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4 The Lovell Chronicle October 1, 2015 fibetflflnei ofLove” ontap tonkflfl? During a recent meeting mm the Lovell Town Council, Dave Reetz asked the council, “How big do you want Lovell to get?”. It’s a seemingly simple question, but it gets to the heart of a process currently under way in Lovell: planning for the future growth of our community. Lovell Inc. interim director Dave Reetz, long considered to be the guru pf small town economic development in Wyoming thanks to his success in Powell, has been asked by the Lovell Inc. board of directors to help the organization through a transition period between the seven—year run underthe leadership of Sue Taylor and whatever future the community envisions for itself in terms of an organized development effort. ' With that process now well under way, a critical component is hearing from citizens themselves — business leaders, town lead— ers-andfolks interested in the future of our community. Reetz has held several oneon-one sessions, but he, along with Mayor Angel Montanez, want to engage the public in a discussion about the future: the future of Lovell, the future of an organized economic development effort and the future direction growth will take in our community. What’s your vision for the future of Lovell? What would you like to see accomplished? How can we work together to make it hap- pen? Those are the kind of questions to be asked at tonight’s public forum at the North Big Horn Senior Citizens Center. What Reetz is calling a “Visioning meeting” will begin at 7 p.m., and invitations have been sent to numerous business and community leaders. Lovell has remained about the same population for decades, even as community leaders have planned for growth by updating infrastructure and community facilities thanks to fonNard-Iooking leadership. Those in the know say our community could grow to about 5,000 with the capacity of the current infrastructure. Munic- ipal and school leaders have planned for that kind of growth. A cynic would say that economic development is not worth the tax dollars spent on the effort, but others would say that a profes- sional economic development presence in recent years has been a boon to the community. Reetz is certainly a believer. He over- saw the transformation of Powell from a struggling community to an economic dynamo. He believes in Lovell and in the potential of this community that he has watched for many years as a close and interested neighbor. He has great faith in our community. Reetz believes planning is the key to economic growth, say- ing this week, “A good future doesn’tjust happen on its own, in my experience. It takes energy, good goals, working together and good will to make it happen." Dave Reetz knows that economic development is a process, not an event. He understands how it works, and he believes Lovell can take the same kind of positive steps Powell did many years ago. He believes a streamlined version of Lovell Inc. can work effectively to encourage and direct growth. But it will take buy—in by citizens, many of whom are skeptical about the idea of economic development. Tonight’s meeting is an opportunity for folks to say we need to seize the future or say economic development is just not worth it It’s up to us to determine our own future. Like Dave Reetz, we believe in Lovell. We believe the future of this community is bright. It’s simply one of the best places to live in America. How we get to that future is something we’ll all have to decide. Here’s hoping for a productive and forward-thinking meeting to- night at the senior center. David Peck WYOMING -—-——- PRESS ASSOCIATION 2014 Award-Winning Newpaper Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Lovell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published every Thursday Periodical postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming Publisher: David Peck in Big Hernandiléark. 1 ' Wyoming’m v3 ., Outside Wyoming’ssa ' Single copy 75:: Editor: Patti Carpenter Production: Karlie Voss, Dustin McClure Staff: Dorothy Nelson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, Paul Roland, Leonora Barton, 5am Smith www.Lovel|Chronicle.com CHRONICLE \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\ Letter to the Editor ’0;er IN THE FALL! . . \\\ ,\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\>§§§>\\\\\\\§§}§§>§$ \THROUGH THE COUNTRYSIDE Maw .4 cww’ ‘ \ g, “N p, \\ Advertising on community sign should be free for all Dear Editor, Signs are a very important thing in today’s world. There are signs for almost everything, from kids lemonade stands to vote for ??? for President. Road signs are also very important. Imagine driv- ing on an LA freeway and coming to a three-tiered overpass junction of six converging highways and no signs. You could drive around in circles all day and end up at the same exact place. Lovell’s new electronic bill- board sign sure looks fine. Howev- er, I do have some concerns about its use. As I recall, the town coun- cil stated that no paid advertising was allowed on the sign. So I must assume that the ads for the farm— er’s market and the upcoming gun Show are free of charge. These ads must be consid- ered as community oriented ads promoting the Town of Lovell. However, at these events, prod- ucts will be sold and money will change hands, so they should be considered as business oriented also. Therefore, to my non-legal- ly educated mind, I must consider every business in Lovell that sells a product in exchange for mon- ey also to be a community orient- ed event and should be allowed to advertise on Lovell’s electron- ic sign free of charge. Not only do these community oriented busi- nesses promote the image of the Town of Lovell, but they also pro- vide a very important function in the form of collecting sales tax- es, which are vital to the town’s economy. As