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CHRONICLE August 13, 2015 I The Lovell Chronicle I 15 DAVID PECK Yuri and Yuka Okamura enjoyed a visit to Lovell and North Big Horn County last week, staying with Yuri's host mom, Mary Jane Watson. BY DAVID PECK Yuri Okamura enjoyed her year in Wyoming so much that she traveled back to Lovell and Cow- ley last week to visit her host mother, Mary Jane Watson, and several of her classmates from Rocky Mountain High School. And this time she brought her mom with her. Yuri and Yuka Okamura traveled from their home in Gumma, Japan, arriving in Cody Tuesday night, Aug. 4. They spent three days touring the area and visit- ing with students Yuri be- came close with when she spent t]ae (3i -14 school year at RMHS. Watson hosted Yuri through the Nacel Open Door exchange program. Yuri joined in many activities while at RMHS including volleyball, bas- ketball, track and field, band and the school play. "She's four foot eight, but her spirit is huge," Watson said. Yuri said she strug- gled with her English classes a bit, and Watson noted, "They're taught the king's English, and we murder it in America." She played trumpet in the band and played a pi- rate in the school play "A Plra e's Lit% t br Me." She also enjoyed ex- periencing prom with her date, Brian Crawford. "I was so glad she got invited by a nice, nice person," Watson said. "It couldn't have been better. I was just like any parent." Yuri spent her sopho- more year at RMHS, and after a year of school back in Japan, she has one more year of high school to go. "They want me to go to Japan (for a visit), but I have two dogs, one bird, several fish and no mon- ey," Watson joked. "But the people here are so spe- cial they came here for us." Yuri and Yuka served a Japanese lunch on Wednesday, then toured the school, meeting teach- ers and staff members and taking many photos. They also toured Lovell and were to take in the sur- rounding area, as well. Plans for later in the week included going to Powell and Cody with a few friends on Thursday, joining in a swim exercise session with Mary Jane and getting together with some more classmates on Friday. It was a whirlwind trip for Yuri and Yuka, but it was a chance to see a place Yuri has come to know as her second home. and Jordan marria Michael and Marianne Grant announced the up- coming marriage of their son Mark to Kylie Marie Jordan on Aug. 14, in the Billings Montana Temple. Kylie is the daughter of Hart and Andrea Jor- dan of Saratoga. There will be a reception in their hon- or on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the LDS Church in Lovell. Mark graduated from Lovell High School in 2012. Following graduation, he served a two-year mission in the Seattle area. He is currently attending the University of Wyoming, majoring in accounting. Kylie graduated from Encampment High School MARK GRANT AND KYLIE JORDAN in 2012 and is attending the University of Wyoming, majoring in elementary ed- ucation. They will live in Laramie. PCOS awareness walk in Powell WyoCysters is hosting a PCOS Awareness 5k walk on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Homesteader Park in Pow- ell. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The 5k walk starts at 9 a.m. There are no registra- tion fees to participate. All participates are required to fill out a registration form. Registration tables will be set up in front of the rest area on highway 14A in Powell. Event T-shirts are available to purchase. To reserve a PCOS awareness T-shirt, registration forms must be turned in by Aug. 19 with payment. If no T-shirt is wanted, registra- tion forms will be accepted up to the day of the event. Forms can be downloaded at www.wyocysters.weebly. com or all 307- 254-2708. "PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is an endocrine disorder that af- fects over 7 million women. That's more than the num- ber of people diagnosed with breast cancer, rheu- matoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus com- bined. Symptoms include weight gain, ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual peri- odiC, hair, male balding, trou- ble getting pregnant, acne and pelvic pain," explained Lacy Huhnke, President of WyoCysters. WyoCysters also has a PCOS Support Group that meets the second Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8 p.m. in the conference room at Powell Valley Health- care, 777 Ave. H, Powell. Please join others dealing with PCOS every month. Cowley News Byron News School days ahead; supply BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 307-272-8979 pamhopkinson@grnail.com We have a couple weeks before