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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

Sorenson's building plans approved by Hyde Park

By Brad Plothow

April 21, 2006 | HYDE PARK -- Planning and Zoning commissioner Mark Lynne got a little sentimental Wednesday -- over a flag lot.

The commissioner took a moment to reflect on his own property before Hyde Park's Planning and Zoning commission voted 3-0 to approve Scott Sorenson's building on a flag lot near 75 West and 100 South.

"It followed the ordinance with lots of room to spare," Lynne said of Sorenson's building request. Lynne explained that his 100-year-old home was built on property as awkward as Sorenson's, with neighboring property very close.

"Literally, our back door was right next to (a neighbor's)," Lynne said. "There are things people can do to mitigate (lack of privacy)."

Lynne said his family planted lilac tree spouts 6 inches apart along the fence line that separates his property from the neighbor's, thinking a few of the trees would survive and provide a little privacy.

"They all survived," said Lynne, noting the solid wall of lilacs that now grow between his yard and his neighbor's.

The commission opened the floor briefly for public comment on the Sorenson lot. For almost one minute, none of the 10 in attendance -- including three Boy Scouts -- spoke up.

Barry Foster, a resident who lives near the Sorenson lot, was the only person to break the silence. He asked Sorenson, also in attendance, if he was a contractor, or if he planning on living in the home.

Sorenson said he would make it his home, and a neighborly friendship started there in the council chamber.

"Cool," Foster said. "I live just above you there."

At a previous meeting, the commission discussed requests, but not mandates, for the Sorenson lot. Most of them dealt with the logistics of the property, including privacy issues with neighbors. Sorenson said he was not at the previous meeting, so the commission recapped some of its requests.

"If you at all can, don't put your front lawn into the back yard of somebody else," Commissioner David James said.

Sorenson OK'd the request, then left, along with four others, before the council moved on to other business, including recognition of Child Abuse Prevention month. The City Council discussed last week the possibility of dubbing April as such, as per the request of Clint Farnsworth of the Child and Family Support Center.

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