many businesses will want to take advantage of this free ad- vertising, I would suggest a lottery type of drawing with all names put into a hat and five drawn out for two weeks of advertising and then not be eligible until everyone entered has had their chance. Not allowing free advertis- ing for all community orient- ed businesses may be considered discrimination. Jim Szlemko Byron won’t grow with ‘speed trap’ Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Congratulations and best wishes go to the Town of Byron for its superb holiday fireworks display this summer. It no doubt is one of the best ever. A suggestion to improve next year’s celebration at minimal to- tal expense would be for the Hon- orable Mayor Heidi Brightly to convene a Byron Town Council meeting at dusk. Guest Column The fireworks emitting from her gavel would far outshine this year’s celebration. It could be seen all the way to Montana. Folks in North Big Horn County are always concerned with economic development. That will be a futile act until that dread- ful Byron Speed Trap (B.S.T.) is dismantled. Check the facts yourself. There has been no progress in the entire area since the inception of the B.S.T. If memory is correct even Cowley’ s meager increase in the last census was double that of Byron. Eliminate the Byron Speed Trap and rename Main St. in hon- or of that great American, Cal S. Taggart. Only then may there be meaningful progress. Bertha W. Binford (Mrs.) Indianapolis Superman’s Lois Lane is indestructible Having grown up (although many have observed that with me that’s still a work in progress) watching the original Superman series, which ran from 1952- 58, I feel compelled to note that the last male member of the cast died on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Yes, my friends, Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) has had his final edition. But the two women who played Lois Lane are still kicking. Jimmy was depicted as a bow tie-wear- ing young man employed as a cub report- er and photographer for The Daily Planet BobRodriguez another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never—ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.” Wow! What a guy. And Kennedy died at 88 in ‘97. Both actors who served as Lois are still living. Phyllis Coates was in the first 26 episodes but took another role before working with Lois Lane and Clark Kent, whom he idolized as role models. Jimmy was always getting into trouble, as was Lois, and then the Man of Steel had to rescue them at the last minute. However, now that Jack Larson has died after 87 years it behooves me (somehow) to point out that all the other men in the original series have drifted off Earth. George Reeves, who was Superman, died in 1959 at the age of 45. There are rumblings that he did not commit suicide with a handgun, as general- ly reported, but that he was using what he thought was a stage gun with blanks to show off to his wife and a friend that he was invulnerable. Rumor has it that the friend and Reeves’ wife were having an af- fair and rigged the gun with a real bullet. John Hamilton portrayed editor Perry White and was fond of shouting, “Great Caesar’s Ghost!” And he didn’t like Jimmy’s calling him “chief,” so he’d yell, “Don’t call me chiefl” He often was shown at his large desk, which was covered with paper- work and several telephones. Turns out that he had trouble remembering his lines, so he was placed as often as possible at the desk where he could easi- ly read the script. He died in 1958 at age 71. Rob— ert Shayne, the intrepid police inspector of no small reputation and who apparently never left his office, died at age 92 in ‘92. And Bill Kennedy was the series announcer and had the thrill of recording those stirring words: “Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a sin- gle bound! Yes, it’s Superman, strange Visitor from being hired for the rest. She is 88. Noel Neill, who was in the five remaining seasons, is 94. Tough peo- ple these Lois Lanes. As briefly as possible, here are some of the situa- tions that have come to my awareness in my old age: If Superman’s parents wrapped him in an indestruc- tible baby blanket, how was his adoptive mother on Earth able to (1) cut it into his costume, and (2) how could there be enough indestructible material for a large cape, boots and the rest of his uniform includ- ing those cute red shorts? In many episodes, the he— ro’s costume at the knees is baggy; how come when he flies in outer space, where there is no air, his hair blows? And how could he get his hair cut? He can’t be damaged! Just a few more: Why didn’t anyone notice that there were no lens in his eyeglasses? How come they couldn’t tell that Clark was Superman just be- cause he put on his pajama-like attire and removed the glasses? Why was no one ever in the newspa- per supply room or the alley that always was avail- able when Clark dashed in to remove his suit (dou- ble-breasted of course), and what did he do with his suit and shoes while he was flying around being the Man of Steel? As a child I never noticed discrepancies in the series. But as an adult (see “growing up” above) with a critical eye honed by being a newspaperman for way too many years, the glitches come at me like the debris from Superman’s exploded home planet, Krypton. It’s all OK. Superman is a fantasy, right? Maybe The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print them. Letters longer than 400 words may not be printed. Letters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the ‘ writer. Unsigned letters will be discarded. Writers are limited to two letters in any 30 day period.All letters must conform to . the law of libel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box Lovell, WY82431, or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main St, Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced.