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Colorado bishop-elect discloses cancer diagnosis

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Episcopal Church in Colorado] Colorado Bishop-elect Kym Lucas sent a letter to the diocese disclosing her diagnosis last week of stage one breast cancer. Lucas was elected the diocese’s 11th bishop during its 131 convention on Oct. 27 in Denver.Dear Friends In Christ,I am both amazed and thrilled that the Holy Spirit has called us to minister together! The Episcopal Church in Colorado is an extraordinary and unique branch of the Jesus Movement. I enjoyed the short time I was able to spend in each region during the walkabout, and I look forward spending more time with you, getting to know one another, and discerning how God will use our gifts to proclaim Christ’s kingdom. The next few months will be full for me and my family as I plan our transition, but know that I am eager to be with you. Your confidence and love humble me, and I pray that I will be a faithful steward of both as your bishop.As your bishop-elect, I want to make you aware of a deeply personal, but yet publicly important announcement regarding my health. Last week I had my final consultation appointment where I received my diagnosis of stage one breast cancer. The cancer was detected through a routine mammogram. The tumor was so small that without mammography, it would have remained undiscovered for some time. My doctor told me that while “nobody wants breast cancer, if you’re going to have it, you want it the way you have it: detected early at stage 1.” Detected at stage 1, my particular form of cancer has a 98% cure rate and my oncology team deems my quest to be cancer free by the end of January “entirely reasonable.”The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of tests and appointments and more tests. The waiting has been an emotional rollercoaster for my family and me. Until two days before the election my doctors and I had no reason for serious concern. On Monday, I informed my congregation at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. about my diagnosis and later that day, I reached out to your President of the Standing Committee of Colorado, Bob Morse, to also let him know.As Breast Cancer Awareness Month winds down, I find myself grateful: grateful that the Episcopal Church prioritizes preventative care for its employees, grateful that my primary care doctor is diligent in her care for me, grateful that technology makes stage 1 cancer detection possible, grateful for the medical team that cares for me, and grateful for all the encouragement from friends and colleagues who are survivors. I am blessed beyond measure for all of the people in my life who make carrying this load easier.The next few months will include surgery (a lumpectomy) and recovery, followed by radiation therapy. The path will not be easy, but my doctors assure me that I will be able to continue my work and ministry if I am patient with myself and diligently manage the fatigue that comes with radiation. By God’s grace, I am confident that this will be a minor bump in the road and I will be healthy when we begin our ministry together in March. I ask that you will hold my family and me in your prayers.Yours In Christ,Kym+ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Collierville, TN Health & Healthcare Colorado bishop-elect discloses cancer diagnosis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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EU-Latin America summit in Mexico: Spotlight on Cuba, worst press freedom violator of the 58 participating states

