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Lovell Elementary School music teacher Chauna Bischoff and a group of her students per- formed patriotic music during the ceremony. SEE 'VETERAN MEMORIALS,' page 3 Lovell Elementary School music teacher Chauna Bischoff's music students - (front row, l-r) Mandy Lillard, Makayla Jones, Brenton Noreen, Rabiah Khan, Taylor Hessenthaler, Miranda Wambeke and Lauren Mitchell-- performed patriotic music during the ceremony. A number of veterans participated in the ceremony including (back row, l-r) Command Sergeant Major Thomas F. Allan who was the speaker at the events, Terry Wilkerson, Jerry Anderson and Rich Fink. PATti CARPENTER PHOTOS Veteran Terry Wilkerson placed a bouquet of poppies, the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, in memory of the veterans buried at the Byron Cemetery duz: ecial ceremony held on Memorial Day. I BY PATTI CARPENTER Groathouse Construction of Cody was awarded the bid this week for the second phase of the Lovell High School remodel proj- ect expected to begin in June. The project will cost roughly $6.6 mil- lion and will include a complete overhaul of the school's lobby, ad- ministrative area, classrooms, and vocational education area. It also adds a multi-purpose room and kitchen, which the school does not currently have. The Big Horn County School District No. Two Board of Trust- ees approved the award of the bid to Groathouse at a special meet- ing held on May 21. Approval of the bid was the only item on the agenda. According to Supt. Dan Coe, the project is expected to take two summers to complete. The school will be shut down this summer with construction to begin once asbestos floor tiles are safely re- moved. Safetech, Inc., a specialist in asbestos removal, will remove the asbestos. Coe expects that work to begin on Monday, June 3, and to be complete by June 18. "Back in the 60s it was com- mon practice to have asbestos in floor tile," explained Coe. "It was just part of the material they used back then. Since we're going to be tearing up all of the carpeting in the area, there is a possibility that some of that old tilewill fragment and release asbestos fiber into the air. This company will take the carpet, the tile and the floor and safely remove everything down to the bare concrete so that the con- tractor can come in and work in the area. They seal off the area while they are working on it and safely contain everything." Coe said he feels confident that Safetech will do a profession- al job on the asbestos removal and there isn't expected to be any dan- ger to the community during the process. "Safetech is a licensed asbes- tos removal company," said Coe. "They are credible. They have done this type of work for many years in Northern Wyoming and Montana. They are highly spe- cialized and know what they are doing." Coe said that residents might not even notice the construction work because it will all be done inside the building during this phase and no disruption of traffic is expected in the area. "Since most of the work be- ing done is being done inside this summer, people will see some traffic in and out of the building but may not notice any changes to the building because it is all inte- rior work," explained Coe. In the meantime, the LHS administrative staff will take up residence in the school district central administrative building located at 502 Hampshire Ave- nue. The office will be temporar- ily located in the family consum- er science room until the project is complete. Coe said that all of the con- tents of the building will be moved SEE 'LHS REMODEL BEGINS,' page 3 PATrl CARPENTER Friends Tessa Watson and Holly Wilkerson gave each other a congratulatory hug following their graduation ceremony at Lovell High School on Thursday, May 23. See more photos on page 6 NPS staff gears up for summer season BY DAVID PECK The staff at the Bighorn Can- yon National Recreation Area has been gearing up for the 2013 sea- son and will begin weekly camp- fire programs this Saturday, June 1, Chief Interpreter Christy Flem- ing announced this weekend. Ranger Shawn Williams will give a presentation on the atlatl Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Horse- shoe Bend Campground amphi- theater. The atlatl is a prehistoric weapon that was used by Native Americans in the region. During the campfire talk, Williams will demonstrate how to use the atlatl, and attendees will have the oppor- tunity to try the weapon. On Friday, June 7, Ranger Williams will give a presentation titled "The Fur Trade and Moun- tain Men" during which he will present information about the fur trade in the west. During the pro- gram, Williams will demonstrate how the Hawken Rifle is fired. The next night, June 8, Rang- er John Kissner will present the legend of Big Metal - a story handed down through the genera- tions by the Crow People. The leg- end explains how Big Horn Can- yon and Big Horn Lake got their names. Bighorn Canyon Nation- al Recreation Area will continue the campfire programs through- out the summer, giving programs on most Friday and Saturday nights at Horseshoe Bend. Pro- grams at Fort Smith will begin in mid-June, Fleming said, and run through mid-August. Visit the Bighorn Canyon NRA Visitor Center in Lovell for more information about the programs. FACILITIES WORK Along with planning and or- ganizing the campfire program, Bighorn Canyon NRA has been preparing lake facilities for the summer season. Some services have been delayed, but all courte- sy docks are in place on the lake, and the concession docks are in at Horseshoe Bend and Ok-A-Beh. Docks are also in at Black Canyon and Day Board 9. There are no working docks at Medicine Creek yet, Fleming said, noting that the lake must reach an elevation of 3,636 for the dock to float. The lake was at 3,630 on Tuesday, Fleming said, adding that people are welcome to beach their boat near the dock. The floating restroom is in at Dryhead, but Fleming said the re- stroom at Devil Canyon has been taken out of service. SEE 'CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS START,' page 3 IIIII IlUl IIIIIIIII IIIII 581111 The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com i,