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  1. The Face in the Mirror

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    February 6, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Alison Grisham When I was an adolescent, it drove me crazy that my mom always seemed to do ten errands when she promised we were just running to the bank.  I hated waiting in the car while she went into the store for “just one thing” that could never seem to be carried in less than 3 bags.  And the worst… if I had to be stuck in a car while Christopher Cross whined about being “stuck between the moon and New York City”… well, I certainly shouldn’t have to tolerate my mom doing back up vocals to boot. Later, when I was a teenager, I was completely disgusted by my mother’s morning routine… and being a teenager, I never missed an opportunity to tell her how she could do it better. “Did you seriously just get dressed without taking a shower?” I’d marvel.  “Are you even planning to wash your hair?”  Ahh… nothing like the derision of a teenager to make a mom feel all… warm and suicidal. “Well I just washed it yesterday.” “Yeah.  Most people wash their hair every day mom.  You may not be aware of this…  but it’s more like brushing your teeth, than …

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  2. Tigers Notch Twentieth Win

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    February 6, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Brent Harrison WEST FORK- Last week’s inclement weather forced postponement of the Tigers Colors Day matchup set for Friday with Cedarville, but West Fork was able to squeeze in a pair of wins earlier in the week. The Tigers picked up its twentieth win of the season as it threw its weight around against Green Forest 81-24. The Lady Tigers got past one of the higher rated teams in 3A with a 59-30 win against the Green Forest Lady Tigers. Senior Boys West Fork 81, Green Forest 24 The Tigers got out to what has become a usual fast start out of the gate with a 32 point first quarter. The Tigers were able to tandem that with a defense that surrendered just a 7-point first quarter. “Green Forest is a little outmatched and in kind of a rebuilding stage this year,” West Fork coach David Ferrell said. “But your kids still have to play and a road win is a road win.” West Fork (20-1, 2-0) got the production on Tuesday from its perimeter. Aaron England [20 points], Cody Cone [13 points], Josh Ferrell [11points] and Tim Seaman [12 points] combined for 56 points for the Tigers that …

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  3. Water Softener Saves House

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    February 6, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Steve Winkler Two trucks from the Boston Mountain Volunteer Fire Department answered a 911 call from a Winslow residence to find plenty of smoke and a water covered floor but no flames.  The fire had been extinguished by water spraying from a water pipe damaged by the fire itself. The residence on Hwy 71 in Winslow is adjacent to the Mountain Top Gun Shop and owned by Bill and Tracy Barnett. “I threw some things in the dryer and went back to work at the shop.  When I returned an hour and half later the house was full of smoke and I stepped into water when I went into the kitchen,” said Bill Barnett.  “I called 911, and turned the water off. “ “It was awesome,” he added.  “The volunteer fire department was here in 4 minutes.” “It’s a miracle we didn’t lose the whole house, the smoke damage is stressful but we didn’t lose the house,” repeated Tracy Barnett, standing among a half dozen dehumidifiers, charred chunks of sheet rock and household disarray. Bill explained that a previous owner had installed a water softener system and for unknown reasons ran the PVC pipe on the inside of the …

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  4. Volunteer Raises Bar for Recycling

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    February 6, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy About five years ago, Paul Libor answered a call to volunteer at the newly opened Renewable Resource Center (RRC) in West Fork.  If you’ve ever been to the recycling center, then you know that Libor has become a fixture.  He laughs when asked how many hours he’s logged, because he isn’t counting. “I like doing it.  I know it’s doing good; that’s what I see,” said Libor who retired about seven years ago after back surgery forced him to leave concrete work behind. Libor is at the recycling center every Saturday, arriving early to set up and staying until everything is back in its place and the gate is locked.  He is oblivious to the heat of the summer, or the frigid cold in January.  When it’s pouring down rain, he’s still there.  It takes an ice storm or an occasional holiday to close the place; otherwise it’s recycling as usual in West Fork. But recycling itself is unusual in West Fork and most of its uniqueness can be attributed to Libor and Patty Baker (another story could be written on Baker who is also synonymous with recycling as well as many other community endeavors). Baker recruits …

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