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Observing April Fool’s Day

Spike_WPApril Fool’s Day is not an official holiday anywhere on the globe. But it’s customarily recognized everywhere. I suppose that’s because there are enough fools to go around.

Leave it to the British to set the etiquette. In the UK, an April fool joke is revealed by shouting at the recipient …but the joking is to cease at midday. A person playing a joke after midday is the “April fool”

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Lost an hour? Well, sleep on it

Spike_WPSomething’s  changed since Daylight Savings took effect. I lost my hour.

My internal clock used to kick me awake more than an hour before the morning alarm. But with the time change, I now awake right on time …which means I lost my “extra” hour. Just to sleep. Like always.

That doesn’t seem fair.

If I’m gonna sleep away my hour, I’d rather it be by a nap at a

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She still takes my breath away

Spike_WPWell, it’s almost a new year and in 2016 Liz and I will embark upon our 41st year in marriage. My wife’s maiden name carries the Gaelic meaning “helpful” or “supportive.” Decades ago I may have changed her surname, but I’m glad tying the knot didn’t change her meaning.

Putting up with someone — and more importantly them putting up with you — for a really long time requires many

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Giddy up Giddy up

Dw.cdrBy comparison to other shows, the car show at Chautauqua this past weekend wasn’t so big. There were enough entries to fill parking spaces on both sides of East Grand from the 4-way stop to city hall, and the quality of those displayed was very good. You might say the attraction was quality rather than quantity and be entirely accurate.

Car shows are more than just the vehicles, of course.

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A Death Greatly Exaggerated

Dw.cdrHe hadn’t stopped by in quite awhile. He sat down in front of my desk, looking very somber as he said, “How ya doin’?”
I thought he was inquiring about my health. So, he rephrased. “I mean, with internet and the bad way for newspapers these days, how’s your business doing?”
I knew what he meant. I’ve been a newspaper hack here approaching 40 long years. A community newspaper’s health

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Remember to Say “Thanks!”

We got a reminder last week on just how fragile the delivery of your newspaper can be.

Many things have to go right and right on time for delivery to be Anormal.@ There are certain stages that narrow the work flow to a precarious place, stages where there simply is no backup or APlan B.@ Things have to work. For instance, the imagesetter MUST work (at

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What Kind of Legacy Are You Building?

That can be a pretty heavy topic to discuss. Sometimes it’s an attention grabber on another request for you to bequeath money to something. Like a college education fund or a benevolent foundation. That’s all well and good, but that’s not what I’m thinking about. You don’t have to have money or some grandiose plan to make a lasting impression or to initiate a new tradition. And you don’t have

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Ranking 2,604th Among the 3,111

I have friends who have lived in numerous locations throughout the world who choose to call Daviess County home. That’s about the nicest compliment we can expect, a “them” wanting to join “us.” And yet, I can’t help but sometimes wonder, “Why?”

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Certainly, when it comes to climate and scenery, we don’t particularly stand out. We have no mountain views (Goat Mountain just outside Gallatin doesn’t count). We have no

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Transparency Taken to a Future Level

We appreciate reader comments. It’s not that we like hearing complaints, but at least it confirms that people are reading. Sometimes there’s even a compliment in the mix.

Recently we published minutes from the Daviess County Board of Equalization meetings. This isn’t the kind of fluff you read on Facebook or even the lighter fare you read elsewhere. Choosing what you read is like eating at a smorgasbord. There are

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