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CHRONICLE March 22, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 17 DAR meeting set for March 31 Big Horn Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their April meeting on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m., in the Gov- ernor's Room at the Irma Hotel in Cody. Hostess will be Carol Roberts. The program will be given by Dr. Lenox D. Baker, retired surgeon. The subject is Heart Surgery and Women. All are welcome. For a ride or information call Sally at 568- 2022 or Tracy at 527-0031. DAR members love veterans. If you know a veteran who needs some attention, let any Daughter know. Cowley News COURTESY PHOTO Glen Hopkinson traveled to Cody to attend an unveiling ceremony to show the large 3 by 6 foot painting that Marathon Oil Company commissioned him to do for the celebration of 100 years of Marathon Oil in Wyoming. The painting, along with several others by the artist, will be on display at the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody this coming summer. Byron News 9 PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 548-2471 pamhopkinson@gmail.com In fourth grade, we were blessed with a teacher named Leola Allen. She was one of those teachers who made each day an adventure. I remember our Wyo- ming booklets that we put togeth- er with much enthusiasm and at- tention to the tiniest detail as we learned about our state. One of my favorite memories is seeing Mrs. Allen stand at attention at the front of the class and belting (yes belting) out the song ' yoming." She loved to sing and we loved singing with her. We would mumble through the words of the song and then loudly join her for the chorus, ' yoming, Wyoming- -mumble mumble mumble--be- loved state of mine.'Every once in a while I remember that song and the feeling of pride in our state that it brought to our little 10- year-old hearts. A few days ago, I had the op- portunity to hear Governor Mead share some of his State of the State Address and again felt those feelings of pride in Wyoming. Did you know that the tax structure in Wyoming is number one in the na- tion for business? Our little town is excited about the sale of our Town Center Building (formerly the school) to Mr. Alex Campos. He has formed a new company in Wyoming called Postern Capital. Byron Forward is an econom- ic development organization that formed early in the summer to help find some interested businesses to fill our building. Through some friends of Byron, we were intro- duced to Mr. Campos, who trav- eled to the area and spent a few days exploring opportunities. An open house is being planned and I will write more about this gentleman at that time. In the meantime, Jeff Noell is the man on the ground here who will be handling the day-to-day opera- tions involving the building, of- fice leasing, business interests and making sure the changes take place and maintenance happens. Jeff and his wife, Jenny, have three young children. He has had a successful real estate business in Utah and plans to move his fam- fly to Byron at the end of May. We look forward to welcoming them to our community. He is in the process of prepar- ing plans for the sprinkler system that will be going in soon, as well as looking at plans for converting the current boiler system to a more efficient system. He is also looking at: installing several outside en- trance areas with sidewalks to the building for individual businesses. This week he will be travel- ing to Utah and then Colorado to meet with interested parties. This building is one of the larg- est in the state available for new business opportunities. With fiber optics available, there has been some interest in tech opportuni- ties, and the interest in Vo Tech possibilities continue to be pur- sued. Mr. Campos is still looking to use an area of the building for a call center that could employ up to 100 people. Our economic develop- ment organization is very involved in helping plan these opportuni- ties. A generous offer for our com- munity will allow the town to use about a third of the building for our recreation programs, which are beginning to take off. This area includes the gym, audito- rium, swimming pool and former weight rooms, as well as a large classroom on the main floor and access to the cafeteria area. We are now walking in the gym every day from 5 to 6 a.m. and from 9 to 10 a.m. The open gym night has a large following. The weight room is set up on the main floor. The recreation de- partment will happily accept any exercise equipment that people would like to donate. Plans are being made for Byron Days and volunteers are needed, so step up and offer some help if you have the time. I talked to Honey Deaton on her 90th birthday