The Notebook noted Tom Balding’s earlier this week. His business is coming up on 30 years and will have a big hoorah come July.
That same day, I wandered into Sam Sumner’s office at Cowboy State Bank. He celebrated five years as its president. He’s been in banking almost 25 years and later this year, he, too, celebrates a milestone that rhymes with one of banking’s best-known phrases: thrifty. The Cowboy State Bank has branches in Sheridan and in Ranchester.
Most know Sam. He grew here and starred on the Sheridan High School Broncs state championship football team of 1982. He met Hillary in Cheyenne at a Ducks Unlimited banquet. Hillary Sumners is the human relations director at Volunteers of America. I will remark now and then about having covered Hillary in high school when I was the editor/general manager of the Plate County Record Times, my first rodeo at running a community newspaper. Hillary was a celebrated volleyball and basketball star for Wheatland High School. Sam these days is active in the Gold Buckle Club and the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo.
They Said It
“I’m 93, and I’m feeling great. Decline and disaster impend, but my thoughts don’t linger there. I know how lucky I am, and secretly tap wood, greet the day, and grab a sneaky pleasure from my survival at long odds. Surveys confirm that a majority of us people over 75 keep surprising ourselves with happiness. Put me on that list. Our children are adults now and mostly gone off, and let’s hope full of their own lives. We’ve outgrown our ambitions. If our wives or husbands are still with us, we sense a trickle of contentment flowing from the reliable springs of routine, affection in long silences, calm within the light boredom of well-worn friends, retold stories and mossy opinions.”
— Roger Angell, author/essayist, The New Yorker
Ken and Barbara Schuster, curators at The Brinton Museum in Big Horn, welcome again for the seventh year, the Big Horn Elementary School All-Student Art Show. It’ll be March 20 to March 30 with a reception by the BHE Home & School Association on March 20. The students’ art will be displayed, right there along with the work of William “Bill” Gollings and others noteworthy artists. The art instructors at BHE: Janet Ruleaux, Kim Lassiter.
I see by the paper…..
• A popular fortune telling studio in London was recently destroyed by fire. One of the studio’s crystal balls, sitting near a window, magnified sunlight and set curtains alight. “You can’t predict the future,” said one of the firefighters, “but you can prevent this type of fire by keeping glass ornaments away from sunny windowsills.”
• More and more babies are being named after firearms, according to a story in TheDailyBeast.com. Last year, 955 babies were named Colt, 668 were named Remington, and 118, Ruger.