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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Vi , 00wpc lnt Wednesday, February 11, 2004 BETWEEN By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune THE LINES Having a good day... Have you ever had a day or week when everything goes well? Not very often, but I think today was one of those days. I woke up feeling great, grabbed a bite to eat at Amoco, then picked up the mail on the way to the office. At this time I really am not thinking this could be a nice day, after all I checked my lottery num- bers, one number short of a two dollar pay off, but hey that's all right, after all at least I am doing my part to help the environment. Back at the office the first thing I do is download peach ads from the home office, that goes well. Later in the morning I have an appointment with my cardiologist, he says I am doing fantastic (that's kinda scary). I don't think it can get any better than that! Then Roxy informs me the ads I downloaded are from last week. It seems they forgot to send the ones for this week, or at least they didn't do it until after I down- loaded the wrong ones. At this point I might get a little upset, but not today I thought -- after all it is the second day in a row that I did not have to blow out my driveway. Last week I think I blew snow more times than I have in the last three years. Well by afternoon the sun was shining and the wind was out of the south, I am hoping for a warm- ing trend but the forecast says it will be cold at night. I can live with that. Friday the temperatures are supposed to get into the thirties. Hi ho maybe my ice dam will melt. I could live with that too. What really makes my day is NASCAR starts Sunday with the Daytona 500 (sorta the super bowl of stock car racing) I am not sure why the sport has it's biggest race at the beginning of the season. I have always enjoyed stock car racing since I was a kid living at Kasson, where my dad took pic- tures at the stock car races during the summers. Of course back then it was a bunch of guys racing old beater street cars on a 318 mile dirt track, with exhaust coming straight out of the manifolds. I really enjoyed it because I got to watch from the infield. Anyway as I was saying, it was a nice day. Have a great week! LETTER TO THE EDITOR Old times not forgotten Sir: There's a hush in the air - the wind is from the North East (BAD sign) and, if one went out- side, you'd get wet. A very fine mist mixed with super fine snow is falling again. And again, again affd again. But take heart, it could be worse. Among my many photos is one of the train that got stuck, the snow banks are at least twice the height of the train. And then there's one of me standing near the very top of our oldest apple tree. Think I was about nine or so when it was taken. The Tour guide and I rehashed "the good old days" today. Then I recalled how hard packed the snow was that my Dad's team of horses that was pulling a wagon walked on it, never falling through and how my dad dug tunnels from the barn to the chicken house, granary, well house and house. Just to do chores. And how he'd come to the school house (Dist. 105) with the team. I guess he took pity on me trying to see that I didn't have to walk home in all that snow. But, he only did it once as this naughty kid went out and played in it after we got home!! Now my daughter worries about me "out there in all that snow." There's nothing one can do about the weather except talk about it. So why worry I say. Oh yeah, all of the before mentioned took place in the 1930's. The stuck train. It was just west of where the Westbrook dump ground is now. Sincerely, Dorothy: M. Riddell , : ;: , Worthington, MN Appreciates "Kids Club" I just wanted to drop a line to people who may not know, or who may have forgotten about a won- derful program that is at Walnut School, the "Kids Club". What is it? Adult supervised daycare for kids. Kathy Filters and Joani Bertschi are great. Not only are they there each morning at 7:30, they are also there when school is late in the mornings, and also after school until 5:30. The nice thing is, if we don't need our child there, we don't pay for it. At the last minute we can do .what ever our hours need. Our child loves the snacks, games, kids, and also Kathy and Joani. For us this program is great! We can both do jobs we love, and enjoy our jobs more by knowing our child is safe and happy. I just wanted others to know how won- derful we thought this program is, and also how wonderful we think Kathy and Joani are. We feel our school system really cares about the kids AND par- ents. James and Debra Noram Currie, MN We welcome your participation, whether in letters or commentary. If possible, please make your submission by e-mail to Conventional mail address is Sentinel Tribune, P.O. Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183. Our Fax number is 507- 274-6137. We require slJbmis- sions be exclusive to us in our market area. All must include writ- ers name, address, and day'time telephone number. Letters should be brief, up to 250 words, other submissions should be no longer than 500 words. Original items can not be returned unless the writer would pick them up at the office or send self addressed stamped envelope. No items will be kept longer than 30 days. }' b f QII l II 1 OK... LET'g 6.00VF=.I00 TIAIq4/00_.00IN. AI BaH.. II "Stories from the Batt Cave" Captain Kangaroo He was a dork. But then so was I. I remain a card carrying dork to this day. Bob Keeshan who played the gentle and patient Captain Kangaroo on "IV, died recently. Captain Kangaroo was on tele- vision from 1955 until 1993. Captain Kangaroo did good. Childhood days can never be recaptured, but Captain Kangaroo helped make sure that they were the =good old days." He gave us precious memories. He will be missed. I wish I would have thanked him. He delighted me with his weekday morning entertainment. He was a part of our familyl '!31e mustachioed man with his sugar bowl haircut charmed mil- lions of children. Each moming, the Captain would pick one from a jingling bunch of keys captured on a large ring to unlock the door to our imaginations. We would accom- pany Captain Kangaroo through the Treasure House, an amazing place filled with toys, unforget- table characters, amusing ideas and wonderful life lessons. The slow pace of the program mes- merized me. It was an enlightened path that we followed the Captain down. The Captain knew that play is the work of children. Bob Keeshan, who was the orig- inal Clarabelle the Clown on the old "Howdy Doody Show," joined Mr. Green Jeans, played by Hugh "Lumpy" Branum, a former string bass player in the Fred Waring Orchestra, to teach us to under- stand and respect so many things. Captain Kangaroo had the kind- ly nature of a favorite grandfather who offered good advice. Although I didn't know it-- because we never had a color TV- -Captain Kangaroo wore a red jacket and as I suspected, Mr. Green Jeans, wore green pants. The Captain had huge pockets in his jacket--pockets that rivaled the pouches of real kangaroos. Those pockets held a never-end- ing supply of carrots to feed the insatiable appetite of the carrot- ireedy Bunny Rabbit. Bunny abbit was always scheming to get carrots. It seemed right that even though Bunny Rabbit ate a lot of carrots, he still needed to wear eyeglasses. Mr. Moose would teach us knock-knock jokes, They were corny; just the way we liked them. The punch line to the jokes invari- ably produced an avalanche of hundreds of ping-pong balls that woLdd fall onto the Captain's head. To this day, I can never eat a carrot while a cascade of ping- pong balls falls on my head with- out thinking of Captain Kangaroo. We watched Dancing Bear and the Banana Man. We helped the Captain wake Grandfather Clock, who was always dozing off. The Captain would sneak up on the snoozing Grandfather Clock and we would all shout, "Wake up, Grandfather!" Grandfather Clock would always wake up in a good mood and reward us with some keen insight in a poetic form. One of the best parts of the show was when Captain Kangaroo would read stories: My favorite was =Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Mary Ann." It was a real book that we saw on the screen, with actual drawings from the pages. There were no special effects. The show had a regular cartoon segment. It featured Tom Terrific and Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog. Tom wore and could turn anything. He battled with the villainous Appleton. Crabby the core. He ng, "My name is rm rotten to the core. deed every day and three or four." Tom bly lazy dog would defeating their evil Crabby. Some might say Kangaroo was a babysitter in a box, so much more offered a "kids first" The Captain was friend. Captain fast against any inappropriate for taught us the ing and learning. the need for us to reals and to look crossing the street. the power of those "please" and "thank' taught us right In an odd thing ality to do, Captain taught us that one to finding the time to ( to not watch so were not only were educated as Captain Kanc friend. He sent us kindness and concern. off on the right foot. The Captain was kids. The only time ever let me down was went off the air. 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