A Look Back: August 11, 2017

© 2017-The Torrington Telegram

100 Years Ago
Aug. 9, 1917
Goshen County Journal
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75 Years Ago
Aug. 12, 1942

Carnival, circus here this week
The Torrington Fairgrounds are the scene of two traveling entertainments this week.
The Frank Burke Shows began their carnival Monday and will continue to Saturday. The Al G. Kelly-Miller Brothers Circus will be on the grounds for a performance Friday afternoon and evening.
Reports from towns where the circus has played previously indicate that it is a good, clean show, worthy of attendance. The carnival now here is one that was in Torrington two years ago and has been drawing large crowds.
The carnival has as its feature attraction an aerial set, which is carried on 110-feet above the ground. More than 30 rides and sideshows offer additional entertainment.

4-H Club fair to be held
The 4-H division of the annual Goshen County Fair will be held despite the cancellation of the fair itself. Plans are now practically completed for the gala celebration, to be held Aug. 25 – 26 at the Goshen County fairgrounds.
The county-wide exhibition will affect members of almost 400 Goshen County families, and entries are expected to be fully as numerous as in other years.
All regular 4-H projects will be exhibited with the exception of livestock, which will remain in the hands of 4-H Club members for showing at a later date, in October or early November.
Premiums this year will be in the form of defense stamps and mimeographed catalogs are now in the hands of most 4-H clubs. In addition to the regular prizes, additional awards are being given in various classes by various county merchants. Judges for the fair will be from the University of Wyoming Extension Service Office in Laramie.

50 Years Ago
Aug. 10, 1967

Beet prices higher this fall
Increased sugar prices and Holly’s improved 1967 beet contract, plus excellent crop growth to date, make sugar beet prospects very favorable, according to John A. Worrall, Agriculture Manager for the Wyoming and Western Nebraska districts of the Holly Sugar Corporation.
“The price per ton of beets should be up at least one dollar, and the beets look good,” Worrall said.
Holly’s agricultural staff reports that due to the skillful attention growers have given their beets the crop has made excellent progress in spite of replanting of substantial acreage. The development of the beets at this time compares favorable with that of last year, a better than average season.
“The rapid development of the crop during and just after the spring and early summer rains really emphasizes the importance of early moisture for beets,” Worrall said. “Keeping the beets growing from planting until harvest is what really pays off. The progress made by the crop already indicates that normal or better yields and sugar content can be expected.”

Council okays mosquito spraying
Torrington’s town council took positive action Tuesday night to alleviate the mosquito problem, at least for the balance of this summer.
Council authorized the expenditure of $1,309 for the job when they awarded a contract to Thieman Chemical and Spraying Co. of Torrington for the aerial spraying.
The spraying, which will be done in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 14, is expected to take three hours.
An official of the spraying company told The Telegram that immediate steps would be taken to obtain FAA approval in Cheyenne to permit the low flying aircraft over the populated area. He said that at no time would the aircraft be closer than 75 feet to the nearest obstacle but “to some, it might seem we are considerably lower.”

25 Years Ago
Aug. 12, 1992

WEA threatens suit
In a final attempt to avoid litigation, Wyoming Education Association President Jim Fotter appealed to the Goshen County Unified School Board of Trustees to reconsider its decision to terminate two teachers.
The school board decided, during special meetings on Aug. 4, to support the district administrations decision to terminate teachers Don Hill and Joyce Willeke.
Hill’s position has been eliminated and Willeke’s position has been reduced to a part-time position because of the reduction in the school district’s budget, Superintendent Paul Novak said.
Fotter and Goshen County Education Association President Judy Brooks requested the school board to reconsider its decision.
“Goshen County has had a long history of positive working relations between the board, administration and staff,” Brooks said. “There have been ups and downs but we’ve been able to work together to solve those problems.”
She said the board’s decision to terminate the two “continuing contract teachers has cast a shadow of doubt and dismay for teachers in Goshen County.”
Glass clipping ban sparks little interest
The second reading of a proposed ban on the dumping of grass clippings has generated little interest among residents, Torrington Town Councilman Dan Ringle said.Ringle said only four people have asked his why the ban is being considered.
“I thought that when people read the article in the newspaper about the grass clipping issue, it would generate more interest,” he said.
The reason for the proposed action is because the city bales all the garbage it collects in order to conserve space in the landfill.
“If the grass clippings amount to less than 50 percent of the total bulk being baled, there is not a problem,” Ringle said. “If the grass clippings total more than 50 percent, then all the city can do is dump it at the landfill.”
Just dumping everything requires more space than baling, which means the town will use available landfill space quicker, he said. There are alternatives, other than disposing fo clippings in dumpsters, including converting lawn mowers to turn clippings into lawn food, or mulch.
“People can even put their clippings into a mulch pile,” Ringle said. “After it decomposes it can be used on their lawns or gardens.
If more people used composted clippings on their lawns and gardens and less of a nitrogen-based chemical fertilizer, Torrington would not have the problem of high nitrate levels present in the town’s drinking water, he said.

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