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LOVELL : ' " i)')).-fJO ii :: t 1 Otz'li'l;"r{'i, i: ..... i [ ' What's Inside ... SRO to leave LPD 2 Drug take-back day 3 Butlers buy Morrison Accounting 12 New teachers at LES 14 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 107 NUMBER 16 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 75 Lovell Health Fair this weekend BY PATTI CARPENTER The 2012 Lovell Health Fair will take place on Sat- urday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lovell Com- munity Center. Wyoming Health Fairs and North Big Horn Hospital sponsor the health fair jointly. Individuals who took advantage of the reduced price blood draw program over the past few weeks can pick up the results of their preventative tests at the fair. Doctors and nurses from North Big Horn Hospi- tal will be available at the fair to discuss lab results and answer questions peo- ple may have. The health fair will also offer information for indi- viduals who did not par- ticipate in the blood draw program. Numerous health booths, demonstrations and free screenings will be available. For parents, kid safety booths and car seat inspections will be avail- able. Information about Vi- tamin D testing, Lifeline Medical Alert services, the Donor Alliance, peripheral artery and Alzheimer's dis- eases will also be available. The Children's Re- source Center will have a developmental screening Work begins on Cowley Log Gyr00 renovation BY DAVID PECK kids in school," the mayor said. A project to renovate and re- store the historic Cowley Log Gym into a fully functioning communi- ty center got under way this week as workers began preparing for work that will last throughout the winter. The project, funded by a $991,960 Communities Facilities Grant through the Wyoming Busi- ness Council and the State Loan and Investment Board, will in- clude a new floor, newly insulated roof, interior remodeling and seal- ing and re-chinking the logs. According to Cowley Mayor Joel Peterson, the log gym was finished in 1936, funded by a fed- eral conservation and communi- ty development program designed to stimulate the economy during the Great Depression. Logs for the building were cut and brought to Cowley from the Pryor Mountains. A Swedish craftsman from Deaver by the name of Anderson led the project, Peterson said. "The work was even done by The historic Cowley Jaguar logo in the middle of the old floor at the Cowley Log Gym will be cut out and preserved when the floor is removed this fall. "Shop kids put the first shakes on the roof. That's one reason every- one has an affinity for the build- ing. It's been a part of lives from its construction." In its heyday the building "was used for everything," Peterson said - dinners, dances, school func- tions, voting, church activities and more. Built by the community, it became school property and served as the gym for Cowley High School for more than 40 years until Rocky Mountain High School was formed in 1983. "It was built free hand," Peter- son said. "It's an amazing struc- ture, custom cut with axes and saws. Everyone says it's as solid as solid can be. It will last another 100 years." A small cinder block locker room off the north side had been added in 1970 and had no heat, Peterson said, replacing and add- ing to a lunchroom that had been located on the north side. Before that, he said, home teams dressed in the adjacent high school build- ing, the historic Big Horn Acade- my building. The building began to deterio- rate after it was no longer used by the school district, but in the late 1980s the Town of Cowley and nu- merous citizens launched a proj- ect to see if the building could be saved. Over the years a new roof was built, a new radiant heat sys- tem was installed and the building was re-chinked in order to make the building usable, Peterson said. "It's been used, but it's expen- sive to heat," the mayor said. DAVID PECK PHOTOS Cowley Mayor Joel Peterson shows how chinking between the logs at the Cowley Log Gym has cracked and broken over the years. After no longer being used by the district, the pipes had also fro- zen, Peterson said, and the north- east corner of the building was damaged and the floor settled a bit. "It was no longer usable for sporting events," he said. "Now there are a lot more sports, and we'll be able to do all of that. It will have all of the amenities." PROJECT SCOPE After the SLIB confirmed the Business Council grant in April, the design phase of the project began with Pryor Mountain En- gineering overseeing the project. The project then went to bid and was awarded in August to Synergy Construction of Cowley. See 'LOG GYM RENOVATION' page 6 booth set up. Free blood pressure checks and a "glow germ" station will also be featured at the fair. Numerous drawings for prizes will take place. The event is free and open to the general public. Flu shots now available BY PATTI CARPENTER When it comes time to fighting the flu, the best defense is plenty of hand washing and, for some, get- ting a flu shot. The Public Health Dept. is offering a walk-in flu shot clinic at Senior Cit- izens Center in Lovell today (Thursday) from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again on Oct. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from i to 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per shot and may be covered for some by Medicaid or Medi- care Part B. Shots will be administered by a public health nurse. The Public Health Dept. will also be offering shots by appoint- ment. To make an appoint- ment call 548-6591. North Big Horn Hospi- tal is also offering flu shots for the same price on Sat- urday at the annual health fair that will be held at the Lovell Community Cen- ter. Shots are also avail- able through the clinic by appointment. LHS homecoming this week! SEE STORY ON PAGE 3 Alzheimer's 00,:ent raises awareness, funds for research BY PATTI CARPENTER There continues to be no "survivor lap" at the annu- al Walk for Alzheimer's, said organizer Denise Ander- sen. Once diagnosed, an individual can expect a steady decline in mental functions, usually over a long period of time. Total debilitation as a result of the disease is the end result. And there is no cure in sight. The annual fundraising event, which was held in the parking lot of the senior center in Lovell, was the place to be on Saturday morning for a walk under sun- ny skies designed to raise awareness and needed funds to find a cure for the disease. As always, music and sil- ly games like "hat laps" and "musical chairs" and poker kept participants entertained as they showed their sup- port for those in the community afflicted by the disease. "We try to show that this is a growing concern," said Andersen, who is also the Director of North Big Horn Senior Center. "This is a disease that affects the elderly and it is appropriate for our center to raise awareness about the disease and to raise money to help fund re- search about the disease." The event, made possible by a core group of partici- pants and volunteers, met and exceeded its $3,000 goal to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association research fund. "I ultimately think that this type of event is suc- cessful when it brings a personal face to the disease," said Andersen. "I don't think people realize the pain and longevity of this disease until it hits their family. This is the kind of disease that can tear families apart." According to statistics provided by the Alzheimer's Association 5.4 million Americans are living with Al- zheimer's disease. One in eight older Americans has Al- zheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth lead- ing cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012. The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to "eliminate" the disease and to "provide support to those afflicted" with the disease. To date, the organization boasts that it is the leading non-profit funder of Al- zheimer's research. Andersen and her crew organized their first walk to raise funds for the organization 10 years ago and they have seen steady participation over those years. "The fact is that this event is a labor of love for so many people here in Lovell," said Andersen. "I think that what it comes down to is that we love the people in our community and that's why we do this event. I think that shows through in the fact that there isn't anybody here at the event who isn't willing to do anything they can to make this a special event. "After 10 years, the event has become almost like a reunion. You recognize when someone is here again, when someone is not and when someone new gets in- volved." Above, Sam Cornia enjoyed wearing a silly hat during the "hat lap" at the Walk to End Alzheimer's held at the North Big Horn Senior Center in Lovell on Saturday. Sam is a member of the Harrison family team that once again was responsible for raising more funds than any other team entered in the event. Left, Phil Whaley and Denise Andersen participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday at the senior center in Lovell. The "event raised more than $3,000 and raised awareness in the community about the disease. PATTI CARPENTER PHOTOS