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Perspective The lure of the open road—Let one family’s travels inspire your next adventure Family Health The value of chores—To engage them, make it fun Family Fun The wide world of sports—Watch, play and try a new sport Family Favorites Kid’s camping gear—Solar lantern, colorful fire, child carrier Family Living Family road tripping—Autumn in the Black Hills C ommunity news Give and get support in your community— Imagination Library, Day of Caring and youth board openings

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Shyness is okay How shy is too shy? Most kids get over shyness but if your child is showing signs of social anxiety it might be time to get help.

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Perspective

SCOTT TITTERINGTON

The lure of the open road I GET THIS HAPPY, elated feeling when we head out on a road trip. Maybe you do too. As home fades farther into the distance, the details and stresses of daily life fade away too and the lure of the open road pulls me along. Where will we go today? What might we see? What adventures await? It starts with an idea, maybe a suggestion from a friend, maybe a story in a magazine (see below), maybe a random picture on your screen-saver. And for whatever reason, it hooks you, and that idea starts to bake, and maybe you get a little obsessed with it and do some initial planning until one day you say it out loud. “Honey, I think we should drive down to San Carlos in Sonora.” “Where?” “Well, it’s maybe six hours south of Tucson. I think we could be there the next afternoon if we leave at 4am the first day.” “O…K…?” “It’s about the closest nice beach and we can get a house on the shore at a good rate and maybe camp in the dunes for a few nights.” And then you look at some maps and find some pictures on the web and talk to the kids and before you know it, you’re pulling out of the garage at 4am, eating breakfast in Santa Fe and checking into a hotel in Tucson. The long drive is remembered for the meal stops or the occasional crummy bathroom or outstanding scenery, not the “are we there yet?” grousing. What you do remember is the hike up the hill for the great sunset and paddling around the bay in clear water with dolphins jumping nearby. Not all road trips have to be life-changing epics. We live in one of the best spots for a quick road trip—a long weekend will do. We’re kicking off an intermittent series this month that spotlights one family’s road trips along with highlights and recommendations, complete with websites. Katie Harris had been a regular contributor to RM Parent and we’re excited to welcome her back. The first place that she takes us is the Black Hills in South Dakota where she details family-friendly excursions based on what she and her family experienced. I hope that her stories become those little bits of inspiration, along with some solid information, that help you motivate to head out on a family adventure. I’m looking forward to seeing where she takes us next. Bon voyage, Scott

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SEPTEMBER 2022 • Volume 26, Issue 4 PUBLISHER Scott Titterington, (970)221-9210 scott.rmpublishing@gmail.com EDITOR Kristin Titterington, (970)221-9210 kristin.rmpublishing@gmail.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Emily Zaynard emily.rmpublishing@gmail.com ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Greg Hoffman, (970)689-6832 greg.rmpublishing@gmail.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Susan Harting susan.rmpublishing@gmail.com COVER PHOTO

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Theresa Baer, Lea Hanson, Lynn U. Nichols, Claire L. Sable

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Family Health

CLAIRE L. SABLE

The value of chores Chores now mean greater competence later HOUSEHOLD CHORES ARE generally viewed as dreaded obligations that no one wants to do. But with a little reframing, a touch of playfulness and a well-earned reward on the other end, house and yard work can actually provide parents with some excellent ways to teach their kids the value of teamwork, cooperation, responsibility, taking initiative and the concept of a job well done. And research backs this up. A study titled Involving Children in Household Tasks: Is it worth the effort?

Chore time can pave the way for deeper connection FAMILIES ARE USUALLY RUNNING in a million different directions. Between work, school, after-school activities and homework, there is often little opportunity for those meaningful conversations that deepen understanding and strengthen bonds. But chores done as a family can set the stage for you and your kids to have those unstructured conversations that might not come up during the usual course of the day. You can suggest a specific topic or just let things unfold naturally. Another way to approach chore time in a way that is both productive and promotes interaction, is to do fun knowledge challenges such as having your child name all 50 states or state capitals, or name all the U.S. presidents, or practice spelling words, or doing times tables. The possibilities are endless.

