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Summer celebration in Mechanicsburg today

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Mechanicsburg’s Summer Celebration and Fireworks festival is today at Goshen Park in the village on Parkview Road. It begins at 9 a.m. with events at the library on Main Street.A parade will step off at 2 p.m. The guest of honor will be Mackenzie Bart, the newly crowned Miss Ohio. Grand marshals are Linda Dozer, Jimmy Mayo and Charlotte Walker, granddaughter of Addison White.Other events include the following:• Military re-enactment camp by the 66th OVI• Vintage baseball game at 3 p.m.• Children’s Sand Dig, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.• Corn Hole tournament (entry fee required), watermelon eating and seed spitting contests and apple pie judging at 6 p.m.

 

Here’s a potluck dish they’ll talk about

Summer is the time for planned reunions, casual get-togethers, and homecomings, be they with schoolmates, family or friends from other areas of our past.Planned high school reunions on the decade are always interesting. I’ve found the most fascinating people are generally those who moved out of town for awhile, then came back to live, or maybe just to visit for the reunion. They’ve had experiences different from the things they did in high school and in the old home tow...

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The arts are vital to our community

Dear Editor,In times of budgetary crisis the first place government agencies and school districts have been looking for cuts is the arts. The arts are valuable because they allow for a creative outlet to share among members of our community along with providing means to boost our local economy.

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Let the immigrants stay

Virtually all commentary about the influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the United States, which some say could rise to 90,000 this year, misses the point: no government has the moral authority to capture these kids and send them back to the miserable situations they have escaped.This claim will strike many people as outrageous. So I ask, Where does government get the moral authority — I’m not talking about legal power — to apprehend and detain h...

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Helping Ohio workers receive the benefits they deserve

To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax.

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Getting things done for Ohio

Over the past couple of weeks, two bills that I authored passed both houses of Congress — the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 2013 and the World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2014. Now both are on their way to the President’s desk for his signature.

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The Cleveland Curse is too much for even ‘King James’

Twitter nearly broke down Friday afternoon in the minutes immediately following The Decision 2.0.People all around the world voiced their opinion about LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers four years after becoming Public Enemy No. 1 in Cleveland when he took his talents to South Beach and joined the Miami Heat.As a sports fan, especially one who takes a sadistic joy in watching the fans of Cleveland sports suffer, I smiled wide.Le...

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How ‘Sweet’ it is

Marissa Sweet couldn’t believe it.The poultry Showman of Showmen won overall Showman of Showmen for the second consecutive year Friday evening at the Madison County Fair.The Bishop Ready graduate was warmly congratulated by her fellow Showman of Showmen: Dusty Dillon, swine; Dylan Fout, sheep; Christopher Young, goats; Macy Burchett, beef; Arington Cordell, equine; Nathan Barnhart, rabbits; Derek Parker, dairy.“I worked so hard for this,” Swe...

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Open Class Guys and Gals Lead Winners

The Madison County Fair Open Class Guys and Gals Lead winners held Thursday, July 10, are as follows:Guys AndGals LambPair Class AFirst place — Hidy Kirkpatrick of Washington Court House; second place — Carley Payton of Washington Court House; third place — Alli Knecht; fourth place — Caitlin Cottrill....

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Zoe Hutson

Zoe Hutson, 14, of West Jefferson, a member of Town & Country Kids 4-H Club, won first place in mini horse showmanship, first place in pleasure driving pony, first place in musical freestyle horses and third place in cat 1 at the Madison County Fair with her animals, Sugar, Kate and Cherry.

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Heather Baugess

Heather Baugess, 14, of London, a member of All That And A Bag of Shavings 4-H Club, won first place in market hog showmanship and fifth place in market lamb showmanship for her age division at the Madison County Fair with her hog Gaz.

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Abby Hutson

Abby Hutson, 14, of West Jefferson, a member of Town & Country Kids 4-H Club, won first place in musical freestyle horse, second place in mini horse showmanship, first place in self-determined parakeets and first place in dog obedience at the Madison County Fair with her animals, Jasmine, Bella and Buddy.

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Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown, 9, of West Jefferson, a member of Town & Country Kids 4-H Club, won first place in sheep breeding, first place ewe championship and fifth place in sheep showmanship for 8 and 9-year-olds at the Madison County Fair with her sheep, Lily.

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Cara Fisher

Cara Fisher, 8, of London, a member of Starlight Riders 4-H Club, won first place in easy-gaited horse showmanship (walk, trot) at the Madison County Fair with her horse, Hope.

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Olivia Rinesmith

Olivia Rinesmith, 12, of London, a member of Fairfield Rascals 4-H Club, won first place in sheep breeding showmanship, second place in yearling ewe, second place in skill-a-thon, fifth place in showmanship for her age division, third place open class market lamb, second place open class suffolk ewe, second place open class in the 12-year-old showmanship, first place in the decorative class and second place among 12-year-olds at the Guys & Gals Sheep Lead at the Madison County Fair with her s...

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Reed Rinesmith

Reed Rinesmith, 15, of London, a member of Fairfield Rascals 4-H Club and London High School FFA, won first place in sheep showmanship for 15-year-olds and finished among the top three in overall sheep showmanship, first place in his age group for open class sheep showmanship, first place in yearling ewe cross, second place in yearling eve hampshire, second place in breeding showmanship, and second and third place open class wildlife, at the Madison County Fair. He brought three sheep to the ...

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Little Miss Lamb & Wool

Briana Peterman, 9, prepares to enter the show ring with her lamb “Emry” during the Guys & Gals Sheep Lead at the Madison County Fair on Thursday. Peterman’s hooded red wool coat earned a fourth place in Class H. Peterman was also named the 2014 Little Miss Lamb & Wool during the event.Jocie Wilt, 5, models a white wool coat and matching hat during the Guys & Gals Sheep Lead at the Madison County Fair on Thursday. Wilt led “Katie” into the show ring....

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Readers request recipes

These are some requested recipes from readers as part of our “summer recipe series.” The Amish Cook will return in its regular format later in the month. Enjoy.—An Amish Cook reader in Highland, Indiana requested a recipe for blueberry muffins with a splash of lemon. Try this recipe which comes from an Amish settlement in Maine where blueberries are plentiful during the summer.BUTTERMILK BLUEBERRY...

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