Iva's Input

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Have another piece of cake, Chubby? OMG!  New scientific research indicates that obesity is likely about three times as great a factor in mortality rates...

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Ya shoulda been there! “There”, in this instance was actually two places where it was all happenin’ last week.  Not genuinely related places, really, but...

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Spell Check can’t do everything. I was at the Farmers’ Market at Robinson the other day.  Small but interesting; an assortment of vendors with  good...

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“Tis the season! For just about everything, I guess.  The other day, a container of blueberries and two squash magically appeared on my front porch...

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My, how Time flies! Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. So, if the line above is an example of  a “garden path...

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You know, the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for.”  Ain’t it the truth! The Villager took a brief hiatus on the Fourth, giving...

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So…the lightning storm took out the computers—desk top, laptop, probably the remote control for the alarm clock, for all I know—and the Villager deadline...

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If it isn’t one thing, it’s another…how’s that for original thought? I went to my computer, the desktop, which is one of the newer dinosaurs,...

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Well, it’s all the talk.  Superman, in the new movie coming out soon, “Man of Steel”, has a new look--no tights!   The new costume...

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Just in time for the summer cooking-out season, the Hormel company has now fessed up to producing ten--that’s 10 different kinds of SPAM.  Well,...

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It wasn’t pretty. The brain trust here at the Weekly Villager sallied forth to adventures in orthography by participating in the22nd Annual Community Spelling Bee...

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That was a fine old time! Well, if you weren’t trying to get anyplace in a hurry, that is.  The annual Garrettsville community garage/yard/porch sale...

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`You thought that spring had come, just because you looked at a calendar and got out your flip-flops and sunscreen (I wear sunglasses all...

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Just dealing with the medical and insurance issues is enough to send a rational individual(That would be me…no snickering out there) around the bend. I...

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The Ohio State University extends itself into every county in the state--all 88 of them.  These are called--what else--extension offices and they offer information,...

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The Kiko folks have taken to putting up signs of this nature along roads where one of their commercial activities is going on, and...

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Good Grief!  Polar Fleece and long johns, peeps and bunnies with frost on their little noses…er…beaks…er …whatever.  Deep frozen chocolate eggs and jelly beans,...

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How’re you liking Spring so far? Yes, indeedy, the official astronomical beginning of Spring was on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:02, EDT ( Or 11:02,...

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Well, going to an auction is often an adventure.  This last one, though, was more than I had bargained for. First of all, it was...

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So…O.K., …I took notes….not during the Super Bowl game, which didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped, but of the commercials that paid...

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How do I get on these lists? Bad enough that I get pleas from every animal rescue organization on the planet--puppies, kittens, polar bears, horses,...

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Well, I just hate it when electrical things get weird and I have to do something about the situation without having a CLUE as...

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Y’ know that old pop/novelty song, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”?  He sort of lisps and whistles through the...

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Well, yes, it IS that season of the year when all sorts of disparate groups have their annual Christmas parties.  The barrage has begun...

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Omnishambles. That, declares the Oxford English Dictionary--OED, to friends and family--is the word of the year, 2012, presumably, though it seems to have got its...

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Here comes the Crocodile! In my role as drama critic for the Weekly Villager (No rest for the wicked, as my father used to say),...

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So here I am at the BIG FANDANGO at the Longaberger Basket Outlet Store at Aurora Premium Outlets and I’m making a basket…me, Little...

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Avast, me hearties…and a “Yankee Doodle” doo to you! It’s Navy Week.  It’s Navy Week and it’s being observed in Boston by the first sailing...

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Curiouser and curiouser…as Alice said during her adventures in Wonderland…. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)’s Mars Science Laboratory has just succeeded in landing the...

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My! There are so many really friendly people on the internet. An individual named Trixie--doesn’t she sound friendly already--lets me know that somebody wants to...

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Heroes have been celebrated in song and story for generations and millennia.  One local hero has lately left us--too soon--and three songs/poems come to...

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Awwwrighty-tighty, here’s the plan. Dick, Larry, Casey….  Listen up! What you need to do is put the entire village of Garrettsville under roof, hire all or...

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June 5, 2012.  LOOK!  Up in the sky! Nah. It was not Superman.  He’s out making movies with the other Superheroes. It was the transit of...

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So, vacation time is here.  What to do?  Where to go?  How about museums--educational, right?--of culinary phenomena? You could start with the National Mustard Museum(...

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And speaking of graduation….  Well, isn’t everyone? High schools…colleges…pre-schools& kindergartens…wait…pre-schools & kindergartens?  Yup.  Saw it in the R-C picture congrats.   All very well and...

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So… I’m out playing caretaker here at the Manse and I’m deciding that what we’re running at this location is the animal equivalent of...

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There are funny things out there, folks. A radio program the other day had on it a gentleman who had just had a new...

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Now that the baseball has officially started--with a few fits and starts as well as a false spring heat wave--you might notice a few...

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Lots of it was just stuff. You know, things that have to be done but really not planned for except in a sort of...

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Can we please have a rest until closer to November? Good Grief!  It got so that I was seriously thinking of just letting the phone...

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I also love seed catalogs.  They’re coming in now and probably will continue until Memorial Day; Hope springs eternal! I used to get lots more. ...

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I sure hope that I get the hang of this “Christmas shopping” thing soon. I always think that I will get a head...

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So…I missed the Rotary meeting on the 24th.  They were working away at their Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction…as they have been for some...

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October is my kind of month.  It’s interesting. The harvest is winding down; those shocks of corn so prized by decorators are actually passe’ . ...

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The Settlers “Ye Old” State Renaissance Faire has shuffled off into history once again, leaving bags of gold for the Middlefield “Shop With a...

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So...my question is, if bats (Myotis lucifugus--lucifugus means “flees the light”) are supposed to have such a great echolocation system in their little heads...

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Holy Schmoley!  It’s-a some kinda hot out there!  How much more of this is there going to be?  We get a sort of “teaser”...

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So here we are in the Fun Season...the Fair Season. Everyone comes up with a reason to promote hot grease and sno cones...

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So...there’s this big birthday party at my house, see...first big event here since Christmas, see...significant birthday, see.  Oy, oy, oy...such a party!So, the party...

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The Biggest Game in Town came up aces for virtually the entire SummerFest weekend.  The brief, scattered showers didn’t seem to have deterred any...