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I.lllai li]]lgllkgiiLliliill il IililllliililllJlili Jqglllqi IiI I l|llllPlllliillPll IlllUtiii | m |ll 4 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 12, 2012 The massive fortress in Salzburg towers over the city, much like the nearby Alps that dominate the land- scape outside the city. Austrians love high places, it seems. Wej0ined more of our European exchange families in Salzburg after spending Christmas in Berlin. Daugh- ter Danielle, who is spending the school year Studying in Berlin, joined us for two days in Austria before re- turning to Berlin for New Year Eve David Peck festivities. Observations Our wonderful hosts in Salzburg were exchange son Daniel and his parents Wolfgang and Herta. We were also joined by Ger- man daughter Larissa Demel and her parents Klaus and Aitxa of Karlsruhe, Germany, and for one day by Lukas Sla- meczka and his friend Birgit of Vienna. Lukas lived with Bob and Elsie Martens for a school year in Lovell. Salzburg is a marvelous small city for walking and sight- seeing, with new and delightful vistas around every corner and the mountaintop fortress ever lurking. Our hotel was a short tunnel walk through the M6nchsberg (Monk Moun- tain) to the Altstadt (Old Town), with its winding streets, old churches, historic buildings and colorful plazas. Like other European cities and villages we visited, Salz- burg was beautifully decorated for the holidays, and the decorations were tastefully done - not overdone ala Clark Griswold in "Christmas Vacation" - with oftentimes simple white lights adorning a Christmas tree, building or street. Daniel, Wolfgang and Herta took us to many places and had our visit planned perfectly: the huge baroque Salzburg Cathedral, a rooftop terrace restaurant looking over the city and the river, the Red Bull soccer arena where Daniel works during the summer and Wolfgang covers the local team as a sportswriter and editor, the Museum of Modern Art, Mozart birth house, the aforementioned Hohensalzburg Fortress, a city fortress built in 1 077 that was never defeat- ed, and the Residenz - a sprawling medieval palace for the ruling bishops some 500 years ago with ornately decorated rooms. One of our joys was getting to experience a variety of restaurants from the huge Augustiner Br ustQbl beer hall to the upscale Carpe Diem. We found words familiar to Wyo- ming Cowboys fans adorning the wall at Zwettler pub and restaurant: (in German) "In Heaven there is no beer, that why we drink it here." We also spent time at Murphey Law, an Irish pub near our hotel that featured good beer, sports on TV and wonderful conversation. And speaking English was encouraged. The young lady who was our bartender was from Newcastle, England. L told her have a New- castle in Wyoming. She th D nve '13r0ncoSgame On' TV for us. The birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is a very musical city, from classical music to rock and roll, blues and jazz. On a Friday evening we enjoyed a "funk jazz" band at the Jazzit club, which interestingly used to be the Communist Party headquarters in Salzburg. We also enjoyed a fascinating evening watching the press run at Wolfgang huge city newspaper -with its intri- cate insert machine bringing fliers and newspaper sections together with meters and meters of section-carrying mov- ing chain, crisscrossing high above our heads in a building the size of a football field. Amazing. it was also fun to visit Daniel hometown, Seekirchen, and see where he went to elementaryschool and second- ary school. One of our best days was New Year Eve Day, spent on one of the many local lakes - the Wolfgangsee - aboard a series of boats, really floating cafes, that took us from village to village: St. Gilgen, Strobl and St. Wolfgang. It was a fun, relaxing day with our German and Austrian family. On New Year Eve we ate a leisurely dinner, then walked along the river as the city exploded with celebratory fire- works - literally. Hundreds and hundreds of people were firing off rockets and fountains, sometimes just a few feet in front of us from a fencepost or railing, and the streets and sidewalks were crowded with New Year revelers. It was an amazing sight to see. By the next morning the city was clean as a whistle, the city cleaning crew having swept the place spotless. Even with everything we saw and experienced, the best moments during our five days in Salzburg were the many moments just enjoying each other company- laugh- ing, joking, telling stories and talking about Wyoming and Austria and Germany and our families and lives. Traveling with European families we have come to love and admire is priceless, and the setting, though wonderful and, at times, awe-inspiring, was secondarY to the friendship and com- panionship we experienced once again. Like the Hohensalzburg Fortress, our spirits rose above everything else during our visit to Austria. Postmaster: Send address changes to: The L0vell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E, Main, L0vell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published even/Thursday Periodical postage paid at L0vell, Wyoming Edit0rand Publisher: David Peck www.10vellchr0nicle.c0m 2011MEMBER !010 AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Big Horn and Park Counties $28 In Wyoming $40 Outside 0ming $45 Single copy 75 Guest columns