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CHRONICLE November 29, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Taiwan student adjusts to life in the United States with enthusiasm BY MERYK M. MCARTHUR When first asked to be interviewed for this series, Wang Chien Ho, or Duke, was nervous and shy at first, but it turned out that he has a good sense of humor underneath. Duke lives with Tim and Jennifer Jones of Cowley, and he's from Taitung, Taiwan. He noted that one of the weirdest things about the United States is people use a fork to eat rice, and the coolest thing is the students in school say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning before classes begin. Duke decided to come to the U.S. be- cause he learned to speak English in mid- dle school and wanted to really use the language and explore the culture. Duke is enjoying his stay with the Jones family. Duke's hobbies consist of playing com- puter games, reading science fiction and competing in sports, but when he's fin- ished with homework and doing chores the first thing he does is take a nap. So far this school year Duke has been involved with Rocky's cross country team and he plans on participating in other activities throughout the school year. Other sports he has done are soccer, badminton and kudo. Kudo is a popular sport in Taiwan that mostly involves sword fighting. This is tied to Duke's hope to one day becoming a samurai. He's good at Rubik's cube and solving puzzles, and he's very good with languages. Duke's host mom, Jennifer Jones, ex- plained Duke's first taste of raw vegeta- bles. The family still laughs over the face he had made when he tried them. Duke has taken to cooked potatoes and gravy, which is now his favorite American meal, but the raw vegetables are still coming along. Interestingly enough, when asked about his favorite movie star and Ameri- can movie, Duke expressed how he hadn't watched a lot of television in Taiwan. In his hometown, Taitung, he said "the the- atre had burned down." There's one thing Duke would tell Americans about his homeland: "Taiwan is not Thailand." Some advice he would give to someone coming to the United States would be, "Enjoy it, but the class- es are hard." His favorite memory of his experience here so far was Rocky's home- coming week, where the school had a par- ty and Duke had an enjoyable time with the other students. Duke said the best gift he's ever been given is a laptop from his dad, who is also the person he looks up to the most.' The best gift he ever gave to someone is a unique cotton fabric from Japan called bfi. If Duke could have one wish that could come true it would be that his Eng- lish speaking would be better. With prac- tice he knows he'll get there. He loves to play card games and his favorite holiday is New Year's, because in Taiwan the stu- dents would have a week long break to celebrate. Duke has a mother, father, sis- ter and brother, who he misses. If he could have one superpower Duke would like to fly. Cowley news A lasting legacy left by Dr. Scott M. Welch BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 The Thanksgiving Day vacation was a great day for most of us. The weath- er was clear and the travelers had good roads. Then Sunday the snow fell, it was cold and we all worried if our relatives and friends would have decent roads on their trip home. The Ray Peterson family had a grand reunion with their grandchildren who are now two months old and beginning to coo, smile and entertain. Reese and Stephanie and Connor were with Ray and Cresta and family for a week, and Jordan, Brittany and Colton arrived Wednesday night. The two young Peterson boys were born a week apart, and the great-grandmothers were especially thrilled to be with the little ones as they are miracles to us and we are joy- ous and very thankful for their health and strength as they are certain to contribute to the world and their family as they grow and thrive. Each family has reason to be thankful for love, friendships and the feeling of com- munity and friends, and as I speak about my family I speak for all of us who have a continuing wealth of family. The Welch and Peterson family and friends gathered together to honor Dr. Scott M. Welch at his funeral the day after Thanksgiving. Relatives traveled from long distances to be with each other, and we all mourn his passing, but we also are thank- ful that his extreme suffering and loneli- ness and pain is over and he has passed to eternal life and joins his wife, Kathleen, his parents, brothers and sisters and oth- ers who have gone before him. The funeral service was held at the LDS Stake House and Scott and Kath- leen's posterity filled the middle pews of the church. The program was filled with music and heartrending tributes to a life well lived as he and his wife impacted all who knew both of them. The grandchildren sang, the sons sang and the family choir rendered those who loved him to tears. It is almost beyond words to try to ex- plain the service. It was a moving hour and as Robert and Scott told his life story with emotion and beauty and great love, the au- dience was stunned by Robert as he talk- ed, then sang lines of Scott and Kathleen's favorite songs, and the closing lines were from the song "The Hills of Home," as Dr. Scott Welch's love of Cowley and especial- ly Lovell where he lived with his family seemed to bring together all facets of his life. How wonderful for his family to be giv- en the gift of music, a fine work ethic and to be strong in family and be assets to their various communities with the gifts they've been given by their Welch and Peter- son heritage and the pioneer families who came before them bestowing talent, love, joy of life and family, endurance, love of community and good works. We have been blessed. Since the Thanksgiving holiday, the Christmas decorations are popping up all over town. The lights are twinkling, the yards and homes are bursting with light at night and the celebration has begun. The town is beautifully decorated by the volun- teer group of women and the town main- tenance crew. Our Main Street is covered with lights and wreaths and we thank those who contribute with their hard work and joy. We thank those who volunteer their time and efforts to ensure that our town continues to be cheerful and beautiful. Nick Sponsel used to hang Santa Claus and his team of reindeer with Ru- dolph leading the pack with his red nose, and I hope that somehow this tradition will continue. We miss you, Nick, and wish you were well enough to continue your con- tributions and joyous spirit to our commu- nity. Santa and his team used to belong to the late Cal Harvey and every year dur- ing the Christmas holiday he was flying at Cal's house, now he is on top of the water tower and it gives us pleasure and wonder- ful memories of the Christmas season. The news of the unexpected death of Steve Cole, Maurine Hinckley's husband, has reached us. Steve and Maurine just re- tired, moved to Powell for their retirement years, traveled to Ireland for their "bucket list" and are well loved and cherished by his family and friends. He has left behind his beautiful wife Maurine, three children, his grandchildren, his family members and the Hinckley extended family and all his friends and acquaintances. We mourn for Maurine and her family and for the loss of Steve at such a young age. May God bless and comfort you in the trying months and years with acceptance and understanding. We are stunned and grief stricken. Scheffler, Brown wed in September ceremony Dave and Lori Schef- Grandparents of the tier have announced the bride are Jackie and the marriage of their daugh- late Ray Minchow of Lovell, ter, Kristen, to Calvin and the late Ralph and Es- Brown, son of Craig and ther Scheffler of Marys- Cindy Brown, ofBasin, ville, Mich. The groom's The celebration was grandparents are Carl and held on Sept. 29 at the Sharon Brown of Lovell Circle J. Ranch near Ten and Martin and Jackie Co- Sleep. Pastor Kurt McNabb bos of Denver. of the Lovell Bible Church Kristen is a 2008 Lovell performed the ceremony. High School graduate and Standing up for Kris- attended and played bas- ten were Matron of Honor ketball for the Universi- Shelli Skjoldal (Scheffler), ty of Wyoming. Calvin is a and bridesmaids Betha- 2007 Riverside High School ny Reasch, Jamie Schef- Calvin and Kristen graduate and a 2012 Uni- fier (Chicane) and Ash- versity of Wyoming gradu- ley Palmer (Haskell). In Ty Brown and Toby Wood. ate. They are currently liv- support of Calvin were Thane Zollman was the ingin Basin, where Calvin Best Man Bryce Vigil and ring bearer and Aniya Co- farms for Mitch and Karen groomsmen Caleb Brown, bos was the flower girl.Vigil. Byron news Memories of river crossings and teaching BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 548-2471 pamhopkinson@gmail.com Thanksgiving vacation has come to an end and the weary travelers are off to their routine for a few more weeks until Christmas va- cation arrives. Going back to school after a vacation always seems exciting, and it wasn't until I became a parent that I knew how the timing for returning to school somehow coordinat- ed with the end of my pa- tience. Thank you to the teachers who show up with a smile