Estes Park News, June 11, 2021

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Years ago a children’s ‘best seller’ book was written by Robert Fulghum. In it he stated, “All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten!” These are the things that he felt he had learned: “Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt someone. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and milk are good for you. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap. When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the cup – they all die. So do we.” I loved reading Fulghum’s words the first time. This is such a good summary of what little children must know in order to succeed in life. He added: “Everything you know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.” He urges that applying these simple rules in our family life, our work, in our government’s affairs, and throughout the world, if applied, what a better world this would be. I would hope that all of us would agree. The problem I suggest we struggle with, is with the premise that these are things we want our children to ‘learn in kindergarten’. By then it’s often too late! These principles and attitudes are those that must be taught to our children from the very time that they enter the world and our family. Many of the problems that our society is facing right now…violence, drug abuse, racism, man’s inhumanity to man, are experienced because children’s personalities are formed long before they ‘get into kindergarten’, while mom and / or dad are their personality ‘formers’. Then, after the mold is pretty well set, we send them off to school and expect teachers to take that ‘raw material’ we provide them and to ‘re-form’ those attitudes and personalities into productive members of our society. How blessed any teacher would feel to have a full class…kindergarten or grades above…of children who displayed these thoughtful characteristic and attitudes! With Fathers’ Day approaching this is a good time for each father to take some time to think about the ‘molding’ they are providing for their children. The research done by the Focus on the Family group out of Colorado Springs discovered that the average father spends about 15 minutes per week with each child in his family. Contrast this with the plan that God laid down for us men in His teachings of old. “Impress these teachings on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deut. 6:7) As you think about the principles that Fulghum suggested, how powerful it would be if fathers across America were living them in their lives and sharing them daily as they interacted with their children. Such, coupled with the same actions by their mother, could make a world of difference in our nation and world. These, coupled with reinforcement from kindergarten and other school teachings, could turn things around in our nation. However, time is wasting isn’t it? I’ve often looked at my own children and am reminded of the words of Teyve in The Fiddler on the Roof. He mused: “Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don’t remember getting older, when did they? When did she get to be such a beauty? When did he grow so tall? Wasn’t it just yesterday that they were small? Sunrise, sunset…swiftly fly the days. One season follows another, laden with happiness and tears.” Time is wasting. Be that father! May God help us utilize the time we have to plant these lessons in our young. Bob Lewis

Training For Adults Who Engage With Youth

By: Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center

The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center has partnered with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment to bring a Positive Youth Development training to Estes Park. This program would benefit any adult that engages with youth. Estes Park values and supports youth in many ways. Graduating seniors this year were awarded $115,000 by 40 local organizations, clubs, and businesses. Youth In Action (YIA) provides opportunities

for youth to serve as decision-makers on local boards. Community members step up as coaches, mentors, and employers of local youth. If you engage with youth or are interested in being a mentor, this training is for you. If you are a parent, caregiver, or grandparent, this training is for you. If you serve the public or develop community-wide programs, this training is for you. Register today as space is limited. Visit for registration and more information.

Estes Park: There’s Something In the Air! KREV-LP Is Up & Running From New Location The broadcast signal is once again reaching much of the Estes Valley, and the availability of Trail Blazer broadband at the new location allows live streaming to more listeners in remote locations. Many seasonal visitors to Estes Park take advantage of the streaming service to listen to KREV-LP. To try the live stream, go to the website at, and click on “Listen Now.” The station will be off the air for a short period during installation of some equipment upgrades that will improve the stereo signal. Now that the tower has been installed and the equipment has again been hooked up, KREV-LP has resumed its usual announcement and program schedule. “We are deeply grateful for the patience of our listeners and underwriters during this long process,” says KREV-LP board chair Cay Lacey. Although the station

was not able to conduct any fundraising during the pandemic, all commitments for onair underwriter recognition will be fulfilled, and underwriters for 2020 will receive a full year of on-air credits. The KREV-LP board hopes to get back to regular fundraising through an in-person campaign this fall. KREV-LP serves the Estes Valley with a varied mix of music, public service programming, and local announcements. To support Community Radio for the Estes Valley, visit the website at for more information on how to become an underwriter or contributor to help with the costs of relocating the tower. Click on the “Become an Underwriter” tab at the top of the page to fill out the on-line form, and someone will contact you to complete the process. KREV-LP also accepts donations through credit cards or PayPal through the “Donate Now” link on the website.