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    Honoring FFA week

    It may seem strange that FFA, a group whose existence is built around agriculture, celebrates its week in the dead of winter. One would tend to think that planting or harvest time would be more fitting. The truth is that this is indeed a fitting week, as each year National FFA Week is celebrated...

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    Let’s stop Sandy Hook from happening again

    On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and shot and killed 26 innocent people. This was the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

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    Finding joy in volunteering

    I am pleased to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Harrisonville Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program. In that role, I was recently asked to provide an update on our VIPS program to the City of Harrisonville Public Safety Committee.

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    There is always hope

    I had a difficult time determining the subject of this week’s column. It was narrowed down to three topics: love, lies and hope. Love, of course, is much discussed this time of year because of Valentine’s Day.

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    A golden anniversary

    The Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 50-year anniversary last week. Congratulations are in order to the chamber and the business community of Harrisonville in general.

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    What does your car say about you?

    I have a confession to make. My dad is a two-timer. It’s true. He only washes his car twice a year, whether it needs it or not.

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    A year in review

    2014 marked the second year of working together for the current members of the Cass County Commission, which consists of Luke Scavuzzo, Jimmy Odom and myself. As in 2013, the Commission continued to tackle challenges and make substantial improvements in 2014.

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    Coping with winter blahs

    About 10 years ago, Dr. Cliff Arnall, an English psychologist, declared the third Monday in January to be Blue Monday, designating it as the worst or most depressing day of the year. His findings were based upon several variables including weather, debt, failed resolutions and the length of time...

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    Sporting chance

    Kids were running all over an indoor athletic training facility on a field divided in half by a large floor-to-ceiling net. On the left side of the net was a lacrosse league, and to the right, a baseball team. I sat and watched both practices for a while, taking inventory of the equipment being ...

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    Phone tag 101

    More than once than once I’ve returned a phone message by leaving the message of, “Tag, you’re it!” The caller who had initiated the process then knew that I was now owed a return call, and that I had absolved myself from any further responsibility in the game.

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