Hello, friends!

I’ll admit, I was surprised when Mayor Barther asked for my contribution on the new blog. Dave and I are still getting used to the quaint life here in Byron City, but we fell in love with everyone instantly.

A little about myself– I’m a writer, poet, lover of animals (especially my two labs, Jace and Janet) and a strict vegetarian. I believe in kindness and civility and I’m an advocate of peace everywhere.

I may write poetry on this blog, I may write some opinion editorials–I haven’t quite decided why I’ve been asked to contribute, but I’m grateful to be a part of this community.

Please accept my warm welcome. Dave and I always welcome friends and strangers into our home. We’re planning a housewarming party next Saturday. We’ll have hummus and gluten-free veggie sandwiches. Feel free to come so we can get to know the wonderful souls of Byron City.



4-H in Trouble? Not on My Watch!

Hello to all you fellow Byronians! I’m Susan Wood, your local PTA treasurer of Byron Elementary, vice president of Byron Women of Today, and director of the Byron Presbyterian choir. I have a wonderful husband, Greg, and three beautiful children. My oldest plans to go to Brown when she graduates high school, but that’s a few years off. I’m a mother before anything else. Period. And that’s what parenting should be about. While I’ll mostly be here to talk about the issues facing our children, the leaders of tomorrow, I’m also an avid gardener, hunter, and book reader. Check back regularly for more news on education, hobbies, and raising children!

Today I want to bring up a serious issue in our public schools: inappropriate use of funding! My oldest daughter came home yesterday and told me they were going to quit the 4-H club that meets after school and I just about had a heart attack! Marie was just starting the program and now she may never know how to properly care for our land and livestock.

I remind you friends and family that land and livestock are the backbones to our town! Ever since the drought of ’86, 4-H has been a safe haven to all families of Byron with land to protect.

So what is 4-H being dropped for? Well Marie told me that the high school’s performing Pippin! Now, for those of you like me who didn’t know anything about this musical, Pippin was written by hippies in the 70’s to promote drugs and sex. And the sets and costumes are so expensive! Marie said Mr. Van Allen, the drama teacher, wants to have the whole set turn around into another set. That’s our money, folks!

I have already talked to the ladies at Byron Women of Today and they are fully prepared to protest the cut funding. PLEASE stand with me and rally together to save 4-H! We can’t let these hippie plays take the money from our cows, our farms, our children. Stop by my house for an informational meeting this Sunday at 8pm. Greg will heat up the barbeque and we’ll have ribs while we talk about saving our farms and livestock.


New City Blog!

“Citizens of the great city of Byron City, I’m proud to announce the launch of our first ever city blog. Feel free to post suggestions, ideas, concerns, complaints, or suspicious characters you may see lurking through town. Posts are limited to Citizens of Byron ONLY. Please keep posts clean and city related. You must be 18 to post.

“Did you type exactly what I said, Eric? Exactly? You need to pay attention. And I want you to start using a pen and paper, not just your computer typer. You need to work on your handwriting. God forbid you should ever learn cursive. Is your mother teaching you anything? Don’t you ‘ok, grandpa’ me. Now go see if Angie needs anything, and you call her Ma’am, understood? Why are you still typing?”

– Office of the Mayor