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Ardith Cortez: Thanks Kiwanis

On Thursday afternoon there was a knock on the door, I opened the door and Santa and his elves were there.

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P.E.O. Chapter AJ Members: Thanks

Thank you all again for participating.

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Terry Barber: The best mindset for a successful business owner… continued

We have been exploring the Six Dos characteristics of the best mindset for a successful business owner.

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Scott Tipton: Cut regulations in 115th Congress

I recently launched a project to cut unnecessary, overly burdensome rules from the Code of Federal Regulations, or CFR, and I need your help.

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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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Scott Tipton: Cut regulations in 115th Congress

The current Code of Federal Regulations is more than 75,000 pages long and full of ridiculous regulations, as well as regulations that are unnecessary and continue to stunt economic growth across our nation.

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Faith Column: Humility and hoops

There are many places we can turn to find lessons in life and faith, including the sport of basketball. Yes, basketball. As the coach of the Hayden Boys Basketball team, I see many teaching opportunities every day. There are plenty of legitimate and cliché lessons in basketball like adversity, hard work and sacrifice. But one of the most important lessons we learn is humility.

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Baxter Black: The committee meeting

“I call to order the meeting of the Committee of the Department of Commerce. The purpose of the agenda today is to assess the importance of agriculture in the state. Our job is to determine which businesses should be included as part of agriculture. Let’s start,” said the chairman.

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From Pipi's Pasture: An animal’s Christmas list

Recently, I reviewed “Winter Barn,” a children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Peter Parnall. It is a nonfiction book about a barn that serves as a refuge for a variety of animals, both domesticated and wild. One thought leads to another so thinking about the makeshift homes animals choose in winter made me wonder — if animals could make wish lists for the Christmas season, what would they include? Just for fun consider the following, keeping in mind both domesticated and wild animals.

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Christmas cookies

By the time you read this column, it will be just eight days until Christmas. Unbelievable! I’m busy; you’re busy, and that’s all that’s left to say—except that this week’s column features two more cookie recipes that you can bake for Christmas. Both recipes are taken from my old cookbook that has lost its cover and some other pages, too. Enjoy the cookies!

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Carroll Horn: Thanks for plowing drive

I am writing this as a HUGE thank you to the person(s) who plowed my driveway after this last big snowstorm. It is greatly appreciated.

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Danielle Elkins: Trump’s nominations continue to stun the political left

Environmentalists are losing sleep as Donald Trump’s supporters rejoice over the president-elect’s recent cabinet nominations and their potential effects on energy.

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Janet Sheridan: We were home

The Christmas homes of my childhood and adolescence were never the glossy homes of Christmas advertising: imposing structures lit by evenly-spaced lights filled with artistically decorated rooms inhabited by smiling families with color-coordinated clothing and perfect teeth.

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Lance Scranton: The holiday conundrum

It’s becoming increasingly clear that as the Christmas (holiday, solstice) season approaches; we are apparently supposed to walk on egg shells for fear of offending anyone. I’ve always thought that people tend to overuse the word offend when what they really mean is that they’re annoyed. The logical next step from offending someone is when you do something (you may not even realize) and trigger someone.

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Prather’s Pick: A different view of the North Pole

“Santa Kid” is a picture book, written by James Patterson and illustrated by Michael Garland, and it has a very “different” plot, indeed.