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  • Coupons have long been helping consumers save a few dollars on everything from supermarket staples to toys and more. Scouring for coupons and using them effectively has evolved into an art form, with some savvy coupon users paying next to nothing for carts full of merchandise.
        The average shopper may have little experience at finding coupons, but he or she can still save some money. As the holiday season approaches, it’s likely that coupon usage will once again be widespread. Here are some ways to put coupons to good use.

  • The economic downturn that began in late 2008 forced many holiday shoppers to curb their spending on gifts for friends and family. But even though the economy has since recovered, savvy holiday shoppers are still taking a conservative approach to their shopping, and saving lots of money along the way.
        Shoppers often struggle with how much to spend on gifts for their loved ones come the holiday season. The quest for the perfect gift leads many to overspend, but there are ways holiday shoppers can give great gifts without breaking the bank.

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  • The Fort Lupton Optimist Club held their annual Ducks Across the Rockies Duck Race on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the corner of Weld County Roads 6 and 19. 

  • The Trapper Days Committee has announced the winners for this year’s cooking contest, “My Favorite Treats.” 

    All entries were home-made, and the competing chefs were required to disclose their recipes and ingredients.

    During the tasting, judges reviewed the entries without knowing who had cooked each entry.

    For main dish, the award went to the aptly-named Angie Baker.

  • I normally don't get caught up by judging anything by it's cover, but I sincerely believe I could have found much more to like about writer-director Jill Soloway's feature film debut “Afternoon Delight” if not for the fact the title is such a mocking misnomer.

  • WEEKLY PERCEPTIONS, By Perry Bell

    I am on an anti-high fructose corn syrup campaign. I read almost every single box or container of food to make sure that there is no high fructose corn syrup in one I am eating.

        And in reading those labels, you would be surprised to find what other ingredients are also listed. Preservatives, sweeteners and so many chemicals I really don’t even know the name of. All on that little label on the table!

  • The thrilling “A Hijacking” from Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm navigates the uneasy waters of taking the emotion and humanity out of life for the sake of business by way of the story of a cargo ship seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean.

  • History buffs young and old enjoyed a beautiful spring day at the historic Fort Lupton Saturday, with the return of Heritage Days. Sunny skies, great food and interesting exhibits drew visitors from across the state for a trip back to the wild frontier.

  • Taking a hike to help out some of their peers and boost their own knowledge of the disease, Butler Elementary’s Junior Diabetes Research Fund walkers took to the streets again this year.

  • Looking for a great way to spend the weekend, enjoy some delicious food and explore the past? Look no farther than Fort Lupton, where the history comes alive for guests young and old.

        Visitors to Saturday’s Heritage Fair, an annual hands-on history day sponsored by the South Platte Valley Historical Society, can time-travel through centuries in a few hours.

        The Heritage Fair is a family-friendly once-a-year chance to experience history outside of the classroom.

  • Gardening is a rewarding hobby with thousands of devotees. Backyard gardens provide beauty and aesthetic appeal to a landscape, and they can be a source of homegrown food and a natural habitat for outdoor wildlife. A self-sustaining garden can be an efficient addition to any home, but gardens require upkeep and dedication.
        A self-sufficient garden sustains itself through proper planning and execution. Such gardens can almost take care of themselves so long as the soil is healthy soil, the seeds are reused and organic material is produced.

  • For many people, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. But for others, it’s whenever the backyard barbecue reemerges.

  • Many homeowners aim for a picture perfect lawn complete with rolling acres of soft, green grass. But Mother Nature may have other things in mind, providing homeowners with less-than-stellar growing conditions for their lawns, plants and other foliage. Frustration can mount when a yard is muddy, is especially shady or has soil that doesn’t seem to grow a thing. In such instances, homeowners may have to go the extra mile to get the yard they desire.

  • Lyrical yet frustrating, Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” doesn’t try to say quite as much as his truly universal “The Tree of Life” but uses the same sparsity of on-screen dialogue to masterfully tell a story of longing and loss.

  • Colorado’s outdoors makes a great holiday gift for family, friends, teacher and everyone on your shopping list. Avoid the mall madness and shop online for gifts starting at $5.

  • The Colorado Department of Agriculture has online resources to help you find holiday gifts, meal ingredients and the perfect tree this holiday season. The Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide and the Christmas Tree List help shoppers connect with local producers.
        “Buying locally for the holidays is a great way to support Colorado producers as well as the state’s economy,” said Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar. “I encourage you to look for the Colorado Proud logo and buy local wherever you shop or dine.”

  • Got bees? Frank Lallas does, and he’d like to tell you about them. Lallas, one of the founders of the Brighton Bee Club, loves the critters and wants to share that interest, and a ton of information with other honeybee aficionados.

  • As the season comes to a close and it is time to place your lawn mower into storage, here are a few things you can do to ensure it will be up and running when the grass starts growing in the spring.
        Clear any accumulated grass clippings and dirt from the blades, the underside of the mower deck and the discharge chute.

  • When someone says “Gazebo,” what do you think of? A wooden, octagon garden structure? A conservative shingled roof with railings on seven sides?
        This is the most traditional gazebo. But, as outdoor living spaces catapult to the top of the list of rooms homeowners are looking to revitalize, gazebos have redefined their image.