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By Me With temperatures Saturday and Sunday that stayed mostly in the 70’s, the weekend’s weather was of the sort that is begged outdoor participation in… anything outdoors. Mrs. Me and Me settled on accepting the invitation, deciding to spend...

 

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By Me Artimus Charles, our grandson, came for a visit this past weekend. His mom and dad are busy packing for a move from Baraboo to Whitewater, and we offered to take him off their hands for a couple of days to give them more free time to fill...

 

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By Me Mrs. Me recently underwent two carpal tunnel surgeries and was healing up nicely. Then, as some of you might already know, she fractured a bone in her elbow. Over the past couple of weekends, attending a few graduation parties and being out...

 

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By Me It is always interesting to look back in old issues of the Cashton Record. It is fascinating to see how much has changed, and how much hasn’t. The price of bananas, for instance, has not changed that much in the past two decades. However,...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    July 8, 2020

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By Me An old friend stopped in last week when I was out of the office, and I wish I would have been there. He stayed and visited for about an hour, Mrs. Me said, with his daughter who was chauffeur for the day. I didn’t get to see him, and...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    July 1, 2020

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By Me Wouldn’t it be interesting to learn about the history of our country from all perspectives? All of the great things, and all of the not so great things we have accomplished. How much different would my views be if the history books,...

 

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By Me We should be listening... Random thoughts – • I watched Bugs Bunny growing up. I’ll admit, I don’t understand taking away Elmer Fud’s rifle, or Yosemite Sam’s pistols. But have...

 

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By Me When we moved from Sparta to Cashton in 2000, we rented a small dumpster to declutter and throw away a lot of stuff. Digging through boxes of old school worksheets, clothes, and “things...

 

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By Me “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” -- Alex Haley Add to that cookies, and it’s not hard to understand why grandparents become so important...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    June 3, 2020

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By Me Sunday, we drove down to Baraboo to visit our grandson. Of course, we were looking forward to seeing his mom and dad too. Our grandson, Artimus Charles, named in memory of his grandfather (his d...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    May 27, 2020

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By Me We observed Memorial Day this past weekend. It is one of the most meaningful holidays we have in our country, but behind the scenes there are soldiers who struggle with surviving. So, the question becomes after Memorial Day, now what? A few...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    May 20, 2020

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By Me Anyone wondering how we are viewed across the country, this is who we are. There is nothing misleading about these headlines. It’s pretty much how it went down. Washington Post Headline: After Wisconsin court ruling, crowds liberated and thir...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    May 13, 2020

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By Me When it rains on Mother’s Day, some say it is happy tears pouring down from heaven from mothers who are looking down and watching. How I used to measure how successful I was at picking out just the right gift for my wife…How much did she...

 
 By Paul Fanning    Editorial    May 6, 2020

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By Me Friday was the first lawn mowing of the year for Me. The old mower started up surprisingly easy, making Me think, for a moment, “Something bad is going to happen.” Luckily, it didn’t. Early in the year, when the trees and shrubs are...

 

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By Me I tugged and pulled. Eventually the thick patch of weeds in the flower bed began to pull away from the fabric liner beneath. As I continued on my knees to pull, I was thankful the mass of unwanted growth was clinging to itself, locked together...

 

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By Me It has been about one month since Mrs. Me and Me hopped on the bike and went for a ride. We’ve been waiting ever since for cycle weather to return so we can go again. Sure, it’s only April and, sure, there have been a few bikers spotted...

 

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By Me The top five songs on the rock charts in 1984 were “When Doves Cry” (Prince), “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (Tina Turner), “Say Say Say” (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson), “Footloose” Kenny Loggins, “Against All Odds -...

 

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By Me It’s increasingly obvious, and not surprising, that many area businesses are struggling. Based on my email inbox, there are several stores that are asking Me to come shop. People from places I have never purchased anything from, but know I ex...

 

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By Me The ground was covered with a heavy blanket of leaves. Not crunchy, though, the ground beneath them was still soft and damp from the winter snow that had melted recently. With each step acorns rolled beneath our feet. It was impossible to walk...

 

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By Me It has been a little over one year since I finally broke down and opened a Facebook account. Knowing I would be subject to a lot of weird and crazy stuff, the main reasons I gave in were the...

 

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By Me I had the honor of attending a Boy Scout benefit luncheon last Thursday at Sparta’s American Legion Hall as a guest on behalf of an invitation from my mother. She, as I was informed, was in line to receive an award for something. I hadn’t...

 

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By Me Sunday, we spent most of the early afternoon playing with our grandson while his mother took a nap. Artimus Charles is getting to the age when he will actually interact with us. He is crawling and climbing and making eye contact with us when...

 

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By Me A lot has happened over the past 30 years, but if it all had to happen in exactly the same way for Me to be where I am today I would do it all over again. Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the day my wife said “yes”, and while I’ve...

 

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By Me Russell “Rusty” DeWitt, classmate, teammate, high school friend. It is a name I will never forget. In 1984, my senior year of high school, we had a decent basketball team. Not one that was going to win a conference championship, that would...

 

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By Me Just under two weeks ago our jet airplane wheels touched down in Minneapolis after having spent eight days in Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta. That morning was the first time I had pulled a pair of jeans on since arriving in the country. I had...

 

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