Sheriff’s Office and Alternative Sentencing Department Treats Children

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and Alternative Sentencing Department treated 140 kids from lower income homes to a festive Christmas party Dec. 5, 2011 complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Boy Scout Troop 184 provided a delicious meal and assisted LCSO deputies, explorers, reserves and posse members as well as Larimer County ASD employees in providing a fun night of
games, gifts and food.

The party was held at the Mountain Ranges Shadow clubhouse and included a special appearance by Ronald McDonald in addition to Santa Claus. The kids are picked up and taken to the party by deputies and other employees.

Sheriff Justin Smith said the annual event provides the kids an opportunity to interact with uniformed deputies in a fun environment, something they don’t get to see too often.

Submitted by Larimer County Sheriff to News: By You

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Shop with a cop announced

Rita Davis with Fort Collins Police Services gave us the following press release:

Officers from several local emergency services agencies are volunteering to help underprivileged kids shop for Christmas gifts for family members on December 10.  The event is sponsored by private donors and the Wal-Mart store in Loveland, CO.

Twenty-three children selected through the McKinney Foundation, a program that serves the basic needs of children in transitional housing, will be paired with uniformed emergency personnel who will assist them in selecting holiday gifts for family members.

Wal-Mart provides complimentary gift wrapping for all their purchases.

The Shop with a Cop program is just for kids and allows them an opportunity to indulge in the holiday spirit as they shop for others.  The annual shopping spree also provides positive interaction between kids and local law enforcement.

For additional information on the Shop with a Cop program, contact Fort Collins Police Lt. Greg Yeager at 970-221-6550.

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Help for single parents

Single parents who need a single hand are invited to learn how to make healthy nutritious meals on a shoestring budget on the First Saturday of every month (that means this Saturday) from 1 to 3 p.m. at New Freedom Outreach Center, 171-175 S. Madison Ave. Explore creative and time saving tips to provide your family with healthy and nutritious meals.

Meet other single parents, taste delicious recipes and pick up a ready to freeze meal for your family. All services are free but donations are greatly appreciated.

– Submitted by Cindy Rinus of Loveland through News: By You

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Volunteers needed for parade of lights

Northern Colorado’s newest Parade of Lights is in need of volunteers to assist with staging, traffic control and other miscellaneous duties associated with the parade on Saturday, Dec. 10, in downtown Loveland. The time frame is approximately 3:30-6 p.m.

A volunteer orientation will be held 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Majestic Gathering Place, 315 E. Fourth St. The parade will travel northbound beginning on Railroad Avenue at Fairgrounds Park, turn east on Fourth Street, south on Cleveland Avenue and will conclude at the Barnes Complex. For details, visit or contact Kristine Koschke at 980-4764.

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Support the Troops

The Marine Corps League Auxiliary Loveland Sweetheart Unit has a box at the Loveland Reporter-Herald newspaper lobby to collect items for a “Support the Troops” Christmas drive.

Donations are needed to help with shipping. Donations can be mailed to MCLA Loveland Sweetheart Unit, P.O. Box 2626, Loveland CO 80539. The box will be available until Friday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m.

Items needed include personal toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo or baby wipes, tube socks, foot powder, skin moisturizer, bandages, playing cards, hard candies, nuts, gum, powdered drink mix, beef jerky, corn nuts (and other dry snacks) and female personal items. Items will be sent to arrive before Christmas to soldiers who don’t get any mail. Call Dorie Buchanan at 667-6269 for details.

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Second-grade class helps out

Second-graders helped out at the Community Kitchen last week.  Students in Mrs. Metcalfe’s second-grade class at Immanuel Lutheran School assembled 337 snack bags. The students donated food and drink items to help fill the bags.

– Submitted by Leona Metcalfe in News: By You.

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Santa Cops events continue in Northern Colorado

Here are some upcoming Santa Cops toy drives and events:

Saturday, Dec. 3: Holiday Season Craft Fair at the Outlets in Loveland by J. Crew Store, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Hot cider will be available for shoppers.)

Also on Dec. 3: Coldwell Banker Annual Toy Drive on 29th Street in Loveland. Open to anyone. Representatives from police, fire and ambulance will be there, helping with this event.

Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4: Toy Drives at the Timnath Walmart from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. both days.

Sunday, Dec. 4: Charity Day at Fine and Funky in Timnath (420 Main St.) noon-3 p.m. — a portion of all purchases will be donated to Santa Cops.

Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11: Toy Drives at the Walmart on U.S. 34 in Loveland and at the Timnath Walmart from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days at both locations.

And you can always drop off donations at the Reporter-Herald, 201 E. Fifth St.

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Benefits for Uganda and Arthritis

“Jewelry for Jenipher” will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Mandolin Cafe, 210 E. Fourth St.

Think Humanity will sell handmade recycled paper jewelry, jewelry made from seeds, banana leaf baskets and other items to raise money for refugee girls’ education and health care. The event is in honor of a young Ugandan woman “Jenipha” who was lost to disease. For details, visit Think Humanity.

An Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Colorado State University Oval, Laurel and Howes streets. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis. Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Register online and run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Visit  or call 303-756-8622, ext. 230.

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Thanks from R-H Staff

In the spirit of the day tomorrow, a few Reporter-Herald staffers made note of what they’re thankful for.  Leave a comment and tell us what you’re thankful for!

Theresa Haines, sales representative:

I’m thankful for my husband who scrapes the ice off my windshield on cold mornings;  for my kids that will make me chili or hot soup when Im tired and for my crazy friends who are always there with a hearty belly laugh or a warm hand to hold.  I’m thankful for them all as they bring life to my life.

