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Turning the Page


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

“So quickly yesterdays become tomorrows memories!” It was 1964. Glenn’s family in Minneapolis tidied up the vestiges of Christmas, packed their suitcases into two cars and headed across the country to Pennsylvania, where Glenn and I were being married. The group included Glenn’s Mom and Dad, his brother Rodney and his wife Julie, his brother Jerry and his wife Grace and their little girl (not yet two) and Glenn’s youngest brother, Keith.

No sooner had they crossed the Mississippi River than a winter storm overtook them. As the miles fell away, the blizzard showed no signs of abating. They were encompassed in a swirling white veil, severely limiting visibility and challenged by the icy roads. During a pit stop they discussed turning back, but by this time they were halfway to their destination and clearly committed. Besides, Nyenhuises never give up. It’s not in their DNA! They kept on doggedly and in time were rewarded. The snow diminished once they got through the mountains of western Pennsylvania. When they arrived at the suburbs north of Philadelphia, they found the area was experiencing unseasonably warm weather. The scenery transitioned from white to lawns of green grass.

They were greeted with hugs and jubilation as my family crowded around them and whisked them off to meet their prospective hosts and get them settled in their new digs. They wended their way through the hilly countryside with fields and woods past farm houses built of brownstone in the 1700s when our country belonged to England. The populace in that area are spread out through a scattering of small towns linked by a labyrinth of country roads, some sixteen feet wide, paved carriage paths. Jerry, Grace and Amy stayed with Glenn in his apartment in Hatboro. The others ended up with friends and family in Huntingdon Valley and Southampton. I was living with my parents in Willow Grove. The church where we were to be married was a Cathedral, high on a hill, in Bryn Athyn.

Grace and Julie set aside a day to tour Philadelphia. They took a train into the city where they were met by my friend, Eleanor, who agreed to show them around. They were intrigued by the row houses. In some places the streets were brick or cobblestone. There is much to see: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the statue of William Penn which looks down on the city from the top of City Hall.

New Year’s Eve there was a gathering of the Nyenhuis fa .....
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One Moment, Please... The Guardians

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

As the father of two beautiful children, ages five and eight, I cannot imagine what the parents of those 20 murdered Sandy Hook Elementary School children must be feeling today. Their healing will only come with time, and maybe never. Since the s ..... 
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Ah, Christmas

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

As I spent two months earlier this year first recovering from having four wisdom teeth extracted and then in good old garden-variety unemployment, the rest of this year has barreled on like a runaway train. In my mind, I lost two months, and it stil ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In the December 17 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the figures presented in regards to the Rushford-Peterson referendum were listed as projected tax impacts when they were tax levy figures presented by the district at the Forum held Monday, De ..... 
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“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

This well-known line from the movie Cool Hand Luke (1967) is perhaps more relevant today. With a plethora of communication devices contributing to superficial noise and serving to interrupt many face-to-face conversations, the ability to communicate ..... 
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Why vote ‘NO’ for R-P Referendum?

By Jon Peterson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Ten years ago the residents of the R-P school district, in a bonding referendum, overwhelmingly told the district they wanted their current facilities maintained and improved. Several things the district deemed necessary were done (such as new bleac ..... 
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Why vote ‘YES’ for R-P Referendum?

By Angela Colbenson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Angela Colbenson R-P School Board Chair On December 19, Rushford Peterson school district will be asking their voters to approve up to 15 million dollars to be utilized for building a new elementary building plus utilize a small portion to reha ..... 
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One Moment, Please... It could always be worse

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

I have not written a commentary in many, many weeks, and there is a reason why. Dating back to October 25, 2012, I started down a path that would ultimately result in surgery. I had a crippling kidney stone episode that was initially identified ..... 
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Why build now, why build in two phases, and why build an elementary first?

By Robin Honken

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Submitted by Robin Honken, Ruth Peterson, Anne Spartz Most of us know the issues with both the Peterson and Rushford Facilities. If you don’t, we ask that you request a tour of the buildings and see for yourself the crumbling walls, inefficient s ..... 
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