Hello, Laurel, how are you in 2117?

By: 
DAVID KEYES
Outlook Publisher

I hope you are reading this after cracking open the time capsule Rotarians buried in 2017. But I have hedged my bet so I am publishing this in the Laurel Outlook on July 20, 2017 in a special time capsule edition.
Just so you know, the time capsule idea came about when the Laurel Rotary Club decided to work with other civic clubs to erect Welcome to Laurel signs. While the Rotarians were busy digging holes for the sign, several of them thought it would be great to dig one more hole.
The Rotarians combined with the other civic groups in order to pay for and erect the signs. The groups are: The Laurel Chamber of Commerce, the Laurel Jaycees, Laurel Lions and the Laurel Airport Authority. These groups are all represented on the signs with the Laurel Airport Authority using the Laurel Airport’s call sign as its indicia on the sign. CHS also helped with the signs.
The Rotarians had kicked around the idea of the Welcome to Laurel sign for several years before Rotarians Dean Rankin, Matt Wheeler, Pat Kimmet and a few others made it happen. There are five signs – one at every entrance to Laurel – and even one at the airport for good measure.
There are more than 100 items in the time capsule. We decided to not share the entire list as to not spoil the surprise. The Outlook printed several of the items in this week’s paper, including messages from Gov. Steve Bullock and Sen. Jon Tester. There are also messages from locals that are stored only on flash drives.
You will find photos of patches, badges, mementos and many other items in this edition. The Laurel Laurel Locomotive Years Book is included as is a small Montana flag.
We are including this edition of The Laurel Outlook in digital and printed forms as well. We are also using the printing plate that was used to print this paper as a wrap in the time capsule.
The Laurel Outlook staff also jumped on the project and encouraged local merchants to share a bit of their history in a Business By The Years supplement. Scott Toombs did a great job selling the promotional idea and graphic artist Stacey Osborne made it look great – like she always does with everything she touches.
Please look at the masthead of this paper to see the rest of the Outlook staff.
We hope 2117 finds you all in good health. Above all, my hope is that the Laurel Rotary Club digs this time capsule up in July of 2117 and enjoys this snapshot of life in 2017. Maybe, just maybe, they will drop their own time capsule in.
All the best!

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook and president of the Laurel Rotary Club. His Rotary pin is included in the time capsule.

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 17, 2019
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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