first_img RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls on heads of state present in Guadalajara, Mexico, to lobby the Cuban delegation over the 29 journalists imprisoned in the country.The organisation also seeks to focus attention on Colombia, the continent’s biggest graveyard for journalists and on Haiti, where there is renewed hope. April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is urging the heads of state of the 58 countries attending the EU-Latin America and Caribbean summit in Guadalajara, Mexico on 28-29 May to press the Cuban delegation for the release of journalists jailed in Cuba – the region’s worst press freedom violator.With 29 jailed journalists, of whom 27 were arrested during the “black spring” of 2003, Cuba is the world’s largest prison for the press. In Reporters Without Borders’ latest world press freedom rankings, published October 2003, Cuba is ranked second to last (165th) just ahead of North Korea.Ahead of Cuba in 147th position is Colombia and Haiti ranked 100th, both countries also attending the summit. The international press freedom organisation has also made recommendations relating to these two countries.Since several Latin-American states are ranked higher than some European countries, the ranking shows that respect for press freedom is not solely linked to economic development. Trinidad and Tobago in 5th place, Jamaica (21st) and Uruguay (25th) are ahead of Italy (53rd) and Spain (42nd). It also shows that this freedom is never won forever and must be defended everywhere.Consult the full table Cuba, Colombia, Haiti: the biggest prison, the biggest graveyard and … the biggest hope for journalistsNews not under government control is quite simply forbidden in Cuba, where 75 dissidents were arrested in March 2003. Among them were 27 journalists. Their rejection of government control of news was construed as an “act against the independence of the state”. They were sentenced to jail terms of 14 to 27 years. With two of their colleagues already in jail, Cuba thus became the world’s biggest prison for journalists. President Fidel Castro, in power for 45 years, is seen by Reporters Without Borders as one of the world’s 37 press freedom ‘predators’.In Colombia, the press predators are the armed movements: paramilitary groups and guerrilla forces. Five journalists were killed for doing their job in 2003 and one journalist has already been murdered in 2004.Colombia has become the continent’s biggest graveyard for the profession. This desperate situation is explained by the complete impunity enjoyed by the killers of journalists. The government has also turned itself into a potential threat to the media by adopting an anti-terrorist law that conflicts with protection of journalistic sources.In Haiti, the fall of Jean-Bertrand Aristide has opened a new chapter for the media, who were threatened, assaulted and harassed by the president’s henchmen if they dared criticise him. For the families of Jean Dominique and Brignol Lindor, this change brings new hope, since supporters of the former president are suspected of the murder on the two journalists. The death on 7 March of Spanish journalist Ricardo Ortega however serves as a reminder that the danger has not passed. Aristide was also on Reporters Without Borders’ list of press ‘predators’.RecommendationsReporters Without Borders calls on participating states at the Guadalajara summit to intervene:- with the Cuban delegation to press for the release of journalists jailed in Cuba,- with the Colombian authorities to prioritise the fight against the impunity enjoyed by murderers of journalists so that Colombian society’s right to be informed can be respected,- with the Haitian authorities to accord priority to solving the Jean Dominique and Brignol Lindor cases to re-establish the rule of law.Reporters Without Borders also urges the 58 countries present in Guadalajara to endorse a statement condemning armed groups in Colombia for their abuses against the press. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News May 13, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 EU-Latin America summit in Mexico: Spotlight on Cuba, worst press freedom violator of the 58 participating states Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en News Follow the news on Colombia News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports ColombiaAmericas ColombiaAmericas October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more


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Major investment announced for Altnagelvin Hospital

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – November 14, 2013 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire A new £73 million wing at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital will be completed in early 2017.The new wing will be constructed in parallel to the new £50m cross border Radiotherapy Unit.The new wing will incorporate six inpatient ward areas, a new main entrance to the hospital and relocation of car parking facilities.It’s understood all hospital services will remain fully operational during the construction period.Foyle MLA Colum Eastwood says it’s another positive announcement for Altnagelvin:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/colum.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Google+center_img WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Major investment announced for Altnagelvin Hospital Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleDonegal Councillor says Job Bridge Figures in Council Higher than ReportedNext articleBuncrana mayor says fight to reinstate the Swilly Ferry will continue News Highland last_img read more


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Councillors support calls for carpark in Dunfanaghy

first_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Plans for a carpark and other amenities in Dunfanaghy could be a step closer after Cllrs moved to support the proposals.A deputation from the Dunfanaghy Area Community Network attended the latest sitting of the Glenties Municipal District and raised growing concerns over parking issues in the town.It’s understood that the Network has already been given a plot of land located at the top of the town and have also earmarked another site which combined, would facilitate 50 car parking spaces.Local Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill says it’s important the project gets underway without delay:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/soddunfanagh.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Google+ By News Highland – October 19, 2017 center_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Councillors support calls for carpark in Dunfanaghy Previous article2018 Ulster Championship Draw to take place tonightNext articleDoherty urges Central Bank to ‘up the ante’ over tracker mortgage scandal News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more


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In brief

first_imgIn briefOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Thismonth’s Training news in briefMineclearance NVQForcespersonnel will be offered a new qualification that could help their post- armycareers. The Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance(Semta) skills council has developed an NVQ and SVQ in mine clearance techniques.Semta chief executive Michael Sanderson said: “Britain leads the way in thehumanitarian work of clearing landmines around the world. This is a badge whichshows that our personnel have all the necessary skills for this vitallyimportant work.”LearningcircuitsAfterrecently merging its HR and training departments to give them a higher profile,Lex Vehicle Leasing has created a series of Learning Circuits at its three mainoperational centres. Planned as informal showcases for the company’s staffdevelopment programmes, colleagues moved around to the next presentation when awhistle was blown by a ‘referee’. “We wanted to show that our view of staffdevelopment was not just about doing courses,” said new HR director Steve Moss.CamerawinnerEmmaNye, learning and development officer of global law firm Linklaters, has wonthe prize draw featured in our June edition. Nye, who wins a digital cameradonated by Balance Learning, was one of the many readers who completed theblended learning questionnaire. “It is a subject of great interest to me as Ideal with induction, IT training and internal e-learning for everyone,” saidNye.ClarificationThearticle that was published in last month’s edition , entitled ‘The Road Map toSuccess’ by Kevin Kerrigan of SHL (UK) made reference to the acronym ‘SOLVE’which bore similarities with Huthwaite’s SPIN model. SPIN is a registeredtrademark of Huthwaite International. SHL apologises for any confusion thatthis may have caused. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


