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CHRONICLE January 12, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Senior Chatter First week of dominoes a big success BY PHYLLIS BRONKEMA The Lovell Senior Cen- ter has reported that the first afternoon of playing dominoes was a big suc- cess. Everyone in atten- dance had a wonderful time, and expressed a de- sire to continue playing. Thus, the next two oppor- tunities to play will be on Thursday, Jan. 19, and on Thursday, Feb. 2. This is a good activity for peo- ple who are usually home- bound, and would like to get out for some fun. In other news, the quilting program at the center has reported on what was accomplished in 2011. Many volunteers worked hard together to complete a total of 140 quilts. Of these, 61 adult quilts and 24 baby quilts were sent to Humanitar- ian Aid in Salt Lake City, along with 10 pairs of slip- pers, 20 sets of children's clothing and gowns and 20 dolls. In our local area, 32 quilts were donated to North Big Horn Hospital's "Share-A-Stocking" Pro- gram, and nine quilts were given to local families in need. Aid was also given to tornado victims in Jop- lin, Mo., in the form of 14 quilts, sheets, pillow cases, stuffed animals and dolls. What a great service these volunteers perform. We applaud each and ev- ery one of you. School of Rock concert tonight It's back to school for four area bands Thurs- day, Jan. 12, when they perform a free concert at Northwest College. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium, featuring the School of Rock Band (a Northwest College class). ILENE OLSON Bridgette and William Watts cradle their newborn daughter, Kaylie Skye. Kaylie was the first child born at the Powell Valley Hospital in 2012. New Year' baby 2012 arrives Jan. 3 BY ILENE OLSON Courtesy of the Powell Tribune Kaylie Skye Watts made her entry into the world at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, becoming the first baby born at Powell Valley Hospital in 2012. While she arrived via a scheduled cesarean section birth, the fact that she was the first new baby of the year came as a surprise to her parents for two reasons. First, the original date scheduled for her to come into the world was Jan. 10; however, her birthday was moved up when it appeared she would be ready soon- er. At birth, she weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches. Second, since she was born two days after the start of the new year, "I thought some other baby would be born first," said her mother, Bridgette Watts. As it turns out, anoth- er baby was born later that day. "We didn't realize she might be first until they were talking about it in the surgery room," said her fa- ther, William Watts. The Watts live in Lovell, where William works for Bentonite Per- formance Minerals (BPM) and Bridgette is a full-time mother. Later this week, Kay- lie will go home for the first time to be with her three older siblings: brother Da- mon, 10, sister Dakota, 8, and brother William, 4. "They love her," Bridgette said. "My old- est two can't wait until she gets home. My daughter is ecstatic to finally have a sister." Young William is a lit- tle less sure about his new little sister, though that's sure to change. "He knows she's the baby, so now he's not going to be the baby anymore," Bridgette said. All four children were born by C-section. Dad Wil- liam said he was allowed to be in the operating room during the three previous deliveries, but this was the first time he was allowed to watch the actual delivery. ,I got to watch every- thing," he said. William said he was surprised to have another girl. "Boy, girl, boy, girl -- that's what everybody hopes for. I grew up with all boys," he said. Cowley News DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 The first week of Jan- uary, 2012, has been com- pleted, the school districts have once again opened their doors, college kids have returned to their var- ious schools, the Christ- mas decorations have been taken down in the neigh- boring towns and in Cow- ley, homeowners have put their Christmas lights and decorations away, and the towns seem bare. Most of the college kids had a month off between semes- ters and we were all getting used to having them here; it seems lonely, but the way time passes ahd soon it will be spring break and we'll see our loved ones again. The Christmas season was lovely for most people as families gathered and mothers cooked fabulous meals and those turkey, ham and prime rib leftovers were like ambrosia. The next celebration is already being displayed in the stores and