March 04, 2009 Edition

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Grandparents' corner

Sydney Noblin, three months, is the daughter of Curtis and Meagan Noblin of Hoxie.

Grandparents are Rodger and Belinda Noblin and Bruce and Ronda O'Connor, all of Hoxie.

She is the great-granddaughter of Ron and Barbara Brown of Minturn, Harvey and Ann Noblin and Peggy McCluskey, all of Walnut Ridge.

Time and
distance

It is said that the Europeans think that 100 miles is a long distance, and the Americans think that 100 years is very old. This seems true.

When I was growing up in Black Rock, we lived about a mile north of the Oak Forest Cemetery. I believe at the intersection of Highway 117 and the Cemetery Road there stood an old house that was supposed to be almost 100 years old and one of the first houses in Black Rock. I do not think that anyone was living there by then.

That was impressive for me, especially because Black Rock had been incorporated shortly before 1900. However, after living in Europe for a couple of years, I have a different feeling for old.

When I go to town here and walk down the street, I see several buildings that date from the early 1400s and were in use (and still are) before Columbus sat out to discover the New World. The buildings have been modernized several times over the centuries, but the faŤade has remained.

A couple of years ago my family and I were on vacation in South Tyrol, a German speaking area of Northern Italy. This area is especially known for its vineyards, apple orchards and beauty. Many vineyards offer refreshments to people trekking through the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains and some offer rooms. continued...


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