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Keeping it real

Sliding ever closer to the fire:

Different strokes

Take the observation in the spirit it is given — free of charge, and worth every penny — but in one minor respect, Lake Gaston has clear bragging rights over Buggs Island Lake.

Abuse of discretion

We interrupt the dog days of summer to bring you the latest vim and vigor:

Going to the dogs

It’s always the same: After a hard day’s work I trudge home only to walk in and find our two lazy and worthless beagles lounging on the sofa, having slept away the morning and afternoon, and the question practically asks itself — What am I doing wrong here?

Contrary to contract

Here we are, only a few days removed from what is being hailed by nearly everybody as one of the biggest and best Lakefests in memory — thank you, Mother Nature! — when cold, harsh reality sets in: The conclusion of the big celebration by the lake means the dog days of summer are officially upon us.

Shining on

I never had the occasion to meet Heather Anne Tucker, the Bluestone 15-year-old who passed away this week, even though her battles with brain cancer, waged very openly and bravely, became a prominent part of life in the community and a recurring story in the pages of this newspaper. One couldn’t help but to feel for this beautiful young girl and her family as they confronted her terrible odds of survival. Yet while I may not know Heather or the Tuckers personally, I’ve kept up with their story from afar. There’s a reason for this: the disease that claimed Heather Anne’s life took my father, too.

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