media and soon February 14 will arrive and it will be Valentine's Day, a romantic celebration. Ken and Sharon Black- burn are starting to see the light at the end of the tun- nel with the renovation of their home. Ken finished a lovely mud room/stairwell to the basement, replaced all of the plumbing in the basement and redid the bathroom and kitchen, and Sharon has been kept busy with painting; insulating and being a gopher. When the end of the project is fin- ished, they will carpet the downstairs and get some new furniture. Then they plan to have time to go rock hunting Once again. Ken and Sharon are on their 20th year of working at the cemetery, and they feel it is a privilege to serve in this capacity. When I was young the cemetery looked pret- ty good, but the progress in the last few years has been outstanding. Ken and Sha- ron work hard in the spring and summer months mow- ing, watering and weeding, and our cemetery is beauti- ful. The headstones are in- teresting as one can track families of the pioneers and the family plots are quite sa- cred to all of us. Thanks to the Blackburns' work this place is beautiful, peaceful and almost holy. Last Saturday there was a huge celebration at the Cowley church cultural hall. Thomas Bridges, son of Bishop Willie and Jody Bridges, was married on Dec. 30 in the Spokane LDS Temple to Danielle Johnson ofCoeur d' Alene, Idaho, the daughter of David and Val- Y erie Johnson. Thomas and Danielle met at BYU-Ida- ho in Rexburg and fell in love. After their wedding, a reception was held by her parents in Coeur d'Alene in their cultural hall. Danielle comes from a large family with 10 siblings, six broth- ers and four sisters. Three of her sisters were her brides- maids in Idaho; one sister is on a mission for the LDS Church in Wyoming and the Dakotas and was unable to attend. Thomas and Dani- elle's colors were light blue, steel gray and white. Their theme was a winter scene and included sparkling snowflakes. The tables and chairs were decorated with white linens and light blue tablecloths with mir- rors and a centerpiece with the green and white shim- mering snowflakes scat- tered around the mirror with silver candleholders and white roses. There were green and silver artificial trees with snowflakes scat- tered throughout the trees and on the floor. The stage glittered and added to the winter scene. The mothers made white sheet cakes with blue frostings, a delicious drink, mints, nuts, etc. There were wedding pictures upon the stage, which were beau- tiful with pictures of the in session bride and groom and the pictures of their reception in Coeur d'Alene. The cou- ple had a gorgeous wedding cake made in Idaho. Thom- as' groomsmen in Cowley were Matt Leonhardt, De- rik Rasmussen, Rodney Palmer and Mikey Hernan- dez, classmates and friends who grew up with him. Danielle's wedding dress was satin with snow- flakes embroidered on the skirt and organza over the satin. The dress had an em- pire waist with lace and her bodice was lace beading and her dress shined and sparkled and was beauti- ful with a train flowing to the floor. Her bridesmaids were dressed in dark steel gray satin knee length wraparound gowns and ev- erything was gorgeous. Thomas and Danielle will live in Cowley at Dexter Woodis' place at the end of the first south block next to Ezme Aubrey. Thomas will work with his father until fall, when the couple will at- tend the University of Wyo- ming. What an exciting evening with mild weath- er and glimmering decora- tions as everyone celebrat- ed the marriage of Thomas and Danielle Bridges. We wish you peace, love and joy as you travel the world as companions and begin your new life. Byron News E, DENNEY NEVILLE 548-7829 nevilleart@tctwest.net To paraphrase and form a thought with the help of John Greenleaf Whittier--"The saddest words of tongue or pen are those that should have been." It should be a law that we keep a journal. I can imagine the police re- port if that were the case. In the Chronicle we would read, several elderly people and five juveniles in Byron were arrested for not jour- naling in a timely manner. All will be required to do community service--two hours each, removing goat- head weeds from alleys, streets and private yards in Byron. More arrests ex- pected soon in surrounding communities. My parents grew up in Byron and are still with us almost a century later. They are a resource for me as to some of the lesser- known events in our com- munity's past. One such event in- volved the slender cement obelisk that used to be in the intersection at Main and Center Streets. It