Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Good times are only 10 miles away

With high gas prices these days, the perfect opportunity for fun and entertainment lies just a few miles away. You don?t need to drive to Mem?phis to get your Elvis fix. Chingawassa Days in Marion is featuring an Elvis Tribute contest Friday night. It?s an official contest, so the winner could qualify for the finals at Grace?land. Entrants from quite a few states are on tap.

This is just one of many nifty events planned for the weekend.

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Casino plan makes no sense

Is there more to read about casinos and the effect they have on communities in the news?including national news these days?or is it just because Kansas is going down that slippery road and I am more aware of the issue?

    From what I have read, the whole idea is flawed down to the paltry 22 percent take that the state is willing to take for putting so many people at risk.

    I really can?t believe, with so many casinos surrounding us now, that Wichita (which is where the casino will go) could become a destination casino.

    And without it being a destination, it will have to make a living off of locals. Then the money is shifted out of the local economy to the gaming interests.

    A lousy return on the hard-earned dollar, in my opinion.

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Three trips in one day

I can?t remember the last time I went to Marion three times in one day, but did it last Friday. It was business and pleasure that took me there.

I needed to be here and there at the same time, which made it necessary to run back and forth.

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Greensburg experience difficult

  • When watching the weather on television Friday night, we knew Greensburg was probable for a tornado. Since my cousin Paul Unruh and wife Shirley live there, I took more notice of the warning than usual.

    My heart sank Saturday morning when I read an e-mail from Paul?s sister Carol that Paul and Shirley?s farm seven miles south of town had been hit and everything was destroyed.

  • I decided to help clean up. I knew other cousins and family members were going there Saturday, so I decided to wait until Sunday and take my brother-in-law along.
    Not knowing exactly how to get there because U.S. Highway 54 was closed at Pratt, we opted to take U.S. Highway 50 to Kins?ley and then south on 183 past the west side of Greensburg.

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Father, son share good moment

In the like-father-like-son department, I headed to the James Thomas
Invitational track meet Friday. I ran into Greg Topham, his wife and
her parents just after the boys? 3,200-meter race. They were delighted
as Topham?s son, Andrew, running for Peabody-Burns, had just bettered
Greg?s all-time high school best by about a second.

They now have a special memory that will stay with them for a
lifetime. Andrew is listed as having one of the state?s best times this
season in the 3,200.

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E-mail let us down last week

We had a serious problem with our e-mail at the Free Press this past
Friday and Saturday and we hope we haven?t missed anything that will
cause big problems for anyone. E-mail is one of our key ways to
communicate these days.

We determined Saturday night that our spam filter had diverted
284,000 e-mails to a folder reated for unwanted e-mail. That number is
the maximum number of files a folder on our server can hold. So once it
was full it started chucking everything that came in at that point,
which means those e-mails are gone forever.

That folder is now set to automatically empty. Now we?ll just have to wait for the next problem we don?t yet know about.

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Leave town and the snow flies

As Yogi Berra used to say, ?It was d?ja vu all over again.?

We?re starting to believe that all we need to do is leave town and it will snow?even if it is April. All we saw when we returned Saturday night were the unmelted little white scoopfuls where people had cleared walks and drives.

Don?t put your snow shovels away yet. I?m leaving again on Thursday for Iowa.

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Weather report no snow job

  • We were away during the big snow of April
    ?07 last week. We heard reports of 6 to 7 inches in Hillsboro. When we
    got back to Kansas late Saturday night, we started to think everyone
    had been pulling our leg. Where was all of the snow since it was also
    supposed to have been 16 degrees? When daylight arrived on Sunday, we
    saw the telltale signs that something really had happened.

  • Memorial Day and summer travel isn?t far
    off. You can tell it?s coming because gasoline prices have been
    steadily inching upward for the past few weeks.

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Have a complaint? Forget it

Stop complaining. That?s just what a Kansas City minister and his congregation are doing.

He came up with a purple wrist band similar to the Live Strong bracelet that is worn to remind one not to complain. The goal is to not complain for at least 21 days. If one goofs up, the band is moved to the other wrist until the 21 days are reached.

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All-school reunion is coming fast

The Hillsboro High School All School Reunion is two months away. We?re hoping all of you who received the mailing titled ?The Oracle? will respond favorably and also check with classmates to see if they received their copy.

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