Originally created 04/24/04

Odds and Ends



PAYSON, Utah -- Somebody who has a way with words has a chance at walking away with a sweet deal.

The owners of Roe's Bake Shoppe on Main Street are sponsoring an essay contest and the winner gets their business.

"We wanted to keep it going, it's really the heart of this little town," said Paul Penrod, 39. "So we thought, how could we keep it going without having to have all the overhead? And we thought, 'Let's give it away."'

Penrod, a former accountant, and wife Lolly bought the 60-year-old bakery with its brick facade, high ceilings and oak floors in 2002 and remodeled it, but the stress of full-time baking "wasn't what we expected."

The couple tried to sell the store but didn't have any luck. That's when they settled on the more unconventional approach.

Aspiring bakery owners have until July 1 to submit an essay of fewer than 300 words explaining "Why I want to own Roe's Bake Shoppe" along with a $100 entry fee. The winner will be chosen by a panel of 25 downtown merchants.

The Penrods figure they have to get at least 2,000 entries to be able to pay off their loans and give someone else the opportunity to "carry on the tradition" in this small community about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.

"They'll end up with a beautiful historic building, a bakery, and priceless recipes that have been around for years," Penrod said.

Penrod acknowledges he and his wife don't have a backup plan in case they don't hit that magic 2,000 number. He'll just keep on baking until the morning when he can sleep in.

"We'd have a mob if they didn't get their doughnuts in the morning."

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Put your hands in the air, and put down ... your phone?

Derek W. Laubach, a Penn State University student, faces criminal charges for allegedly threatening partygoers with his cell phone.

Laubach, 18, pulled the phone from his belt and waved it in the air after another man at the off-campus party punched Bradley W. Laubach Jr., 20, also a Penn State student. The Laubachs are related, but are not brothers.

Someone at the party called police to report that a man was waving a gun, said Sgt. Dana Leonard.

"It was an outdoor party, and it was night so the lighting wasn't very good," Leonard said. "It was a huge party, and it caused a great deal of concern among those at the party, as well as among the officers, because we responded as though it were a gun."

Laubach faces charges of disorderly conduct and making terroristic threats.

The man who allegedly hit Bradley Laubach is also in trouble. Joshua M. Fennell, 20, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania student, is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

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EAST NASSAU, N.Y. -- The Pledge of Allegiance didn't incite arguments over the separation of church and state. It was simply too long.

Officials in this village just east of Albany decided to forgo reciting the 31-word pledge before board meetings because it took too much time.

"Given the fact people are pressed for time, my whole goal is to move the meetings along and try to remove things that are duplicative and generally not really necessary," said Mayor Robert Henrickson.

Henrickson and the trustees told the Troy Record the omission was not a political protest - they merely felt the minutes could be better spent working on town problems and projects.

"We are not a bunch of godless communists," the mayor said. "We just want to get some work done."

Trustee Frederik Rusch said reciting the pledge is not necessarily a sign of patriotism.

"I think it routinized patriotism and thus becomes meaningless to many people," he said.

But Raymond Phillip Schwartz, a member of a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, doesn't agree and thinks the omission "stinks."

"We should ship all of them right over there to Iraq," he said.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When workers at San Francisco's pound tracked down the owner of a newly arrived stray cat, they couldn't believe where they found her - in Bradenton, Fla., some 3,000 miles away.

Pamela Edwards had adopted black, short-haired Cheyenne in the summer of 1997. Just a few months later, Cheyenne disappeared. Edwards put up flyers and ran ads in the local paper to try to locate the cat, but had no luck.

Earlier this month, she received a call from her local shelter: Cheyenne had been found, in San Francisco.

"I figured, there's no way that's my Cheyenne," Edwards said. "I told them, 'I had a cat named Cheyenne, but I've never lived in San Francisco."'

Cheyenne was dropped off April 1 at Animal Care and Control on April 1 by someone who found her wandering down a street. When workers found out she had been lost in Florida seven years ago, they wondered if it was a joke.

"Maybe she came here on vacation because she wanted to see the wine country, and decided to stick around because it's not so muggy," said Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for Animal Care and Control.

Animal officials think a former neighbor of Edwards' probably found the cat, decided to keep her and then moved to San Francisco.

They're trying to find a way to return Cheyenne, who is now 10 years old, to Edwards. The agency can't afford to ship her to Florida, so workers there have been searching for a traveler to carry her on a plane trip.