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Kid Tested, Uncle Approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lincoln L. Hayes   

Star Wars: Clone Wars, the series

I’m not at all ashamed to admit that I was immensely excited for the “Star Wars” prequels to come out in the early 2000s.

I had discovered the original trilogy thanks, strangely enough, to the “Weird Al” Yankovic song “Yoda,” his parody of “Lola.”

My family wasn’t big into “Star Wars” (and still isn’t), but my brother had seen most of, if not all of, “Return of the Jedi” in school. I asked him never-ending questions about the movies, trying to figure out what they were about based on the song and the very little knowledge he retained from watching the last of a trilogy he didn’t actually care about.

I finally watched the original trilogy on VHS and then got the re-mastered box set for Christmas a few years later. I couldn’t wait for “The Phantom Menace.”

And then it came out.

Then, “Attack of the Clones” followed. Then (*shudders*), “Revenge of the Sith.”

Needless to say, they are terrible movies.

But then, a mini-series came out in 2003 called “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” which focused on the time between “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.” And it was awesome! Exciting, intriguing and, best of all, hand-drawn animation. None of the terrible CGI they used in the movies.

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Holyoke Enterprise May 28, 2015

It's the Pitts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lee Pitts   

Don’t do it yourself

It seems like if you are anyone of significance these days you simply must have your very own personal assistant — a “P.A.” You know, someone to organize your closet, wrap your packages, run your errands, manage your life, pay your bills and offer lifestyle advice.

Just think guys, having your own P.A. would be like having a get-out-of-jail-free card because you can send them to the store to buy your wife flowers to show how much you love her (just not enough to go to the florist to buy them yourself).

It used to be that personal assistants and lifestyle managers were just for the rich who could not manage their own lives and were on “life support.” These personal assistants used to be known as butlers, valets, servants, maids, concierges and slaves, but now, even poor people can have a P.A., just as long as they have a smartphone.

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, this whole personal assistant thing started with something called UBER. Instead of hailing a cab in a big city, all you do is call UBER, and someone driving their own car, which could be an old Yugo or a used hearse, will pick you up and haul you to your destination.

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Holyoke Enterprise May 28, 2015

Extension Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Langelo, Golden Plains Area Extension   

FireWise plants

What are FireWise plants? These are plants which are more fire resistant than others. Keep in mind fire resistant does not mean a plant is fireproof.

What makes a plant more fire resistant? There are several characteristics of fire resistant plants, such as: leaves that are moist and supple; low sap or resin; and little dead wood within the plant.

On the other hand, plants which are extremely flammable have the following characteristics: leaves, twigs and stems containing volatile waxes, terpenes or oils; leaves which are aromatic; plants which contain dead material within the plant; plants with loose or papery bark; and sap that is gummy, resinous and has a strong odor.

The days of foundation plantings of the 1950s are gone. Whether a plant is fire resistant or highly flammable the further away from the house the better. A five-foot area is recommended for a defensible space around your home before placing a plant.

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Holyoke Enterprise May 28, 2015