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The plan was solidified: I’d go to my “usual” store, choose a suitable couch, arrange for delivery, then arrange to have the old couch removed, along with a couple of other superfluous items that should have been taken to the landfill years ago, prior to delivery of the new couch. I’d worry …

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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The plan was solidified: I’d go to my “usual” store, choose a suitable couch, arrange for delivery, then arrange to have the old couch removed, along with a couple of other superfluous items that should have been taken to the landfill years ago, prior to delivery of the new couch. I’d worry …

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Because my pontoon boat is running rough and it’s on a dock at Raystown Lake, I stopped to chat with Brook at Brooks Marine in Greenvillage. We checked three of the four coils, but couldn’t reach the fourth, which is the one Brook thinks it might be.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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While obsessing over the purchase of a new piece of furniture, I barely had enough brain cells left to think of anything else.

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Did you send your antlerless license application last week? I almost forgot, but remembered at the last minute. I send for two antlerless licenses each year, not to kill more deer, but to have an opportunity to hunt does at camp in Wildlife Management Unit 4B. If I can’t kill a doe at camp, …

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I got in my car this afternoon, and quite literally couldn’t breathe. The heat this year has been stifling, to say the least, and as I drove along, blasting hot air from the vents and rolling the windows down, I was reminded, again, of what it must be like to be a four-legged friend.

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Did you notice the news story about the western drought and fires? I noticed the part of the story about the Colorado River that flows through the Grand Canyon. The article said guides on Lake Mead were having a difficult time launching their boats because of the severe drop in water levels.

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We sold our motorhome a few weeks ago for a variety of reasons. Primarily because we weren’t using it with the lack of campsites, when we wanted to camp but because it was sitting much more than getting used. We watched it every morning as we sat on the front porch sipping hot coffee and now…

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Ninety degrees with the threat of rain reminds me of our first trip to the summer house in New Hampshire.

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Heat wave. High humidity. Record high temperatures in the Northwest.

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When “Perk” Perkins bought Orvis, it was a small company outside of Manchester, Vermont. Along with building the fly shop into a worldwide fly fishing company, he also started wingshooting schools with his own line of shotguns fitted to each shooter, much like the traditional English shootin…

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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It’s a funny thing about things. Everything, or almost everything, we buy is worth less the day after we bring it home.

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It only makes sense that when one household item goes bad, others will follow.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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At some point along our life’s journey, we learn that not all relationships were meant to last forever.

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I took a deer hair popper down to a pond I know, the same spun deer hair popper I teach at fly tying sessions. It’s a lot simpler and easier to tie than the commercial versions they sell at fly shots for $3 or $4.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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WALK WITH ME! We can walk down the fencerow and around the pond. It shouldn’t be too wet, even with all the rain. We want to be a bit quieter today because we might see one of the secretive critters that live on our small farm.

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I don’t get on my bully pulpit often, but sometimes when I see what Teddy Roosevelt said about “lies, damned lies and statistics,” I get fed up with lying politicians and their misinterpretation of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.

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There’s a tiny strawberry patch in our yard and this year’s crop, although not yet ready for harvest, appears to be a record-setter. Last year’s yield topped out at about five berries, so a pint this year would be a vast improvement. My agricultural experience (mostly lack thereof) tells me …

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Among a pile of old magazines I sorted through the other day as I sat under a pine tree behind the garage, I found an old Field and Stream from December of 1939. I must have found the old outdoor magazine somewhere, but I couldn’t remember where or when.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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Ruffles, our springer spaniel, sits patiently outside the reloading shed, even in the rain. I guess she doesn’t mind getting a little wet from what my Grandma Ferris called a soft Irish rain. But, there’s a big soft chair inside where I sometimes like to sit and read on balmy afternoons. She…

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Most of the time, it seems that questions on Facebook are meant to remind the reader of his/her advancing age. There’ll be a photo of a 1950s era sliding board with the query, “Who remembers how hot these got in summer?” or “Who survived riding in the back of a pickup truck?”

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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We pulled into Point Camp on Raystown Lake last Sunday evening and shivered under our down comforter, refusing to close windows or turn on the furnace in our camper. I suppose it wasn’t that cold, maybe 36 degrees, but it felt cold.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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I’ve been wanting to attend the Southern Side by Side Championship and Spring Classic in North Carolina ever since I read an advertisement for it years ago.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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One of the most confusing things about fly fishing is when to use which flies. If you are fortunate enough to have a mentor, that’s great. If not, my friend Ted put together what he learned from a lot of years fishing for trout in moving water.