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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 19, 2012 N BY PATTI CARPENTER Local women treated themselves to a half day of learning Saturday as they listened to speakers on a variety of topics, includ- ing strengthening relation- ships, gardening, hormone therapy, stress reduction, how to start a business and preparing for pregnancy. The event, sponsored by North Big Horn Hospital District, was designed to of- fer women to a day to them- selves where they could en- joy the company of other women, be exposed to new skills and be inspired, said hospital spokeswoman Ja- net Koritnik. Dr. Deborah Brackett led a well-attended work- shop on stress reduction. Brackett offered simple so- lutions, as well as a com- plete overview of the dif- ferent types of stress (good and bad) and how stress af- fects women in particular. "I think women need to know how to deal with stress better," said Brack- ett. "We have the respon- sibility todo everything for everybody a lot of the time, and we just don't take the time to take care Of our- selves." Participant Nikki Sumaya enjoyed the stress workshop. "It was great, it gave Toni Parker, Adrienne Mangus, Ronda Schroeder and Keli Morgan listened to a lively presentation on stress led by Dr. Deborah Brackett at the Women's Conference sponsored by North Big Horn Hospital District on Saturday in Lovell. me more options of how to take care of me," said Sumaya. "It taught me how to not worry about the little things. I really enjoyed Dr. Brackett." "I thought it was really good," said participant Su- sie Wilkerson. "She (Brack- ett) had so much energy and just by her presenta- tion alone I felt more ener- gized." Brackett also led a pre- paring for pregnancy work- shop and worked individu- ally with participants on that topic. "I think that something everybody needs to know is how to get ready for preg- nancy and how to take care of yourself," said Brackett. Mary Freund, NP-C led a workshop entitled, "Strengthening Relation- ships." "I think it's important for women to be assured that they do have communi- cation skills and that they impact their environment by what they do with their communication skills," said Freund. "It's important for women because it helps them to renew their belief in themselves when they are working in their jobs or with their families or in their community." Sumaya also attended the business workshop (led by Sue Taylor ofLovell, Inc) to learn about ways to help her husband start his own business. "It's important for wom- en to learn about business so they can realize the pos- sibilities and that help is there," said Taylor . "We provide free and confiden- tial help and help people to explore the possibilities and take their ideas to a natural conclusion. It's about giving thought to their ideas and growing them into some- thing that makes sense." The women also attend- ed a workshop about hormone therapy led by Babette Milka, R.PH of Jackson Hole, learned about garden- ing solutions from Al- vin Emmet t of Green- house Gardens and learned the basics of quilting from repre- sentatives of the Pin- Right, Dr. Deborah Brackett led a seminar on stress at a special conference for women held at the Lovell Middle School on Saturday. PATti CARPENTER PHOTOS droppers Quilt Club. The conference con- cluded with a luncheon and inspirational speech by keynote speaker Michelle Croft, LCSW. Croft talked about the challenges many women face when they bal- ance the many roles they have in life. "I thought it was awe- some," said participant Jane Wilkerson. "Everyone did a really good job and shared a lot of good ideas and good resources. I hope they continue to da this again next year and that it grows." iq i4 continued from page 1 the Town of Byron has sub- mitted a $3.4 million grant request to the State Loan and Investment Board for a sewer replacement project on the south side of Byron, and the town would use the sales tax revenue to match the grant to the tune of $808,000. Byron will know whether the town needs the matching money by June 21, when SLIB holds its next meeting. "We have a major wa- ter infiltration problem," George said. "In the sum- mer the water table ris- es and gets into the sewer lines. All of our sewer lines from Main Street south are clay tile, and the lines are collapsing and fracturing. "The amount of wa- ter getting into the sew- er system is astronomical, and that's a problem to the DEQ (Dept. of Environ- mental Quality)." George said the DEQ has begun a process to hit the town with citations, starting at the $25,000 lev- el, so it is necessary to corn- plete the sewer project. "We know going down the road that we need to find the money (to match the grant)," George said. "One way or another, we have to find the money. I really don't want to assess the community to pay for it." Cowley - Mayor Joel Peterson said as a small businessman (Office Shop) he doesn't like an addi- tional sales tax as a source of project funding, but he doesn't want Cowley to be left out of the process. Cowley is somewhat "held hostage" by the pro- cess, Peterson said, but voted April 10 to offer up a project: resurfacing streets and improving intersec- tions. The town needs curb and gutter and aprons on its intersections to keep traffic off the corners, Pe- terson said, and the town also wants to resurface ev- ery street in town. The pro- jected project cost is $2.2 million, he said. Still, he worries about the additional sales tax being detrimental to Big Horn County businesses when compared to Park County (4 percent) or Mon- tana (0 percent) sales tax levels, especially when it comes to big ticket items. "We would have a two- cent disadvantage to Park County," the mayor said. "Every business in this county will feel it." Deaver- The Deaver Town Council also voted April 10 to support partici- pating in the plan and of- fered up a project: an in- town potable water line replacement project, Town Clerk Vana Camp report- ed. The estimated $2 mil- lion project would replace water mains and service lines. "We don't have enough pressure at our hydrants," Camp said. "We need beter water flow for our fire de- partment and to improve our service in town." Frannie - Frannie mayor Jack Cordner said the Frannie community sees the sixth-cent tax as a rare chance to fund a major project in town and, thus, is proposing to rehabilitate the town's irrigation water well. "This is our primary project," Cordner said. "Ac- cess to the aquifer, which is almost one mile below the surface, has been blocked by disintegrating pipe. This has reduced the well's output from 2,000 gallons per minute in 1955 to 150 gpm today." Cordner said the proj- ect is estimated to cost be- tween $1 million and $2 million. Frannie has a much smaller but still important need, Cordner said: a new pickup truck with a snow- plow capacity. The cur- rent town truck is some 16 years old and has more than 100,000 on it. The truck is estimated to cost $45,000 to $50,000. "With respect to the well project there is broad support," Cordner said. "Given our town's limited resources, and considering the restrictions imposed by conventional grant pro- grams, the approval of the sixth penny tax is seen as our town's only hope for having this well returned to normal functioning. "Hence, this tax, for Frannie, will make the difference between green lawns or being overrun by the surrounding desert ter- rain." Lovell - Mayor Bruce Morrison has expressed support for the sixth cent, although the council has yet to firm up a final proj- ect list or vote on going for- ward. Originally, the town saw the sixth-cent tax as a way to fund three projects: an expansion of the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center east of town, the construction of a building for the Lovell-Kane Muse- um and improvements at the Lovell Rodeo Grounds. But Morrison said the town has come to the real- ization that any facilities to be improved through the sales tax must be owned by the town or the land must be town owned. The town owns the rodeo grounds and the museum is pro- posed to be built on the va- cant lot west of the county annex, which is owned by the town. But the town does not own the land where the mustang center is located. Morrison said he sub- mitted to the assembled mayors Thursday a pos- sible project cost of$1.2 million for the museum building and upgrades at the rodeo grounds includ- ing a restroom/concession stand building and porta- ble bleachers that could be used at the rodeo grounds or anywhere else in town. He said the town coun- cil will reach a consensus on the projects for the sixth cent by the next meeting of the mayors in Deaver on May 3. "A couple people have approached me about smaller projects, too," Mor- rison said. Thanks to all the great volunteers. We orth Big q(osfiital trict 1115 Lane 12, LovelI,WY 82431 307-548-5200 www.nbhh.c0m ,~