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Food Group concert coming

Tip of the Hat! To the Big Horn Homebuilders Association. Once more, their big spring show held over the weekend at the Holiday Inn Conference Center drew thousands.

Plenty of people stopped by The Sheridan Press’ booth, and thanks for doing so. We sold a slew of subscriptions, both in print and online, and gave away a bunch of free “stuff.” At one point, there was a line Saturday to spin the Press’ prize wheel.

Best marketing phrases ever:
• New and improved.
• Rinse and repeat.
• Service engine soon.
• Free.

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What was good, too, about the home show…….
The Notebook bought raffle tickets — as did many others — for a chance to win furniture built by the Sheridan High School construction class with proceeds benefitting The Food Group. This organization is coordinated by the Center for a Vital Community, headed by Amy Albrecht, who sold a number of tickets Friday night along with Sheridan Chamber President Ken Thorpe. Amy is also one of the Press’ Community Voices columnists.

Incidentally, another fundraiser for The Food Group will be Friday at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome on the Sheridan College campus. There will be a concert by the Craft Brothers beginning at 7 p.m. Tacos from Taco John’s will be served. Donations welcomed at the door.

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Since it’s spring training, a baseball story. Frank “Hondo” Howard, aka “The Washington Monument,” was asked how he felt. “Hey, I’m on this side of the grass. It’s a great day,” said Howard, 76.
Howard was a two-sport All-American (football, baseball) at Ohio State. He was 6-9 and 280 pounds in his playing days, mostly for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the old Washington Senators. His intimidating presence caused many third base coaches to back up almost to the grandstands, fearful of his line drives. In all, he hit 382 home runs and drove in 1,119 runs with a .273 career average over 16 seasons. Howard also coached for 22 seasons for six major league teams. Howard still holds home run and total base records for the Senators. Howard also was the only player to hit a ball out of Yankee Stadium, a foul; and had a tape-measure home run of 580 feet in the old Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

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They Said It

“When I have to choose between voting for the people, or the special interests, I always stick to the special interests. They remember. The people forget.”

— Henry Fountain Ashurst, (1874-1962), Democrat, Arizona’s first senator, 1912-1941.

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