The place we always go,the neighborhood

Posted On May 7 2021 by

first_img Rick Houser – The Good Old Days Rick HouserThe Good Old Days HomeNewsThe place we always go,the neighborhood – Top Searches Top Searches Covid 19SeamanPastor The place we always go,the neighborhoodSeptember 28, 2015Peoples DefenderNews0 PreviousOut of school and part of a paradeNextTHE PEOPLE’S DEFENDER SENIOR PROFILE Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Lately it has crossed my mind that when I think of my youth or early years or someone mentions something from those times, I not only think about the event but the vision that appears in my mind always comes to the same place. For me that place is a place or places from Fruit Ridge Road or a couple of the roads connected. That area is where I was born and where I grew up and spent more than 25 years of my life. That was my neighborhood.We all started our lives in a neighborhood and in the 50’s, 60’s and even the 70’s our neighborhoods were the places where we felt safe and for the most part truly enjoyed ourselves as much as we ever did and will. To me when I have that mind flash, the trees and grass are always green, the sun is always shining in a clear blue sky. I am always with family, friends, or the farmers who made up my neighborhood. To me it was heaven on earth and a sanctuary where I could feel safe from harm and always welcome wherever I went.I feel certain that most all folks and especially people from rural backgrounds understand what I’m attempting to say and in their mind also can see their neighborhood with good times going on in them. I won’t go so far as to call this Shangri-La but it was the place where I can say I had the best of times. For starters I had all my family there with me and we all were together in a time I hope I enjoyed and experienced as much as I think I did. These were prime time years that my parents and sister and brother were living in and I was smack dab in the middle of them and even though I’m sure I was a nuisance I hope I was a nuisance they loved. I mean I was cute and witty!During those years growing up in the neighborhood I was a boy who liked to visit with all the neighbors and relatives that lived there. I found many times that there was more going on at their homes than ours and wouldn’t it have been awful if I had missed any of those events. Each person’s home or farm was unique in its own way and I liked to see them and compare them to each other. I would return home and report my daily findings to Mom and Dad and Peg and Ben. (Even if they really didn’t care as much as me.)I would go from our house to Veve Winston’s house and see her canary. It was the only one I had ever seen. Then I would head over to Ed and Louise Maus’ farm and if I timed it right I was treated to a feast and spoiled a bit as they were brother and sister who never married and I think I became their adopted child. Onward then to Joe Bolender’s where he was good spirited and fortunately for me liked kids, even pesky ones like me, but Joe could return pesky with pesky himself.I would make treks over to my Great Uncle Roy’s house and learn what he was up to as he was always busy and Aunt Ocie always made certain I got a piece of her grape pie. She might have been the best pie maker this world ever saw. Then back for a stop at Richard Davis’ farm to see how his team of horses was as they were the only team left when I was around. Just think about this. I walked to all these farms without someone to protect me and there never was a reason to worry for my safety as I was in my neighborhood and therefore always safe and loving every minute of it.When I got older I made friends with Herb and Charlie Marshall and by this time I had moved up to bicycle transportation and it was a good thing as getting together was more frequent. Up the road from our house was Green Acres Farm, owned by my cousin Walt Houser. This was a daily event and as adults we batched together and farmed together for over five years. When I hit my twenties I met Sharon Parrish and we got married and set up housekeeping in the home where I was born. Life changed as we all know it does but through all this time the neighborhood did not. It was the back drop for me and a large part of my life to occur. (Sunshine, blue skies, green grass, and trees.) That is what still flashes in my mind just as positive things go through your minds.A lot of time has passed and so has the old neighborhood as I knew it. My family has moved on as have most all my neighbors who I visited and shared time with. Even the background has changed a lot. The farms and well-kept fences are gone as has a lot of the barns and out buildings. If I drove through the old neighborhood I might even have a hard time recognizing it.Time does move on so they say and it is true that things and people change. It is just a part of this world spinning. We all have moved on and not always for the worse. A lot has been for the good. Fortunately I can just stop and think of something or someone or somewhere from that time and I can see it all again as it was and in my mind as it always will be. Better yet I can stop that thought and continue enjoying the here and now. Remember it all and enjoy it always.Rick Houser grew up on a farm near Moscow in Clermont County and likes to share stories about his youth and other topics. He may be reached at [email protected]last_img read more


