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Whether pie or a new roof, it’s always good to help

January 23, 2011
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

Before I forget, did you know today is National Pie Day.

They've got a day for almost everything, but a National Pie Day makes sweet sense to me, and I don't even eat a lot of pie. If I did, my favorite would be very lemony lemon pie, and maybe without even the crust. I love lemon filling, crust or not, but most people like a crust with their pie.

With their promotion of all things pie, the American Pie Council suggests there is no better time than today "to bake or buy America's favorite dessert for the firefighters and police officers who protect and serve."

I wish I'd thought of that first because it seems like a great idea. I'd clear it with either department first, however, because nobody feels safe eating something that just shows up. Remember Snow White?

If you can't make contact with either department and feel moved to make a pie for someone else, know that those of us in the newsroom like to eat. Really like to eat.

OK, now I feel silly for such a blatant plea for food. As if I were 8 years old and see somebody flashing chocolate chip cookies in front of me but giving them to someone else.

Isn't it funny what your mind does to you?

That's all. Just the realization that your mind takes you places you never thought you'd go and there's not a darn thing you can do about it.

There is a problem afoot, however, that you can do something about.

The roof on the Webster County Museum in the former school house in Otho is in bad shape. Phyllis Stewart, who takes care of the museum, said she's spent a bunch of time this winter covering museum displays with plastic in case the roof leaks. That's not good at any time, any place, but especially for a museum.

"It's like $150,000 to put on a new roof," Stewart said. Previous fundraisers, including the 1994 Ford Thunderbird that went to Donna Potter, of Duncombe, have raised only 1 percent of the necessary money.

They can't start fixing without the money.

"I'm looking for help for asking for grants," Stewart said. "And we would love to have somebody help us with some fundraisers."

She said neither she nor the volunteers have been able to do things this winter they would have liked. "It's just been hard to get things done with everybody being old and not getting around."

She did manage to get down to the Iowa City area, where she picked up a free, old-fashioned voting booth for the museum. It's here, but now she need help setting it up.

What I'm leading up to is the simple fact that Stewart and the Webster County Museum need volunteers. Oh, they'd like money, for sure, but they need fresh, new blood, too. Somebody ready and willing to help.

To donate money, which is tax deductible, send it to the museum at P.O. Box 134, Otho, IA 50569. To donate time, contact Stewart at 972-4804.

Either way, it's a good thing to do and a nice way to start the new year well.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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