November 1, 2006 Edition

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Festival was a good time

By John Bland

Congratulations and thanks to all the organizers, volunteers and participants of the Iron Mountain Fall Festival. It truly was fun, from the morning activities until after dark with the movie and haunted house. The Chamber's festival committee, headed by Karen Williams, apparently works quite well together and knows how to get things done. Thankfully, Mother Nature did her part and brought sunshine on Saturday after a few days of rain. Even with the best of efforts, the weather will make or break an outdoor festival.

Some of our staff got into the spirit of the festival and had a booth with printing specials and a Newspapers In Education activity table. I thank them for their enthusiasm and energy.

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This weekend is Black Rock's turn with their Foothills Celebration. May the sun shine on your festival, as well. Saturday's events will kick off with the annual Black Rock Lions Club pancake breakfast. This group of people knows how to put on a tasty breakfast, rain or shine.

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Another special event on Saturday will be a skeet shoot and festival benefit for Geneva Durham of Saffell. Rena Whitmire of Strawberry, one of the organizers, says Mrs. Durham is a most deserving lady who is always doing nice things and giving of her time for others. Mrs. Durham was injured in September in a four-wheeler accident and has required a lot of medical care. Read about these special events for her elsewhere in this edition.

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With just a week to regroup after the Iron Mountain Festival, Chamber merchants are hosting a holiday open house this weekend. Karen Williams of the Flower Basket said some businesses are having open houses on both Saturday and Sunday, but the focus is Sunday afternoon. Karen will be expanding her open house to Saturday night to offer an option for that time slot. As a new attraction, musicians and dancers will be performing at the open houses on Sunday afternoon.

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