As we start the new year, I want to thank everyone who reads my column. It never ceases to amaze me the people who I cross paths with and say they read this. I think I have mentioned before how I live in a world where I believe no one reads this. It actually makes it easier for me to write that way. I know I am not a great writer and sometimes I start babbling as I am at a loss to say. As I was reminiscing this past week, I remember as a little girl I would visit my grandparents often. My one grandpa would create pages of math problems for me was that was my true passion. But then I would also go to my great-grandparents where I would “create” a newspaper and come up with articles to write about.  So I guess in a sense I am doing both things I used to do as a child….although I also remember saying I wanted nothing to do with farming. While I don’t farm, I am sure tied to agriculture.

A few weeks ago, our board secretary found out his daughter’s leukemia has come back. Elizabeth Rath is in Madison and is awaiting a bone marrow transplant. Two years ago, she was first diagnosed and spent quite a bit of her senior year in high school fighting the disease. They thought she was in remission and their days of battling it were over until just before Christmas this year they got the news it was back. While we know that any time a person has to fight a disease the expenses keep coming up and building up. We have started an account named the Elizabeth Rath Fund at TBK the bank downtown Mt. Carroll in her name to help them out. We will be also hosting a fundraiser come late February or early March. So, please watch for more information on that. However in the meantime, if you are able and willing to give, all assistance is greatly appreciated. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be a parent and watch your child face anything like this. 

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As I type this, our office is closed for the holiday break. I am watching Maggie, our dog who  has now been with us for 14 months, break dance it looks like as she rolls on the floor. I realized while sitting at a basketball game earlier today, the way the holiday fell it only meant two extra days off. Time has already flown and back to work in just under a week. I guess I better get working on that list of things I wanted to accomplish before the second is here!

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