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The Monuments Men: About Time

By Sandra Olmsted

Director George Clooney’s timely The Monument Men chronicles the real-life adventure of the American lead effort to save the cultural history of Europe as the Allied Forces pursued the retreating Nazi army across the continent. According to The Monuments Men Foundation website, the Monuments Men were a force of about 345 men and women representing thirteen nations who were mostly “museum directors, curators, art historians, artists, architects, and educators. Their job description was simple: to protect cultural treasures so far as war allowed.”

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Dining Divas do Brunch at Roster’s

**Lisa Kampeter photo** revisedThe Dining Divas Have Lots to Crow About at Rooster

By Lisa Kampeter

If you’re like me, when you think of a rooster, you think of crowing.  You think of an annoying male chicken whose morning cry awakens even the heaviest of sleepers.   You may even think of him strutting his stuff, marking his territory.  Some may consider it romantic.  He stands guard protecting his flock, crowing loudly if predators approach.  I find it cocky, no pun intended.

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Switch of the Channel Puts New Reflection On Life and Families

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

Life is funny sometimes and other times it is down right cruel. I just sat down on Monday night in front of my home computer to write my column about Sundays big game and how it wasn’t what most people thought it would be.

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The Need to Connect: A Boon or a Curse?

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By Tom Anselm

You’ve seen it before, I am sure.  Several people sitting together. Friends, family.  Not talking. Looking down into their palms, their laps.  Not communicating.  Oh, wait, yes they are. Just not with each other.  Each  of them is  attentive only to some glowing electronic device.

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Jamestown Mall: Thanks for 40 Years of Memories

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By Tom Anselm

For most of my adult life, and certainly all of my married life, Jamestown Mall has always been there. It originally opened in 1973, with Stix, Baer and Fuller and Sears as it’s anchors.  The Famous-Barr wing came around in 1994, along with a bustling food court, and J. C. Penny’s in 1996.  People came from all parts of North County and even across from Alton as it grew and prospered.  It was our mall of choice.  The lovely Jill always referred to the last standing big store as “my Macy’s.”

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Sunday’s After Game Sherman Antics Help Manning & Broncos

**Randy Gardner photo**Well, the big game is set. It’s the Broncos and the Seahawks as you well know. Going into the games last week there were so many story lines that I had reasons why I wanted each team to win but after the games unfolded I have all new reasons to root for a certain team.

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