The American Cancer Society has been an active part of Hamilton County for many years, offering a number of patient and family services, cancer support groups, tobacco control programs, lifesaving educational tools and research. Soon to approach its 100th year, the society continues its mission, thanks to the help of generous volunteers and dedicated staff.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a community event in every sense of the word. It is a chance for the community to come together for one common cause. Being a part of Relay for Life means you are making life better for cancer survivors, patients and their families.
But we are faced with a critical shortage of volunteer leaders. With the challenges of our economy and dad-to-day demands, time has become a premium and many people are finding it more difficult to participate in community service. It is because of the volunteers who preceded us, however, that certain types of cancer are now highly treatable, or even curable. With more help, we will continue to win the fight.
The American Cancer Society needs your help now. Plans are now under way for the annual Relay for Life of Hamilton County, to support cutting-edge cancer research, help provide free transportation to treatment, help prevent youth smoking, publish lifesaving literature and develop a new generations of weapons to fight cancer.
We will be having a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Aurora Public Library in Aurora. This meeting will be a great opportunity for survivors and their caregivers, families and friends to join in the planning of the 2013 Relay for Life of Hamilton County event and help us fight back against cancer.
Pleas let us know if you have any questions or concerns by contacting any of the event leadership. Thank you for all that you do for your community and Relay for Life. We hope you can join us in making Relay for Life of Hamilton County better than ever in 2012.
Car show benefits local TeamMates
Once again I am reminded of the goodness in people. As the new TeamMates coordinator I see the generosity of people in our community over and over again. TeamMates is the mentoring program for young people that was founded by Nancy and Tom Osborne.
This past Sunday was no exception. Harv Bish again gave all the proceeds from his Classic Car Show to our Aurora TeamMates Chapter.
Individuals, organizations, businesses and foundations of our community continually provide time and financial support. The mentors give one hour a week to be at school with their mentees. Because of all the volunteers this program can make a difference in the lives of our youth.
The list of those making a difference goes on and on. With gratitude, we thank you for your goodness.
Business support much appreciated
The students of Aurora High School were treated last week at our Career & College Day with a record number of business representatives. There were 120 businesses in attendance -- what an incredible opportunity for our students!
There are so many things that make Aurora special, and the support from the business community is astounding and sincerely appreciated! You are all making a difference if the lives of our students with your encouragement and involvement. Thank you.
and Steve Jacobsen
Aurora school counselors
Commissioners are a big joke
Our three commissioners -- Larry Fox, Tim Bergen and Doug Andersen -- are just a big joke.
If they want to evaluate all the workers they should start with themselves. I would evaluate Larry Fox at a big 0 and recommend no pay at all. Bergen and Andersen, I would rate them a 1 with most of their pay taken away.
You three clowns should follow the handbook yourselves. Isn’t there a county attorney or a state attorney who can do something with these three clowns. Termination of all three of these commissioners would be fitting, or a ride in a very slow boat to China.
If Tim Bergen wasn’t Larry Fox’s puppet, he wouldn’t let Larry Fox run all over him when he recommended a written reprimand for Kent Tucker. Larry Fox sounds like a dictator. We don’t need you Larry Fox. Go home and stay there.
Doug Andersen reflects very poorly on the whole county when he said Wally shouldn’t act as a liaison to Darla because he likes her. Well all three of you other commissioners hate her, so that isn’t right at all.
Farmers ask for certainty
In any business some level of certainty is always beneficial. That certainty provides a basis to make short term and long term plans, assess investments into the business or needed changes to an operation.
My farming operation is no different! The farm bill sets farm policy for the next five years so it is extremely important to you and me to know what that policy will be.
This year has given us plenty of uncertainty due to a drought that has plagued the nation and the implications can be seen across many facets of agriculture. But as a farmer one certainty that I am asking for is a farm bill. Whether you are a food producer or food consumer, you should be asking for the same and I ask that you pass along your message that we want a Farm Bill Now!
The current farm bill is set to expire this year and collectively Congress has yet to pass a farm bill although a version has been passed by the Senate, a version has yet to be passed by the House. I and other producers need the certainty that a farm bill provides as we begin to make decisions for next year, decisions that include thousands of dollars in seed, chemical, fertilizer and other inputs.
As a food consumer or a food producer, you have a voice and now is the time to send a message to those that represent you -- that we need the certainty that a farm bill can provide and we need it now.
In closing, time is running out for action. Congress will only be in session a few days in September and then the "lame duck session" following the November elections. So I ask that you visit with your senator or congressman, thank them for their past work and ask them to press for passage of a farm bill. You can also go to www.farmbillnow.com and send a message via Twitter or Facebook or simply sign a petition.
Your story about the certainty that a farm bill would provide your operation is a powerful message, and one that I ask you share with your representative or senator.