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Mar 3, 2013 - From staff reports

First lady to read at Story Time

Wyoming's first lady Carol Mead is traveling the state to promote literacy.

Her next event is 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Riverton Branch Library, 1330 W. Park Ave. She will read to children during a special Story Time.

"I am looking forward to being in Fremont County, meeting children and enjoying a few good books," Mead said. "I am excited for this opportunity because it is a chance to get together with others and share a love of reading."

Since becoming the first lady, Mead said she has enjoyed reading to children throughout the state at schools and local libraries. She also encourages parents and children to spend at least 20 minutes a day reading together at home and is working with the University of Wyoming to establish a statewide literacy research center and clinic.

These activities are part of her children's issues initiative, which includes promoting literacy, the arts and healthy lifestyles among Wyoming's children.

All children are welcome to attend the Story Time.

Volunteers needed for park build

The Shoshoni Recreation District is recruiting volunteers to assist with the construction of Travis Park Playground, a project that is paid for in part with a national grant that requires the playground be built by members of the community.

Volunteers are needed to prepare lunch, mix concrete, construct the playground, spread wood chips and everything in between.

The build day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27.

Helpers should wear closed-toed shoes and bring gloves. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP, call the recreation district at 876-2663.

Governor to speak at tribute

Gov. Matt Mead will be the keynote speaker at a tribute honoring former state Rep. Del McOmie, R-Lander, on Friday, March 8, in Lander.

The Fremont County Republicans and other organizations are hosting the event, which will be at 6:30 p.m. in the banquet rooms at the Inn at Lander, 260 Grandview Drive, Lander.

Other dignitaries attending the tribute are first lady Carol Mead, U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis and Wyoming Auditor Cynthia Cloud. Fremont County elected officials will also attend.

McOmie announced in April he would not seek re-election to the Wyoming House of Representatives after 14 years of representing House District 54.

Lloyd Larsen, R-Lander, was elected as McOmie's replacement in the November 2012 election.

McOmie served on several committees while in office, including Tribal Relations; Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources; Education; and Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions.

For more information, call 332-7261 or 486-2330.

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