars. This classic bike even has fenders, making it the ultimate "Dad" bike. It has dull black paint and, perhaps worst of all, the widest and springiest seat you will find on any bike anywhere in our part of the state. It may also be one of the few American-made bicycles left on the road.

It is a complete embarrassment for the family to be seen with me. Here I am, their own flesh and blood, riding a rickety, antiquated machine that looks like a refugee from a dumpster. It is no wonder that they whiz smoothly on ahead of me, looking back occasionally to see if it is time to ride for medical assistance. I think they look at me just to be polite. They know Im still back there because .....
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The Ghosts of Gettysburg

Mon, May 8th, 2000
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By Carolyn ThompsonMay 8, 2000

"There are no such things as ghosts," I told myself as I stood in the middle of the battlefield at Gettysburg. "Not even here. They simply don't exist." It was the second day of our senior class trip out east. I ..... 
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fillmorecountyjournal.com

Mon, May 8th, 2000
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May 8, 2000

If everything goes according to plan, one week from today, Monday, May 15, the Fillmore County Journal will have an electronic edition to our regular Monday newspaper.

Yes, the Journal is going online with our own web site ..... 
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Rhubarb Conserve

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4 cups rhubarb, diced
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon orange peel, grated
1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
1/2 cup chopped nuts
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