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Janet Sheridan: What happened to thank you notes?

I exited the meeting for new teachers with the words of the dictatorial principal, Mr. Bailey, ringing in my ears: “Remember no gum, no slacks, no mini-skirts. Never be late for recess or lunch duty. And I will check your lesson plans every Friday for their adherence to your grade-level curriculum.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Passengers’ a sci-fi feature fueled by star power

A first date that involves a spacewalk, swimming in zero gravity, a robot in a red blazer — the science-fiction romance “Passengers” truly has it all in its telling of lovers who are literally star-crossed. Or rather, crossing stars.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: A new year for Community Agriculture Alliance

Regardless of the weather or the economy or presidential elections, our family producers continue to grow commodities that keep our bellies full and our bodies warm.

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Monday Medical: Reducing ACL injuries in girls and women

Ski season is in full swing, which means skiers need to be aware of the possibility of ACL injuries. Especially women.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Collateral Beauty’ has sadness to spare, not much story

Would “A Christmas Carol” have the same kind of emotional impact if it turned out Bob Cratchit was behind the whole thing to force Ebenezer Scrooge to be a better person? There might be better ways to get a day off and a raise, but resurrecting the ghost of Jacob Marley for your own selfish purposes would still be more acceptable than the actions of “Collateral Beauty.”

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Book review: Daily Show host offers poignant memoir

I began listening to the audio book “Born A Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood” after a recommendation from a coworker. Trevor Noah is best known as the host of The Daily Show, but he has been a comedian for years. Listening to him read his memoir about growing up in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, a world so different from America, is both hilarious and poignant.

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Tom Ross: Childhood holiday gifts can create enduring memories in the minds of seniors

Holiday gifts that make memories

A modest holiday gift that makes a child feel like they fit in with their peers can mean a great deal. When their parents recognize it, and come through in the end, it creates a lasting memory.

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Eugene Buchanan: The 12 Days of Christmas, Steamboat-style

Forget the partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves and drummers drumming. How about we all get the 12 days of Christmas, Steamboat-style?

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Rogue One’ the most stellar ‘Star Wars’ story in decades

With much ado lately about a galaxy far, far away, the chances of pleasing a demanding fan base are pretty slim. Well, to speak for the makers of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” never tell them the odds.

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Community Agricultural Alliance: Season’s greetings from Yampatika

On behalf of our board of directors, staff and volunteers, season’s greetings from Yampatika as we begin this holiday weekend.

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Many gifts: A tribute to a great dog

I lost my bull terrier, Stuart, Dec. 2. He had been sick for a while, and the curse of cancer finally overcame his body but not his spirit.

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Tales from the Tread: Pioneer Christmas memories

The Tread of Pioneers Museum looks back on Christmas traditions of the past.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Resolutions for the New Year

But in order to change behavior, we also need to a find a way to motivate our emotional self — actually get excited about making the change.

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Monday Medical: Giving that lasts all year

It’s the season of giving, but giving to others doesn’t have to end with the holidays. Volunteering is a great way to give back.

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Community Connection Promote health, wellness in communities

Earlier this year, we accomplished a major milestone — rebranding our organization, Northwest Colorado Health.