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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Vi ',wp,)lnt Wednesday, April 14, 2004 BETWEEN By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune THE When it rains it pours I am sure most of you are familiar with the old saying of =When it rains it pours?" Well that's kind of how it has been going for me the past couple of weeks. I will spare you with the minor details, but last week our salesman Wayne Rue left for another position in the Twin Cities area. Of course we have been advertising to fill the position but in the meantime the rest of us will have to pick up the slack. Then after our family was enjoying a wonderful Easter week- end disaster struck the Merchants, Best Friend took a nasty spill on the stairs coming down from upstairs. She caught her foot on the carpet and fell backwards about three steps from the bottom. Apparently she hit her shoulder on the curio cabinet at the bottom. It happened just before noon on Sunday and our boys were still here. We then did some first aid checking her over to make sure LINES she did not have any back or neck injuries. It appeared that something in her shoulder was fractured, so we carefully got her up and took her up to the emergency room where she was checked over and had xrays confirming a broken right collar bone and a fracture in the upper part of her right arm. After giving her a shot of pain killer Dr. Cassel put a shoulder brace and and arm sling on her and sent us home, with instructions to limit her activity to bathroom breaks only. June has been resting comfort- ably since and I have been learn- ing how to do the housekeeping and cooking chores. So far it is going quite well. Of course tonight I put her to work proof reading my stories. June is an important part of the production so we hope you will bear with us until she is back on the job again. Have a great week! LETTER TO THE EDITOR i i i i iii ii ii ii National Volunteer Week 1100 volunteers who give of their time leading and mentoring girls, sharing their talents and resources, and encouraging girls to be the best they can be. You make a difference and we truly appreci- ate your efforts! Sincerely, Nancy Koets Program/Publicity Director Girl Scouts Peacepipe Council Letter to the Editor: Living High on the Hog Ray Crlppen's story in Saturday's Daily Globe brought fond memories to this reader . . . yes, mother bought peaches by the crate AND each peach was wrapped in pink tissue paper. In the good old days when people ate their meals indoors and there was another type of building (usually behind the house) called an out- house. Among its furnishings there was an old Sears & Roebuck cata- log and an old Montgomery Ward catalog to be used as toilet paper. So what had crates of peaches to do with an outhouse? Each peach was carefully unwrapped so as not to bruise the fruit and each piece of tissue paper was neatly, pressed flat and folded. Later they were placed in the box nextto the cata- logs. Waste not, want not and such luxury. Colored toilet tissues! Sometimes in the winter months these tissues would appear next to the 'thunder mug' in the basement, some mother had sat aside for later use. Now that was really liv- ing dgh on the hog!" Dorothy Riddell Worthington, MN 56187 Polls reveal that since the terror- ist attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans have found a new spirit of national unity and purpose, and are more willing to serve by con- tributing their time and money. Since then, the country has re- examined their priorities and thought about how to make their lives more meaningful - and many have turned to volunteering. Given this outpouring of volun- teer support, there is no more fit- ting time than now to celebrate the role that these "ordinary heroes" play in our everyday lives. Each year, Americans of all ages and backgrounds donate over 15.5 bil- lion hours of their time and tal- ents to helping others. This year we celebrate our volunteers during National Volunteer Week - April 18-24. Many volunteers report that what matters most to them is con- necting with a cause that is larger than themselves. Volunteers often expand the support and connection they have with other people, make new friends and gain access to tan- gible resources, such as job train- ing, which they may not otherwise have had. Volunteering also is seen as a way to foster self-confidence, develop leadership skills and allow people to give back to the commu- nity. Some studies have even iden- tiffed a feeling of enhanced well- being, sometimes described as a 'olunteer's high," as an outcome of the volunteer experience. Indeed, research has shown that service benefits the giver and the receiver even in everyday acts of kindness. Girl Scouts Peacepipe Council celebrates and thanks the over ee • • • • • • ee • • • • eQ.e ee ee • • e • Sentinel Tribune Tip Line • • • • If you see news happening or have a story • • idea call our News Tip Line. • • O" 274-6136 or 1-800-410-1.859 • • Due to staff limitations we may not always be • • able to respond to your tips or