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Tessa Schweigert

With just one week until Christmas, the holiday season is in full swing. For some, it means checking off shopping lists, baking, wrapping gifts and preparing for relatives to arrive. For many, it’s a season of quiet reflection and sacred celebrations of a savior.

With each movement of his head or light in his eyes, Aaron Horner makes progress — and gives his family and friends reason to hope as the new year soon begins.

In recent years, schools across the nation have ramped up anti-bullying efforts. Instead of focusing only on combatting negative behavior, it’s also important to encourage a positive culture in a school, said Lisa Fitzgerald, a counselor at Powell Middle School.

On a hot summer day in a crowded barn, dozens of local businesses bought hogs, lambs, goats, rabbits and steers raised by local youth. In some cases, sales totaled thousands of dollars.

Nov. 14 was the day Dustin Pike had looked forward to and planned for months: It was to be his wedding day.

Family and friends had gathered at a resort in Cancun, Mexico, to witness and celebrate the occasion. But as the groom prepared his wedding vows that morning, he received terrible news: His mother, Theresa Pike of Powell, had fallen in the resort’s lobby and hit her head. An ambulance was en route.

For the 15th consecutive year, friends, neighbors, families and strangers will gather to enjoy turkey and all the trimmings at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Powell. The holiday meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Park County Fairgrounds Bicentennial Hall.

Residents sometimes mistakenly think the dinner is available only to low-income residents, but that’s not the case.

The Powell school board exists to serve students, and now, it will regularly hear their perspectives.

Two Powell High School students will sit on the Park County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees as non-voting student representatives.

For years, Southside Elementary’s motto has been “Southside Shines.”

Southside is shining especially bright these days.

Nearly 40 years ago, grizzly bears were first listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. At the time, the act was just two years old.

A lot has changed since the early 1970s.

In makeshift pharmacies with dirt floors and natural light coming from holes in rooftops, Kendra VanGrinsven found herself far removed from the tidy, organized settings she is used to as a pharmacist.

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