I'm not sure if it's old age that is causing me to enjoy life so much more, or past experiences. I do know that the raspberries I pick out of my yard and the apple crisp I make from my apples seem to just taste so much better. The jerky I make, just food in general, has been tasting so much better. I know quitting smoking four years ago, has helped although I do indulge a smoke now and then, but one versus three packs a day is quite a change. Dumbest thing I ever did was start smoking. Be smart, don't start! So there I am driving down the highway the other day, and I noticed a semitruck heading into my lane. It brought back the memo- ry of going on vacation to put four years of being laid up behind me when I noticed an 80-year-old gentleman headed straight toward me at 70 miles an hour in his 60-foot motor home pulling a car. I still remember that he had the biggest smile on his face and fortunately, he got back in his own lane in time. Phew, that was close! So here I am facing a semi going about 65, me going 65 and headed toward each other. I knew if we hit, it did not bode well for me. Fortunately he got off his cell phone in time and got back over the line. No wonder I have become a home body. Then this past week or so, I received a call from Bill Miller asking if I would do a handgun safety course for his Hunter Ed program. If you all know Bill, you know how much he cares and works with the youth of our community and safety is number one on his list. Not only did I do the handgun part but was invited back to do the shooting exam for Gary Noth Sweet Noth-ings each student. I wish I had remembered to call the Chronicle to get pictures as these kids deserve recognition. What a fabulous experience to be working with such fine young students who not only learned the lessons well, but their enthusiasm to learn more was overwhelming. Bright, smart, courte- ous, respectful and safety conscious. I commend the students from this class on how well they did. Of course, Mother Nature had to have her fun. It was raining, cold and windy. Hmm, sounds like we live in Wy- oming. Five minutes before they were to start the shooting exam, she was kind enough to stop the rain. Still, each one of those stu- dents braved the cold wind, which was ferocious at times, to demonstrate what they had learned. They laid on the cold ground and carefully loaded the rifle, sighted in their target, fired, unloaded and made the firearm safe. All this while shiver- ing in the cold. To share such an experience with such wonderful young people is just amazing! I am so blessed. They showed they knew their lessons and they demonstrated that they are tough, that even Mother Nature was not going to deter them from their passing that day and they did so with flying colors. I applaud them for their fortitude and their parents for raising such fine children. Working with such outstanding young people, it warms the heart that we live in Wyoming and especially in this areo. We can be assured that our children will be up for the challenge after we leave this world. No wonder everything seems better. Life is good! When I ran for a seat on the town council of Cowley, I didn't know that one of the things I would take away from the entire experience was a civics les- son. I slept through civics class in high school. In my defense we had a teacher who spoke in a monotone, and since my class was right after lunch, it was difficult not to be lulled to dreamland. And then, some 40 plus years later in a little town in Northern Wyoming, I got my first and most humbling real life civics lesson. When the council of Cowley began crafting a livestock ordinance, I knew it was going to be unpopular. It doesn't take a genius to see that when a few people meet a couple of times a month, and plan changes to something as downright "Cow- ley" as livestock in town, folks are going to be upset. This ordinance was something that we began discussing early in the year, but when the first written draft of the ordinance was crafted I was in Denver.::I sometimes joked th t: might be better off to stay therd until the dust settled, but in reality I was in the loop during my time away. We did a fair job on the first few drafts, but there were things that I didn't like, and things that oth- ers on the council weren't happy with as well. But it was a starting place. We made changes to both sub- stance and wording over the next several weeks. It wasn't perfect, but major changes to a town's entire lifestyle will never be perfect. We had our first reading of the proposed ordi- nance in November. Although our work meetings and council meetings are always open, no citizens arrived during the first reading to provide input or objection. The meeting was televised, and as usual the minutes were publicly posted. Soon copies of the proposal were being distributed throughout Cow- ley. Text messages were flying all over town. Some things being said about it were accurate, some were a little distorted, and some were just plain wrong, but the community was talking. Things were a little different at the second read- ing in December. The town hall was packed with the good people of Cowley and each of them had the opportunity to speak. Although there was no doubt that they were not at all in favor of this ordinance, for the most part they were respectful and voiced their objections clearly. They