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CHRONICLE April 5, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle 113 PATti CARPENTER Dr. Deborah Brackett (left) and Ken Ferbrache, MPAS, PA-C (right) and Dr. David Hoffman (back left) along with other doctors from the North Big Horn Hospital District participated in an informal reception on Friday where patients were invited to come to the hospital and meet the doctors. Shown above Ferbrache visits with Brackett, his father Dilworth, wife Ranee, and a hospital employee at the event. Get Growing with Gary Yes, it's spring, but wait to plant GARY EMMETT getgrowingwithgary@gmail.com Yes it is springtime, but still be careful. Can you believe this incredible weather that we have been having lately? Daffodils are bloom- ing, tulips are growing, lawns are greening and weeds are growing. I don't know if you are like me, but the weather is driving me crazy. I want to plant something! Remember, the average last frost date for Lovell is around May 20. With this date being just about a month and a half away, there are plenty of things to get ready in my garden before I plant too many things. The good thing is that I will still be able to plant a few plants, and believe me, my wife is counting the days when I will be able to move my ever increasing jungle outside. However, before I plant anything, I need to do some work to prepare the soil first. Improving the health of the soil is probably one of the most im- portant things that you can do for healthy plants. It can be as simple as adding organic matter, whether it is compost that you have been work- ing sinceTast year or adding manure. If you are adding manure, be wary of how fresh the manure is. The best manure would be from a source that has been able to sit or age over the winter. Or- ganic matter is very important, but too fresh or hot manure can cause burning damage to plants it comes in contact with. If you have been piling up grass clippings from last year's lawn mowing, use it in your garden. I also add products that contain humic acid. Humic acid aids in the increased microbial activ- ity in your soil. I have mentioned using humic acid on your lawn to help reduce the thatch build- up too. It is very beneficial in what it can do for plants in your yard. You need to make sure that the weeds that have started to grow are killed. You can do this by the old fashioned way of hoeing to remove the weeds. When the weeds are small and have just germinated they are the easiest to control. You can use weed killers that contain glyphosate. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Round- Up and can also be found in generic forms such as Kill-Zall. Remember that with such products these are non-selective vegetation killers. If it is green and gets sprayed the plant will die. Do not use glyphosate products on your lawn for it will kill the grass, too. Most commonly, a weed and feed product is used to control emerging dandelions aild other weeds in your lawn. The premise of a weed and feed is that it will control the weeds and fertilize your lawn at the same time. Weed and feeds use a common chemical called 2-4 D to kill broadleaf weeds in lawns along with other chemicals. Weed and feeds need to be applied to a wet lawn so that the chemical will stick to the leaves of the weeds. Once the chemical passes the weeds and settles on the soil, it will not kill any weeds. The most ef- fective time for weed and feeds for your lawn is in the fall. I would recommend liquid weed killers in the spring. Read the labels because temperatures are important in weed killing. And whenever us- ing weed killers in your lawn, DO NOT save your grass clippings for composting for at least three mowings. Yes, there are plenty of things that you can plant in your garden if you are ready. Peas and onion sets can be planted now, as can radishes and beets. Not everything has to wait until mid- May. Certain flowers such as pansies, violas and many perennials can also be planted. Make sure to allow them to acclimate for a day or two from going from the greenhouse to being planted. We are still having cold nights and plants that have been grown in a hot greenhouse to be placed out in the cold without acclimating will usually be se- verely damaged. I have a special plant growing in one of my flowerbeds. It is called Helleborus. There are sev- eral varieties of Helleborus that will bloom at various times in the early spring. It is commonly called the Lenten Rose because of its ability to bloom around Easter and that is exactly what it is doing. Spring is a time of renewal and of re- birth, and one of my favorite times of the year to watch the world around spring back to life. If you have any gardening questions, email me at getgrowingwithga _ry@gznail.com and I will answer your gardening questions with the possi- bility of them becoming part of an article here in the paper. Cowley News Spring cleanup efforts make Main Street sparkle DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 When one drives on our Main Street, it is obvious that some spring cleaning has been happen- ing. There are volunteer wom- en of mature age cleaning Main Street block by