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BLACKFOOT VALLEY DISPATCH Lincoln, MT June 18, 2009 -- 5 Little Known Facts ......... -~ ~with ' "~ ....... ~"~ az Allen www.littleknownfactsshow cam i Sponsored by wvrw.active8products, cam See accompanying ad for more info! to five. Reporters have also come from around the globe to see and write about the bulb, so by now its history is well documented. It all started when local res- ident Dennis Bemal thought that the firefighters should be able to see their fire trucks at all times, so he donated the night light. The fire fighters saw that it looked like a well- built bulb, so they used it as a target for neff ball practice. Then they started the tradition of touching it for the good luck. Then when the firefight- ers noticed that the bulb was still burning, people started to pay attention. Week after week, the darn bulb just kept on burning. How long has that light bulb been shining? Well, It's a Little Known Fact that the light bulb at Fire Sta- tion Number 6 in Livermore, California is the longest-burn- ing light bulb in the world, operating since 1901. Yep. 1901 -- more than 100 years ago. We've gone through two World Wars, a Great De- pression, and about a dozen presidents, and that bulb is still going strong. Oh, and about that web cam. A while ago the spe- cial Livermore "bulb cam" went black. Distressed locals feared the bulb had finally burned out. Nape. The web cam had burned out. The town of Livermore (pop- ulation 80,000) is famous not only for the Centennial Light Bulb but it welcomes more than 500,000 visitors each year with its lush vineyards covering more than 5,000 acres and is home to nearly 50 wineries. Longevity Every firefighter in the in the city of Livermore, Cali- fornia, from the fire chief on down, swears it's an omen. If that light bulb in the firehouse burns out, well, someplace in town an inferno will immedi- ately ignite. "Nobody wants the bulb to go out on their watch," said the fire chief. "If that thing goes out while I'm still chief I know it will be a career's worth of bad luck." Now a lot of you might think it's a little odd to get this worked up over a light bulb. And in many ways this bulb is nothing special. Except for the hand-blown glass, this is your garden-variety carbon- filament fight bulb. It's a four- watt night light, built by the Shelby Light Bulb company of Cincinnati, that illuminates the area above one of the fire trucks, and it's on twenty- four hours a day, seven days a week. Looks mostly like your typical light bulb -- just maybe a little rounder. But however humble it looks, well, everybody in Livermore thinks this is one beautiful bulb. It's so spe- cial that it has its own web cam: go on the Internet, and you can see a picture of the light bulb burning, anytime day or night. TV networks have done shows about the bulb. Recently the town had a huge celebration in the bulb's honor. Bands marched, cheerleaders cheered, and the whole town turned out for a potluck barbecue. Deputy fire chief Tom Bra- mell reported that tourists from all over the world stop by to see the bulb Monday through Friday, from eight Money problems? You don't have a lack of moneyw you have a ** laok of Ioocl Ideas. Beoauae money naturally -~-=:~ ..... flows tO gOOd Idons, Want a few g~d ides? www.ass Jlpm~ntforsucc@ss.~am Uncoin Community United Methodist Church INDEPENDENDAY 880 July :5 -- Noon - 6 p.m. ] July 4 m 1 1 a.m. t, ill Gone ) BBQ Sandwiches -- $6.00 I ~ " Sausagc-Oe-A Stick --$3.00 I ]r~ Lincoln Community Hall ] "" Main Streent Lincoln It has become a popular des- tiny for wine lovers of all ages. Some come for the Annual Har- vest Day wine celebration, some to view the windmills dotting the landscape of Altamont Pass or to see the fire department's long- shining, celebrated light bulb. Every kid in Livermore knew about this unbelievable bulb, even one of the 400 graduates of the 1968 Class at Livermore Joint Union High- the BVD ed- itor when the town of Livermore was still small, charming and less than 25,000. Go Cowboys! SUNSHINE SAWMILL Now Cu~-I;in0 Firewood Call for pric~s 5G2-45&7 *Memorial Family and friends gath- ered Saturday not merely to mourn Rollie's passing, though mourn they will, but to celebrate his life, his ef- fect on their lives, his valued friendship and respect, and to offer invaluable support to all the family he leaves behind. Lincoln resident Kevin Feeback said it best at Sat- urday's memorial service, "Rollie was the heartbeat of Lincoln. He tried to make Lincoln a better community and I will miss him. Lincoln will miss him." Scapegoat |aten (dine in or take-out)