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February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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Providence Inn building monument to pioneers

By Megan Wiseman

January 23, 2009 | PROVIDENCE -- The Providence Inn hopes to complete a new monument by June 6, 2009 which will recognize the founding pioneers and the 150-year celebration of Providence City, says owner Karl Seethaler.

"It's an important project that needs to be done carefully," Seethaler said.

A committee has been put together to help create the monument, including Jay Christopherson, who is doing the architectural design, and City Councilman Dale Astle.

Seethaler said that it is still being debated whether or not the new monument will include the old plaque of the original monument or if a new one will be created. A time capsule will also be put in the monument with an opening date of sometime in 2059. Seethaler said that the committee is still deciding on what will be put into the capsule and is making sure that it properly reflects Providence.

One thing the committee knows will go into the capsule are the names of anyone who donates towards the estimated $40,000 cost of the new monument.

"We want everyone to feel like they are a part of the monument," said Seethaler. "It's important that people feel good about this monument and that it means something to the community."

The original monument was constructed in 1947 and was dedicated by former LDS president George Albert Smith. Seethaler said the monument was supposed to last 100 years, but with time the mortar fell apart and the monument was taken down.

Seethaler took over the building (known as the Old Rock Church) in 1993 and turned it into the Providence Inn to make sure that this piece of Providence's history was preserved. He feels that the monument is an important part of the Inn's history.

In the 14 years that Seethaler and his family have owned the inn, many renovations have been made, including a new wing connected to the old church and a new bridal suite.

"When we started planning and creating the bridal suite, we Googled, researched and visited many other reception places," said Seethaler. "Some of the nicest reception halls would only have a bathroom for the bride to get ready in or the bridal room would double as a storage room. We wanted something different, something more special and I think we've achieved that and now have one of the most elegant places."

Seethaler said that the Inn has two main functions: the bed and breakfast and then weddings. Seethaler said he likes providing a place that offers an alternative to the popular option of having a reception in a church gym. He said that the inn isn't just another building; it has history and community behind it.

When it's not catering to a steady stream of weddings, the Old Rock Church is welcoming guests from as far away as Switzerland. Seethaler said that 30 percent of the inn's guests are returning guests, 30 percent have come to the inn by word of mouth, 30 percent found it through the Internet, the last 10 percent come for various reasons and 20 percent of all the guests are residents of Cache Valley.

"It's a great romantic getaway," said Seethaler. "It's a place where people can come and relax and see the beauty of Cache Valley."

To make a donation to the Providence Inn monument make checks payable to Providence Pioneer Monument Inc., c/o Ralph Call, treasurer, 585 Canyon Road, Providence 84332, or you can call Committee President Dale Astle at 435-752-4693.


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