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Hello Hillsboro: Distance learning a distant memory
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Did you ever sit in the Distance Learning Lab as a student at Hillsboro High School and consider the enormous achievement in education that you were experiencing?

Well, hang onto those memories so you can relate them to your kids, but kiss the wonders of the Learning Lab goodbye!

School Superintendent Curt Bisarek told the Board Monday night that the “Learning Lab” is becoming a conference room and could very well be used for School Board meetings in the near future.

Internet technology has far surpassed the “wonder” of one teacher handling hundreds of students miles away, and, apparently, it is getting harder than ever to find tech support for the system.

I can remember telling “doubting Thomas” friends in Chicago how distance learning was going to make rural schools every bit as good as the giant knowledge factories that they always bragged about in the big city.

However, like all good things, time has passed it by and left a big failure notice for the system.

Want a surprise and feel old at the same time? The Hillsboro Distance Learning computer equipment is 15 years old!  Our current graduating students were just toddlers when we proudly hooked up that miracle classroom!

Now, it’s just another memory. Sort of makes me wonder who was the first student to get caught passing a note by a sharp teacher in another county!


The Hillsboro Postal employees would like to thank all the generous folks who helped make this year’s “Stamp Out Hunger” project another success.

The carriers were happy to pick up all the donations of food left next to mail boxes.

It was then brought back to the Post Office to be weighed. The carriers picked up 1,175 pounds of food and all of it was taken to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, where it will be put into the hands that need it the most.

Every year it takes plenty of extra effort for the carriers to help Stamp Out Hunger in the Hillsboro area. Keep that in mind, the next time one of them happens to drop a letter in the wrong box. It’s probably a bill, anyway!


Here are some “senior” bumper stickers that many of us can relate to while we chuckle.

“I’m retired. I was tired yesterday, and I’m tired again today!”

“I’m not old! I’m chronologically gifted.”

“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

“I’m so old, I don’t buy green bananas!”

 “I was always taught to respect my elders. Now, I don’t have anyone to respect!”

“When I was younger, all I wanted was a nice BMW. Now I don’t care about the W!”