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.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bill Insert

By Sara Laub
The GSSD sent a letter out to all users with this last bill and had addressed what was written in the Gunlock Informer in the July issue in the “Bill Insert”. I am that reporter they were correcting and I just want to say that I am glad that they correct what is said and they do it quickly. I will agree, looking at the article again, that I was not clear in those phrases and that it would lead people to believe what the GSSD addressed in the letter. I will make a better effort to keep things more clear as most residents do not hear the conversation during the meetings.
Here is some needed clarification to keep the information in the newsletter correct. Chlorinating the water from the well after it merges with the spring water by adding more chlorine to the spring water was not getting the test results desired for chlorine ONLY. At the meetings the well water has always been reported to meet the standards for drinking water. And then about the chlorinator, as stated in the letter, “the issue is not with the chlorinator but with the meter that regulates the automatic flow of chlorine for treatment purposes.” The spring flows inconsistently making the water pressure different when it goes through the meter. This makes the tests inconsistent for chlorine only.
In my opinion, I am glad for the “Bill Insert” because I do like to hear from the water board itself. Information is always better when it is from more than one source. I am just a reporter and not a water system expert, and I try to relay correct information from the board meetings that is not partial to any one opinion. The board members understand the water system and are making Gunlock’s drinking water as good as possible.
As stated in the July, 2010 Bill Insert: “If you have any questions about the GSSD functions—any drinking water issues, the park, or the street lights—call any Director, the Certified Operator, or the Clerk. These individuals are directly involved and have the full details of what is happening.”


The Gunlock Informer will be delivering the news during the week after the GSSD meetings, because there are announcements made during the meeting that could go in the newsletter.

Book Review: The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale

In this series there are three books, beginning with The Goose Girl, Hale’s first novel, which tells of a princess, Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, or Ani, who travels to another country to marry a prince she knows nothing about. But on the way her horrible lady-in-waiting Selia forces her to flee when half the princesses guard turns against her and the other half is killed. The Goose Girl is the story of her finding herself, magic, love, and her place in this world.
Next is Enna Burning which follows the story of Enna, Ani’s friend. Enna’s brother Leifer has been acting strangely and Enna soon discovers what is wrong but doesn’t know what to do. The country is going to war and her brother eagerly accepts the call to arms. Enna wants to help him, to help Bayern, but can she stay above the influence of fire and deception?
Finally there is the newest installment in the series, River Secrets. Razo is a joker. He’s short, sassy, an all around trouble-maker, and a horrible fighter. But when he’s sent with the party to negotiate peace he soon finds that maybe he’s not so useless. Maybe he can make a difference. And maybe he can find a girl along the way.

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Education Humor

* Stressing the importance of a good vocabulary, the teacher told her young charges, "Use a word ten times, and it shall be yours for life."
From somewhere in the back of the room, came a small male voice chanting, "Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda."

* A child comes home from his first day at school. His Mother asks, "Well, what did you learn today?"
The kid replies, "Not enough. They want me to come back tomorrow."

* According to a radio report, a middle school in Oregon was faced with a unique problem. A number of girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls into the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it was to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to clean one of the mirrors. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it into the toilet and then cleaned the mirror.
Since then there have been no lip prints on the mirror. There are teachers and then there are TEACHERS.



There were emails circulating about mars this month and it is interesting to relearn about it. World Book at NASA was a great source at
“Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. The planet is one of Earth's "next-door neighbors" in space. Earth is the third planet from the sun, and Jupiter is the fifth. Like Earth, Jupiter, the sun, and the remainder of the solar system, Mars is about 4.6 billion years old.
Mars is named for the ancient Roman god of war. The Romans copied the Greeks in naming the planet for a war god; the Greeks called the planet Ares (AIR eez). The Romans and Greeks associated the planet with war because its color resembles the color of blood. Viewed from Earth, Mars is a bright reddish-orange. It owes its color to iron-rich minerals in its soil. This color is also similar to the color of rust, which is composed of iron and oxygen.
Scientists have observed Mars through telescopes based on Earth and in space. Space probes have carried telescopes and other instruments to Mars. Early probes were designed to observe the planet as they flew past it. Later, spacecraft orbited Mars and even landed there. But no human being has ever set foot on Mars.
Scientists have found strong evidence that water once flowed on the surface of Mars. The evidence includes channels, valleys, and gullies on the planet's surface. If this interpretation of the evidence is correct, water may still lie in cracks and pores in subsurface rock. A space probe has also discovered vast amounts of ice beneath the surface, most of it near the south pole.”
In addition, a group of researchers has claimed to have found evidence that living things once dwelled on Mars. That evidence consists of certain materials in meteorites found on Earth. But the group's interpretation of the evidence has not convinced most scientists.
The Martian surface has many spectacular features, including a canyon system that is much deeper and much longer than the Grand Canyon in the United States. Mars also has mountains that are much higher than Mount Everest, Earth's highest peak.
Above the surface of Mars lies an atmosphere that is about 100 times less dense than the atmosphere of Earth. But the Martian atmosphere is dense enough to support a weather system that includes clouds and winds. Tremendous dust storms sometimes rage over the entire planet.
Mars is much colder than Earth. Temperatures at the Martian surface vary from as low as about -195 degrees F (-125 degrees C) near the poles during the winter to as much as 70 degrees F (20 degrees C) at midday near the equator. The average temperature on Mars is about -80 degrees F (-60 degrees C).
Mars is so different from Earth mostly because Mars is much farther from the sun and much smaller than Earth. The average distance from Mars to the sun is about 141,620,000 miles (227,920,000 kilometers). This distance is roughly 1 1/2 times the distance from Earth to the sun. The average radius (distance from its center to its surface) of Mars is 2,107 miles (3,390 kilometers), about half the radius of Earth.
“Mars was photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in August 2003 as the planet passed closer to Earth than it had in nearly 60,000 years. The photographs captured many features of the Martian surface, including dark, circular impact craters and the bright ice of the southern polar cap. Image credit: NASA, J. Bell (Cornell U.) and M. Wolff (SSI).”

Back to School Crossword

2. Nobody wants this- especially on the first day!
3. You need this for writing.
5. Some kids ride this to school.
7. Time to eat!
10. Reading, writing, and this...
11. A record of your progress.
12. A ________ for the teacher.
13. You may paint or draw here.

1. Don't get sent to this person's office!
4. You sit at your...
6. The teacher will write on this
8. A class where you do experiments.
9. Everybody's favorite 'subject'

August Gunlock Town Events

* Aug 11: School Starts
* Aug 12: Gunlock Fire Department Meeting. 7pm at the fire station.
* No GSSD meeting this month.