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_V The Lovell Chronicle l June 10, 2021 Looking for young leaders in‘ our comm unity American Legion Post 11 commander Rich Fink came by our office Tuesday morning to tell us about next week’s flag retirement ceremony, moving slowly as he continues to recover from a severe case of COVlD-19. Rich is still at it organizing military funerals and special military events like the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies after reinvigorating the American Legion post in Lovell. He’s been organiz- ing post activities for 13 years now and was actively involved years before that as a career member of the Wyoming National Guard. When you look at the Legion honor guard at a given event, the average age of the veterans is probably 70 to 75, in a few cases older than that, andyet these guys turn out Lime M Li: I re again LU give fellow veterans a proper sendoff or to honor those who have served at special events. . Coming into the office after Rich Tuesday was longtime Big Horn Lake advocate and former county commissioner Keith Grant, telling us about his latest efforts to somehow, some way get the ball roll- ing on the long hoped for Big Horn Canyon Parkway while working to get the Bureau of Reclamation to keep enough water in the lake to allow boat launching at Horseshoe Bend. It‘s a never-ending battle for Keith, with former Rep. Elaine Har- vey right there at his side. The comrades in arms took US. Rep. Liz Cheney’s senior agriculture policy advisor Holly Kennedy on a tour of the recreation area and the lake Friday, joined by Ken Grant and commissioner Bruce Jolley. The point of all this is that leaders continue to lead, even as they grow older, but they can use some help, some fresh blood. Our aging veterans conduct service after service, standing at attention with heavy flags and rifles, oftentimes suffering through frigid tem— peratures or baking in the heat as they wait for a funeral service to end and the procession to arrive, sometimes an hour or more after the scheduled arrival time. There has been more than one fainting spell over the years. In poignant remarks delivered during the recent Memorial Day services at our local cemeteries, veteran Jim Thomas, pinch hit- ting for Fink as master of ceremonies, lamented the treatment of forgotten veterans who have given so much in the service of our country, and we agree With hisconcerns. But we WOuld also like to see younger Vets give the older fellows ’a’ helping hand as members of the honor guard or rifle line. That’s probably the. best way to see that veterans continue to be honored in our quite patri- otic community. Likewise, leaders like Keith Grant and Elaine Harvey continue to fight for issues like the lake level or tourism promotion. We also know of several boards or councils in our community chaired by folks in their 605 and 70s. Nearly all organizations and efforts can be enhanced by fresh ideas and new energy, and we are buoyed by the participation of new leaders on the Mustang Days Committee, on the North Big Horn Search and Rescue squad, in youth sports and with several other groups and organizations in our local communities. But even more participation is needed, and we ask our young- er folks with energy to burn to carefully consider getting actively involved in the community. It has been debated whether members of “the younger generation” are so-called “joiners” or whether they: don’t care enough to get involved. What we do know is that folks like Rich, Keith and Elaine can’t go on forever, effective as they are, and someone must step into their large shoes. It is far better to join with a community leader as he or she shows you the ropes than to attempt to go it alone later, which can lead to failure. Who will step up to lead our community into the future? There are some positive signs. — David Peck ‘ tisllfiilltle Reporter: Ryan Fitzmaurice Advertising Sales: Kristin Owens Production: Karlie Hammond Staff: Dorothy Nelson, Teressa Ennis, Dustin McClure Sam Smith, Annette Moss ; CONTACT US In person or by mail: 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431 or Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431 Office Hours: Monday — Friday, 8 AM — NOON Phone 307—548—2217.... FAX 307-548—2218 Email Editor ............... .. lovelleditor@gmail.com News ............... .. lovellnews@gmail.com Advertising ...... ..ad.chronicle@gmall.com SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: 307-548-2217 Big Horn County $35/year In Wyoming $50lyear Out of state $58 Single copy $1 : Mail your check with address to: Lovell Chronicle, PO. 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RESTAREA 100 MILES \\\\\‘ \‘ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\ :1 .. ....\\\{;;;C\;L\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ..n\\\\\\ \\\x\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ .~ Letter to the Editor \\\\\\\\\\‘1\\\\\ . .\\~.\ ‘ .\‘.V 5.! ii W§$yd\ .