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Today's word on journalism

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

Wellsville councilman lived his life helping others

By Liz Lawyer

April 21, 2006 | WELLSVILLE -- The funeral of Wellsville City Councilman Kent Brenchley Wednesday drew a congregation of about 400, all friends and family who gathered to honor him as a man who was always giving to others.

Brenchley, 69, was killed Friday when a shed he was working in collapsed. The shed was owned by Wellsville City and Brenchley was demolishing it.

Brenchley's five children, Wellsville Mayor Ruth Maughan and the bishop of Brenchley's ward each spoke to the congregation, sharing stories about his life and expressing their grief over his untimely passing. They described him as a hard worker who was always looking for someone to help.

"He was always up at four in the morning," said Brenchley's son Kevin, a Wellsville resident. "It was a comfort to see the light in his office as I went to my own job in the mornings.

Kevin Brenchley read to the congregation a personal mission statement his father had written and hung on his wall. Among his goals were to be a patriarch for his children and grandchildren and to make a personal friend of each, to give service "when prompted by my conscience," to help others in secret, to honor the ordinances of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Brenchley was a member, and to support the freedoms and values of his community.

"He lived up to every one of those things," Kevin Brenchley said. "He was ready to go."

Robert Brenchley, another son, said one of the biggest things he learned from his father was patience. When his father suffered from prostate cancer, Robert was amazed at how patient he was despite the pain. He said one of his best memories of his father was learning about the LDS Church from him.

Laurie Christensen, Brenchley's daughter, told about Brenchley's love for his grandchildren. She held up several articles of clothing and asked the congregation to imagine her dad wearing them. She said this was what he wore in a parade with his grandchildren around the backyard. He also played the part of Santa Claus each year, she said.

Brenchley served on the City Council since 2000. He also served as mayor during the years 1982-1985. He was a member of the council for several years prior taking the office of mayor and served on the city Planning and Zoning Commission.

"Kent was always in [the city office] doing things," said town recorder Don Hartle. "He always took the time to do for others."

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