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A little of this, a little of that. ~ 12/5/2016


By Kathy Little

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
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According to a Chinese proverb, “Happiness is having something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for in the future.” That sounds like Christmas to me. We all have much to do during the holiday season such as cooking, decorating, shopping, crafting, wrapping, entertaining, and baking. My sisters, my nieces, and I baked cookies for six hours on Friday. It is an annual tradition started by my mom. We use her recipes and her cookie cutters. We tell stories about her. It is oral family history at its finest. The house smells of vanilla, almond, powdered sugar and butter. None of us know much about the stock market but we know about stocking up on dozens of pounds of butter!

Hopefully just like my family, your family also has Christmas traditions. Hopefully all of us have family, friends, and neighbors to love all year long and not just during holidays. It does seem like love is in the air at Christmas. People demonstrate their love for total strangers. They walk around with smiles on their faces and see the world as kind and bright and merry. If only this spirit of generosity and good will could be bottled so it would last even in January and February and July.

Christmas is the season of hope. Hope for peace and prosperity. Hope for more time for the youngest and oldest family members. Hope for appreciation and gratitude for what we already have. Each of us need to recognize the blessings we don’t have to buy and wrap. Sometimes we all get so wrapped up in doing that we don’t take time for appreciating. So feel free to give yourself a “time out” to renew and refresh your batteries. Consider it a gift to yourself and others around you.





Quick Chicken Tortilla Bake



2 cans of cream of chicken soup

1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

12 6- or 7-inch corn tortillas cut into narrow bite-size strips

3 cups cubed cooked chicken

1 cup shredded taco cheese



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl combine soup and undrained tomatoes and set aside. Sprinkle 1/3 of the tortilla strips in an ungreased 3-quart baking dish. Layer half of the chicken over the strips; evenly spoon half the soup mixture over the top. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with the remaining strips. Bake covered, about 40 minutes or until bubbly around the edges and center is hot. Uncover, .....
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A View From The Woods ~ 11/28/16

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
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Water is Life I stayed up late, painting my protest placard. Using an old yard sign from a political campaign in the distant past, I painted over both sides. Then, I carefully printed the words, “Water is Life” in periwinkle blue and added wavy ..... 
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Recycling 101 ~ 11/28/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
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Many of the residents of Fillmore County are concerned with the environment and are dedicated recyclers. A great number of these people enjoy reading some of the facts and figures that are associated with recycling. This is the second article wher ..... 
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Sue's Muse ~ Gilbert’s bike ride

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Nov 14th, 2016
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Another fine Indian Summer day has dawned, beckoning us to the bike trail. After a quick stop by the apple tree for treats later, and a supply of water for all of us, we pedal off in the golden light. The trail in our area has several long hills, ea ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 11/7/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
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By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator I have been looking over some of the articles that have been written since I started this job. The next few articles will contain information I have collected from different sources, including ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 11/7/16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
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Eating at the kids’ table during the holidays is one of my favorite memories. The food was great, but the company was superb. As the oldest cousin, I was put in charge by trusting adults. It worked to everyone’s advantage. The adults had som ..... 
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The haunted house

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis One sunny day, my sister Vange and I set off on a great adventure. I was nine and Vange was thirteen. We were heading for the “haunted” house, a two-mile walk from our home, along Second Street Pike. When we arrived at our de ..... 
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Recycling 101 ~ 10/24/16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
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Did you participate in the Fillmore County Hazardous Household Waste Collection held recently? The weather was exceptionally nice and gave many of you the opportunity to clear a lot of that unwanted stuff out of your homes. How many visitors did ..... 
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Sue's Muse - Gilbert and bicycles

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
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Fall has finally come, with the appearance of pumpkins and changing leaves heralding this colorful season. Crisp fall days have been perfect for a ride on the bike trail. Since Lu retired the beginning of this year, leisurely rides with Gilbert on th ..... 
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