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I illl l!illi ',.".i(i! ,'!*iiL ii i ii 111 Jii,",  ;iii ' [ ;' 1/,1 i }(: i:i [ LOVELL What's Inside ... Quilters' specia/ projects Harriers off to state Charles Cozzens' firecracker stand Residents seek town's he/p Page 3 Page 7 __ Page 13 Page 13 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 106, NUMBER 19 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011 75 Pumpkin Fest next week in Lovell BY DAVID PECK Love to carve pump- kins? Proud of your work? The Lovell Pumpkin Fest just might be for you. The Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with downtown merchants to sponsor the third Pump- kin Fest, which organiz- ers hope will provide col- or and fun to downtown Lovell during the Hallow- een weekend. The event is simple. People, organizations and businesses are asked to carve jack-o-lanterns and drop them off at the Chamber office (287 E. Main) Friday afternoon, Oct. 28, during the down- town trick-or-treat event from 2 to 5 p.m. Persons presenting pumpkins for the festi- val will receive one entry for a $25 gift certificate drawing for every pump- kin they drop off. The pumpkins will then be placed along Main Street and lit at dusk on Friday night and again Satur- day night. PeoPle are in- vited to bring their family down for a looK: The event will con- clude with a free dance Saturday night, Oct. 29, at the Lovell Recreation Building, the old B&G Lumber building. The dance is sponsored by Bairco, the Lovell Build- ing Center and The Hen House. Chamber of Com- merce president Sue Tay- lor said the beauty of the festival is that people can "lend" pumpkins to the festival for two nights, then pick their pumpkin up on Sunday for display at their home. She said the dance is an evening of family fun. Music will be provided by the Cow- ley Boys. Taylor said the event was started two years ago by John Lafko of The Hen House, hoping to pat- tern it after a festival in Keene, N.H., which start- ed with 600 pumpkins in 1991 and displayed near- ly 23,000 in 2010 and al- most 30,000 in 2009. In Lovell's case, the pumpkins will be dis- played on two blocks of Main Street at store- fronts and in the down- town parks - the veter- ans memorial park, the Lovell Drug park and the downtown mural park. The festival featured pumpkins and scarecrows two years ago, and there was an effort to expand the festival last year, but a lack of participation has sent the festival in the direction of seeking promotional assistance and broader participation through the chamber of commerce. Chamber board mem- bers are contacting the Bulldog Booster Club asking the club to use a pumpkin theme as they wish teams good luck as they head to state vol- leyball and host a first- round football playoff See PUMPKIN, page 6 PATTI CARPENTER Dallen Mangus, Halley Rael and teacher Jodi Strom work with one of the new iPads Lovell Elementary students are using as part of their educational program in the second grade classroom. District No. 2 board looks at iPads in classrooms BY PATTI CARPENTER The focus of the District No. 2 school board meeting held on Oct. 10 was ele- mentary school technology. Second grade teachers Krystal May and Jodi Strom demonstrated how their students are us- ing the new iPads they received earlier in the year. The hands-on demonstration al- lowed.board members to experiment with some of the programs the students are us- ing in the classroom. Strom described how students were "pulled completely into their studies" when using the iPad technology. "You give a student a book and their eyes wander around the room. Give them the iPad and they are pulled into it," ex- plained Strom. Strom and May gave a detailed pre- sentation showing how the iPad is being used to enhance reading, science and math lessons. "One of the things we are really excited about is that there are apps on the iPads that directly correspond to the curriculum we are using in theclassroom," said Strom. "It provides a different format for student to focus on the skills they are learning in the classroom. The kids are really tuned into the technology and it has been a really good interactive way for the kids to prac- tice the curriculum." May talked about how the children are treating the equipment "respectfully" and how much the children look forward to their "iPad time." "They want it to last and they take re- ally good care of them," she said. The teachers are also taking advan- tage of some of the technology like "turning point," a program that allows the teach- ers to show the student instant results to their quizzes. The teachers are also using application programs o randomly selct " students from a list of names to answer questions during classroom sessions and software that simplifies the grading pro- cess and saves time. In other matters, Nancy Cerroni dis- cussed how administrators and staff are using assessment results from tests to im- prove the curriculum in all three schools. "All of the buildings are pouring through PAWS data and are trying to de- termine areas of need so they can design an action plan to address those needs and