was six or seven feet tall and served as a sort of decora- tive marker indicating the center of the community. One story relates that Sun- day afternoon as families were leaving church ser- vices held in the large LDS church near the intersec- tion an accident occurred, somewhat tragic, some- what comic. There are two versions of it in our muddled histo- ry. Version one: A family of two parents and three or four children climbed aboard their two-horse, hay burner-power buggy and prepared for the re- turn trip to their home out- of-town. What began as a pleasant ride home from Sunday services suddenly changed when the horses spooked and ran toward the tall, slender obelisk in the intersection of Main and Center Streets. The paired hay-burners created a problem you may be an- ticipating. One was think- ing left, the other thinking right as they approached the obelisk. You can visualize what happened. Things came apart quickly, injuries in- curred, fortunately no fa- talities. After dividing asunder both team and buggy, the traffic-compli- cating obelisk was not con- sidered horse-friendly and was given further demoli- tion. The family involved, best as can be remembered, was a Lindsey family, pos- sibly the Dave Lindsey family. Muddled history. No records. Where are the journals? The other version is much simpler. The maybe Lindsey family was com- ing to town, possibly to at- tend church services. They were coming from the west toward the intersection of Main and Center where stood the obelisk. Some- thing spooked the team of horses and they ran to- ward the obelisk. A wreck occurred. The wagon over- turned. Members of the family were injured. No fatalities. My mother saw this accident take place when she was about 8 years old. Mom was liv- ing with her family in one of the John Jensen houses on Main Street near the in- tersection, north side, third house to the west. Another incident, this time involving a horse and rider, ended in trag- edy about 50 yards south of the southeast corner of the school district owned auto shop near the town hall. A young boy by the name of John Madsen Pryde, 14 years old, racing on a horse, was tangled up in a barbwire fence where there is now a chain link fence. The horse fell and the young boy was unfor- tunately killed in the ac- cident. He was the son of Adam and Vida Pryde. Three young boys strapped their sleeping bags:':to their 'backs: and climbed the old water tow- er that used to be at the center of town, They spent the night there on the foot rail around the upper part of the water tower, alter- nately napping and observ- ing. What was seen and heard in the community as it lay in the darkness be- neath them has not, nor will be, journaled. Now, I'll bet you wonder why? Well, a sleeping town is just too boring for words. The inter- esting part was watching the sleeping bags float and tumble to the ground just as the sun was coming up. We escaped our trespass without official notice. Welcome to Pam Hop- kinson. She will be contrib- uting to the Byron News. With her help, we can bet- ter cover current news and the history of Byron. We will be taking turns, though the sequence may not be predictable. Sugges- tions and information you feel interesting and impor- tant for the Byron News column would be appreci- ated. Thank you for read- ing the column and for your kind remarks. Monday night charity quilting starts Jan. 23 Popular quilting in- structor Katherine Hoop- er is offering a five session quilting class through Pow- ell Valley Community Edu- cation beginning Monday, Jan. 23. Classes take place from 6-8 p.m. in Room 61 of the Northwest College Fagerberg "Building. Par- ticipants can choose to keep the lap quilt for $30 or do- nate the quilt to charity for $10. Quilts from Hooper's past classes have been well received by the Veteran's Administration Hospital. Generous amounts of recycled denim and t-shirt material will be provided to students, although par- ticipants may use their own materials, if preferred. Quilt design decision is made by each student. Good scissors are recom- mended for the first class. Subsequent classes require each student to bring an extension cord and their own sewing machine. To register, call 307- 754-6469 or visit www. northwestcollege.edu/pvce. Pictures of Katherine's work are also available. See the website, Facebook page and the back cover of the PVCE catalog. Powell Valley Commu- nity Education programs are a result of a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) agree- ment between Northwest College and Park County School District Number One.