Friday, August 28, 2015

Lions make donation

PATIO DONATION – Hugo Lions President John Mohan presents a check for $500 to Judy Vick for the Gift of Life Foundation. The donation will be used for the new patio that is under construction at the Care Center of Lincoln Community Hospital. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A time in the past.

Jessica Hoffman
Craig Bailey stands proudly by the old “Master Clock.”

The Clock in the main office of the school was originally purchased by Limon Schools in the late 1920's and was made by the International Time Recording Co. which is part of today's IBM company.  It is what is referred to as a "Master Clock" because it controlled the bell system and also was connected to all of the clocks in the various classrooms and sent a signal every minute to make sure they stayed on time with the Master Clock.  In the center of the clock there are a stack of 7 big brass dials, 1 for each day of the week and they had teeth that could be moved to set the bell schedule for each day.  As the clock runs, it advances the dials and would ring the bells when it reached the correct time.  

At Limon, as the story is told by some Alumni, the clock was hung in the hallway outside the Superintendent's office.  When the big “old High School” was torn down in the early 1960's it was sold at auction.  It changed hands one more time before ending up with a man in Yuma.  He contacted the Alumni Association in January of 2013 wanting to sell it back. 

The Alumni Association purchased the clock and then raised some donations to have it restored. 
Last spring, the clock was restored but it was found to be in almost perfect order.  The clocksmith cleaned it and made sure it was running properly.  It now is once again keeping time in the office of the new school......although no longer running the bells.  

Later this fall, the plan is to build a shelf/stand for it using bricks from the old Elementary.  Next time you're in the school office check it out and be sure to listen to it clank every 60 seconds! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teeth and gums. Peak Vista is ready.

By Will Bublitz

Helping to improve the health of her patients’ teeth and gums is the job of Kirsten Tacha, a new dental hygienist at Peak Vista Community Health Center in Limon.

Kirsten began working at Peak Vista on July 13 after moving here from Colorado Springs.
“As a dental hygienist, I assess and implement treatment for prevention and intervention of oral diseases,” Kirsten said. “I also educate my patients on oral health to keep their teeth and gums healthy and prevent disease.”

Kirsten’s work includes performing procedures to prevent or treat periodontal disease, which is active gum disease.

“Typically, what that requires is a deep cleaning of the patient’s teeth,” she said. “Most of the patients that come to my chair are here for maintenance such as cleanings, polishing, fluoride treatments, oral hygiene and X-rays. As patients of record with this health center, they come to see me for continuing care.” 

One of the things that Kirsten says she most enjoys about her work as a dental hygienist is that she can work independently.

“Colorado is one of the few states that allows registered dental hygienists like me to operate independently, but here at Peak Vista we work as a team,” she said. “As a hygienist, I collaborate with the dentist to plan treatment. After I finish with a patient, the dentist will come in to do an examination and check X-rays and decide if a patient needs any further treatment. I’m currently working with all the dentists who rotate through this health center.”

Friday, August 21, 2015

Badger Open House

Badgers head back to School on Monday! Have you seen the new school? Take a tour tonight, Friday Aug. 21. at the open house from 4-7.

EF 1 Tornado hits Genoa area

TORNADO DAMAGE – A National Weather Service (NWS) Damage Assessment Team has determined Monday’s storm damage in the Genoa area was caused by an EF1 tornado that packed wind speeds of 90-95 mph. In its initial touchdown, the  small tornado destroyed an open-face barn and some power poles. It then lifted and then touched down a second time south of Genoa where it severely damaged the Hansen Seed Cleaning grain bins. According to Capt. Michael Yowell of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the reason why the tornado siren in Genoa did not sound is that the National Weather Service’s radar imaging did not indicate a tornado in the area at the time and no visual sightings of tornado funnels were seen during Monday’s storm. However, after an onsite survey of the damage on Tuesday, the NWS Damage Assessment Team determined that a small tornado had actually touched down.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Eastern Slope makes donation

Eastern Slope Donates to Digital Library

There will be many exciting changes in the Genoa-Hugo School Library this fall.  Under the direction of Lora White, the library has been completely reorganized by genre. The hope is that both students and teachers will be able to find exactly what they are looking for, especially when the librarian is not available.

Genoa-Hugo School accepted a digital literacy donation from Eastern Slope. These funds were offered to each school and public library in the Eastern Slope service area. Genoa-Hugo School has earmarked this donation to help fund its membership into the AspenCat Union Catalog through the Colorado Library Consortium. Students and staff will have access to over 1 million books from 98 different libraries! Joining AspenCat will allow students to use their tablets to find reliable research materials that can be sent directly to the school library, and will give unlimited personal support to the librarian. Using AspenCat and an internet connection, each student will also have access to a large selection of audio books and ebooks.  It will be a fun year as the staff and students explore these new resources!

Frank Reeves, Genoa-Hugo School Superintendent, accepts a digital literacy donation of $1500 from Pat White, General Manager of Eastern Slope. Librarians Shirley Coleman (L) and Lora White (R) are excited for the staff and students to begin using the additional resources made available through this funding.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Colorado Corn’s Front Range meeting to feature critical drone-safety presentation

Colorado Corn encourages farmers and any others interested to attend its combined Districts 1 and 2 meeting in Loveland, where attendees will hear updates about the organization and issues impacting the agriculture industry.

There will also be a presentation from Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association officials, who are looking to inform ag producers on safety and the liabilities of operating drones on their farms and ranches.

Colorado Corn’s Districts 1 and 2 encompass much of the Front Range, stretching from Fort Collins down to Colorado Springs (Weld, Larimer, Boulder, Broomfield, Adams, Jefferson, Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln and El Paso counties). The District 1-2 meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites (Big Thompson A and B rooms), located at 4705 Clydesdale Parkway in Loveland.

The meal is on Colorado Corn at this meeting. No RSVP needed.

In addition to Colorado Corn staff, representatives of the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association will be on hand to discuss the "Think Before You Launch" campaign.