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By Holly Lynn Now that Ritter is celebrating its centennial, I think about the persistence and dedication of our ancestors. They made plans for the future, hoping their hard work and sacrifice would pay off for the next generation. Nothing was easy for them. They often worked hard, physically demanding jobs; yet, they found time…

The trees are awakening – what happens in spring

Over winter the trees have been dormant.  They have been in a state of suspension, having shed their leaves, stored nutrients, and turned down food production.  Now the sun is shining longer, the temperature is warming, and the trees are awaking from their long winter’s nap.  They are beginning to prepare for a season of…

Spring Is around the corner and sap is rising

Winter hopefully is fading fast and the first really noticeable signs of spring are here – maple syrup making.  Although we’ve had some warm spots, the weather has had cold nights and above freezing days, the perfect weather for tapping maple trees for sap.  We’ve talked somewhat in a previous column about making maple syrup,…

Local families and the history of cheese in Vermilion

By Rich Tarrant Not that many of the photographs that appear in this column aren’t artifacts – but these are special. Vermilionite Barbara Ruggles donated the Bauman family portrait along with several other items to the Vermilion History Museum a bit over four years ago. It’s a beautiful portrait of Vermilion’s Bauman and Leadrach families…

Volunteers gone but not forgotten cared for Main Street Beach

By Rich Tarrant Methinks they’re all gone now. But their smiles along with their varied personalities still abide in the memories of many current townsfolk. This Richard “Dick” Koontz photograph was taken at Main Street Beach c.1951 when some Vermilion guys got together to clean the shoreline after a long winter. Pictured are: Standing L-R:…