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4 I The Lovell ChronicleI November 18, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com i With the closing of Rocky Moun- tain High School in Byron this summer, the Town of Byron is trying to figure out what to do with the empty space. There are a lot of good ideas going around about opening the pool for community use or filling the building with jungle gyms for kids to play on, or even opening the former school as a "haunted house" of sorts. I think these ideas are all great for Byron, but the community should Brad first look at getting rid of some of the Devereaux old building. Maybe it's easier for me A Flock of Words to say, "tear it down" because I didn't live in this area growing up, and never attended classes there. But I think losing some of the dead weight is essential for the Town of Byron to get a well-func- tioning building and protect themselves from potential fu- ture issues. The Byron Town Complex was recently finished and houses much-needed space for town meetings, a small mu- seum, offices and the rec department. Is there much else that could be happening in Byron that can't be held in that great new facility? Why not clear out a nice patch of grass on Main Street and landscape a town park, complete with outdoor play- ground equipment. If it's feasible, keep a few portions of the building such as the pool, auditorium, gym and/or a few classrooms/offices to make a community rec center that will have plenty of room for residents of the small town. If residents think they don't need another park, the land could be used for residential development or for new con- struction of storefronts in Byron. Many people say it's better to leave the school standing and attract businesses to move in, but a committee has already put in a lot of hard work into getting that done, and in the end, it didn't go through. I commend the Byron School Committee for being proactive and trying to get something going for the town but their work uncovered some of the difficulties in that avenue. If the town decides to leave a portion of the RMHS building standing, I think it could be a great compliment to the town complex (lunchroom) building. Byron could have a nice campus feel in the middle of town and be free from much of the future risks of having to pay for costly demoli- tion. A smaller building would be just that, small, and would probably rule out multiple businesses from moving in, but are there currently many businesses waiting to start up in Byron but can't because they lack space? Would new busi- nesses be more likely to move in with new commercial space to call home? It would be great to have a huge building, but with a huge building comes huge maintenance costs. While wait- ing for a business to move into the building, can the town afford to cover maintenance? However, it's not too late to obtain grant funding to make the entire building more energy efficient and if that avenue is possible, the town could keep all or most of the large building. I think the town needs to cut out at least some of those costs and make a bright future for what's left of the school. I agree that the school has a rich history and could be use- ful to Byron residents in the future, but it's just too big. Why not cut it down and work on a project that is a little easier to swallow? Letter to the editor Thanks for the fund-raising support Dear Editor, The Lovell Elementary Par- ent Council would like to thank all of those that helped make the Little Caesar Pizza fundraiser a HUGE success. We appreciate all you do for your school and the community. Carrie King Lovell Parent Council 2010 MEMBEB 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 Editor and Publisher: David Peck News Editor: Brad Devereaux Staff: Gladys McNeil, Pat Parmer, Dorothy Nelson, Erin Henson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller. ..... i~iiil;iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiii! SUhthtEl LET I>P.AFTS IN- EVERY WIHTI R SHUT IT SURI GETS TIRESOhtE-- BUT WE'RE I>EAUNG WITH A LAW OI= ONE THAT OUGHTA BE ! Letters to the editor Dear Editor, I read with great interest Gary Noth's letter printed in the Lovell Chronicle on Oct. 21 regarding that despicable Byron speed trap. Except for the cheap shot in calling me ignorant, Mr. Noth's letter was well reasoned and welt written. He offers creative solu- tions to this critical problem. Think of what this speed trap is doing to people. The fear in lit- tle children when Daddy is ar- rested in this forlorn town is trau- matic. What is it doing for the youth of Byron and surrounds to have as the role model of the most re- spected and productive man in town being the guy running the speed trap? Think of Frankie. What does it do to a man to have as his ma- jor professional focus in life being to make his quota by fleecing good tourists out of their hard earned vacation money! Moreover, it is hurting eco- nomic development in the entire north Big Horn statistical area. No significant business or indus- try has moved into the area since the inception of that malignant speed trap. Sincerely, Bertha W. Binford (Mrs.) Dear Editor, I received a letter last week from a Lovell resident chastising me about my letter about moving trick-or-treating. After re-reading my own let- ter I could see how someone might not understand my point of view on this by the words and phrases volved. I believe the proclamation should have come from the reli- gious leaders of the churches in Love11. The wording could have been something like this: "We, the religious leaders of the below listed churches, are asking residents of the Town of The letter I received also stat- ed that her son was in the mili- tary to support my right to free speech. I also spent four years in the United States Marine Corps helping to protect the freedoms that our great country enjoys and, yes, to protect my own right to free speech. I used. It was not my intention to Lovell to keep Sunday the 31st ofSpeaking of free speech, I disrespect anyone,s religion and October a. day of Sabbath, a holy feel that is, pne, thing lacking in if anyone was offended I deeply day ancl celebrate'the custom, of this town.:M in3 people know apologize, trick-or-treating for Halloween things that go 9P in this town My intention was to point out the reason stated for mov, ing trick-or-treating was a lame excuse and using children to ex- press your view was uncalled for. Also, I wanted to point out the mayor's proclamation was out of line for government to get in- on Saturday evening instead of Sunday evening. