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Seniors? Elders? Classics!

By Cheryl Wormley It’s a tradition. Our extended family gathers in Michigan for Labor Day weekend. Our hosts are my sister Lois and her husband, Russ, and we all find […]

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Calling teachers and their students

By Cheryl Wormley Teachers and students, The Woodstock Independent can be delivered to your school every Tuesday. Imagine being able to read about what’s happening in Woodstock every week.  Students, […]

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With warmth, thought, and grace

By Cheryl Wormley In the last several weeks, two women whom I looked up to for years died. Charlotte Bingham died Aug. 14, and Jean Gould O’Connell died Aug. 22. […]

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Traveling with Jim

By Cheryl Wormley Little did I know when I married Jim more than 52 years ago all the places we would go. I had grown up on a farm, and […]

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Lock your house: It’s zucchini season

Loyal Independent subscriber Marcia Duncan stayed with Jim and me a couple nights this past week. Marcia is Jim’s cousin-in-law. Her husband, David, and Jim were first cousins. Her visits […]

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Back to school … and masks

By Cheryl Wormley In full disclosure, I have Grandma Brain. Jim and I have had the joy of hosting grandkids for Grandpa and Grandma Camp for the past three weeks. […]

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Vaccinate, celebrate, summate

By Cheryl Wormley Weekly new COVID-19 cases in McHenry County were five times higher last week than the last week of June. Five weeks ago our county had just 19 […]

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So much to share this week

By Cheryl Wormley Some weeks, I struggle to come up with a topic for Declarations. Not so this week. In fact, I have three things vying for attention. Thanks, Sydney […]

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Barndance under the stars

By Cheryl Wormley The sledding hill at Emricson Park is a happening place this summer. The community gathered on it July 4 for fabulous fireworks. And this Saturday, July 17, […]

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Catching up on what I missed

By Cheryl Wormley It certainly takes awhile to catch up after being out of commission for more than a month. I was away from The Independent office for 32 days. […]

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