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, April 18, 2011

April GSSD

By Sara Laub
The Gunlock Special Service District meeting was long in April. There were many things discussed since there are many things happening in Gunlock right now.
Brent Gardner, the engineer, was there to discuss the bids and the effort it will take to get the spring water line fixed. Bids were give from $39,000-$52,000 and FEMA is able to give about $23,000 toward the project. Plus the GSSD is applying for a grant to hopefully cover the rest of the cost. The bids that were given included the well being linked to the spring so it can be treated with the spring water with the same, existing chlorinator. This will make testing less expensive and easier for the water operator.
The EPA has given the GSSD a fine. Kip Bowler and Roxanne Alplanap talked with the EPA on a conference call about the fine. They apologized to the EPA and expressed appreciation for the leniency that has been given to the GSSD, and has promised to stay within EPA guidelines. The fine was $1200 and then dropped to $1000.
The removal of the Smith Ranch connections is further along than the board thought. There are plans to complete the removal on June 1st. A new map of the GSSD will be drawn as part of the removal process.
Representatives from the NWSSD will be coming to the May 5th meeting to discuss what residents want from the district. This involves providing input about the raised fees and what the district can do for Gunlock.
The water operator said the tests were good for the last month. There is electrical problems from the long power outage that will be looked into.
An Ironman representative came and expressed enthusiasm for the race coming up.

Ironman 2011

The Ironman race will be coming through Gunlock on May 7th. There will be handouts that will be given before the race to residents. The road closures will be the same as last year’s race.
The Ironman still needs more volunteers for the morning and afternoon shift at the Gunlock bike station.
Go online to and click on volunteer to sign up.

Petro Glyphs at the Overhung Cliff

By Sara Laub
My 88 year old grandfather hiked the hill, at the overhung cliffs along the Gunlock Road, to show my family these petro glyphs. This rock can be seen from the road above the cliff, although the detail is difficult to see unless you take the hike up to see it.
My grandfather is not originally from Southern Utah but has been to this rock in the past. The trail has changed from his memories but we were able to find it.
This rock is really amazing with the amount of drawings that are on it. There are several rocks that have drawings on them but none are as astounding as this one.

Spring Humor

*Q. Can February March?
A. No, but April May!
* Q. What season is it when you are on a trampoline?
A. Spring-time!

* Knock, knock!
Whos there?
Spring who?
I might spring over your house one day!

* Q. When do monkeys fall from the sky?
A. During Ape-ril showers!
Spring Fever
Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.
Much to their relief she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper."
Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: "First Question: Which tire was flat?"

The Story of Easter

Easter is a time of springtime festivals. In Christian countries Easter is celebrated as the religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God. But the celebrations of Easter have many customs and legends that are pagan in origin and have nothing to do with Christianity.
Scholars, accepting the derivation proposed by the 8th-century English scholar St. Bede, believe the name Easter is thought to come from the Scandinavian "Ostra" and the Teutonic "Ostern" or "Eastre," both Goddesses of mythology signifying spring and fertility whose festival was celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox.
Traditions associated with the festival survive in the Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility, and in colored easter eggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts.
The Christian celebration of Easter embodies a number of converging traditions with emphasis on the relation of Easter to the Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, from which is derived Pasch, another name used by Europeans for Easter. Passover is an important feast in the Jewish calendar which is celebrated for 8 days and commemorates the flight and freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
The early Christians, many of whom were of Jewish origin, were brought up in the Hebrew tradition and regarded Easter as a new feature of the Passover festival, a commemoration of the advent of the Messiah as foretold by the prophets.
Easter is observed by the churches of the West on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or following the spring equinox (March 21). So Easter became a "movable" feast which can occur as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.
Christian churches in the East which were closer to the birthplace of the new religion and in which old traditions were strong, observe Easter according to the date of the Passover festival.
Easter is at the end of the Lenten season, which covers a forty-six-day period that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter. The Lenten season itself comprises forty days, as the six Sundays in Lent are not actually a part of Lent. Sundays are considered a commemoration of Easter Sunday and have always been excluded from the Lenten fast. The Lenten season is a period of penitence in preparation for the highest festival of the church year, Easter.
Holy Week, the last week of Lent, begins with the observance of Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday takes its name from Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem where the crowds laid palms at his feet. Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, which was held the evening before the Crucifixion. Friday in Holy Week is the anniversary of the Crucifixion, the day that Christ was crucified and died on the cross.
Holy week and the Lenten season end with Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Spring Crossword

April Town Events 2011

Gunlock Town Events

Apr 7: GSSD meeting at 7pm at the Town Hall
Apr 14: Gunlock Fire Department meeting at 7pm at the Gunlock Fire Station
Apr 23: Gunlock Easter Egg Hunt 10am at the Gunlock Park
Apr 24: Easter
May 5: GSSD meeting at 7pm at the Town Hall
May 7: Ironman
May 8: Mother's Day
May 11: NWSSD mtg 7pm at Brookside Fire Station
May 12: Gunlock Fire Department Meeting. 7pm at the fire station.
May 25: Last Day of School
May 30: Memorial Day