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Archive for December 11, 2008

Christmas in Berthoud: Event Brings in Donations,

By Laurie Hindman Berthoud Recorder Saturday’s Christmas in Berthoud was packed with fun, shopping and goodies. Star-struck children lined up for photos with Santa at Remax Town and Country Real Estate, rosy-cheeked couples cuddled up for horse drawn carriage rides through town and shoppers enjoyed hot cider and chocolate at Berthoud Drug while checking out the many gift items. So many families came to the “Make and Take” craft fair at Berthoud Elementary that several tables ran short of ... Full Story

Star Struck: Reaching Out to the Stars — Buying

By Shari Phiel Berthoud Recorder                   Seems like astronomy and stargazing have become relatively popular activities in Town these days. Berthoud boasts not one, but two, telescopes open to the public and Berthoud’s own Dr. Andrea Schweitzer will coordinate the UNESCO International Year of Astronomy 2009. With all of this heavenly activity going on, as well as being the perfect Christmas ... Full Story

A Close Lunar Call on Friday

By Bruce McClure EarthSky Communications Friday, Dec. 12 Friday at 14:28 MST, the moon will be closer to Earth than it’s been in the last 15 years. The moon will be less than 357,000 kilometers ­­–– or 222,000 miles –– away. After today, the moon won’t come this close to Earth again for another eight years. Friday is also the full moon. And the next time the moon comes this close –– on Nov. 14, 2016 –– it’ll be full again. Extra close moons happen when the full moon ... Full Story

Sky Scene

Little Thompson Observatory Public Stargazing Night Friday, Dec. 19 Located east of Berthoud High School at 850 Spartan Ave. (970) 613- 7793, Free and open to the public Dan Laszlo will present "Lunar Highlights.” Earth's Moon is close enough to enjoy without extra gear. Add small binoculars or a telescope to uncover the traces of the Moon's violent past. He will share images of the Moon's subtly shifting face, and the February 2008 total lunar eclipse. He will also give an ... Full Story

Top 10 Tips for Super Stargazing from Earth & Sky

Top 10 Tips for Super Stargazing from Earth & Sky By Deborah Byrd and John Shibley Stargazing is for everybody. It�s for people with a sense of wonder� people who like seeing themselves as part of a bigger picture� people like you! Here are some simple tips to creating a link between yourself and the night sky. 1. Look up. Most of us go through life looking straight ahead. But you�ve got to look up to see stars. Standing outside at a bus stop? Look at the sky. In ... Full Story


By Ralph Trenary Berthoud Recorder The past few weeks have presented some eye-opening experiences. The first was the big Veteran’s Day observance in Loveland, then we paid a visit to my 101-year-old grandfather for Thanksgiving, and finally I contributed “Echo Taps” to the Pearl Harbor Day remembrance ceremony. It was during that last event that my memories and not too often subdued analytical pre-occupations shifted into high gear. A great cascade of memories and events drove home the ... Full Story

Holiday Style

By Gary Wamsley Berthoud Recorder The opening day of Christmas in Berthoud was a very nice show. There was something to occupy your time for most of the day. There were things to buy, things to see and hear and things to eat. I had a slice of pizza at Berthoud Elementary School for lunch and chili at the bicycle shop for supper. In between, I was entertained by concerts at Grace Place and did a little Christmas Shopping. The culmination of the day was the parade and the tree lighting. The lack ... Full Story

Editorial: Honoring Our Rights, 218 Years Later

By Shari Phiel Berthoud Recorder Next Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, marks the 218th anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights. Few documents have had such a tremendous impact on the protections and freedoms afforded to our country’s citizens. Perhaps even more remarkable when you consider a motion to include the Bill of Rights in the Constitution was rejected at the original Constitutional Convention in 1787. As the first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights were as ... Full Story

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 11, 2008

Chamber Supports Package AI hope everyone has been keeping up with the plans from the Colorado Department of Transportation now under public consideration and comment. This could mean great things for the Berthoud area. Two transportation packages have been put before us. Larimer County residents would benefit from an extra $400 million in improvements to northern Interstate 25. Package “A” is definitely the most advantageous because it includes commuter rail that would run from Fort ... Full Story

League Marks Bill of Rights Day

The League of Women Voters of Larimer County announced that Dec. 15 is Bill of Rights Day, marking the 218th anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights. “We want to celebrate the Bill of Rights, a living reminder of our fundamental civil and human rights such as the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and religion; protections against unreasonable searches; and the right to counsel and a jury trial,” announced Mary G. Wilson, President of the League of Women Voters of the United ... Full Story

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