Intellectual Nourishment

The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

Monday, February 6, 2012


Love may not make the world spin around, but it certainly makes a lot of people dizzy. 

Here’s to Love – the only fire for which there is no insurance.

GSSD Meeting in February

By Sara Laub
   The GSSD completed the EPA order and received a letter in January stating that they were done and reminded them that if they are not compliant in the future then the $37,500/day fine will come back.
   The certified water operator reported all tests in good standing; “normal, quiet, and consistent”. The well telemetry is working. Gunlock firefighter, Doug Heizer will flush the hydrants for the GSSD on March 10th or 17th.
   The board determined to discuss hydraulic modeling during the April GSSD meeting so they could have the chance to learn more about it. After the meeting there was a closed meeting for the board members.

Gunlock Town Events Feb 2012

Feb 5: GSSD meeting @ Town Hall @ 7pm
Feb 11: NWSSD meeting 7pm @ Brookside station
Feb 14: Valentine’s Day
Feb 20: President’s Day
Feb 19: Gunlock Fire Department meeting 7pm @ the Gunlock Fire Station
Mar 7: GSSD meeting @ Town Hall @7pm
Mar 11: Daylight Savings Time Begins
Mar 14: NWSSD meeting 7pm @ Brookside station.
Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 15: Gunlock Fire Department meeting 7pm at the Gunlock Fire Station
Upcoming Events
Apr 7: Annual Gunlock Easter Egg Hunt
Mid Apr: Clean-up for Ironman. There will be a dumpster available.
End of May: School’s Out Party
Week of July 4th: Gunlock Rodeo (Tentatively July 5, 6, 7)

Possible Newsletter

It was proposed at the GSSD meeting that a newsletter may be formed from the entities in Gunlock, which include the GSSD, Rodeo Committee and the Town Hall Committee.

Abraham Lincoln

   Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it."
   Lincoln thought secession illegal, and was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union. When Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter and forced its surrender, he called on the states for 75,000 volunteers. Four more slave states joined the Confederacy but four remained within the Union. The Civil War had begun.
   The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party's nomination for President, he sketched his life:
"I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families--second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks.... My father ... removed from Kentucky to ... Indiana, in my eighth year.... It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up.... Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher ... but that was all." 
   Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, "His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest." 
   He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860.
   As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.
   Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
   Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion. The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: "With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.... " On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln's death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died.
The Presidential biographies on are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Michael Beschloss and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2009 by the White House Historical Association.

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