From The Editor

Please do not read this; it’s bad for your rheumatis’

“This column, written by Mark Fausz, It’s the best thing since sliced bread,” a booming voice over said while a happy couple reads the Village News.


Rick Gray

September song

For many Americans, September means two things – back-to-school and football.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

From the outside in

Here lately, it seems like a lot of fires have started on the outside of homes and traveled to the inside. Whether it is a cigarette thrown into a mulch bed, a faulty electrical outlet or a grill on a deck, outside fires seem to be on the rise.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max forgets things

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I know I am getting a tad older...which is better than the alternative...but I do get a bit frustrated that I am getting more forgetful as time goes by.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Enterovirus D68

As children return to school each fall, there tends to be a significant rise in visits to the doctor for a wide variety of respiratory illness. The usual suspects are cold and flu viruses including rhinoviruses, adenoviruses and the influenza viruses.


Gardening With Gita

Berry-bearing Shrub Brings Beauty To Summer Garden

A while back – perhaps a good while back – I noticed a shrub, fairly large in size, growing in an area adjacent to the building of our post office along with some other vegetation. And, every time I parked the car on a small street, which I still find as a convenient place to park to access the post office


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

You aren't perfect

As I sit here writing this, the morning air has that wonderfully crisp bite floating through it; my morning coffee comforts me a bit more than usual, and the children had to wear jackets while out waiting for the school bus. I do believe that autumn is on its way.


Anthony Barnes

Menopause and weight gain in the midsection

Question of the Month: I expected to gain weight during menopause but I didn’t think that most of it would be in my midsection. This is not where I usually put on weight. Is there a reason for this?


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.