2008 1st Quarter
Idaho Funeral Director Doug Webb Featured in The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper
Mormon Empire: Idaho: Douglas Webb The Salt Lake ribune 04/01/2008
Manning the only funeral home in town, a family business since 1925, Douglas Webb knows the Preston population well. Not only does he connect with families in times of crisis, the Latter-day Saint works hand in hand with priests and ministers who worship differently.
Simply put, "I'm part of the community, and I serve the community," he says.
The 70-year-old mortician - and Franklin County coroner for nearly four decades - once served as a town ambulance driver, has been the rodeo secretary for 35 years and has had extended stints as LDS Church ward bishop, counselor and activities chairman.
"It's an interesting life in this little fish pond we have here," he says.
It's a small-town life, population 5,000, a place where Mormons once lived alone. But the "bedroom community" for nearby Logan, just over the Utah border, has attracted others who've sought out a rural environment, Webb explains. And the us vs. them mentality of decades ago doesn't seem to play out as it once did.
"It kind of happened without encouraging or not encouraging it," he says. "Everybody gets along quite well."
Change in Military Leave Laws
On Jan. 28, 2008, President Bush signed a law that extended FMLA rights to certain family members of U.S. military personnel. The new law says employees caring for wounded military members can now take up to 26 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave each year.
A second provision says employers must also grant up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave each year to immediate family of reservists and National Guard members who are called into active duty (either
overseas or in the United States). Such leave can be taken for any “qualifying” event related to the service member’s absence.
Covered employers are encouraged to post notification in their workplaces about these changes. You DON’T need to obtain an entirely new FMLA poster. The U.S. Labor Department has created a free supplemental poster that satisfies the notice requirements. Download the poster here: http://www.nibm.net/content/ FMLA.MilitaryFamilyLeave.pdf
TheLighter Sideof Death
by Paul Orlando
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