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I made my first appointment with Gems Salon and got my haircut last week by Esmeralda. I must say, I had a great experience. I love my hair (which doesn’t happen often), the atmosphere was nice with friendly conversation, the price was very reasonable, and I was supporting local business by going there! I know that these women will continue to grow and improve, and I look forward to my future appointments with them.

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Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the Chamber of Commerce Banquet happening on Thursday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at the door; they can only be purchased in advance. They are $25/ticket and include the steak dinner (sides, drink & dessert included), silent and live auctions, entertainment, and the Awards Ceremony. Stop by the office at 621 Main Street for your tickets! Donations for the auction and event are still being taken and are greatly appreciated.

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Standardized testing season is among us. This can be a stressful time for some kids, parents, and teachers, but a few things can be done to reduce that stress. Try minimizing the amount of sugar, processed and refined foods you consume—wholesome food will keep you feeling good and increase mental focus. Getting the right amount of sleep is also very important. Your body is restored and recharged the most during sleep, so be mindful of how much you are getting. Exercise will also benefit your mental health, whether it’s a session at the gym or a walk around the block. Last piece of advice I can give is to counter stressful situations with calming reactions. “You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can control what goes on inside.”

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Early voting will start on Tuesday, February 20, at several locations in Friona. Polling locations are listed in this week’s publication of the Friona Star at the top of page 10.

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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class starts on Sunday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Friona. If you plan to participate in the class, hopefully you have already ordered a member kit (1 per family required). This 9-week class is focused around learning how to eliminate debt and build wealth. Free childcare is provided during the class. Call (806)250-3933 or visit www.fbcfriona.com for more information.

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Spring sports are gearing up for the season and baseball, tennis, and track schedules are out. Be on the lookout for games and meets, and feel free to contact the Friona Star if you have any questions regarding the schedules.

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The Pope Boys BBQ food truck is a wonderful new addition to the Friona food scene. They have opened up on a couple of different occasions so far and have seemed to be doing very well. This Saturday, February 17, they will be set up in the parking lot next to Veterinary Industries and will begin serving at 11:00 a.m. I have not tried the food yet myself, but I hope to change that very soon; I hear the brisket is the most popular item on the menu.

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Monday is Presidents’ Day, still known to the federal government as “George Washington’s Birthday”. Traditionally celebrated on what is thought to be his actual date of birth, February 22, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. So enjoy it with your family, friends, or by doing something for yourself! You deserve it.

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“Worrying is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere”