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From Pipi’s Pasture: Halloween now and then

I’ve always enjoyed the Halloween time of year, mostly because I like pumpkins and scarecrows and all of the other decorations that go along with it. These days kids mostly spend Halloween in Craig where they trick or treat downtown or attend church parties, but we still leave the porch light on when Halloween night rolls around and have treats on hand — just in case.

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The Bock’s Office: World War II film ‘Fury’ hurt by delayed payoff

There are thousands of accounts of the American military’s exploits, all of which are worth hearing to get a greater picture of how our nation was strengthened during its hardest times. You want to believe that every depiction of these folks is an accurate and glowing one, but a film like “Fury” shows you can’t always reach high expectations.

Michael Bennet: Common sense bill would fuel economic growth

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has attracted a lot of attention around the nation as a cleaner, more affordable transportation energy source. LNG — natural gas that is cooled and converted into a liquid — is used for a variety of fueling purposes including large trucks, marine and rail vessels. Along with its potential as greener, cheaper fuel, it can also be a major economic driver in Colorado, where we have an abundance of natural gas.

Prather’s Pick: Cherished pieces of lace, II

In September, I reviewed “Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece” — a children’s book by Patricia Polacco. Then recently, while at the Moffat County Library, I found another new book by Polacco. This book, like many of the other author’s books, is taken from her heritage. So I couldn’t help but review it, too.

Senior Spotlight: Adjust your outlook and stay positive

When I got up, I was feeling every bit of the restless night I had just had. I just couldn’t seem to get to sleep: turn on one side, on my back, on my other side — nothing seemed to work. Finally I got up, went and sat in my recliner, leaned back, turned on the TV, missed most of the program and had a good, short nap.

Stephanie Pearce: Giving community

We live in an amazing community that is a very giving community in general. I am thinking about this as I fill out my Moffat County United Way contribution form at work. We have services, programs, and activities that are funded in a large part through donations such as United Way.

Over a Cup of Coffee: More pumpkin treats

When I was a kid growing up on the ranch, Mom made her own pumpkin for pies and breads — that is if the garden pie pumpkins matured.

Baxter Black: Brand name beef

A variety of names for meat dishes.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Autumn on the ranch

Each change of season means a change in routine for ranchers and the getting-ready chores that go along with it. Right now, for example, livestock is being moved home from where the animals pastured over the summer. And before they can be moved home, fences along fall pasture have to be checked and hay yards buttoned up.

Visiting Nurse Association: Time to sign up for health insurance again

Yes, it’s already time for our community to start thinking about health insurance for 2015. Clients can re-enroll or sign up for the first time starting Nov. 15.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Judge’ can be a bit of a trial to watch

The last thing legal counsel wants is to handle the case of someone who shares their surname. The only thing worse is someone who insists on backseat lawyering, something that happens, but isn’t as funny as it sounds, in “The Judge.”

Janet Sheridan: Impossible to explain

I identify with philosophers, dreamers and academics who contemplate the mysteries of life, because I, too, ponder the unexplainable.

Prather’s Pick: Counting pumpkin seeds

“How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?” was written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. It’s an older book (copyright 2007) but no matter — it’s a great read. This book has lots of information about pumpkins and a message for readers besides.

Senior Spotlight: Embrace the changes in life

As I grow older, I seem to find more boundaries, and it’s like I take one step forward and two steps back. There are changes in the way I shop, too: I’m trying to overcome the urge to buy something just because it catches my eye and seems to say, “Buy me.”

Stephanie Pearce: Turn in your ballots and vote

This election has been weighing heavily on my mind. The most important thing you can do this election is fill your ballot out and get it turned back in.

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