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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: March 2004
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3/24/04 - We received a surprise visit today from former Sawbill crew member Jeff (Tuffy) Thompson (1995 - 1998) and his girlfriend, Lynn Schrader. He had not visited for several years and was amazed by the remodeling of our main building. Jeff is currently a graduate student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in photo journalism. He was recently awarded a "Pictures of the Year International Excellence Award" for his photo story of the great Iowa bicycle tour, Ragbrai. This is one of the world's most prestigious photo journalism awards. When Jeff worked at Sawbill, he was once assigned the job of building a quick three-roll toilet paper holder for our public bathroom. Rather than the simple t. p. holder we had in mind, he spent nearly a month crafting a canoe theme t. p. holder masterpiece. When we remodeled two years ago, we took great pains to preserve Jeff's creation and install it in the new public bathroom. Who knew that it was a precursor to a major artistic career. Some day it will be worth millions as an original Thompson.

Jeff (Tuffy) Thompson checks the function of his famous toilet paper holder. Jeff with his girlfriend Lynn, who had no idea the range of Jeff's youthful accomplishments.

One of Jeff's award winning photos. The entire photo story is at

3/21/04 - Spring has not sprung here at Sawbill yet. Last night the temperature hit one degree below zero. The sun light lasts well into the evening now and the sun feels strong during the day. I expect the next week will bring some significant thawing. In a couple of weeks, we'll start our annual ice-out watch here on the newsletter.

In case you haven't been following the Wilderness Classroom Adventure, here is a picture of Adam on the trail in northern Manitoba.

Looks like fun!?

3/10/04 - In the great American tradition, Clare's sixteenth birthday was followed by that other important rite of passage, getting a driver's license. It is a great relief to us (especially Cindy) that Clare will now be able to drive herself and Carl to and from school each day. This will reduce our mileage and increase our hours of sleep significantly. Clare headed off bright and early this morning with Carl riding shotgun. They ended up being late to school and hopefully learned a valuable lesson about driving on backwoods gravel roads at the same time. I'll spare you the details, but no damage was done, except possibly to Clare's driving reputation...

Clare exudes confidence as Carl prepares for the worst on their first day of solo school commuting.

3/1/04 - Ed Dallas, the Poet Laureate of Sawbill, sent along this evocative haiku today:

Sawbill tradition
each fish gains a pound or two
around the campfire

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