ideas. However • • we will do our best to give every call full regard. • • Thank you for your help and consideration. • Oeee••00000000e••00000 O i I,lll ii i i , ,i i .... jl. u i ll=lll i i00mt[md_Tdblma (ISSN 8750-3905) Managing Editor Ad Layout & Office Manager Advertising Sales Westbrook Office & Production Nancy Goring Production Joan Spielman Production Carolyn Van Loh " assignment reporter Ted Herder Walnut Grove news correspondent Published every Wednesday at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE: In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, Lyon, Murray and Nobles $25.00 Per Year - $17.00 6 Months (includes Thomas Merchant Roxy Soil Wayne Rue Junette Merchant , LET'5 STEAL J EZ31 AI Baf00. "Stories from the Batt Cave" The Dog and the Stump Each day. we walked in the woods of our farm--my dog and me. There was a purpose to our walks. We were tromping amongst the trees in search of dairy cattle. We needed to fetch the cows for the purpose of milk- ing them. The cows would try to get as far away from the barn as possible. Then they would try to hide from the boy and the dog that were in dogged (and bo),ed) pursuit of the herd. For large mammals, cows are very skilled at making them- selves invisible. It could take some time to find the cows. It became a big game of hide-and- seek as the bovines found hiding places in the woods, sloughs, hills and hollows that masqueraded as our farm. The cows were very good at this game. It could make for frustrating moments. It was- n't a shining moment in a man's life to be out-smarted by a herd of cattle--again. This is where having a good cattle dog really paid off. With a simple order of ,Sic em! the dog would find the cattle and chase them towards the barn. A good dog saved a farmer a lot of steps. My dog loved her job and was a conscientious worker. She took her job very seriously. Nothing got in the way of her and her effort to track down the milk COWS. Well, there was some- thing that got in the way. That something was a rabbit Evidently. my dog was put on the earth to chase rabbits. She was a rabbit dog first and a cattle dog second. Once a rabbit was sight- ed, my dog forgot all about the cows and took off chasing the bunny. She thought that the only proper response to something that appeared to be running from her was to chase it. She was a good cattle dog, so we overlooked her little peccadillo. When my dog grew old, she was not so ardent in her pursuit of bunnies. Oh. she still wanted to chase them, but she had lost the youth- ful energy required to carry out the act. She had been reduced to a short run and a couple of wind: ed barks. I think she still drew joy in seeing the frightened rab- bits run. One day, my dog and I were walk- ing ,in, the woods. She had reached the age where she was content to walk behind me with- out needing to be told to heel. The cows had just come into sight when a rabbit ran across our path. My dog let out a fiwoof and took a few measured steps in the direction of the scurrying bunny. Then an odd thing happened, as my dog and I watched, the retreating rabbit ran right into a tree stump. It hit the stump hard. So hard, that the collision resulted in one dead rabbit. I'm not sure why the rabbit didn't see the tree--bad eyesight (maybe it was not eating enough carrots), uncontrollable fear or it just was- n't paying attention. Now I've never walked into a stump, but I have walked into a patio door that I thought was open. I hit the glass of the door a with my face. It and it hurt like the There was quite a deck watching me walk door. There is a law you cannot make a yourself unless there ;s gathered. I have big spider web and let c while flailing at the freeing myself from the work, I noticed people me. They saw me nut, but they didn't see . web that I was If I was the type to rassed, I would have even though I have directly into a tree understand how that thing could happen. MY no trouble believing her tune. I think dogs best. Dogs are optimis c they know that there is in being anything else dog caught a rabbit with the help of that killing stump. For the life, whenever my walked in the woods for cows, my dog one very important would sit for a couple and look at that stumP- case another rabbit run into it. ฉAI Batt 2004 71622 325 St. Hartland, MN 56042 SnoEowl@aol.com Mission Statement The Sentinel Tribune serves the residents and business community of Cottonwood, Redwood, Murray and Lyon County and southwest Minnesota by applying its available resources to accu- rately and consistently pro- duce a quality newspaper which thoroughly covers the news of the area, stimulates thought and conversation, delivers advertising mes- sages in a timely manner, and provides information of general value to its public. In so doing contributes to the overall quality of life and economic health of its read- ers, advertisers and commu- nity in general while stimu- lating the professional devel- opment of its employees. ฎ Peach). Elsewhere in Minnesota $29.00 per year. Out of the State $34.00 per year. 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