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  • Third-grader claims NES spelling crown

    Dec 11, 2019

    An unexpected "glitch" might have sealed the victory for third-grader Sylvia Madry at the 12th annual Niwot Elementary Spelling Bee on Dec. 5, but her hard-fought victory was definitely no mistake. Careful study of the Scripps spelling list, plus a few tried-and-true tricks helped propel the bespectacled eight-year-old through 34 challenging rounds against older and more experienced competitors. "It wasn't the words that were hard, it was standing up and spelling them in front of all those peopl...

  • Recovery Café is building momentum

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 11, 2019

    This year marked the introduction of Recovery Café Longmont, a not-for-profit community organization reaching out to those who want support overcoming addictions, mental health issues, and loneliness. It was quiet at first, Executive Director Lisa Searchinger said, but now six months in, word is spreading. "We learned that a slow start is very much in keeping with other Cafés that have opened across the country," Searchinger said. "But, now we have enrolled 71 members." About half of those m...

  • Here comes Santa Claus

    Vicky Dorvee|Dec 11, 2019

    On Saturday, Dec. 7, Niwot's 2nd Avenue was temporarily transformed into Santa Claus Lane as the big guy himself made a return trip to town for the annual Holiday Parade. This year's procession featured a wide variety of scouts (cub, boy, brownie, and girl), as well as classic car clubs, elementary school students, horses, marching bands and much, much more. Santa led the festive procession from the bed of Longmont Rural's Old Engine No. 10, and then headed over to the Left Hand Grange to meet...

  • Community Pet Spotlight (Mica and Kira-Dec. 11)

    Dec 11, 2019

    Mica and Kira are both true snow dogs and love nothing more than romping in fresh powder. Mica and Kira live in southwest Longmont with their humans Linnie and Ben. Mica is a nine-year-old Border Collie mix and Kira is a Husky and Swiss White Shepherd combo....

  • NCA turns its attention to holiday events

    Kim Glasscock|Dec 11, 2019

    After a busy fall coordinating the Niwot Veterans Banner project and taking part in the Great Pumpkin Party and Enchanted Evening, Niwot Community Association board members turned their attention to helping spread holiday cheer in Niwot. At the Dec. 4 board meeting, NCA board members agreed to add to their decorations at the corner of Niwot Road and the Diagonal Highway. The area currently has some lighted wreaths and a holiday snowman courtesy of the NCA and the property owner, and board...

  • Niwot students warm hearts and hands

    Amy Scanes-Wolfe|Dec 11, 2019

    Julea and Maedee Trank-Greene are twins and seniors at Niwot High School. They also have had a lifelong interest in helping the homeless. "It makes me very sad to see people living on the street," said Julea. Which is why, for their IB CAS project, the Trank-Greenes are collecting food and winter gear for the homeless through HOPE for Longmont. CAS stands for Creativity, Action, and Service, and it is one of the requirements to graduate from the International Baccalaureate program. Juniors and...

  • Niwot High students are fighting a "Coin War" against polio

    Sydney Rothstein|Dec 11, 2019

    Students of Niwot High School are adding their own two cents to the fight against Polio. Polio (poliomyelitis) is a contagious disease that invades the brain and spinal cord, causing severe paralysis that can lead to health complications and even death. While public awareness, support, and prevention have been successful in the U.S., there are still places in the world where this disease is left untreated. Niwot's Interact Club members have made it their goal to eradicate this disease, emulating...

  • Wrestling Preview

    Jocelyn Rowley|Dec 11, 2019

    The memorable moments have been few and far between for the Niwot wrestling team over the past few seasons, but fifth-year head coach Bobby Matthews thinks this could be the year it all turns around. With two returning state qualifiers, plus a solid class of newcomers, the 2019-20 squad has at least one key thing the 2018-19 team lacked. "We have a little more experience this year than we've had in years past," Matthews said. "Last year, we didn't have any state qualifiers returning, we didn't...