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i 10 [ The Lovell Chronicle J October 6 2011 BY DAVID PECK A Lovell man is part of a group of men who have formed a Wyoming branch of a national Masonic orga- nization devoted to chari- table works and motorcycle riding. Mike Verdetto is the secretary-treasurer of the Wyoming Founding Grand Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Associa- tion. Former Frannie resi- dent Riley Cooke is the or- ganization's vice president, and Joe McNeil of Cody is the president. Verdetto said the orga- nization is open to all Mas- ter Masons who enjoy the sport of motorcycling and want to ride and associate with their fraternal broth- ers. The goal of the organi- zation is to: 1. Contribute to the re- lief of Masonic widows and orphans. 2. Raise Masonic aware- ness in the world of sport motorcycling. 3. Introduce the sport of motorcycling to Masonic brothers. 4. Support local blue lodges through regular at- tendance and assisting with or attending lodge events. The national Widows than 7,000 Widows Sons members around the world, Verdetto said. In the spring of 2011, four Wyoming Masons came together to form the found- ing grand chapter in Wyo- ming, and with the support and assistance of seven oth- er brothers, the Wyoming chapter was granted a char- ter on July 7. %Ve're trying to at- tract brothers that ride and would like to become a part of it," Verdetto said. "We have new members from Buffalo, Sheridan and Jack- son Hole." Verdetto emphasized that the organization is not .............................. a gang or a motorcycle club. COURTESY PHOTO Local members of the Widows Sons organization pose during a motorcycle rally on the Big Horn Mountains Sept. 1 I. Pictured are (l-r) Mike Verdetto, Jimmy Dunlap and Joe McNeil. Sons organization began in Chicago in 1999 when a Master Mason named Carl Davenport had recurring dreams that featured a dis- traught woman. He inter- preted the dreams to be im- ages of a Mason's Widow, and he set about to form a support organization to help widows, as well as orphans. Taking care of widows and orphans is one of the charg- es of a Master Mason. By the summer of 2000 chapters had been started in Illinois, Florida, Maine, California, Arizona, Texas, Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands. A chap- ter formed in Montana four years ago. There are more The Widows Sons is a rid- ing association that does not "claim territory." The Wyoming chapter meets the second Sunday of every month at noon at the Outlaw Bar in Meeteetsee. The group does not meet in December, and Verdetto said there would likely be no motorcycle riding in January and February, though meet- ings would still be held. The group recently held a rally on Sept. 11, driving from Cody to Burgess Junc- tion, Greybull and back to Cody. Bridges resigns BY KARL& POMEROY Big Horn County Fair Board member Willie Bridg- es submitted his letter of resignation to the commis- sioners and the fair board Tuesday afternoon. He said, "It's been an honor to serve. I appreciate it." In his letter Bridges said, "I have appreciated the confidence and support that the commissioners and the public have shown me over the last eight years as I have served on this board. In ad- dition, it has been a privi- lege to serve with the other members of the fair board during this time. They are men and women of integrity and honor. I will miss their association and the oppor- tunities that the fair brings. However, due to personal reasons, I must ask that you accept my resignation to be effective Nov. 1." Bridges said he will still serve through this month as the board works through fi- nancial and personnel is- sues. He said he has commit- ted to the board to continue to work on the indoor arena and the Daniels Fund grant. He said the grant has been pushed back to the next quarter of applicants as the committee is seeking more information from the board. Bridges added in his let- ter, "I would like to take this opportunity in a public set- from fair board Willie Bridges ting to thank all the many volunteers, superintendents and staff that have worked so hard over the years to bring about the Big Horn County Fair. It takes a lot of dedicated people from all over this county to make a successful fair and I applaud those who have helped make it happen." The board could be faced with additional vacancies at the end of the year. Alfred Anderson has said he would not seek another term, and Tuesday said he initially thought his term ended this year. In fact, it does not, but he said he likely would be resigning at the end of the year, anyway. Mitch Shelhamer's term does end this year and Shel- hamer did not indicate at Tuesday's commissioner meeting whether he would seek reappointment. Enrollment and PAWS BY PATTI CARPENTER Superintendents from school districts No. 1 and No. 2 were the featured speakers at a chamber of commerce luncheon held Sept. 19 at the Brandin' Iron Restaurant. Supt. Dan Coe of Dis- trict No. 2 and Supt. Shon Hocker of District No. i pre- sented an overview of en- rollments and PAWS test results for their school dis- tricts to the audience, which was made