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Sisters Fest and ET
March 11, 2017

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Good morning Tyler County.

Maybe it's because the sun is out that some people's thoughts may turn to the Outer Banks. The photo posted on Facebook was taken by the Currituck Sound near the ferry crossing. Soon...

Next week is Sisters Fest, so to quote the song from the Eurythmics:

"Sisters are doin' it for themselves.

Standin' on their own two feet.

And ringin' on their own bells.

Sisters are doin' it for themselves."

For more information about registration, contact Valerie Reed at at State Farm Insurance or at 304-966-4148.

More about Sisters Fest will appear in the next edition.

In other news, the movie "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial" will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday) at Sistersville Library. A classic movie. Take the kids. Sponsored by the Sistersville Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with Sistersville Public Library and the Tyler County Prevention Coalition. FREE REFRESHMENTS - FREE GIFTS & PRIZES

It's been a long time since I've seen this movie, but from what I can remember an alien family makes a pit stop of sorts in some woods near a cookie-cutter California suburb. The alien parents leave their kid behind, alone on a strange planet. Maybe they left him because he didn't clean the space ship or raided the refrigerator and ate all the good tasting adult food while dad was sleeping. Who knows?

Anyway, a kid named Elliott finds the adorable alien and takes him home as if he found a stray dog in the woods.

The alien and Elliott go on big adventures as they work to build a radio transmitter to "phone home" to the deadbeat ET parents who left their kid behind.

Somehow the federal government gets involved and tries to stamp out the whole thing, maybe wisely so. But the alien is, at least in a mother's eyes, cute, so the plot hinges around the emotions involved with saving him. Reese's Pieces candy plays a big role. Product placement at its finest.

Elliott and his siblings interact as his family helps the alien escape and avoid the feds. There is a famous scene where Elliott and alien are riding the boy's bike. The alien uses his Jedi powers to levitate the bike over a ravine or something so he and Elliott can get away.

The alien parents come back. Elliott says goodbye to his friend. Tears are shed.

Of course a few years later, Elliott was probably one of those peacenik hippies advising folks to trust the aliens before the invasion in the movie "Independence Day". Elliott probably told anyone stupid enough to listen to his crazy stories about ET that all they wanted is Reese's Pieces, not world domination. That approach worked out well for the planet.

Thank God those aliens, who mastered space travel, didn't have anti-virus firewalls in place to protect their computers, so we won that battle. But I digress...

Go see "ET" tonight. Your kids will like it.

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