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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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Lewiston lists activities for child abuse prevention month

By Natalie Buckley

March 27, 2009 | LEWISTON -- Mayor Kelli Field signed a proclamation declaring April 2009 to be Child Abuse Prevention Month and "encourages all citizens to actively help protect our children and work to create strong families within this community."

Field said in this proclamation that "Lewiston City’s greatest asset is our children. All children deserve to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment to assure they reach their full potential."

Lewiston is supporting these efforts by publicizing and promoting all public events that the Child and Family Support Center (CFSC) is hosting this month. The events include the Blue Ribbon Benefit Dinner & Auction, the Race Against Child Abuse, Flamingo Flocking, and the Blue Ribbon Campaign.

"My favorite part about the Child Abuse Prevention Month is that I love seeing the community getting involved and that this issue is important to other people and not just us," said CFSC employee Ashlee Cragun.

The Blue Ribbon dinner and auction will take place April 24 at 6 p.m. at the Copper Mill Restaurant. The Race Against Child Abuse will be from 9:30-11 a.m. on April 25 at the Wellsville City Center. Lewiston will be distributing Blue Ribbon Campaign information along with all other fundraiser information in the city office.

All citizens are encouraged to wear or post blue ribbons to encourage awareness and make a difference.

Field stated in the proclamation, "It is important for all citizens of Lewiston city to become more aware of child abuse and the critical need for prevention within their respective neighborhoods and community."

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