Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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It seems that the viney honeysuckles are always blooming on the banks of Clay at graduation time. Its yellow and white flowers, and sweet, unforgettable scent, still brings back memories of my own high school graduation. Although it has been 64 years since I stepped up and received my diploma, poignant memories flow through the recesses of my mind of that long ago time. There are shadowy images of young people of the past who populate my mind and live again in their youth.

Some of them are...

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Steve looked out from the turret of his cabin and watched the sun set behind the mountain. Branding is over for the spring, and he was able to get away from the ranch for a few days, so here he was, in his private castle, sipping private coffee, looking down at his private horse eating hay in his private corral.

For a man who has spent most of his life in a bunkhouse, a suite at the Ritz couldn’t be more wonderful than this little hole-up spot in the mountains.

He slid open one of the turret...

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Joan’s diamond-in-a square quilt made from her favorite fabrics brought tears of joy and gratitude to her eyes.

It took a village of dedicated quilters to fulfill the wish of Joan to have her final quilts finished before she passes.

After publishing “A quilter’s wish before dying” in The Waynedale News, slowly but surely quilters started to respond. Some of them read about Joan’s dilemma in The Waynedale News while other quilters who lived further away had the article read to them over the phone by friends or family who read about her in the WDN.

Earlier today I stopped by Joan’s apartment. I had been...

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May has gathered her full green skirts about her and left our hills, allowing June to enter with her roses, brides and graduates. Each year brings a new crop of high school graduates; proud and tearful parents and relieved teachers. June is a delightful month, a tantalizing prelude to summer. The fields and meadows are filled with masses of daisies that march down the sloping road banks and line the highway with their golden-eyed blossoms.

The air bears the scent of summer; the sweet smell of...

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Fourth-grade Waynedale Elementary student DelaneyJensen, holds the traditional pioneer cornhusk doll created by Mary Lyons. The map the students made of the various western routes hangs behind her.

This year the 4th grade team at Waynedale Elementary devised an interactive, cross-curricular (writing, social studies and math) unit to study the Westward Expansion in such a manner to make it relevant to the students.

According to teacher Lauri Phillips, “The students were given a list of supplies to pick from to take on their travels. They were told how much each item weighed and the total weight that could be packed into their wagon. Without much guidance they picked their supplies. Along...

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It has been 63 years ago, since I graduated from high school. The viney honeysuckle is climbing over the banks below the old school building again, just as it always does at graduation time. There is no scent that brings back the memories of high school days like the perfume of this flower. I can close my eyes, and I am back in that old building that is now the Clay Middle School. The main part of the building burned long ago, but it is still there in my mind.

I found an old article that I...

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