last week. She was thrilled with all of the cards and e-mail messages from her many friends here. Chad Petri- ch, who was a classmate of Hon- ey's son Chad, flew down and was there to surprise her: He said they had a wonderful catered meal and the party stretched over a few days. Honey sounded very con- tent with her living arrangements and her many friends and activi- ties. She asked about her home here and others she remembered. It was a joy for me to wish her a happy 90th. Today, Glen and I traveled to Cody to attend a special function at Marathon Offices. The compa- ny had an unveiling ceremony to show the large 3-by-6 foot painting that Marathon Oil Company com- missioned Glen to do for the cele- bration of 100 years of Marathon Oil in Wyoming. That painting, along with sev- eral others by the artist, will be on display at the Buffalo Bill Mu- seum in Cody this coming sum- mer. Glen has his studio all set up now and has been working on this large painting for several months. Don't hesitate to stop in and take a look around. His studio is located next to the Byron Post Of- rice. Get Growing With Gary It's spring, it snowing, what can I do. GARY EMMETT getgrowingwithgary@gmail.com What better way to kick off spring than with snow? I know I have been getting itchy fingers for spring to arrive. The unseason- ably warm weather that we have been experiencing has caused a lot of plants to jump-start. That doesn't mean that we need to, alSO. I am thankful for the snow that we did receive. I didn't have to prime my pump and start drag- ging my water hoses. I was get- ting concerned for the trees and shrubs, especially the evergreens, since they have been lacking moisture throughout the winter months and were starting to show signs of stress. Other plants need moisture, too. The snow provided only a small amount of moisture. I will have to eventually hook up my hoses. Lawns are starting to green up. Traditionally, a rite of spring has been of "dethatching" the lawn. This has been done by at- taching a special blade to your lawn mower and ripping up the turf or hiring it done with a spe- cial machine. Both methods do the same thing. They rip up your lawn, removing dead thatch, which are the dead roots and leave a lot of beneficial organic material that needs to be either composted or hauled off. And, of course, this stresses the lawn. Might I recommend an alter- native? Core aeration is a method that allows oxygen to penetrate into the root zone of the lawn. It helps prevent the breaking up of the compaction of your soils. The lawn will be healthier. If you are unable to aerate, which will leave soil plugs on your lawn, you can add products containing humic acid or humates. Humates break down organic material and con- vert it to a food source for your plants. It is great for gardens, too. For the broadleaf weeds that are starting to grow in your lawns during the cool spring weather, like dandelions and other weeds, you can use weed killers contain- ing carfentrazone. Carfentrazone works great in controlling and killing weeds in your lawn with- out damaging your lawns. Have you noticed that daf- fodils and tulips are starting to emerge? Start uncovering your roses and perennials. Be care- ful when you are removing the mulches so as not to harm ten- der plant tissue and starts. Start pruning your roses. You can prune the canes down to about 12 inches. You can start some of your seeds indoors now, but if you do, make sure that you are planting the right ones and that you sup- plement your lighting. If you do not offer the extra lighting, your new plants will suffer and be- come stressed and will eventually die. If you have the symptoms of spring fever, maybe all you need is to wander through the local greenhouse to see what is coming. Sometimes that is all it takes. Spring is definitely on its way. It is this time of year that I can get into trouble. Part of me wants to start planting and stores are offering plants for sale. So that means it's okay to plant, right? Be careful of what and when you plant. If it is green and in full bloom, remember that our average last frost date is about May 20. If you do have a gardening question, email me at getgrow- ingwithgar gmail.com and I will answer your gardening ques- tions with the possibility of them becoming part of an article here in the paper. DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 After a wonderful week of spring weather, we woke up to a snowstorm Monday morning. So much for nice weather. One never knows in Wyoming, but it is good to know it's March and in April or May we can expect there will be gardening and cleaning yards. Though yard work is not my forte, all of us look forward to spring. We've done well, actually, as the fields are already