As long as there have been county fairs, there has been a tradition of difficult goodbyes. This year, that tradition comes by way of 11-year-old Annie Burnett. But Annie has made a bit of a tradition herself of the unexpected.
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Dear Abby: I had a close friend from middle school into adulthood. (I’ll call her Lacey.) We were each other’s maids of honor and best friends for years. A few years ago we had a falling out. She was going through a tough time and lashed out at me. When I tried to have a conversation with her to tell her I didn’t like how she was treating me, she told me to “have a nice life.”
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Dear Abby: Whatever happened to respecting one’s elders and recognizing grandparents as head of the family? I recently returned from visiting my son, his wife and my new grandchild. My son’s wife and I had many disagreements on how to care for my grandchild. Instead of respecting my years of experience as a mother and appreciating my help, she chose to ignore my instructions and advice.
More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released its debut album — “Just Another Band from East L.A.” Since then, the group has repeatedly disproved that title — having played some of the world’s biggest venues and sharing the stage with some of the biggest touring rock acts in music history, opening tour dates for Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Eric Clapton, U2 and the Grateful Dead, to name a few.
Dear Abby: I am a 22-year-old male and my brother, “Brian,” is 14. When I was 9, our parents split up. After a year, Mom realized she was a lesbian. She is married now to a younger woman, and they are starting a family through in vitro fertilization. Mom’s wife is carrying twins — a boy and a girl.
Dear Abby: We recently moved to a new neighborhood. Soon thereafter, some kids who were at our house playing with our kids began rooting through my pantry for snacks. A few days later, kids from another family did the same thing. (I would die of embarrassment if I found out mine ever behaved that way.)
Throughout its history, Aberdeen has dealt with issues regarding the streets. The first permanent roads were filled with sawdust and laid over with planking. In 1909 the sawdust was dug out and hauled off, and river dredgings were used to fill in the central downtown area. More recently, the Aberdeen City Council passed a much-debated plan to reduce Wishkah Street from three to two lanes, and a major paving job is underway on Market Street. Here are some of the other street issues that the citizens of Aberdeen had to deal with once upon a time.
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Can you believe we’re in August already? Summers have such a way of hurtling by!
Fans of spontaneous jam sessions would be wise to head to the Welcome Inn at 520 23rd St. in Hoquiam tonight for a little under-the-radar concert.
Dear Abby: I have been close to my best friend for three years. A year ago we decided to date. We have a wonderful relationship on almost every level. The only issue I have is that he’s reluctant to open up about his past. He is a very private person, and I know it’s because of his upbringing. This has sparked many debates between us that have ended less than pleasantly.
When the curtain rises on the 7th Street Kids program Friday night in Hoquiam, a certain symbolism will be on display. To wit, this year’s production of “My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale” is about a father reflecting on what his imagination has created. The lively musical is based on the well-known Disney story “Adventures of Pinocchio.”