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SENTINEL TRIBUNE V rv L ;WPOINT Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Page 4 :s ': : ? BETWEEN ' By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- THE " LINES Does anybody really care In case you had not heard Prince William and Kate had a baby boy, I think they named him Bill...Harry .... George ... or something like that. Well actually unless you have been living in a cave in a remote part of Sumatra you had to know when, where, what time and much more about the royal birth. Not to mention coverage of Prince William fas- tening the car seat in his vehicle. He has said he wants to do what most ordinary dads do when a new child arrives in the family. Well that is honorable to say the least, but I still have to won- der about our major news media insisting on having wire to wire coverage of almost everything William and Kate do regarding their new baby. I suppose it is a really big deal in Great Britain, but do that many people really give a rip about the goings on of the Royal Family. I have trouble seeing where coverage for us Americans has anything to do with the tea in Tibet or for that matter the price of crude oil. I am sorry, it just isn't news worthy. I defy anyone to come up with any real good thing this con- tributes to society in any way shape or form. I guess if you look at it with an eye on celebrity status I guess there are enough people around who just need this stuffto enhance their lackluster average life styles. I think a lot, if not most people, like to fantasize about what it would be like to live like a rock star, movie star, CEO of a major company, or a member of a royal family. On the other hand maybe we all should count our blessings and be thankful for what we have and especially thankful for some of the things we don't have. For instance how would you like to be hounded by the Paparazzi on a daily basis. Oh I suspect at first the notoriety would be fun and novel, but after a while it proba- bly gets old very quickly. Then again it is not only the Royal Family that people seem to be attracted to, but celebrities from all walks of life seem to capture the imagination of Americans as well. When I was a teenager, I could hardly wait to go see Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender, and then subsequent movies after that. At the time Pat Boone was anoth- er heart throb for the girls, and there was a bit of a squabble between the two factions of Elvis or Boone fans. Of course there were a lot of other singers that were very popular: The Everly Brothers, Johnny Rivers, and my choice for the father of Rock N Roll Chuck Berry. Then the six- ties brought the British invasion with the Beatles, and of course the timeless Rolling Stones. At the time I couldn't get my hands on enough of those vinyl 45's and LP's. I wish I had hung on to some of those early Elvis and Beatles albums, some of them are worth a few bucks today. I guess it must have a lot to do with how old one is. I find the older I get, movie, singing, sports personalities, don't mean as much to me anymore. Really there are a lot of things that are much more worth your time to do, so don't forget to take time to smell the roses. Have a great week and do good! Paying an Overseas Firm to Change Your Address? The BBB says you can do it yourself for free . August 21, 2013 - With the changing of the seasons, many peo- ple will be changing their addresses as they move into student housing or secure a new rental property before cold weather arrives. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning people to be careful when perform- ing online searches to start the process of changing your address, as there are companies looking to charge you for something you can do for free. "Changing your address is a very simple process, one the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) offers for free when you do it in-person at a post office or mailing center," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. "Online entities who offer to perform this service for consum- ers - at a cost of up to $40 - neglect to mention this little fact." Recently, the BBB became aware of a website called, which references the USPS promi- nently on their home page. However, the company - which appears to operate out of Australia - acknowl- edges in the fme print they are "not affiliated with the Post Office or any other government agency." The BBB has received complaints against MyPostalAddressChange. com, which allege consumers were deceived into believing they were dealing with the U.S. Postal Service. One of the complainants noted that when they typed "U.S Postal Service change of address" into a Google query, this company was one of the top links that appeared. "Usually the Intemet is viewed as a savings tool," added Badgerow. "In this case, it's actually leading to cases where people are spending money unnecessarily." According to information on the United States Postal Service's web- site, these "change of address" web- sites charge customers to change an address and, in some cases, the change never gets made. The