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, February 6, 2012


Love may not make the world spin around, but it certainly makes a lot of people dizzy. 

Here’s to Love – the only fire for which there is no insurance.

GSSD Meeting in February

By Sara Laub
   The GSSD completed the EPA order and received a letter in January stating that they were done and reminded them that if they are not compliant in the future then the $37,500/day fine will come back.
   The certified water operator reported all tests in good standing; “normal, quiet, and consistent”. The well telemetry is working. Gunlock firefighter, Doug Heizer will flush the hydrants for the GSSD on March 10th or 17th.
   The board determined to discuss hydraulic modeling during the April GSSD meeting so they could have the chance to learn more about it. After the meeting there was a closed meeting for the board members.

Gunlock Town Events Feb 2012

Feb 5: GSSD meeting @ Town Hall @ 7pm
Feb 11: NWSSD meeting 7pm @ Brookside station
Feb 14: Valentine’s Day
Feb 20: President’s Day
Feb 19: Gunlock Fire Department meeting 7pm @ the Gunlock Fire Station
Mar 7: GSSD meeting @ Town Hall @7pm
Mar 11: Daylight Savings Time Begins
Mar 14: NWSSD meeting 7pm @ Brookside station.
Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 15: Gunlock Fire Department meeting 7pm at the Gunlock Fire Station
Upcoming Events
Apr 7: Annual Gunlock Easter Egg Hunt
Mid Apr: Clean-up for Ironman. There will be a dumpster available.
End of May: School’s Out Party
Week of July 4th: Gunlock Rodeo (Tentatively July 5, 6, 7)

Possible Newsletter

It was proposed at the GSSD meeting that a newsletter may be formed from the entities in Gunlock, which include the GSSD, Rodeo Committee and the Town Hall Committee.

Abraham Lincoln

   Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it."
   Lincoln thought secession illegal, and was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union. When Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter and forced its surrender, he called on the states for 75,000 volunteers. Four more slave states joined the Confederacy but four remained within the Union. The Civil War had begun.
   The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party's nomination for President, he sketched his life:
"I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families--second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks.... My father ... removed from Kentucky to ... Indiana, in my eighth year.... It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up.... Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher ... but that was all." 
   Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, "His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest." 
   He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860.
   As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.
   Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
   Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion. The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: "With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.... " On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln's death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died.
The Presidential biographies on are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Michael Beschloss and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2009 by the White House Historical Association.

Valentines Word Ladder

Friday, January 13, 2012

2011 Gunlock Christmas Program

Glenna Burdick wrote the script for “The Best Christmas Pagent Ever” for the youth in Gunlock to perform for the annual Christmas program this year.

There were many practices and the young women were involved to help with the larger production. The children did a great job performing their lines and singing the songs. The play was very fun to watch for all ages.

 At the end, Santa Claus came once again and delighted the children by calling their names and giving them their special gift. There was a large crowd in the Town Hall this year and Santa attended to all.

Sports Jokes

Submitted By Kevin, Samantha, and Derrick Laub

* Why did the football player go to the store?
Answer: To get his quarterback.

* Why did the baseball player go to the pet store?
Answer: To get his bat back

* Why did the basketball player take a weaving class?
Answer: He wanted to make more baskets

Invitation for Change

By Sara Laub 
    I am experiencing another change. As family circumstances continue to change, the newsletter cannot be part of it. I would like to invite anyone in Gunlock to continue writing the newsletter since I will no longer be available to do it. They can continue the newsletter in their own way. If there is no interest then I will just leave the blog up as it is. My last edition will be in February, since that will complete four years of me writing the Gunlock Informer.
   Thank you to all who have supported and enjoyed this newsletter with me. I have enjoyed Gunlock more while learning more information I have needed to gather to write this newsletter.
   Gunlock is a special place and having something to look at to see a current history has been rewarding for me, from holiday parties to the rodeo. I am not from a generational family in Gunlock but I appreciate the opportunity to have been part of making a history in this current time.


By Sara Laub 
   I’ll just come out and say it. I missed the GSSD meeting in January and my substitute wasn’t able to make it. There is no update for the GSSD meeting for the newsletter this month. My apologies.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

*A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
*A lie cannot live.
*A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
*A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
*A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
*A right delayed is a right denied.
*A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
*A riot is the language of the unheard.
*All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
*All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
*Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
*An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
*An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
*At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
*Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
*Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
*Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
*Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
*Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
*Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Gunlock Town Events

Jan 1: New Years Day Jan 5: GSSD meeting @ Town Hall @7pm Jan 11: NWSSD meeting 7pm @ Brookside station. Jan 16: Martin Luther King Day Jan 19: Gunlock Fire Department meeting 7pm at the Gunlock Fire Station Feb 5: GSSD meeting @ Town Hall @ 7pm Feb 11: NWSSD meeting 7pm @ Brookside station Feb 14: Valentine’s Day Feb 20: President’s Day Feb 19: Gunlock Fire Department meeting 7pm @ the Gunlock Fire Station