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Columns

  • Talkin’ ‘bout my generation

    By Ken Rechtin

    Baby Boomer

    Turning 65 and eligible for Medicare? Or are you on Medicare now? Then this column is for you! It’s open enrollment time!

    I’ll bet you are being besieged with numerous solicitations!

    Confused by parts A, B, C and D (and whatever other famous letters of the alphabet there may be.)

    My brother Nick is turning 65 next month. He reports receiving over 40 mailings in one month. This exceeds offers he has received for credit cards!

  • Historical society readies for holiday production of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

    The Port William Historical Society is an organization in motion.  Our new meeting schedule, rotating between a historic game or craft, a speaker or demonstrator, and a business meeting, helps keep the meetings fresh and different.  So far this year we have had Larry Jones and his arrowhead collection, made cornhusk dolls, learned how to make whimmydiddles and played whist. 

  • Memories of fried chicken, the way Grandma made it

    Just wondering as I wander: Does anyone fry chicken at home anymore? I would love to have some fixed the way my grandmother and mother did.

    They would bring in whole chickens from Caldwell’s Grocery in Williamstown, stand at the sink and cut them up.  Pieces would then sit a bit in a bowl of salt water, I think.  Or was it buttermilk at grandmother’s house?  She might have used lard for frying in the big cast iron skillet, but my mother always used Crisco.

  • Conventions attract our attention

    This week it’s the Democrats turn, and coverage of the party’s national convention begins. I watched a good bit of the Republican convention last week, but my real fascination has always been with the usually more raucous party.  Remember what Will Rogers said, “I am not a member of any organized party; I’m a Democrat.”

  • Get a head start on the holidays with a fitness, eating plan

    With Labor Day marking the end of summer, it is now time to think about fall and winter. I suggest that  you add just one more component to your seasonal preparations — a fitness and eating plan.

  • CFD firefighters to teach in the classroom

    Starting today the Carrollton Fire Department, in conjunction with Carroll County Schools and Kathryn Winn Primary School, will be expanding our fire prevention education in the classroom.

  • Library sets record for circulation in the last year

    Everyone has heard of Christmas in July, but how about New Year’s in August?

    It is a very true phenomenon in the library world. This is the time of year when we analyze how things went last year (and to make matters more confusing, last year means July 2011 through June 2012). As librarians, we still have to be a little quirky.

    For our library, last year was a record setting year. We circulated more items than ever in one year. We also had more people attend our programs than in past years.

  • Belle in Britain: Welcome to Harlaxton!

    I have stepped into a fairytale land! I have never even seen a place like this—much less lived in one! I was astounded by the sheer beauty of the country side and of course, Harlaxton Manor itself. My plane trip was smooth, and we traveled in “coaches” from the airport up a “motorway”—originally a transport road between Roman colonies.

  • One last push as book deadline looms

    Well, my first draft is in, but I’m still holding spots for more photos – particularly of area churches and scenes of yesteryear from Worthville, Sanders, Prestonville, English and Locust.

    Also, if anyone has old photos of the Butler-Turpin House, maybe before it was renovated, and the Masterson House, perhaps when it was deeded to the Port William Historical Society. I am literally within days of my final deadline, so call me soon.

  • New faces to write columns in the N-D

    Carrollton may be a small town, but it is full of talented, knowledgeable individuals, and there is always something happening somewhere.

    As your community newspaper, The News-Democrat strives to report on the many goings-on in Carroll County, local news that you cannot find in the daily metros.

    To continue this commitment, the newspaper will begin featuring five new local columnists beginning in next week’s Sept. 5 edition.