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May 8, 2009

The Last WORD

The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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Richmond's farmers' market will be hosted by Rockhill Creamery

By David Bowman

April 17, 2009 | RICHMOND -- The Rockhill Creamery will be hosting this year's farmer's market in Richmond from May 23 to Oct. 17, on Saturdays.

The Harvest Market at Rockhill will be the second farmer's market to be held at the Rockhill Creamery. Terrie Wierenga said having it there will bring familiarity and will be able to host more vendors.

"We are hoping for at least 10 to 12 vendors on a consistent basis and possibly others that will come and go throughout the season," Wierenga said.

All vendors will be local and will be selling fresh vegetables, homemade food items, and homemade crafts. Vendors will rent booths and these will range in price based on the location and size of the booth. The prices start $1 and can go up to $8 a day, based on its locations.

"Even children with a wagon of vegetables can set-up shop for $1," Wierenga said. If a vendor is planning on selling their goods on more than just one day they can reserve a spot for $90 for the season.

The Harvest Market at Rockhill will be the second farmer's market to be held in Richmond and will begin on May 23 and end Oct. 17. It will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday.

All vendors will need to fill out an application by April 27. The application can be found on the Web site, Food handler's permits are required to be able to sell homemade food items.

Smithfield Implement is sponsoring the farmer's market and Wierenga is expecting more sponsors to come as the season gets closer to starting.


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