BEHIVES & BUFFALO CHIP AWARDS
Friday, 02 December 2005 - Daily Herald
Buffalo Chip to the four Logan teenagers for their idea of a Christmas joke. The youths put notes on the doors of holiday-decorated homes informing residents that it was too early for Christmas lights and, if the lights were turned on before Dec. 14, their houses would be burned to the ground. It didn't take Columbo to crack the case. The teens turned themselves in, saying the notes were a joke. Unfortunately for them, nobody else was laughing. Somehow, burning down someone's house doesn't seem to be in the Christmas spirit.
Beehive to Utah Valley State College's chapter of Sigma Alpha Lambda for giving at-risk high school students a glimpse at what college education can mean to them. The student group, which promotes leadership and academic excellence, hosted an academic expo for 400 high school students. Jesse Ellis, the chapter's president, said the goal was to show that a college education was the ticket out of poverty, and not out of reach.
Buffalo Chip to the Camp Floyd/Stagecoach for caving in after a Fairfield resident claimed the fort's periodic cannon shots for visiting school kids made his livestock nervous. (The cows' milk probably soured after thunderstorms, too, but we don't think he ever mentioned this.) Bowing to pressure, re-enactors have now substituted a tiny black powder charge to fire a wad of candy for the kids. So much for history. So far as we know, no army has ever killed an enemy with salt water taffy or lollipops. We await the lawsuit from nutritionists who will surely object that junk food is being blasted across the battlefield instead of baby carrots, apples and trail mix.
Beehive to Timpanogos Grotto, for offering an alternative to closing Nutty Putty Cave. The group, a chapter of the National Spelelogical Society, is offering to take over management of the cave, a popular site for amateur spelunkers and youth. The cave is on property of the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, and state officials have considered closing it to avoid accident. Nobody has been killed there, but rescue crews have been called in for people stuck in the cave's narrow entry passage, known as the Birth Canal. The club wants to give birth to a new management scheme using responsible partners. We hope the plan doesn't get stuck in the bureaucracy.
This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A6.
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