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  • Protecting your child's back from a too-heavy backpack

    Children often complain about the increasing amount of homework they receive from their teachers—and the weight of that homework. Recent studies conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicate about 30 percent of elementary and high school stud...
  • Fido will keep you fit

    There are a lot of reasons people get pets. Maybe Fido reminds you of your first pet. Maybe you hoped that Spot would teach your child about responsibility. Maybe you wanted Bruno to protect your house while you are at work. Did you ever consider the fac...
  • Document shredding emphasized at Community Shred Day Saturday

    Apex Shredding Inc. was in Holyoke Saturday, July 18, when community members were encouraged to take their boxes, bags or totes of papers to the Apex truck and watch their information get shredded. Sponsored by First Pioneer National Bank of Holyoke, the...
  • Personal transformation starts with a powerful goal and plan

    Every successful person or motivational speaker talks about the importance of having goals. It sounds easy, but setting and achieving goals requires some discipline in both thought and action. How many times have you set a goal for yourself? How many tim...
  • Smart food for smart kids: good food choices keep kids focused at school

    You want your kids to have proper nutrition, and feed them foods that will keep them healthy and energized. What your child eats throughout the day, starting at breakfast, can affect their test-taking skills, focus and performance in school. Is your child...
  • Hail pounds, pounds, pounds

    Just when residents begin to rebound from the previous night’s hailstorm, skies grow dark and yet another storm pounds the nearby area somewhere. That’s been the pattern this past week in Northeast Colorado and Southwest Nebraska. Sunday, July 19 be...
  • 'Good crop' '09 wheat harvest winds down

    High moisture the past two months has led to an extremely good wheat crop, excluding any hailed wheat, reported local elevator representatives this week. Steve Young of Grainland Co-op estimated harvest to be 85-90 percent complete Monday, July 20, and S...
  • PCFES & Community Garden to receive federal stimulus funds

    A common complaint heard in the rural northeast area of Colorado is that local governments and projects are placed on the bottom of the state’s priority list for funding—often losing out to the urban areas along the I-25 corridor. As such, many peopl...
  • Postmaster Triplette retires

    Sandy Triplette celebrated her many years working for the United States Postal Service Tuesday, July 21 at a reception with the people that have made her career fun and memorable. The community has always been the best part of working in a Post Office, sa...
  • Dr. McClellan to begin practice next week

    Melissa Memorial Hospital (MMH) will welcome Dr. Danielle McClellan to its staff July 28. McClellan moved to Holyoke this summer with her family after finishing her residency in Ft. Collins. McClellan joins the MMH staff as a Family Practice physician an...
  • McCallums focus on life's blessings

    From preschool teachers to grocery store clerks, people all around Holyoke have fallen in love with the infectious smile of Blye McCallum. He’s ornery, said his mom Andrea McCallum, but he’s a delight. Blye is being honored this year by the Living to...
  • Supt. Entry Plan defines goals and action

    Providing assurance of his intent to become familiar with Holyoke School District Re-1J, new Supt. Bret Miles outlined his Superintendent’s Entry Plan at a work session following the board’s regular meeting July 7. Miles explained his plan for establ...
  • Random drug test audit considered

    Focusing on integrity of the selection process for the past year’s random student drug testing, JR/SR High Principal Susan Ortner presented information on an audit process at the July 7 meeting of Holyoke Re-1J Board of Education. Because this has been...
  • City Airport planning begins

    Although it wasn’t part of the agenda for the July 7 city council meeting, council members spent the following day working on airport planning. Council members were asked by City Supt. Mark Brown to attend two meetings with Armstrong Consultants Inc. o...
  • Community Shred Day sponsored Saturday at 1st Pioneer Nat'l Bank

    A “Community Shred” Day is being sponsored by First Pioneer National Bank Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The entire community is invited to take their boxes, bags or totes of papers to the north side of the bank and watch while their informatio...
  • Lexi Moul to perform at Thursday night Fair concert

    Making her way into the country music industry, Lexi Moul will also make her way to this year’s Phillips County Fair. The 18-year-old Ogallala, Neb. native will be featured at the fair Thursday, July 23 at an 8 p.m. concert. Moul’s dreams of becoming...
  • Get involved at Phillips County Fair with special themes contests

    In addition to 4-H projects, rodeos, races and concerts, the Phillips County Fair is “Keepin’ It Country” with a variety of special themes contests. Interview judging kicks off the fair on Tuesday, July 21. Activities will continue through Sunday, ...
  • It's the Pitts

    Townies (Best Of) A friend of mine lives in two different worlds. To support his chronic ranching habit he does double duty as a businessman in the city. As a result, his calf brandings are a mixture of cowboys and “townies”. The city dwellers are in...
  • How to help a friend or family member who is being abused

    When you know someone who is trapped in an abusive relationship, it’s natural to want to help a friend. But in the case of domestic violence, it’s hard to know what to do. Do you ask about it? What if you’re wrong? Do you offer help? What if you’...
  • Tips for working from home

    With over 24 million Americans working from home, either part-time or full-time, a person’s house has to be more than a castle—it has to be a place to get things done. Whether you’re telecommuting to a job or running a business out of your house, y...