■ The highlighted students in this year's FFA Supplement to the February 17 Shopper are all just incredible! They are knowledgeable, personable, and very polite individuals. The talent, discipline, and drive they all possess will most certainly contribute to their success in anything they choose to do. Collectively they are all interested in careers in agriculture from owning a farm and degrees in agriculture to operating agriculture-related equipment. Individually, each has a path mapped out. To have such insight and clarity at their young age is astounding. These are kids not willing to sit on the sidelines, and they credit their families, FFA and the FFA advisors for helping them develop their characters. The students featured, while unique in their accomplishments, exemplify the talent and drive of students involved in FFA. Don't miss this year's FFA Supplement. Additional copies are available at the Beacon. - Sue S.
■ The Cannon Falls FFA Chapter is hosting their annual Farmers Share Breakfast this Saturday, February 22, from 8-11 a.m. at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church, where the charge to the diner is the amount given to the farmer for his goods. It's fun to be charged only pennies for a meal, but a sobering thought that farmers make so little given the price paid at a grocery store. This year's event chairman is John Carpenter. His chairmanship follows his sister Arline's previous three years as chair, and their sister Tiffany's three years before that. (For more, see story inside.)- Sue S.
■ Thanks to Josh Dicke and the CFYAA for organizing a great youth basketball tournament this past weekend. The event encompassed 72 teams. The Fieldhouse and the short hallway walk to the old gym and the open area concourse connected to the concession stand and the cafeteria makes for a nice venue. The nice facilities and how Dicke schedules the brackets allows most teams to get in and get out in a decent time period, unlike some other tournaments that drag on all day. Nice fundraiser for the local athletic association. - Ken H.
■ Nothing like having our January thaw, in the middle of FEBRUARY!-Cal F.
■ Been seeing a lot of eagles throughout the winter. Both baldies and an occasional goldie. There's a teenage baldie around who's getting his white. Saw him Sunday morning by Gibson's shop being harrassed by a couple of crows, so I got to see him pretty up close and he's kind of light gray in the head now. It sure is nice to see these magnificent birds go through their transformation.-Cal F.
■ Thank you Bomber Wrestlers for a great season. I made it to a handful of matches this year and always admire the hard work and dedication of these young men. Wrestling is a team sport, but each wrestler earns his place on the team and points are earned individually. There are no slackers. Good luck to each wrestler competing as individuals at state.-Val H.
■ The Oh where, oh where has the warm weather gone? Oh where, oh where can it be? This winter is getting expensive. Tow trucks, snow tires, electric, propane, salt, warm winter attire, tractor diesel, delays, and cancellations. As a mother with novice drivers I have this constant heightened sense of alert waiting for confirmation that my people have arrived at their destinations, unharmed (morning, noon and night).
I do find moments to appreciate the season, when I remember to take it in and breathe deep. I enjoy crispy mornings, dark starry nights, no bugs or mowing to contend with, sparkly snow and snow-painted trees.
I am enjoying snippets of the 2014 Winter Olympics, marveling at the athletes and their hard work and perseverance (and bravery).
I am attending the last home game of my daughter's high school basketball career this evening. It started hitting me preparing for "senior night." I am saddened about time gone by, but a friend reminded me that I should look forward to the other events that I will share in her life. I learned to love the game of basketball in adulthood, as I grew up in a hockey family. I love it. I go into mourning when the season ends each year. I have also become an avid state high school basketball tournament viewer. I just can't get enough.
Congratulations to the Cannon Falls Bomber winter season athletes on your recent achievements. I look forward to hearing of your future successes.-Jen R.