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CHRONICLE August 27, 2015 1 The Lovell Chronicle 1 15 ine. BY DAVID PECK A project to honor vet- erans and at the same time ....................................... make cemetery mainte- nance easier was under- taken last week by a young man from Cowley as his Ea- gle Project. Boy Scout Seth Full- er, 17, a member of Troop 3038 out of the Cowley LDS Second Ward and a senior at Rocky Mountain High School, organized and per- formed the project last Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Cowley Cemetery with the help of fellow Scouts and members of his family. Previous veteran grave markers, a medallion on a rod, were displayed by being pushed into the grass, but over time, Fuller said, many of them became so firmly stuck that they were diffi- cult to remove for mainte- nance and/or grass care. Fuller's project involved pulling the rods out of the grass, difficult in some cas- SETH FULLER es when the barb at the end had worked its way under a gravestone, cutting off the barb, drilling a hole in the concrete at a gravesite and placing the rod into the hole. "It sits in there pretty snug," Fuller said, "and it looks better and is easier on the groundkeeper because they don't have to mow PHOTOS BY DUSTIN FVLLER Working on Seth Fuller's Eagle Project at the Cowley Cemetery Aug. 19 were (back row, l-r) Dave Banks, Kelton Hennrich, Travis Banks, Seth Fuller, Josh McCracken, Ross Fuller, (front row) Justin Moss, Scott Banks, Alecx Christeusen and Jared Fuller. around them. They can also be removed for cleaning." Those helping Seth in- cluded his parents, Ross and Wendy Fuller, grand- father Dustin Fuller, town employee Dave Banks and fellow .Scouts Josh Mc- Cracken, Kelton Hennrich, Travis Banks, Scott Banks, Alecx Christensen and Jar- ed Fuller. Max and Patricia Crumrine have announced the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Sara Crumrine to James "Jim- my" Sickler. Sara is a 1998 graduate of Lovell High School. She received her associate's de- gree at Northwest College and her bachelor's degree in graphic design at Collins College of Technology and Design in Phoenix. Jimmy spent his child- hood between Talkeetna, Alaska, and Michigan. He received his bachelor's de- gree at Concordia College in Fargo, ND, and began his first teaching job in Cal- ifornia. Jimmy returned to Talkeetna, and he and Sara met the summer of 2007 while she was employed at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Sara is presently the ac- counting and payroll man- ager at the lodge, and Jim- my teaches technology at JAMES SICKLER AND SARA CRUMRINE Su Valley High School. He is also the athletic director, high school girls basketball coach and soccer coach. The couple will be mar- ried on Sept. 19 at the lodge in Alaska. They are pres- ently building a home and will continue to reside in Talkeetna with Sara's dog, Stanley. Midway Auto At the recent 2016 Model Year Marquis/Lar- son Group's annual dealer meeting in Ft. Myers, Fla., Ken Grant and Bruce Jol- ley from Midway Auto and Marine in Lovell were hon- ored as the No. 1 Larson FX Series fishing boat dealer in the world for the 2015 mod- el year -- July 2014 - June 2015. This was a remarkable achievement given the fact this was their first year as a Larson FX dealer, a com- pany release stated. Grant and Jolley were first ex- posed to the Larson FX se- ries of freshwater multi- species boats last year s dealer meeting in San Diego. According to Jolley, "we did not have intentions of selling fishing boats, let alone fiberglass fishing boats, based off our lack of success selling aluminum fishing boats," adding, "Af- ter test driving an FX 2020 out in the ocean and feeling the smooth ride over rough water and noticing how sol- id it felt while pounding Cowley News BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 307-548-6901 Saturday afternoon an unexpected visitor came to my home while Bobi Jo Leonhardt was also vis- iting. It was Debra Full- er and she looks so beauti- ful and happy. She sold her home last year and trans- ferred to Washington, Utah, to be a postal worker. Debra worked for the post office for many years in Lovell, Cody and Cowley. She bought a home in St. George, which is just across the freeway from Washington," and has ad- justed to the warm weather in that area very well. Debra is the daughter of the late John Fuller and Rena Mortensen Fuller. Her family lived in Lovell when she was young and she later moved to Cowley. She raised her three children, Jory, Hilary and Sam, in Cow- ley. We felt the loss when she moved after her last son Sam graduated from Rocky Mountain High School, but she is content and peace- ful and in her beautiful new home. Since Sam is living in Cowley and Hilary and her husband are in Powell, she came to visit them. She re- cently visited with Jory and his new wife in Provo, Utah, and what a pleasure to see her with her dynamic per- sonality and wit. We all en- joyed ourselves very much. The Cowley Corn Cook- out was a success