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CLE September 26, 2013 I The Lovell Chronicle I 15 DAVID PECK Bernie Lowe brought his humongous cabbage into the Chronicle office Monday. We say it's a humdinger! Man produces enormous cabbage BY DAVID PECK Bernie Lowe of Lovell harvested a large cabbage Mon- day, well, really a huge cabbage, or better said, a humongous cabbage. Lowe, 79, pulled the 13.64-pound cabbage out of his garden on Sixth Street in Lovell. A widower, Lowe has lived in Lovell for four years. "It's the biggest one I've ever grown," he said. "I have anoth- er one about the same size and a couple more large ones." Lowe hqp a special ability to grow large vegetables, it seems. In 2009, when he lived in Kemmerer, he grew a five pound, 15 ounce turnip. He's been gardening for about 74 years, he figures, growing up in Baggs and living in Kemmerer for 32 years before moving to Lovell. Lowe also grows carrots, onions, radishes, lettuce, beets, corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans and cucumbers. Asked about his secret to growing large vegetables, Lowe re- plied, "I don't know. I just grow 'em. I've been raising a garden since I was about 5 years old. "I just put a little manure in, not much. I just water it. I've been raising a garden for a long time. I tried to keep up with my dad, Ronald, who was born in Cowley." And what will Bernie do with his large vegetable? "I'm going to take it down (to the senior center) and share it with the seniors, give it to them," he said. Benefit for Collins tonight at RMHS A special benefit for Josh Collins, a teacher who has in- curred extraordinary medical expenses recently, will be held tonight (Thursday) during the football game at Rocky Moun- tain High School. A dinner of pulled pork sandwiches, chips and brown- ies will be sold starting at 6:30 p.m., with proceeds bene- fiting Collins. Concessions sold at the game will also benefit Collins. Adopt a property and make Lovell beautiful BY PATTI CARPENTER Nick Lewis is calling on all citizens, groups, agencies and churches to take part in a com- munity effort to make Lovell beautiful. Lewis will have a booth at the health fair on Sat- urday with information about a new adopt-a-property program he is hoping to generate interest in, where he and other concerned citizens will join forces to beau- tify the town one property at a time. "While driving around Lovell looking at yards and vacant lots, a solution to some of our weed problem came to me," said Lew- is. "We have all seen the adopt- a-highway signs along the road- way, so why can't we as citizens of Lovell adopt-a-property with, of course, the permission of the landowner." Lewis, who is spearheading the program as a private citizen, not as chief of police, envisions the group as a purely volunteer effort fueled by community pride. He said the group will not be part of any other group or town agen- cy. It will just be people wanting to make a positive difference in the community. He said the group will mow weeds, trim trees and weed eat every other week, using their own equipment. "By my estimate it would only take us about an 1 to 1 hours every other week for probably a total of three hours a month," said Lewis. "We can all donate that small amount of time to help keep Lovell a great place to live and a place we can be proud of when people drive through or come to visit." Lewis noted that oftentimes there is a reason that a property is unkempt, such as the physical ' inability of a property owner due to a handicap or age or an absent property owner. Visit Lewis at the health fair on Saturday for more informa- tion or to sign up to be a part of the effort, which Lewis said will help make Lovell a better place to live. Cowley news New community members welcomed BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 Last Thursday, the lights went out in Cowley and Deaver for quite a long time. It was 8:30 p.m. when it happened and the electricity finally came on around 1:30 a.m. I re- member that because my tele- vision started and it woke me. That was quite an experi- ence and made us all scramble for our flashlights and candles. We all went to bed early. I tried to read with my flash- light for a while, but I gave up and turned around and went to sleep. It makes a person think about how dependent we real- ly are on electricity. But it all turned out fine and we slept through most of the crisis. Frank and Cora Weinand are parents of a new baby boy. The young man weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces. Cora is a small boned woman, so that baby is huge. His name is Canyon Eli Weinand and he joins his big sister Daizy, who is 2 years old. Daizy has suffered kid- ney cancer and has been hav- ing chemo for months. Frank said Daizy's last chemo ses- sion is in a week. She is beauti- ful and seems to accept all that she and her family have suf- fered. We pray for her health to return, so she can enjoy good health again. She's been a troop- er and she loves her little broth- er. Grandparents are Julie and the late Mike Weinand and Dale and Robbie Ricks of Pocatel- lo. How exciting for the whole Weinand and Ricks family. Jack and Barbara Croft Marchant and son Guy Watts moved into their beautiful modu- lar this week. It is located by the Pat Wambeke family and Bish- op Elray and Ann Bridges. They are all exhausted from the move from one home in Lovell to their new place, but are glad to be in Cowley again. It's nice to have them near and we wish them well as they live their lives in our town. My new neighbors are begin- ning to move into the home be- hind my house. David and Anne Brumwell bought the home from Mrs. Nadine Larson, and I'm glad to report that they have a cat and a dog so they will not be offended by my menagarie of fe- lines. David and Anne have three children, Davin, Darren and Bri- anna. Davin is currently on a mission in Arizona. The home they are moving into is quite a beauty. The yard is finished, they have trees and plants and we hope they will be happy in the neighborhood. The Brumwells have been in our area for a few years and leased Jay and Carol Welch's home for quite some time. The house used to be my ra.nd- father James S. Tebbs and Grandmother Mary Alice Meeks Tebbs' home, and when I was growing up I thought it was a mansion. My granddad ordered the home from Sears and there is a picture of him standing out- side while they were putting the building together while he still had his leg. When he was 57 he was in a construction accident in Ther- mopolis and had to have his leg amputated above his knee. He used a cork leg and later a wood- en leg and suffered a great deal because of his infections where the leg fit above his knee. No one noticed it so much because he was so strong and tough and