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, January 4, 2010

Gunlock Special Service District News

By Sara Laub
Scott Holt was the only person who filed for reelection when three positions were open on the GSSD Board for the November election. Two positions were posted and Odean Bowler and Diann Covington submitted their names and were appointed. Now all three openings have been filled.
The Board sent out a newsletter summarizing events from last year, explaining what to expect for 2010, and also to encourage people to be involved and come to the meetings this year.

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o' thine
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

The song, "Auld Lang Syne," is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotish tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."

Gunlock Town Christmas Party

Santa Claus was able to fit us in his schedule this time on the 23rd of December. Although he was in a high stress situation making sure all of the other children around the world were being taken care of, he made the trip and appeared after the Gunlock children put on a fantastic program depicting the story of the birth of Jesus Christ from the Bible.
The excitement of the children was great and the Christmas spirit once again filled the Town Hall with tearing paper and the squeals of delight from the children. This tradition is such an amazing privilege.


By Sara Laub
There have been some activities in town that are disturbing. There has been thousands of dollars worth of tools stolen from Gunlock Rock, and on a personal note my family dog was shot in the head and killed without knowing who did it or why.
These two kinds of things cause great concern in our community and people should be aware. Be aware that there is a thief and make a phone call if you see something suspicious on someone else’s property. There have been thieves in the past and it is disturbing since anyone could be the victim.
It disturbs me to think that anyone’s family dog could be shot and not know who or why they did it. Knowing the circumstance and reason the animal was shot makes a big difference because it could have been malicious fun or an act of protection. Although people have the right to shoot an animal to protect their property from other people’s animals, it would be appropriate to communicate and allow the dog’s owner to remedy the problem first if possible. If it is not possible then allow them the chance to know why their animal was killed. This is something I would not want other families to go through if it could be prevented.
This community is great at looking after each other and keeping problems to a minimum. Hopefully we can solve these two disturbing activities.

Ancient New Years

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).
The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary.
The Babylonian new year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Year's Eve festivities pale in comparison.
The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun.
In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the new year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.

January 2010 Events

Jan 1: New Years Day
Jan 7: GSSD Meeting at 7pm at the Town Hall
Jan 14: Fire Meeting @ 7pm
Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr Day