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Hello Hillsboro: City Hall collects your old batteries
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Hillsboro City Clerk Sheila Schraufnagel has informed us that City Hall has become an official recycling drop off place for old rechargeable batteries and cell phones.

Now you can just bring in your used batteries and phones at City Hall Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. without worrying about ways to dispose of them in an environmentally safe manner.

So far this year people across the nation have recycled 3,542,410 pounds of batteries, keeping them out of landfills. Since the call2recycle program was created in 1996 more than 75 million pounds have been diverted from landfills!

There is much to be learned about the program on line at

Take a look at it, bring your old batteries to City Hall, and then you can proudly call yourself an environmentalist!


Have you noticed that television news programs now are actually in competition with all the CSI crime shows for viewers?

Why watch a fictional crime drama on one channel when you can follow the real thing on CNN, Fox or MSNBC! In fact, it’s far more realistic than the TV dramas because it actually is real!

With some of the grisly cases that have captured the attention of the viewing public, it makes we wonder how writers are going to be able to keep up with the actual news!

Of course, the continuing real-life saga of George Zimmerman and the late Trayvon Martin that was played out for millions of viewers last week is beyond sad, regardless of which attorneys you have been supporting.

It became legal nourishment for most of the country, especially when you could listen to talk-show “stars” disguised as “legal panels” both before and after every trial segment, and many times even during the trial.

It has proven such a ratings bonanza, you can be sure there will be many more in the future. I’m sure a murder trial featuring that professional football “hero” with all the tattoos will soon be watched nationwide as much as it is in Boston.

I get wrapped up in watching as much as anyone, but somehow I sort of wish that it was just another script from an imaginative crime writer, rather than the real thing.


Here’s another installment of Caddie Comments that, hopefully, haven’t been spoken to any of our local golfers.

Golfer: Please stop checking your watch all the time. It’s too much of a distraction!”

Caddie: It’s not a watch, sir. It’s a compass.