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Baby shower was quite an event for Anderson family

The Lovell Chronicle of Lovell, Wyoming

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We have certainly had a gorgeous Indian summer the past few days. The weather is really chilly in the mornings, but by 11 a.m. or so the temperature is 70 degrees or higher. The lawns are still green. The flowers are doing well, and the leaves just fall to the ground. Last week my yard was cut and the leaves were raked up but now the leaves are all over the place. As we look at the colder temperatures ahead, we all know that soon this fall will turn into something we dread, as winters are cold here. We've been fortunate to have such a marvelous October and we bask in its glory.

A baby shower was held last week for Rebecca (Becca) Anderson at the Cowley Cultural Hall at the church. Wes and Rebecca are expecting their first child, and they've decided to keep its gender a surprise.

The cultural hall was packed with young mothers, friends, relatives and some grandmas, and it was a treat to be there. The Anderson family served a buffet lunch, mints, a cool delicious beverage and a variety of other delicious treats.

There was a calendar where we put pink notes if we thought it would be a girl and blue if we thought it was a boy. We had to guess the weight and ounces and put notes on the calendar as to the date of the child's birthday. The notes were plentiful around the 24th and 25th of November, which is the mother's due date. It was a nice evening as we gathered in love and pleasure that a new human being was entering life. We all look forward to a healthy and beautiful new baby to love and enjoy.

The Rocky Mountain High School FBLA chapter is sponsoring a Halloween Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Log Gym. The carnival will take place from 3-5:30 p.m. Carnival tickets cost 25 cents each or 25 tickets for $5. There will be games, crafts and food, and the children will be able to enter a costume contest. Dinner will be available for a nominal fee, including hot dogs, chips and chili.

On that Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. there will be a kids' brainstorm session titled "Let your child design Cowley's next park." The children can earn extra tickets (for the carnival) by coming to the park design meeting. The winner will be revealed at 5 p.m.

This should be a terrific Halloween event for children. Come and enjoy the evening.

Pat and Sidney Whalen of St. George, Utah, recently returned from a trip to the romantic alpine villages of Europe. They flew to Stresa, Italy, a lovely city at the edge of Lake Maggiore. Stresa is a lovely, green, flower-filled town with magnificent old hotels, beautiful colorful flower gardens and lovely trees. They toured the northern shores of Lake Maggiore and crossed into Switzerland. They took a private coach on the Cento Valli train and enjoyed the scenic ride from Locarno to Santa Maria Maggiore, a small rural village.

They took a boat cruise to explore the Borromean Islands, including the Isola Bella, where they toured the Palazzo Borromeo, which is a large building with baroque type decorations. There were many steps. The palace was constructed in the 1600s and had a large neo-classical ballroom, gardens and artificial grottoes. They took the boat to the largest island, Isola Madre to tour its botanical gardens. They saw many beautiful flowers, bushes, trees and lovely birds.

They visited the Sacro Monte, a historical UNESCO site, and saw nine old Italian churches intended as pilgrimage sites. The visit meant more steps and they climbed steep cobblestone roads to get to the churches. The temperature was very warm and humid.

They then headed for Interlaken, Switzerland. They boarded a train for a short ride to the town of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. It was a beautiful area, green, lush fields surrounded by the high mountains. Their lunch, a Swiss version of a hot dog plus a Coke, cost them the equivalent of around $40 U.S. Next was a drive over a spiraling, well-constructed highway, which reminded them of Cooke City. They visited Lake Brienz for a Discovery Series tour of a local wood-carving workshop. They visited a 40-acre cattle farm. The farmer rented a bull every two years so he could have calves to sell the next year. The farmer was also a carpenter and repaired wooden items and built houses to make his living.

The farmer's son showed up with a rifle in his arms. In Switzerland, all men are required to spend the months right after school learning about guns and soldiering in order to be able to serve their country until they turn 50. The men spend three weeks a year at a military camp, similar to our National Guard.

They also visited some unique glacial waterfalls in an area called Lauterbrunnen Valley or "the land of 72 waterfalls." Sid and Pat climbed 180 steps up and down inside the mountain to see the waterfalls that fall underground to come to the side of the mountain. It was an amazing sight. Then they took a train that ran to the highest rail station in Europe. It was beautiful and impressive to be in and see mountains under the blue skies.

Pat and Sid left Interlaken to go to Seefeld, Austria, and the next day took a train to Innsbruck, a lovely Austrian city where they enjoyed many sights, even though it was raining very hard. Austria is lovely and green and in many of the small cities the front of the houses are covered with wonderful paintings. The houses are quaint, dark brown; usually they are two stories high with hanging flowers across their fronts.

The last big excursion was in Schwangau to the famous castle, Neus-chwanstein, which was used as the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disneyland. This castle sits on a high hill above the town. After the castle visit they boarded their bus to go to Munich and then flew home. Europe is so full of scenic, beautiful places, but both Pat and Sid feel that there is no place like home.



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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2015



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