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CHRONICLE October 18, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 17 Kaitlin Stevens gives Cadence Workman a pumpkin picking lesson during a visit by Early Head Start preschoolers last week to Katie's Pumpkin Patch, a business set up by 13-year-old Stevens three years ago at her family's farm located west of Lovell. Right, 18-month-old Emerick Siebert picks out a special pumpkin for his family during an Early Head Start Preschool visit to Katie's Pumpkin Patch on Thursday, Oct. 11. PATH CARPENTER PHOTOS Byron ilews BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 548-2471 pamhopkinson@gmail.com I have been trying to note the upgrades happening around our town. The most current offering is a renovation of the old Havig place. Those who grew up around here, remember that "Ed was the photographer for all of our "Ping Pong school pictures. He and Ida were a good team and she was al- ways standing by with a comb for a last minute look over to make sure we wouldn't embarrass our parents with some goofy pic- ture. Most of the time she was successful. I always thought Mr. Havig had a neat accent. He came to this country from Norway when he was a young man of 19. When he first came to Byron he performed music for dances a lot. Ed was a violinist in the orchestra, as well as being ac- complished on the accordion. De- verl Willey played piano, Loraine Wolz sax, Dot Nelsen banjo and Lou Cozzens on the drums. In his life history, Ed talked about go- ing to Cowley, Lovell and Byron for all of the dances. He didn't mention the Starlight Garden on the east end of Town, but I do remember Morn telling how she, along with my dad, my grand- parents and so many people from Byron, Cowley and Lovell would go to the dances at that pavil- ion. Sometimes I think it would be neat to recreate some of that camaraderie among the commu- nities that was common in those days. Why not? The original Havig home was an oil field house cut in half, moved and pieced back to- gether on its present founda- tion. There was a small place out in back where Dell Alexan- der (Ida's brother) lived. Dell was the town crossing guard and the only speed cop we had. He worked every day as a volunteer, to keep our streets safe for the school children. He made himself a sash with many reflectors on it. His eyesight was not good at all, and he wore thick glasses, but he could get you across the street safely, and with his reflective uni- form, he could be seen for a mile. He had a reputation like our former Chief of Police Frankie. People would hit the outskirts of town and see ,if Dell was there. If he were, they would slow way down. When Mr. Sim- mons came to town as the new superintendent, he was amazed that Dell was doing this job out of the kindness of his heart and for the concern of the citizens as an unpaid volunteer. Simmons made sure that Dell was put on the school payroll. Uncle Dell (as the kids called him) was an im- portant fixture in this community for many years. If you drive by the corner of Main and Cloud Peak, the house there has been a work in prog- ress over the past several months and I see the entire Curtis Abra- ham family out working on the finishing touches these last few weeks. It is a neat and tidy addi- tion to our Main Street. It is new from the floors to the doors and is definitely worth a look. Carl Watts looked particu- larly happy a few days ago at the post office. He had been over the mountain to watch his grandson Daniel Sessions (a junior) score six touchdowns for the Sheri- dan Broncs against Laramie. He is one proud grandpa, and I can imagine a few local coaches are wishing this young man would move closer to his grandpa. Don't forget to join us for free supper at the Chili Cook Off, Thursday Oct. 18. I understand that Bob and Barb Acton from Hawg Heaven have joined in on the action. Should be fun. Cook- ing starts at 3 p.m. Food will be served at 6 p.m. There will be an opportunity afterward to ask any questions you may have of your three candidates for town coun- cil. Cinnamon rolls will be served for dessert. Yum! Also, the Byron School ghost is roaming again.' The Haunt is waiting for any souls brave enough to darken the doors. The Haunt will take place Oct.19, 20, 26, 27 from 8 p.m. to midnight, plus Halloween night. What a fright! Speaking of fright, a Byron snake expert was sharing a local area find with me. It is a big rock formation nearby that, from cer- tain angles, actually looks like a large snakehead. The amaz- ing thing is that just below that large natural creation is an ac- tual den of rattlesnakes. I'm not really curious enough (big chicken, actually) to venture out there. I waited for confirmation, while Glen and an anonymous (by request) snake expert viewed this phenomenon and yep, it is re- ally there. Yikes! Supt. Hill to host town hall meeting Saturday in Cody This coming Saturday eve- ning, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m Wy- oming Superintendent of Pub- lic Instruction Cindy Hill will be holding a town hall meet and greet meeting for the public to give an update on education in Wyoming at the Cody Cattle Company, 1910 Demaris Dr on the Yellowstone Highway. According to organizers, Hill welcomes the public, especially teachers, parents, grandparents and students, to attend. After her update the floor will be open for questions and answers. Refreshments will be served. Elna Petersen 80th birthday party Saturday for Elna Petersen Elna Despain Petersen of El- wood, Utah, will be celebrating her 80th birthday. The event will be commemorated at an open house to be held at the Elwood Second Ward building (4865 W 9600 N Elwood, Utah) on Sat- urday, Oct. 