Miles of Memories by Brenda Miles

“The Magic of Christmas” Today we live in a different world from the one I knew as a child. December 25 is referred to as the “Holiday Season,” “Yuletide,” “X-mas,” and other politically correct terms. But, in our house, it is CHRISTMAS, the birth of Christ, and we celebrate it as such. During these later […]

The Crazy Things We Did by Doug Nelson

“Christmas 1952” I always loved Christmas, and still do. But I remember one Christmas in particular. We always began the Christmas season on what is now called Black Friday with a family outing to pick out just the right tree. Normally, the day after Thanksgiving was cold and snow covered most of the ground in […]

Disabilities by By Daniel J. Vance, MS, LPCC

Loretta Claiborne: Revisited Last week, I began telling you about Loretta Claiborne, an African American who was born poor, partially blind, and with an intellectual disability. She didn’t walk until age 4. Eventually, she had a Disney movie made about her life. She was an early participant in the Special Olympics and used that experience to […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“Out of the Tunnel: Doug Abernethy is Called to be a Counselor ” This series of stories about a Fairfield Bay resident, Doug Abernethy, originally focused on his years as an original member of the U.S. Special Forces, the forerunner of such elite units as the Green Berets, the Navy Seals, Delta Force, and Rangers. […]

Disabilities by Daniel J. Vance, MS, LPCC

Loretta Claiborne Ran to Success You may have seen the Disney made-for-TV movie, The Loretta Claiborne Story, in which a partially blind, African-American woman, with an intellectual disability, growing up in a poor, single-parent family became a successful marathon runner and eventual winner of the 1996 ESPN “ESPY Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.” If you […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“ Light at the End of a Long Tunnel” After six aimless years following his discharge from the Navy/Special Forces, FFB resident, Doug Abernethy, embarked on a mission to help afflicted people – especially his fellow servicemen, and himself – both plagued with emotional problems and addictions. Dealing with the debilitating effects of his own […]

The Crazy Things We Did by Doug Nelson

“Thanksgiving” There are several holidays that come to mind when I think of wonderful times with family and friends. I don’t remember just what year it was, but Mom had planned a dinner for the whole family, in-laws and outlaws alike. The turkey was so large it barely even fit in the oven, with all […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“Special Forces Veteran Takes on a Tough Inner Battle” After serving four years as a member of the U.S. Special Forces, battling Communist insurgents in the jungles of Africa and Vietnam, FFB resident, Doug Abernethy, returned to civilian life in late 1962. With his bride, Julie, and a baby son in tow, Doug backtracked to […]

Miles of Memories by Brenda Miles

Surprise! We are already in the midst of another election.; and with a full year to go, I am already a bit tired of all the debates, media coverage and backstabbing that is going on. It almost makes me reluctant to turn on the television or pick up a newspaper. Just the other night, I […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

This column will answer some of the questions asked recently by its growing handful of readers. Q.“I don’t read your column because it is too long! Can’t you shorten it a little?” A. My answer is the same as what Mozart said when the Archduke’s music minister, Saleri, complained that Mozart’s Minuet had ‘too many […]