Shelly Widhalm, reporter:

I am thankful for books to read, especially if they have two covers; my love of writing, my dog Zoey (who I snuggle with after a good or bad day and no matter what, she cheers me up); my friends and family. I’m also thankful for Starbucks and the Mandolin Cafe and Petsmart.

Sherry Lynch, front desk receptionist:

There were seven babies (close and extended) born to our family this year and all are blessed with good health.

Rick Vomacka, sales representative:

I’m thankful for celebrating 19 years of marriage. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. My two great boys that are healthy and make life a ton of fun; that our oldest son Ryan does not have arthritis anymore and he tied for first place in the Little League Regional World Series base running competition. Our youngest son Grant’s kindness, love for animals and his gift to create laughter and smiles.

I’m grateful for Colorado sunsets and snow caps; for a family that all watches the Food Network together and loves food, not to mention that my wife really can cook food like a cooking show chef!

Jessica Benes, reporter:

I am thankful for a good job and really great young adult authors (why are all the best books YA these days?) and my best friend, whom I still get along with despite having lived together as roommates for a year. I’m thankful for my Israeli dancing dad, sign language interpreting mom, rarely heard-from brother and self-employed sister, who is my other best friend.

I am thankful that I have traveled and have friends on the other side of the world and that I weighed less at the beginning of the year than I do now.

Jade Cody, special sections editor:

I am thankful that you don’t have to be able to draw to draw. Making pictures is my favorite.

I am thankful for my refrigerator, which I’ve named Disco, because it greets me everyday when I get home from work and gives me chilled items and treats. Cupboard and pantry, you aren’t as flashy, but I would still marry you, as well.

I am thankful for Pajama Jeans, because if they didn’t exist, I’d never have seen the Pajama Jeans infomercial, and I’d never know there was an option for comfortable, stylish jeans that give a flattering fit to most any figure. Forever Lazy Adult Footed Pajamas infomercial, you are equally awesome, and my gratitude is forever extended.

I am thankful for Jazz. Not the music (OMG barf), but my late German Shephard, Jazz, who taught me at a young age that being bored is the perfect time to have fun. Sorry to all the living things, action figures, sisters and ant hills that became subjects of said fun.

I am thankful for my new driver’s license photo, which makes me look absurdly similar to the kid from Home Alone.

In summary, I am also thankful for Pandora music, pizza restaurant smell, things my mom cooks, dentists who understand that I immediately go back to being a five-year-old when I sit in their chair, mustard and holding hands with Kim, my little kitty cat.

Madeline Novey, reporter:

I don’t know what I would do without my best friend and boyfriend, Sam Noblett. Each day is a new day with him, and we’ll forever laugh about absurd things, act, most times, like 5-year-olds, eavesdrop on people in restaurants (Wait, only I do that) and burn too many things to count on our culinary adventures in the kitchen. But joking aside, I don’t know what I would do without him or his sweet demeanor and huge heart.

Then there’s my family, of course. My mom and dad will forever be my heroes and inspiration to do good by people and work hard. And to my sister, Andrea, thanks for always being true to yourself and showing me what it means to be a strong, independent woman.

And to all of my friends over the years: It is because of each of you in your own way that I’ve not totally assumed the shy, nerdy personality I was born into.

Least I forget my cats, Delicia and Carlos, for whom without I would get far too much sleep and always have pairs of matching earrings.

Lastly, I must thank all of the people who have ever been subjected to an interview with me over the years of my reporting career. For without all of you, I would jobless, and too many others would be deprived of the chance to share in the story and heart of this and other communities.

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Thanks from the R-H Line

And all the more special Nov. 24:

“Thank you to the organization and/or city officials that put the holiday lights along Fourth Street. They look really great and they make a big difference in the holiday spirit along the downtown area. Thanks for the great work.”

“Thank you Mayor Cecil Gutierrez and City Council for having a successful closing on the ACE project and site. It’s going to be very exciting to see what develops in 2012. What a great Christmas gift to the Loveland community. Thank you again.”

“My granddaughter and I would like to thank the nice couple who helped her when the baby car seat fell off the car in our parking lot and calmed her down until I got there. In a scary situation, we did not get the couple’s name to thank them. They were so kind. The baby is fine; just a good bump. So thank you very much.”

“I’m calling to wish everybody a blessed Thanksgiving. And for those that have to work for the Black Friday and Black Thursday activities and such, I’m sorry that they have to do that. I will not be shopping; however I’m grateful that they do have a job. I hope they feel the same way, too.”

“I am most thankful for our right to own property. That gift is what saved people from starvation when the collective system failed. Humans are simply more productive when we allow them to benefit from their own labor and decisions. I am thankful our country is not organized as a socialist system.”

“My husband and I deeply thank the 12 woman of a random acts of kindness group. We were the recipients of a very nice gift that we desperately needed. And we would like these 12 wonderful ladies to know how much we appreciate it. Thank you so very much and have a very happy Thanksgiving.”

“I want to publicly thank the person or persons that sent my husband and I $400 in September and $500 in October. I don’t know who you are but it helped out tremendously and I’m praying that God blesses you everyday. Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving.”

“It was kind of neat to get up and see a little snow on Sabbath morning and I was going to church, I thought, this is apropos for snow to welcome Snow. Our new pastor’s name is Snow and it was really neat to welcome him into the Loveland church.”

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