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www. LovellCh ronicle.com May 20, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 ple in the news Get G wing o=, with Gary Emmett inl Here we are on the threshold of the "Average last frost date," so what does that mean? It is the reference date that, on average, we won't have any more nights of freezing temperatures until the fall, usually around Sept. 20. However, an average means that it still could be earlier or later. But looking at the 10-day forecast from the National Weather Service, it looks like we are good to go and are out of any danger of frost. So now what? Well I finally got my garden boxes built and filled for my garden. Now I am taking to the task of getting everything planted. I still remember the old days, when we wouldn't plant the garden until Memo- rial Day. We would make the rounds and pay our respects to the appropri- ate cemeteries, which to a young kid seemed like it took half the day, but then I knew what the rest of the day would entail: planting the garden. It was a family affair. I still can remem- ber how my grandmother would help me place the seeds, sets and plants in the ground. One thing that Grandma would do was to show me how to carefully plant the potato sets. Whether the potatoes were large and needed to be cut, or small enough to plant whole, she would carefully inspect each potato to make sure that the eyes were healthy and would be able to produce a new plant. She would even tell me of the days she and her brothers would hand pick the potatoes when they were being harvest- ed east of Powell and place them in the old gunnysacks. One thing that she didn't have in the good ol' days were some of the vari- eties that are available today. Norkotah Russet - This is an im- proved russet variety that offers a larg- er tuber, producing those large desired baking potatoes. The Norkotah has a lesser amount of starch than your other traditional russets. Norland and Pontiac P ds - These varieties are your traditional reds for the home garden. Norland is an earlier variety that can be smaller and when harvested early is great for creamed peas and potatoes; also early enough for your summer potato salads. Pontiacs are a later variety, usually harvested in the first weeks of October. Pontiacs are larger tubers, having deeper eyes, and great for storage. All-Red - As the name indicates, this is an all-red potato. It offers a light red, almost pink flesh keeping the color even when cooked. They are great for dinner conversation. Purple Viking - No, this Viking does not have purple flesh. It is a white-cen- tered potato that offers a large round tuber that has some great flavor. Milva _ This is a wonderful vari- ety that offers a substitute to the Yu- kon Gold. Milva offers a wonderful sol- id round potato that is great for boiling and for potato salads. Yes, I am the gardener that doesn't know when to quit. Years ago my wife banned all new experiments that I was trying in the garden. I can't try any- thing new or radical unless I can prove that it will benefit the output of the garden. However, when I suggest that there is a new variety that is supposed to be better tasting or offers some new qualities, I can usually get away with it, It is even better when she is a part of the decision making. Sometimes I can even sneak in an extra plant or two that she doesn't know about. Gardening is a hobby in which one can easily get stuck doing the same thing over and over again each year. For some it might be the fact that that was the way they remember how Mom and Dad did it, so I need to do it that way. Branch out and try something new each year. Have fun doing it; the rewards are great. Who knows, I might even try eggplant this year ... maybe! Byron news GARY GRUELL 548-2220 At last week's work meeting there was a discussion on the use of a travel trailer as a primary residence. By definition, a travel trailer is not considered a home and in accordance with Title 11, the use of one as a pri- mary residence is prohibited. There are a couple of cases that travel trailers are being used as a residence and in one of those situa- tions, the owners claimed they were protected by the grandfather clause since their trailer was in place when the Title 11 into effect. Mayor Meier and the zoning administrator pointed out that the "grandfather clause" expired two years after the effective date of Title 11. In addition, there is an ordinance that allows temporary living in a travel trailer for up to two weeks. Use past that period requires a permit that will not exceed an additional 30 days. Similarly, mobile homes in Byron are subject to Title 11. According to Title 11, no mobile home can be locat- ed within one block of Main Street. There are several mobile homes within this perimeter that are grand- fathered and a couple that are not. In one of these cases, although the mobile home in question proba- bly exceeds HUD standards, it is not HUD approved, and even if it was, where the home is currently located is still in violation of Title 11. The regulation specifically states no mo- bile home within one block of Main Street, and then only if it is HUD ap- proved and placed on a permanent foundation. The other case is the home of the late Ron Wirth. After his death, his home was in probate for over a year. JR Gonzales purchased the home in hopes of renting it out for a couple years to recoup some of his money. His long-term plan was to replace it with a modular home. Since the home was vacant for over a year, it was considered abandoned and therefore it is not grandfathered. The only op- tion for JR is to have it removed. A flaw to Title 11 may exist with the abandonment clause. Take the house on Main Street owned by Mic Lange. Due to health reasons, Mic is in Utah and it is doubtful that he will -return to Byron, His house,meets all the requirements of Title 1t, howev- er, it has been vacant for over a year. As specified by ordinance, his