Each of us has a recording playing in our minds.

Twenty-nine years ago this spring Mrs. Bill (Melba) Akason phoned us with the news the Oskaloosa Community School District had hired a new orchestra director.

In regards to the new construction on C Avenue West that has been completed. I returned from work this last weekend to find my road was opened back up and was glad.

One of the most pressing issues facing our country is the need to upgrade the nation's water infrastructure.

People have different ways of escaping the stress and difficulties in their lives. Some read; some exercise; others might work in their gardens.

I don’t know if you will agree with me or not but I think that people behave differently when they wear different clothes. Like dress clothes versus casual clothes.

Concerned. As some of you are aware, most are not, we have an illegal shooting range operating in the western part of our county.

Mugs are given to people, places, things or ideas that I feel could or should be discussed over a cup of coffee.

Those of us hearty souls in the Midwest have just endured bone-chilling cold that few will experience unless you travel to the poles.

The disappearance of our local stores has left a void in our community. Our thoughts go back to a time when our sidewalks were filled with shoppers and you could walk into one store and out and back into another. We feel as if our quality of life has changed with the loss of the stores as well.

Former Oskaloosa head football coach Jerry Staton was honored this morning as one of the “50 greatest Iowa high school football coaches of all time” by the Des Moines Register. What a wonderful honor for a man who devoted his life to teaching young people great life lessons through the sport…

Most of us tell our children or grandchildren to use their inside voice when trying to communicate with others. But I have noticed lately that most of us do not set that example when we are communicating with each other in the adult world.

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This week I learned there are neighbors in Oskaloosa that have no place to live. It broke my heart. We need to do something about this. It made me cry. It should make you cry.

Paul McCartney said it best: Aretha Franklin was not just the Queen of Soul, she was “the Queen of our souls.”

If I didn’t know how wealthy I was before, I absolutely know it now. I am not talking about monetary wealth. I am talking about the wealth that can only be had through the love and support of good friends.

I have a beast living within me. It has been with me from my earliest memory. I tried to suppress it and pretended it wasn’t there but at times when it was least expected, it would rear its ugly head and cause havoc inside of me. I had never named the beast, as I always tried to pretend it d…

I deal with many types of people every day in my line of work. Personalities from one end of the spectrum to the other. I always try to see the best in everyone and I keep that opinion until they give me a reason to think otherwise.

A long-time friend, Bob Wis once recalled that his five-year-old son asked, “Dad. Are you old?”

These past two weekends I have spent at a wedding for my cousin or a bridal shower for my cousin. Now when I say cousin I don’t mean first cousins. These are the children of my cousins.

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Pella Corporation wishes to express our ongoing appreciation [to The Honorable Jim Mueller, Members of the Pella City Council, Members of PACE, Members of SCRAA] for your important and thoughtful work regarding the future of air transportation for the City of Pella and the surrounding region…

Paul DeGeest, candidate for the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors and former sheriff, is asking that question in relationship to the county's need for a new communication system to serve first responders, law enforcement, fire districts and residents. 

It is unacceptable that someone running for county supervisor would allow any of the county's farmland to be destroyed for a wanted, not needed, airport – much less Heritage and Century farms.

Republican voters of 2nd Congressional District have a choice for Representative other than Chris Peters, who is on the ballot. He is a Libertarian turned Republican who ran in 2016 and was defeated by Dave Loebsack. What makes him think he can win this year?

There’s something about home-speak that is comforting like a big bowl of mashed potatoes with a little sweet corn mixed in. Some of us inherit that colloquialism, and we can often find ourselves talking the same.

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A letter to the Editor: I would like to recognize some very respectful citizens in Oskaloosa concerning funeral processions.

I had another visitor this week. This time a very dear old friend, Rosie Shafer, came to see me. I can see all of you smiling at the thought Rosie brings to your mind because you rarely see Rosie without a big smile on her face, and that smile is contagious.

Whether it’s a broken relationship with the person you are sure is the love of your life or being fired from a job you believed was your career and calling. Maybe a parent or child said something unimaginable to you and cut you so deep you cannot forget. Or maybe your best friend betrayed yo…

You’ve probably heard it before. There’s a lot of salad dressings out there that can sabotage an attempt to eat healthy. But there’s more to label reading that a quick scan for fat and calories. Ever wonder what kind of additives, food dyes, and added sugars you’re putting on your greens? He…

I know, my heading for this column made you think I was going to write about how much I love spring and how it makes everything seem all new again. You also thought I was going to share with you how much fun the spring season brings into our lives.

My thoughts about the country schools around our county has drawn interest and sharing of stories about many of the country school teachers. Several feature articles have been shared through the pages of the Herald.

We all get into a routine for our life … a rut. Our lives evolve into a place of comfortability. We go to bed and wake up at a certain time. Our morning routine is standardized and repeated every day. We have developed a default way of living and if we are not careful, we descend into a leve…

So many days I look forward to the mail delivery to my mailbox at the Herald. I never know what might be inside those envelopes and packages coming to me in the mail.

Human beings are attracted to tragedy. It’s coded somewhere within our DNA. We say we would rather avoid the exposure, but as terrible events unfold, we lock our eyes and hearts on them and never let them go.

I ran across some old clippings the other day. I had saved them for future reference as I often do. I am amazed at how his words ring true even today.

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to be in the beginning of a new year! I have a dream, a plan and anticipation of success. I’m excited about the opportunities and prospects for joy and happiness. I hope you feel the same way. Optimism drives our success. Let’s be positive about our futur…

Nothing inspires hope quite like new year. An optimistic state of mind inspired by an expectation of positive outcomes is encouraging and refreshing. Hope renews the human spirit and keeps us forward looking for something better to come. I love that Aristotle said, “Hope is a waking dream,” …

I love Christmas but I honestly hate Christmas shopping.

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Obituaries

Jeanetta VanDerHart, 92, passed away late Monday evening at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House. Jeanetta was one of 11 siblings and is survived by four brothers: Godert Vander Hart of Waterloo, IA, James Vander Hart of New Sharon, IA, Raymond Vander Hart of Pella, Clarence Vander Hart of Ari…

OSKALOOSA [mdash] Funeral services will be Friday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. at Bates Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday, June 27, at Bates Funeral Chapel starting at 12:00 p.m. with family present 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.