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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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Mendon finishes marking streets, planning trail to school

By Chari Ingraham

November 16, 2008 | MENDON -- The City Council announced on Thursday night the completion of its street signs and the finalizing of plans to create a trail leading to the elementary school.

Nearly all of the street school signs and markings are completed, with the exception of three school zone signs, said Councilman George DeWeese.

The council voted unanimously to reopen 100 East St., which had previously been closed due to concern over child safety and lack of proper street signs. DeWeese said 34 signs were completed, which included speed zones and stop signs.

In addition to the reopening of the road, the city will also be able to begin work on a rock path that will start from 100 East and lead to the elementary school.

Problems arose when parents realized their children were walking in the middle of the road to get to the new elementary school. After much debate, the city council agreed to close 100 East and formed a committee to begin fund-raising for a new path for the children. The committee also began fund-raising for new street signs and markings, as there was also much concern over the number of people who were speeding and running stop signs.

"Along with the installment of the new signs, the path will get the majority of the kids off the street," said Councilman Jon Hardman.

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