Postal Service has no affiliation with the businesses that operate these sites. The Postal Service official website is The Postal Service does charge $1 for identity verification for custom- ers who change an address online using its Official Change of Address order at Another option, which is free, allows cus- tomers to mail or submit in person a Change of Address order to any Post Office. The order can be printed after it is completed online or picked up at any Post Office. CLASSIFIED ADS - SMALL PRICE - BIG RESULTS // , , AI BaH... "Stories from the BaH Cave" One American's dream Gus Courrier and I have been friends for a long time. We share many interests. Gus says that the only differ- ence between us is that I'm cheaper than he is. He says that because he bought me popcorn. Once. Like Popeye, I am what I am. As a small boy, I knew what I wanted to be. I didn't want to play centerfield for the Yankees. I didn't want to be Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke." I didn't want to be a Tang- drinking astronaut. There were days when I wanted to be E.B. White, a writer who leaned one word against another in an extraordinary way. But most days, I wanted to be just like my father. My father read the newpaper . comics to me while he milked the cows in the barn. Dad told me that I should read the comics before I read the obituaries. He claimed that would extend my lifespan. My father liked birds. He called the hermit thrush a "swamp angel," the American goldfmch was a "wild canary," the short-eared owl was a "bog owl," the American bit- tern a "slough pump," the mourning dove was a "turtle dove," and the indigo bunting a "blue canary." When the yellow-billed cuckoo called, my father called it a "rain crow" and said that it was forecast- ing rain. Dad knew that the tiny birds that passed through in feath- ers of many colors were called warblers. A neighbor referred to them as "wobblers." I was thank- ful that the term wasn't descrip- tive. Knowing so many birds as Dad did was pretty good because our bird book was a basic guide from "Capper's Weekly" titled, "Introduction to Our Bird Friends." It had 50 pages with two bird spe- cies per page. There were three our four paragraphs about each bird with a black-and-white drawing of each, followed by a short poem for every species. The book was wonderful, but it was limited in its usefulness. Dad liked the funny pages and he liked birds. So did and so do I. I wanted to be like Dad. I fed the laying hens sawdust inthe hopes of hatching out some woodpeckers When he drove the car or truck, Dad kept his hands at 10:00 and 2:00 on the steering wheel. That made it easy for him to wave. His wave was a lift of the forefinger. I'd sit behind the steering wheel of the parked car and practice that WaVW.. ' - Dad was proficient at the "Minnesota goodbye." The Minnesota goodbye is when what should have been a brief process of ending a social call is extended by an hour. It starts with a glance at the time and a "Well, I suppose I should be going," and then esca- lates into offers of leftovers and far-ranging topics of discussion. Conversation travels down count- less detours. A departing guest is walked to the door. A visitor lingers long near the door before edging cautiously through it. It's not polite to actually leave. The host walks to the car and talks to the visitors through a car window for an eternity before the departing guests drive away. Dad was patient. He was a Cubs fan. The Cubs won the World Series in 1908. Any team can have a bad century, but I decided not to be a Cubs fan. There is to6 much suffering required. Dad passed along wisdom. "Flip a coin. You'll know what you really want once the coin is in the air." "There's no excuse for being an idiot, so why apologize?" "If you don't like it, try harder." "Everything will be all right at the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end." "People count the faults of those who keep them waiting." "If you are bored, clean the hen- house." Cleaning the henhouse was a nasty job. There was so much ammoniathere that it was like being in a giant Mr. Clean bottle. Dad could plant straight corn rows. Mine had more personality. Dad could fix things, I was'better at breaking th," but,Pv become like my father " m many ways. I'm frugal on my father's side. Dad ate his Wheaties with a fork and passed the milk to me. I thought he was cheap, now I know that he was frugal. I'm like my father in many ways. That's a good thing. I know what to expect. It's like the Bugs Bunny Overture says, "Overture, curtains, lights. This is it, the night of nights. No more rehearsing and nursing a part. We know every part by heart." A1 Batt 2013 71622 325 St. 1-1, MN 56042 Sentinel Tribune Thomas Merchant Junette Merchant Joan Spielman (ISSN 8750-3905) Managing Editor Office & Production Ad Representative & Office 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, and Murray $42.00 per year. Elsewhere in Minnesota $46.00 per year. Out of the state $52.00 per year. Canada and foreign countries inquire at the Sentinel Tribune Office. 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