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Friend writes another chapter in rags-to-riches bowling saga

More Than a Game

So I was sitting on the couch trying to find a second NFL game to watch on my picture-in-picture set up last Sunday when I stumbled upon bowling on ESPN. I was about to switch the channel to one of the Sunday Ticket games on DirecTV when I noticed a familiar face on the screen.

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At 21 even the greatest among us may not be done growing up – Part 3

Your Turn

In 1895, arriving from New York City, Winston Churchill landed on the sweltering island of Cuba where a revolution had dragged on for more than 30 years. Churchill’s goal in going to Cuba was twofold: He was a soldier and wanted to see what war looked like, but a second problem nagged at him.

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A look back at 2013 music highlights

DJ's Music Trivia

The old saying really is true. “Life is like a roll of toilet paper — the closer one’s life is to being over, the faster it unrolls.” And, boy, 2013 seemed to just fly by for me!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

DJ's Music Trivia

With parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting and caroling out in the snow; with scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago, Christmas for many is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

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At 21 even the greatest among us may not be done growing up – Part 2

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Last week we left 21-year-old Winston Churchill gazing landward as his ship approached New York City, where he was about to learn that there was more to life than the stodgy attitudes he had absorbed during his then short and aristocratically sequestered life.

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Obamacare good for some, troubling for others

The Greasy Pole

Had one of those days when the news actually mattered.

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Middle Schools: A failed experiment?

The Payson Unified School District faces wrenching changes — and deep questions about how to accommodate both state and federal mandates.

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No doubt about it – baby, it’s cold outside!

DJ's Music Trivia

As I’m writing this week’s article, I can’t help but look up and notice how empty our beautiful Green Valley Park is today.

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Even the greatest among us may not be done growing up at age 21

Your Turn

I mean no irreverence to Winston Churchill in writing this. I use him as an example because it seems so impossible that he, of all people, could have said some of the things he said when he was young.

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Time is flying toward year’s end

DJ's Music Trivia

It seems like just yesterday that we were sitting outside listening to the bands play at the summer concerts in the park and watching the annual fireworks display over the lake at Green Valley Park.

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Some parents have the knack of raising children with a light hand

Your Turn

I was writing about Mom last week when something intriguing popped into my head. We were talking about the questions I asked Mom. I could only remember a couple of important ones; probably because I’ve forgotten the simple ones all kids ask when they’re young.

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Give thanks and help Salvation Army

DJ's Music Trivia

This weekend marks the 392nd anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, when in fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and the local Wampanoag people sat down to celebrate a successful harvest and give thanks.

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What is happiness?

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My mother, God bless her, was quite ordinary the way we ordinarily judge people. And yet, every time anyone ever said anything about Mom it was always more than just a nice comment, it was a rave review.

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In the shadow of winter

The little girl eyed the goose warily.

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Runners take your mark ... get set ...

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And at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 the gun will sound for more than 100 runners in this year’s version of Payson’s annual 5K (3.1 miles) Turkey Trot. Serious runners and weekend joggers, zealous youngsters and slow-but-steady octogenarians will race from Green Valley Park, west on Main Street to the course’s turnaround point at the sanitary plant, then huff and puff their way back to the finish line at the park.