Team Philippines focuses on planned upset vs Iran in FIBA

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgThe Philippines was currently tied with Japan on third place in Group F (5-4 win-loss). This means the Filipino team’s remaining matches against Iran (Dec. 3), Qatar (Feb. 21) and Kazakhstan (Feb. 24) are must-wins.Only the top three teams in the second round groupings will gain automatic qualification to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, with the best fourth seed earning the last ticket.Finishing on fourth place in Group F is not a guarantee for the Philippines to claim the last spot for Asia and Oceania and move on to the World Cup proper – unless China ranks fourth in Group E.Guiao believes Team Philippines has yet to show its full potential. He hopes this comes out sooner as the players the FIBA has slapped with suspensions become available one by one.“We’re still a long way from being the team that we really wanted to be, and be able to explore all our potentials,” Guiao said./PN Members of Team Philippines huddle up after their painful loss to Kazakhstan on Friday, Nov. 30. JOAQUI FLORES FOR TIEBREAKER TIMES MANILA – Its painful defeat to Kazakhstan left Team Philippines no other recourse but to focus on its 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifier game against Iran on Monday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Head coach Yeng Guiao admitted that the 88-92 loss on Friday was a bitter pill to swallow but still urged his players to put this one behind them and set their eyes on upsetting the Iranians.“I’m taking responsibility naman for this game. I felt that everybody in the team was there because I decided to,” Guiao said. “Of course we’re disappointed but we still have one game on Monday.”“We can’t feel too negative [about] ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation to be able to play a good game against Iran and learn from this game,” he added.last_img read more


Scribe scores best of a bad bunch

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_imgPhoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf GroupAs the photo shows, a few old faces returned to ‘fun city’ to make our group a little busier today on Tuesday, June 12. Tuesday’s top four pose with staff members at The Relax Bar.Also it is a nice time of the year; drier (not so humid) hot weather with strong winds makes it even a pleasure to walk (for some of the course anyway).So, onto the match today and the best score in to claim the KPK Food Services cap was from your scribe (Mike Gerrard) with 34 points, followed closely by five other players scoring 33 points.  After sorting out the count backs it ended up with Richard Baldwin claiming second place with Colin Gregg and Peter Wathall joint third.  Richard lost the chance to win the day when he hit a par three hole to 5 feet only to three putt from that distance.  However that did not stop him claiming the near pin prize for that hole.Other near pins went to Barry Copestake & John Bartley, with the other one going to the lucky draw because no one hit the green in one.Lucky draw prizes, as usual donated by The Relax Bar, went to Stuart Gordon, Giorgio Baccioli, Joris Goetschalkx, Bob Neylon & Herbie Schwieterman.For anyone who has signed up for the PSC monthly tournament on the 22nd June (at Phoenix) you will not be disappointed with the course conditions.  However you may be a little frustrated with the tricky greens.  If you have not signed up yet I recommend you do!We play at 11.28 am every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday with varying styles of competition.  If anyone would like to join in the fun please call me on 087 091 7565. I have been saying for a couple of weeks now how well the course at Phoenix is being maintained and yet again I have to say it is getting better each week.  The greens are now getting up to speed at about 10 on the stint which, along with the difficult slopes and burrows, makes these greens possibly some of the most difficult in the area.last_img read more


Andy M makes a winning return to Emerald

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_imgWith prize giving completed we all went down to Ban Chang for a few cold ones, celebrating with Andy M and commiserating with Mike for finishing second yet again!Andy M and staff outside the Blue Sky Bar. The Backyard Golf SocietyAfter a few weeks of not having enough players to hold a competition it was nice to get to Emerald Golf Course knowing that there would be at least 10 competitors.  We welcomed back Andy M, John Mac, Russell, and Tony C and along with 6 hard core members of the Backyard Golf Society it looked as though it could be a very competitive round of golf. With a tee time of 09:20 we managed to get off early and even though the front nine greens had been sanded, the course was in reasonably good condition and quiet so it enabled everyone to get around in just under 4 hours.Andy M won the stableford competition with 33 points, just beating out Mike and Russell on 32.  Tony C won the nearest the pin prize and skin results were as follows: Andy M (5), Tony C (4), Mike (3), Russell (2), JJ (2), Andy Oz (1) and finally Terry C (1).last_img read more


