June 1, 2016 Edition

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OM trip is
of a lifetime

When my son asked me if I would coach his Odyssey of the Mind team this past school year, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

What a journey it became! First, it was a journey to help the students transition from some guidelines on a sheet of paper to a successful competition season.

For those who are not familiar with OM, it is a creativity-based program, where the projects/performances must be solely the work of the students. Perhaps my biggest challenge was keeping my mouth shut and letting the kids figure things out for themselves.

Pictures of the Past

Johnny and Exa Recker, along with their daughters, Bobbye, Phyllis and Willette, enjoy their summers on this recreational houseboat on Black River near Powhatan. Johnny built the houseboat in the early 1950s at his farm, south of Hoxie, and transported it by truck to Black River. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of Phyllis Recker Smith

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