Banking On Good People For Shore

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A couple of weeks ago, there was a Roundup letter to the editor, written by JP Jones, that claimed that Green Valley lake’s shoreline was suffering erosion, cattails were taking over a good portion of the banks and a few other things along the banks needed to be attended to, as well.

Since Green Valley lake is just a hop, skip and a jump away from where we live, I decided to mosey on over and check out this shore problem for myself.

After walking the entire length of the shoreline, I discovered that JP’s assessment was pretty much right on the money. The cattails have extended along the entire west side of the lake, making that side of the lake pretty darn hard to cast a line from. And bank erosion seems to be a problem along almost the entire length of the lake’s shoreline.

While I was out checking on the condition of the lake’s shore, I just so happened to notice families, couples and groups of children laughing, strolling and playing near the lake’s shoreline. And what was really unusual that day was, I didn’t recognize a soul. And I’m sure to those who, by chance, might have observed me plodding along the water’s edge, I was just another “Stranger on the Shore.”

For those old enough to remember the early 1960s, you probably recall the hit song “Stranger on the Shore.” In May 1962, Andy Williams’ vocal version of the song debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and remained on the chart for seven weeks, peaking at No. 38. The Drifters introduced their R&B version of the song one month after Williams and found their rendition peaking at No. 73.

It was the 1962 instrumental version of “Stranger on the Shore” that found the most commercial success, staying on Billboard’s chart from March until July and reaching No. 1 on the chart.

This easy listening instrumental version of “Stranger on the Shore” was recorded by this week’s music trivia artist.

Born in Somerset, England in 1929, this clarinetist/composer is known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style.

He won immortality on rock oldies radio for the surprise, one- hit wonder “Stranger on the Shore,” labeled as “an evocative ballad featuring his heavily quavering low-register clarinet over a bank of strings.” To the jazz world, though, he has a longer-running track record as one of the biggest stars of Britain’s “trad jazz” boom, playing in a distinctive early New Orleans manner.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the artist of the chart-topping, instrumental version of “Stranger on the Shore?” Was it A) Mr. Acker Bilk, B) Mr. Big, C) Mr. Mister, or D) Mr. Bojangles?

Be the third caller this week and have the correct answer and you’ll win a $20 gift certificate to Tiny’s Family Restaurant, courtesy of owners Teresa and Chris Sellis. This prize has been rolled over from last week’s contest, as there were no callers with the correct answer to last week’s question. Imagine that!

Last week’s unsolved music trivia question was: Who was the country music group, with lead singer Richie McDonald, who recorded the 2004 No. 1 hit, “Mr. Mom?” Was it A) The Mavericks, B) Diamond Rio, C) Lonestar, or D) Daddy And The Derelicts?

The correct answer was Lonestar, who also recorded the late 1990s, early 2000s country hits “I’m Already There,” “What About Now” and the huge crossover, pop-country hit “Amazed.” The Mavericks (“All You Do Is Bring Me Down”) and Diamond Rio (“Meet Me In The Middle”) were also two of country music’s top bands in the 1990s-2000s.

A couple of last things: I’ve added two new sets of pictures to my Web site. The first are from last Saturday’s wedding ceremony and reception at the Happy Jack Lodge of Jacob Conard and Kari Betts. Kari is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Betts, who live in Pine during the summer months.

The other set of photos is from this past Wednesday’s annual Big Brothers Big Sisters “Big Event” at Chaparral Pines. The dinner honored big brothers and sisters, thanked all who have contributed to the organization and provided a whole lot of fun for all the agency’s little brothers and sisters.

Finally, if you’ve benefited in some way from our beautiful Green Valley Park and lake (or you’re just a good person who likes to do good deeds) and would like to, as I would, see what we can do to “shore up” the problems that are plaguing Green Valley’s lakeshore, please give me a jingle.

Shore-ly we can do something to help.

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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