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The Bat


Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, September 25, 2000

There have been radio programs, comic books, and television shows featuring people who have, for reasons of their own, assumed some of the characteristics of the little brown bat. As far as I know, all these attempts to emulate the bat have been fictional. Behaving like a bat in the real world would likely either get one incarcerated or elected to a high state government office. My experience with the brown bat shows they have a strong will to survive, but little drive to right wrongs or to promote the American way.

We are encouraged to love our neighborly bats because of their appetite for mosquitoes. I am convinced that it is this "any enemy of a mosquito is a friend of mine" attitude that helps bats maintain a good public image. It also helps that they do what they do at night, thereby out of sight and out of mind. Simply eating mosquitoes and dining out at night has earned bats the prestige of being a protected animal. Not every flying creature gets such consideration. Imagine if a pigeon got into your house and clung upside down to your new drapes. Would any federal, state, or international law preserve and protect its right not to get whacked with a tennis racket? Not likely.

Bats and I have an understanding. If they leave me alone, I leave them alone. Except one time I have to admit, I played a trick on one. It was purely in the interest of science, of course, not out of meanness. One night, my sons and I were coming in from the barn. The bats were flying and dining at the Green Yard Light Cafe. We stopped to watch them for a moment and admired their ability to find food without the benefit of sight. How good was their radar, we wondered? How can they tell a bug from something inedible? We put them to the test. As the bats swooped in for prey, we began tossing small bits of crushed rock into the air. Within seconds, a hungry bat, no doubt sensing he was in for the main course at the bug buffet, tried to take a junebug-sized rock. We heard his teeth hit the limestone morsel. The befuddled bat continued flying and, we hope, lived long after to tell his grand-bat babies about the monster bug that caused him to be missing a couple eye-teeth. As science goes, that question was answered.

Eventually, a bat or two or three or four find their way past our damper and fly around inside our house. This is an occasion for much screaming and hiding. It would be hard to imagine that the unlawful entry of .....
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Survivors

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

This is a story about survivors.

No, it is not about the gameshow/psychodrama that was recently portrayed on CBS, where neurosis is a developmental skill highly valued by artificially created tribal groups.
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Sams bath

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, a day that you might expect to enjoy in June rather than September. My dog, Sam and I took a walk through the woods while my wife was entertaining some of her friends out on the d ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Corn Bake

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Saute 1 small onion, 1 green pepper, 1/4 cup margarine and 1/2 tsp. salt. combine with 1 can creamed corn, 1 can whole-kernel corn (juice too), 1 small box Jiffy corn muffin mix (8 1/2 oz. size) and 3 well-beaten eggs. Mix and put into a large, grea ..... 
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10/2/00

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, October 2, 2000

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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To the Editor,

The question has been asked, "Are we better off today?" The answer would be "NO" for us who live in Rural American.

There are many so-called solutions to "save" our towns. Tourism, trails and arts will not save ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr., 98, formerly of the Mabel and Burr Oak areas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Harmony Health Care Center where he had resided seven years.

He was born June 21, 1902, in Henrytown and attended school there. On ..... 
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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Oct 1st, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

Mildred S. Johnson was born March 31, 1906 at Amherst, Fillmore County, grew up and attended school in Fillmore County. In ..... 
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