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.t SENTINEL TRIBUNE V • • leWpolnt Wednesday, June 30, 2004 BETWEEN By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune THE LINES [WEY, rtL,VE'S, The sermon Sunday morning at the community church service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pastor Giese's sermon struck a note with me. His sermon was about an upcoming project being set up for the community. The proj- ect is feed the children, the organization is called Feeding Children International. I do not have all of the details of the project, but apparently this group went to General Mills and Pillsbury and asked them to come up with a high protein package meal that could be assembled at a minimum cost. Locally there will be a project coming up to assemble these food packets. In next week's paper there will be a complete story about this worthwhile proj- ect. The Challenge For some time I have felt there is a need for a food shelf in Westbrook. There are sever- al food shelves located in sur- rounding towns including Walnut Grove, the nearest one I know of. The need for food shelves is becoming more needed than ever. There are families in our communities, for whatever reason, are in need of food for their children. I know, I have heard the excuses or comments like maybe if those people would give up their cigarettes, liquor, or gambling they could afford to feed their children. This may be the case, but often times it is caused by things you simply cannot control. Loss of job, cat- astrophic illness, divorce, or just plain down on your luck. No matter the cause, children should not have to go to bed hungry especially in this coun- try of great wealth. We should not allow people to go hungry in this country or anywhere else in the world. For years the boy scouts and churches and other organizations have collected food for food shelves but it all has to be taken to other towns. That is not a bad thing but there are people who do not have transportation or any other means to get to these places. I am asking the ministerial groups of Westbrook and the sur- rounding area to consider working to-develop a local food shelf. This should be a priority for our church leaders and the people of this community. I am willing to work with any group to help set up a food shelf in Westbrook. Thirty six years ago when my father came to Westbrook, in one of his first columns, he wrote a short list of things that this community needed, they were a library, a golf course, and a swimming pool. Those have all been accomplished. How about it? Lets get one more thing accomplished in Westbrook. Lets talk. Have a great week! LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former student praises Bill White There are few teachers who have left a lasting, life long impression on me -- Mr. White is one of them. Although I now call Monticello my home, I was raised in Westrook, MN which is where Mr. White taught and coached for many years before coming here. I had the priv- ilege of being one of his students and I was also a cheerleader for his football team which won .the 1987 Minnesota State 9-Man Football Championship. Go Wildcats! I will always remember watching Mr. White and Mrs. Bultman demon- strating the various steps of tradi- tional dance during the "dance unit". I will always remember the "wrestling unit". And I will never forget his passion and dedication to the students he coached in the classroom and on the playing field. I am so grateful that two of my children got to experience him for a teacher before his retirement. They too saw what a great teacher he was and looked forward to the times when he would come to Little Mountain. Thank you Mr. White for being such an awesome teacher, coach, mentor, and role model. You will be missed. Jackie Fallon (Klasse) Monticello, MN NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Dear subscriber; please check the due date on your address label of your paper. In order to avoid a lapse in your subscription, please remit your renewal two weeks prior to the expiration date. 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 accurately and consistently produce a quality newspaper which thoroughly covers the news of the area, stimulates thought and conversation, delivers advertising messages 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 community in general while stimulating the professional development of its employees. ,11 i i i ii II i ii i |1 i iii i i ii i Sentinel Tribu (ISSN 8750-39O5) Managing Editor Ad Layout & Office Manager • Advertising Sales Westbrook Office & Production Thomas Merchant Roxy Soil Tom Merchant Junette Merchant Nancy Goring PrOCluction Joan Spielman Production Carolyn Van Loh assignment reporter Teri 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 AI Bart... "Stories from the B-t Cave" BIRD POOP I asked the class to tell me something that they knew for sure. One boy answered with,"l know that when you feed gulls, you should wear a hat." Good advice. Birds are known for putting down deposits on new cars. They will download on a human on occasion. My wife got out of the car in our garage when she was splattered by the droppings from a Barn Swallow. Barn Swallows look like they are wearing a perpetual smile. Now I know why. I was sitting in the backyard of some friends, enjoying a meal. My meal was interrupted when something wet hit my hand. A gift from a grackle. Gull and grackles are often the gift gvers in this situation. Grackles carry the fecal matter of their young away from the nest. They do so in order to keep pred- ators from finding the nest. The black birds like to dump their load into water in the hopes that the water will wash away the evi- dence, but they will happily splat- ter garage doors, polished cars and sidewalks. Cyndi Lauper was performing at a concert in Boston when a bird relieved itself while flying over- head. The bird's aim was good. Lauper had her mouth wide open as she was hitting a high note. The bird made a hole-in-one; a one-in-a-million shot. Lauper turned away from the crowd, wiped her tongue on her shirt and then finished the set, Everyone is a critic, even crit- ters with feathers. I was leading a group of folks along the Platte River m Nebraska one March. The people were so nice; it was a pleasure to be in their company• We watched as large numbers of ducks, geese and Sandhill Cranes flew overhead. "Have you ever seen anyone get pooped on?" asked one of the oup, a Methodist minister from innesota. He no sooner finislled that sen- tence when, splat! He became a victim of a fly-by pooping. I have heard from so many readers who have related stories of uneasy encounters with bird droppings. Lots of motorcycle riders have reported being hit. Another rea- son to wear a helmet with a visor on it• A good number of bicyclists told of similar experiences• A driver honked his horn at some Canada Geese. He scared the poop right out of them and onto his windshield. One youngsterthought some-" one hadthrown a rock at her when it was the work of a bird. A nurse on a lunch break had a bird splatter her brand new hairdo. It was one of those "big hair" hair- dos, so it was quite a job getting it cleaned up. A nice woman told me of having her windshield covered by the leavings of a gang of waterfowl. She had to pull over as she had difficulty seeing the road and it was more than her windshield wipers could handle. A friend told me the stow of fishing in Canada with his son• They had just put out some decoys on the lake when 5,000 to 10,000 Snow Geese flew over. As they watched the birds, the son commented, =The worst thing that could happen is if the geese dumped on us right now." It happened• They did. A friend near Penny Lake tells of a bird hitting her daughter's brand new sandal while her daughter's foot was still in it. Another nice reader of a hummingbird relievino ztso, him as he sat on his deck. said that it could have worse• It could have been I remember a fisherman splattered by a gull along the, shores of St. Olaf Lake whet1 ' was a boy• The angler looked at the and said, "That is why I am that cows don't fly." All this talk reminds me couple who were out for a around Albert Lea Lake. It was a beautiful She was intelligent, and nice. He was an agent. As they moseyed around body of water, a gull lighm, Ioadby dropping,, the man's head. He shook his fist at the ing bird• His wife, trying not to laug It said, "Here's a tissue." , "What good would that ( said her husband. "That birt football field away from us now." What should you do pooped on by a bird? _f , wear it like it's a badge u, i honor• I think the Bov Scouts s, offer a merit badge for suCt s thing. A woman told me about I1# Uncle Ovie. , Ovie hated crows and sl: much time as he could them. When Ovie shuffled mortal coil, the the cemetery• When -they got there, tn a crow Iberched upon c)vle: tombstone. The crow whitewashed headstone• -AI Batt 2004 71622 325 St• Hartland, MN 56042 SPEAK UP We welcome your participa- tion, whether in letters or com- mentary. If possible, please make your submission by e-mail to sen- trib@rrcnet•org• Conventional mail address is Sentinel Tribune, P.O. Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183. Our Fax number is 507- 274-6137• We require submis- 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. 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