From the Publisher 5/25/17

Rotary time capsule looking for a few, good messages
David Keyes
Outlook Publisher

Rotary time capsule looking for a few, good messages

What do you want to say to the future?
The Laurel Rotary Club is planning to bury a time capsule in the near future as part of its project to erect new Welcome to Laurel signs.
The time capsule (really a PVC pipe that will have screw on ends and will be sealed in silicone and encased in concrete) will be buried under one of the signs.
Rotarians have been asked to jot down what life is like right now, make predictions about the future and send a greeting to the future.
Those messages will be put on flash drives and CDRoms with instructions on how to read them – just in case.
The Rotarians hope the time capsule will be opened 200 years into the future but realize they will all be dead by then and won’t have much to say about the matter. They do have high hopes that Rotary, a leading local and international civic organization, will be around to crack open the time capsule. They also hope that some of their relatives might also be witness to the event.
They would like you to be a part of history.
The Rotary Club is inviting the public to participate by contributing to the time capsule. Please submit your message to the Laurel Outlook by emailing: Feel free to send in scanned photos, etc.
For example, the Laurel Outlook is contributing digital versions of the Outlook, the all-class yearsbook, historical photos and messages from the staff.
Rotary members will be asking community members for some physical mementos to include as well. If you have a small item that is unique to Laurel and would like to include it, find a Rotarian to give it to or drop if off at the Outlook office. Submissions should be made by June 16.
The Laurel High School graduation was wonderful on Sunday. Since all three local high school had commencement about same time, Kathleen Gilluly and I split(?) coverage duties since we are still short a reporter. Laurel and Park City’s ceremonies were at 1 and Joliet’s started at 2.
I pulled rank and emphasized my daughter, who is a junior, was singing in the choir at Laurel’s graduation. Kathleen covered both of the other ceremonies.
A couple of great traditions jumped out at me on Sunday. I like the idea of students choosing the commencement speaker. I was touched at the beginning of the ceremony when the seniors were asked to find their parents in the audience and to present them with a rose. Lots of tears from seniors and parents when that happened. What I especially liked was the fact that the high school teachers all lined up at the back of the gymnasium and shook hands with each graduate and had something to say to each of them.
High school is a launching pad and the graduation ceremony I witnessed Sunday reminded me that these graduates are leaving a firm, supportive foundation knowing that their future is in front of them and that they have successfully cleared the first educational hurdle in their lives.

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook

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Saturday, July 20, 2019
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