the doors are flung open and school is back in session. My grand- kids in Arizona have al- ready been in class for a couple weeks, maybe an es- cape from the August heat. Walking down the store aisles there is no doubt it is that time again. I recognize the yellow crayon boxes, packs of pen- cils, even a few of those pink erasers, but there are no red Chief tablets, or am- ber colored glue bottles with the rubber stoppers. The stuff of school has changed, but the excite- ment of getting back to the classroom to write about what happened over the summer is still the same. I remember being so anx- ious for school to start by the middle of August that the last few weeks seemed to drag on forever. Morns have to gear up to do school shopping. It is always a shock that kids outgrow everything in a few months over the sum- mer. Feet that have gone without shoes now rebel at being squeezed into shoes. I remember that it was standard that new shoes, and at least one new out- fit for the first day were deemed absolutely neces- sary and certainly more important (in my mind) than the supplies. The needs list was much shorter back then. A tablet (not electronic) and pencil were about it. Kin- dergarten was an excep- tion; we needed a small blanket for "quiet time." I grew up in pre-backpack days. Now I see very small children with loaded back- packs and can't help but think of turtles. If they needs did fall over, they would be helpless little bugs with appendages flailing, trying to get upright again. The sixth graders are excited about getting their own lockers for the first time. It's a big step towards being like the big kids. I've talked to a few moms who are having a little anxiety about sending their kin- dergartners off to face the world without them. That is a big step for moms and kids. My little grandson, Harrison, is off to kinder- garten this year. Since he was quite young he would eventually come to me and say "home." He, like ET, feels security at home that even grandma's house can't offer. So this grandma is hoping that his teacher will understand when around midday he says, "Home." I would imagine that for awhile she will think, "Me, too, buddy. Home sounds good." It doesn't take long for everyone to get adjust- ed to each other, learning the order of the classroom and the rules. I was bless- ed with great teachers all through school and I have fond memories of my grade school teachers as nurtur- ing and caring helpers en- couraging and urging on a classroom full of little gum- balls rolling around trying to find their way. In the old days, my kindergarten class spent a half-day with Mrs. Jones (later Mrs. Vera Poe), a beautiful war widow, who all of us adored and the lit- tle boys vowed to marry. She was the picture of love- liness. She had that Powel- son look, which included beautiful dark eyes, dark hair and perfect skin. We shared tables with three others and our names were already on the desk when we arrived. The highlight are different for of the morning was snack time with small glass milk bottles and graham crack- ers, followed by story time where we listened and napped on our blankets. The transition was more like preschool, which we did not have back then. It may sound like we were babied, but it worked and was what we needed before we moved on to the hard stuff of first grade. Mrs. Nicholls was our first grade teacher. She was sterner, but still loved her class. We learned to read sitting in a half cir- cle with Mrs. Nicholls at the front. We became good friends with Dick, Jane, Sally and Spot. Mrs. Cowley taught second grade. Her name was Lilas, which in my young mind reminded me of lilacs, which are pur- ple and smell good, so how could I not love her? Plus, she was my neighbor. Mrs. Blood taught third grade. Mrs. Blood had an interesting name for a grade school teacher, and I'm sure the boys had fun with that. She pushed us on through the harder steps of arithmetic and got us ready for fourth grade, which was taught by Leo- la Allen. I've written of Mrs. Al- len before. She greeted us with a happy face and the enthusiasm of a teacher who loved her job. If she needed us to have a break from the "drudgery," a song was on her lips. Fourth grade was the year we learned about the "Great State of Wyoming." We learned every tidbit there was to know about our state. We colored pictures about it, sang about it, drew pictures about it and put it all together in the fa- mous "Wyoming booklet," which we then entered in the fair. This was serious today's students business. Violet Mangus taught fifth grade. I was im- pressed that she actually was named after a flower. She loved poetry and