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.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Town Hall Meeting

By Sara Laub
As the Town Hall Chair, Debbie Bracken wanted to give a “heads up” on the building use. The Gunlock Rodeo is funding the Town Hall so it is paying for the power and maintenance. Donations are always welcome as well. Everyone in the community is encouraged to use the building but there is a cleaning deposit that is completely refundable. There is a fee schedule for nonlocals and commercial use.

*Non Local use fee $300.00 plus refundable cleaning deposit that is $200.00.

*Local weekly commercial use fee $10.00 plus refundable cleaning deposit of $40.00.

*Local Use has no fee and has a cleaning deposit fee of $200.00 that is refundable.

Those who live in Gunlock are considered local. There will be supplies and a check list for cleaning the building. Overnight events are not allowed.

GSSD for June

By Sara Laub
The Gunlock Special Service District is preparing for the election to be held in November and has some options. Gunlock will only need an election if there are enough candidates to vote for, if not then the candidates will just be appointed and there is no need for an election. Gunlock residents will then vote in Veyo for the Northwest Special Service District and Transportation District. If there is an election for the GSSD, Gunlock will use electronic voting and it will be held in the Town Hall. Gunlock residents can vote for the GSSD, Transportation District and the NWSSD candidates there.
Other items of business include, the well is having problems because the light keeps turning off and they think it is from a power surge. The well is also turning off before the tank is full so they will fix it these problems. The water passed all tests, leaks have been addressed for Florence Leavitt, Gentry’s and Smith’s properties.
A property in foreclosure has delinquent payments which will be put on record on the title of the property to ensure payment. The chlorination grant is in progress and they plan to have a public hearing for the grant information. There is a broken tree in the park right next to the Weed’s home. They plan to take it out since it is breaking into three pieces and threatening the house.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" Lyrics

The lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner" are particularly poignant and meaningful during this time of national mourning and pride. Be sure you and your kids know the words to this anthem that has brought courage and hope to so many during dark times.
Lyrics, by Francis Scott Key:

First Verse
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Second Verse
On the shore dimly seen, thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines in the stream;
'Tis the Star-Spangled Banner, Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Third Verse
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Fourth Verse
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, "In God is our trust"
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Fire Department Fundraising

By Sara Laub
The Gunlock Fire Department met with some community members to figure out how to raise money for the grants the department could receive and to build a new fire station. One big idea was to do a Fireman’s Ball since that could raise a lot of money quickly. There were many concerns about the amount of money it would take up front to fund the Ball and also if it would be well received to make the desired profit.
Other means of fundraising were discussed, like having a yard sale or barbecue, but those will not provide enough profit, although they could fund a bigger event. The other option for matching the grants is to have the volunteer firefighters do service hours. The problem with this is there are not enough firefighters to accumulate the hours needed so the department hopes to increase it’s volunteers so the service hours can be greater. They invite everyone in town to volunteer on the fire department to help, no training is required.
The discussion turned to see how much the Northwest Special Service District can provide for Gunlock and there were no certain answers. The meeting ended with many unanswered questions and the plan to meet again in July with the NWSSD board members so Gunlock can make informed decisions that will suit the town best.
The fire department volunteers attended the NWSSD meeting the next day and talked with Steve Haluska and found some answers. Gunlock has no financial assistance from the district because Veyo has to pay off the loan for the building of their department. He said
Central built their department from fundraisers and Brookside from donations. Gunlock will have to do something similar to those two cities and hopefully get a grant to help out. Keep your eyes open for future Gunlock Fire Fundraisers.
Not many of the NWSSD board members can attend the July Gunlock Fire Department meeting as hoped, but there will be an opportunity to get more questions answered.


I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. 
~Abraham Lincoln

There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream.  They are right.  It is the American dream. 
~Archibald MacLeish

Big Heart, Little Town

By Sara Laub
This town works hard. There are so many things the people in this town do for the community that it is amazing. The Rodeo helps take care of finances for town events and other financial needs. The people who make the Rodeo happen sacrifice their time and supplies to make it the great success that it is. The people who serve on the water board provide their services to give us a quality of life and a great park for our families to enjoy. The volunteer firefighters are working to provide fire safety the best they can with what they have. There are residents who care and do their part when opportunity arises.
It really is a great thing to see the community do what other communities won’t or don’t even have the opportunity to do. The sacrifice is great but the happiness it brings our town is priceless. This little town has a big heart and everyone makes it that way.

Gunlock Town Events July 2009

July 2-4: Gunlock Rodeo starting at 8:00pm
(Lins is donating a steak and potato dinner for Friday night but it is limited, so first come first serve. It starts at 7:30pm for $5.00 a plate. The regular menu will also be served that night as well.)
July 4: 4th of July
8:00am Flag Ceremony
8:30am Breakfast
10:00 Parade from church to church
July 9: Fire Meeting at the Fire Station at 7pm
July 24: Pioneer Day