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Adams Innovative Wide-Area Shopping and Feature News Webster This Leader published the week of May 18, 2015 as part of the Jewell County Record, Hebron Journal-Register, Clay County News, Nebraska Signal and The Superior Express. The next Leader will be published the week of June 1,2015. ,, l,  a Clay i RIImom Saline r ! : | : I ? :: Nuckolls :aNr: Jefferson | More Than 30,000 Readers Sebastian, Mr. Tweeters getting used to each other By Dorothy Rosby Have you seen that photo of the pig cuddling with the tiger cub on the Interact? Or the young leopard nuz- zling the golden re- triever? How sweet! My pets would neverpose for a photo like that, and the c a p t i o n wouldn't be "Friends" ei- ther. Oil and water is more like it. Or Hatfield and McCoy Or matches and dynamite. Mostly we call them Kitty and Tweeters. Kitty is a cat and Tweet- ers is a bird, but I'll bet you figured that out on your own. Their official names are Sebastian and Mr. Tweeters, but that makes them sound dignified, and the saga that plays out in my home office every day is anything but dignified. It wasn't before I had pets either. But my productivity is way down since pet number two, the cat, moved in a few months ago. Tweeters seems to have ad- justed to the new family member better than I have. These days he goes on chirping even when the cat sits licking its chops six inches away. The cat's head bobs with every move the bird makes. He looks like a devoted fan watching an NBA game. But instead of getting up to go for a snack, he gets up to jump on the cage which, to his way of thinking, may be the same thing. Lucky for Tweeters, the conces- sion stand is always closed. After using up several of his nine lives, Kitty seems to have adjusted to his new home too. We hadn't had him long when he had a run-in -- or rather a run-under -- with our garage door. He seems to have recovered nicely and, thanks to the PTSD he suffered from the incident, he hasn't gone near the garage since. And I'm happy to report, he bothers Tweeters less than he did when he first arrived, by which I mean, he climbs off the bird cage more often to go knock over a wastebasket or take a nap. He naps a lot. (He knocks over the waste- basket a lot too.) These days, he even naps in front of the bird cage. I think it's his version of falling asleep in front of the TV. I'm starting to adjust too. I've learned to type with a kitten sitting on my shoulder and I've gotten pretty good at spraying a moving cat with a water bottle when he jumps up on the dining room table. It's not as hard as you might think since I' m usually sitting at the table when he does it. Or rather, when I see him do it. I've also finally learned to close cupboard doors. You probably think everyone knows how to do that, but I was never very good at it. Our kitchen used to regularly look like someone just broke in and ran- sacked the place wanting to steal our Tupperware. Eventually, I'd sashay through the place, closing doors like Vanna White turning letters. No more. I was cured instantly the day I realized someone who regularly runs through a litter box might be running though my casse- role dishes. I don't ever use them, but still. I'm on the lookout for cat toys that are as fun for a kitten as people ankles, and as enjoyable as knock- ing a wastebasket over and shred- ding all the used tissues, and as entertaining as staring at a canary all day. Otherwise we all seem to be getting along fine. But when the cat is sprawled across the bird cage and the bird is giving him the evil eye back, I don't think cuddling is what either one of them has in mind. Dorothy Rosby is the author of the humor book, 1 Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then ! Got to Know Me Better. Contact drosby@knology.net or see www.dorothyrosby.com. Adaptability can be evident in handwriting By Sandra Foote, handwriting specialist Are you adaptable to change? Life situations change all the time and we either change or we fight the change. When we think of change do we think of change be- ing a good ,,ql' thing or a bad thing? Take a look around you  ' and your life situations and think of all the things that have changed in the last few months or even weeks. We often think of the changes that go on through the years and realize that these changes are re- ally a good thing. Mother's Day was one of those days for me. It was a good day, but I reminisced about when my children were ba- bies and toddlers and how I was able to hold them in my arms and cuddle them. Well, at the ages of 38 and 43, that is not really going to happen anymore. Yes, hugs are nice but the cuddling has gone by the way- side. This change had to happen and the adaptability had to be present as well. It' s a good thing I had 18 years to get used to the idea. So if we need to be adaptable how does this show in our handwriting? Every- one accepts change in a different manner and some we resist change no matter if it is good or bad in our eyes. If you have a straight down- stroke in your letters "g, or "y" without a lower loop then you will most likely resist change to begin with. If it is an anticipated change you may be able to get ready for the change ahead of time. If your letters are connected to each other as in if you write in cursive you will often enlist others to help you with the change you are going through. You will ask others for emotional support. If you print you may not feel comfortable ask- ing for help. The same holds true if you have straight downstrokes in your "g"and "y" letters. Asking for help is not an easy thing for you writers with this straight downstroke. If you have a short downstroke, whether it is looped or not, ctange will be difficult for you. If you have a lower loop inthese letters 'you will find ways to help