Cesar Salad, aka the reindeer whisperer (played by Angel Gonzalez Salazar), is at the North Pole to get the reindeer ready to fly on Christmas Eve. Reindeer include John Krieger, at left, and Sujey Bustillos. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

Lali Marquez swims the butterfly at the Berthoud/Mountain View Tri on Dec. 6. She placed in multiple events, including the 200-yard freestyle relay, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard medley relay. — Michelle Van Overbeke

Local

It may not look like much to someone driving down a stretch of county road, but this mailbox has been standing throughout Bob Brandt’s entire mail carrying career — and that’s no small feat for a country box. The house that it accompanies has been home to three generations of a single family, and families with deep roots in Phillips County are commonplace on his route.

    Living in an electronic world, it’s undeniable that the U.S. Postal Service has and will continue to see some extraordinary changes.

    A solar contractor is interested in building a facility on the west side of Holyoke that could nearly cover the City’s peak needs, said City Superintendent Mark Brown to Holyoke City Council du

    Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has been awarded by the American Geophysical Union their prestigious honor, the Presidential Citation, for his work on science policy.

Sports

    Holyoke High School’s girls varsity basketball team blew away SedgCo last Tuesday, Dec. 4, ending the game with a score of 52-11 and earning their third consecutive victory of the season.

    Dragon basketball put another one in the W column Dec. 4 when the boys traveled to Julesburg to play the Sedgwick County Cougars.

    In a 27-team tournament, the Dragon wrestling squad opened its season Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Limon Badger Invitational.

Ag & Business

Would you eat food that contains ground cricket as a source of protein? Of 120 people polled locally, 62.5 percent said "no."

    Entomophagy, orthoptera, Acheta domesticus — even attempting to talk about eating crickets can make it feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.

Consumers across the country are seeing service changes, as the first stage of a mass channel reassignment finishes up.

    Antenna users may notice service changes as the first impacts of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016-17 incentive auction are felt across the country.

ESL instructor Toby From spends a bit more time in her classroom at Phillips County Family Education Services before she retires. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

    As the fall semester wraps up this month, Toby From will be saying goodbye to her classroom at Phillips County Family Education Services.

School

    For American high school students, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a free, accessible alternative to standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.

Cesar Salad, aka the reindeer whisperer (played by Angel Gonzalez Salazar), is at the North Pole to get the reindeer ready to fly on Christmas Eve. Reindeer include John Krieger, at left, and Sujey Bustillos. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

    As Buddy the elf says, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Soloist Keegan Shaw sings a fervent “St. Jude” at the Christmas choral concert. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications

    From Keegan Shaw’s solo performance of “St.

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