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 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 23, 2022 

Big Sandy Theater Presents Madhouse December 2 & 3

Big Sandy Theater will be putting on their largest show yet, on December 2nd and 3rd. It’s a Madhouse is a “Super fun and crazy spin on a classic ‘who done it’ tale,” according to Dianna Keane, the co-director of the production. It’s a...

 

Patching Cracks

Joking with a friend recently, I commented that the Montana state tree is, in fact, a fence post. Though the Ponderosa Pine is the actual state tree, the prairie boasts far more fence posts than trees any day. When I first came to the area, the...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 9, 2022

Big Sandy Organics wins Trail Mix Competition

Big Sandy Organics won the Albertsons Trail Mix Competition during this year's Boise Entrepreneur Week. Winning the competition brings a $50,000 prize and shelf space at Albertsons Supermarkets. Heath...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 9, 2022

Halloween festivies at the Schools

FE Miley Elementary students enjoyed a special Halloween treat this year thanks to the High School Student Council, the National Honor Society, and the initiative of Jessie Jaramillo (the art teacher...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 2, 2022

Food Drive was a Halloween Treat for the Food Bank

The youth group trick-or-treat food drive that took place last weekend was a smashing success, with over 800 items collected. Terry Grant, who ran the food bank side of the event, remarked: "I had no...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    November 2, 2022

Rhett Simonton is the BSJH Basketball Coach

While watching my oldest play on the Jr High School Basketball team this year, I noticed the young man who was coaching the team. At first, I thought he was one of the High School students who was...

 

Patching Cracks

James Garfield, who was the 20th president of the United States, is only remembered for one thing. He was shot by an assassin in July of 1881. In an interesting twist, he did not die until two and a half months later. The length of time between his...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 26, 2022

Table Registration is open for the 2022 Christmas Stroll

Tables are now available to vendors for the Craft Show at the 2022 Christmas Stroll. Information on reserving tables is available at the AgriPrairie office in Big Sandy or by contacting Cassie Bahnmiller. Table reservations opened last week after...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 26, 2022

What is a PIR day at the Schools

Last week, Big Sandy Schools let out midday on Wednesday and did not have classes on Thursday. The school calendar identified these as MEA Teachers’ Conference days, though at other times throughout the school year, they are labeled...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 19, 2022

After two years the Medical Guild held their Rummage Sale, it was HUGE success

The Medical Guild Rummage Sale took place last weekend (October 6th and 7th) with record-breaking results. The fundraiser helps the Medical Guild purchase supplies, equipment, and necessities for the Big Sandy Medical Center. Lisa Sipler, who helps...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 19, 2022

Angel Basket Program now accepting applications

The Angel Basket program is now accepting applications from families looking to receive support with their Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Angel Tree baskets are for families in need during the holiday season. They include food items for...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 19, 2022

Getting to know Erik Siestsma

Erik Siestsma is the pastor of the Big Sandy Community Church of God, which has been going on for 11 years. They have had a regular live stream on the Church of God Facebook page on Sunday mornings...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 19, 2022

Halloween Food Drive

The Big Sandy Youth Group Halloween trick-or-treat food drive will be taking place on Wednesday, October 26th between 7 and 8 PM. The food drive is a long/running tradition for youth groups in our community. Jeramie Erie, who runs the Youth Program...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 12, 2022

Planning for the Stroll return has started

On October 3rd, the Big Sandy CSI, the committee that organizes the Christmas Stroll, met to discuss the planning of the 2022 stroll. There was some concern in the air as the day approached, because...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 12, 2022

She's back and ready to teach BSHS art

The school staff in Big Sandy featured a lot of new faces for the 2022 school year. One new face is actually returning to us after several years away. Jessie Jaramillo, who is teaching art at the...

 

Patching Cracks

John Donne, the English poet-scholar, wrote: “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…” The poem goes on to explain that every man lives a life dependent on those around him. He needs...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    October 5, 2022

Buddies, Parades & Chili & Bears! Oh my!

Big Sandy's Chili Feed/Homecoming took place last Friday, September 30th, though Big Sandy Schools began a week early with their traditional Spirit Week activities. Spirit Week typically includes...

 

Patching Cracks

Nearly 20 years ago, I started working at a children’s home in Indiana. It was an impatient mental health facility for kids. One of the people I met in new staff orientation was a fellow named Mark. He had been working at the home for over 30...

 

The Christmas Stroll Organizers are sending out an SOS

The Big Sandy division of Santa's Helpers is sending out an S.O.S. this year: Save Our Stroll. After decades of spreading Christmas cheer, the Big Sandy Christmas Stroll organizers are looking for...

 

COG Brisket Cook-off Was A Huge Success

On Sunday, September 25th, Big Sandy Church of God held its 11th Annual Brisket Cook-Off. This year's event featured 14 cooks, including 2 Big Sandy High School students. The event was well attended,...

 

Patching Cracks

In the days right before Jesus entered Jerusalem, he was sitting at a meal with his disciples and some people he had encountered in his ministry. During the meal, a woman came in with a bottle of expensive perfume. Based on the description in the...

 

Michelle Danreuther plays for La-La-La-Library Card Sign-Up Month

The Big Sandy Library kicked off Library Card Sign-Up Month with the first of a series of live musical performances when Michelle Danreuther played piano for library patrons the afternoon of Tuesday,...

 

Patching Cracks

The gospel of Matthew includes an account where a group of Pharisees approach Jesus in an effort to trap him by posing a no-win question. They asked: “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?” Today this seems like a pretty innocuous question. We...

 

FE Miley's New Second Grade Teacher: Sydnie Stellpflug

"It's been awesome," explained Sydnie Stellpflug, the new Second Grade teacher, when I asked her about her experience at F.E. Miley Elementary School. "As a first year teacher, I was super nervous. I...

 

Big Sandy COG Brisket Cook-Off September 25

Big Sandy Church of God will be hosting its 11th annual Brisket Cook-Off September 25th. The barbecue will be served up to guests at 1 PM. Everyone is invited and the meal is free. Come out and join...

 

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