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Columns by Chuck Clegg

Through The Lens: The Adventure of Catfish Jack and Crow (Part 1)

Sometime back, a friend asked if I had heard any more river stories about Catfish Jack. He was referring to Jack Winkles, the expert catfish hunter. Several years ago, I told you the story of how he lost seven of his eleven toes in an effort to catch a large flathead catfish. The monster fish ...

Through The Lens: Pomp and Circumstance

The Coronavirus has changed many of the activities we once thought of as typical. I'll bet there is not one of you reading this column who has not said, "I wish things would return to normal." Or similar words that express a wanting to return to the way it was before our world changed.In all ...

Through The Lens: In Search Of The Green Dragon

Long before the Lord of the Rings or The Game of Thrones were commonly known, there was the story of the Guardians of the Green Dragon. I presume you may not have heard the story unless you grew up in my old neighborhood. It is a tale of adventure and battles with horse weed swords and ...

Through The Lens: Albert’s Reflection

I have to confess that during my home confinement, I have discovered my IQ has increased. Well, at least I feel like I have become a little smarter. Before you laugh at my observation, ask yourself, 'Has my home confinement increased my intelligence?' The answer is easy, when you wake up in the ...

Through The Lens: Wish of the Dandelions

Our stay at home lifestyle due to the virus gives us a chance to enjoy the greening of this season's trees and plants. For many of us, this time of year also brings on the yearly battle with allergies. Pollen from trees and grasses causes the unpleasantness of sneezing and coughs. Each time you ...

Through The Lens: I Need Your Help

For several months I have been researching our community's history in regards to subjects that I have an interest in writing about. Now, here's the part where I need your help.Since we all are self-confined for a while, I am asking you to spend some of that time looking through your old family ...

Through The Lens: Ramps and Dandelion Salad

Before a couple weeks ago, I figured if I heard the term, social distancing, it was because it is ramp season. Social distancing is a necessary measure to avoid those who eat the pungent smelling plant raw and in an overabundance. Now to be clear, ramps do have an enjoyable flavor if cooked or ...

Through The Lens: A Page In History

A few days ago, I came into town early. My goal was to go to the grocery store and pick up a few things Mary and I needed. As I turned on to Main Street, the sun was just touching the front of the court house. I saw not one person as I looked up the street. To be honest, I have probably driven ...

Through The Lens: Influenza And History

Recently, I saw someone with a medical mask covering their face. I wondered, did they want to avoid the flu? After all, every time I watch a news report, they show people wearing masks to avoid the Coronavirus. The same report say masks are in short supply in parts of the country with fear of ...

Through The Lens: From My Cold Dead Hands

My story this week is titled "From My Cold Dead Hands". You may now be thinking this column is about our Second Amendment rights to own a firearm. The ownership of a gun is a key privilege many hold strongly in their core beliefs of citizenship. In these days of strong views and a turbulent ...