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conducted by Marty Rossman, emeritus associate professor of family education at the University of Minnesota, found that by “involving children in tasks, parents teach their children a sense of responsibility, competence, selfreliance, and self-worth that stays with them throughout their lives.” And Rossman says the earlier children start helping out, the better. So when it’s time to get all the toys off the floor and into the toy box, get your little one to take part. They will thank you down the road.

To engage them, make it fun ALL WORK AND NO PLAY makes Jack a dull boy, but what if Jack gets to jump into a big pile of leaves before putting them into the leaf bag? And what if vacuuming is not just vacuuming but is also a dance competition? It may sound silly and will likely look even sillier, but if the vacuum is on, it’s sucking up the dirt no matter what kind of crazy dance steps are happening at the other end of the handle, and meantime, the idea that chores don’t have to be drudgery is taking root in your child’s mind. Another way to liven things up— combine some fun, predictable traditions to go with chore day. For example, the morning can start with a favorite breakfast food like pancakes, kids can choose music to accompany their chores and they can vote on what the reward will be once the chores are completed.


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Family Fun

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The wide world of sports

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WHETHER IT’S WATCHING as a group or actively playing as a family, sports are a great way to connect. This month, we share some ideas for local options on both fronts.

Watch local sports Colorado Eagles: Central Hockey League team plays at the Budweiser Events Center, LV. www.coloradoeagles.com CSU Rams: 14 men’s and women’s sports at the NCAA Division 1 Mountain West Conference level. https://csurams.com Fort Collins Foxes: collegiate baseball team plays June through July at City Park, FC. www.fortcollinsfoxes.com

Tennis or Pickleball Racquet sports such as pickleball have become popular activities among all ages. You could even get grandparents out there playing.

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NOW THAT THE RIVER WATER levels are lower and while the weather is still warm, consider Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), rafting or kayaking. Look to the following companies for lessons, professionally led trips and rentals of life jackets, boards, helmets, kayaks, etc.

UNC Bears: 17 intercollegiate teams at the NCAA Division Big Sky Conference level. https://uncbears.com Greeley-Evans School District 6 High School Athletics: www.greeleyschools.org/Page/14519 Poudre School District High School Athletics: Attend games or stream. www.psdathletics.org/ticketing. Thompson School District High School Athletics: www.thompsonschools.org/page/22311

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Family Favorites

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Family Living

KATIE HARRIS

Family road tripping: Autumn in the Black Hills THERE’S NO BETTER TIME to visit South Dakota than autumn, when temperatures are mild, leaves are at peak fall color, and summer crowds have dispersed. The easily manageable six hour drive to Rapid City, where we recommend setting up base camp, paired with the strong selection of kid-friendly and unique activities in the area, make this our first family road tripping recommendation!

Day 1 DEPART RAPID CITY and make the 30 minute drive to Keystone, where your first stop awaits! Enter Mount Rushmore through the Avenue of Flags, being sure to stop at the visitors centers along the way (www.nps. gov/moru/index.htm). While in Keystone, check out Big Thunder Gold Mine for gold panning and a mine tour (www.bigthundermine.com). Bear Country USA is a must-do back in Rapid City. A favorite for all ages, Bear Country is a drive through zoo of a whole different animal. Be prepared to stop as black bears, arctic wolves, and mule deer, among others make appearances out the windows, sometimes crossing right in front of your car (www.bearcountryusa.com).

Day 3 VISIT THE BADLANDS, an hour’s drive from Rapid City, where trails of all lengths and difficulty levels abound. Door Trail and Window Trail are family favorites (www.nps.gov/badl.index). From there, just follow the billboards to Wall Drug Store, which is so much more than just a store! Make sure to try the ice cream, have your photo taken with the giant jack-a-lope, and of course, grab your cup of free ice water on the way out (www.walldrug.com).

