By ALICE BRANDAU
Our thoughts are with cousin Ed (George) Anderson and his wife Pat, who have lost their home due to the fires in Colorado Springs, Colo. They built it 15 years ago and at present are allowed to stay in a hotel for a few weeks. It leaves me very little to complain about.
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Almost a complete family, with the exception of one, gathered at the Martalock home for their annual Fourth of July weekend. Daughter Peggy and family of Massachusetts, Jeff and Lynn of Tomah, and Jon and May Ann Hill of Marshfield, Wis., and all their families enjoyed an evening of picnicking and socializing, along with some carefully planned fireworks Saturday evening. Dave and Myrna Fauska and Joe and Marge Collins also were guests, and my husband Bob and I stopped in to say hi. Josh Martalock of Duluth, Minn., was unable to join them this year.
Bob and I watched the Hillsboro Oriole baseball team play the last game of its tournament on Sunday. The Orioles were winning until this game, but it was exciting to watch them come from behind and leave with a score of 12-13. They did well.
We had a new wood fence built Saturday, and when they dug two feet down for the posts, it was powdery dry. “It is what it is,” they say, but how we pray for a rain to bring moisture to the crops and gardens. Some cornfields in the valleys are far above knee high but now show signs of stress.
I had been using gallon jugs to water flowers at the Round House Park in Kendall, and then “my honey” fashioned a 55-gallon barrel with a new spigot on the bottom, thus making watering easier. On Friday morning, when Bob went to town, the barrel was gone. If you happen to see a bright blue barrel with a $13 spigot on the bottom, it’s likely ours.
Now we are looking at a week of July 4 celebrations and talking about freedoms we are so blessed to have.
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Brandau-Hill Auction Service will be in Ontario on Saturday, July 7, helping the community raise money for a village park. It is a worthwhile project, and we’re happy to help make it happen. The auction, which will start at 3 p.m., will consist of many great donations.
And that’s it for July 2, 2012.