Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Small Town Superheroes

When some of the girls stumbled in their answers, they had an ample safety net: Mayor Jim (call him Jimbo) Petitjean is a born ringmaster and comedian. He milked laughs out of even the deadliest story onstage and kept the girls from collapsing in nervous heaps. His partner in crime at the crowning was Cheryl McCarty, the Cultural Director and go-to person for, well, everything in this town of 8,600. Think Sonny and Cher on steroids and you have a sense of the natural rapport and sense of humor this duo brings not only to the pageant but to town affairs, and how that contributes the town's ability to keep on looking upward even as the nation's economy heads the other direction.

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