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TAKE A DRIVE ON THE scenic Needle Highway, an hour from Rapid City. The unique rock formations along the way are even more stunning when framed by golden aspen this time of year. Stop and stretch your legs on the 1-mile Sylvan Lake Trail loop (www. blackhillsbadlands.com). What South Dakota road trip would be complete without a chuckwagon dinner? Check out Blue Bell Lodge’s hay ride and chuckwagon dinner, where you’ll likely spot a herd of bison along the way, or visit Fort Hays Chuckwagon Show for dinner and entertainment at the old set of Dances with Wolves (www.custerresorts.com or www.mountrushmoretours.com, reservations required).

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Day 4 OPTIONS ABOUND FOR YOUR final day in South Dakota. Reptile Gardens are the place to go for giant tortoises and the chance to hold a snake (www.reptilegardens.com), Dinosaur Park features several dino statues perfect for climbing around on (www.blackhillsbadlands.com), and the active dig site at The Mammoth Site is a great stop for budding paleontologists (www.mammothsite.org) on the way back to Colorado.


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Shyness is okay Social anxiety can be limiting and serious

Lynn U Nichols DO YOU EVER WISH YOUR son would raise his hand more often in class? Or do you ever want your daughter to look your neighbor in the eye when saying hello? Having a shy child can feel challenging, but know that being shy is okay. “Shyness is not something parents generally need to worry about. It’s common in young children and it usually resolves on its own,” says Brian Mesinger, PhD, a pediatric psychologist with The Youth Clinic in Northern Colorado. Extroverts vs. introverts, they’re both good You might think that being an extrovert is best. It’s a message that our society gives loud and clear—it’s better to be outgoing and extroverted, than withdrawn and shy. Yet some kids have an inner confidence that they don’t have to announce to the world. If you have a shy child, do your best to send the message that quiet can be strong, and shyness isn’t bad. “The most important thing is to make sure your child doesn’t selfidentify as being a bad or unacceptable kid because they’re shy. Avoid framing shyness as a negative so your child doesn’t view him or herself as bad or defective,” Mesinger says. It’s true, being outgoing does have social advantages. Loud, outgoing kids tend to make friends more quickly, but on the flipside they can also alienate

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friends with unfiltered comments. On the other hand, shy kids might have fewer friendships, but they are more lasting. That’s because shy kids tend to cultivate and approach friendships more thoughtfully. You might equate shyness with introversion, but surprisingly, the two are not the same. It all depends on the situation. Introverts can be perfectly comfortable in social situations that they can regulate, for example, being with new people at home, or being with family in public. Where it can get dicey is when nothing is predictable or controllable. Yet a shy person might feel discomfort even in a predictable situation. “Introverts can be shy, and shy people can be introverts, but the two personality features are not the same. Introverts are socially cautious but not socially uncomfortable like a shy person may be,” Mesinger adds. How shy is too shy? There’s shyness and introversion, and then there’s social anxiety. If your child not only struggles in social situations but also wants to leave situations to isolate alone, it might be social anxiety. If this sounds like your child, consider seeking help from a child counselor or therapist so that your child can live a full life. Social anxiety can be serious and life limiting. “Children with social anxiety don’t adjust well to school and struggle


making friends,” Mesinger says. “It’s important for children to be exposed to new situations, new personalities and new challenges or their emotional and psychological growth can suffer and stall.” Helping shy kids blossom The best way to help your shy son express himself is to let it come naturally, and then offer specific praise. Also, point out positive outcomes, as in, ‘I noticed that after you smiled at Ethan he came over and asked you to play.’ While it might be tempting to jump in and direct your daughter on what to do or how to act, resist. Even if you are embarrassed that she won’t give your sister who’s visiting a hug, or won’t say hi to a friend, don’t force it. That only creates anxiety and possibly sets a negative pattern in motion, making a similar situation go harder in the future. “Keep in mind that trying to coach your child during a stressful event doesn’t work. A brain under stress can’t take in new information,” Mesinger says. Feeling some social stress is natural. If your child has a hard time making friends or participating in class, it can help to rehearse what to say in different social situations. That way, the words will be ready when a similar moment arises. It also helps to let your child know what to expect when walking into a new situation. “Acknowledge that a situation might feel challenging but reassure your child that everyone feels that way sometimes, even you, and tell him or her that they are

