Small city forms at the pool

I hadn?t been to a modern day swimming meet until this past Saturday out at the Hills?boro Family Aquatic Cen?ter. It was quite a sight to see?it was like another small city made out of colorful tents.

It was amazing how many people were gathered at the pool with the swimming heats for all age groups clicking off like clockwork.

Congrats to Hillsboro for winning and to the folks who were running the show.


One thing about swimming that is different than all other sporting events is that the water surface is always ready to go. No need to rake any sand, paint any lines, cut any grass, rake any rubber pellets, etc. Just get in the water and swim, and as soon as you?re down the pool, the water behind you is ready for the next swimmer.


July is ?Free Paper Month? and we are proud to be associated with thousands of other free publications across America who celebrate this distinction. I am particularly eager to attend the Midwest Free Community Papers board meeting and the publisher?s summit this week in Mankato, Minn.

Even though I am not officially the publisher of the Free Press anymore, I am proud to represent our company, nonetheless.


I FaceTimed grandson Louis a few weekends back to talk about plans for this summer?s visit. I think I woke him up, even though it was about 1 p.m. I remember the good old days of sleeping until noon.


We have owned a family heirloom platform rocker for many years. For the past 30 or so it has moved with us wherever we lived, though in many pieces.

The last time we can remember it being in our house was in the late ?70s when we first moved back to Hillsboro.

Before that, while we lived in Wichita it was already tattered and torn and the fabric that covered the seat had a tear in it, with older fabric underneath the newer stuff.

When daughter Amy was a toddler, she dropped the car keys into the torn spot in the fabric and it took a long time to find them.

Last weekend I finally fixed it and glued all of the wooden pieces of the platform back together. The fabric still needs to be replaced, but at least now I have a place to sit in my shop if I ever get tired out there.


Rudy Taylor, publisher of the Montgomery County Chronicle, wrote last week that rural fire departments used to receive, at no charge, used military trucks from the Department of Defense for use as tankers and other purposes. Since the EPA says they no longer meet EPA standards for emissions, the DoD must destroy these truck instead of repurposing them for fire department use.

What a lack of common sense by the bureaucrats. Some of the trucks have less than a 1,000 miles on them.

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