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If you cast a fishing line 100 times with the goal of not catching any fish, you will probably be successful. Ti52ffi.52i ssues A Year" = S Monday Sept.16, 2013 $150 "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain iVi/LLi L,/VVi'q i-'i-'E..K ii'qL., 217 W COTA 12/31/13. SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Butkovich Drive By Mike Lakin Saturday, September 7 the community of Mount Pulaski and friends of Ed Butkovich and Bob Gasaway gathered at Veterans Park to honor both of these men. - Robert L. Gasaway Field Dedication Stu Erlenbush of the Mount Pulaski Park Dis- trict Board welcomed everyone to the dedication. He started out by saying that both of these men had a great impact on the lives of many people in our community. He noted that the impact must be called a profound impact because both men helped many young people to mature into adulthood. Stu reminded all of us of the important contribution made by Ed Butkovich and Bob Gasaway not only as coaches, but also as mentors to so many young people over many decades. He reminded people that both men, regardless of what was going on around them, conducted themselves as gentlemen. In a time when we have seen some people lose themselves in the moment of a game, we were reminded of a sign that Bob Gasaway had in the locker room "'Do not get mad at officials for correcting your errors". Stu commented that those words ring so true today. The first person to step forward to speak a few words was Larry Garrison. He said that he was very familiar with both people and he congratulated :': the Butkovich family for all Ed's ...... :. accomplishments. Larry added that both Ed and Bob were honored members of the Hall of Fame because of their character. Larry went on to. say that as Bob's cousin he could well recall the first 20 years of Bob's life. He said back in 1948, when they were students of the Cobin grade school, the school was consolidated. At the time the little country school only had three or four students in it. Both he : and Bob went to school in Latham. In 1949 they both continued through junior high. When it came time for high school ,, they were able to attend Mount Pulaski high school. Larry said through all of those years he'd never heard his cousin say a bad thing about anyone and that was part of his character that has continued through today. Larry closed his comments stating that the park board had insight when they decided to honor Ed and Bob. Deron Powell said that he wanted to speak on behalf of former players for both men and gave his thanks to them for their efforts on behalf of many young men over the years. Pat Walsh opened his statement by saying that he has had 25 years of referee- ing. He said he has seen both men give examples of their excellent character and class. He added that both help make a future for the kids they worked with. He closed his comment saying how much everyone appre- ciates what both men have done for the community. Carylyn Pippenger said that she had to thank Coach Butkovich for being a friend to the family and a mentor to her children. She added that Ed was not just a mentor to his players, but he was a mentor for life. John Jaggi came to Mount Pulaski as a fresh- man; not having had the benefit of playing for Coach Gasaway. John said that placed him behind in some skills on the court. But Coach Butkovich worked with him after practice and encouraged him so that he was able to have a fair career as a bas- ketball player in high school. John commented that Coach Butkovich taught him the importance of peripheral vision. He said that they used to run the lines and he used his peripheral vision to see when the coach was not watching him and at that point he ran the line short. He closed his comments saying that both men brought the community together and their dedication took many young men into adulthood. TO BACK PAGE