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping Sun- day a holy day." Had this been done and been straight forward from the begin- ning many residents would not have been upset. that are not proper and leg but are afraid to speak out because of being chicken-hearted, for fear of embarrassment or for fear of their very lives. Is this the kind of town we want? Jim Szlemko I appreciate those who give hugs and encouragement Dear Editor, In this season of Thanksgiv- ing, there are countless things to be thankful for. There are two that have been on my mind for quite a while that I feel a need to address. First, I have been reminded in recent months that there is no such thing as "just a school bus driver." When my daughter was distressed over her bus driver, Miss Nancy, retiring, I didn't real- ize the bond that my daughter had formed with Nancy was so strong. I would see Miss Nancy give Ni- cole a little hug as she got on the bus occasionally, and appreciated her smile and wave. Those hugs, smiles and en- couraging words that seemed like small things, over time, were the big things. She'd give the kids gum occasionally for good behavior and take them out for ice cream at the end of the year, too. But when I asked my daughter why she was so distressed about Miss Nancy retiring, she told me, "She always knew the right thing to say when I was having a bad day." So to all the bus drivers, lunch ladies, janitors, teachers, secre- taries, principals, paras, I want to express my gratitude for each and every smile, hug, and word of encouragement that you give to our children. You touch lives in wonderful ways with each kind gesture, and make a huge differ- ence in the lives of the next gen- eration. I also need to say "Thank You" to the school district's su- perintendent, Dan Coe, and the board of education for approving of five teachers for kindergarten this year. When I learned in late spring that there would be nearly 80 children in kindergarten this year, it concerned me that there were only three teachers. Then I heard there would be four. But even then, that would be 20 children in each class, which is a high number for any grade, let alone kindergarteners. They require so much hands-on, indi- vidual time to teach them the ba- sics that even 20 would be a lot. Then the good news came that the school district had hired a fifth teacheE I really appreciate our school district's understanding and fore- sight in hiring another teacher to be sure that each child will receive the attention they need to build a solid foundation for the rest of their schooling. My youngest is one of those kindergarteners, so I do have a special interest. But each of us in the community has a special interest in the educa- tion our schools provide, because these children will one day lead our country. I am very thankful for Lovell's school district. Mrs. Gerber was the school secretary in my grade school many years ago, and each morning, my sister and I would go see her and get our hugs. I missed those hugs as I entered junior high. Now, to Mrs. Gerber, Miss Nancy and all the other people in our schools who make a positive impact on our young children, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Sharon Hall on commission Dear Editor: Why does Big Horn County only have three county commis- sioners? Who decides whether there should be three or five? I don't remember voting on that is- sue. Was it on a ballot, and if so, when? I notice that there are 15 counties in Wyoming that have three commissioners. Park County, Sheridan, Campbell, Weston, Fremont, Teton, Natrona and Converse counties have five; all the rest have three, one of which is Big Horn. Carol and I remember talking to Colin Simpson before the elec- tion at the Irma Hotel in Cody. Somehow the subject of commis- sioners came up. I asked how many commissioners Park Coun- ty had and he said five. He said originally there were five but for some reason they went to three, because the commissioners said they could save the county money if there were three to pay instead of five. He also said that didn't last very long (not sure how long) before they went back to five, which is where they are today. The reason, I believe, is be- cause not every area of the county was being represented;' just as it is with our commissioners today. Keith Grant represents the north end of the county (Love11), and Jerry Ew, en represents east end of the county (Greybull/Shell). Scotty Hinman lives in Ba- sin but has property on Rang- er Creek Road. (What area does he represent?) There is no rep- resentative from the Burlington, Otto and Emblem area (west). There is no representative from the Manderson HyattviUe area (south of Basin). I say no taxation without rep- resentation. Therefore, I will not i *n be paying any more property tax- es, as I am not being represented. I intend to do as much business as I can in Billings (no sales tax) or Park County where I have re- cently purchased some property. At least Park County is only 4 i percent sales tax. If the commissioners keep spending our (taxpayers money) the way they have then we can expect property taxes to keep go- ing up and more than likely an- other percent or two in sales tax- es. I would like for a response from the commissioners to this letter to the editor. Or anyone can e-mail me their response also at csparks@tctwest.net. This is just my opinion and no one else's. Let's let the people make up their own minds. Wayne Sparks Basin