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CLE August 2, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle 115 COURTESY PHOTO Members of the Cowley High School Class of 1982 gather with their float before the Pioneer Day Parade on July 21. Picture are (front row, l-r) Cheryl Wilson Jolley, Tracey Welch Haskell, Richard Parker, Julie Blohm Stingley, Ronda Rasmussen Yorgason, Diane Monk Busteed, Roger Birdsley, Curt Peterson, Schuylar Hinckley, (back row) Michael Leonhardt, Wes Townsend, Jeff Johnson and Mike Gams. Senior Chatter Dorothy Spragg celebrates 91st BY PHYLLIS BRONKEMA This week's chatter centers around the last name of Spragg. Dorothy Spragg has long been a valuable member of the North Big Horn Senior Center. As she continues to mature, her fam- ily gathers around her more and more. Since June, daugh- ters Joyce (Floyd) Hawley of Casper and Sherry (Stuart) Morthold of Sacramento, Ca- lif., have been in Lovell visiting with their mother. Although the Mortholds left for home last Friday, the Hawleys, joined by Dorothy's son Gene (Linda) Spragg of Lovell and her grandson Sau- ghn DeFuentes of Lovell, cele- brated Dorothy's 91st birthday, by eating lunch together at the Senior Center. Coincidentally, both daugh- ters joined Dorothy and daugh- ter-in-law Linda at the cen- ter for pinochle last Thursday, July 26. Wouldn't you know it, Joyce Hawley won high for the afternoon! Arlene Ross snatched high from three tables of bridge the same afternoon. Sorry, no one gave me any exciting news to Cowley News We will sure miss Postmaster Jack Nicholls BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 It's August already and fall isn't too far away from us. This summer has just flown by and the July weather seems like a bad dream. The temperatures are ei- ther going down or we're getting used to heat. The wind has been blowing quite a bit, and since some of our trees around town are old and many need trimming, it seems like all one does in the morning hours, before watering or cutting the lawn, is pick up branches, twigs, leaves and other debris. The winds are distressing. Does this happen every summer? I think not. In fall perhaps, but not in June, July and August. Summer hit this area hot and heavy and our temperatures have soared. With half the United States in drought, we are fortunate to have the Sidon Canal and be able to water lawns, crops and trees. The work on the Sidon Canal began May 28, 1900, and the project was not completed until the spring of 1904. If you have the book "With Book and Plow" by Mark Partridge there is a good outline of the build- ing of this lifesaving canal, which is very interesting. On Monday evening, a fare- well party for our postmaster, Jack Nicholls, was held at the Cowley Park. Most of us don't like the chal- lenge of change, unless you are young, I suppose, but having Jack retire has hit the town popula- tion pretty hard. Jack has been in Cowley in charge of the post office for 15 years, and our community is saddened by his departure as he is part of our daily lives, cheerful, helpful, caring, witty and just be- loved by us all. Wel miss him and wish him well as he adjusts to re- tirement and we adjust to his ab- sence. We've all tried to get him and his wife to move to Cowley, but he seems pretty content to be on his farm near Lovell. Good luck, Jack. We miss you. Nick and Megan Wilson have returned to Cowley and have rent- ed a home that Frank Hinckley built a few years ago. We are glad to have them back. Nick is work- ing. for Wilson Brothers Construc- tion Company as an engineer, and both he and Megan are happy to be here. They have lived in Riverton, Utah, for the past three years. The couple has three sons, Blake, Kyle and Dane. Nick is the son of Kim and Lisa Wilson and Megan is the daughter of Hugh and Lyn Mortensen of Grand Junction, Colo. When I asked her what her maiden name was and she said Mortensen, we talked some more and discovered that she is re- lated to Neils and Esther Meeks Mortensen, who came to the area in 1900. Neils and Esther are her great-great-great uncle and aunt, so through the Meeks line, she is a distant relative of our family tree. That is exciting to know. Another couple, Mike and April Price, has just moved from Lovell to John Bennion's brand new duplex on the land that used to belong to the Tippetts fami- ly. What a beautiful duplex, and it has five bedrooms and three bath- rooms. Mike works for NFB in Sid- ney, Mont., and he and April have four children. Daughter Breya, 18, graduated from Lovell High School last spring. She will be attending Northwest College in Powell. Son Jacob is 16, daughter Kendra is 13 and their youngest son is ll-year-old Ethan. April said her children will still attend Lovell schools, but they are happy to be in Cowley in their newly built duplex. April also said she works in Lovell and gives swimming lessons at the Lovell schools. We're glad to welcome them to Cowley. More families have moved into Cowley the past week or so, and as soon as they get settled more, we can get to know them. Our small community is beautiful, nice to live in, and we hope the newcomers will enjoy themselves in our town we love. Linda Parker and her brother, Ernie Roybal of Gillette, have just returned from a fast trip to Law- ton, Okla. Their brother, Frank, has been ill so Linda and Ernie drove the long miles to Lawton to happily discover her brother is not as sick as they feared and is doing much better. They were able to visit relatives and though the trip was quick and exhausting to them both, they enjoyed it. Byron News Many new projects happening in our community BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 548-2471 pamhopkinson@gmail.com Some things stay the same, and some things change. That's profound, isn't it? Amid the clam- or for new high tech "stuff' my grandson saw a box of Lincoln logs and that topped his list for wants for his birthday. I find that gratifying, as well as confirming a belief that, in building, whether