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Peyton Manning Receives Prestigious Honor & My Connection To Him

first_img Written by April 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Peyton Manning Receives Prestigious Honor & My Connection To Him FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThis is one of my Predominantly Orange columns that I have transposed to Mid-Utah Radio. I will do this on occasion as I have heretofore said. Hopefully you like this. There will be more forthcoming as time goes by .Wednesday evening, future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning expressed his love for Denver on a special night that saw him inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.In part, because Broncos Country comprehensively permeates the Intermountain West region, Manning belonged just as much to Utah-based Broncos fans as those in other places.This august occasion was the 20-year anniversary of when he became the #1 draft pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, selected by the Indianapolis Colts.How Manning came to Denver in the first place is a fascinating story in and of itself.After setting numerous records and leading the Colts to a 2006 Super Bowl title, things went south. Manning suffered a devastating neck injury, which forced him to miss the 2011 season.The 2011 lockout also complicated things as the Colts could not provide medical treatment for him. When he came to Denver in 2012, there was much uncertainty going into this time.Nevertheless, when he retired after the Super Bowl 50-winning season in 2015, it proved a success. His time in Denver saw him win the MVP in 2013 and compete in two Super Bowls.He completed 66.5 percent of his passes, throwing for 17,112 yards, 140 TD’s and 53 INT’s. His numbers in Denver were the best of his career in completion percentage (66.5-65.3 percent).Nevertheless, the greatest reception he ever experienced in Denver was Wednesday evening. Despite the applause, Manning humbly gave others the credit.In this way, he showed himself to be akin to another Broncos legend, owner Pat Bowlen. In any event, when Manning is eventually enshrined in Canton, he will acknowledge Denver’s role.It just seems to be his style. He has always shown class (and humor) in his dealings with others. His gift for gab and distinctive talents beyond football gave him a role in the film “Ferdinand” as well.Anyway, I have alluded to this several times before, but I share a link with Manning.One of my college professors at Southern Utah University, Jon Smith, taught Manning in college.This, of course, was at the University of Tennessee and Smith was impressed by him.One day at SUU, during class, we were giving oral presentations. Before we commenced, Smith told all of us that Manning gave the best presentation he’d ever heard.Manning spoke of the euphoria he felt coming out of the tunnel at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. Smith, who doesn’t like sports at all, still enjoyed Manning’s presentation.Thus, even I, the great Bradfather, cannot hold a candle to Manning in any sphere.How blessed and lucky the Broncos and the Intermountain West were to have him. Tags: Denver Broncos/Hall of Fame/Jon Smith/Peyton Manning/Predominantly Orange/SUU/Tennessee Brad Jameslast_img read more


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Overview of Mary Beth Bonaventura Resignation By Gail Riecken

first_imgMary Beth Bonaventura, the former Lake County Superior Court Judge appointed to the position of Director of the Department of Child Services, just left that high paying job arguing a case of irresponsibility on the part of the administration as her reason. She said in a letter to Governor Holcomb that her department needed the money requested to meet the needs of children at risk of abuse or neglect, 80% of these children’s needs due to caregivers involved in drug addiction.Director Bonaventura and you and I deserve a better answer from the Governor.In a rather patronizing response to Director Bonaventura’s passionate and very specific letter of concerns, the Governor said the department was getting millions more in this next two year budget, in other words, be glad for what you get.Regretfully, the Governor did not respond to the other issues in the letter that warranted his every effort to satisfy her concerns and keep Director Bonaventura from leaving. They were all directly related to protecting our children.So now that she is gone, let me offer this praise for her great work for the children of Indiana. The Governor will never be able to match the skills and experience this person brought to the job.Mary Beth Bonaventura turned around a department after years of leadership that was damaging to the department and ultimately hurt our children. She reversed the high turn over rate in our local departments after years of poor relationships with the public; she greatly improved the image of the department with residential providers; she raised the bar for performance in the department; and she effectively advocated personally with legislators for changes in legislation to benefit children at risk.I personally want to thank her for her leadership on the Commission for the Improvement of the Status of Children.It takes a strong person with a positive attitude to accomplish the goals she set. It is commendable how well she worked with the directors of the health department, mental health department, family and children, attorney general, education, the court system and appointed legislators on this committee to solve problems for our children, sometimes those problems in our own “backyard”.Job well done, Mary Beth Bonaventura, and every success in your next adventure. You will be missed.Sincerely,Gail RieckenFormer District 77 State Representative And City County Observer Statehouse EditorFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


