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SENTINEL TRIBUNE VIEWPOINT Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Page 4 BETWEEN THE LINES ::' : : : :.):: ! ,:: f  :. : ........ By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- tmerchant@ncppub.com Another Fun Days wrap.. Well, here we are wrap- ping up another year of Fun Days. Again the Fun Days committee put together a great slate of events. The weather man cooperated with JsUSt some minor showers aturday morning, but other than that, the weather was very good. There were a couple of new events that were suc- cessful. First was the library book and six dollar sale in the senior center on Saturday. Running, somewhat, simulta- neous was the the Fun Days Expo at the community cen- ter. The Expo featured about two dozen vendors selling everything from jewelry to Tupperware, along with cake decorating, and spice mixes for dips and other food items. At times it seemed as though there needed to be two more of me just to take in all of the activities in the park and at several other locations around town. The Westbrook, Miss Westbrook Scholarship com- mittee put together another great show. The girls compet- ing all did a terrific job, from their talent to their Poise. Congratulations to all of them. They are all winners in my book. Also I am happy to be working with Miss Westbrook, Karley Deprez, our summer intern. Monday morning I instructed the rest of our staff to curtsey or bow when she enters the room. I told Karley right after the program that, and she chuckled and said that wouldn't be necessary. Veriz0n... Lets do some-' thing Last week we ran an infor- mational piece about calling Verizon to complain about the cell phone service. I talked to a couple of people that tried it and were able to register their displeasure. The operator told them they have had quite a few complaints about it. I got to thinking, about thirty or so years ago the State of Minnesota was mak- ing life miserable for our local hospital. So some people began a telephone and mail campaign to let them know about our displeasure of the state requiring un-necessary requirements for our little hos- pital. The callers and writers put on a calling and writing blitz so heavy, state officials contacted the hospital and told them, OK we get the message, we will leave you alone if you just have people stop contacting us. I am paraphrasing this, but the bottom line is that it worked. So what if we all started calling Verizon and complain- ing about 10 times a day per person. When they ask why we are calling again tell them we are starting a campaign to have everyone in the area do this until we get results or answers. We have suffered enough with this issue, it's time to make life miserable for Verizon. Maybe they will get the message. Here is the number to call 1-800-833-7021 ext. 1637 (Diana). Call them on your Verizon Cell Phone, lets make a difference! The Great Westbrook Reunion When many of us attended the All School Reunion in Westbrook, summer of 2010, many of us thought it would be fun to have a special 2 or 3 day get together at a place like Jackpot Junction. Thus the plan has been hatched to invite a number of classes to a "Westbrook High School Gatherin," at Jackpot this Sept. 28 and 29. That's a Wed. and Thurs. We can get a VERY special room rate, $40.00 per night. We'll keep the whole thing sim- ple. No meetings, no banquets, no name tags, just a "get together." Eat there or wherever you wish. Play golf, sight see, enjoy the fall colors that should be abundant at that time. Enjoy the fantastic his- tory of the area. And just simply enjoy a time together with class- mates. You MUST make reservations right away by calling 1-800-WINCASH. You can make reservations now and should your plans change, Jackpot has a very liberal cancellation policy. You need to say "Westbrook School Reunion" for the special rates. We have targeted classes from 1950 to 1960 but ALL are wel- come from every year. Graduates from WWG, also are welcome. This will most likely be the only notice you will get so, if you'd like to join in please call for your reservations today 1-800-WINCASH. We will have a Hospitality Room, one of the large banquet rooms for our use both days. Bring your own beverages and some snacks if you like. The cost for the Hospitality room is 40.00 per day. We'll have a "hat" that we hope all will toss in a few bucks to cover the cost. So, as we say, just a time for fun. We feel that the allotted rooms will fill fast. PLEASE call in your reservations now. See you this fall If you'd like to contact me. Grant Peterson 207 Half Moon Rd. Brookings, SD 57006 Email: norsk@blackhills.com Land line: 605-692-3191 AI Batt, . . "5tortes from the Batt Cave" I'm frugal. You're cheap It's a frugal community. Some might call Two Bits cheap, but frugal is a gentler, kinder word to describe the small city. Being stingy wasn't a con- scious choice. People didn't wake up one morning deciding to pinch pennies. It was forced upon them. Circumstances, location, the economy, the times, and luck conspired against them. Two Bits is too hot. It's too cold. It's too wet. It's too dry. Several years ago, it was so dry, they had to close two lanes at the swimming pool. Every resident learned the principle, "Make do or do with- out." Auto repair with duct tape is a class taught in junior high. If you should visit someone in Two Bits and see a cat's litter box, Have a great week and do don't assume your hosts have a good! ..... cat, it might be for company. ............... Kids are aedustomed to a Tooth This July 4, explore our new frontier your family