we as his grandkids never knew him without his amputation. He worked every day, drove trac- tors, farmed and never let the pain stop him. He was a strong pioneer man. Granddad trailed two bands of sheep from Tebbsdale, Utah, close to Panguitch, Utah, to de- liver to Jesse Crosby when he was just 20 or 21 and arrived in Cowley in 1901. His pay for this year long trip with the sheep- herders was one third of the lamb crop and he went through three lambings and that is how he became a prominent sheep- man in our area. He supervised a group of men who construct- ed a road to Tebbs Hollow be- yond the Schow sawmill on Pryor Mountain. He was a construction contractor with the Taggarts, a farmer, a school trustee, a mem- ber of the city council and mayor of Cowley and a sheepman. He was a wonderful, strong grandfa- ther who cursed quite a bit and tried not to swear in front of his granddaughters, but I learned so many swear words by the time I was 5, and felt that was the way to talk. When I went to school I had to learn an almost new language. My grandmother was born in Parowan, Utah, and came to Cowley on a train to live with her sister, Sadie Crosby, who was married to Jesse Crosby. She met my granddad and they were mar- ried on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1903. They had six children who all survived and lived full lives. My grandmother was small boned, petite and very beauti- ful. When she was in her 40s she suffered rheumatoid arthritis and was confined to a wheelchair until she passed away at 64 in 1949. She suffered terribly and her body was frozen, but she was always glad to see her grandchil- dren and her whole family lived in Cowley and Lovell. She had my granddad in- stall a bay window so she could see her beautiful yard. She had help from young girls from the town and was so cheerful and never complained of her dreadful pain. I was 10 when she died and her face and example are just as clear now as when I was a young girl. My grandparents were ex- amples to all they knew as they helped establish the town and make it what it is now. Our fam- ily loved them deeply. Byron news Some must push and some must pull weeds for Byron cleanup BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 548-2471 pamhopk inson@gmail.com Weeding is happening around town, as the community gets ready to button down for the next season. The work going on has made a nice difference around our yards and pastures. The rains we have enjoyed have really given a boost to any stray weeds that find themselves a friendly patch to thrive. Efforts continue since the town clean-up day in May to beautify. Next spring there is plan- ning in the works to partner with the county to get an ear- ly jump-start on the noxious weeds that spread from yard to yard. The town is planning to have weed spray available and a suggested schedule for keep- ing ahead of the problem. We have several in town with large yards that work all summer to keep them weed free. We hope these "experts" will share their methods with the rest of us and help us reach our long-term goal of ridding our community of nox- ious weeds and trees. There is a tree program that will be available for any in town to order through the county at a greatly reduced price. These trees can take the place of any tree on the noxious tree list that is removed. If we work together we can make great strides. It won't hap- pen overnight, but a little at a time can bring about big chang- es. Notice your neighbor's yards, and if they have made an effort to improve the surroundings, give them a pat on the back. En- couragement is always welcome. Towards the end of Septem- ber in 1906, the Byron News published in the Cowley Prog- ress reported wet weather in- terfering with the grain har- vest. There was also talk of the late developing gardens into the end of October. It seems the current gardeners in town are at a loss to find enough tak- ers for their bumper crops of tomatoes. There's nothing better than a fresh grown tomato, but at this point after canning sal- sa, spaghetti sauce and toma- toes, it seems like there is a never ending supply. Come De- cember we will be longing for that fresh tomato with a sprin- kling of salt. Everywhere I turn friends are offering their latest picking. What a wonderful boun- ty we have been blessed with. In reading the old "Cowley Progress" I found a report under Byron News that referred to the LDS Church's quarterly general conference and a visit by George Albert Smith. He spoke about the evils of faultfinding, prop- er training of children and also spoke to those "young ladies who are foolish and unwise enuf (sic) to wear peek-a-boo shirt- waists (dresses)." Wow, some things never change. I was a lit- tle surprised to imagine there were actually peek-a-boo shirt- waist dresses in 1906. Tying this all together, there are some who think it is no one else's business whether a per- son has weeds in their yard or not. That could be true if such a person were able to keep the weeds from going to seed and hopping on the first gust of wind to land in a friendly neighbor's yard across town. Or having birds eat the thistle seed and then de- liver it around town with no dis- cretion about where to drop it. Faultfinding, gossip and weeds have so much m com- mon. Such little tiny bits of in- formation carried so quietly and delivered to a neighbor can take on a life of their own and spread and grow and take on new gar- dens and yards to thrive in. Such was the case I heard about just this week. A false- hood gleaned from a letter writ- ten to discredit another's reputa- tion was shared quietly among friends on Sunday morning and had caught the wind and trav- eled to California, to Oklahoma, to Utah and back to Byron before the Sabbath day was done. Now it can continue to grow and spread and dig its roots deeper or it can be uprooted and done away with leaving room for flowers to share among one other. I know it all sounds a little preachy, but it is true, it is sad and there is weed- in' that needs to be done. IVW/r The Eagle Nest diners are now meeting for lunch every Monday at noon at the town hall boardroom. There are always fun memories to share and some good laughs. Join us next Mon- day. If any seniors are interested in taking the recreation bus to Cody to go to the Heart Moun- tain Museum, let us know and we will add you to the growing list. Time and date will be an- nounced at a future date. The Recreation Dept. is get- ting busier now that it is getting dark earlier. There are spac- es to rent for birthday parties and movies. Contact our Recre- ation Director Jeanie Petrich at 307-272-3043. Watch for new hours for open gym posted on the sign out front. Check Facebook for Zum- ba. The new schedule will be in the upcoming water bills.