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Hafen among University of Kansas fall 2013 candidates for degree

Megan Hafen of Boulder City is among nearly 1,350 candidates slated to receive a degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence this fall. She will receiver her doctor of philosophy in behavioral psychology.

Fall-degree candidates represent 52 Kansas counties, 36 other states and the District of Columbia, and 34 other countries, according to the university registrar.

Because the university conducts only one formal commencement ceremony each year, many fall graduates will return May 18 for the 142nd Commencement.

Kids for Peace donates $710 to St. Jude’s

The Las Vegas/Henderson chapter of the international organization Kids for Peace presented St. Jude’s Ranch for Children with a $710 donation Dec. 19. The funds were raised through the group’s Kindness Bracelet project.

For the past two months, Kids for Peace members up to the age of 12, have been keeping track of their acts of kindness and going out their way spread joy and peace. For each kind deed, they were given a bead.

Their kind acts ranged from handing out hot chocolate to crossing guards and donating gently used toys to everyday actions such as sharing, holding doors open and writing thank-you notes. These beads then became Kindness Bracelets that the children sold for donations.

With a contribution from Autism Care West, friends, family and community members, the children raised $710 in less than two months. Their goal was to help make Christmas a little brighter for the children at St. Jude’s Ranch.

The project was one of the ways that Kids for Peace members fulfilled a line from their Peace Pledge, “ I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.”

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Afterschool clubs at Garrett Junior High

Editor’s Note: Class in Session is a new column in which Boulder City schools submit articles written by the principals, faculty or students. It will focus on programs, classes and activities within the school.

BCHS homecoming week filled with activities

Editor’s Note: This is a new weekly column submitted by Boulder City schools, written by principals, administrators, faculty or students. It will focus on events, programs or new classes at the various schools.

Runion excels at both sales and trails

Bret Runion has an uncanny knack of remembering a house he sold 30 years ago, who bought it, who sold it and in what year. And if you give him a few extra seconds, he could probably tell you the coloring of carpeting in each.

Grass removal, water waste prevention offer incentives

Walking my dogs around the neighborhood, early in the morning to beat the heat, I’ve noticed residents being mindful of water usage, taking steps to conserve in multiple ways. Several homes within a six-block radius have removed or are in the process of replacing their grass with desertscape (xeriscape) or artificial grass. Early morning watering schedules are being adhered to – before 9 a.m., for optimal lawn health and water conservation.

Damaged or disturbed asbestos in home presents health hazards

When my friend learned there was asbestos in the roof of a house he was looking to buy in Boulder City, it reminded me that the scarlet letter ‘A’ of building materials is something to be wary of when you own a home.