Making The Most Of Slower Days


Water department supervisor Scott Kelly recently tackled the monstrous job of whacking down the overgrown cattails on the west bank of the lake at Green Valley Park.

Water department supervisor Scott Kelly recently tackled the monstrous job of whacking down the overgrown cattails on the west bank of the lake at Green Valley Park.

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The winter season always brings a little slower time to life for those of us living north of the equator, doesn’t it?

Daylight shortens, grass goes dormant and most of life’s activities just seem to down shift into a lower gear.

For the dedicated town employees who toil from early spring to late fall to keep our parks looking so spiffy, winter can be a welcome relief. It can be a great time to work on those projects that get pushed aside during the busy times of summer.

One such town employee was seen last week taking advantage of the winter lull. Scott Kelly, water department supervisor, alone with his trusty weed whacker, was observed taking on the monstrous job of whacking down the overgrown cattails on the west bank of the lake at Green Valley Park.

When I mentioned to Scott that the whacky task at hand looked a bit overwhelming for just one person, he assured me that in the coming months ahead he’ll have much reinforcement help from both the water and parks department to help him with this whacky project.

But, at least for now, he was content to “Do-Wacka-Do” by himself.

This week’s music question is: Can you name the singer-songwriter-guitarist of the 1965 hit “Do-Wacka-Do”?

This artist was born in Fort Worth, Texas and raised in Erick, Okla. and was perhaps best known for his honky tonk-influenced novelty songs. His most recognized tunes included the chart-topping country-pop hits “King of the Road,” “Dang Me,” and “England Swings” — all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era.

After growing up in Oklahoma and serving in the United States Army, he began his musical career as a songwriter in the late 1950s, penning such hits as “Billy Bayou” and “Home” for Jim Reeves and “Invitation to the Blues” for Ray Price.

This artist later started a recording career and reached the peak of his fame in the late 1960s, but continued to record and tour into the 1990s, charting his final top 20 country hit “Old Friends” with Willie Nelson in 1982. Later in his life, he wrote the music and lyrics for the 1985 Tony award-winning Broadway musical “Big River,” in which he also acted.

Is this week’s “Do-Wacka-Do” artist: A) Roger Miller, B) Faron Young, C) George Jones, or D) Arnold Palmer?

If you’re the fifth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of this week’s music trivia artist’s greatest hits.

This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the fourth assassinated American icon in the 1968 song “Abraham, Martin and John.” (The title of Dion’s song refers to slain presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy and civil rights activist Martin Luther King.)

The choices for the referenced fourth assassinated icon were A) John Wilkes Booth, B) Lee Harvey Oswald, C) James Earl Ray, or D) Robert “Bobby” Kennedy.

The correct answer was Robert Kennedy, brother of John Kennedy. Bobby, a civil rights activist and 1968 presidential candidate, was gunned down by Sirhan Sirhan in June of that year. He had an excellent chance to become our 37th president.

As for the other three choices to last week’s trivia question, each were assassins of “Abraham, Martin and John.” John Wilkes Booth was President Lincoln’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald murdered President Kennedy and James Earl Ray gunned down Martin Luther King. (Whether each or any acted alone is still subject for considerable debate.)

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Cathy Joyce of Payson. Since she last won two years ago, Cathy says “My husband, Peter, is now retired from his over the road job and I’m happy as a clam. We just love each other to death. We have a new grandson, Colin, and new granddaughter, Amelia, who both live in the Valley.”

For her winning answer, Cathy won a CD of her choice. She chose the top hits of Taylor Swift.

A final note

If you have this Saturday night free and you’d like to go out for a great meal, maybe do a little dancing and at the same time help out a family that could use a little help, consider coming down to the Julia Randall Elementary School gymnasium for the “Cowboy Christmas Dinner” — a benefit for the Clay and Joanna Clawson family. Joanna, JRE’s librarian, has been battling cancer and the family’s medical expenses have been piling up.

The evening will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include Albert Hunt’s famous country fixin’s, entertainment by yours truly and a terrific silent auction. Tickets, $20 for a single and $35 for a couple, may be purchased at the door.

Have a great Rim Country winter week — and maybe I’ll see you Saturday evening at the fund-raiser.

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482

www.djcraiginpayson.com

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