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Family attributes can guide a person through life

Grandma and Grandpa Becker were people of action rather than words. Not that they didn’t have much to say. They just chose their words well and needed only a few to convey much. As their oldest grandson, I visited them during the summer when I was growing up in the late ’50s. I always talked Grandma into letting me sleep […]

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Local boys pedaling for fitness, fun and family

Local boys pedaling for fitness, fun and family

The Goekler males wit their bikes and gear: (from left) Caden, Isaac, Ryan and Canyon. The boys seem to have found their competitive niche with cross-country mountain bike racing on trails in state parks around Kansas. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Bonding by biking. That?s the strategy one Hillsboro family has chosen as way to combine ?together time? with physical […]

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Somewhere, under the rainbow…

Somewhere, under the rainbow…

Hillsboro native Amy Cameli and her family pulled their car off on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 56 between Canton and Lehigh Saturday evening so she could photograph a full rainbow perched on the southeast Kansas horizon. The Cameli family, who reside in Georgia, were on the way to visit Joel Klaassen, founding publisher of the Free Press, and wife […]

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85th Marion County Fair plans family fun events for Saturday too

85th Marion County Fair plans family fun events for Saturday too

? Planners blend new events with tradition. An assistant to the judge takes the leash from Morgan Gaines of Peabody during the obedience portion of the 4-H Dog Show Saturday morning at the fairgrounds in Hillsboro. The show was the first 4-H event prior to the official start of the Marion County Fair today. A second 4-H event, the annual […]

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Fair shake

? Despite challenges, the Marion County Fair offers affordable family entertainment. Even under the best of circumstances, county fair planners are challenged annually to create an entertainment environment that will attract a general public that seems underwhelmed by anything less than a Worlds of Fun experience. In a perfect world, effort would be rewarded proportionally with public response. If that […]

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Summer ?island? has its perks

We may be far-removed from an island, but we?re living in its time zone this summer. Our family has limited commitments right now, and I?m relishing in the slowed-down pace of summertime. So when the calendar flipped to July, I had a brief moment of panic when I realized school shopping was a mere month away. But with 36 days […]

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Visit renews bonds with family members

We spent a week in Champaign, Ill., recently and it was so great to see our daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law from Germany. We also spent time with my two brothers. The last face-to-face meeting we had with the German-side of the family was two years ago when we traveled to Berlin, Germany. So much has changed since then. Our granddaughter, […]

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?Let it go? is first step to growth

Our family just wrapped up our third birthday celebration in three months. The first of the three was mine. Then an art party for my oldest. Then a ?Frozen? party for my middle. Until I realized how exhausting it could be, I thought it was so clever to have our birthdays in a row: March, April, May, June. I wanted […]

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Game night creates great bonding time

It’s the simple things in life that are sometimes the most gratifying. Lindsey and I had the joy of spending a recent Saturday evening with Lindsey?s sister and my brother-in-law. Often when we get together for a night out, we spend time eating something delicious, chatting, and the evening usually ends with a good old-fashioned board game. We have played […]

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Learning from granddaughters

Granddaughters Grace and Lucia are only three months shy of their fifth birthday. Each time we visit their family, they seem to have grown by 2 inches or more. In some ways, they exceed their age in wisdom by far. This week, I was on the receiving end of some of their satirical humor. As I sat down for breakfast […]

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