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Friday, May 12, 2006

THE FINAL WORD

PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

Lewiston's theater strives to be affordable, family-friendly

By Megan Sonderegger

April 13, 2006 | LEWISTON -- An aging red brick building stands on Lewiston's main-street, sheltering a historical theater, one of the few city-owned theaters left in the country, where many Lewiston residents feel important memories lie.

"It's (the theater) is part of my childhood, it's a tradition for a lot of people," said Kayleen Brown, a student at Utah State University.

Rosie Williams, the manager, said the theater was built in 1930 after the Lewiston opera house burned down. She said the theater was able to celebrate its 75th anniversary last summer and continues to "draw people in because it's family-friendly and cheap."

Movie tickets are $2 each, or $10 per family on Monday nights, she said, and concessions do not exceed $1.50 which is cheap in comparison to regular movie theaters. She said the theater doesn't allow R-rated movies in order to maintain a family-oriented atmosphere and attract a larger population of residents.

"Whether or not we get good business depends on the movie we choose to show," Williams said.

She said the city struggles with raised costs on supplier products as well as low population but city officials want the theater to remain cheap for residents while running effectively so they budget funds in order to achieve their goals.

"They want to keep it open, so they budget money for it to stay open," Williams said.

Williams said she feels the theater is unique because it has historical value and is a community, family-oriented theater which is based on city support.

"I love hearing people comment about how wonderful our theater is," Williams said.

Show times for the Lewiston Theater are Mondays at 7 and Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 9:35 p.m.

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