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Topic: Write in the HUMOR genre (04/12/07)
TITLE: Countryside Chronicles
By Laurie Glass
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In Neighborhood News the other day, Richard Landon reported his neighbor Alton Johnsonís cows got out again and scared off Richardís chickens. It took the rest of the day to gather the chickens back and Richard charged Alton 20 bales of hay for all the trouble his cows caused. We donít need to get the police involved around here.
The Garden Greens section often has interesting pictures and they were especially fascinating this week since we just had our county fair. Sally Olson entered a green bean that was 15 inches long and got a merit award. Her cousin, Johnny, received a merit award for a potato shaped like a dinosaur. You think Iím making this up, but trust me, weíre wild about unique produce around here.
Dick Grenshaw made it on the front page this week for winning the hay bale stacking contest for the third consecutive year. Whoever stacks the most hay bales, three rows high, in 20 minutes wins. And, if you look at the picture real close, you can see the disgusted look on Manley Larsonís face. He came in second two years in a row and around these parts, we all know how Manley doesnít like to be second in anything.
The Haneyís had a close call last week when their 10 year old daughter, Emma, nearly drowned while swimming in the oat bin. When will these kids learn they canít swim in oat bins filled higher than their necks?
I read in the Exciting Events section that our annual Wild West Days celebration is coming up soon. There will be a rodeo, hog wrestling, stagecoach rides and even an all horse-drawn parade. There will be a variety of horses pulling the mayorís carriage, covered wagons, stagecoaches, an old-time funeral hearse and more. Move over Macyís Thanksgiving Day parade, here we come.
See, we have news, entertainment, and exciting moments out here. Shoot, I know we need cities and all they have to offer, but I rather like going to sleep in silence than to the sound of airplanes overhead. I prefer feeling safe and living where I donít have to look over my shoulder - well except when Iím in town the same time as Billy. Just when I least expect it, heís likely to come up behind me, scoop me up and take me on a hay ride. Anyway, maybe my life isnít fast-paced, but Iím never bored. I breathe in fresh air, listen to the birds sing, walk contentedly through the fields, and I smile every day.
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