20, between 2 and 4 p.m. Elna was born the fourth of 11 children in Lovell on Oct. 31, 1932, to William and Mary De- spain. She graduated from Lovell High School and attended BYU. She married Paul Petersen (deceased) on July 17, 1951, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They are the parents of 10 children, 49 grandchildren and 37 great- grandchildren. On March 15, 2002, she mar- ried Willis Petersen of Elwood, Utah, father of five children and seven grandchildren. Elna has served three mis- sions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. People are welcome to come and celebrate her birthday with family and friends or send her a message at elna2001@hotmail. com. Cowley news BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 The month of October is half over and the fall weather has been beautiful. The leaves are every- where, falling on lawns, porches and pets. My cats come from out- side and sticky leaves are in their fur, on their backsides, and when I get through grooming them, all over the floor. Luckily, I have two slick-haired feral cats that have been tamed. Their coats are not too bad, but my two longhaired cats are getting angry with me. The smell of the sugar facto- ry is working its magic in Lovell. The smell isn't too strong in Cowley, but in Lovell, even the outskirts are redolent. The smell is imprinted on many of us and the fragrance is just part of our lives. Yesterday, while passing through Worland, the odor was so strong we were all coughing in- side the car. The aromas of fall are pleas- ant to some of us. Some of the farmers have gotten their beets in and the sugar beets are huge and healthy and it is an exciting time, as we see men work night and day to harvest their crops. It's beauti- ful weather so far as the farmers clear the lands. Fall is the best, as long as the weather cooperates. It's a blessing to have been raised in Cowley and ai r retLrement, come home to live in this dear, familiar, quiet small town. My sister Sidney Whalen sent a message last week from St. George, Utah stating that she hosted an 80th birthday party for her husband, Pat Whalen on Sept. 29. Many of their friends and fam- ily were present. Among those for- merly from our area were: Bob and Fay Olson; Jack and Marge Wil- cock; Clara and Jim McDermott; Terry and Jo Tebbs and Merrill and Mary Alice Tebbs-Moncur. A great time was had by all, as they celebrated Pat's 80th birthday. My only question about the whole cel- ebration is, "How did this happen? where have the years gone?" It is so unbelievable to be in the "old- er" generation. How quickly those years have passed and here we are. Sunday, Oct. 14, Ray and Cresta Peterson, LeRose Peter- son and myself traveled to River- ton to witness the blessing of Re- ese and Stephanie Peterson's son, Connor Reese Peterson. He turned one month old the day he was blessed. What a beautiful day for a drive. The colors are changing and Thermopolis canyon is so gor- geous. We saw antelope, deer and many kinds of wild creatures in the fields. I've never been in- side the small city of Riverton ex- cept for the highway as we passed through to get to Utah and other places. Riverton is a very pretty city and it was interesting to see the schools, homes and to witness the activities of the townspeople. It was a warm day and we went to church with family and friends who had traveled from far places to be with Reese and Steph- anie and Connor. Stephanie's mother and father have six chil- dren and everyone was there. Her brother James is leaving for a mis- sion in Georgia and he spoke in church, making the celebration of new life more significant. Jordan and Brittany Peterson drove from Laramie with their three-week- old son, Colton Reed, so LeRose and I met our great-grandsons for the first time. The cycle of life goes on as this new generation of young adults and their children travel through their lives, what a blessing to see the generations of people who attended this impor- tant service. After church, Reese and Stephanie and the grandmoth- ers fed us all in their small apart- ment, which was filled to capac- ity. It was an odd feeling to be the great-grandmother. I remem- ber when my mother was living in Lovell and I carted her around to grocery stores, to Billings to shop, to Utah and other places. Now, I'm being treated like I treated my mother and I am astounded. It was nice to just sit back and let Ray drive and not worry about anything, but very odd, because I don't feel that old. Life goes on with or without us and it is im- portant to enjoy each day, each occurrence, to feel joy, pleasure, hope, great love and emotion as we watch our children, grand- children and great-grandchildren grow and prosper. What an ad- venture life is. I live near the log gym. I watch every day as the construc- tion company sand blasts the old building, repairs the outside, caulks between the logs and re- stores the place to its former beau- ty. Renovation inside the building is amazing. All of us who are na- tive to Cowley want pieces of the beautiful hardwood floor that has been used in our growing years and still shines in its beauty. But, alas, it is rumored that the floor has been sold. Our memories of those basketball games, dances, community and school gather- ings are strong in our minds as the gym comes to its last peak of beauty. How wonderful to have these historical buildings intact and revived for future generations. Physically, the floor and the benches, etc. have become just memories, but those reminders of our grade school and high school activities and the town's use of it for important events are etched in our minds forever, and the gym will stand as we enter this new phase of our lives.