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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Resolutely ringing in a new year

  • At the Mitchell household in St. James, 11-year-old Olivia, along with her 7-year-old sister Sophia and 5-year-old brother Trevor, have been practicing over their Christmas break to make sure that they are up when the clock strikes midnight ushering in 2014.
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  • At the Mitchell household in St. James, 11-year-old Olivia, along with her 7-year-old sister Sophia and 5-year-old brother Trevor, have been practicing over their Christmas break to make sure that they are up when the clock strikes midnight ushering in 2014.
    However, their dad, Nathaniel, is a little concerned; they've only made it to 10:30 p.m. so far.
    "My guess is that only one of the three is going to make it," he said with a smile.
    Once 2014 rolls into in full swing, the children have decided that it's their goal to continue to make good grades in school. All three are enrolled in the St. James School District. According to their dad, Trevor is doing well in kindergarten and Olivia is much happier now that she is in the sixth grade.
    "Middle school is so much better than elementary," she said.
    Nathaniel and his wife, Michelle Mitchell, are hoping to get on a more balanced family schedule. Michelle is a nurse at Phelps County Regional Medical Center and he is the director of admissions at East Central College.
    "We had a very busy 2013 with some harried schedules," Nathaniel said. "So we want to slow down and try to be better at getting out and doing more things together and being a little more active."
    Balance is a theme echoed by Tammy Shafferkoetter, manager at Mary-Ann's Home Decor and Consignments in Rolla. She has been working 50-plus hours a week since the store opened almost a year ago.
    With one year under her belt, she hopes to sit down with the staff and plan a little bit better on how schedules can be better organized.
    Forty-year-old Kirsten McIntyre had a fantastic 2013 and hopes to continue the momentum into 2014. She received a grant to serve as the coordinator for Community Partnership's Fit Help program. The eight-month work grant ended earlier this month.,
    "I loved it. I met hundreds of new people and it was the perfect job," she said.
    She is working on a new grant related to the Partnership.
    "The new year is uncertain but exciting," she said.
    For those who have a new fitness plan in mind as part of their New Year's resolution, Scott Caron, director of parks and recreation and The Centre, said there are a few things to keep in mind.
    First, he said that accountability is key.
    "If you have a fitness partner that you work out with, you feel a little more guilty when you don't show up or vice versa. It is a little more extra motivation," Caron told the Daily News. "Also I always try to stress to people to start slow and take it easy. Studies show that it takes around 30 days to form a new habit. So you have to be consistent with it."
    Page 2 of 2 - Eva Srutledge has her mind set on kicking the bad habit of smoking. The 55-year-old custodial worker at The Centre said she has smoked since she was 18. She said she smokes around a pack every two days.
    "I had quit before," she said. "I went cold turkey but I started up again. This time I am going to have a lot of candy or gum around to help me when the desire to smoke comes along. I'm just concerned about my health."
    At Rolla Health and Rehabilitation Suites, Connie McCrary, director of marketing and social work, wants to be more humble and a little more positive in 2014.
    "If I am negative and I come in to work then that energy transfers to others and it ends up being a ripple effect," she said. "I want to be one who transfers positive energy."
    Just down the hall from McCrary's office sits 98-year-old Frank Mori. The decorated U.S. Army master sergeant declared that his goal in 2014 is to celebrate his 99th birthday in April.
    Married for 65 years, he and his wife, Katherine, have spent a lot of new years together.
    "She is a thief," said Frank pointing to his wife. "She stole my heart."
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