Overtime 9-30-15…Michael Vick to the rescue

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_imgBILL NEAL:10—PYRO – TECH – NICS…a super fancy word for fireworks which is a fancy word for firecrackers…as we know it. Whatever you call it, don’t do it before the game. C’mon Man!:09—“Le’Veon Bell” clearly hasn’t missed a step. A supremely conditioned athlete to be sure, with a great skill set…of course some “good weed” doesn’t hurt either! OK, OK, once again I’m the bad guy. You know you were thinking it too.:08—Yeah, I’m at my spot…no, not that spot…no, not that spot either. Oh please, stop.  You know if I tell ya, I’d have to kill ya!  Anyway, from where I sit, the questions about the Steelers defense seem to be answered.  They treated the Rams like they tried to set ‘em on fire…oh wait, they did try to set ‘em on fire! (For you Oliver grads, please see #10.)last_img read more


Dylan’s going places

Posted On Aug 5 2020 by

first_img“You get paid a little bit of money to go and explore the world and have fun with your friends…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


Dortmund right-back Toljan completes move to Celtic

Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgToljan, who has played for Germany at every youth level, spent five years with Hoffenheim before moving to Dortmund in 2017. However, he has not enjoyed regular game time this season and will now push to help Brendan Rodgers’ side as they aim to complete another domestic treble and progress in Europe. Celtic have signed Jeremy Toljan on loan from Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season.A delegation from Scotland travelled to Germany to conclude negotiations ahead of the transfer deadline and Toljan will now move to Glasgow to join up with his new teammates.Speaking to the official Celtic website, Jeremy said: “This is an exciting move for me and I’m delighted to be joining a club like Celtic, which has a great reputation throughout Europe.“I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and working with the manager, and I’ll be doing everything I can to help the team to be successful in the remainder of this season.”last_img read more


Republicans Use Social Media Too

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgDuring the election season, Barack Obama’s campaign got a lot of kudos for its use of social media tools. As we noted in our post entitled Obama’s Social Media Advantage, both Presidential candidates used the web and social media tools to connectto their followers and organize their campaigns – but Obama got much more mileage out of it. Furthermore, after the election result Obama’s team immediately launched change.gov. It’s a new site for the President-Elect that appears to be crowdsourcing the political agenda, for example by asking the American people to share their stories and their goals.Not to be outdone, or left behind, this week the Republican party launched a new website that makes use of social media tools. Let’s take a look…Described as a “grassroots Web site”, RepublicanForAReason.com was developed by the Republican National Committee (RNC). It has similar aims to Obama’s change.gov, in that it’s a platform for supporters to share their opinions about the future direction of the party. As RNC Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan said in a press release, “we need to hear what our volunteers, activists, elected leaders, and party members think about the Republican Party as we rebuild, re-focus, and renew our bond with the American people.”The homepage features a video (the first half of which is all Ronald Reagan), options to upload video or text to the site, a bright red ‘Donate’ button, a link to the party’s Facebook group, and more. It even features an AddThis.com bookmarking pop-up widget. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Judging by the text and video entries uploaded so far, the site hasn’t gotten major traction yet. There are 325 text entries and just 17 video entries. The site has a useful search filter and community ratings – although there’s no apparent way to comment on individual submissions. The video section needs work; the screens are tiny and users need to click through to YouTube to view full-screen. And again there is no way to comment. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… One noticeable difference between RepublicanForAReason.com and Obama’s change.gov is that the content submissions for change.gov don’t currently display on the public website. In fact there’s no indication where those messages go and if they will be published at all. The change.gov blog asks readers to “keep sending your stories and we’ll keep learning from them.” But it’d be great if everything was published on the site. RepublicanForAReason.com appears to have no filter, which means it’s open to be mocked by The Daily Show – but good on them for publishing the public’s submissions.ConclusionOverall, RepublicanForAReason.com feels a little underdone – possibly rushed in response to the Obama campaign’s dominating presence in social media. However we do give RepublicanForAReason.com points for being more open than change.gov in publishing public submissions.Back in June, ReadWriteWeb reviewed the websites of Obama and McCain – and we came away impressed with both. We wrote that Obama’s website was a tour de force of web magic, with seemingly every social networking base covered. McCain’s website was impressive too – donations, calls to get involved, and social networking were features to the fore. So both parties have effectively used the Web this year – check out this article by Adult ADD Strengths for detailed stats – and are continuing to tap the Internet with new sites post-election.Whatever your political persuasion, it’s great to see politicians opening up for public stories and opinions using the Web. There’s improvement needed on both RepublicanForAReason.com and change.gov, but soliciting the thoughts of citizens via the Web is a good start. Let’s hope the politicians on both sides actually listen and respond to them.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#NYT#politics#web richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Store employees take down armed shoplifting suspect

