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Brenda McLain Memorial

blue stick personLincoln Library has recently been the recipient of memorials from friends and family of Kathryn Roberta McSpadden McLain, but she was known to most everyone as Brenda. Her obituary, although less than a page in length, tells of a woman who lived just a little over 98 years. I read her obituary with interest; I didn’t know her, but I did have numerous conversations with her.

After moving here, I noticed two women out walking together a lot. Although they were always moving quickly and were in deep conversation, they seemed happy to stop and chat with others who were out walking. They were the duo of Brenda McLain and Imogene Carr, and both were amazing women. They smiled and laughed and encouraged, but what I noticed most were how their faces would just shine while they talked to you. It was always good to talk to them and they made an impact on my life as a newbie to Medicine Lodge.

Brenda may not have had an easy life, but she made it a good life. Included in her obituary was her interest in most everything that life has to offer. She set a good example for all of us in dealing with all of the details in life!

We have the money set aside until we can settle on a project that we can do in memory of a very special lady! We appreciate everyone who gave!

We also appreciate all those who have brought candy to the library for the Halloween parade! We are planning for 250 and we are about a third of the way there. The parade needs to be a little different this Halloween! Instead of conglomerating at the door of the library, we ask that everyone line up down the sidewalk on First Street towards the City Office. We also ask that you line up with family members, with six feet between families, so the parade will be single file. It will make the parade longer, safer, and more enjoyable to watch! The Barber County Health Department is also encouraging everyone to wear masks, even if participant’s costumes have masks. Things will be a little different, but there will still be costumes and candy. It’ll be a good time!

Word of the Week: The word of the week is “deleterious”! The word is an adjective and is pronounced del-i-teer-ee-uhs. The word means harmful, often in a subtle or unexpected way. Divorce is assumed to have deleterious effects on children.

Plans for Halloween 2020

2 women in Halloween paradeCome on and admit it; this is an extremely confusing time for adults, right? How can one even begin to fathom what is going on in the minds of children? Halloween is coming up quickly and I’m aware that it may not be the favorite holiday for many, but children like it. Children like to dress up and children like candy; Halloween covers both.

This year’s Halloween falls on a Saturday, which makes it convenient for parents to start the festivities a little earlier before the sun goes down and it begins getting cold. Other advantages in respect to Covid-19 are: most Halloween activities take place outside, most costumes include masks, and there is ample space to provide for social distancing!

The parade will begin at Lincoln Library at 4:00 PM. We are planning for 250 this year due to it being on a Saturday. It takes a lot of candy to fill that many bags. We ran out last year when we did 150 bags; I don’t want to repeat that this year.

We have the bags, and those at Arrowhead West graciously fill bags for us every year. What we need is candy! We would so appreciate it if you would please think of us when you are in the Halloween candy aisle and maybe drop a bag or two of individually wrapped candy by the library. We will see that it gets in the bags for the children of our community.

After the parade, the First Assembly of God Church will be holding their annual Trunk or Treat from 5:00 to 6:30 PM at the church.

These activities will give our children a few hours of enjoyment that will gradually build to an exciting crescendo as the treats are checked out at the end of the evening. These are good times that make good memories, and no matter what age we are, we need to incorporate as many good times as we can get into our lives!

Word of the Week: The word of the week is “abstentious”! The word is an adjective and is pronounced əbˈstɛnʃəs. Abstentious is the longest word in the English language to use all five vowels in order once. Abstentious means self-restraining. He was a man of abstentious habits, charitable disposition, and impressive eloquence.

Searching for the Facts

question markWhile hop-skipping through Facebook, I stopped to read a post by Brian Withrow. I always like talking with him and enjoy his relaxed manner of speech. He does a couple of sessions for the summer reading program and I’m always amazed how he can keep a room full of children buzzing around busy as bees while teaching them about the honey-producing insects. The thing that is really crazy is all the places he has gone and all the things he has done. He just isn’t the type of guy that toots his own horn, but I have run onto numerous Brian Withrow facts while doing research on other things! Now he lives here in our county and serves the northern part of the county in the position of president of the USD 254 school board. One of the points Brian made in his post was that we all have the tendency to gravitate towards the information the media is reporting that best reflects our beliefs, which unfortunately may exclude some important truths.

No one can deny that it only takes a very short stroll on Facebook, or other forms of media, to find that the unbelievable is being believed. Dishonesty, deceit, duplicity, and deception are intertwined with bits and pieces of truth and slanted in the direction in which the author leans. For example, if a sentence states, “Mary did not go, until after lunch,” leaving “until after lunch” out totally changes the statement. Much of the media leaves out little phrases here and there, and those phrases can make a big difference.

With the November election quickly approaching, not only does every citizen need to vote, every citizen needs to vote responsibly. We need to do our research and search amongst the fallacies for the facts.

It is all so overwhelming that it is hard to figure out where to start. Following are some websites that rely on the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN). The IFCN sets a code of principles that must be followed in order to remain a part of the network. The first is Politifact! This website rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. Another one is FactCheck.org. They are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. A third is Check Your Fact. They primarily focus on hoaxes and political statements. Additional resources to check out are OpenSecrets, the Sunlight Foundation, Poynter Institute, and Ballotpedia. A good fact checking service will write with neutral wording and will provide unbiased sources to support their claims.

We have computers in the library for adults needing access to a computer. We are happy to help in any way we can to assist community members looking for correct political facts in preparation for the upcoming election!