North Attleboro council to hold virtual meeting Monday | Local News

NORTH ATTLEBORO — Reorganizing town government will be up for discussion again when the town council holds its next virtual meeting Monday night.

Discussions of the reorganization of the solid waste department as part of the public works department and the creation of a chief assessor’s post in that office are on the agenda for the online session which gets underway at 7 p.m.

Town Manager Michael Borg has launched

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Shine on: Volunteers bring personal touch to virtual special needs prom | Local News

Last Feb. 7, James Barnes got all dressed up to go to the prom. On that same date this year, he changed clothes to look his best while waiting for the prom to come to him.

Volunteers made a special delivery Sunday to help Night to Shine guests prepare to spend this year’s prom night at home. Although COVID-19 prompted the Tim Tebow Foundation to move the event to a

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Ordinance firms up prohibited uses at Shavano Gateway Recreation site | Local News Stories

Under an ordinance approved Wednesday, no overnight use or camping will be allowed on the public land the county is leasing to create the Shavano Gateway Recreation Area.

After hearing from a community member, Montrose County commissioners decided to address for-profit uses on the to-be-developed site as they come up, rather than amend the ordinance right now.

The recreation area will be developed on 44 acres on 90 Road, under

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Ogden senior center employee honored after quick thinking saves man | Local News

OGDEN — When he didn’t show up for his lunch that day in early December, alarm bells went off for Ginger Myers, recreation supervisor at the Golden Hours Senior Center.

“He drove here every day, kind of a bright spot for us,” Myers said. “We got to know each other.”

Byron Garner, who helps the central Ogden senior center with its daily drive-up lunch distribution program for seniors, remembers it

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Carthage parks surveys mailed to random residents | Local News

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Carthage residents have the opportunity to give their opinions and make suggestions as to what they would like to see in local parks as the city prepares a parks and recreation master plan to guide development for the next 10 years and beyond.

Surveys were mailed out to hundreds of Carthage households, and the general public can take that same survey online at http://carthagesurvey.org.

Parks Director Mark

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CORE Act comeback: Backers hail reintroduced public lands bill as a win for Colorado | Local News Stories

The time has come to bring the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act across the finish line, said backers, who also said the recently reintroduced measure dovetails with recent presidential action on climate change.

“Hopefully, this time is the time that we finally get it done,” Colorado State Director for the Wilderness Society Jim Ramey said.

“Across Colorado, our wild places and outdoor recreation economy are a lot of the

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Snyder reflects on COVID, other issues that impacted 2020 | Local News

To put it mildly, 2020 was a tremendously challenging and difficult year for elected officials and their respective constituents across the nation.

The COVID-19 pandemic created a multitude of serious issues for area residents and the officials representing them, starting with the obvious major health-related concerns, which eventually impacted the economy, education, employment and much more.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, recently reflected on the tumultuous year for the residents

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Recreation Department had to adapt to pandemic | Local News

The recreation division of the Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department has for almost a year now been working through the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain activities and education programs geared toward serving the residents of the community.

“The Community Services department had to cancel many events in 2020 due to the pandemic, such as Irish Fountain Fest, Music Fest, Back to School Bash, Fourth at the Fountain, Elfie’s Playground

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Marshall White advisory board searching for opinions on community center’s future | Local News

OGDEN — Formed late last year, Ogden’s Marshall White Advisory Committee is now kicking into high gear.

And that means the Ogden City-appointed board is looking for public opinions on what should happen with the community and recreation center that has served the central Ogden area for more than 50 years.

Ogden City Communications Director Mike McBride said the committee has released a public input survey, which is open now

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For some Skagit manufacturers, business has boomed during the pandemic | Local News

People have been buying more kayaks, luxury cruising boats, whimsical stickers, and salsa during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to four Skagit County manufacturers who make these products.

For Eddyline Kayaks, a kayak maker north of Burlington, the surge in demand started late last spring as many flocked outdoors, said Scott Holley, Eddyline Kayaks president.

