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This day in history1777: During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Bennington took place. New England's minutemen routed the British regulars.1812: Detroit fell to Indian and British troops in the War of 1812.1858: A telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to U.S. President...
Brittan Schmidt updateA website has been set up to keep concerned area residents, family and friends up to date on Brittan Schmidt's journey receiving potentially groundbreaking treatments for his rare and advanced type of brain cancer.Two pages of the site, www.brittanschmidtsbattlewithcancer.com...
How about this calm summer weather? Nothin' but sunny skies and temperatures from the mid- to high-80s forecasted through next Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The storms cleared out just in time for Saturday's Apple Pie Jamboree in Pateros, which was by all accounts a big hit...
Electric skiesIt's become a common sight for all of us over the past month: watching bright, sharp bolts of lightning crack in the sky over our small towns day and night. As of this writing early Tuesday morning, wildfires have burned up more than 3,000 combined acres since July 13, just between...
Annie Amerika updateGale Wilkison of Bridgeport, traveling across the U.S. with the moniker "Annie Amerika," celebrated Independence Day this year in our nation's capitol."I made it to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial today," she wrote on her Facebook page. "When I came around the corner and saw 'The...
Annie Amerika updateGale Wilkison began her day on Wednesday, June 27 by giving away another free American flag - this one to a woman named Diana living in Port Clinton, Ohio.After noticing a chunk of rubber missing from one of her front tires, Wilkison - who lives and works in Bridgeport - took...
Because our next edition comes out July 5, we hope you and your family had a happy Independence Day!The Herald received a news story this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about safe food preparation for barbecues and picnics. To avoid food poisioning, the USDA recommends the following...
OKANOGAN COUNTY - Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, fun!ARRL Field Day is a popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups...
Pateros school newsDuring the last Pateros school board meeting, Superintendent Lois Davies said April's school-wide enrollment was 288.56 FTE, or "full-time equivalent." Next year's kindergarten class was estimated at about 21 students, but more registrations were expected.Under the "What's right...
BREWSTER - Last week marked the start of the annual Summer Reading program at the Brewster Public Library."The theme this year is 'Dream Big,'" Librarian Judy Johnston wrote in an e-mail. "We will feature stories, crafts, activities and special events around the idea of dreams, wishes, hopes and...

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