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It didn’t matter PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 1:47 PM

 The sirens can roar at any time, and the trucks go out in any weather.
 We have known that about our volunteer firefighters for a long time. That’s part of the job. That’s what they do.
 But it took the coldest part of January to point out what that means.
 The sirens roared often recently when the temperature plunged below zero and stayed in the frigid zone around the clock for several days. Within minutes of each siren call, the trucks were rolling, and firefighters were scrambling to answer immediately.
 It didn’t matter if was in the middle of the night, and they were warm and snug in bed, maybe dreaming of the trout opener this spring. Didn’t matter if the Green Bay Packers were facing a critical situation late in a playoff game. Didn’t matter if their favorite supper was on the table.

Last Updated on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:42 PM
Something needs to be done PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 3:23 PM

The recent events in Tucson, Ariz., yell loud and clear that something has to be done.
 More gun control? Actually, there are probably more laws than should be required to guarantee the safe use and discharge of any firearm.
A little more enforcement of those laws and a little more responsibility regarding that Constitutional right might be nice and necessary, but the real emphasis needs to be placed where it belongs – unveiling the shroud that has for far too long covered the quandary we call mental illness.
Here we are in the 21st century, believe it or not, and we still treat mental illness like a demonic possession.
We just plain don’t want talk about it. Maybe, if we don’t, it will just go away. But, as we continue to see on the national news, it doesn’t ever go away and a lot of innocent people pay the price.
Nobody with mental illness has ever asked for that diagnosis. It isn’t something you catch, like a virus.
Maybe that’s the scary part about mental illness. We don’t really understand it. We can’t put a finger on who has it, and how, and we certainly don’t plan on making it conversation fodder at the dinner table.

Last Updated on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:41 PM
Chamber Connection, A ‘big’ read for tourism PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:42 PM

 Since 2003, the Chamber of Commerce has been a member of the Iron County Alliance.
But even though it performs a very important function in Iron                        County, aside from those directly involved in the operation of the Alliance, little is known about what it does.
In 2003, there was a concern that there may be projects that the individual organizations could not take on, but could be done using a cooperative effort of a more-encompassing entity.
The belief was that such an entity could take on a project and avoid duplication of effort. The three-member organizations agreed to contribute funds to create the Alliance. Each member organization would have three representatives on the nine-member Alliance Board.
The Alliance currently has two major projects.

Last Updated on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:41 PM
Don’t miss the magic PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:37 PM

If you were fortunate enough to attend the West End Players’ production of Beauty and the Beast over the weekend, be sure to tell your friends and relatives what they missed—then tell them there’s another chance to watch these young people perform their “magic” once more Jan. 21-23.
 Once again, the West End Players have put their hearts and souls into their performances, from the smallest “villager” to the lead actors.
 Co-directors Louella Holroyd and Laura Kagy brought together a quite extensive cast, rehearsing for six months, and the performance reflected tons of energy and hard work. “The kids had an amazing opening weekend,” commented assistant director Ann Marie Meldrum.

Last Updated on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 2:27 PM

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