improve the curriculum," said Cerroni: Cerroni expressed her disappointment that this year the "parent report" did not provide as much detail as it has in previ- ous years. Board members continued their review of board governance policies. The board re- views different policies each month and allows members to comment on the poli- cy. Very little comment or discussion was made on the policies reviewed this month. The board acknowledged Holly Wilk- erson who was recently selected by the See 'DISTRICT 2,' page 6 DAVID PECK The big machinery was out on Nevada Avenue Monday preparing for the South Phase of the water and sewer infrastructure project. Here, an asphalt milling machine works its way down the hill to chew up pavement in preparation for the laying of new water and sewer lines, which will begin next week. Internet math program showing results in Dist. One BY BOB RODRIGUEZ A pilot program utiliz- ing the Internet to assist sixth- through eighth-grad- ers who have difficulties with mathematics is show- ing positive results, it was learned by trustees of Big Horn County School Dis- trict One on Tuesday night, Oct. 11. During its wide-rang- ing public meeting at the district office in Cowley, a presentation on Apangea Learning Math was pre- sented by teacher Justin Moss. In the pilot project, which began this school year, 29 students utilize the program once weekly. The board's open meeting, lasting an hour, was pre- ceded by an hour-long ex- ecutive session closed to the public and news media. Board Chairman Dave Monk announced after the secret meeting that trust- ees discussed "personnel, property and student is- sues." During the public session, the matter of prop- erty was not addressed. Trustee Ed Riding was ab- sent. Moss rl . that " Apangei'i  6ne, Sup' plemental math-- instruc- tion and tutoring pro- gram helping raise student achievement. The program is "very expensive," said Patrice Riley, district cur- riculum director. She add- ed that Title 5 funding is being used, and that the class and results are be- ing monitored closely. Stu- dents also can access the program at home, and the fact that they do so shows the beauty of the plan. "It's kinda' cool," Moss stated, "beCause the kids like the program and ask if they can use it. They are learning math, and test scores are showing that." Added Riley, "It's a great tool; the students enjoy it and it helps them. It's deep and rich, which is why it's expensive, and the kids don't realize they,re doing math." She indicated that the program could benefit all levels of students, but that whether it will be ex- panded remains to be seen. Trustees also learned, from Facilities and Main- tenance head Mike Sim- mons and Superintendent Shon Hocker, that lighted, digital marquees have ar- rived for Burlington School and Rocky Mountain High School/Mid,lie School. The signs were being installed last week. The board agreed to meet Thursday night, Nov. 3, at the district office to prepare the annual evalua- tion of the superintendent. Dinner will be brought to the boardroom from the Cowtown Cafe. Monk stated that the evalua- tion, which must be ready by the end of November, "shouldn't take more than a couple hours, or maybe two and half." In a tongue- in-cheek remark, Trustee Koleen Sponsel agreed, but See 'MEETING,' page 6 Lindsay Lindsay hired as new BHC Health Coaltion director BY DAVID PECK Lindsay Lindsay has been hired as the new ex- ecutive director of the Big Horn County Health Coali- tion. She will start her offi- cial duties on Monday, Oct. 24. Lindsay has been working as a paraprofes- sional in the Special Edu- cation Dept. at the Lovell Elementary School and re- cently earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Phoenix. The daughter of Jerry and Terri Anderson, Lind- say grew up in Lovell and is a 1999 graduate of Lovell High School. She was ac- tive in volleyball, basket- ball and track during her high school career. After earning an as- sociate degree in business from Northwest College, Lindsay started the Kidz Korner Daycare out of her home, running it for eight years, and she and hus- band Chad, along with partners, opened the Busy Body Fitness workout cen- ter. "I ran the (daycare) business until our kids were in school," she said. Chad and Lindsay have four children: CJ, 8, Quinn, 7, Carissa, 5, and Celeste, 2. Lindsay closed the day- care two years ago and went back to school seeking her education degree and Lindsay Lindsay working at the elementary school. The Lindsays also leased Better Body Fit- ness to new manager Steve Hultgren about a year ago. Chad Lindsay held the position of executive direc- tor for seven years, from 2003 to 2010, and Naomi Burns was hired in the spring of 2010 to replace Chad. She resigned in Au- gust to take a new job in Powell. Lindsay said her hus- band's long tenure at the helm will ease her transi- tion into the new position. "I know what it was," she said. "Chad built the program, and I want to get it back to where it was. I want to do more for the See 'LINDSAY,' page 6 IIl[ll!l]l!Jlll!l!!!!lllll The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com