up mostly of local business people. Supt. Coe was the first speaker. Coe announced that enrollments have held steady in his district and have actually increased by one student since the first day of school attendance count. After the first 10 days of school, administra- tors look at enrollments for the school year. "Kids move during the summer with families etc., so you always wait until that 1 lth day to see who is on the books compared to that first day when every- one is on the books." Figures on the first day of school for Lovell's schools were kindergarten 60 stu- dents, 1st grade 71, 2nd 47, 3rd 53, 4th 48, 5th 56 for a total of 335 at the elemen- tary school level. The mid- dle school had 58 enrolled in the 6th grade class, 52 in 7th and 54 in 8th for a total of 164 students. The high school had 60 students en- rolled in 9th grade, 48 in 10th, 53 in llth and 48 in 12th. He cited an overall enrollment of 709 on day 11 of this year. The overall enrollment from the same time period last year was 663. According to Coe, the 11th day count is actually a true count of students who are actually in school that have not moved. "The growth we're see- ing is very healthy for us and reflective of what is happening in the communi- ty," said Coe. Coe pointed out that the schools are funded in part based on student en- rollment. "So, the more kids, the more money," he said. Next he reviewed the results of the PAWS test, which measures a student's progress against predeter- mined standards for the state of Wyoming. "This is not a norm ref- erence test. By norm refer- ence I mean that it does not North Big Horn Hospital Clinic invites you to the Drive Thru Friday, Oct. 7, 9 am. 4 pm Quick & Convenient! Drive into the Caf Influenza, stay in your vehicle and we'll come to you. After your vaccine we'll serve you hot cider, coffee or hot chocolate and cookies! Get your seasonal FLU SHOT before the flu gets you! s20 per vaccine Payment due at time of service Medicare/Medicaid patients need to bring their beneficiary card at time of service. Children under age 18 must make an appointment. NORTH BI6 HORN HOSPITAL CLINIC 1115 Lane 12, Lovell, WY 82431 (307) 548-5201 www nbhh corn take a student and compare that student to other stu- dents his or her age across the country based on basic skills. It is only measuring that student and how they measure in regard to Wyo- ming standards." The test measures stu- dent proficency in reading, writing, math and science. A standard percentage is set for each subject and the goal of the district is for each student to meet or ex- ceed that standard. In ac- cordance with Wyoming law not all grade levels are tested at each school. At the elementary school level only three, four and five are tested. At the middle school all three grades are test- ed, which includes grades six, seven and eight. At the high school only grade 11 is tested. In reading, as a dis- trict, the measurable objec- tive was 80 percent. The el- ementary school met the 80 percent standard and the high school actually exceed- ed the standard at 86 per- cent. The middle school fell short of the standard test- ing at 78 percent. Coe explained that the district has brought in Dr. Tim Rush, an, expert in reading to help teachers improve the curriculum in reading at the middle school level. The standards for both writing and math are set at 80 percent and all three schools met that objective in those subjects. In science, the bar is set lower at 60 percent. Accord- ing to Coe this is because it is a different type of test than the others. Both el- ementary and high school level students met the ob- jective, but middle school students fell short at 48 percent. "We take a look at this testing data and look at what we do well and what we need to do better," ex- plained Coe. "Math obviously is a strong suit in the curricu- lum we are using and the delivery of that curricu- lum. Writing is going well. Reading is an area we need to work on and that is why we are focusing on that area this year with profes- sional development by Dr. Tim Rush, who is a leading expert reading. 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"Pre- school enrollment numbers are solid at 45 students." On the first day of school District No, 1 report- ed 28 pre-school students, 198 elementary school stu- dents, 91 middle school stu- dents and 126 high school students. Hocker also reported that the graduation rate in the district was 88.52 percent in the school year 2009-2010. "Not bad, but of course we strive for 100 percent," said Hocker. He reported that junior ACT scores were higher than the state average at 21.6 composite. He alsb reviewed fa- cility projects like moving into the new district office in July 2011 and the com- pletio new six-lane, tracks: Projects currently under construction include a much-needed mainte- nance shop/bus barn facil- ity. He also presented a breakdown of PAWS results for the district. In reading 4th grade tested 97.3 per- cent, 8th grade 68.2 per- cent, llth grade 83.7 per- cent. In writing, 4th grade tested 89.8 percent, 8th grade 89.8, llth grade 83.3. 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