may not have liked all we had to say, but they listened. In the end, the resolution was tabled and they were offered the op- portunity to form a committee and then present the council with their ideas in a special meeting we scheduled for January 3. I arrived at that meeting not knowing quite what to expect. I should have had more faith in the fine folks of Cowley. They had obviously done a lot of Diane Badget View from the soap box research and had worked hard to rewrite the ordinance in a way that was concise and well thought out. They appointed a spokesperson, who did a great job in rep- resenting them. We as a council listened respectful- ly and asked some questions of Rosanna Rusch, the group's spokesperson. She was ready with answers. Then others in attendance asked us questions and we tried to answer them as completely and openly as we could. In the end the coun- cil agreed that many of their changes had merit and were worth incorporating. This is how it's supposed to work. When given the opportunity it does. I came away from that meeting with re- newed hope for the success of this ordi- nance, despite its unpopularity in the be- ginning. The "governing body" of the town saw an issue that needed to be addressed and took action to propose an ordinance. The meetings v ere all open to the public and the proposal asf ailab],e one who wanted to read it. ...... We did not dismiss the concerns of the citizens of Cowley when they attended the second reading and offered public comment; we invited them to ad- dress those concerns and bring us back some input. When they responded we did not dismiss them or their ideas - our decision was that there would be an ordinance enacted but we recognized that it would be a better ordinance if the people it affected were involved in the process and the final resolution. I be- lieve we treated each of them with respect and cour- tesy. In exchange they presented good ideas and did so very well. Give and take. Speak and listen. Compromise. It's easy if you remember that when your mouth is open your ears aren't working. This is a much smaller scale that than of our state and federal government, but it is still the way things need to be done in order to get things done. A governing body proposesa law. It accepts public comment. The people give those comments and pres- ent alternate solutions. And both sides listen. How about you, Washington? Are you listening to how it's done in Cowley? And what about you, American Citizen? Are you seeing what can happen when you let your representatives know how you feel by speaking up? I said when I ran for council that America's backbone is the people who serve her cities and towns as councils, commissions, and may- ors. We must leave our egos at the town hall doors. We can't hide in marble edifices behind anonymity. We face the people our decisions affect every day. I'm proud of our council, our Mayor and of Cowley. It's all about communication. And our little town got it right. Letter to the editor Dear Editor, What I also found interesting even lab draws. I most definite- I felt compelled to write af- is that they listed 21 individuals ly agree there is a need for those ter reading the hospital board who may be in need of those ser- types of services, however, Medi- meeting report. In the article Mr. vices. My question would be what care does not reimburse for those. Schroeder discussed the estab- type of services these individu- Our agency has even initiated lishing of a "visiting nurse pro- als would require. Home healtha private pay service to provide gram through the clinic." Much agencies have very strict restric- some of those services, but again to my surprise the article goes on tions on the type of patients that they cannot be billed to Medicare to state that there is not a home they can see and be reimbursedor Medicaid as they are not quali- health agency serving the Lovell for those services. Under Medi- fying services. area. care and Medicaid those services Of course, I have no way of I am surprised because I amare to be skilled with the patient knowing exactly what kind of ser- an RN with Powell Valley Home being homebound. The services vices the clinic in Lovell wants Care, who most certainly does see are also to be acute and intermit- to provide, and possibly they are clients in the Lovell area. While tent under the CMS (Center forlooking at other payor sources or our agency is not in Big Horn Medicare and Medicaid Services) programs. But I just wanted to County, our HH/Hospice agency guidelines, make clear that there is indeed actually serves a 60-mile radius I suspect that to have 21 in- a fully-staffed Medicare-certified from Powell. We see patients in dividuals lined up they are prob- Home Health agency that serves Clark, Frannie, Meeteetse, up to ably referring to care that is most 90 percent of the Big Horn Basin Basin, and all areas within that likely "custodial." These types of and is more than willing to see circle. We are fully staffed with services would be such things as qualifying patients in Lovell. RNs, PTs, an MSW and CHHAs only bathing, setting up pill box- Michelle M. Hoyt, RN, (Certified Home Health Aides). es, routinely checking vital signs, CHPN, CWCN The Lovell Chronicle advertising deadline is Tuesday at noon. Please plan accordingly. 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