Thursday, January 6, 2011

December's Bicknell Brewery Students of the Month

Cloverdale’s Bickwell Brewery, makers of Belair, an ale with character only served in the finest pubs, is pleased to announced the village’s Students of the Month for December. Remember, “If you still have nose hair then you’re not drinking Belair”.

The Bickwell family realize the importance of recognizing achievement, in all its forms.
“Recognize them kids early before life beats ‘em down,” is something Bob Bickwell, president of Bickwell Brewery, is often heard saying.

Every month, the Bickwell family accepts nominations from parents, teachers and students for the previous month’s Student of the Month. The applications are carefully reviewed and the honorees announced in a short school assembly held the first Thursday of every month.

The school’s ban on liquor advertisements is suspended on Awards Day. This gives the brewery an opportunity to display posters of their products in the auditorium’s lobby. The brewery begins each program with a PowerPoint presentation. Some discuss the dangers of drinking and driving. Others urge the students to drink responsibly and knowing their limits. Aluminium Al, The Brewery’s beer can mascot, is on hand to toss out free t-shirts and other prizes. It is an assembly the students never miss - even when suffering from hangovers.

December’s honorees were:

Jose Pascoe.
Jose isn’t very bright or talented, but what a party animal he is. Jose organizes awesome student activities for his Latinos in Action club. He organized Nerf Wars for their November activity. The social was held in the basement of the Cloverdale Community College’s Science Building. Thanks to students like Jose, our brighter more promising Latino students have an emotional release and a chance to work up a sweat and develop good lasting friendships.

Steven Sterling Smith.
Steven is obsessed with physics and has maintained a straight A average since he started the third grade as a five year old. The one aspect of physics that draws him off the normal beaten path into the twilight zone of oddity is the principle of entropy. He sees entrophy at work around him. Things that were once new and pristine slowly degenerate into a chaos if left to themselves without outside interference. New becomes old. Order leads to disorder. Beauty fades to the ravages of age. Steven is determined to do battle with entropy. He monitors his physical appearance several times each day. All imperfections are removed to the best of his ability. Steven wraps everything he owns in the hopes of keeping it as new as possible. Such dedication to discipline impressed the Bickwell jurors, thus leading to his receiving the award.

Congratulations to these two deserving students.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Donations to the Cloverdale Village Bookmobile

The Cloverdale Village Bookmobile is pleased to announce the addition of the following new books to its children's collection. These books were purchased with funds obtained from the fees charged for the return of overdue books.

Nancy Morris and her husband Jeff, checking out books to Cloverdale's Children from village Bookmoble.

"The addition of any new book is highly anticipated by our patrons," said Nancy Morris, driver of the Bookmobile. "Once news gets out that the bookmobile has new books we'll have people lined up at each of our stops just to try to get one. I'm guessing each book will end up with long waiting lists of folks anxious to read something new. It's been awhile since the Bookmobile's had anything new. In fact, I believe our last new book was that Julia Child's French Cookbook. We put it on our nonfiction shelf right after that movie about her came out a few years back."

There are some in Cloverdale that are questioning the new titles and their appropriateness for children. The head librarian at the village library responded to those citizens by saying, "Are some of the books controversial? Yes they are. Our village has always accepted differing points of view. We've always welcomed those that are considered slightly off by those from the outside world. So why shouldn't the village library reflect that same degree of oddity? I want everyone in the village to know that each book was carefully screened by the citizens committee that oversees the library's budget and passed as readable within the community's standards."

Cloverdale's children enjoy looking at the pictures in another recent addition to the bookmobile's collection. The picture book is titled "A Child's Primer on Scientific Communism", donated in 1963 by the six members of Cloverdale's Proletariat Party.

Enjoy these new books, and remember to read. Reading is a great way to learn. Remember the slogan above the library's main entrance: Read, Read and Read Some More.