The Ames Sesqicentennial Celebration has begun and shamefully I'm excited mainly because I can pronounce it. Having lived in Ames 40 years of my life I find myself thinking about the changes that have taken place in those years and they are many. I am looking forward to learning more about this fantastic place I chose to call home. I hope that all of you will try to attend as many of the activities as possible over the year and help celebrate a unique and wonderful part of our lives.