Ken shoots his age (again); Third Thursday tonight

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There were no bad seats for the rodeo parade Friday. The securing of lawn chairs and saving seats began as early as Thursday morning. One visitor asked about what was happening and was told that her family had been in the same spot for generations.

Amusing, too, is watching out-of-staters parallel park on Main. (Do they even teach that in driver’s education anymore?)

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Tonight’s the night for the Third Thursday Street Festival in downtown Sheridan.

The lineup includes the Sheridan Farmer’s Market, live music, vendors and other exhibits.

It’s from 5 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Downtown Sheridan Association.

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Ken Richardson has shot his age.

Again.

Last Monday at the Powder Horn, Richardson carded a sweet 77 while playing with Lt. Col. Brian Ballew of the U.S. Air Force. This is the fourth time for Richardson, all of them at the Sheridan course. A hole-in-one is one thing – a good shot, some luck – but sustaining a score equal to one’s age over 18 holes, well, that’s a whole ‘nother matter, illustrative of skill, course knowledge, determination, nerves.

What was different this time?

“I had to get up and down a lot more (to save par),” he said, adding that he only hit eight greens and had a double-bogey on an easy par 3. He played the Eagle and the Mountain courses. Richardson shot a 72 when he was 72 and a 74 when he was 74. Two years ago, he shot a 73. Aging, of course, is a one-way street, and those golfers who were two or three handicaps in their 30s are now (usually) looking at 12 and 14 strokes as they enter their 60s, 70s and 80s.

A lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, he’s off to the stockholders’ meeting next week. (I got my notice in the mail and sent a proxy. Ole Buster here has one share, thanks to a friend.)

Wow. Congrats!

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From the Bragging-on-the-Staff, file……

• The Sheridan Press staff was “all in” for this year’s rodeo. Our Sheridan WYO Rodeo/Destination Sheridan magazine hit the streets and was delivered to subscribers June 30. We distributed more than 14,000 copies in all. (We have extra copies if you’d like to send to friends or relatives.)

• During rodeo week, we published 35 stories, a slew of photos and photo galleries and 16 videos that had more than 54,000 views. (Thanks to Fremont Motors and First Federal for sponsoring the videos.)

• The week alone produced almost 60,000 page views on our website and SmugMug. Our social media engagement totaled more than 144,000 persons. Another interesting fact: some 53 percent of people reading our coverage did so while using a mobile device.

• And we had a float in the parade. (Thank you, reporter Ashleigh Fox, and her team. We handed out some 1,600 editions of Friday’s newspaper plus a special wrap during the parade route.)

• Too, we provided some 5,500 day sheets to the rodeo attendees.

It’s a great team.

By |July 20th, 2017|

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