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, March 2, 2009

February GSSD Meeting

By Sara Laub
The GSSD has been very busy in accomplishing all the many tasks for which they are responsible. There is now a water pressure tester that has been purchased, and the valve was replaced on Hyrum Smith’s ranch to stop leaking water. Odean Bowler found out that it will be better to try to get the grant for June instead of January for the chlorination system and fencing.
The septic tank is still being considered for repairs and options, and the directors voted to have insurance on a three year contract to help save money in case insurance rates go up. There are legislative bills that could impact the GSSD and Roxanne Aplanap reviewed many of them she had received information on, and said she will keep track of them as they progress.
Discussion on public comment and how it could be improved was addressed. Hyrum Smith recommended to toughen up on public comment to make sure it was at the right time of the meeting, to keep the meetings more orderly. It was also mentioned to have the board wait until after the public comment before they voted on agenda items. This will make the public comment more valuable and the purpose of attending the meeting more valuable as well.
There are three openings for director positions this election year, which means the three directors ending their terms will be Nadine Heaton, Odean Bowler, and Scott Holt.
Todd Taylor has resigned and there is a director opening right now.

Fire Department Awareness

By Kevin Laub
As captain of the Gunlock Volunteer Fire Department and after being directed by the NWSSD, I need to address some concerns and relay some information that is valuable to the community. The fire department is continuing the process of getting organized to meet new legal guidelines and I have currently received paperwork and direction from the NWSSD and the state to meet those obligations.
Please be aware that everyone in Gunlock is invited to serve as a volunteer on the fire department. Each person who wishes to serve on the department needs to have the appropriate paperwork filled out for insurance and liability purposes. I am aware that many people have helped during fires in the community in the past, and I want all those who want to continue to be involved to please fill out the appropriate paperwork. Also be aware that the fire trucks can only be driven by those who have filled out this paperwork and have become official volunteers. There are serious safety and legal concerns if the guidelines are not met.
If you need anything regarding the Gunlock Fire Department, including burn permits, use of fire equipment or if you have any questions, please call me at 680-4216.

Recipe: Ice Cream Cone Cakes

From Cooking With Kids
1 package (18 1/4 ounces) devils food cake mix plus ingredients to prepare mix
1/3 cup sour cream
1 package (2 5/8 ounces) flat-bottomed ice cream cones (about 18 cones)
1 1/4 cups nonfat frozen yogurt (any flavor)
Cake decorations or chocolate sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 8– or 9-inch round cake pan; set aside.
Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting sour cream for 1/3 cup of the water and decreasing oil to 1/4 cup.
Spoon 1/2 of the batter (about 2 1/3 cups) evenly into ice cream cones, using about 2 tablespoons batter for each. Pour remaining batter into prepared cake pan.
Stand cones on cookie sheet. Bake cones and cake layer until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 20 minutes for cones and about 35 minutes for cake layer. Cool on wire racks, removing cake from pan after 10 minutes. Reserve or freeze cake layer for another use.
Top each filled cone with 1/4 cup scoop of frozen yogurt just before serving. Sprinkle with decorations as desired. Serve immediately.
Makes 8 servings.
(These ice cream cone cakes are versatile desserts that can adapt well to any holiday or occasion.)
Side note: green ice cream could be used to celebrate St. Patrick’s day this month.

The Laub Family

Since it is the first anniversary of the beginning of the Gunlock newsletter, I figured it would be a good time to spotlight my family.
Kevin and Sara actually moved here three years ago in the month of March. We have three kids, Samantha (7), Derrick (5) and KayDee (2) who keep Sara’s hands full as a stay-at-home mom. Kevin currently works as a small motor mechanic and he is constantly found in our garage working on the big truck motors as well. Our family loves to be outside camping, hiking, cycling, off-roading, among other outdoor activities.
We moved to Gunlock because Kevin passed by the house we live in on his way home from an off-road trip and thought it would be great to live here. He showed Sara the house and here we are.
The Laub family has been in the history of Gunlock, which we are interested in finding out more of the details. We are also related to the Bowlers here as well.
We feel very blessed to be here and are happy to be part of Gunlock.

Beware of Thief

“We’ve got a thief in the area. Be on the lookout and watch your stuff,” says Earl Peterson.
Peterson had gone out of town with his wife and when he returned, his truck was not complete. The whole right tail light assembly was missing and the truck was parked inside his chain link fence. He wanted to make the community aware that there is a thief around town.

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale

By Rachel Campbell
Diane Setterfield’s novel, The Thirteenth Tale, is intensely compelling and completely original.
When book lover and biographer, Margaret Lea gets a mysterious letter from famed British author Vida Winter inviting her to write her biography, Margaret is skeptical. After all, The Herald has sent more than twenty different reporters to get the “real story” and every time the story has been different. But she is compelled to accept with the assurance that Vida Winter is haunted by the admonishment given by the most recent reporter sent from The Herald: “Tell the truth!”
Several days later, Margaret finds herself sequestered in the Yorkshire sanctuary Miss Winter has made for herself. Soon, feeble, ailing, dying Miss Winter has entrapped Margaret in the story of Adeline and Emmeline. It is a story about twins… it is a ghost story…
“All children mythologize their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to know someone? Heart, mind and soul? Ask him to tell you about when he was born. What you get won’t be the truth; it will be a story. And nothing is more telling than a story.”
_Vida Winter
With a story line that will keep you guessing until the very end, this book definitely is worth the read.

Dr. Seuss Quotes

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.

Gunlock Town Events for March 2009

Mar 2: Dr. Suess Day
Mar 5: GSSD Meeting @ Town Hall 7pm. Mar 12: Gunlock Fire Meeting, Fire Station 7pm
Mar 16-23: School Spring Break
Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day