Janet Sheridan: The pursuit of perfection

I used to read Shel Silverstein’s poetry to my students because it made them giggle. One of his poems described the persnickety Mary Hume who spent her life finding unforgiveable flaws in her birthday parties, boyfriends and pupils.

Lance Scranton: In their debt

It’s a debt we can never repay. We have history to look back on but recent times offer up scarce examples of a loss of freedom in our country. Sure, it’s election season, and I could rant and rave about any particular group whose political bent either confuses or defames my traditional sensibilities. But, regardless of my particular identification as an elephant or a donkey — it’s because of our veterans that I get to choose.

History in Focus: The first Craig man to die in WWII

The life of John Levkulich was a series of “firsts.” He was the first-born American son of Czech immigrants. This immigrant son was the first of his family to return to Europe and the first man from Moffat County to die during World War II.

Ray Beck: Land of the free and Home of the brave

On Aug. 30, 2004 I received a letter from P.X. Kelly General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) and Chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission. In that letter it stated that on May 29, 2004 the National World War II Memorial was finally dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This Memorial was a gift to the nation and has become a permanent part of the National Park System, administered and operated by the National Park Service.

Prather’s Pick: Remembering our veterans

Each year on Veterans Day, people of all ages pause to remember and honor the veterans who have kept our country free. This week’s featured book for kids (and adults, too) reminds readers of how many sacrifices veterans make so that we can enjoy our freedoms. Author Margot Theis Raven is the author of “America’s White Table,” a beautifully written picture book based on the tradition of the “white table.” The book was illustrated by Mike Benny and is published by Sleeping Bear Press (2005).

Stephanie Pearce: Printed pictures and stories told

I sit in my room, on my bed with a box of old pictures. Pictures of the black and white variety. Some are very delicate and flakey on the edges. Some are fading their color — the evidence of how years wear on us all. The oldest were made with sepia coloring that seems to be more durable and less resistant to aging. I look into the history of the times and wonder what their smiles would have looked like because most contained none.

Audrey Danner: Stronger together

We are stronger together. I know this to be true. So to see unity toward a common goal earlier this week in Craig was even more reassurance in Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership’s vision for our community’s future.

Over a Cup of Coffee: One more try

I goofed when I wrote last week’s column. Though I can’t remember making “Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie” before, I did get to savor a pumpkin dip that our daughter-in-law, Cindy, made a couple of weeks ago when we stopped for lunch on a cow-gathering day at my brother Duane’s place. The dip was made from similar ingredients as the pie, and it was delicious. The recipe for the dip comes from a web site, and I don’t have permission to print it.

From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering the spring calves

The cattle have been gathered, and they’re all back at Pipi’s Pasture for the winter. Once they’re home, it takes a few days for all of us, humans and cattle alike, to get into a routine again. Then we family members begin to check out the calves.

Joyce Rankin’s Across the Street: Learning about CDE

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is located across the street from the state Capitol. As a legislative aide and newly appointed member of the State Board of Education (SBE), I’m strategically located to attend the meetings. They’re held across the street — hence the name of the column

Mike Littwin: Blame Julie Williams for Colorado’s education ‘reform’ fail

Republicans won across the country, but here in Colorado Jefferson County School Board member Julie Williams led conservatives to a statewide defeat.

Prather’s Pick: Learning about apples

A few weeks ago, I reviewed a kids’ picture book, “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?”, written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. In the book, the students from Mr. Tiffin’s class carried out an investigation to see which of three sizes of pumpkins had the most seeds. (Mr. Tiffin is a very creative teacher!) In this week’s book, also by McNamara and Karas, Mr. Tiffin’s class visits an apple orchard. “The Apple Orchard Riddle” is intended for ages 4 to 8.

Lance Scranton: It’s the demographics!

I’ve been following demographics around the world and especially in our country as a pastime for many years. It wasn’t until the lack of students in our schools began negatively impacting our operating budget that I really began to pay attention.

Stephanie Pearce: You thought no one was looking

Hey you. Aren’t you a manager? I was one of your customers and I saw you. I saw you with that young girl you’re supposed to be an example to and someone she’s supposed to learn from. I saw her doing a great job and picking up what you were teaching her quickly. I would have thought you would have been happy with her. She really was doing a great job.

VNA: Weigh in on health needs in Moffat, Routt counties

It’s a rare day that we don’t think about our health, our family’s health or the wellbeing of others around us. Maybe you worry about diabetes, cancer or mental health or are concerned about how the economy, housing and other factors are influencing wellness in our communities. Residents of Moffat and Routt counties are encouraged to weigh in on these important issues by taking part in a Community Health Needs Assessment. The project seeks to answer an important and complicated question: What do our communities need to be healthier?