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By Mike Austreng, Editor

It’s not always that our “world wide web” is a good thing. People from anywhere in the world (practically) can gain access to your accounts if they trick you into sharing the information. Scams are getting more and more popular as lazy people (and dishonest people) figure out how they can bilk you out of your hard earned money by telling you lies.

Who would have thought that cyber bullying would be a term we’d use to talk about people using the internet, or twitter, or facebook, or any other of a number of methods to bully others – and the bullying isn’t isolated to those just in the area of the one being bullied, it’s available to probably millions in the right format.

The internet has made it possible for anyone with a computer to gain access to dangerous information – like how to build a bomb – if you have a computer and a web browser.

We’d guess there isn’t anything you can’t buy “online” if you know where to look for it.

The list of less favorable things available to anyone with a computer goes on and on.

Then there are the good things the internet can do for our society.

You can quickly get information to a countless number of people about a family in need, about someone who might need help with something, this list goes on too, but let’s focus on one use that came into play just about a week ago.

One day, about a week ago, a woman entered an area store, threatened the cashier that she had a weapon and was handed some merchandise. The employee did the right thing by not arguing with the person and store managers were quick thinking when they went outside to get information about the vehicle used to drive away from the store.

The person committing the crime was prepared – she blocked the view of her license plates prior to the crime, but what she didn’t know was that the store had relatively good survailance cameras at the entrance that captured a pretty good view of the perpetrator, face and all.

The store manager was quick thinking and posted the picture with some details and requested people keep their eyes open for the person pictured.

Sure enough, just a few days later the woman was caught north of here and will be awaiting charges.

So, some of us might not like that there are cameras everywhere and you can be followed anywhere you go through your phone, but for honest people we guess it doesn’t matter – it’s the dishonest ones who have to watch where cameras are mounted.

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Ahhhhhh, it’s starting to feel like summer is finally getting here, except for this past weekend when it felt like fall again.

Anyone with allergies will tell you they can’t wait for the trees to finish budding because pollen is everywhere and gets on everything while our trees turn green for us.

Farmers are in their fields getting planting done. It feels late, but we’re not sure what “normal” is when it comes to getting the crops in the fields.

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With higher and higher building costs it’s hard to believe the number of homes being built in our area the past few years

We had considered selling our home and building in the River Links deveopment, but when we did some checking we would have to sell our home, build a smaller patio home and borrow more than we owe. It didn’t make sense for us to do that and we’re sure we aren’t alone in our situation. The higher cost of construction has left us figuring we’re much better off staying where we are – as much as we’d love to live on the golf course, it isn’t a good option for us, so we’ll stay right where we are and keep up with the maintenance of our home.

It’s funny how some parts of maintaining a home has changed from a long time ago. We’ll bet there are still a lot of people who have refrigerators that might be 40 or 50 years old and still keeping your favorite beverage cold in your garage or basement. There are probably a lot of people who have stoves/ovens that are that old too and still work.

We built our home in 2005. We moved in during the month of December. Since that time we’ve replaced our dishwasher, our refrigerator and our above range microwave. Next will be the stove – we didn’t replace them because we wanted a new look, we replaced them because they stopped working.

New appliances aren’t cheap either. They might be more efficient than the old ones and they might have more functions like filtered water and ice that comes out of the door, but they just don’t last like they used to. For us it feels like a part of home maintenance that we weren’t counting on, but have to deal with. We’re not complaining.

We’ve got a well built home that keeps us dry and cool in the summer and warm in the winter – now if the taxes would just go down instead of up for a change!

Have A Good Week!

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