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Library success; film, basketball

Cameron Duff, executive director of the Fulmer Public Library, says more than $55,000 was raised Saturday night during the annual Friends of the Library auction. As always, it was a big deal, a packed house and a festive one.

 

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The last week of the 2013 Sheridan Film Festival is tomorrow. Centennial Theatre owner Bill Campbell wraps up his 10-week dose of engagingly, different independent film with “The Summit.” The film is “a pulse pounding success,” says The New York Times regarding the 2008 mission of 22 climbers to ascend K2.

The film is footage of the climb, after-the-fact interviews, and reenactments. It’s the winner of several Sundance Film Festival Awards from 2013.

Showtimes Wednesday are 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

 

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Speaking of “packed houses”……..

Sheridan College’s Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome was rocking Friday night when the University of Wyoming Cowgirls basketball team hosted Montana State-Northern. The sense in the crowd was that UW would easily prevail, and eventually did so, 71-57, but the scrappy Skylights gave the Cowgirls all they could handle for about 35 minutes. Twice in the second half, the lead was one point; often it was four points or less.

Sheridan’s Kayla Woodward, a junior who starred at Sheridan High School, put in 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Dayton’s Fallon Lewis added 11. And Kaitlyn Mileto popped the nets for 27 points, often at critical times stopping Northern rallies. She led all scorers.

 

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Dept. of incidental info……..

The original “Star Trek” made its television debut on Sept. 2, 1969. It ran on NBC for only three years and never placed better than No. 52 in the Nielsen ratings. Despite that, the series spawned five more TV series, 12 movies and numerous books, games, toys and other products.

 

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“Let’s open up another can of quarterback,” Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan would say to his defensive unit, after sending the opposing quarterback off the field, injured and welcoming his backup. His Bears were en route to winning the Super Bowl XX (Jan. 26, 1986). They thoroughly whipped New England, 46-10.

Author Rich Cohen has written a terrific book “Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears” about the NFL’s humble beginnings, through the eyes of one of its founders, the Bears’ George Halas, and about the 1985 Bears, a team that went 15-1, one of the best teams ever. Head coach Mike Ditka didn’t speak with Ryan, a defensive innovator that changed the game; they were bitter enemies. Cohen also profiles the wacky characters that made up the team – the buttoned-up, but hard-hitting safeties, Gary Fencik and Doug Plank; quarterback Jim McMahon, who often played hurt while playing all-out; Walter ‘Sweetness’ Payton and William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry. Defensive linemen Dan Hampton and Steve McMichael often shut teams down cold. The team was supposed to run off a number of Super Bowl titles, but didn’t – and Cohen explains why.

It’s a good and available from our local bookstore, Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery.

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