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Servicemembers teach Afghans the ways of small-town government


Fort CampbellKHAYR KOT DISTRICT, Afghanistan — Before deploying with his battalion to Afghanistan, Lt. Col. David Fivecoat did something unusual to prepare his men.

He took his company commanders to a city council meeting in Clarksville, Tenn., across the border from their base at Fort Campbell, Ky., to “see the workings of small-town government.”

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper addresses the soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division.

Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper addresses the soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division.

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Rivers & Spires’s Last Band Standing Results


Z97.5’s hosted its 2010 “Last Band Standing” at the Rivers & Spires Festival Friday & Saturday. Friday’s winner was “Kris Bell”. After Forgotten Fable took the stage at 5pm Saturday, they were announced as the day’s winner. With both days winners announced they went “head to head” to get the crowd and the judge’s final pick as 2010 “Last Band Standing”.

Forgotten Fable was the last band scheduled to play for Saturday’s semi-finals, they had the largest and most involved crowd their first time around, and also their first time playing in Clarksville. Forgotten Fable is sure to come back as the band was guaranteed a spot at The Warehouse. After Forgotten Fable played their first set of the evening and were announced the day’s winners, they were immediately thrown into the finals.

Forgotten Fable playing at Rivers and Spires (Z97.5FM)

Forgotten Fable playing at Rivers and Spires (Z97.5FM)

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Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers


Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers are really tasty and even my picky eater likes them. Roll them out very, very… very thinly. If you only roll them out to a quarter inch thick, they will be kind of chewy, which is OK, but if you like crisp crackers, go ahead and roll them out to 1/8 inch. I substituted maple syrup for the honey because I was out of honey and I substituted more whole wheat flour for the extra bran this time. Either way is great! «Read the rest of this article»

It’s too late to send me flowers when I’m already gone


An elderly couple

This is a true story but the names of the people have been changed.

By the time I met them, both Jack and Alice were in their senior years. Originally from Chicago, Jack was a retired high school counselor and Alice still taught voice lessons in their home. Jack was short, bald and a bit rotund; he had an amazing mind and a great sense of humor. Alice was petite, had wavy white hair, and had a pleasant smile for everyone.

They lived in a huge Victorian home on one of the premier streets of Charlottesville. All the rooms in the massive first floor had very high ceilings. Jack had built bookcases in every single room except the kitchen and bathrooms. He was a book and theater memorabilia collector. The bookshelves were two and three deep with books of every description, all catalogued by subject. He had all kinds of theater programs, newspaper articles about performances, and photographs of actors.

Jack and Alice traveled to England many times during their marriage. Jack’s primary purpose was to attend theater performances and to buy books. He always insisted that they stay in the least expensive accommodations possible and scrimp on meals in order to use most of their available funds on his hobbies.

Eventually Jack died. He left Alice with his massive collections. She sold huge categories of his books and scores of theater memorabilia books to university libraries and discerning collectors. She also sold many of their valuable antiques and moved into a tiny cottage for a while.

Soon she traveled alone to Paris, the vacation Jack and she had always planned for “some day.” «Read the rest of this article»

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