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Ah, September! We’ve been waiting for you. Soon it will be a beautiful day in the neighborhood. A brutal heat wave has had us in its grip for the past six weeks. Temperatures have been over 100 degrees with zero precipitation. Our rain total thus far for 2020 is 8 inches. In a dry year, we average 12 inches. The intensity of the heat makes you think about cool, green days, and you begin to take stock of things. It helps to sort the current situation into the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ll save the good for last.
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“No mail again?” Those words ring out every day at our local post office. The mail slow-down is especially acute in rural towns. Lately, mail delivery is more like a mail dump. We get all our mail— 10-days’ worth—in one day. Mail delivery in a rural area is typically slower than it is in cities. We are at the end of the line as far as postal delivery goes. After mail hits the Dallas post office, it goes to Midland and then to San Angelo before reaching the U.S post office on Main Street here. The mail stays for a day at least in each of those cities. Now, with the slowdown, our mail is taking a three-day vacation in each town.
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School is back in session!

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With bright new backpacks and shiny shoes, students at Canadian Elementary returned to the classroom on Wednesday for the first time in more than six months. Emelie and Isaiah Cervantes sported big smiles during CISD’s temperature screening process, and were eager to head in the front door. PHOTO BY LAURIE EZZELL BROWN
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Catch a falling star this week, at least that’s what they look like. The annual Perseid meteor shower will be visible in Texas skies if you can find a dark place to watch. There will be two problems to your skywatch this year. A last quarter moon will light up the sky this week, making it harder to see the meteor shower. The other problem will be thousands of satellites.
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Pittmans win big at area stock show

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Coy, Colt, and Cambree Pittman of Canadian participated in the Texas Junior Braunvieh Association’s Showcase and Braunvieh Bonanza in Wichita Falls, July 3-5. In the Intermediate News Article and Salesmanship contests, Coy won grand champion. He also raised the grand champion bred-and-owned purebred bull (MR Jack 990). Colt had the grand champion Junior Illustrated Talk, and the reserve grand champion Junior Sales Talk.
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“Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases” was a successful World War II British propaganda slogan. The slogan encouraged all citizens to stay healthy. “Hitler Will Send No Warning,” was a slogan on a poster that reminded citizens to take their gas masks with them wherever they went. If we are at war with a virus, are slogans what we need to unite Americans behind a collective will to contain COVID?
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Eight more minutes. Adding eight minutes to the school day is what my local school district plans to do. The first day of school has been postponed until Sept. 9. But that’s as far as our school board has gotten in their plans to reopen school. Football, however, got a thumbsup from UIL to start practice on time Aug. 3, so one key component is in place.