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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Hyrum receives Tree City award

By Seth Bracken

November 7, 2008 | HYRUM -- Is your city a tree hugging city? Hyrum is, and officially has been for five years.

The city completed five years as member of Tree City USA and received an award Thursday in the City Council meeting for being a city that pledges to promote trees.

According to the Arbor Day Web site, there are 3,310 communities all across America that participate in the Tree City program. This program requires that the cities have a tree board, a tree ordinance, Arbor Day observance and proclamation and that $2 per capita be spent on trees.

The head of the tree board in Hyrum, Andy Beutler, presented this information to the city council, along with the plaque, a flag and several stickers.

"Trees really help to make the community beautiful," said Beutler.

Mayor Dean Howard expressed his appreciation for his work on the board that only has two members.

"We appreciate the effort you put into the city as far as trees go," said Howard. "When somebody wants to talk about trees, you're the man we refer them to."

There are several other cities in Cache Valley that are tree cities, including Logan for 23 years, Wellsville for 20 years and Smithfield for 15.

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