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Lipscomb boys set sail down Wolf Creek on homemade raft

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Homeschooling has been anything but a drag for Ben Bussard (10), and Bridger (11) and Parker Burrus (8). Longtime neighbors in Lipscomb, the boys are best friends and constant companions. Bridger and Ben were born only six months apart, and have been playing together since the sandbox. Recent school closures have allowed the boys to spend more time together, and that has resulted in some ingenious projects.
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Summer in March? That’s according to mesquite trees. Mesquites are usually the last trees to put out leaves in May, signaling the end of spring and beginning of the Texas summer. Nobody here has ever seen “skeet” green up in March, but that’s what is happening. Typically West Texas has a cold snap right before Easter. Sometimes, it freezes in April. After that, native plants like lantana, hackberry, and mesquite come to life. Usually it happens like clockwork, but not this year. Timing in the year of the coronavirus pandemic is unpredictable.
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CISD tests technology-based learning until schools re-open

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There was no spring break last week for many school officials, who spent their time preparing a plan to continue the work of educating Canadian’s students. Those plans take full advantage of the benefits provided by good wireless internet access and school-issued laptops and iPads that were sent home with students at most grade levels.
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In emergency board meeting, officials act to ensure school business and education of students continue uninterrupted

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Canadian ISD officials closed schools here last week in response to growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. In a rare emergency meeting last Saturday afternoon, school trustees unanimously approved a resolution delegating specific authority to Superintendent Lynn Pulliam to govern and oversee management of this community’s schools during the COVID -19 emergency.
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“Stay at home” is not as easy as it sounds. Social distancing and self-isolation during a pandemic has created problems. The virus rebels; people who can’t stay home are venturing out to buy groceries, gas up their cars, or just wander around to see what’s happening. Then there are those who are unaware of what’s going on. A young man on our street threw a big party last Saturday night. Avoiding people who are not practicing good behavior during the pandemic is easy. Staying at home is not. Those of us who are following best practices by not going out have problems, including boredom and restlessness. Here are a few suggestions for killing time while you hunker down:
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Kids' Grab and Go Meals are ready for pickup at Canadian Elementary

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The Canadian Elementary School Cafeteria kitchen crew has been working since 6 am today to prepare breakfasts and lunches for CISD students and their brothers and sisters, ages 0-18 years old, who need a good meal while school is not in session. The meals are free and can be picked up in front of Canadian Elementary one daily, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 to 11 am. Anyone who is unable to get to the school is asked to call 806.323.6931, extension 1283, to arrange for home delivery.

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CHS Wildcat Band earns 40th sweepstakes

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The Canadian High School Wildcat Band earned its 40th sweepstakes on Tuesday, March 10. The band competed in the Region 1 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest held at Panhandle High School, receiving straight 1’s in concert and sightreading. Those scores, coupled with their ratings at the UIL Marching Contest in the fall, earned the band the Class A Sweepstakes Award. The band is led by co-directors Daisy and James Edwards.
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CHS’ One-Act Play advances, but the show doesn’t go on

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Members of Canadian High School’s One-Act Play cast and crew earned honors at the district competition held last Tuesday at Bushland ISD. The play, August: Osage County, advanced to the bi-district round of competition, which was slated to be held March 26 in Shallowater before UIL officials suspended all UIL-sanctioned contests this week due to the COVID-19 outbreak [see related story].