and enough energy to face their charges for the day. I suspect many of my generation have slipped into the "when I was a kid" mode once in a while to tell of how tough it was as a child getting to school... "walking through snow drifts in the dark of morn- ing, wind chill threatening to freeze nose and toes," etc., only to realize as an adult that it was less than a block and seldom dark and never did a friend lose a body part to the cold. The great perspective of reality seems to take the fun out of most stories retold. But for the early set- tlers of our area, it was pretty tough. Edith Pow- elson (born in 1907) start- ed school in Byron before the bridge was built across the Shoshone River. There was a school wagon that picked up the children, took them to the edge of the riv- er where they held hands and walked across a foot- bridge. When the river was frozen, they walked across the ice. Later, when the bridge was built, Edith's brother Cliff and others south of the river went to school in a horse-drawn wagon. "There was a little woodburning stove in the back of the wagon to keep the children warm," she said. Cliff actually drove the school wagon when he got old enough. In researching old school memories, I came across an interesting tidbit written by Mrs. Nicholls. She and Clyde had a young family during the Depres- sion and "times were hard," she wrote. "One day, Clyde and I and the two children were swimming in the ca- nal...when a car drove up, stopped and three men got out of the car and came up and watched us. They were Superintendent Lar- son and two of the Byron school board members: Er- nest Jensen and Charles Wolz. They wanted me to teach first grade in Byron and they gave such a good offer that I couldn't re- fuse: $129 a month, plus a modern home." That was 1943. Edna had taught in Lovell and Cowley schools previously. She taught first grade in Byron for the next 30 years. "I think I was unique, as I was the only teacher Ed and Jeri NeVille in 1933 Congratulations to Ed and Jeri NeVille on their 79th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 25, 1933. hired while swimming in a canal," she wrote. "Each year (brought) fifteen to twenty new: anddifferent challenges. Their parents depended on me to teach the 3 R's. First grade de- veloped their study and work habits and attitudes for life. I took my teaching seriously. I loved them as my own and they, in turn, loved me. I was their moth- er at school, and I taught them as if they were my own. I still claim them all. I hope I still have a place in their hearts, too." She does. We attended Scott Welch's funeral on Fri- day. He was a good man with a great heritage and a wonderful progeny. He was my first dentist. Not many dentists give out cou- pons for ice cream these days, but he did. Off to the corner dairy with a numb mouth anxious for that yummy ice cream. So many choices...chocolate, vanilla, strawberry. My corner has been busy for at least a month. Every day crews show up to trans- form the old "Winzenried", "Cowley", "Asay" "Akin" place on Shoshone and Cen- ter. The trees have been trimmed, the roof repaired and the inside complete- ly redone from the studs out. What a transforma- tion is taking place. It will soon be home to the Sylvi- as (granddaughter of Bet- ty Tanner Langston). New neighbors are welcome. Not everyone gets to have a pix- ie move in down the street (one of her daughters is a little blonde pixie named Pixie). And much to my grandchildren's delight, up the street west lives Harry Potter. Some magic must be here. Debbie and John Was- smer were the first to light up their street with a beau- tiful display of Christmas cheer. Others are beginning to flip that Christmas spir- it switch. Thanks, Glen, for braving the high ladder to hang the lights on that tall, tall, pointy roof of the old "Lightening Fast Sta- tion" on Main. We are look- ing for someone who wants to step forward to hang the star on the very high tree in front of the old school. Any volunteers? Don't forget the ginger- bread house contest. En- tries will start being accept- ed starting Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. for display in the old trophy cases in the lobby of the gym leading up to the family Christmas party on Thursday evening, Dec. 20. Word just received from the North Pole is and I quote, "the reindeer are skittish about their tiny lit- tle hooves on the asphalt pavement, BUT Santa has arranged to arrive in Byron by fire truck." Hooray! Plan to be there to greet and meet the Jolly Old Elf who shakes when he laughs in spite of himself. 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