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going to be okay,” Mesinger adds. Help your young child understand what nervousness feels like—when you feel a flutter in your tummy or your body feels jittery—so she can identify the feeling, name it, and gain more sense of control. Try worry practice To help your child blossom beyond shy feelings, Mesinger recommends what he calls ‘worry practice’ several times a week. For example, to help your son engage socially, have him practice in easy places, like buying a toy at the dollar store and talking with the clerk. Or, when you are dining out, encourage your daughter to order on her own. Social situations that revolve around a planned activity are also easier—like lessons or team sports. They naturally lend themselves to conversations more than, say, an unstructured play date. Finally, be a good social model. Talk about times you felt scared or shy and explain how you overcame it. Be social with a stranger in front of your daughter and let her observe. And when she tries, offer encouragement. “Even if it’s hard to watch your children struggle, they need the exposure, the practice, and they need to work through things on their own,” Mesinger says. With a little help, your shy child is going to be just fine. If you think your son is not engaging in life enough, know that he probably is, just in his own observant and thoughtful way.

When your preteen or teen seems down, reassure her that feeling lonely, unconfident, or like she doesn’t measure up at times is normal. Remind her that her friends and peers feel the same way, even if it doesn’t seem that way. • Brainstorm different ways to handle various situations. Encourage him to try something new, yet safe, where positive results are expected. It could be a volunteer opportunity, a neighborhood job doing something he enjoys like watching animals, or a fun get together among your friends who have teens. • Suggest breaks from social media, especially when your teen feels low. Discuss how people on social media often only show one side of themselves, always presenting the best light—which isn’t necessarily an honest representation. • Tell her that she is just fine, that she can get through a challenge, that you believe in her, and that she will be okay.

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Colorado’s Largest High School Holds “Staff Meeting” More than 500 employees converged to be together at Colorado State University Pueblo for their annual “GOAL Forum,” for celebration, training, and kickoff to the 2022-23 school year. Chief Executive Officer Constance Jones and Board President Ted Del Duca welcomed the large and excited crowd who were then treated to a power-packed eight-minute video created by GOAL’s in-house communications team. The video traced the trials and tribulations of one of GOAL’s 1,016 graduates in the class of 2022. Not a dry eye in the house was to be found as the story turned from tragedy to triumph before their eyes. Over a thousand lives were changed and GOAL’s mission was accomplished—to develop productive members of society. Now comes the challenge of a new year and an anticipated student body of over 5,000 students. If the two-day forum is any indication, the school is more than up to the task! GOAL is a charter high school birthed in Pueblo in 2007 and now authorized under District 49. GOAL serves the needs of over 500 Pueblo students yearly. The school is free, public, fully accredited, and in great standing with the

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Preserving Peaches Canning, Jamming, Freezing, Salsa

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eaches are for sale everywhere this time of year. We are bombarded with pallets of peaches, encouraged to buy them as fundraisers, EZ Ups on every corner, and more. With our kitchens filled with pallets of peaches, we’re suddenly inundated with the responsibility to do something with them. Luckily, peaches are one of the easiest fruits to preserve and there are many ways to do it. There are many ways to preserve the goodness of peaches well past the harvest season. Examples include canning, freezing, making salsa, or making preserves. Peaches provide vitamins A and C, are a good source of fiber and are low in calories. One raw medium peach (147 grams) has 50 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol and sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrate, 13 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. It provides six percent of your daily vitamin A needs and 15 percent of daily vitamin C needs. One medium peach also contains two percent or more daily value of vitamins E and K, niacin, folate, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Preserving fruit is much easier

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than most novices think it will be and the tools needed are minimal. Actually, besides purchasing a bulk of canning jars, most people already have utensils that will work in the house. Although many specialty items are for sale, they usually simply make the process easier, but aren’t required to complete the task. PREPARING TO PRESERVE PEACHES Choose ripe, mature peaches of ideal quality for eating fresh or cooking. Peaches should be firm, or “give” slightly and should have a strong, sweet smell and a yellowish golden background color. To peel, dip peaches in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds until skins loosen. Dip quickly in cold water and slip off skins. Cut in half, remove pits and slice, if desired. To prevent darkening, keep peeled peaches in ascorbic acid solution (1 teaspoon or 3000 milligrams ascorbic acid or vitamin C per gallon of water), or use a commercial ascorbic acid mixture according to directions on package. Drain when ready to process.