with logs or blocks or legos, there is a sense of accomplishment in the transformation. Knock down a stack of blocks and immediate- ly there is a scramble to build again. Around town there is ac- tivity going on. New construc- tion adds some excitement to a town as well as hope for the fu- ture. Someone believes in putting down roots. Yeah! Down across from the City Park, on what is commonly known as "the pumpkin patch," one can't help but notice the new structure going up. It is a tall building with a complex roof structure. Many thought it was the Pruett home, but no, it is his workshop. The home will come next, first things first. It is fun to see the progress from lots of sticks to a pretty fan- cy looking shop. You must go see. On Main Street, the Scheelers have moved out a mobile home that belonged to Charlie, and moved in a handsome modular structure. I like the French doors facing the street and the white trim. It will look great when it is finished and nestled among the large trees that are left on the property. The unfinished homes at the east edge of town are now under construction and will be a wel- come sight to our Main Street. Perhaps we will appreciate it more because of the wait. (That is Pollyanna talking.) I counted three new garages in town in various stages of con- struction. I see some yards that once were neglected now looking nurtured and green; plus a fun, sunshine yellow front door. It's all a good sign. Progress takes time. Add a little hope, some vision and working together and we could amaze ourselves. Or better said by Thomas Edison, "If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves." The newest business in town is on the sidewalk in front of the old Carl Anderson home. A bus- fling lemonade stand, offering both pink and regular. The young entrepreneurs are Sierra Ses- sions, Pixie and Chloe Sylvia, Tra- vis and David Powell, Riley Dodd and Caleigh Best. They had their ad guys out with signs on the me- dian strip, as well as money tak- ers and drink pourers. It takes a group on a mission to run a successful venture. As I was enjoying my lemonade, a tiny blonde came up to make sure I got her name. "My name is Pixie, P I X I E. The youngest and littlest of the bunch, she fit her name. Good luck to them. I am hoping the traffic won't be too stingy and will give at least a thumbs-up for en- couragement. Better yet, if you're thirsty, stop and fill 'er up. The memorial park now looks like a beautiful place to stop and rest a bit, while walking through and remembering those who came before us. RB has worked his mag- ic on putting together a sprinkler watering system that will now keep that grass green. No more plugged up sprinklers. RB Smith is part of the memorial park com- mittee and is a tireless volunteer. There is a story told about some wise men commenting that all this desert needs is a few good men and water. Someone said, "That's all Hell needs." Well, yes, but we are talking here and now and can see that water makes all the dif- ference, and a good man. Thanks and thanks again for making the desert bloom. Summer means outside work. Having a couple of grand- sons here for a few weeks seemed the perfect time to make that point. Most of the time it was will- ingly done, lawns mowed, sprin- klers moved, stuff like that. But occasionally I needed to find a hard job to reinforce a lesson (if you know what I mean) and un- fortunately in order to get a hard job done by a kid, an adult has to work along side to show "how it's done." So I found myself an- kle deep in a just watered pas- ture with wheelbarrows and shovels and a grandkid whining about why he is having to get his shoes wet in this horse (stuff) wa- ter. You get the picture. Our task was to rid the pas- ture of those tall brown weeds that must have a name but you know them when you see them. Anyway, after an hour of deep root digging, I had learned my lesson and was done. I called him in and he didn't want to quit because he was now having fun in that deep gooey mud and de- cided that this was a fun job. I got the punishment. Something is wrong with this picture. Thanks, Chase, for teaching your grandma a lesson. Have a good week. I I I E-edition is five this week! Go to www.LovellChronicle.com and crick on 'free e-edition trial' at top right. I I F report about Arlene except that she continues to be a great bridge player. From our files Painting the town red 100 YEARS AGO The Cowley Weekly Progress August 3, 1912 Bill Eyrecthis week started to paint the town red--his town at least. Note the improved appear- ance of his lumberyard fence. By the way, he has branched out into the fancy and staple grocery business. Old Bill is certainly go- ing some. 75 YEARS AGO The Lovell Chronicle August 5, 1937 The 10ng problem of feed- ing the nation's biggest elk herd of about 25,000 animals in the Jackson Hole country has been solved by a 20,000-acre addition to the elk refuge. President Roo- sevelt in an executive order in- creased the Teton County acres to approximately 24,000. 50 YEARS AGO The Lovell Chronicle August 2, 1962 Lovell high school officials announced this week that can- didates for the 1962 football team will have to be fitted and have teeth guards before the first game of the season. Offi- cials this year will check play- ers for guards, and eject from a game anyone who does not com- ply with the new ruling. 25 YEARS AGO The Lovell Chronicle August 6, 1987 The Town of Cowley is in the process of completing the second stage of its major street improve- ment project with the installa- tion of new street signs and yield signs. In addition, new green and white reflective street name signs are being installed on all the streets in town. "This will help the visitors and emergency crews who are trying to locate someone," mayor Mike McCrack- en explained. Please submit wedding and engagement announcements to us via email: Icnews@tctwest. net; fax:307-548-2218; or send to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell, Wyoming 82431