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  • Guest Commentary

    Life is a numbers game I recently turned the big “seven-oh” — 70 years of age! I can hardly believe I have been on this planet for seven decades. For some reason, reaching a high number of years like that made me think that our lives are full of nu...
  • Samantha’s Salt

    The love song that changes everything Recently, my husband and I had one of those out of the ordinary evenings where we stayed up late together talking, reminiscing about our college and dating days, and how we were so thankful God gave us one another wh...
  • Another Perspective

    Go after whatever makes you happy A few years back, I was at an awards ceremony where reporters were honored for stories that made an impact. One of the recipients started his acceptance response referring to a study that showed saying thank you creates...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoApril 28, 2011 A $40,000 one-to-one match grant for interactive whiteboard study has been awarded to Holyoke School District Re-1J by the Morgridge Family Foundation. The need for more space to accommodate numerous ministries led members o...
  • Oltjenbruns farm declared a new piece of history

    Ken Oltjenbruns has long been an enthusiast for local history, but this time, it’s much more personal. The Oltjenbruns homestead in the Amherst area, once home to his great-grandparents, August and Emma Welper, has officially been added to the National ...
  • Oltjenbruns farm declared a new piece of history

    Ken Oltjenbruns has long been an enthusiast for local history, but this time, it’s much more personal. The Oltjenbruns homestead in the Amherst area, once home to his great-grandparents, August and Emma Welper, has officially been added to the National ...
  • ‘More than just bats and balls’

    Full-time city recreation department a real possibility “It is something people are looking for, it is realistic, and it is achievable,” said Bret Miles during the community recreation committee presentation to the Holyoke City Council Tuesday, Apri...
  • ‘More than just bats and balls’

    Full-time city recreation department a real possibility “It is something people are looking for, it is realistic, and it is achievable,” said Bret Miles during the community recreation committee presentation to the Holyoke City Council Tuesday, Apri...
  • 2 teachers hired for elementary

    Stephanie Chaney was hired as a second English Language Learner teacher and Melanie Wheeler as a fourth-grade teacher at Holyoke Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year. Their contracts were approved at the April 19 meeting of the Re-1J Board of Edu...
  • 2 teachers hired for elementary

    Stephanie Chaney was hired as a second English Language Learner teacher and Melanie Wheeler as a fourth-grade teacher at Holyoke Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year. Their contracts were approved at the April 19 meeting of the Re-1J Board of Edu...
  • Assessing health of Holyoke, Phillips Co.

    Survey responses due May 11“Melissa Memorial Hospital needs the residents of Holyoke and Phillips County to provide their feedback on how they feel not only about the health of their community but also the services provided at the hospital,” said Tram...
  • Assessing health of Holyoke, Phillips Co.

    Survey responses due May 11“Melissa Memorial Hospital needs the residents of Holyoke and Phillips County to provide their feedback on how they feel not only about the health of their community but also the services provided at the hospital,” said Tram...
  • Around Town

    Emerald Awards section in this week’s paper; event is Thurs. Don’t miss the special section inserted in this week’s newspaper highlighting the three Emerald Awards recipients — Albino Nuñez, Heather Bieber and Greg Wakeman. Feature stories, phot...
  • Pharmacy choice bill heats up in the Legislature

    Should people in rural communities be allowed to buy medications from the pharmacies of their choice, or should they be forced to order their prescriptions through the mail or schlep to the nearest town with an in-network pharmacy? For the last two weeks...
  • Do you know and understand Colorado’s marijuana laws?

    5 messages for legal, safe and responsible useColorado Department of Public Health and Environment reminds Coloradans and visitors to review the laws governing retail marijuana and tips on safe use. Prior to this year’s 4/20 events, the department’s ...
  • Habitats of all kinds featured at Holyoke Elementary

    From ocean depths to mountain heights, from deserts to rainforests to the frozen Arctic, it could all be found in the second-grade shoebox dioramas showcased in the Holyoke Elementary lobby Wednesday, April 6-Monday, April 11. Sarah Hayes’ ocean habit...
  • Yuma meet a challenge for HHS track teams

    It was a large and challenging meet at the Bill Kalb Invite in Yuma Tuesday, April 12, with teams present from Goodland, Kan., to Byers. “There was a lot of competition and a lot of teams we hadn’t seen before,” said coach Cindi Beavers. The girls...
  • ‘Rainbow Connection’ makes for colorful evening

    Little children can have big dreams, as was the theme of first and third-grade music program, “Rainbow Connection,” Thursday, April 14. Some dream about being rock stars or being rich and famous, while others hope for world peace. Aboard the Rainbow E...
  • 13 FBLA members qualify for nationals; 3 more recognized

    Twenty-six members of the HHS FBLA chapter participated in the state leadership conference in Vail April 14-16. Thirteen students, in six events, will be representing HHS in the national leadership conference in Atlanta, Ga., in early July, as a result o...
  • Snapdragon Floral brings back full-service flower shop

    After a brief hiatus, Holyoke residents will be excited to hear a full-service flower shop is again open in town. Owners Christy and Sherman Kage have launched a new venture called Snapdragon Floral LLC. Christy, who will actually be the one working in ...