beau- tiful things. She collect- ed antiques. Mrs. Mangus took on the task of trying to bring a little refinement to us country bumpkins. "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree," she recited. She was a teacher who believed in field trips. We went out and discovered sea creature fossils; we flew on a plane, as well as, rode a bus and train. By the time she was finished with us we felt "cultured." Mrs. Mangus turned us over to Miss Emmett for sixth grade. Gladys Em- mett was the teacher sad- dled with preparing her class to move upstairs, literally, to junior high school. She was patient with boys who were at that age where patience wears thin for the adults who are anywhere near them. She weathered the storm of sixth grade well enough to stay on a few more years. My hat goes off to any- one in the teaching pro- fession. I have a soft spot in my heart for those in the younger grades, be- cause they bridge the gap between mom and "out there," preparing these young ones to stand on their own and discover a whole new world outside of "home." May you keep the flame of knowledge burn- ing bright for your new fledglings. The Byron Recreation Center is having an open house with food and great prizes on Thursday, Aug. 13, starting at 6 p.m. A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m., in the Recreation Center auditorium, for the council to hear public input on the Main Street project. BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 307-548-6901 This week, I'm not go- ing to discuss the weath- er because it just seems to change day by day. Fortu- nately, the warm air is cir- culating again, and there doesn't seem to be the ap- pearance of fall in the air, but who can say? LeRose Peterson re- turned from Portland, Ore., after spending some time with her siblings. Her oldest brother Kenneth Doty just reached the age 'of 90, so his wife Corinne and his children, grand- children and great-grand- children had a family re- union. She was thrilled to be there with the relatives. LeRose said that all her siblings were in Port- land. Her sister Nola Voss, brother Allen Doty and Le- Rose gathered with fami- ly members and had a ca- tered meal. They enjoyed being together to catch up with each other's lives. Af- ter the meal, the family celebrated with an open house at the church ward where Mr. Doty and his wife are members. She mentioned that her broth- er Kenneth was a Patri- arch Emeritus. LeRose lost anoth- er brother Oris when he was quite young and his wife Barbara was part of the celebration. The time spent with her sister and brother and her family members were the high- light of her summer. She did say that it is hard to see the changes through- out the years as they all feel much younger than they are. What a wonder- ful trip. LeRose's daughter Laurel Wicke and her chil- dren, Logan, 14, Griffin, 12, and Lincoln, 6, spent a few weeks with her around Pioneer Day. The family is in the midst of a move to Arvada, Colo., and she has to have her children in school by Aug. 17. Her husband Tom has a new job, and they are look- ing forward to the family move, difficult as it is. Ken and his wife Lizzie of St. George, Utah, were also here for the Pioneer Day celebration and a visit with brothers Randy, Joel and Ray Peterson. LeRo- se had quite a few weeks of family time and reunions, which was a joy for her. On Saturday evening, Aug. 8, there was an Ea- gle Scout Court of Hon- or for Bill Despain, son of Richard and Meredith De- spain. Bill is leaving this week for Lubbuck, Texas, to serve a mission for the LDS Church for two years. We congratulate him for his endeavors and his de- sire for the mission field. As he begins his new ad- venture, we send our love to him and his family. Bill just graduated from high school last spring and we wish him the best. On Sunday, Aug. 9, an- other Court of Honor was held for Joshua Franklin McCracken, who through his hard work and dedi- cation has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. What a wonderful time watch- ing the scout leaders and the younger scouts with the flag and ceremony of honor, which is just tre- mendous to witness. Josh is the grandson of Don and Shelly McCracken and we congratulate him for his endeavors. We're so proud of the young men who are Boy Scouts and achieve so much as they grow and participate in the scout programs. They learn lessons be- yond measure and are just the best young men, who meet challenges and meet them with loyalty and hard work. The men and women who are scout lead- ers must be congratulat- ed also, as they give these boys and young men les- sons that will make them assets to the world.