even though it was cold and and Marine honored Larson.boat sales COURTESY PHOTO Bruce Jolley (left) and Ken Grant (center right) receive their Larson Boat Group sales award during a meeting in Ft. Myers, Fla., on Aug. 8. With the local duo are Larson President Rob Parmentier and Vice President of Sales Pat Blake. through the waves, we real- ly started getting excited." "We spent a lot of time riding in the FX and asking Larson's pro fishing staff a lot of questions," said Grant, Midway owner and presi- dent. "Some of the things we learned about the FX se- ries was that they are the only fishing boat built with the patented VEC technolo- gy that makes them lighter and stronger than any corn- petitor, it has a reverse keel and large chines that make the ride so smooth, stable and dry. "We made some phone calls to compare pricing and found that we would be able to sell these boats for less than many competing brands, and after a couple days of research, we decid- ed to order eight FX boats for our initial order." "We were so excited, we decided to order eight more before the first eight showed up," Jolley said. "At that point we were commit- ted hook, line and sinker. Through the year we kept selling and ordering more." "To be our No. 1 Larson FX dealer in one year, a goal they set from the onset, in a very small but competi- tive boating market is excit- ing to be a part of," said Rob Parmentier President and CEO of Marquis/Larson Group, manufacturer of the FX series. "Grant, Jolley and the team went to great lengths and were very cre- ative in their efforts to sell and build awareness of the Larson FX series, including a mall store at the Rimrock Mall in Billings, Montana, during the holidays. Along with the mall store, Midway was an active community partner being a main spon- sor at the Montana Gover- nors Cup Walleye Tourna- ment, sponsoring a fishing pro and creating an unbe- lievable website that in- cludes a 360-degree view of all boats in their inventory." windy on Saturday. By af- ternoon it was warmer and the wind died down for the celebration. Many people attended and the little kids especially enjoyed the blow- up toys. Some could hear the music of the Rewind- ers from their homes and it was so lovely as it wafted through the town. Everyone who came had a delicious meal and a great visit. The unexpected death of Scott Brinkerhoff was a blow to all who knew him and saddened us all. He was only 57. The night of his heart attack he spoke at the Boy Scout Court as Josh Mc- Cracken earned his Eagle Scout. He gave a talk at the end of the meeting, which was well-spoken and from his heart and it was beauti- ful. While we were singing the closing song, he walked off the stage to his daughter and they went to the emer- gency room in Lovell. The doctors immediately sent him to Billings and the doc- tors there sent him to Salt Lake City, but it was to no avail, and he died there of a heart attack. Scott was involved in the Scouts and the young men loved and admired him. We in the community knew of his personality and good humor, and he was a stalwart man who loved his children and grandchil- dren and was involved with them. We're sorry for his family's loss and for our loss and we will miss him in our lives. Mike Schwope battled tularemia for 39 days before he passed away. He gradu- ated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in animal husbandry and be- gan his career as a Univer- sity Extension agent. He enjoyed his job in Big Horn County, but he es- pecially loved the 4-H kids. He loved hunting and fish- ing and had many friends in other states. His person- ality was such that he never knew a stranger and he was a big man whose laugh and love rang out to all he knew. His loss is huge for his fam- ily, his children, grandchil- dren, great-grandchildren and especially for his wife, Linda. His many friends will feel his loss always. Dennis Cook was my classmate. He was born on Christmas Day in 1939. As a young boy, he was big and strong and loomed over us all in grade school (except for Chris Hinckley, who was also big and strong). His personality was big like he was and he was cheerful, warm-hearted and loved his family dearly. Howev- er, when he became angry, he was indeed intimidating. Everything about him was huge. His parents were the late Joe Cook and Cleo Jen- sen. I remember how young we were when his dad was killed in a tragic accident; it was so sad and he left Cleo with four kids to raise. Lat- er in life Cleo married Clint Beddes of Lovell. The last time I saw Den- nis was at his family reunion in Lovell. Sally Wilson and I went down to see all the Cooks and what an exciting, happy and loving experience to be in the midst of the fam- ily. Dennis was a patrolman for many years in Colorado and Wyoming. He told us that once he picked up a guy on the interstate and he had a great visit with him and it was Mike Welch, former- ly of Cowley. He never said if he'd given him a ticket or not. Dennis and his wife Helen raised 10 children to- gether. They were all at his