Signs of fall: School, sugar beets and fire

By: 
DAVID KEYES
Outlook Publisher

Signs of fall: School, sugar beets and fire

It is definitely fall.
This is the time of year where a person is tempted to take several changes of clothes for the day.
The crisp mornings necessitate jackets or a second layer. After lunch requires a lighter layer and as evening comes on – depending on the night – a person either can stay with lighter clothing or be forced into Arctic wear.
Other sure signs of fall? Sugar beet trucks are driving in front of our office on Main in Laurel.
While all of these harbingers of fall are worth noting, probably the most noticeable for me at least, is that school has started.
We have a senior in high school now – she is the last kid in the house. And as she posed for a quick first day of school photo on the front stoop, it wasn’t hard to remember all of those photos for all of those years.
Fall sports are also in full swing. With wins over Lewistown and Miles City already and a good chance to beat Havre this weekend, the young, outnumbered Locos are proving that teamwork can replace a stellar, graduated senior class.
Both of the soccer teams are leading the charge in preseason. Aloma Jess’ squad is 4-0, while Leroy VanderPool’s high octane offense has led his team to a 3-1 start.
Park City’s home football game reminded our sports writer of the scene from Hoosiers when the whole town came out to support the team.
Extracurricular activities are so important in the overall education process. While sporting activities gain lots of attention, there are many kids participating in everything from FFA to the choirs and bands to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
All of the sports and other activities also have a constant theme – adults who care.
Unless as person has been a coach, there is no way to explain what it takes to organize, explain, cajole or guide any group. Nobody is a coach purely for money – unless they are poor at math.
Here is a small salute to all of you who have raised your hands to sign up to coach. You will never know the impact you have on the youth. Even today, years after I gave up my coaching whistle and replaced it with a referee whistle, I get a kick when someone comes up and calls me coach.
You make a difference, coaches, and thank you for your time.

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Thanks also go out to all of the firefighters in Montana and the West for risking your lives to save ours. While we are starting to see blue skies again in our region, western Montana is blanketed with smoke and many fires remain out of control.
We spent part of Labor Day weekend in Bozeman and there were ashes on our car in the morning. Most of Saturday the mountains surrounding Bozeman were barely visible and the sun resembled a small, orange dot in the sky.
Who knows how bad it would be if we didn’t have brave men and women fighting these fires.

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook.

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