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An unfair Hoboken survey, and no runoffs

first_imgMary Ondrejka Dear Editor:Unless you have a computer and are signed up for City of Hoboken Nixle emails, you knew nothing about a survey that Mayor Bhalla sent out Jan. 22 asking the community for input on the use of the old Union Dry Dock property which NY Waterway purchased on Nov. 3, 2017. The survey was open five days, closing Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. There was no way to control how many times someone voted since all you had to do was access the survey, answer one of two questions with the second question giving you 4 options to pick from, then submit it anonymously. A friend of mine was able to answer the survey three times to check if it could be abused by submitting one opinion several times to sway the results.Out of Hoboken’s population, currently estimated at 54,379 people for 2016 (the last year available), only 2,447 responses were made which means that 4.4 percent of the population participated.These were the questions:Should the Union Dry Dock property remain a priority for the City of Hoboken to have a complete, publicly-accessible waterfront park system?(2,404 responses), 91.5 percent (2,200) Yes, 8.5 percent (204) No.What is your preferred use for the Union Dry Dock property?(2,447 responses), 73.8 percent (1,807) “A public open space and waterfront walkway with no industrial uses.” This option would be paid for by Hoboken at a potential acquisition, design, and construction cost of tens of millions of dollars. Funding sources may include the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund, County Open Space Trust Fund, and NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust low-interest loans, among other sources.13.5 percent (331): “A ferry maintenance and refueling facility with a public open space on top of a ferry maintenance facility, with an inland walkway next to Sinatra Drive.” This option would be paid for mostly or completely by NY Waterway.8.1 percent (198): “A ferry maintenance and refueling facility with pocket parks at the north and south ends of the property, with an inland walkway next to Sinatra Drive.” This option would be paid for mostly or complete by NY Waterway.4.6 percent (111): “Other.”Only 1,807 respondents, about 3.3 percent of our population of 54,379, voted ‘Yes’ to “a public open space with no industrial uses”; only 4.45 percent responded to the survey at all.This means that at most 3.3 percent of Hoboken’s population have indicated they might agree to the city engaging in eminent domain proceedings, years of litigation, damage the viability of a transportation system, and in the end cost the city of Hoboken between $80-100 million dollars, according to NY Waterway accountants, to replace a new dry dock.Note that our mayor won the 2017 election with only 32.7 percent of the vote because runoff elections have been eliminated. Let the majority of the people speak in how we vote and whether the city should throw away money to buy and relocate a useful dry dock.last_img read more


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Should Second Homeowners Have a Vote in Ocean City?

first_imgSeasonal properties line much of Ocean City’s southern end.Ocean City has a combined real estate value of $11.3 billion (the fourth most valuable town in the state), and about 70 percent of the town’s property owners live and vote somewhere else.Voting is left to about 8,304 registered voters (as of the Nov. 4 election) in a town with a year-round population of 11,701.A private citizens group is deciding if it wants to get involved in advocating for the right of nonresident property owners to vote.Fairness in Taxes, an Ocean City community group, polled its membership of more than 880 on the issue. The group asked members if they thought anybody with 50 percent ownership of an Ocean City property who pays a least $1,000 annually in property taxes should be able to vote in municipal elections.Of the 131 surveys returned, about 85 percent said they support the right of non-resident voters to vote, according to FIT member Bill Hartranft. About 367 e-mail surveys were successfully delivered, and of the 93 e-mail responses, 79 favored non-resident voting rights and 14 opposed. A similar 85 percent favored non-resident voting in the 38 surveys returned by traditional mail.The results did not indicate how many responses came from year-round resident and how many from second homeowners.The group also hopes to invite the mayor of Rehoboth Beach, Del., to speak at a FIT meeting. Nonresident owners listed on property deeds have the right to vote in Rehoboth and some of its neighboring shore towns in Delaware.“We’re in an education mode,” said FIT board member Jim Tweed, who first raised the issue to the group.Even if the group decides it wants to push for non-resident voting rights, the task may be monumental. It would require an amendment to the state constitution with the prerequisite support from a coalition much larger than a single community group from Ocean City.After its learning process, FIT ultimately will have to decide if it wants to pursue such a campaign or let it die, FIT President Michael Hinchman told the membership at a meeting Friday at the Ocean City Free Public Library.Issues surrounding such a constitutional amendment range from the practical (preventing voter fraud) to the theoretical (resident and nonresident voters share a stake in many, but not all, decisions made at a municipal level).__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more


