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June 18, 2019

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Our game reviewer gives Metal Gear Solid a B+

By Andr'e Swartley

Issue #20
Metal Gear Solid
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platform: PC, Playstation 1, Playstation Network
Rating: M for Mature

Note: today's review contains minor spoilers about the Metal Gear series.


Bluffton day at the races

You've got to hand it to the Reinekes. When they're out, they're out in full force. In fact, there were three generations of the family at Saturday's Rhodes State PTA Club's Run for the Health of It 5K. Gma and Gpa Reineke (aka Sam and Janette) walked the route with their granddaughter, Joscelin (Elisha and Ben's daughter), while their daughter, Becky, daughter-in-law, Elisha, and granddaughter, Delaney (daughter of Elisha), ran the course.


A "Mrs." McGregor's garden story - complete with rabbits

By Joanne Niswander

Note: To read previous columns by Joanne, click here.
In the days before TV's Oscar and Miss Piggy, before Howdy Doody and Captain Kangaroo, there were picture books. Remember those??? Do you recall sitting on your grandmother's lap as she read to you the story of Peter Rabbit's narrow escape from Mr. McGregor's garden?


Game review: Hardball II may not make it to the World Series

By Andr'e Swartley

Issue #19
Hardball II
Developer: Distinctive Software
Publisher: Accolade, Inc
Platform: DOS PC
Rating: (N/A)


High cholesterol isn't easy, nor is it fun

One day long ago (24 years or so), a certain obstetrician was about to begin yet another C-section. As he set about his work, another physician sat waiting and watching. I'm not sure what his technical job was but apparently he felt oblitated to keep the expectant parents entertained and therefore, oblivious to the surgical procedure.


Why riding a tandem bicycle is like riding a roller coaster

One day long ago, my brother pulled into Bluffton in his aging Volvo, a bike carrier on the back. On the carrier was a tandem bicycle that suggested his trip wasn't as easy as usual. He admitted that passing trucks in the hills of VA and West VA was a bit on the dicey side.

But bless his heart for taking his chances. He and his wife, my beloved SIL, had decided that tandems were not made for riding the hills and valleys of Virginia, especially when one's house is situated on a stone road that is well beyond the "End state road maintenance" sign.