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Posted 01 Apr 2001   For week ended March 23, 2001
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Mormon Inmate Gets Companions Serving Thru Sewing
For the past six months the inmates of the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex have been spending their Saturdays in the library at the Morgan County Regional Site. "I wish I could do this more than one Saturday a month," said Antonio Williams, 27.

Volunteer Discovers Fellow Church Members in Africa
Patty Liston, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, found members in Kimambe, Kenya have strong testimonies and love for the gospel.

LDS Bishop Remembered in San Jose Mercury News
The sudden death of Bishop James Allen Tilley at age 43 has members of the Morgan Hill 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remembering him as a community leader who led by doing. Tilley died last Saturday after collapsing at the wheel of the family's van as he was driving his family out to dinner.

Retired Ice Cream Man Died
While many Latter-day Saints remember Dennis Fletcher as an avid dancer, artist, gardener, organ player and temple worker, many others remember him as the owner of the family-run Dennie's Own Ice Cream Parlor in Magrath, Alberta. Brother Fletcher passed away this past Thursday after a battle with Parkinson's Disease.

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LDS Bishop, Jaws of Life User, Once Saved with the Rescue Tool
EVERETT, WASHINGTON -- An article in the Everett Herald detailing the history of the use of the lifesaving "Jaws of Life" tool tells the story of Bishop Jim Schoentrup, a retired Fire District 1 Battalion Chief. In 1977, Schoentrup, then a 35-year-old Battalion Chief, was carrying the "Jaws of Life" in the car when he was hit by another car. Firefighters say they used the tool to get Schoentrup out of his car, and then rescue the five teenagers trapped in the other car. At the time, Schoentrup's Battalion was the only one to have the tool, which shreds open cars, in south Snohomish County.
Jaws of Life could tell heroic stories
Everett WA Herald 18Mar01 P2

BYU Teaching Trip to China Becomes Humanitarian Project
PROVO, UTAH -- Joye Bennion first traveled to China five years ago with her husband to teach English at Universities there, and her experiences there led her to start a long-term humanitarian project to help a small village school. Through the China Teacher's Alumni Association, Bennion has helped provide badly needed school supplies to the village, located in China's Lan Gao County, Shaanzi Province.
Association aids Chinese village school
Provo UT Daily Herald 17Mar01 P2
By Char'ree B. Reynolds

Former Washington DC Temple President Remembered
WASHINGTON DC -- Former Washington DC Temple President Wendell Eames was remembered in both the Deseret News and the Washington Post recently. Eames was also the first director of the National Driver Registration Service, the first automated attempt to exchange driver records. He died March 10th at age 85 from complications of Parkinsons disease.
Driver registration organizer Wendell Eames dies
Deseret News 20Mar01 P2
Wendell G. Eames; Mormon Official
Washington Post pgB07 17Mar01 P2

Love of Playing the Organ Leads to Daily Gig at DI
ST. GEORGE, UTAH -- When Jean Marshall saw a Hammond organ for sale last year at the Deseret Industries store in St. George at the bargain price of $250, she bought the instrument -- on the condition she could leave it at the store and come in to play it twice a day. The store agreed, and ever since, the 85-year-old woman has been entertaining shoppers for an hour at a time, drawing on a repertoire of more than 200 songs, from the 1930s to more contemporary numbers. "I love to play the organ," Marshall says.
Organist, 85, Brings Cheer To Shoppers
Salt Lake Tribune 19Mar01 P2
By Lin Alder: Special to the Tribune

Family Meetings Important to Tennessee LDS Family
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA -- The Riding family of Raleigh, Tennessee was featured in an article in the Commercial Appeal about family meetings. They say that family meetings are a necessity in a family with four kids aged 5 to 18. As LDS Church members, the family starts its meetings with prayer.
Family call to order
Memphis TN Commercial Appeal 20Mar01 P2
By Christine Arpe Gang
Regular meetings help keep everyone on same page

BYU Molecular Genealogy Researcher Dies
PROVO, UTAH -- BYU professor Joel Myres, sometimes compared to Indiana Jones because of his world-wide travels collecting genetic samples over eight years, died March 7, 2001 from cancer. Myres, who worked on the project with fellow BYU professor Scott Woodward, was diagnosed with cancer when he was still in medical school and working for a Ph.D.
Y researcher remembered for ambitious character
BYU NewsNet 19Mar01 P2
By Mary Morley: NewsNet Staff Writer

BYU Student Receives 3rd Place in Design Award Competition
MILFORD, OHIO -- BYU Student Roxanne Risenmay, a senior from Vacaville, California, was awarded third place in the first Young Designer of the Year competition sponsored by Design Concepts, Inc. The competition was to introduce talented young designers to the home decor and gift industry, and to encourage them to consider the product design field as a career choice. Risenmay received a $2,000 award, and BYU will receive an additional $2,000.
Decorative Concepts Inc. Selects Young Designer of the Year
Business Wire 21Mar01 P2
Rochester Institute of Technology Junior Selected in Inaugural Year of Competition

Former City Recorder dies
AMERICAN FORK, UTAH -- Long-time American Fork City Recorder Ray Nelson died on Sunday, March 18. Elected as recorder four times, Nelson was then appointed to the post by mayors for over 35 years. Nelson served under eight different mayors as city recorder, city manager, water and sewer manager, and superintendent of city services. During that time he saw much change in the community. He retired in 1981.
Former City Recorder dies
American Fork UT New Utah 21Mar01 P2

LDS Family Bringing World to Utah, One Student at a Time
PLEASANT GROVE, UTAH -- Ron and Marlene Simmons have brought exchange students to homes in Utah for a short (one month) stay or a longer (one school year) stay for the past several years. In the process, they have gained great love for and understanding of people and countries by inviting exchange students to share their home.
Bringing the world to their Home
American Fort UT New Utah 21Mar01 P2

Well-known Mormon Speaker William A. Wait Dies
WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH -- LDS Church Educational System teacher and well-known speaker William A. Wait died March 15th at age 74. Wait worked for CES for over thirty years, becoming a popular speaker at BYU Education Week and at the periodic Know Your Religion Series. His talks were recorded by LDS publisher Covenant Recordings, reaching many more Church members.
William Argyle Wait
Salt Lake Tribune 17Mar01 P2

LDS Hazing Victim to Get Day in Court Eight Years Later
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Brian Seamons, who was the victim of a hazing attack from fellow football players at Sky View High School at age 16, is finally getting his day in court. In 1993, Seamons' teammates bound him naked by his wrists, ankles, genitals and neck to a towel rack - then paraded his girlfriend past him in the locker room. Although he filed a lawsuit against the football coach and Cache County School District in federal court three months later, the case has twice been dismissed by a local judge, who was then reversed on appeal.
'93 hazing case finally in court
Deseret News 19Mar01 P2
By Maria Titze: Deseret News staff writer
Jury trial starts for ex-Cache football player


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