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.

  • As I travel on foot around downtown on my health inducing walks, it occurred to me I may have done something that not many others, at least very few, can say they have done.

    I have been inside of every building that stands on the four square blocks of downtown Hillsboro. If it has a basement or upstairs I?ve been there, too.

    Since the dental office is new, I asked permission to enter it so I could truthfully make the claim. What will it get me? Nuthin?.

  • ?I wonder how many people lock their keys in the car with it running. It happened to a Hillsboro resident who came in the house to tell her husband of the problem. He asked her where her spare key was. It was in her purse?in the car.

  • Just wanted to mention again that the Marion County Fair is going to sneak up on us quickly this year. Mark down these dates: July 25-28.

    I am keenly aware of it. Our grandsons are coming for it and, of course, the aquatic center.

  • The annual all-school reunion was a big hit again. Nearly 200 attended this year.

    Everyone can start planning for next year as the event is always on the Saturday night before Memorial Day.

    It was great to have some of the teachers back from the ?70s and ?80s. It was also evident that HHS turned out quite a few comedians.

  • The parade on Saturday was a challenge because of threatening skies, so it never really got off the ground. Except for the Class of ?67 which showed its enthusiasm if nothing else. I heard that the ?57 Class walked through later, but I missed it.?

  • I was going to write about my roof-repair skills but wanted to wait for a rain test before I bragged about it. We had gallons of water coming through the end wall of our building with the first torrential rains.

    So I rebuilt the exit hole from the roof to the downspout. It?s dry now. There is something about tar that gets all over everything just looking at it.

  • ?I learned at the reunion that many folks are liking the pdf file of the Free Press that we are posting online each week. They were feeling guilty about not paying for the print edition to be mailed to them; they felt they were supporting our operation in this way. Don?t feel guilty. Read it free on the Internet and send it to others, too.

  • Dean Schroeder was one of Hillsboro?s biggest champions. As long as I can remember he owned and operated Dean Schroeder Motors, which is now Wright Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep.

    It would fill several pages to list everything Dean was active in and the contributions he made to our community. He was instrumental in making the Scout House in Memorial Park a reality. He was a full-time and dedicated booster of Hills?boro and fun to be around as well. He is still missed.

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