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Desdemona died sometime in the night. Aunt Ada had had the cat since she was a tiny kitten, and she was naturally heartbroken. So was Boots, Desdemona's partner in crime and play and food and everything else that makes life worthwhile for two old cats.

Through her tears, Aunt Ada wondered if she could've noticed something or had done something differently that would have given Desdemona back to her for a while longer, but there just wasn't anything. The cat had looked good at bedtime, and was gone before the sun came up.

Deals, Discounts Every Day at the State Fair

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The 2017 Colorado State Fair is offering money-saving discounts every day to help the Fair fit within the family budget.

"Tickets to most Colorado State Fair events include gate admission if purchased prior to August 24th which includes access to our many free attractions," said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. "Plus, we offer a wide variety of daily deals and discounts to give fair-goers even more value for their dollar."

The 2017 Colorado State Fair offers these special deals and discounts:

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This is going to be good, Dud thought, bringing his new tarp out to the car. There it was on that computer site. How to camp out with just a single tarp. I've been looking for something like that for a long time now. Amazing what you can find on the internet.

He couldn't get Anita to go with him, because she just didn't have the same outdoor curiosity that Dud had. Hey, it's kinda scientific in a way, you know.

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"You don't mean it!"

"Sure as I'm sittin' here, Doc," Herb said, putting an extra swirl to his coffee and cream.

"Flying lessons?"

"Yessir. Said he wanted to do it before he got old. I know. I know. He's already old, but still, he's up about every weekend now, buzzing around."

"That's just nuts," Doc said, "I know for a fact he won't see 70 again."

"True enough, Doc, but you know they aren't letting him take the plane up by himself."

"Thank goodness for that. But what in the world made him want to fly a plane?"

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Bert and Maizie were down at the swimming hole on Lewis Creek the other day. Saturday it was. The sun was bright hot and these two lovers had found a nice patch of shade near the tire swing tree where they could sip iced tea and watch the youngsters.

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Billy had to get his chores done early. It was the heat, of course. Now that it's summer, he no longer has to escort the kids across the street while Martin holds the sign. No kids at the crosswalk for a couple of weeks now.

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Windy Wilson was on the prowl, this beautiful Independence Day morning, searching the neighborhood for something to do for others. He decided to let his weekly day helping others come on the Fourth this week, because he was feeling very American.

Let's see ... he thought ... I can circumlocute over to Mrs. Hennessey's and see if her flower garden needs weeding. She's got very close veins and the sugar diabeets, and getting around ain't easy.

1,500 Ways to Participate in Colorado State Fair General Entry Competitions

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The Colorado State Fair's General Entry Department provides an opportunity for all Coloradans to participate in the Fair. Whether its needle arts, floriculture, field crops, pantry, or a number of cooking competitions, there's room for anyone who wants to compete for blue ribbon glory. 

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The closed-season school board meeting was called to order half an hour late by its chairman, J. Buckdancer Alcott, because the board members saw Windy Wilson sitting in the audience.

 Windy had no children, and he sure as sugar wasn't a teacher, but he could talk. And he was patiently biding his time. Despite the board's foot dragging through the agenda, Windy didn't give up and go home.