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Kid Tested, Uncle Approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lincoln L. Hayes   

Anastasia (1997)

Many people think “All Dogs Go to Heaven” is a Disney movie. Same with “The Secret of Nimh.” Well, they’re not. They’re actually from the animation studio of Don Bluth, who did work for Disney for a time (“Robin Hood” and “The Rescuers” were two films he worked on), but Bluth’s films are in a league of their own.

The animation is crisp and real, often blending computer animation with old-school, hand-drawn cells. This is further illustrated (pardon the pun) in his 1997 film “Anastasia.”

Anastasia (voiced by Meg Ryan) is the daughter and grand duchess of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II. The tsar is hosting a ball for Russia’s tricentennial that is suddenly interrupted by his former adviser and sorcerer Grigori Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd), whom the tsar banished for treason.

To exact his revenge, Rasputin sells his soul (yikes) and places a curse on the Romanov family, which also sparks the Russian Revolution. The Romanovs are killed, but Anastasia and her grandmother, the Dowager Empresses Marie (Angela Lansbury) are able to escape thanks to help from a kitchen boy named Dimitri (John Cusack).

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Holyoke Enterprise February 4, 2016

It's the Pitts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lee Pitts   

The Blue Book

My first experience in commercial agriculture was as a 6-year-old sharecropper when I turned one of my mom’s tiny flower beds into a radish ranch.

My cash crop consisted of two rows planted way too close together, and I waited impatiently for the first green sign that my crop would not fail. I can remember to this day the pride I took in harvesting my first radish. Despite the fact that no one in my family liked radishes, they raved about mine. It’s a huge concept for a little kid to wrap his head around, producing something that is a necessity of life. (Not radishes, but food in general.) From that time forward, I knew that my life’s work would be in agriculture.

When I was in the fifth grade, we moved to a 100-year-old house on an acre of ground on the outskirts of town. Over the next dozen years, I grew every crop imaginable, trying to find one that would make money.

I was passing time until high school when I could finally become a Future Farmer of America and proudly wear the blue and gold. My wife and I have moved nearly a dozen times in our 41 years of marriage, and every time I brought along my old FFA jackets and my four California Farm Account Books.

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Holyoke Enterprise February 4, 2016

Investor Guide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Harold Wong   

What can we learn from Warren Buffett in 2016?

Warren Buffett is considered the best stock market investor of the last 50 years. His Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company that owns over 80 businesses. In addition, Berkshire has a portfolio of public securities that was valued at $110.3 billion, down 6.1 percent from year-end 2014.

“Unlike the year 2014 when the stock gained 27.8 percent, Berkshire struggled to post positive gains in 2015. In fact, Berkshire lost 11.5 percent last year compared to a decline of 0.7 percent for the S&P 500 index.” (Source: Buffett Fans Take Note: “5 Stocks That Crushed Berkshire Hathaway in 2015,” 1-5-2016 Zacks Equity Research.)

However, Buffett does not lose any sleep. One of his many sayings is, “Don’t own a stock for 10 minutes if you were not willing to own it for 10 years. My favorite holding period is forever.” The average investor would be very concerned about losing 11.5 percent of one’s life savings; Buffett isn’t.

Live frugally, and you will be able to save.

For about 30 years, Buffett has not raised his annual $100,000 salary by one penny. However, his income was an estimated $62,855,038 in 2015, mostly from dividends spun off from his own personal holdings. (Source: “Special Report: How Warren Buffett Survives on $1,923.09 a Week,” 2016 Outsider Club.)

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Holyoke Enterprise February 4, 2016

Trooper Tips PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trooper Connor Aydt   

There have been snow storms, icy mornings and winds that could knock us off of our feet. We have made it through the holiday season and have a good chunk of the winter behind us. Don’t let the Colorado winter fool you. I am sure that there is still more winter headed our way.

By now we are getting to be pros at dealing with whatever is thrown our way. With that being said, I have a few tips that can get us all through the last part of this cold winter.

First thing that I would recommend is if you are planning a road trip, always let someone know your travel plans, such as where you are leaving from, where you are headed to, the time you are expected to arrive and the route you are going to take. That way, if something unexpected happens, they will have an idea of where you could be and notify law enforcement to track you down and make sure you are safe and sound.

Second thing that I would recommend for anyone who is going to be traveling in some of these treacherous weather conditions is to always be prepared! What I mean by that is to make sure you have extra supplies in your vehicle during these times. It is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

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Holyoke Enterprise February 4, 2016