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Tom Lawrence

The Fourth of July! Love those words and that day.

Like many special days and events, memories help shape our feelings about it. Mine are almost all positive, even after a finger was smashed into a bloody mess by a slammed car door on July 4, 1976.

Well, it was Lightning Awareness Week.

Four Powell golfers are more aware of lightning than ever before. Ray Acker, Mike Dusenberry, Mike Foulger and Joe Hicks were on the third hole of the Powell Golf Club on Wednesday when a bolt from the sky struck with a resounding boom.

Chewing tobacco has chewed up and swallowed enough victims.

For generations, millions of Americans have “put a pinch between cheek and gum,” providing themselves with a hit of nicotine during the day. They have also quite likely exposed themselves to a greater risk of several diseases, including cancer of the mouth, tongue, cheek, gum, throat, esophagus, stomach and pancreas — sense a trend? — according to the American Cancer Society.

Thumbs up to the renewed attention being brought to the 1944 trial of 63 Japanese Americans who protested the fact they were unconstitutionally held in a confinement camp by refusing to serve in the military.

Gas. Hamburgers. Cable bills.

You could write a long list of things that have increased in cost in the past 12 years. Go ahead, it’s easy.

Beer. Clothing. Cell phones.

For the most part, people have accepted it. They realize prices go up, and while they may grumble a little, they pay the extra cash and move ahead.

Call them what you will — four local musicians are making a mark in the local scene.

The Willwood Gypsies performed at the opening night of the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Concerts in the Park Series on Friday. It’s a quartet, although just three of the band members were able to make the gig.

Thumbs down to the problems and confusion that led to a shutdown of work on the extension of East Monroe Street.

The one-block addition between South Jones Street and Panther Boulevard was added to the city last fall as a Missoula-based developer planned a $2.3-million apartment complex. The Buck Creek Apartments were scheduled to open June 1.

Oh, Hillary. We’ll always have Jerry’s Cakes and Donuts, but ...

Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, New York senator, secretary of state, and very possibly the next president of the United States, had to extract one of her modest-heeled shoes from her mouth last week.

Work on an extension of East Monroe Street on the southeast edge of Powell has come to a halt.

The extension was launched last fall in tandem with the development of Buck Creek Apartments at 1015 E. Monroe St. The street extension was being done by Sammons Excavation of Lovell.

The landfill agreement between Powell and the city of Billings, Mont., was approved last week — following a marathon meeting by the Billings City Council on June 9.