HOT PACK AND RAW PACK First, what’s the difference? Hot packing is the practice of heating freshly prepared food to boiling, simmering it 2 to 5 minutes, and promptly filling jars loosely with the boiled food. Raw packing is more suitable for fruits and vegetables processed in a pressure canner. To hot pack peaches, first place drained fruit in a large saucepan with syrup, water or juice and bring to boil. Next, fill jars with hot fruit and cooking liquid, leaving ½-inch headspace. Place peach halves in layers with the cut side

facing down. Adjust the jar lids and process in a boiling-water canner: 20 minutes for pints, 25 minutes for quarts at altitudes up to 1,000 feet. To raw pack, fill hot jars with raw fruit, cut side down, and add hot water, juice, or syrup, leaving ½-inch headspace. Adjust the jar lids and process in a boiling water canner: 25 minutes for pints, 30 minutes for quarts at altitudes up to 1,000 feet. FREEZING PEACHES Also known as sugar packing Many believe sugar packing is the best way to preserve the taste of fruit. To sugar pack, start by dissolving ¼ teaspoon ascorbic acid in 3 tablespoons cold water and add to each quart of peaches to slow darkening. Then, add ⅔ cup sugar to each quart (1⅓ pounds) of prepared fruit. Next, stir gently until sugar is dissolved or let stand 15 minutes. Place into containers, seal, label, and freeze.

PEACH JAM Yield: About 8 half-pint jars Making jam is usually the task that seems most difficult… but like the processes described above, is easier than most assume. Begin by combining two quarts crushed, peeled peaches and ½ cup water; cook gently for 10 minutes. Add 6 cups sugar; slowly bring to boiling, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly until thick, about 15 minutes; stir frequently to prevent sticking. Next, pour hot jam into sterilized canning jars, leaving ¼–inch headspace. Wipe jar rims and adjust lids; they will be quite sticky later if you don’t. Process (seal) jars in a boiling water bath canner for 5 minutes at altitudes up to 1,000 feet. Add 1 minute of processing time for each additional 1,000 feet. Adding pectin is easy simply by following the manufacturer’s directions on the pectin box.

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School District News: Greeley-Evans D6

District 6 cuts ribbon on new Greeley West High School

WITH A SNIP OF THE SCISSORS, a new era officially began Tuesday, August 9, for Greeley West High School, as GreeleyEvans School District 6 officially opened the new school, replacing a 60-yearold building that had numerous challenges and structural issues. “We are so fortunate to be supported by this community,” Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch said. Greeley West Student Body President Sam Providence said the new building matches the strength and character of the students that attend and will attend Greeley West. The 280,000 square foot building is constructed to educate 1,800 students. It includes a Career and Technical Education wing that houses the agriculture and

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horticulture program, welding and construction trades, a culinary arts program, business, as well as fine arts. The 650-seat auditorium includes an orchestra pit and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Tointon Pre-Engineering Academy opens in D6 The Tointon Academy of Pre-Engineering officially opened to the public Thursday night, August 18, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and community open house. The school opened its doors to students on August 11, but Thursday was the first time members of the general public have been invited to view the new school, located on 71st Avenue between 10th Street and 4th Street. The Tointon Academy of Pre-

Engineering is the first nonreplacement school to open in District 6 in more than two decades. The school was named after Bob and Betty Tointon, long-time Greeley residents and strong supporters of public education. The Tointons have supported blended learning initiatives in the district, as well as starting and supporting the Student Recovery Program. The Tointons have also been strong supporters of the Mill Levy Override and bond issues for District 6. Bob, who attended the ceremony with several of his family members, said it is an honor to have the academy carry his family’s name. “On behalf of my family, I want you to know that we are honored and humbled by the naming of this school,” Tointon

said during the ceremony. “I am proud that a legacy of the Tointon family in Greeley, Colorado will be this building and that generations of leaders, teachers and students will benefit from all that will happen inside the walls of this school.” The Tointon Academy of Pre-Engineering is a preschool-eighth grade school. This year, the school is preschool through sixth grade. Seventh grade will be added next year and eighth grade the following year. Project Lead the Way Curriculum will be used to infuse engineering principles across content areas for every grade level. The school has stateof-the-art science and engineering labs, as well as collaborative and outdoor learning spaces.