home is considered abandoned. Does that mean that it cannot be used again? At a minimum, an occupancy permit might be ordered prior to the home being lived in again. At the regular meeting of the Town Council on May 11, the West Platte issue was discussed. Debbie Wassmer presented copies of a utility easement to the council from Norma Perkins. It was determined that the sewer line to be installed be a main instead of a line in the event the gown takes control of the road and further development ever takes place. All concerned parties agreed to do just that. The final result is that the Was- smers can be moving into their new home in the very near future. In other news, the council set the violation fee for the Town Code to be $100 for a first offense, $200 for a sec- ond offense and $500 for a third of- fense plus court costs. Dwain Jackson was re-appoint- ed to the Shoshone Municipal Water Joint Powers Board for a three-year term. The town Website hosting fee was approved for another year. The second reading of the 2010- 2011 budget was also approved. The next meeting of the Town Council is scheduled for June 8 with a work meeting at 6 p,m. and a regu- lar meeting at 7. This past Tuesday, the school committee held another public hear- ing at the town complex, and Wednes- day, the Memorial Park commit- tee held a meeting with a luncheon. These two ~meetings will be reported on next week. This past Friday, the monthly Mayor's Luncheon was held at the Byron Complex. Twenty-two people attended and enjoyed the tasty soups that were provided. The Raush fam- ily once again prepared two cakes. The colorful round cake was consid- ered a hit by all, and the other cake was just as good. The next luncheon will be held June 11. The menu will consist of cold salads. If you would like to be a provider, sign-up sheets are at the town complex. Applications for nomination for public offices are due not later than May 28. Anyone interested in com- peting for the three positions in By- ron can obtain the application by vis- iting the Secretary of State Website or by calling Vicki. There have been some indica- tions that a couple of people are run- ning for mayor and a few more for the council. This has not been verified as of yet, so officially, Milton Meier is running for re-election. As always, have a great and safe week. A big thank you to Pizza on the Run and Tim Bose for the use of their Hawaiian decorations during National Nursing Home Week. P'lease Join 1COt at1 Love[[ Assembly of God Church presents Friday, May 21 6:30 pm tats, Powerpoint stide i iii!i i i i iiiiiilL Ly..,.a Lo, n,versary Weclnesclay, May 26 =b- 7pro Lovell Fire Hall (new par in back) No oifl;s, please Re-reshmenl;s proviclecl Very casual event Tammy Lindsay Tammy Lindsay Aa- gard, daughter of the late Chet and Joy Lindsay, graduated Saturday, May 8, 2010, with a doctorate of education from the Uni- versity of Wyoming. Aa- gard is a 1981 Lovell High School graduate and is cur- rently the registrar at UW. She and husband Steve live in Laramie with their two children, Aaron, 15 and Aa- lissa, 14. Cow|ey news DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 The demise of the late Bill and Pauline Stevens' home was quiet. A big hole and uprooted trees are now where the home once stood. Brad Baxendale razed the home that was located on the corner of the new high school and the vacant spot. Jared and Jessica Jarrett have bought the property. Jessica is the great-grand- daughter of Bill and Pau- line, so the property will stay in the family. Bill and Pauline were married in 1926. Before they moved the log cab- in onto their land the cou- ple rented a room at the Lythgoe house until their cabin arrived and became a work in progress. Their son, Bob Stevens, was born in the home 81 years ago and when their daughter, Ethel, was born, they add- ed a kitchen and dining room on the north side of the cabin. Bill worked with his dad on the farm at Co- penhagen and as a young married man, he walked to Copen each day and back each night. Bill and Pau- line's children grew up in the home and those of us who were the ages of their children remember fondly the parties and gatherings in their lovely home. In 1951 the beautiful brick home was built and the family moved in and Bob and Marge then lived in the old house across the street. Marge said when she and Bob were first mar- ried they lived in a crazy one-room trailer. When they moved into the house, Dick and Shirley Busteed bought the trailer and used it to move around as Dick worked in various places. When Bob's parents died, Marge and Bob moved their family into the brick place. Each home has a his- tory and soon many people will forget that the Stevens home on the corner ever ex- isted, but some of us recall the history and life of that home and are somewhat sad that it is gone. Main Street in Cow- ley is really looking great these days. Nordenstam Masonry is hard at work cutting the stones from the quarry to finish their ar- tistic designs on the poles. Brent Nordenstam and his son are true artists. The sod is being laid in front of the new sidewalks, trees are planted, the roof has been built, lights are shim ing under the facade, and the community is getting used to the improvements on Main Street. By Pioneer Day, most work will be complete and the people who come home for all the family reunions, the class reunions and the action over the July 24 weekend will be able to en- joy the ongoing work that has been accomplished in the last year to improve our little town. Perhaps the idea of a hotel or mo- tel would be a good thing to have for these occasions? Many people will travel to Powell and even Cody for accommodations since orig- inal families have passed away. The Town of Cowley will be doing AERIAL SPRAYING for mosquitoes FRIDAY, MAY 21, in the early morning . hours, weather permitting, or the next available day. Call the town office at 548-6799 if you have any questions. ii I' 1 I_ llllil illll