By Chuck Woodbury
I love to read small town newspapers. For many years, I would buy one or two a day. The crime reports were often hilarious. One of my favorites was in a small newspaper in Northern California. It listed both “Fire Calls” and “Police Calls.”
Right there, in black and white, was this report: “Fire Department responded to a fire.” Now that seemed normal enough, until I read further. It turned out the fire was a potato chip bag aflame on a sidewalk. I am not kidding!
Small town papers 15 years ago were still 25 cents. I always had a quarter or two in my pocket. I’d drop one in a newsstand whenever I passed. But now, they’re $1 or even $1.50! I never carry that many quarters! And I know full well that what you get for your hard-earned money is often only 8 or 10 pages. Not a good value.
But yesterday, I popped for $1 for the Buffalo Beacon. I hoped to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse. What were the locals planning? Well, there was plenty of information, but nothing new except I learned here in Buffalo we will see 97 percent of the total eclipse. I also learned that I should stay off the crowded highways.
THERE WAS SOME OTHER INTERESTING INFO. For example I learned that the “Speed Demon of the Week,” was Scott Irvine of Calgary, Alberta, who was caught traveling 94 miles per hour in a 75 mph zone. He was fined $195.
I also learned that if I wanted to head over to the Senior Center I could partake of lunch of fish sticks, tomato and zucchini, macaroni and cheese and a dessert of Jell-O Whip. Meanwhile, at the elementary schools, next Thursday the kids will dine on a ham and cheese dinner roll, vegetable of the day, fruit of the day, Rice Krispies treat and milk.
What I found fascinating was that local FFA and 4-H members sold 155 animals at auction for a total of $305,510. Now, that is not bad! I think I may buy a cow, fatten it up, and make some major dinero.
I learned, sadly, that Lenore Pauline Cosslett Long had died at age 102. I guess I should not be sad because 102 is a very long life. I should be so lucky. Her obituary said, “Granny Long is remembered for making the best Christmas cookies, angel food cake, and her love of playing the piano.” I bet she was really nice!
Finally, I learned what every elementary school teacher wants for his or her class this new semester. Mrs. Townsend, for example, needs 24 pencils, a big eraser and one box of Kleenex (plus some other things).
That’s what I learned in the Buffalo Beacon. A dollar well spent? Me thinks, yes!