Week of July 10, 2024

  • Update: Big Sandy Activities

    Zoe Merrill

    We just read an article about how Big Sandy Activities required new vans. However, Big Sandy is more than new vans. Those who have lived in Big Sandy know Big Sandy Activities was started by Connie Green, who was passionate about serving people with disabilities in 1974. They started a day program in 1975 and Incorporated in 1976. She hired Doris Gullickson and then Lenore Marx. Doris and Lenore still work for Big Sandy Activities; the only individual here is Donald Christianson. The first...

  • Williams girls and the Big Dance

    Zoe Merrill

    Every summer, the Big Sandy Saddle Club organizes two months of O-mok-see, an Indian word meaning Big Dance. The next Big Dance is July 14th. I couldn't help but think of four girls who love their horses. Let me introduce you to them: Holli, Katie, Maddie, and Liz Williams. They all work and train their own horses. It's taken so long to sit down with them, between my schedule and theirs and the road conditions because of the rain, but finally, over a cup of coffee with creamer, we sat around...

  • Mountaineer Update

    What are you doing with the Mountaineer? I’m often asked what’s happening. I am going to try my best to get more ads in the next two months. I honestly believe the Mountaineer is an important tool to help everyone in town stay connected. It’s not just a paper; it’s a living record of our history, over a hundred years. I don’t want to sell it or close the doors, and I will be working diligently to ensure I don’t have to. However, this paper isn’t just mine, or the town of Big Sandy, it is something I gave to the Lord to use. I...

  • Kristie Rutledge Officially a LPA

    Zoe Merrill

    Kristie Rutledge is a certified LPA (Lay Pastoral Associate). The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America) has an LPA program. The truth is, she has wanted to be an LPA since high school. Her mentor is PR Megan Howeisch from First Lutheran in Havre. The Big Sandy Christ Lutheran has two LPAs, Dan Leader and Kristie Rutledge. Havre is a good support system with Marilyn Henry, Mary Stevens (music and no preaching), Lynn Steinmetz, and Josh Gomez. The Hi-Line has another LPA, Judy Vosen....

  • Summer Celebration Fishing Derby: A 30 Year Tradition

    Erik Sietsema

    While walking down the Main drag in Fort Benton, waiting for the annual parade to get roiling, I caught sight of a young man running up to a table in front of the Fort Benton Hardware carrying a good-sized carp. Instantly curious, I approached the table moments after the young fisherman headed back to the river after having his fish measured and recorded. A handful of conversations with the staff and bystanders revealed that the hardware store was hosting their annual fishing contest, with prizes for the largest fish caught on Saturday...

  • Big Sandy Public School District #2 UNOFFICIAL MINUTES

    Regular Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday June 18th, 2024 Held in the Big Sandy High School Computer Lab Board members present- Chairman Brad Weaver, Vice Chair Jessica Sheehy, Amanda Hoffman, Matt Myers, Kyle danreuther Staff- Superintendent Dan Schrock, Principal Heather Wolery, Clerk Mary merrill Guests in attendance- see sign in list 1. Meeting called to order by Chairman weaver at 7:03 2. Pledge of Allegiance Recited by all in attendance 3. Public Comment-None 4. Correspondence- Letter from retired 4th grade teacher Demerece Keller...

  • Horse Preventative Care

    The following information was taken from Montana Equine and is a good reminder to not forget your horses when it comes to vaccinations. The core vaccinations for all horse are: Eastern Eqine Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Tetanus, and rabies. "The good news: Most of the important preventable infectious diseases of horses do NOT effectively spread from horse to horse, so barn-wide outbreaks do not occur. The bad news: These diseases tend to be very serious, and are...

  • Green Acres

    Tyler Lane

    Gardening in July Below are a few recommendations per July horticultural management. Additional gardening information is available at the Chouteau County Extension Office located in the green building next to the courthouse. • In our landscapes, plants use 2.5 inches of water per week during the hot summer days. • Harvest broccoli while heads are tight. • Pick shell peas when the seeds are fully developed but before ripening. Harvest edible pod peas when the seeds are barely visible inside the pod. Allow snap peas to reach nearly full...

  • Patching Cracks

    Erik Sietsema

    Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, used a particular illustration many times to explain the potential of the personal computer for the betterment of humanity. He would begin by explaining a study that was done with animals to measure the efficiency of their modes of travel over a distance of 1 kilometer. The study placed condors at the top of the list since they need the least energy to travel the given distance. Humans, on the other hand, appeared about a third of the way down. We are not well adapted to efficient transportation. In...

  • 65th Anniversary/Family Reunion

    A 65th Wedding Anniversary Celebration of interest to many in the local community was celebrated on June 30th 2024, at Grimshaw, Alberta, Canada, when Paul and Frances Bogner reached this special milestone. They were married on June 1, 1959, at Big Sandy, Montana, in the old St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, by Father Patrick Devlin. Paul is the son of Cornelius and Mary Bogner, formerly of Fort Benton, where Paul graduated from Fort Benton High School in 1953. Frances is the daughter of...

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