plowed. The new generation of animals have been born. Marguerite Strom and her daughter Lori Foulger flew to Las Vegas last week. Lori lives in Worland. Marguerite said that at Christmas she opened a box from Lori, which contained flamingo lights. She couldn't find a card and wondered why this particu- larly strange present was sent. She later drove to Worland to be with Lori's family for Christmas dinner. Finally, Lori asked her moth- er if she liked her present and Marguerite just said, "Yes, it is nice of you." Lori asked her about the missing card and explained that it was her Christmas pres ent. Of course, they stayed at the Flamingo Hotel that evening and attended Donny and Marie's show. They dined at the Paris Las Vegas. Marguerite described the Paris, and said the d&or was so fabulous that she thought she was in Paris. They walked down the narrow streets of Paris and reviewed the architecture and looked at the high ceilings with the outline of the sky, sparkling lights and the moon. The city streets looked like people were living in the houses. She said it was a remarkable experience. They spent their days at the different casinos with varied themes. They watched the foun- tain display at the Bellagio, went to the New York-New York and saw the Statue of Liberty, visited Planet Hollywood and Caesar's Palace and ate crepes and dined each day on wonderful food. The highlight of their trip seemed to be Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Marguerite had her picture taken with John Wayne and saw Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and many other stars and famous figures. Mar- guerite said the wax sculptures were so life-like and they loved being there. Before the end of the trip, they went to the Fashion Show Mall and enjoyed that, too. She noticed the stiletto heels with feather decorations and span- gles; everything on the different styles was high fashion. We both mourned the fact that we couldn't wear those beautiful shoes any- more. Marguerite said she didn't know what Lori could ever do to top the Christmas present of 2011. George Welch, son of the late Art and Mary Whitney Welch, grew up in Cowley, became a mu- sic teacher, taught one year at the Cowley High School, then went on to Utah to teach and attend col- lege. He earned more degrees and taught college level music, direct- ed symphonies, became quite a famous man and ended his career as a superintendent and a consul- tant in music. His singing voice is a dream come true. George married a young lady from Lovell; her name was Car- ol Watson. The couple had four boys. Sadly, Carol was diagnosed with cancer when she was 35. Her youngest son was 4. She was able to live to raise her boys and be with George and her family, but succumbed at age 47 after years of fighting the dreadful cancer. George is now remarried to a beautiful young lady named Bon- nie. The couple retired a few years ago and live in Sandy, Utah. They have a home in Las Vegas to es- cape the winter months. George and Carol's oldest son, Alan has recently produced a new reality show called Fash- ion Stars. George told me that his son moved to Los Angeles when he was in his 20s and has become an entrepreneur and is now 44. Alan owns a production com- pany called Magical Elves. He has also produced shows called "Project Runway All Stars," and "Around the World Plates" and produced made-for-television movies such as "Standing on Fish- es" with Kelsey Grammar and "Nothing Lasts Forever," with Vanessa Williams and Brooke Shields. There's sure to be more. I called George's brother Nick Welch in Las Vegas to get George's telephone number and Nick and Joan told me Alan also has a business that cooks meals for animals that are in show busi- ness. His company cooks, deliv- ers and probably serves many wealthy people in Los Angeles. Here we are in Cowley, Lovell, Deaver, Burlington and Byron and our roots and heritag- es belong to the pioneer families who traveled here to settle this basin in the early 1900s. From this small basin, children, grand- children and great-grandchildren achieve heights one could never imagine. They become assets to the world and their communities. Their talents and aspirations come from the pioneers' diligence, hard work, endurance and all as- pects of life that flow in their veins. They flourish and become examples to the younger genera- tions. As our circles broaden and we give thanks to be part of the ear- ly pioneers who forged this circle, we are blessed. The Powell Tribune is looking for Imm til a ul ditulflm an outgoing, energetic news/ sports reporter to join its staff. Strong photography skills a must. $22,500-S25,000/year DOE, plus benefits. Please send resum and cover letter to: Powell Tribune, RO. Box 70, Powell, WY 82435