block. Sometimes the cleaning is done quickly, but most blocks have all sorts of de- bris lying around, and after the volunteers get through, they have four-eight bags filled. These ladies won't allow me to name them, but most of us know who they are and we thank them all for making our lovely Main Street even loveli- er. Thanks, girls. It seems that everyone in town is busy cleaning their yards, when the wind doesn't blow, that is. There are huge gar- bage bags lined up by the dump- sters, leaves are burned, raking is done and there are some peo- ple getting their gardens plowed in readiness. You can tell spring is here as windows are washed, cars are sparkling, the leaves and garbage that collect during winter are being gleaned, and the lawns are beginning to turn green. Soon, we'll be planting flowers and bushes, and before we know it summer will be here. The bicycle riders are out in force with their children and it is a sight to see as families ride the streets, some pulling their babies with that wonderful con- traption they make now. One can hear the sounds of children playing, laughing and enjoying the sometimes good weather un- til dark. Spring brings new life and hope for a better year. Even though our winter was reason- able, it is good to be outside en- joying warmth and perhaps soon, warm breezes. I was driving down the street by Stevens Memorial land and saw that there are three new houses being built in the proj- ect. One is for our superinten- dent Shon Hocker's family, one is a spec home that Rollin Stevens is having built, and I haven't been able to pin down the names of the other one yet. Our town is quickly growing and perhaps even prospering, and those who do not remember our dirt roads and streets and the running ditch water have no conception of driv- ing through mud up to your hub caps, even walking to school try- ing to skirt the mud enough to get to school without it up to your an- kles. Personally, I can't remember feeling it was a hardship, because that's all we knew, and I personal- ly miss the open ditches running down the streets because of the entertainment we had with our cucumber boats, wading through it, building little places that were important to us, the animals drinking from it and the canal water aroma. I especially liked it when my dad would irrigate the lawns, the horse pastures, the neighbors roads, Mary Meeks next door's basement, Bishop Harston and dad arguing about the water rights throughout the years and the ditch rider having to come to the neighborhood to calm everyone down. It was an exciting time to grow up as we ran through the flooded lawn and barnyards and listened to the grownups argue about the use of the water. We never had to water lawns in that time. What memories of our small town evolving into the mod- ern world. Last Sunday in the business section of "The Billings Gazette," Shelley Gams' picture caught my eye. She certainly looks like her beautiful mother as an adult. She has again qualified for member- ship in the 2012 Million Dol- lar Round Table (MDRT) -- The Premier Association of Financial Professionals MDRT places her among the top (less than 1 per- cent) of life insurance and finan- cial services professionals world- wide. Each year as I read about her success in her professional and personal life, I recall her as a ju- nior high student, a horsewoman, her intelligence and personality, her beauty inside and out, and her goals in life as she spent her growing years with her parents, John and Sylvia Gams, on their ranch. She worked along side them on the farm, being taught with the security of her family behind her. The lessons taught her as she grew and began working in the business world, and found her niche and earned the respect of not only those who knew her as a pretty dark-haired, green- eyed young girl, but watched her grow in the business world as she achieved such titles as ChFC, CASL and CFP. It is a fine thing to go out in the world from a small town of 500 or so, and succeed in all aspects of her life. We're proud as we watch her progress. It's Easter next weekend, and not only does it mean Eas- ter dresses and shoes and won- derful meals, but all Christians commemorate the resurrection of Jesus and the hope we all have of life eternal, and being resur- rected with our families in eter- nity. Celebrate, remember and pray for the world. Byron News An hour at the museum and old news is new from Cowley to Byron E, DENNEY NEVILLE 548- 7829 nevilleart@tctwest.net I spent an hour in the Byron museum, letting my eyes wander around the room, seeing and feel- ing more than a century of experience, events, people and things. The old type- writer there, what had been written with it, a special thank you note, a letter to a son or daughter or a friend remembered, a  poem, some good news or something sad, a practice sentence just trying it out for the first time? The quick brown fox jumped over the fence, ran away, didn't look left and got run over. The old army uniform and the green high school band uniform. They both had their moment, prob- ably several times, what they evoke now is far more than what is written on the card attached to them and because of personal