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Fresh, Homemade Chocolate is the Way Rauhauser’s Candy Shop Does it

first_imgRauhauser’s candy store has been a fixture on Asbury Avenue since 1965. By Donald WittkowskiIn the 1971 fantasy movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” the finders of five “golden tickets” hidden inside some candy bars are promised a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate.Customers at Rauhauser’s Own Make Candies don’t need golden tickets to enter the store, but once inside, they may find it every bit as beguiling as the chocolate wonderland depicted in the movie.The quaint shop at 721 Asbury Ave. in downtown Ocean City has been satisfying the sweet tooth of legions of customers since it was founded in 1965 by Curvin Rauhauser and his wife, Mary Alice.Now, the third generation of the family is in charge. Curvin and Mary Alice’s grandson, Rod Blomdahl and his wife, Kelly, have owned the store for nearly five years. The Blomdahls have kept the family tradition alive by making all of their chocolates from scratch, using Curvin’s original recipe.“This is a dying brand. There’s not many of us left,” Rod Blomdahl said of the dwindling number of chocolate shops that hand-make their candy.Customers marvel over the array of chocolate candies in the display cases.Blomdahl noted that all of the chocolate candies sold at Rauhauser’s are freshly made and contain no preservatives. There is no mystery about their age or ingredients. Altogether, the shop makes 300 varieties of chocolate.“It’s made in the back and sold in the front,” Blomdahl said.Bags of raw chocolate and sugar are stacked on shelves in the back of the store, where a miniature version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory of sorts exists. Butter and milk are other key ingredients, of course. Blomdahl pointed to some old-fashioned copper kettles and large wooden spoons that are used for mixing the ingredients together.He explained that chocolate-making is an art. There are no shortcuts. It requires long hours and a great deal of precision to ensure everything is done just right.Even the temperatures for heating and cooling the candy must be exact. For instance, warm chocolate that is used to coat the pieces of candy rolling down a small conveyor belt is maintained at 88.9 degrees. There is also a “chilling room” for storing the freshly made candy centers before they are bathed in chocolate.“One thing I learned from my grandfather is, you have to be precise. It’s a lot more difficult than baking,” Blomdahl said.Rod Blomdahl, grandson of the original owners, represents the third generation of his family to run the store.With Christmas approaching, Rauhauser’s is now in its second-busiest time of year. Easter is first and Valentine’s Day is third.The Blomdahls and their children, sons Jeff, 29, and Trevor, 24, and daughters Blake, 22, and Jordan, 18, have been putting in hectic hours and a seven-day workweek to meet the demands of the holiday crowds.“We got out of here at what, 12 midnight last night?” Kelly Blomdahl asked her husband Wednesday. “That was early, though.”Sisters Jordan, left, and Blake Blomdahl are part of the family-operated business.Step inside the store and you’ll immediately breathe in the sweet aroma of chocolate. The display cases are filled with every type of chocolate candy imaginable. Assorted chocolates, caramel, decorated mints, chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate-covered marshmallows are some of the favorites around Christmas.In addition to its walk-in business at the shop, Rauhauser’s also ships its chocolates to customers across the country. It has a website, but has not yet begun offering online sales. Kelly Blomdahl noted that online sales could come “someday.”So for now, Rauhauser’s will continue doing things the old-fashioned way, both with its sales and with making the candy. Rod Blomdahl said what matters most is the freshness and quality of the chocolates, not high-tech customer marketing.“We don’t have to sell our product. Once it gets in their mouth, it sells itself,” he said.Trevor Blomdahl places candy centers on a conveyor belt before they are dipped in chocolate.last_img read more