The recent rains are good and bad at the same time-it just depends whether you needed them or not. And it doesn’t really matter if you want rain, what comes is what we get.

The rain was good for me. Nancy has been gone for a few days, so my job was to water the flowers and tomato plants she is growing on our deck behind our upstairs apartment. I was thinking I might even need to dry them out a little with a hair dryer before she gets back.

The little tomatoes are looking really good at this point. And the rabbits don’t have a chance at getting at them unless they learn how to fly.

We finally have a new service that we have been wanting to offer for months. Free Press readers can now order color reprints of our published and unpublished photos directly off of our Web site through a company that specializes in this service.

Until now, we have been reprinting digital files on our color inkjet printer on photo quality paper, but it was a cumbersome task with less than ideal results.

Irv Schroeder and Ray Funk brought in some old HHS yearbooks for the pictorial book this past week. Irv didn’t go to school here, but he was given a 1915 version of the yearbook, called “The Tattler,” by someone from Marion who had found it at a garage sale in Wichita. Ray’s 1940 version of the yearbook is called “The Oracle.” I know by the ’50s, the yearbook was known by its current name, “The Trojan.”

These books are extremely interesting. I have heard of many of the students in the 1915 book and know many of the 1940 class members who are in their 80s now.

The sophomore class in 1915 had a motto: “Impossible Is Unamerican.” First National Bank had an ad in the back proclaiming $40,000 in capital and surplus and that “Nothing is too small or too large.”

There is a hearing to be held by the city Thursday night to receive imput from the public as to whether the 100 block of Washington Street should be closed to accommodate the rebuilding of the Hillsboro MB Church at the present location-if that is what they decide to do.

I would like to see every avenue explored to keep the new church in the same location. To me it just belongs there.

As for Washington Street, it may not have to be closed. Either the city’s safety center could be moved elsewhere or a skywalk of sorts could be used to allow the street to go under the building. I assume a new design would allow for a portico to provide for dropping off passengers under cover. A street that dipped under a skywalk could be the out-of-the-weather drop-off point.

The present Hillsboro High School building was built in 1937. I didn’t realize that it was so new when I went. Why, it’s only nine years older than me.

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