services last Saturday with their kids and grandkids. The church was filled to the brim with his wife, his chil- dren, his brothers and sis- ter, grandkids, great-grand- kids, his extended family and friends in Wyoming, Colorado and Cowley. His family idolized him and his loss is tremendous. The funeral was held at the Cowley LDS Church as Dennis was very religious. The Relief Society women fed more than 200 people for dinner. Dennis is buried with his family in the Cow- ley Cemetery. We will miss his presence in this world. Our condolences to his fam- ily and especially to his wife, Helen. He will be sore- ly missed by all of us who knew him in his childhood and in his mature life. We'll never forget the impact he has had during his lifetime on all who knew him. Byron News a season BY PAMELA C077ENS HOPKINSON 307-272-8979 pamhopkinson@gmail.com We traveled south last week. The days were hot when we left, but we re- turned home to some sur- prise weather. The night was cold and there was crispness in the air. It was time to close the windows. I am told we are still going to have some warm days. Though I find some comfort in that, we have been given a warning sign of things to come. Right now I still water my flow- ers, herb garden and pump- kin patch, but I am seeing signs that autumn is creep- ing up on us. I visited with Bob Do- errand Pete Harvey a few days ago. Both are long- time gardeners and small- time farmers, and the two have many years of experi- ence. They tell me this has been an unusual year for their gardens. The toma- toes just aren't quite what they have been in the past, their, corn is slow to rip- en and the raspberries are just knee high. Their mel- ons seem to be doing great, though. I look at my pumpkin vines and don't know if the blossoms are really going to be pumpkins or not. I've never grown them before, so I can't tell if they are on track for Halloween har- vesting or not. Bob's cows are spoiled from eating good garden waste and now they turn their noses up at corn- husks, which they used to relish. These conversa- tions about the ending of gardens all lead to the in- evitable realization -- sum- mer is drawing to a close. I love this time of year, not quite into fall yet, but na- ture gives us so many clues to prepare for change. The squirrels are busy and we are working fast to get those repairs done that will get us through a winter with as few sur- prises as possible. I have enjoyed the fruits (and vegetables) of others' la- bor. I am always thankful that there is always more planted in gardens around here than the gardener can use, which leads to sharing with friends and neighbors, which leads to true hap- piness. Thank you to my neighbors for sharing the beans, zucchini, tomatoes, radishes, corn, onions and all the good home grown stuff that smells so deli- cious right out of the gar- den. Somehow it just tastes better. Thank you for your hopeful effort in planting, nurturing and harvest- ing. I have enough basil to make some pesto and if it turns out, I will share that bounty. I enjoyed receiving a phone call from Ray Havig a few days ago. It is always nice to hear from friends. For many years Ray has been traveling from his winter home in Mesa, Ariz., to his Billings home during the summer. This past year the Havigs sold their northern digs and they are no longer snowbirds. They are surviving their summer in Arizona just fine. He called to share one more story about Soke's swimming hole. Seems as a youth, he and his siblings used to spend summer days swimming in the canal. The area they chose was not too deep and the water was mostly still. He would jump in and bob to the top of the water, and they cooled off every chance they got. His first trip to soke's was with a group of friends. He jumped in and experi- enced the whirlpool under the falls and quickly real- ized that he really did not know how to swim. Under he went. His friend Bob McPhail quickly jumped into action and grabbed Ray out of the situation. "He saved my life," he said. "I was shocked to re- alize I didn't know how to swim after all of those af- ternoons in the canal." When I hear stories like this, I think about the moms who go about their day and have no idea how close their child has come to an end with some of the shenanigans that used to go on in the days when kids were free to roam and in- vent their own fun. Hearing about Bob's quick action to help his friend reminded me about Vernice McPhail (Bob's mother). She was a teacher here in Byron for 40 years. I remember her as a librar- ian and also the creator of the famous Santa sugar cookie. According to Jackie Hecht, everyone loved her and the class of '54 insisted she be their sponsor for all four years of high school. The McPhails were anoth- er one of those memorable Byron families. Thanks, Ray, for shar- ing your harrowing experi- ence at the old swimming hole. Hope you will travel up to your hometown one summer to play your trum- pet on the alumni float in the Byron Days Parade. It is just not the same with- out you.