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgEmployees at a Chico, California grocery store apprehended an armed shoplifting suspect early Tuesday and detained him until police arrived.According to a police news release, the incident started around 3 a.m. Tuesday at Winco Foods at 2060 E. 20th Street. Employees contacted a man allegedly trying to steal alcohol from the business.Police said when the employees tried to detain him, there was a struggle in front of the business. During the struggle, a loaded gun fell from the suspect’s pocket. Employees retrieved the gun and held the suspect down until Chico police officers arrived about three minutes later.- Sponsor – KRCRTV.com Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more


Review Sweden – Switzerland

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgAn unlucky deflection by Manuel Akanji was the difference in Sweden’s 1-0 win over Switzerland.The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018RB Leipzig v Hannover 96 - BundesligaForsberg: RB Leipzig will improve under Nagelsmann Andrew Smyth – October 4, 2018 RB Leipzig winger Emil Forsberg feels that things will improve once Julian Nagelsmann takes charge of the club in the summerThe 31-year-old currently coaches…The first serious attempt at goal in Saint Petersburg came in the 8th minute, when Marcus Berg found himself in a position to endanger Yann Sommer’s net, but shot the ball way off the intended target. Seconds later, a Swiss defensive error led to another potentially dangerous situation. Both of Sweden’s attempts in the aftermath of the mistake were blocked. The match was pretty even. At first Sweden had more possession, then it was Switzerland who controlled the ball. Neither of them was really creative. What they were was careful and cagey. Switzerland’s attacking philosophy was simple. The center forward (in today’s case Josip Drmic) acted as a decoy to draw the central defenders outside of the box. The ball was given to Shaqiri, who after a couple of dribbles crosses the ball with his left foot in search of an incoming Steven Zuber ор Blerim Dzemaili, who made forward runs as shadow strikers.Yann Sommer successfully stopped Marcus Berg’s second chance of the match in the 29th minute. The Swiss goalkeeper had to fully stretch to make the save too. Mikael Lustig was the recipient of the first booking today. Dzemaili was in an excellent position to score in the 39th minute. His powerful shot from inside the penalty area went over the bar. It was Switzerland’s best opportunity up to that point. Albin Ekdal had an even better chance two minutes later, but managed to miss from close range after a great Lustig cross. Opportunities like that come rare in cautious matches such as this one. Missing them could have turned out to be very costly. The first half went as expected and finished scoreless.After 20 minutes of fouls and continuous interruptions, Sweden took the lead the only way it could in a game such as this one – from an own goal. Emil Forsberg found some space and took a shot that was going straight at the keeper. However, Akanji put a leg where he needn’t have and diverted the ball inside his own net. A killer blow for Switzerland. In the 73rd minute, Embolo and Seferovic replaced Dzemaili and Zuber. Vladimir Petkovic’s men realized the gravity of the situation and started piling on the pressure. Corner kick after corner kick, the Swedes kept backing down further and further inside their own box.Martin Olsson for Emil Forsberg and Emil Krafth for Mikael Lustig were the game’s next substitutions. Janne Andersson’s men were confident defensively. Olsen kept his cool on a Seferovic header in the first of three injury-time minutes. In the last minute, Sweden went into a counter attack. Martin Olsson was flying towards the keeper, leaving Lang with no choice but to push the Swedish player in order to prevent him from scoring. Damir Skomina showed on the penalty spot and sent the Swiss defender to the locker room. VAR showed the foul occurred just outside the box, Skomina overturned his decision, Sommer saved the ensuing free kick attempt and the final whistle sounded. An own goal was the difference. Sweden moves on.last_img read more