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Matalin coming; ashes to rashes

Political consultant/strategist and author Mary Matalin will be the guest speaker come Saturday at Sheridan College, courtesy of the Sheridan County Republican Party. Carole Perkins tells the Notebook it’s a sold-out evening. Matalin’s worked as a presidential campaign specialist, as a commentator on CNN and has written books on politics and family.

It should be a spectacular event for a couple of reasons. One, it’s the first major community event inside the new Edward A. Whitney Education Center. Secondly, the outdoor setting will feature more than 1,000 American flags as part of the Wounded Warrior Project. The Field of Honor flags will be dedicated a day earlier in honor of the military, law enforcement and first responders.

Carole’s also doing the heavy lifting locally for the annual Miss Wyoming Scholarship Foundation. The 2013 golf tournament will be Aug. 30 at The Powder Horn. For info, call Carole, 751-4992.

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Must say, the Notebook’s amused by all the teevee commercials these days about adult “leakage.” Madison Avenue has come a long way since the days of June Allyson cheerily singing the praises of wearing a diaper. (For you youngsters, the late, great June Allyson was a famous movie star, typically in an all-American, sweetheart-with-grit role, usually opposite the all-American Jimmy Stewart.)

The commercials on the nightly networks’ newscasts have left the last shreds of personal, medical dignity at the curb. (It’s a question of blood flow, the announcer encourages.) Yet, the one spot that gets me the most is the one for adult diaper rash.

Really? Ashes to ashes, diaper rashes to diaper rashes.

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More than 60 representatives of elected state and federal officials came through Sheridan Sunday and Monday as past of a fact-finding trip of northeast Wyoming. Good reviews about the tour and the Sheridan hospitality. Coal and energy was a focal point. This part of the state produces more than 10 percent of the energy needs of the entire U.S. I passed out our enterprise journalism project, “The Big Bang,” a profile of Sheridan’s coal industry and copies of Destination Sheridan magazine. Patrick Henderson, one of the morning’s speakers at the Sheridan County Museum, also handed out copies of the special section of Whitney Benefits, one of more than 60 Sheridan foundations. Henderson, Whitney’s executive director, explained how the foundations locally have an ongoing commitment to education and the qualify of life here.

Mayor Dave Kinskey welcomed the visitors. Other speakers included Tyson Emborg, a government teacher at Sheridan High School who clued in the visitors on some of the local history; longtime state legislator John Patton, Homer “Scotty” Scott, Sheridan banker/developer and founder of The Powder Horn. Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy and Patti Davidsmeier of Gillette were key in orchestrating the tour, as well as Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess and the staff of Mayor Kinskey. Pete Schoonmaker of Summit Gas Resource and Bob Craig of Next Fuel, Inc., led discussions on the bus rides to Buffalo and Lake DeSmet before returning to Gillette.

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Quotable

“I’ve been so busy…I don’t know if I’ve found a rope or lost a horse.”

— Old Vaquero saying, True West magazine

 

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