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School District News: Poudre

Timnath and Wellington Middle-High Schools open

THE POUDRE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Timnath and Wellington communities celebrated the future while honoring the past during grand opening events of the new Timnath and Wellington Middle-High Schools. Timnath’s open house event was July 22 and Wellington’s celebration was Aug. 11, held just before the start of the new school year. Timnath Middle-High School, 4700 E. Prospect Road in Timnath, and Wellington Middle-High School, 2856 Cleveland Ave. in Wellington, welcomed students in grades 6-10 on Aug. 16, PSD’s first day of school. Both schools will grow to serve students through grade 12 and can accommodate up to 1,500 students. Timnath and Wellington Middle-High Schools, along with Bamford Elementary, which opened last school year, are new

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schools funded by the 2016 bond. Visit the PSD website at www.psd schools.org to read about their kick-off events. Supply Our Students Program Getting fresh crayons, glue sticks and notebooks add to the excitement and anticipation of a new school. To ensure all kids

experience that and are ready to learn, PSD and community partners are working together to provide brand-new school supplies for students in need. “It’s a monumental task requiring countless hours of work, hundreds of volunteers, and substantial resources. Supplying our students in need is profound

and we can’t thank our partners enough for their incredible commitment,” says Nick Peterson, coordinator of PSD Business and Community Development. Schools work with the PSD Partnership Center to distribute school supplies to students in need. Families who need assistance with school supplies should contact their school. Many thanks to PSD partners: Colorado State University’s (CSU) School is Cool, OtterCares’ Pack2School programs, Intel, Realities for Children, Volunteers of America, Front Range Community College and Staples. For information about donating school supplies, please contact Peterson at npeterson@ psdschools.org.


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School District News: Thompson

Berthoud High School 1975-76 Girls’ Basketball Team

WHEN TITLE IX WAS PASSED in 1972, making it possible for girls to play competitive sports in high school, Berthoud High jumped at the chance to have a girls’ basketball team. Gay Hughes was hired to be the team’s first coach in 1974, and as she recalls it, starting a program from scratch was exciting— but also challenging. “We had practiced two weeks when we had first game,” Gay recalls. “At that first scrimmage, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t even blow the whistle.” Teresa (Beck) Rimsky was a starter on that team, and she has many fond memories of those first years of girls’ athletics in schools. “We imitated what we saw the boys do, but there was nothing organized for us.

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Up until then, cheerleading was all you could do. Managing the teams was ok too, but when the opportunity came up that we were going to get to play and participate like the boys, it was like ‘oh yeah, I’m all in.’” By the second year, the team seemed to click, and in 1976, just four years after the passage of Title IX, the Berthoud girls’ basketball team beat Windsor High and Weld Central High in a competitive tournament that would be talked about for years to come. Having lost to both of those teams earlier in the season, the Berthoud team was eager for the rematches. “In the tournament we beat Windsor and beat Weld Central by exactly what they had beaten us by earlier,”

Teresa says, recalling that the gym was full for the girls’ games that season, and the crowds were excited to see the girls play. “It was novel at the time to go to the girls’ games. Attendance was great— parents, of course, but the kids got into it too.” Winning the tournament

meant the girls’ team went to the District tournament and played Burlington in front of a packed crowd. “The gym held 600 completely packed, but we had 700 that night,” Teresa recalls. “They put bleachers on the stage.” Burlington beat the Berthoud Spartans 52-47, but the team had earned the respect of their school—and their town. Barb (Straight) Day was also on the 1975-76 team, and she says the lessons she learned being part of the inaugural basketball program have stayed with her throughout her life. “Teamwork, communication, confidence. Learning how to win and lose, and how to do both with dignity and grace,” Barb says. “You learn how to be competitive and survive in a very competitive world.” Barb played basketball in college as well and is grateful for everything she gained from athletics.