‘ s. sweats“ ..WHEN THEY’RE Care center staff members should be vaccinated Dear Editor, My mother is a resident at the New Horizons Care Center. Due to the COVlD—19 pandem— ic lockdown I was only able to visit with her throu h a window last summer. By fal my mother had contracted COVlD—19 along with pneumonia from which she recovered. As the virus began to abate this spring the Center opened, al— lowing for family visits and more activities. I was fortunate to be able to make the trip from Nevada to Lovell to visit the week of Moth— er’s Day and, was allowed to take my mother out to lunch and on local road trips on three different occasions. That being said, I had to cancel and reschedule prior planned visits due to staff mem- bers who hadn’t been vaccinated testing positive -— necessitating more quarantine for the Center residents. My sister, who also lives ,out of state, had to cancel reser— vations and other arrangements twice in the past weeks due to a staff member testing positive and then a resident testing positive. This brings me to my concern about the hospital policy that does not ensure that all medical and service staff persons (having direct contact with residents) are required to be vaccinated against COVID—19. Their choice to remain unvaccinated while having close contact with vulnerable residents not only put residents at risk but consequently placed the Center ina lockdown .once again for at, least two weeks. These regular lockdowns, while necessary when an infection is exposed, prohibit any visitation with family or other non—Center personnel. I realize that there is a rigorous ongoing testing protocol for all residents and employees of the Center, however requiring staff to be vaccinated would mini— mize if not eliminate the spread of COVID—19 within the Center. With summer here and local town celebrations nearing, many folks with roots in Northern Wy— oming will be returning to attend the festivities and to visit with loved ones. I truly hope that all staff who work at New Horizons Care Center understand their re— sponsibility to resident safety and will choose to bevaccinated. Moreover, it will allow residents to attend church services, go on field trips and other activities that provide crucial social support. Not requiring staff to be vac— cinated is untenable. It subjects vulnerable residents to serious health risks and social isolation. This need not be. David S. Cozzens Test yourself with these questions Questions: Q1. Name the sing-' er songwriter best known for his 1963 song, The Answer, my friend, is, “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Q2. A pogrom is a dark part of world his— tory. Define pogrom. Q3. From what language does English draw these words: Ba- gel, lox, schlep, shtick, tush? Q4. Which U.S. Atlantic state has only 13 miles of coastline? Q5. Which lake forms much of the border between New York and Vermont? Q6. Which US President signed the Civil Rights Act IIQII’T our IT TRIIIIII By John Bemhisel into law? Q7. Name the two largest cities in Portugal. Q8. Which Charles Dickens novel has characters named: Pip, Miss Havisham and Abel Magwitch? , Q9. What are the names for male and fe- male cats? Q10. What are the three longest bones in the hu- man body? Answers: ~ A1. Bob Dylan (He celebrated his 80th birthday in May.) A2. A violent riot or mas- sacre of an ethnic or religious group. A3. Yiddish (It has roots in Hebrew, Latin and Germanic languages.) A4. New Hampshire (It is the least of any ocean state.) A5. Lake Champlain sometimes called the Great Lake.) A6. Lyndon Johnson (It was proposed by Kennedy and signed into law in June of 1964.) A7. Lisbon and Porto (Both cities were settled almost 3,000 years ago.) A8. Great Expectations (More than 20 movie versions have been made.) A9. A male is a torn and a fe— male is a queen A10. Femur, tibia, fibula (the fourth longest is the humerus.) (It is sixth Regarding a forecast, I think 'a weather rock will do We lived in a city many years ago where the slogan was, believe it or not, “Everybody talks about the weather, but Podunk has it.” We also lived in an- other place where the town tourism line was, “It’s the weather.” Perhaps those more weathered phrases. And whether or not catchy sayings about weather make for a blue and sunny sky or dark clouds, I must admit that I’m more than a bit doubtful anymore about climate forecasts. Also, no- tice my use of “sky” rather than the oft—used “skies.” The latter is one of my lon —standing buga- boos because I elieve that there .is only a single sky no matter where one is. Anyway, I’ve given up on forecaSts because almost invari- ably they‘ are incorrect. May- Bob Rodriguez be I should switch to fivecasts for better reports. My mind is clouded regarding this matter. Probably many with a weather eye no- ticed recently, when during one day in the space of only a few hours, we observed a wide range of atmo— spheric conditions. We awoke to heavy over— cast followed shortly by a peri— od of sun. It first was cool, then warm, then hot, then cold. The wind blew hard for a time, then stopped. A bit of rain arrived and was followed by light wind, some sunlight, etc. I felt as though I was under the weather. It strikes me like lightning that forecasters might be vain, as they drizzle their predictions, un- less they have a view of a weath— er vane. We might take into eerie sideration that the state of the atmosphere can make us weath— er-beaten. We just have to con— tinue weathering forecasts even if they offer clouded predictions. Because I’ve given up on fore- casts, I’m going to invest in a weather rock to show me what’s happening. If you want to use one it should be flat and approximate— ly the size of a large pie. Here’s how it works: Place the rock out- side your front door for easy visi- bility and reach. If the rock has water spots or is mostly wet, it has rained or drops are in—process. If it’s dry and warm, it’s a sunny day. If your rock looks dull it’s cloudy. Should you spot icy crystals cov— ering your rock, it’s snowing or has done so. If your rock is miss- ing, that could be the sign of an earthquake, sink hole, tornado or your creepy neighbor. Simply keep your eyes open and you too can become an ex- pert in‘ climatology. The sky is the limit.