The new year brings the promise of new opportunities. Annually, we make our New Year’s resolutions, our promise to improve ourselves or our situation. But, too often, we fall short of those goals the first time. We must try and try again.
I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. It seems that once the ball drops to ring in the new year, our thoughts move at once, almost compulsively, to losing weight and quitting our bad habits.
Parents know parenting. Janet Smith knows. Smith is executive director of FACES of Stark County, an agency of parents who have been successful in navigating the various systems for their own children and now are ready to help other parents find appropriate services for their children.
My parents always told me that giving back to your community was the right thing to do — a way of thanking God for your blessings. When I first moved to Stark County in 1973, I was fortunate to be able to volunteer a great deal of my time for various organizations.
Skiing and snowboarding are sports in which the equipment changes as quickly as the snow conditions. What’s hot this year? For skiers it’s WaveFlex technology, which lets skis glide in and out of turns while continuing to hold their edge. It’s also wider skis that float through soft-snow conditions.