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‘Area News’ Archives

Once in a Blue Moon

By Sarah Kay Hurst Berthoud Recorder “Organizing astronomers is like herding cats that are running very fast in different directions!” Berthoud’s Dr. Andrea Schweitzer said laughingly. Schweitzer, a founding member of the Little Thompson Observatory and a local astronomy enthusiast, is excited to organize the United States’ celebration of astronomy in 2009. As project manager for the International Year of Astronomy, she will undoubtedly be busy coordinating the almost entirely ... Full Story

Making Real Changes

By Megan Reece Berthoud Recorder With the arrival of 2009, perhaps you are sorting through the long list of typical New Year’s resolutions to try and decide which one you will tackle this year. Stop smoking? Start working out? Lay off the pie? Eliminating unhealthy habits is always a good idea, but the idea of New Year’s resolutions is not necessarily best. Self-improvement is a constant process, and a new year is a good time to think about fresh starts and new beginnings. Unfortunately, ... Full Story

The Case of the Curiously Long Movie

By Sandy Barnes Berthoud Recorder “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Director: David Fincher Starring: Brad Pitt, Kate Blanchett, Julia Ormond, Elias Koteas Run Time: 2 hours 48 minutes MPAA Rating: PG-13 Reviewer’s rating:  Two Stars Out of Five Driving home from spending almost three hours watching ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” I wondered what F. Scott Fitzgerald would have thought about the Hollywood rendition of his short story written almost a century ago. I also ... Full Story

Christmas Lights Up Berthoud

This spectacular home on Elmwood Drive receives an honorable mention in the 2008 Holiday Lighting Awards because "they have so many lights that it looks like a story book." The Carder Family Day Care at 1505 Fourth St. wins the honor of Business with the best Christmas decorations inside and out. The home with the best outdoor Christmas decorations is the property of Dan and Sue Manson at 2249 Breckenridge Drive, Berthoud Drug Store wins as the business that best exhibits/portrays the best ... Full Story

Two BHS Wrestlers Accused of Hazing

By Michael Hicks Berthoud Recorder Two Berthoud High School wrestlers were suspended after being accused of a series of alleged ongoing hazing incidents, according to school athletic director Rusty Mathena. According to wrestling coach Scott Pickert, Seniors Brandyn Wahlert and Saul Anderson were suspended -- one for five days and the other for 10. The suspensions were handed down Dec. 15, added Mathena. “They had some disciplinary problems at the school,” Pickert said. Neither Mathena nor ... Full Story

The Wait is Over for Downtown

Berthoud Cuts Ribbon on Street Project By Shari Phiel Berthoud Recorder It may not come as soon as business owners in the downtown would have liked, but Town staff officially reopened Mountain Avenue after months of construction renewing hopes that business along the main thoroughfare will once again pick up. A group of about 40 to 50 people gathered at the northwest intersection of Mountain Avenue on Friday, Dec. 19 for the 2 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Town of ... Full Story

Principal Examines Reasons for Low Growth Rating at

By Sandy Barnes Berthoud Recorder As he reviewed results of the School Accountability Report recently released by the state, Principal Leonard Sherman examined reasons for the low academic growth rating for Berthoud High School. “It seems to me, we’ve got good kids and teachers — and we should have good growth,” he said. Among factors in the low rating could be a lack of motivation on the part of older students regarding CSAP tests on which the report primarily is based, Sherman noted. ... Full Story

New Gym, Science Class Ready Jan. 19

By Laurie Hindman Berthoud Recorder The Berthoud High School Improvement Team (SIT) met on Dec. 10.  Principal Leonard Sherman reported the addition to the high school is tentatively scheduled for the initial walkthrough on Jan. 7 with the new gym and science classes ready for use on Jan. 19.  He also reported BHS has been approved for a pilot solar program; the Thompson School District has a goal of using more solar energy and this project will be important in analyzing the viability ... Full Story

Turner Students Make Cents

  Turner Middle School students dug into their pockets and piggy banks to raise money for the Christmas in Berthoud Fund. The TMS student council organized a “Penny War” competition, challenging each grade to fill the change jars placed in their classroom and earn points based on the amounts donated. Students could place bills in other classroom jars to take points away. The competition was a hit with the kids who raised a whopping $1421.14. Serina Ramos, a TMS counselor and faculty ... Full Story

Colorado Avalanche Reward Students for Fundraising

By Laurie Hindman Berthoud Recorder In May, Tracy Olson, a teacher at Turner Middle School, challenged her students to think of ways they could give to community for the United Ways Global Youth Service Week. Matt Ayers, at the time in the seventh grade, decided to organize a Saint Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser; Saint Baldrick’s raises money for childhood cancer research by holding events where volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations ... Full Story

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