If you have been driving around the village much in the last week it’s easy to tell “Tourist Season” is in full swing.

And we need to remember these visitors mean a great deal to the local economy.

At times, that is a little difficult.

When a motor home pulling a compact car is traveling at 12 miles per hour with a dozen vehicles stacked up behind, you have to realize the driver is looking for the best place to eat lunch or buy fuel. You may be a little late meeting a friend, but these visitors are injecting a lot of cash into local businesses.

We may be annoyed when the checkout lines at the grocery store are a little longer than last winter, or the wait at your favorite drive-in eatery is longer, but those tourist dollars do circulate and they are paying local sales, gas and lodging taxes that help us through the year.

The green panorama dominated by the snow-capped peaks of the Bighorns has to be pretty impressive to all these visitors. Last week, a small tornado apparently struck near Powder River Pass on the mountain. Trees were broken off and uprooted where it touched down.

Everyone likes a free lunch, and the crowd attending the Bloedorn Lumber’s 50th anniversary celebration last Saturday could attest to that. The burgers were good and so popular they kept cooking for an extra hour to get everyone fed.

The company started in Torrington 100 years ago and purchased W.F. Smith Lumber in Buffalo in 1969.

Standing in line for lunch we heard a guy ask a friend if he had registered for a prize.

“Don’t do that anymore. My luck is like a bald guy winning a comb.”

And people love to look at vintage automobiles. We notice Carl Madsen has added a Model T pickup to his collection. It has the fanciest solid walnut box on the back we’ve ever seen.

Meanwhile under the heading of unintended consequences, the Bench Sitters have learned the flood protection dam project west of the Buffalo Golf Course has blocked most of the view of the mountain for several homeowners on Juniper Street.

Perhaps the planners didn’t think about this problem. At least none of the property owners affected say they were not warned.

And this Saturday the Gatchell Museum Living History Days will get underway about 9 a.m. If you have never attended one of these events, give it a try. There is lots to learn, taking a trip back into local history.

And if you think you saw the museum years ago, you might consider visiting again. You’ll be amazed at a wonderful trip into our past can be found in the displays which are often changed.

And finally this week we gathered up a few choice thoughts to share.

My goal for 2019 is to lose 10 pounds. Only 15 pounds to go.

Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce. And cheese. OK it was a pizza.

How to prepare tofu: Throw it in the trash. Grill a steak.

I don’t mean to brag, but I finished all the food for my 14-day diet in just 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through my mom’s shag carpet to change the TV channel. Remember back when we were kids and every time we had a little blizzard they closed the schools? Me neither.

A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money. I woke up and searched with him.

When daylight savings time came last fall I set the bathroom scale back 10 pounds. Somehow forgot to change it this spring.

We hope your garden is growing without weeds, the yard is mowed and you have some cash in the bank. Remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.


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