How can you help? So glad you asked

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

We often ask our readers to submit items to us.
In the past we’ve asked people to share their favorite holiday memory or the best Christmas gift they’ve ever received.

We enjoy hearing from our readers and believe that readers like to read about other readers’ lives, interests and hobbies.

Special Valentine nominations wanted
One of my favorite reader contests is the Special Valentines. Readers are asked to nominate their friends, neighbors or loved ones, basically anyone that is special in their life to be recognized as a Special Valentine.
The News staff always has a hard time choosing a dozen or so people to honor for Valentine’s Day.

To nominate someone is simple, just send us the name, phone number and address of your special someone and a note explaining why they are special.
In the past, we’ve honored teachers, neighbors, son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws, bus drivers, business owners, sweetie pies, etc.
The deadline to nominate someone is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Nominations can be sent by email to gcneditorial@grantky.com or by fax to 859-824-5888 or by mail to: Special Valentines, c/o Grant County News, P.O. Box 247, Williamstown, Ky. 41097.

Calling all couples married 50 years
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the News staff is also seeking information on local couples who have been married for 50 years or longer. We’re collecting names for a feature story and need your help.
If you know of a couple who have been married 50 years or more, call me at 859-824-3343 or email me their name and the number of years they’ve been married to jbakernanzt@grantky.com.
I can’t believe it’s the middle of January already. Time really does fly.
Coaches vs. Cancer
That also means it’s time for the Grant County Relay For Life Kick Off Event, which is planned for 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Grant County Extension Office or that evening at the Grant County Lady Braves game vs. the Williamstown Lady Demons.
This basketball game will determine whether Sally Skinner, superintendent of Williamstown schools or Ron Livingood, superintendent of Grant County schools, gets a purple pie in the face as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer event to benefit the Grant County Relay. A portion of the proceeds from the four Coaches vs. Cancer events are being donated to the Grant County Relay for Life.
The superintendent from the school district that raises the most money will get to smack the other superintendent in the face with a purple pie on Jan. 21 at half time of the basketball game.
Last year, Sally Skinner was the winner with Williamstown schools raising more money than Grant County. She spray painted Ron Livingood’s head purple and was such a good sport, she allowed him to paint her hair purple to show support for the relay.
Both were gracious enough this year to agree to a pie in the face.
The Relay, the 12-hour event, which raises money for programs and research of the American Cancer Society, is just a few short months away on Friday, May 31 at Grant County Park.
Relay kickoff/

It’s time for teams to fire up the fundraising on a mission to raise $100,000 this year in the fight against cancer.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the relay or any team captains or team members are invited to attend the kickoff or to call me at 859-824-3343.
The first organizational meeting for the 2013 Grant Co. Relay For Life will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at the Grant County Public Library.
Teams will be able to go online and sign up that evening. All team captains and even team members are invited to attend this event. There will be lots of information discussed.
The relay isn’t about one person, one team, one business or even one organization. It really is about a community that says I’m going to make a difference in the fight against cancer. You never know. It could be that $1 dollar, or even 25 cents that funds a cure.
Don’t you want to be a part of that?
(Jamie Baker-Nantz is editor of the Grant County News. She can be reached at 859-824-3343 or by e-mail at jbakernantz@grantky.com.)