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Toledo Farmers Market

The first market of the season was held on Friday, May 4. There were 13 vendors with an abundance of items to sell. Some of the items were asparagus, spinach, winter onions, radishes, rhubarb, chicken eggs, noodles, herbs, dry hot pepper, jams, jellies, snacks, bakery, homemade angel food ...

On the road to Laramie

Shifting gears a bit and doing something I have never done before, I met my friend and neighbor Derek at the head of the lane. He is driving a Freightliner. A freightliner is the tractor part of a tractor trailer combination.My intention was to experience what it is to be an over the ...

Mother’s Day—Special moments

Years ago when our three daughters were just tykes, Deb had the opportunity to go on an overnight retreat with some of her lady friends and wondered if I could "hold down the fort" while she was away. Haruumph!Of course I could. Being a mom can't be that tough. Heck, what does she do all day ...

Toledo Farmers Market

When this article goes to print we will have our first market under our belt. I do hope there was some produce there for you the customer to purchase. You would think with the early warm weather we had, our gardens would be bursting with young sprouts of vegetables. That is not happening at ...

Dummies in School

Editor's note: Mike is taking a short break from the routine of his column. Here is an offering from a few years ago.When I was in school, I was part of a legacy of sorts. Our class was one of notable exception to the norm. We were an anomaly, a spike that rode time through the school system. ...

The art (or lack thereof) of vandalism

Have you ever been vandalized? Had something stolen from your yard? Something nice you built and placed on your lawn and woke up to see it broken? Now, I don't mean having your yard "TP'd" or even your windows soaped? Do they soap windows anymore? That was the result of my criminal background ...

Toledo Farmers Market

Clip and SaveIt's that time of year, time for the Toledo Farmers' Market to start. The Toledo Farmers' Market season runs May 4th-October 26th, Fridays from 5-7pm on the east side of the courthouse square in downtown Toledo rain or shine.Toledo has a great market. All of our vendors grow the ...

Our moral compass

If it weren't for certain ethics and a moral sense, the world would descend into chaos. If there were no laws, and no organized religion to imbue certain moral qualities, society would not be civil and the law of the jungle would prevail.From an early age, those with responsible parents are ...

People Are Weird

Call it what you will; weird, strange, eccentric, uncommon, bizarre or just plain crazy, but we human beings have our own personal idiosyncrasies. Except me of course. Everything about me is normal. But everyone else is different. But to be fair, being different is what makes living amongst ...

The great train adventure

I've told this story before in this space. It was many years ago, and I only had three readers then. Thanks Mom! I decided to rewrite it and tell the story again.It is not possible to rewrite history, although there are some who will try. Be assured, these events did indeed happen. My rewriting ...