View our May 2013 Issue ~ Around The River Real Estate magazine.
Second grade students at Young Scholars Academy (YSA) received a special visit from twenty-one year old Appaloosa, Chief, and his owner, Tom Gallant. Gallant, a local business owner and rancher, was asked by YSA teachers Nancy Kish and Renee Jensen to bring Chief to school after their students read “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”, a story about a young boy’s imaginary kidnapping by a cowboy.
At 2:30pm Friday, Gallant, dressed in western wear, rode Chief onto the school’s north parking lot. Approximately fifty students plus a half dozen teachers, aides and parents were waiting. Gallant used reigns and verbal commands to direct Chief to back up, turn left, right and to stop. The children giggled watching Chief maneuver through the parking lot.
Gallant dismounted his 1,300 lb. horse, opened his saddle bags, and presented horse shoes and spurs for the children to examine. After a brief presentation, he fielded questions from the teachers and students. “We want to talk about your clothes. What kind of clothes are those?,” asked Kish. “This is called a canvas overcoat,” replied Gallant. He showed how well he was protected from the elements by his canvas coat. Other questions included, “How do you make Chief run?”, “Is it hard to be a cowboy?”, and “Do horses have babies?” Gallant fielded all of these questions and more while his daughter, second grader Pearl Gallant, and his wife, Jean, stood nearby.
Jensen’s class fed oatmeal horse cookies and fresh carrots to Chief who soon became too full to accept more treats. Kish’s class lined up to pet Chief on his muzzle.
The classes used sign language, shaking their open hands, to quietly applaud Chief and Gallant who rode off, away from the sunset, as the school day came to a close.
Gallant owns Around The River Publishing, Inc. which has published the local real estate magazine for the past twenty-four years.
There is a unique way to Trick-or-Treat in Laughlin, Nevada. On All Hallow’s Eve, from 5:00 to 8:00pm, children age 13 and under attend Halloween Safe Street on the River Walk between the Edgewater and Colorado Belle Hotel/Casinos.
Ghoulish decorations adorn the ground-level patios, and hotel guests (local merchants) distribute massive amounts of candy.
If you park at the Regency, stop at the gift shop for a treat. One year we received blinking ghost necklaces.
This year we arrived with our children at 4:30pm, earlier than the official start time, and all but a couple of booths were able to accomodate us. We hit those on our way out, and had half-full goody bags and fully satisfied super heros by 5:20pm.
The Chili’s across the river in Bullhead City, Arizona was offering Free Kids Meals with the purchase of entrees. Not only was dinner delicious, it was affordable.
Join the celebrations next year. You won’t be disappointed!