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Little libraries offer big reads By Jacob Scott/The Johnstown Breeze

There is a trend popping up all over the United States, and believe it or not, the trend is reading. More specifically, the reading is not on laptops or websites or on tablets, but in old-fashioned paper books … books found in little boxes that are more commonly known as little libraries.

These little libraries are nothing complicated. They look like bird houses but are filled with books, and those books are free to anyone who walks by and is interested in reading them.

But the little libraries are not only for taking; they are also for giving. Simply put ,you can take a book, and you can leave a book.

And that is just the case for some of the little libraries found in the Johnstown-Milliken area.  
Disney Dreams come true for Milliken teen By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

MILLIKEN – A wish turned into a reality for Milliken resident and Mead Middle School eighth-grader Jennifer Rael.

Along with her parents, Delfine and Cedric, she spent all of last week in Orlando, Florida, seeing the sights and going to Disney World.

“I really loved it,” Jennifer said about going to the theme park. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a little, little, little kid. It was like a dream come true.”
Pack Power Photo provided by Paul Tams

Roosevelt High School’s robotics team, the Atomic Wolf Pack, competed earlier this month in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in the U.S. Open National robotics tournament and came home with ninth place in the high school division. (That’s ninth place in the entire nation.) The team is only in its second year. After winning no awards last year, the Wolf Pack won seven trophies this year and qualified for nationals. Pictured are team members Trystan Tams (left) Josh Hollis and Michael Romanowski, along with Tania Maldonado in the front. Not pictured is team member Alex Schaff. Robots are not cheap. They run in the $1,000 range, and the Atomic Wolf Pack would not have been able to compete without the aid of sponsors who helped them pay for all aspects of the effort. Seagate Technologies, Wolf Robotics and parents, who organized a garage sale prior to the team leaving for Iowa, all helped the team participate in competitions and make the trip to Iowa. The Breeze congratulates the team on not only its national achievement, but its taste in local newspapers.
Davis runs to record The Johnstown Breeze

Tye Davis broke a Roosevelt High School record in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:53.03 Friday at the Pomona Invite in Lakewood.

“All the hard work, sweat, blood, tears and miles I have put into running has just started to pay off,” Davis said. “One record down, two to go. This is only the beginning. And a great big thank-you to everyone who has supported me.”

The previous record was set by A. Alarcon in 2007.   

 

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More funding approved for Milliken trail

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

MILLIKEN – If you’ve driven into Milliken from the west side in the last few weeks, chances are you’ve seen all the construction going on around Colorado Highway 60 and State Highway 257. 

The work is a for the Highway 257 trail, which was funded by a $219,200 Safe Routes to School Grant awarded in 2013. 

At last Wednesday’s Milliken Board meeting, trustees approved an additional $50,000 to fund the project. The vote was 6-0. Mayor Pro Tem Linda Measner was absent from the meeting. The money will come from the grant fund, Town Finance Director Patrick Murphy told trustees. 

   

Students set to help landscape high school

By Danielle Ross/The Johnstown Breeze

During the school spotlight portion of last Wednesday’s Weld Re-5J School District board meeting, Roosevelt High School Principal Trevor Long introduced senior Connor Cavillo to talk about proposed improvements to the school’s courtyard.

Long said Cavillo and the Student Council came up with the idea last semester to “spruce up” the area and make it more enjoyable for students.

Cavillo said he came up with the idea for a landscaping project after doing landscaping himself over the summer. He said he and the other seniors wanted to leave something nice for the school after they graduate.
 
   

Lower drinking age, raise killing age

17-15-Swanson-oped-mugBy David Swanson/For The Johnstown Breeze

The United States sends people to kill and die in war that it doesn’t trust with a beer.

It trains police in war skills to assault young people it suspects of going near beer.

Here’s an idea: Drink At 18, Don’t Kill Till 21.

Alcohol prohibition is not working, and it creates unsafe drinking by people old enough to vote, drive and work. A case can be made, and is being made, for returning the drinking age to 18.

But allowing 18-year-olds to join the military has created illegal and immoral recruitment of minors, not to mention deep moral regret, post-traumatic stress and suicide in young veterans.

   

 

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