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Community News

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Give and get support in your community

Resources to overcome baby formula shortage While the national baby formula shortage seems to be improving, challenges remain for families. The Early Childhood Council of Larimer County provides a list of resources for local parents seeking not only formula but also diapers, wipes and clothing for their children at https:// bit.ly/3AId1qy. The site also includes links to information regarding SNAP, WIC & Formula Insurance Coverage & Reimbursement. Those seeking to donate unopened baby formula, diapers and baby wipes may also look to the site to learn more about where to go. Family-friendly volunteer opportunities on Day of Caring Weld County families seeking opportunities to volunteer time together can look to the United Way

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of Weld County (UWWD) Day(s) of Caring on Friday, September 9 and/or Saturday, September 10. For this annual volunteer event, “United Way partners with agencies to host volunteer projects that help spread awareness about the important work they do, as well as encourage volunteer engagement in the Weld County community.” Choose from several projects at local nonprofits such as outdoor clean-up projects, cleaning and organizing donated children’s items, office work and more. Children as young as 5 years old can help. Learn more and register at https://volunteer. unitedway-weld.org/day-ofcaring and look for details regarding age requirements. Youth Advisory Board has openings High schoolers have an opportunity to better understand local government

and provide input on youthoriented issues through the Youth Advisory Board. Applications are open for Fort Collins residents interested in serving on this board which gathers information from local youth and other organizations regarding youth-oriented issues and then makes recommendations to City Council. Meetings are once per month during the school year. Eligible applicants must be under the age of 19 and currently enrolled in high school or an equivalent program. Learn more and apply online at: https://bit. ly/3PI1knV. Adults can also become more involved in their community by participating on a board or commission related to affordable housing, the arts, parks/ recreation, transportation and many more. Annual applications open this month for all boards. Learn more at fcgov.com/boards.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Larimer County United Way of Larimer County (UWLC) has partnered with country star Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. In this early literacy program, children ages 0 to 5 will receive 60 age-appropriate books in the mail over the course of five years. Hand-selected by a panel of early literacy professionals, the books include bilingual titles. Why should you participate? According to the UWLC website, “Books in the home have been consistently proven to be an indicator of a child’s academic success. Ninety percent of brain development occurs by age 5. Research shows between 66 and 75 percent of families read more to their children after receiving the Imagination Library books. Most importantly, children develop a lifelong love of learning and reading.” Learn more and register each of your children at https://uwaylc.org/imagi nationlibrary.


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Community Calendar

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September events FESTIVALS & COMMUNITY EVENTS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Horsetooth Fest & Mishawaka Free Concert Old Town Square, FC www.downtownfortcollins.org

SEPTEMBER 3 THROUGH 5 Windsor Harvest Fest Hot air balloons, parade, vintage baseball game, more. Eastman Park/ Main Park, WS www.windsorharvestfest.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Mountain Festival Rist Canyon, Bellvue www.festival.RCVFD.org Pastels on 5th Professional sidewalk chalk art with live music and kids art area. 5th Street, Downtown LV https://pastelson5th.org SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Loveland Honey Festival Fairgrounds Park, LV www.lovgov.org/prevents SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Loveland Chocolate Festival Budweiser Event Center, LV www.treventscomplex.com

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We’re Here Fest with Maddy O’neal For middle school ages+, benefits Beats By Girlz. The Lyric, FC https://bit.ly/3R2mVsv SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Korean Festival Old Town Square, FC www.downtownfortcollins.org

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THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4 Cinderella Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Johnstown www.coloradocandlelight.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Jarabe Mexicano Mexican Folk music plus Rock & Roll, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock and ReggaeCumbia. Rialto Theater, LV www.rialtotheatercenter.org FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 “Weird Al” Yankovic, The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour Monfort Concert Hall, GR https://ucstars.showare.com THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10 One Sweet Summer Event Series Live music, kids’ days, fitness classes, etc. The Foundry Plaza, Downtown LV https://bit.ly/3KfIseW

