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www.LovellChronicle.com May 26, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle 1 3 DAVID PECK Lovell Elementary School fourth-grader Justan Angal won the LES Science Fair last week with his project about power derived from fruits and vegetables. BRAD DEVEREAUX Weighing in at 117.5 pounds and measuring 54.5 inches long, this paddlefish caught by Frannie resident Paul Muller is the biggest one ever brought to the intake station in Glendive, Mont., according to Muller and his brothers, who take an annual trip to snag paddlefish on the Yellowstone River near Sidney, Mont. Snagged in the river by a cast hook, Muller said the fish contained 27 pounds of caviar, which was donated to the intake station. Hawkins 'checks out' from Big Horn County Library BY KARLA POMEROY After 27 years work- mg for the Big Horn Coun- ty Library system, Director Becky Hawkins is retiring at the end of the month or early next month. Hawkins said her ex- act date is up in the air as she has agreed to help with the transition of a nw di- rector. Big Horn County Library Board President Dawn Hoffman announced this week that Julia Kelso has been hired as the new director. Kelso, an alum- nus of Hot Springs County High School in Thermopo- lis, is currently working in Washington State and should be here the first week of June. Hawkins began work- ing for the library system as a part-time employee at the Greybull Library in 1984. She worked 11 hours a week for 14 years, she said. "Betty Winterhol- ler kept pushing me to come over here (to Basin)," Hawkins said. She said she decided to take a position as cataloguer at the Basin Library for more hours in 1998, eventually moving up to assistant director after Winterholler retired. Then in 200i, when Di- rector Sandra Munger left, the board hired a gentle- man who never showed up for the position. "The board asked if I would take the job. Ini- tially, I didn't want the job but after much soul search- ing and (her husband) Bob Becky Hawkins pushing me I took the job." She added, "It was good for me. It got me out of my comfort zone. I was manag- ing 18 people, taking care of boilers and ordering books." As director, Hawkins over- sees the six branches -- Ba- sin, Greybull, Lovell, Deav- er, Frannie and Hyattville. Over the past 10 years as director Hawkins has seen a few major changes. The biggest change, she said, came last year with the expansion of the Lovell Library. The libraries have also gone wireless. "Keeping up with tech- nology has been the hardest thing and keeping our com- puters up to date," Hawkins said. Hawkins said she had an advantage of being di- rector during the county's healthy financial years that helped ge t several projects completed. "One of the great things I'm going to miss is getting to know the people in the state," Hawkins said. She said with everyone's sys- tems tied together so peo- ple can search for any book in the state, she got to know other librarians and direc- tors around the state. Hawkins also saw the library reach 100,000 books circulated in a year. "We'd been hovering in the 90,000 for a couple years and two years ago we reached 100,000. It's gone back down a little bit," she said. So why is Hawkins say- ing goodbye to the library system now? She said after a recent neck surgery, it has become too hard to sit most of the day at her desk. "I've also met the Rule 85 so that helped, too," she said. (Rule 85 in the State of Wyoming retirement system allows a person to retire if his or her age and number of years worked equals 85.) What will she do with her free time? Read, of course. "I want to catch up on reading a lot of books that I haven't had time to read yet. I might follow Bob around (with Sky Aviation). I have a son in Connecticut and two grandkids in Ari- zona I only see a couple of times a year. My sister and I like to travel.", Best of all, "I'm going to enjoy getting up in the morning and not have to go to work," she said. Hawkins will be honored by the board with an open house retirement party from 3-6 p.m., Friday, June 10, at the Greybull Library. oeeeeeeeoeoeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeoeeeeeaeeeeo • • • t00ig 00Iorn €00ou.ty 00Fair 0000gdeo Gtgeen €00ox)test • e June 3 • 6 p.m. • BHC Fairgrounds e • • • • • [i: Pick up applications at the BHC Fairgrounds office, BHC Extension office or • • •  go online at www.bighorncountyfair.org • • • • i Applications due by May 31 •e • Cli • . nic at the Fairgrounds • May 31 • 6:30 p.m. e • • • • • • • i  2010 Big Horn County Fair & Rodeo Royalty • • o Princess Taylor Werbelow • Queen Cydne Clark • Jr. Princess Payten $orensen • • Special thanks to our sponsors & donations received from 2010 & 2011. • • . , ..... : • • Probst Western Wear. Linton s • Big Horn County Fmr • TermLoglcs • Tyrell Blschoff • Miteh Shelhamer • • . . • Fwe Iron Trucking * Vern & Chert Edeler • Werbelow Brothers • Huber Photography • O • @ • • • • • @ • $ • @ • • • • • • • • •i @ • @ • @ •@e coo • e e e e e • •0 •• a) ogeo•il  i ii!i  i • ON-SITE courses in POWELL, CODY and WORLAND ( INTERNET courses : Park County residents may qualify for the Golden Age TUITION WAIVER Northwest College . W Y 0 M I N G ฎ SUMMER SEMESTER COURSES start June 7 GONE ... Dul; Not, Forgo00en This ad is our tribute to those friends and family we have lost May 14, 2010 through May 13, 2011 iii i!ii iiili ! ธ ii! iii ธธ ii ii !i!ii!i iiii! iiil "Wherever a beautiful soul has been ... there is a trail of beautiful memories. " Jennifer McDougall Everett Bird Gary Good Virginia Brosius Patsy Hudspeth Yvonne Walker Bill Donnell William Wiley Layne Charles Haskins Charles Scheeler Helen Walker Merwyn West John Fuller Wanda Lukkes Horace "Bill" Dillon Minnie Fink Ireta Blakesley Patricia Bjornestad Ivan "Bud" Bronkema Jane Keil Robert Stewart Frank Cowley Joshua McNeil Jere Frances Harrington Thomas Watson IvaLee Meeker Mary Tolman Kaytie Hansen Alma Jolley Kathleen Sponsel Wilder Hatch William Whittlesey Louise Hawley Robert Draper Richard Harsha LeRoy Collingwood Lewis Jordan Eileen Burnham Thomas Averett Ruth Eyre Rob Roy Tillett Fannie Fink Melvel Harvey Leslie Maranville Clifford Long Mary Roemmich Bernita Moody Thomas Sanford Edith Hetland Ruby Calvin Leah Bassett Lela Schmitt George Herren Maxine Ferren Rose Senn Ivan Thomas Deborah Burrows Dyfrig Lloyd Lange Helen Lynn Lucy Cox Agnes Haskins Henry Kocherhans Eleanor Plant Vivian Preator Jesse Asay Norma Millard Marc Jordan