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This year my family and I said goodbye to a very dear friend. For many years, this friend has been a guest in our home during the entire Christmas season. Over the past few years, we have sadly watched as our friend’s physical condition slowly began to fail. With so many wonderful memories, …

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I thought it would be fun to visit with a few local families and learn about the traditions that are part of their holiday celebrations. I posed the question on The Ark City Ask and Answered Facebook page, and received some enthusiastic responses.

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I don’t know how many times I have heard people say that their vote doesn’t matter, that one vote more or less is insignificant. The results of a recent election have proven that statement to be untrue.

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I just don’t understand it, how can it be November already? How is it possible for this year to be almost over? Have the days become shorter? Is the clock ticking faster? Where did all the days, weeks, and months of 2019 go? 

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When fall arrives in Cowley County, there is no shortage of fun things to do. After the bluegrass festival in Winfield, get ready for the  Last Run Car Show, Art in the Park, Arkalalah, and then it’s time for Halloween. 

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The Walnut Valley Festival is nothing short of amazing. While bluegrass is not my favorite genre of music, I can’t help being mesmerized by the skill of the musicians. 

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When it comes to local restaurants, our choices in Arkansas City are somewhat limited. But when it comes to pizza, our crust runneth over. And from what I hear, we may soon have a few more. 

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When I was a child, camping out in a tent was a lot of fun. I never seemed to notice the hard ground, the insects, or the hot, muggy nights. But as an adult, I have no desire to rough it, so 16 years ago my wife and I purchased a used camper. 

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A friend of mine owns a large rural property a few miles south of Pratt. The only residents are the cows, horses, goats and a donkey named Jack. Sometimes Jack gets a bit loud, but the animals never cause any real problems. 

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The Cowley County Fair is once again in full swing. Considering the amount of flood damage that the fairground received,  having the fair still take place this year, and on schedule, is something to celebrate.  

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During the last 65 years, I have learned how to do a wide variety of important things. I’ve learned how to follow instructions, take care of my belongings, work hard and play nice with others. 

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Another Independence Day is in the history books. According to our first responders in Ark City where fireworks are legal, the only major incident was a vehicle fire caused by a roman candle. That incident occurred in the country.

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The website Roadsnacks is at it again. According to their findings, Arkansas City ranks third on their list of the top 10 ghetto cities in Kansas. We are also accused of having the 8th dumbest population in the state. 

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Do you know the Ray Bradbury story, “All Summer in a Day”?

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Last week I watched my granddaughter graduate from high school. My wife and I sat in the hot sun with her parents and other family members and cheered loudly as we watched her walk across the stage. 

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Sometimes history just smacks me in the eye. And sometimes it tells me that I may have been part of something big and dangerous, but I got off easily.

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I have always believed that theft and vandalism are two of the lowest activities that one human can intentionally do to another. To steal or destroy something that another person has worked hard to acquire is nothing less than despicable. 

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Being a homeowner is a wonderful thing. It feels good to have a place where you can make any changes that you want without having to get anyone’s approval. If you want to hang a picture, you just do it. If you want to repaint, or even knock out a wall, no one is going to stop you. It’s yours…

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I have been a member of Facebook for more than 10 years. For the most part, it’s been an enjoyable experience. I like being able to gather my friends and relatives into a special “room” where we can all interact with each other. 

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Recently some friends of mine found it necessary to put down one of their beloved pets. The dog had been very sick, and the couple had spent a small fortune on vet bills, trying to restore their pet’s health. In spite of those efforts, the vet finally had to admit that there was nothing left…

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Recently as I was exploring the Internet, I came upon an article that caught my attention. According to a report, entitled, the 42nd National Movers Study, produced by United Van Lines, Kansas is not a very popular state. The report said our state is one of 10 that people are anxious to leave. 

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Most pet owners will agree that their pets are much more than just animals. They are beloved members of the family. The loss of a family member, even when it is a pet, is never easy to deal with. It feels even worse when it occurs during the holiday season.

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When the Christmas season rolls around, I never get tired of seeing the colorful decorations, especially the beautiful Christmas trees. Each Christmas tree is as unique and special as the families who decorate them. Every tree has a story of its own to tell and presents a display of the fami…

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While many people are just now starting to think about Christmas, my wife has been "thinking Christmas" almost nonstop since the season ended last year. Throughout the year, she has purchased countless rolls of yarn and worked diligently to turn them into shawls, gloves, hats and a host of o…

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Playing Santa Claus for Ark City’s “Merry Monday” is something my family and I look forward to every year. My wife of course portrays Mrs. Claus and my son takes on the role of Elf Ebenezer Sugarcane. 

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