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Bonnie & Taylor Sims Band with Clay Rose Benefits The Matthews House. Fort Collins Nursery, FC www.FortCollinsNursery.com THURSDAYS, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15 Bohemian Nights: Thursday Night Live Concerts Old Town Square, FC www.bohemiannights.org FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Comedian Jim Gaffigan: The Fun Tour Budweiser Event Center, LV www.treventscomplex.com SEPTEMBER 16 THROUGH 24 Screwball Comedy Quick wit and humor of classic movies from ‘30s and ‘40s. Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre, FC www.lctix.com


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Houska Garage Band Presents The Burroughs Picnic-style concert. Houska Automotive, FC https://houskaautomotive.com/70thanniversary-celebration David Brighton’s Space Oddity, The Quintessential David Bowie Experience Monfort Concert Hall, GR https://ucstars.showare.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Comedian Jeff Allen Rapid-fire humor centers on marriage and family. Rialto Theater, LV www.rialtotheatercenter.org Community Drum Circle Be one of 100 people making music together! Hammond Amphitheater at North Lake Park, LV. lovlib.org/events

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25 Live at The Gardens Summer Concert Series Gardens on Spring Creek, FC www.fcgov.com/gardens/concerts THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 The Wailin’ Jennys Monfort Concert Hall, GR https://ucstars.showare.com

ACTIVE-ITIES

MONDAYS, SEPTEMBER 12 FIT4MOM Stroller Fitness Class Promenade Shops at Centerra, Main Plaza, LV www.ThePromenadeShopsAt Centerra.com/events SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Superhero Run and Family Carnival Greeley Family FunPlex, GR. www. lifestoriesweld.org/superhero-run

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Family Art Challenge: Pumpkin Patch Pageant Families create an art piece to display at library. Clearview Library District Facebook meeting. https://clearview. libnet.info/event/6974453. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Fitness in the Foundry: Yoga Classes Foundry Plaza, downtown LV https://bit.ly/3KfIseW

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Time out

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Tween's communication skills I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S generational, the fact that kids in Northern Colorado (for the most part) have class time specifically for social/emotional learning, or just my kid’s friend group, but it’s recently become obvious to me that my sixth grader’s communication with her friend group is healthier than mine ever was at that age. The other day, at middle school move-in day, we saw a kid with whom I know my daughter is friends, but I haven’t heard much about lately. Let’s call her Nancy. I asked my daughter why I hadn’t heard much about Nancy. Here is the conversation in a nutshell: Daughter: Max told Nancy that Nancy’s negativity was too much, and she needed a break

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from their relationship. Max said she needed to take care of her mental wellness better and that didn’t include Nancy right now. Me: Wow. That must have been hard for Nancy to hear. And, hard for Max to say to her so directly, quite frankly. Daughter: Why is that hard to say? Me: Because it’s typically difficult to tell people things you know might hurt their feelings. How do you feel about all this? Daughter: I don’t feel anything. I can easily be friends with people who aren’t friends with each other. Me: Wow. When I was your age that would have been hard for me. Do you feel caught in the middle? Daughter: Why would I? Me: Well, because

they’re both your friend? Daughter: Well, when they first had the conversation, Nancy asked me if I had any advice that might change Max’s mind. I told her that I didn’t think Max would change her mind but none of it changed whether I was friends with either of them. Me: Does Max ever say mean things about Nancy? Daughter: Why would she? Max’s feelings are about herself. She doesn’t care if everyone still likes Nancy. I was floored. I recognized this situation as a run-of-the-mill middle school friend drama. On its surface it doesn’t bother me or feel big in any way other than how my daughter is talking about it. This floors me because when I was her age, this

scenario would have been far more dramatic and likely very hurtful—to someone or everyone. It would have included either or both Max and Nancy trying to get other friends to “take sides” and sadly may have included one girl trying to blackball the other from the group. And I don’t think my experiences with middle school friends was unique. I am basing this on my conversations with friends, what’s portrayed on TV during that time, and more. It really is very different now. I am beyond grateful that my child has friends who are honest and clear with one another. And who take ownership of and responsibility for their feelings. When will we parents master this?


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