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, December 6, 2010

December Meeting

By Sara Laub
The Gunlock Special Service District December meeting had the public hearing for the 2011 budget. The budget was approved with the desire to add financing for the park fence.
The wood fence is falling down at the park and it was discussed to repair or replace it but no decision was made. The adjoining neighbor has declared that he will not offer financial assistance to repair the shared fence.
There is a raise in price for the soda from the manufacturer company for the pop machine at the park. The park caretakers stocked up before the increase to help keep the price down longer. The raised price is unknown.
The air valves and vents for the spring were checked out and being made operable. The board members want to check the lines for blockage to allow for better water flow.
There is a new computer that has been purchased for the GSSD use. They want to keep every board member informed when emails and phone calls are made so everyone has the same information. The new computer can help with that.
The GSSD meetings will stay the same, which will be on the first Thursday of the month, except for July and August. The officer assignments have stayed the same but Dusty Leavitt will be the director over the chlorination system.
Testing on the Smith line has brought in extreme results. There is either too much chlorine or not nearly enough. It was discovered that the tank does not always provide water to the homes, but the water lines send water to the homes before it goes to the tank sometimes. The tank is being chlorinated but the lines are not. The board is in the process of figuring out how to fix this situation. Some of the tests have been positive for coliform, but since all the water going to those homes is not chlorinated, they are doing follow-up investigative tests.

Three Wise Men

Three wise men knowing not who you are
Ride across the desert following only a star.
Three wise men in honor of your birth
Ride across the desert chanting, "Peace on Earth".
Three wise men, wise by God's own hands
Ride across the desert traveling from distant lands.
Listen baby Jesus, sacred gift from Heaven handed down to Earth
Three wise men ride tonight to see your Holy mirth.


By Sara Laub
In my daughter’s class in school the teacher has requested to have a scrapbook page made to share the traditions that our family has. My daughter chose Christmas traditions. I have needed time to think.
My family is young and we still travel to our extended family each year for Christmas. Each extended family has their own traditions but I was unsure if my family had our own.
We celebrate Christmas away from home by doing a nativity with music by singing or playing instruments. It is always extra fun to beg my father to get his accordion out. A train will go around the Christmas tree and my husband’s mother makes sure the presents are carefully unwrapped to ensure a second use of the paper. There are the traditional breakfasts that accompany the holiday as well.
As we experience these traditions that rotate each year it has been difficult to create our own, and it is hard to fill a scrapbook page with unknown family traditions.
I could fill it in with the extended family traditions that we participate in but I realized that Gunlock has created a unique family tradition that is special for our family, as well as the other families in town.
Families gather at the Town Hall and the children 12 and under present a nativity with Christmas songs and a narrated story of the Savior’s birth. They dress up according to the part they each play that year ranging from angels, shepherds, wise men, Mary or Joseph (and possibly animals).
When the children finish the presentation of the nativity story they take off their costumes, and the rest of the crowd sings Christmas songs together as they wait for the special appearance of Santa Claus. Santa will come in with large bags of gifts, and he gives one to each child. The children each have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and talk to him as he gives the gift to them. Even if children are absent for the program, Santa makes sure they get a present.
I realize many people in Gunlock don’t need to hear the specifics of the traditional program in town, since families have been attending for generations. But, the program is special and the tradition is open to all who live in Gunlock regardless of how many years individuals have lived here.
A true spirit of Christmas resides in Gunlock as it opens it heart to every person who lives in this town and shares this special tradition.

Dear Santa

- by Del "Abe" Jones

Dear Santa, I'm older
But, still believe in you
(At least, I believe in
The things you try, to do).

Maybe, I can't ask for
A Tonka, or, a train.
(But, if you'd bring one of them
You know, I won't complain).

But, what I really wish for
Is a special present
Love that can't be "returned"
Once it has been sent.

Everybody needs a little
And some, need a lot
But, if you get a tiny bit
You still know what you got.

So Santa, drop a little
Under each Christmas tree
Then, all will get a present
From what it's 'posed to be.

And if there is no tree
For the alone, and poor
When you get, to their place
Just, drop, a little more.

Christmas Riddles

1. Who delivers presents to dogs at Christmas?
2. What is a monkey's favorite Christmas song?
3. How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?
4. What does a cat on the beach have in common with Christmas?
5. What do elves learn in school?
6. What do you get when you cross an apple and a Christmas tree?
7. Why does Santa have three gardens?
8. What do you get if you leave your fireplace lit on Christmas Eve?
9. What is mom's favorite Christmas carol?

1. Santa Paws
2. Jungle Bells
3. Fleece Navidad
4. Sandy Claws
5. The Elf-abet
6. A “Pine”-apple
7. So that he can Hoe, Hoe, Hoe!
8. Crisp Cringle
9. Silent Night

Christmas Crossword