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ON THE FARM After a few days of summerlike temperatures of near 90 degrees, I woke up this morning, Holy Saturday, to fog and much cooler temperatures outside. As usual I made some coffee and took advantage of the early morning quiet of the house.

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ON THE FARM I remember my mom telling me that a few times it would be raining when they got together on the second floor of the adobe on Alamo Pintado where they could hear the rain coming down. I like to think that they were not only celebrating the rain, but a way of life that will slip away from us if we let it.

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ON THE FARM The end of the holiday season comes to an end for me on Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany, every year since I was a little boy. It was our last chance to receive a present as part of the tradition of placing our shoes filled with hay on our front porch so when the three Wise Men passed by, they could feed their camels as they made their way to visit the baby Jesus.

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ON THE FARM When I wrote my last column before Thanksgiving, I was hoping we would get some rain headed our way. Unfortunately, all we received was some heavy mist over a few mornings and the forecast doesn’t look too promising for rains coming our way anytime soon.

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St. Joseph High started last week. Lompoc and Cabrillo are planning to start next week, on Sept. 8. Santa Ynez has set Sept. 14 as its date while the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District announced Tuesday that it will resume on Sept. 21. 

DAN WALTERS Clem Miller, a congressman from California’s North Coast known as Spendin’ Clem for his ability to bring home pork-barrel funding, was a shoo-in for re-election to a third term in 1962.