This area lost a wonderful man and good country doctor last week. Dr. O.A. Eide served this area for many years as a doctor and spent many of those years right here in Hancock. There are many people who have fond memories of him and his family and probably several who have reasons to thank him for his excellent care. Growing up in Hancock Dr. Eide was our family doctor as he was to virtually everyone in the community and surrounding area.
While the work on the Hancock City Park may not be progressing as steadily as first hoped, it is getting done. The park project is nearly complete and ready for use so the Hancock City Council decided it was time to set some rules and guidelines governing it's use. One of the first questions was who would be monitoring the park. City Clerk Andrea Swenson explained that she will be taking the reservations but there would need to be some communication between her and Police Chief Don Heikkinen regarding the names of those registered.
We are speeding toward the middle of July. Where has the first half of summer gone? It seems like we waited so long for it to arrive and now that it is here we need to really get into enjoying the season. One of the best parts of summer, for me, are the many celebrations that take place in area towns. I love attending some of the events like parades, concerts, craft fairs and especially enjoy the food stands.
Saturday is Independence Day. It doesn't matter if you are reading this on July 3, July 4 or any other day of the year. It is always Independence Day for Americans. July 4 is typically the day that we set aside to celebrate our independence. However, it is a privilege that we could actually celebrate any day of the year. We are so fortunate in our country to have the freedom to do nearly anything we like and yet with that freedom comes responsibility. We all know what those basic freedoms are as they are spelled out in the Bill of Rights.
When I was a teenager my mother often responded to my complaints with the statement 'just wait until you grow up'. Well, I am now grown up and believe it or not I really do understand the reasons behind some of the things I complained about as a teen.
This weekend we have an opportunity to do something that many of us set aside or save for special occasions.... thank our fathers. For some reason it is easy to take for granted the many things our fathers do for us and just assume that they know we appreciate it. However, since we have this special day, called Father's Day, we can and should take the time to thank them. I feel very fortunate to have had a wonderful father who was devoted to his family, worked hard to provide for us and in his own unique way, showed us how much he cared about us.
The older we get the more we learn. People younger than us may disagree with this statement but as they age they will also recognize the truth within. I have learned many things over the years and try to pass along some of that knowledge at any opportunity I get. There are published lists of some of the things a person just might learn at certain ages, and I'll share some of them with you. What we learn as we grow older At age 5 I learned that it is not always smart to go to bed with gum in your mouth.
You gotta try this I really didn't know that a person could have fun throwing around a bag of beans. I should add that while throwing you also aim for and try to land inside or near an 8-inch hole cut on a board. It is called Bean Bags. A fun game that can be played by any age and without too much difficulty. A few weeks ago my sister asked me if I would be interested in being her partner in a league starting up at Buddies Bar and Grill in Hancock. I usually try to avoid league type play because it means that I am committed to attend every week.
As the weather warms up, many minds turn to camping. No matter if you would term yourself as a 'sportsman' or just a fan of the great outdoors, camping is a wonderful way to enjoy the season. Over the years my husband and I have done our share of camping and while we did enjoy it, I have to say right now that you couldn't pay me to sleep in a tent again. It is not just the lumpy ground, array of bugs buzzing around or even the damp morning dew wetting everything inside.
Fishing season officially opened last weekend. We live on a lake but did not have the time, or maybe I should say energy, to put the boat in the water and give it a try. However we did notice the nearly 100 boats full of avid fisher-persons giving it their best. Instead, our opening day was spent working around the yard doing things like putting in the dock and mowing lawn.