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  • Surgery, seizure postpone Ferguson's homecoming

     “God does not give us more than we can handle” is what Connie Ferguson keeps repeating to herself as her daughter Brittney continues to face challenges in her recovery from her Sept. 25 auto accident. The 20-year-old had surgery on Friday, Feb. 20 ...
  • Holtzman pieces together 'Quilts in My Cubicle'

     Quilting may be a casual hobby for some people, but recently Barbara Holtzman of Holyoke took her hobby to the next level. She wrote the step-by-step instruction book entitled “Quilts in My Cubicle.” The book is designed for people who love to qu...
  • It's the Pitts

    Quit While You’re Behind    Before auction markets came along with a better form of price discovery, there existed a class of characters known as ‘traders.’    There were three prerequisites to be a member of this cattle tradin’ fraternity: ...
  • Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind

    Take a deep breath    The air that you have brought into to your lungs is about 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen and has less than one percent of carbon dioxide and water vapor. This air passes through the mouth and nostrils where it is warmed an...
  • Arts support urged by PCAC

        “What does not exist in the environment cannot be developed.”—Schinichi Suzuki    In these financially difficult times, budgets—including that of Holyoke’s school district—are being cut or reordered. It is easy to sort the basic from...
  • Psychobabble

        Everything has its limitations; Confidentiality in therapy is no exception. It is a common misperception that enrollment in therapy guarantees any and all disclosures are protected by law.     Whether you’re unloading your guilt about murderin...
  • A legacy of service: Sherman retires after 28 years as Extension agent

        Retiring after 28 years as a family consumer science extension agent, 18 of which were spent at the Phillips County Extension Office, Bonnie Sherman marked the final week of February as her last before moving on to her retirement years in Illinois....
  • Hollnagel returns to Holyoke for brief visit

        “It feels like I never left,” said Gustav Hollnagel when asked what it is like to be back in Holyoke after eight months of being home in Germany.    Hollnagel was a foreign exchange student at Holyoke High School during the 2007-08 school ye...
  • Dist. B-ball tourney under way

        HHS girls’ and boys’ basketball teams are competing in District 2 Basketball Tournament action this week.    A change in format this year will find four teams from this eight-team district advancing to the March 6-7 regional games. Two victo...
  • Girls win last game of regular season

     Lady Dragons are gaining ground and confidence just in time for district play. On Tuesday, Feb. 17 the HHS girls’ basketball team took a three-point win, beating Wiggins 44-41. “It was important for us to get this win,” said Coach Arlan Scholl....
  • Dragons finish regular season at Wiggins with 18-1 record

        Securing its spot as the No. 1 seed of the district, Holyoke’s boys’ basketball team beat the Wiggins Tigers on their own court, 42-30, in the final game of the regular season to finish with an impressive 18-1 record.    “It’s great to b...
  • Dittmer's come-from-behind pin leads to third-place finish

        Sophomore Skyler Dittmer, a first-time qualifier on the state wrestling mats, stepped in to the competition like a veteran and brought home a third-place medal.    After a first-round pin, Dittmer came back in the quarterfinals to clearly show h...
  • Stroh is HHS' first two-time state champ

        When Chad Stroh steps on to the wrestling mat, he has champion written all over him.    He is focused, confident, aggressive, fearsome and skillful. And he is a champion—Holyoke’s first two-time state champion.    An HHS junior, Stroh mad...
  • Dragons take 8th place on State Wrestling mats

        Holyoke’s six-man team that qualified for the 2009 State Wrestling Championships finished in eighth place with 88 points.    Coach Duane Stroh was quite emotional in expressing pride for his Dragon team members.    Each state participant co...
  • O'Neal dancing in classic ballet

        On the heels of a record-setting production of The Nutcracker, Colorado Ballet’s first production in 2009 offers a fresh perspective on the Shakespearean classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening Feb. 28 and running through March 14.    Fo...
  • PLT offers new ways for parents to engage in eduation

        Getting parents to work together, with each other and with the school, is the role of Holyoke School District’s Parent Leadership Team (PLT). Recently, PLT has begun sponsoring two programs which are designed to effectively engage parents in the ...
  • Serious budget discussion engineered by Re-1J

        Budget parameters and priorities, as well as a presentation on the mill levy process, were all part of a recent focused discussion on the status of Holyoke School District’s finances.    Much information was shared at the Tuesday, Feb. 10 meet...
  • Long-term subs and coaches approved

        Several personnel decisions, including long-term substitutes for a maternity leave, JH wrestling coaches and head coach for a 7-12 football program, were made at the Feb. 10 meeting of the Re-1J Board of Education.    Maternity leave was approve...
  • Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind

    All roads lead to the same place. Thoughts on theautopsy service.      This month I am involved with the end of many different people’s lives as I work on the autopsy service. Though different problems occurred, different parts of different bodies h...
  • It's the Pitts

    Cowboy Computer    Have you noticed the majority of new pickups on the road and on the deserted car lots of America are white? Remember when trucks used to come in colors like blue, brown, black and that ugly gold color?     I wonder, are so many tr...