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Columns

  • Excitement was contagious

     

    It's been a  rough baseball season here at the Williston Pioneer. Our sports writer quit and despite advertisements, Facebook pleadings and discussions with teachers and students alike, no one came forward to do the job.

  • Sydney and beyond

    By Susan Howell

     No grass grew under my feet once I landed at Sydney International Airport. After almost 24 hours spent in travel, I was quickly whisked away at the airport by my son, where we boarded a train that took us over to Sydney Harbor, where we then transferred onto a ferry which would take us over to Manly Beach. Reality set in as the ferry cruised past the historic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge– “I’m in Australia.”

  • Farewell

    As this outstanding basketball teams season comes to an end, I too, am saying “So long.”  

    Over the last 7 1/2  years, I have had the distinct privilege to cover some of the most outstanding, well mannered young men and women participating in high school sports today. I am speaking of the young men and women in Williston, who are proud to be called Red Devils.

    From football to basketball, volleyball and softball, baseball, and the cheerleaders.  And I certainly won't forget the annual Award Banquets I have covered.

  • Battlefield

    By Susan Howell

     One of the most abundant and colorful birds to inhabit my yard is the Northern Cardinal. Over the years these permanent residents have provided me with not only their beautiful song but also a little bit of wild bird drama. The striking red plumage of the male certainly outshines the rusty brown female, but from my perspective unlike other wild birds their different coloration easily differentiates one from the other.

  • Voter suppression in Florida

    By Drollene Brown

    Guest Columnist

  • Marjorie, Marjorie and Marjory

    March is Women’s History Month, which makes it the perfect time to reflect on the great accomplishments of our female ancestors. In Florida, a state famous for its magnificent natural resources, residents can be proud to acknowledge three women who were pioneers in protecting and preserving our environment.

  • Mistletoe

    By Susan Howell

  • Twelfth Night may be the best I can do

    Are you ready for Christmas? I am not even sure why people ask that. What does it mean exactly?
    Is the house decorated? The presents bought and wrapped? The cookies baked? The cards mailed?
    If that’s what folks want to know, then my resounding answer is no. I am not ready for Christmas.
    It’s been an unusual six weeks at Ten Broeck Manor. In addition to the daily grind, there’s also been scattered doctors’ appointments, family obligations and several monkey wrenches thrown into the mix.

  • Jamaican me aggressive

    I may have missed my calling, according to my family. According to them, I either need to be on the pro wrestling circuit or wearing a football uniform.
    They came to this conclusion after a video of me surfaced either clothes-lining or left-arm blocking a 200-pound man in order to claim my rightful place on the throne as Music Trivia Queen.
    It started innocently enough. We had just got into the rather large amphitheater  at the resort we were staying at in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, when the emcee announced a music trivia contest.

  • The newspaper myth

    National newspaper week, Oct. 2-8, is a time to celebrate the unique role newspapers play in our society and dispel the myth that they are going away.
    It may be difficult for some to see through the fog of recession and digital disruption, but if you look closely you’ll see that newspapers remain quite healthy.
    Despite the doomsayers, newspapers are actually growing readership as we find new ways to reach consumers.
    While overall revenues are down, so are expenses and most newspapers remain profitable.