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Exercise-Editing for clear, short webtext

Here is a passage that needs serious revision. Try to reduce it to roughly 150 words. You can break it into no more than two chunks, each with its own subheader.

Chesterton, after decades first as a logging town and mining center, and then as a seriously depressed community that very nearly became a ghost t0wn, is now making a comeback as a a major tourist destination. Beginning in 1891 as a company town build by the Chesterton Logging Company, the town grew to become a thriving community of over 3000 men, women, and children. During World War I, the population grew still more to meet the demand for spruce to build airplanes, so the population rose to almost 4000. After the war, a zinc mine went into operation at the base of Mount Freeman (named for pioneer trapper Daniel Freeman, who conducted an exploration of the region in the 1820s). The conduct of mining operations resulted in great prosperity in the late 1920s, even after the Chesterton sawmill shut down. But then with the Great Depression the zinc market collapsed and hundreds of workers lost their jobs. Chesterton’s population shrank to not much more than 300 souls; the town was at death’s door.

After World War II, however, the creation of Chesterton Regional Park brought about a new rebirth of the town. As tourism began to grow, the community found a new lease on life catering to skiers, hikers, and campers. In the past 10 or 20 years, Chesterton has seen development of world-class skiing at High Corniche, the North American Kayak Championships at Roaring Creek, and a booming whitewater rafting business that puts almost 200 rafts into the Old Horse River every summer season. With 1200 year-round residents, Chesterton is now a major recreation center and eco-tourism destination.

My summary of the article

From a very nearly became a ghost town, Chesterton is now a major recreation center and eco-tourism destination. It is after the creation of Chesterton Regional Park that the town received more skiers, hikers, and campers. The community of 1200 year-round residents also becomes more energetic and active than before when tourism began to grow. Chesterton has seen development of world-class skiing and a booming whitewater rafting business.

Early time of Chesterton

In 1891, the Chesterton Logging Company found the town that later became a thriving community of over 3000 men, women, and children during World War I. The mining industry started operating after the war which resulted in great prosperity in the late 1920s. However, the Great Depression caused hundreds of workers to lose their jobs and that bring the town to the death’s door until the World War II ended.


My Facebook is ACTIVATED again

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At last my previous account on Facebook (Dara Saoyuth) is activated again. It’s almost a year already that I cannot access to this account since it was temporary suspended because I confused to use this account on another website that is similar to Facebook (I was cheated!).

Today is a birthday of a person I know and like, but since we have some misunderstanding, my new Facebook account (Saoyuth Dara) that created after the previous one was suspended was removed from her friend list.

I want to send her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY message, but I cannot do via Facebook. The only way I can think of is to try to access my previous account in the hope that she is in the list and that I will be able to post on her wall.

My attempt was failed though I was succeed in restoring my previous account because this account was blocked since before we know each other. Even though I am having a little frustration, I’m happy that I can get my account back and start to connect with people in the friend list again.

As soon as I log into the account, I can see 92 friend requests, 29 messages, and 22 notifications. I think they all might not know that my account was suspended. Now, I can get to them again.

By: Dara Saoyuth
To be able to restore this account, I was required to enter my “PASSWORD” and then named 5 people from my friend lists so that Facebook can make sure that this is really my account.


There is an exhibition with female artists from Cambodia that opens on Friday, October 22, 2010 at Sovannah Shopping Mall.(ផ្សារទំនើបសុវណ្ណា) I received the information about the event from my professor and I really interested in it. You may also interested in that event as well so that I put the original press release below for you:

Artist Call

Exhibition Project with


អេ! បងស្រីទៅណានឹង?

Cambodian women artists create art works

around the theme of Women politics in Cambodia

“… because man has defined the image of women for both man and women…”


Men create and control the social and communication media such as science and art, word and image (cultural inherited or from present days), fashion and architecture, social transportation and the division of labor. Men have projected their image of women onto those media, and those patterns reflect on women. Making believe that those media definition of women space – bodily, emotionally and mentally – are reality. Women did not yet come themselves, conquering a women space, because they have not yet had a chance to speak insofar they had limited access to those media. It will be time that women use art as a means of expression as to influence the consciousness of all of humans.

So far the contemporary arts in Cambodia have been created mainly by men. Though, before and after the Khmer Rouge period women writers, visual and performing artists as well as choreographer in small numbers approached the public awareness.

The men deal with the subject of life, with emotions filtered through a most of the time male view. The new values, women artists can create by adding to, modifying men values about life, can lead to a women’s liberation. What art can give to women and women can give to art, are the transfer of a specific situation of women to the artistic context set up signs and signals which provides new artistic expressions and messages, and change on the other hand the situation of women. Especially in this very young and fragile Cambodian art scene, in which already women are pushed aside and leaving many times their artistic career for expected welfare of the family.

The work of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) is addressing issues of gender inequalities and has for many years supported artistic expressions of those issues in Germany and worldwide. In Cambodia, HBF is working to empower women to break through gender stereotypes that assign them passive roles and become more active and visible in the public sphere. Since this means to also challenge overall social norms, it is met with strong resistance, which often manifests itself in calls for the protection of “Khmer culture” against the influence of the “Western or modern world”. Women’s behavior, their bodies and their sexuality become central elements in debates on culture and its preservation, often being accused of transgressing too far from traditional social norms. But what role do such norms play in the private and public lives of Cambodian women today? Hey Sister, where are you going? will shed light on this question by providing the space for female Cambodian artists to reflect, discuss, and express their ideas and experiences in a joint exhibition that shall inspire Cambodian women to do the same.

2          CONCEPT

The concept will be based on the outcome, feelings, stories created, memorized during the workshop series. To explore women artists’ understanding and perception of space, where they reside, struggle and strive to realize their dreams. It embraces their psychological, personal, and private individual spaces as well as the sociopolitical and cultural realms that affect and influence their existence as artists and women. This concept will be influenced by the workshop and individual reflection on it.

Three spaces:

Social norms, rules and expectations
Definition of others and myself by gender, age, social status, education, race.
How does society (man and women) see us as women?
Social space, relationships and their power struggle.
How do we see each other as women – from women to women?
How do I define or restrict myself?
Inner world of female artists: Flow of imagination, fluidity of thoughts, anxieties.
The inner personal reflection.
How do I see myself – also independent of my role as women?

3          REALIZATION

Ten or more female artists are exploring during a workshop series, from HBF conducted and artistically supervised by the curator, the topic of gender politics in Cambodia, their own placement within and their defined space. During the workshop the artists will use artistic familiar method (photography, performing art, painting, sculpture or drawing) to explore the topic. It can be that the workshop is based on the HBF commissioned survey “Gender and women’s politics in Cambodia” but should be held by an expert of Gender politics. The workshop will enhance the “artistic language” of those selected women artists to be the artistic “megaphone” of their Cambodian “sisters”. The findings of the workshop will be the motor for the creation of works. The exhibition is planned to be opened October 22, 2010 in a place easy, common and comfortable to access for Cambodian women. The idea is to have it in one of Phnom Penh’s new shopping malls.

Hope to see all of you there,
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