■ The 98th Annual Cannon Valley Fair is now history - what a run it has had! In 2015 the event will celebrate 100 years. The Grand Day Parade was well-attended and our own Dick Dalton led the charge as Grand Marshal. With nearly 92 years under her belt, Grandma, a WWII veteran, rode with other vets in the parade. The other plus for me was the participation of Son #1 and Son #4 as runners. I was able to "ride the wagon" refilling the bags with note pads. One of the nicest additions to the Beacon float was that co-worker Cal on his scooter distributed tablets to the "runners" as well as to the crowds. And it goes without saying, Dave, as always, did a super nice job preparing the Beacon float. Nice day.- Sue S.
■ Wedding season is upon us with two celebrations in my family - my niece and #2 Son. That, of course, means home and garden updating. Lots to do as the excitement builds. - Sue S.
■ What a glorious week for the Cannon Valley Fair! Crowds were good and the weather was fantastic. Just a wonderful time to be living in small town America. I wonder how many people watched the parade? I heard an estimate of 20,000 but it could have been more than that. I was honored to be the Grand Marshal and enjoyed every minute of it!-Dick D.
■ Rainfall in my backyard for June totaled 5.77". It seemed like it rained every other day. The average for June is 4.11", so we were well above the average for the month. And now it appears we are settling in to hot and dry conditions for awhile.-Dick D.
■ Seen those tall green plants in the ditches with the pretty yellow flower clusters on them? LEAVE THEM ALONE! It's wild parsnip and can cause a rash as bad as poison ivy if you're exposed to it.-Cal F.
■ Can't believe the huge crowd at the Fair demolition derby last week - and am equally astounded at the lack of crowd at the autocross Saturday. All I've been hearing from those in attendance was that it was a really great event.-Mike D.
■ What beautiful MN weather this past holiday weekend! The parade route for the 4th was complemented with a wonderful breeze for those of us curbside. Then on Saturday, the 6th, we drove over to Belle Creek where we enjoyed a hymn-sing in the old Episcopal sanctuary up on Chapel Hill. Murray Burfeind played the restored pump organ as the "congregation" lifted their voices in harmony. Thanks go to Nancy Ellison for coordinating the event, which so aptly highlighted the legacy Orland and Kay Chandler have nurtured there. We even had the honor of meeting once again a young couple my husband had the privilege of marrying there, twelve years ago. . . now accompanied by their children Abigail and Caleb. Cannon Falls is a great place to spend July days surrounding the celebrations of America's Independence! - Avonne B.