might qualify for if the need arises, www.socialsecurity. gov/planners *Retire online! You can complete and submit your retirement applica- tion in as little as 15 minutes, www. socialsecurity.gov/retireonline *Apply online for disability ben- efits, www.socialsecurity, gov/ applyfordisability There's even more you can do at www.socialsecurity.gov. If you're feeling adventurous and want to explore, look around our home page, read some of our publica- tions, and take advantage of our most popular services at the left side of the screen. You even can chart a course for our frequently asked questions. It wasn't fireworks and parades that made America what it is today. It was our adventurous spirit, our desire to explore new places. We encourage you to explore the final frontier for your Social Security business at www.socialsecurity.gov. By Betty Anders, Manager Social Security Americans have been explorers long before we declared our inde- pendence on July 4, 1776. Colonists were brave enough to venture across the seas to settle in the unknown frontier of the New World. From there, westward expansion eventually took them from the east coast to the west. Then came the space race, and imagined places to explore. Shows like Star Trek called space the final frontier. But we've since found new frontiers, such as cyberspace. If you've used Social Security's website, then you know that cyber- space is no longer a strange, uncharted territory. Social Security's online services are so easy to navigate, even Kirk could use them (as Patty Duke tells George Takei in one of our new public service announcements - check them out at www.socialsecu- rity. gov/boldlygo). What are some of the things you can do easily at www.socialsecuri- ty.gov? *Use our Retirement Estimator to get an instant, personalized esti- mate of your future Social Security retirement benefits, www.socialse- curity, gov/estimator *Visit our Benefits Planner, where you can get started right away planning for a secure retire- ment. You also can go here to use the disability and survivors plan- ners to find out how much you or Fairywhffldaves coupons under their pillows for 25 cents off a loaf of bread. The mayor of Two Bits, Bjorn Liar, is willing to let the rest of the world go buy. His campaign slo- gan was, "rightwad! Tightwad! Sitting on the fence, trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents." He won in a landslide. Pat Pending, the inventor of the wood-burning microwave oven, buys pants so big that he and his wife are able to wear them at the same time. It's called pants-pooling. He lowered his showerhead to save on water. Nora Lender Bee could make five gallons of chicken soup and still have the chicken. One mem- ber of her family goes to a movie and then uses hand shadows to present it to the rest. She hangs floss on the line to dry. Whenever she shops for clothes, she asks, "Does this come in anything cheap?" She uses magic mark- ers to write "Old Navy" on plain T-shirts. Nora's favorite game show is 'q'he Price Is Too Much." Ish McNish, who won't spend a week or pay attention, needs the Jaws of Life to open his wal- let. He puts an IOU instead of cheese in a mousetrap. When the restaurant check comes, Ish reaches for his wallet. It has a note in it that reads, "Remember to say, 'Thank you' to whoever picks up the tab." The church is an important part of the community. It goes nearly broke each year and each year, money appears miracu- lously. Last year, the money didn't come when it generally does. The church needed repairs. A wobbly ceiling fan made parishioners so nervous that no one sat in a pew under the fan. Pastor Ammunition (call me "Ammo") begged and plead- ed for money. He did everything short of resorting to blackmail. He could have done that. He knew things. Asking for money was a wasted effort. The church stopped having potluck suppers because no one brought any- thing but ketchup packets, except for Martha and her hus- band, Stewart. They chipped the hardened globs of used tooth- paste from the sink and offered them as mints. Ammo's predicament remind- ed me of Flip Wilson's skit in which he portrayed Brother LeRoy. Brother LeRoy was lead- ing Sunday services at the Church of What's Happenin' Now. The collection plates were passed and came back empty. CLASSIFIED ADS SMALL PRICE BIG RESULTS The plates were passed again. They returned empty. Brother LeRoy beseeched the congrega- tion, "1 know that you want this church to progress. This church must progress." No response. Brother LeRoy shouted, "Before this church can progress it has to crawl, this church has got to crawl." The congregation became excited and yelled back, "Make it crawl, Reverend. Make it crawl!" Brother LeRoy contin- ued, "After this church has crawled, it's got to pick itself up and walk, this church has gotto walk!" The people shouted, "Make it walk, Reverend. Make it walk!" "And after this church has walked, this church has got to get up and run, this church has got to run." The people were worked into a frenzy and they hollered in response, "Make it run, Reverend. Make it run!" Then Brother LeRoy said, "Now, brothers and sisters, in order for this church to run, it's .going need money, it's going take money for this church to run!" The people cried, "Let it crawl, Reverend. Let it crawl!" At a service in Two Bits, Ammo made an impassioned plea for money and passed his hat, requesting an offering for repairs. The hat returned as empty as it had left. The pastor didn't flinch. Ammo raised his hat to Heaven and said, "1 thank You, Lord, that I got my hat back." 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