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Posted August 27, 2015 at 10:45 am

Charlotte Wiggins (the Gardening to Distraction columnist) said this week, “I hope it’s only speculation that once goldenrod is in bloom, a frost is six weeks away.”

We’re going to have to get her and Walt Truitt together on their frost forecast. Walt has a system for West Texas that I told you about. I have not gotten back with him to see what system he has developed for Southwest Missouri.

I know that several years ago when we drove to

Tulsa several times in the spring for a dentist to see me, that area was a long ways ahead of us on spring things.

Maybe you can help me find out about a little mystery that happened while we were on the way to Tulsa.

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    On Left Handers Day, Aug. 13, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. said, “Because life without left handed people wouldn’t be right.”

    I’ve always been left handed and it has been no big deal. Well, kinda left handed.

    I eat left, throw right, bat right, shoot a bow right handed, shoot a rifle or shotgun left handed. I shoot a pistol right handed and sight with my left eye. I play ping pong left handed but can switch to right. I cast a fishing lure right handed, then switch

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    When Shawn Abell put the term “stimming” in information about the new service dog, I thought maybe it was a typo and asked about it. The return e-mail told me it is “A form of stimulation or repetitive moves or sounds.” Wikipedia defines it this way – “Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds or repetitive movement of objects common in individuals with developmental disabilities, but most prevalent in people with autistic spectrum disorders. It is considered a way in which people with autism calm and stimulate themselves.

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    You did it again. Lance Molz won the honor of 2015 Track Athlete of the Year at OZone Sports.

    What’s this, the 4th time you have done it? The Google Award for Mallory Melton, the wedding reception for Tyler and Lori Hillsman, the Shelter Insurance award for Vicki Hillsman and now Lance.

    I just know that I want this community on my side. The presidential candidates might be wise to come here and get your blessings. Or attempt to.

    Athletic Director Mike Durnell

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    Dwain Witt got an ID on his mystery tree. It’s a Princess Tree that is native to Central China. It’s also called an Empress Tree, a Royal Paulownia or a Paulownia. The information sheet provided by Lana Wilson (found by Stacia Ehlers Whitaker who went to school to learn things like that) says it is a medium sized tree, up to 50 feet tall, with stout spreading branches developed into a flattened or rounded open crown.

    The tree flowers in April – May. Its fruit sets on in September persisting through winter.

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    The Picnic was pretty calm this year from my perspective. Kimball and I spent a little time out here sitting on the Rock Wall, in the shade, eating Picnic grub. I think it was Friday night Kimball got her yearly quota of grease in a funnel cake.

    I was at every frog squeeze, turtle jump, water balloon bust and hula hoop spin. The Run for a Reason was impressive…again. Some of you guys and gals have a high tolerance for high heat and pain.

    It was good to

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    I think the Land O Lakes Youth Fair Board may be considering a new event – racing pigs.

    At the Youth Fair Auction Friday night, everything was going pretty smoothly, that is, until Tackett Arnold drove his reserve champion market hog into the ring. As soon as that 220 lb. plus pig got into the ring, he immediately went into overdrive.

    I grew up on a farm with hogs and that was part of my FFA project list. I have seen young pigs run and play, but I’ve

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    So, what’s on your mind this week? If you are sitting on the Rock Wall today (Tuesday), you likely have water on your mind if not your brain.

    I’d say this fits Walt Truitt’s definition of a Norther, which when one hit in West Texas after the first of August would foretell the first hard freeze 90 days later, if I remember Walt’s pronostication correctly.

    If we can move that up a month because Walt and Barb have moved this far north, then will we have the first

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    Folks, we are almost a month behind on this one because I just heard about it late last week. But you have come through at least twice before and I’m confident you can do it again. Voting will run from June 8 to July 21 with the winners being announced at a banquet on Tuesday, July 28, at the Ramada Oasis.

    EHS Athletic Director Mike Durnell wrote: “Lance Molz has been nominated for the 3rd Annual O-Zone Sports 1 Award. Lance is one of only four Ozarks male athletes who have been

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    At the Cedar County Youth Fair auction Saturday evening, Joyce Watts asked me what was going on at the Caplinger Dam. She had heard on the scanner about the incident. We saw the report that night on TV.

    I called Ron Masters Monday thinking he might have additional information or photos about the drowning at the Caplinger Dam Saturday evening since he owns and operates Riverside Bait & Canoe overlooking the dam.

    Not only did he know about it, Ron saw it up close and personal.

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