memo- ries, they mean volumes. There are photographs, hundreds of them. Some of the people seem to be look- ing out of the past, look- ing into our present time. I wonder what they were really thinking back then. The expression on most of their faces reveals only a little about them and their concerns. Most of them look serious, determined and patient. One thing evident in their expression is that times were tough and they were handling it the best they could. It is interesting that the happiest of faces are the faces in the school annuals. School activities seem to be the place of the happiest faces. A home away from home, happy fac- es in both places. Quietly sitting alone in a museum, letting your imagination explore the items on display is sobering in a reverent way. It is com- forting, rich in memories, strange in nostalgic influ- ence related to things, peo- ple and places, all shaped by the relentless passing and grinding of time. The old radio, probably from the 1940s. The mu- sic of Tommy Dorsey. The radio shows remembered: Sergeant Preston of the Yu- kon, Sky King, Fibber Mc- Gee and Molly, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, and my favor- ite, the Inner Sanctum. I can still hear the haunting, squeaky sound of the door opening into the inner sanc- tum. The announcement of World War II, the voice of President Roosevelt. The announcement of the war ending. The Singing Cowboy on KPOW--'Wake the town and tell the people" every morning at seven a.m. Oh, my, what a time it Was. A copy of The Eagle Lore. On the cover the Ea- gle in flight, claws open, the air beating through the feathers of his wings, his scream piercing the sky; you can feel that familiar spirit, and it still causes a special feeling of having been there when something gave experience, learning and something to remem- ber. Museums are reposi- tories of things we are part of and from what we cannot be removed. That is why we have them, so we do not for- get. 000 Old news becomes cur- rent news. I have been reading some old, micro- film news articles from the Cowley Progress given to our museum by Roland Simmons. One of the ar- ticles of particular inter- est reports the loss of the Byron mercantile store. At 10 years old, several bike-pedaling buddies and I were resting on the lawn of the old LDS Church. We heard loud bangs in the di- rection of the store, and in looking toward the sounds, we noticed the flicker of flames in a small window high on the east wall of the store. We went to alert some adults nearby and learned that they, too, had seen the flames in the window. The following report appeared in the Cowley Progress a week later: "July 13, 1950. On this past Sunday, Mr. And Mrs. C. A. Clark of Byron suf- fered a loss estimated at more than $50,000 when the Byron mercantile store was completely destroyed by fire. Of unknown origin, the fire started in the after- noon and had spread over the entire area of the store before it was noticed. "Mr. Clark stated that he had been in the store for a few moments before the fire was reported. He had entered from his residence in the rear and turned on the large compressor, which handles the locker plant, which had been shut off for defrosting. Going out the front door, he had driv- en his car to a lot where he keeps his horses and was preparing to go horse- back riding with Mrs. Clark when neighbors drove up and informed him the store was afire. "Without any firefight- ing equipment, neighbors did a remarkable job of preventing the residence, which is only a few feet away from the store, from igniting. The heat from the flames was so intense that it was necessary to spray water on the Rainbow lunchroom across the street covered by insurance, with rates higher than usual in a community without an or- ganized fire department." The Byron store was one of the early landmarks of the community, being built by John Jensen and operated by the family for many years. OQQ Another interesting tid- bit reported in the Cowley Progress under the head- line "An interesting batch of news from our versatile, Byron correspondent" re- ported that a social was held after a basketball game between Byron and (Correction: lunch and grocery store, not lunchroom, owned and op- erated by my grandmother, Vervean Pryde). "The entire contents of the general merchandise store were a complete loss, as was the locker plant. Mr. Clark had recently added considerable merchandise in the line of appliances, fol- lowing his progressive poli- cies. In addition to the stock of goods and building, they sustained a cash loss of ap- proximately $800, which was in the store on Sunday. The loss was only partially the Rainbow Lovell. Byron won 23 to 11. This correspondent, "our versatile," still has de- scendants living in Byron. Versatile families have been here since the begin- ning. We also have families of Jack Of Alltrades, the Whodidits, Theydidits, Not- mes and Iwilldoits and all moved here, too. Each of the aforementioned families moved in from Somewhere because they were individu- ally and collectively tired of Elsewhere and did not want to go to Anywhereelse, so we welcomed here and have kept them in Byron. :, .II ]I ,I I!,L,I!:II ' -' "'