The company is producing a record number of kayaks each week, but is still unable to

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Passion for teaching others led Gomez to education | Local News Stories

Teaching may be a second career for Johnson Elementary School Principal Cheryl Gomez, but education is her first passion.

As she pursued a degree in biology at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Gomez started her career in the business realm, where she wrote training manuals for companies and trained colleagues. She continued to find herself training others and writing course guidelines, which helped her realize her passion was for teaching other people,

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Residents get peek at input on Joplin park projects | Local News

Updates for Ewert Park, safety needs in parks, and trails with added connectivity were the ideas that attracted the most support of Joplin residents in a study that has been conducted toward development of a 10-year master plan for the city park system.

“We have more projects than we can fund,” Paul Bloomberg, Joplin’s parks and recreation director, said at a Wednesday night meeting at which residents were able to

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Municipal Judge Richard Brown ending lengthy legal career | Local News Stories

Judge Richard Brown will be giving his gavel a rest, retiring from the Montrose Municipal Court bench April 15.

Brown spent decades on local courts and has presided over municipal court since his appointment in 2002.

“It made me pretty humble to see so many people in distressed situations and how tough of a time a lot of people have. A lot of them need a helping hand,” Brown said.

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Outdoors notes: 15-year-old hunter completes Nebraska Duck Slam | Local

As he often does, 15-year-old Jacob Uphoff of Lincoln used a day off from school last fall to go hunting with his dad. That October day, he completed the Nebraska Duck Slam, making him the first youth to do so this season.

Jacob was excited and surprised to hear the news, his father, Blane, said. His accomplishment comes after years of waterfowl hunting.

“He’s been going to duck blinds with

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Greenville City Council planning session: Pay raises on tap for city workers; progress, roads, economic development discussed. | Local News

The Greenville City Council is set to restore $6.5 million to its current budget in February thanks to better than expected tax revenues.

The city can fund employee pay raises, hire new staff and fund operational expenses such as purchasing additional vehicles, Assistant City Manager Michael Cowin said.

Cowin updated the council on its fiscal year 2020-21 budget during its annual planning meeting held online Friday afternoon.

While the 2020

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State latest to target BLM’s Uncompahgre plan, alleging improper procedures, illegal appointment of acting agency director | Local News Stories

William Perry Pendley was serving illegally as the Bureau of Land Management’s acting director when the agency’s updated resource management plan for the Montrose area was approved, thus, the plan should be voided, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office contends in a lawsuit.

The suit, filed Friday, also alleges the plan’s approval was at odds with state programs and policies designed to protect big game and sage-grouse and largely ignored the

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Pamplin Media Group – Unified approach to our local parks

Prineville is definitely growing, and we need to be prepared for what comes next


I don’t know about you, but I like to keep an eye on the real estate market. I’m always intrigued by what’s for sale, how much it costs, and what’s being built. Have you noticed how expensive houses in Prineville have become? As I click around on various listings, most of them have a pending notice

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Peabody presents designs for Riverwalk | Local News

PEABODY — The former Clark Steel Barrel and Drum Co. on Caller Street could soon be a space where residents can ponder public art, toss a Frisbee or have a picnic with friends.

City officials and landscape architects on Tuesday presented two potential designs for a section of the Riverwalk along the North River corridor downtown. Assistant Director of Planning Brendan Callahan said the next step is to incorporate resident

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Local health officials pleading for COVID-19 compliance

Leaders of the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team are emphasizing to the community that the local health care system is facing extremely serious strain and urgent help is needed.

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“Make no mistake – COVID-19 is real,” they said in a news release. “The impact on our healthcare system is real. Regardless of the myths spread about this virus online, one thing is certain: the higher the number of COVID-19

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Parks publishes design guidelines to encourage local communities to protect the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail | Local Announcements

ALBANY — The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has published guidelines for local land use planning officials to help protect the historic integrity of remnants of an early 19th aqueduct that once supplied New York City drinking water.

The Community Design Guidelines to Support Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park provides recommendations to elected officials, staff, and land use and architectural review boards that

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