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February 13, 2004

I think just about everyone has enjoyed most aspects of the recent weather we've been experiencing. Streams and creeks in the country are not filled to the banks, but they are running because of the moisture in one form or another —rain, snow, sleet, and so forth. It's good to see the smiles on farmers' faces. About the only ones who have a reason to complain are the guys who try to stay up with patching streets in Perry and other communities. Once that moisture hits the street surfaces, it seeps into all the cracks, then freezes and expands when the temperature plummets, and that means more fissures. That translates into trouble for motorists. Patching with loose layers of blacktop does little good. The right kind of repairs are expensive and usually beyond the budget. So, motorists are unhappy and so are the people who help country roads and city streets in good shape. What's that old saying — you can't please all the people all the time, or something like that. But bring on the moisture, in reasonable amounts. We can always use a little bit more

The Eagle award is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve, and getting there is no small tribute to the dedication and hard work it requires. The other evening in a Tulsa Court of Honor, one of the new Eagles was a young man named Patrick Wilcox Sadler, 16, a sophomore at Tulsa Bishop Kelly high school. He is the son of Danny and Meredith Sadler of Tulsa and paternal grandson of J.D. and Betty Sadler of Perry.

For his Eagle Scout project, Will chose to build a puppet stage for Tulsa's domestic violence intervention services. The stage was used by the children at the shelter for puppet shows and for role play. During World War I, the troop located a walnut grove in Oklahoma and it was used by the Army to make propeller blades. According to the booklet, the troop also located a peach grove in the Perry area and it was used to harvest a crop for the troops.

Now the question from J.D. and Betty is — where was the peach grove? If you know, give them a call. I've heard some old-timers talk about fruit groves east of Perry, but the Sadlers are hoping to find a more definite location..Can you help?