Farley Fire Department 100th Anniversary Celebration

A day filled with activities is planned in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Farley Fire Department on Saturday, June 26th.  A parade featuring the Farley Fire Department begins at 11:00 AM, with several other fire departments also taking part.  Fire department competitions pitting competitors from various department against each other in tests of skill including bucket brigades and water ball will start at 1:00 PM.  Live music is planned from 3:30 PM until midnight, and fireworks are scheduled for 10:00 PM.  A petting zoo, inflatables for kids, and food vendors will also be featured.

For details on locations and more see: facebook.com/people/Farley-Fire-EMS.


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On a completely separate note, have you ever padded an article to increase its word count in order to reach a specific target number? Perhaps while writing a paper in high school or college, you needed some extra words to reach the number the teacher or professor assigned. Or maybe you wanted to improve the look of a paper as it laid out on a page, so you added some extraneous words in order to make the paper look more appealing. Although I can't say with any degree of certainty, I believe padding your word count with unnecessary text would be an example of a workaround, a short-cut someone assigned a minimum word count might take in an effort to meet a requirement. Although I try to avoid padding articles simply to increase their word count, I enjoy seeing examples. If you see specific cases of this practice, please share them with me here. I'd love to see some good ones, as they always make me smile.

The author, Tim Koehler, is a native to the Dubuque area, long-time radio host, dork, father, teller of jokes, stories, and bad dad jokes.

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