you to adjust to these chanes whether the changes are good or bad in your view. If you have a "t" bar that is low on the "t" stem then you may resist change also. If you place your "t" bar low on the "t" stem then you would really like to stay in your comfort zone. Your comfort zone will feel like your bed in the morning when you want to sleep in. Your bed is so comfy and soft and just right when you don't want to get up right away. When we have changes the com- fort is gone temporarily until we adjust to it. Even good change can be difficult to get used to. If you have light pressure in your writing then these changes can make you feel a bit flighty emotionally and unsettled. You will appear to be anxious and maybe even emotional during the times of change. If you have moderate to heavy writing then you will appear to take things in stride. When we are dealing with changes in friend- ships because of a move to another town then the people that appear to adjust are the outgoing po. ple. The people that have writing that slants to the right are the outgoing people. If your writing slants to the left you may have some struggles with get- ting to know new people more than the writers that have a right slant in their writing. Graduation time is a definite time of change for parents and stu- dents alike. This is a milestone and can be an exhilarating change or a scary one depending on how we deal with change overall. If you have any questions, you may con- tact WriteFacts LLC, 356 E. 3rd St., Superior, Neb., 68978, oremail to Sandra @ writefacts.com. Town thinking outside the box By Ron Wilson Humboldt signed up for a program were organized and pr the collaborative work made. Eventually he became city :thatwas done at the park along the "Here's your mail." It is always good to check the mailbox and receive personal mail. Today we'll learn about a remarkable rural town that has people working together to improve the community. They are also working to attract and re- tain youth in their community, us- ing the mail -- and an actual mail- box -- as a reminder. Cole Herder is city administra- tor in his hometown of Humboldt, Kan. Cole grew up there and went to Wichita State where he studied electrical engineering technology. After a 29-year career in manufac- turing, he gave local government a try and became city administrator. Cole had already been involved in the civic affairs of his commu- nity as a volunteer. He was con- cerned about the future of the com- munity in the early 2000s, as eco- nomic and government problems challenged the region. In 2007, the community of called Public Square Communi- ties. As we have previously pro- filed, this program is intended to bring elements of the community together for pr0gtess. When the program came umboldt, a pub- lic meeting was lield. Cole Herder spotted a notice in the paper about Public Square hav- ing a public meeting about the fu- ture of the community. He was curious, but also tired of hearing negative comments from people at the time. He still remembers that night. "There was a show coming on I wanted to watch," he said. "I told my wife, 'I'm going to this meet- ing. I'll be back in a few minutes. As soon as people start complain- ing, I'm leaving.'" But a funny thing happened: Instead of a com- plaint session, this was a positive meeting about what could be done in the future. Cole never left. He decided to stay and help. Task forces administrator where he could give official leadership. After the Public Square process ended, Humboldt organized into a PRIDE commu- nity so as to continue the work: Fast forward to 2015. When a statewide planning committee was designing the 2015 Rural Opportu- nities Conference, the planners were looking for a town with a success story to tell. The town whichwas selected was the rural community of Humboldt, population 1,927 people. Now, that's rural. At the conference, Cole Herder and others talked about Building Synergy to Grow Your Commu- nity. Cole was joined b), Humboldt Chamber of Commerce president Chris Bauer, city councilpresident Sunny Shreeve, and school super- intendent K.B Criss, who spoke about how the community is work- ing together for progress. For example, Sunny Shreeve the mailbox Neosho River. It was determined that an entrance sign was needed. A community service class from school cleared the land. A local business owner donated stone from his farm. His employees put up the sign. Westar donated the pillars from old power poles. The local monument company put on the let- ters. Youth grew and planted flow- ers from the school greenhouse. The result is an attractive riverside park to which many people have contributed time and effort. Cole talked about another issue facing Humboldt and other rural communities: The outmigration of young people. Students tend to graduate and move away, perceiv- ing a lack of opportunities or sup- port locally. In response, Humboldt implemented a neat idea. At high school graduation, the community gives a mailbox to each and every graduate. The mailbox is decorated with the gra and the town: Humboldt, Kan. In- side each mailbox is a card con- gratulating the youth and inviting them to stay and live in Humboldt. It is a thoughtful, creative'way of inviting youth to always renlember their hometown and maybe even to continue to make their home and career there. So, here's your mail -- and even a mailbox to receive it in. These are examples of building synergy to grow the community, with several entities working to- gether. We salute Cole, Herder; Chris Bauer, Sunny Shreeve, K:B. Criss and the entire community of Humboldt for making a difference with their collaborative efforts and their outreach to youth. They are thinking outside the box the mailbox. Ron Wilson is director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University.