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 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 14, 2021 

The Spring Music Festival returns this year with a twist

Big Sandy High School will be competing in the Spring Music Festival online next week after missing the event last year entirely due to the lockdowns. This year, the Montana High School Association (MHSA) decided that all of the state music...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 14, 2021 

The School of Rock opens for young musicians

Budding musicians in the Big Sandy area have a new resource to learn and grow through the teaching and experience of several local entertainers. The "School of Rock" set out to "give the kids a little...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 7, 2021

Triangle Sponsors Food Bank Raffle

The Big Sandy Food Bank is raffling off a half a pig to raise money to support their food distribution program. Tickets are $5 and the drawing will be held April 30th. They can be purchased from the Senior Center, the offices of the Big Sandy...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Patching Cracks

In the first century, when Jesus lived and taught, the Jewish people were living under the oppressive rule of the Roman Empire. The Jewish people were violently opposed to the Romans, a fact that resulted in more than a few violent uprisings that...

 

April Fool's Day brings pranks & backfires

Erik Sietsema— For the first few years I was here, when I would tell the kids they could go to children’s church, I would say: ‘If you are a small child, or just very immature, you can go downstairs.’ It was just a joke I’d add in. Sometime...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 31, 2021

Holy Week Church Services

Last year, I preached the Good Friday and Easter Morning Services to an empty room with a camera set up to stream everything to Facebook. All of the other churches in town, and across the country,...

 

Patching Cracks

In the ancient world, Jews and Samaritans hated each other. The conflict between the two groups went back hundreds of years and frequently reached levels of venom and spite that we rarely see in our culture. It was common for Jews to kick the dust...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 24, 2021

The Rotary's Annual Easter Egg Hunt Resumes

The Big Sandy Rotary Club will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3rd at 11 AM sharp. The event will take place at the Big Sandy Airport. The event is open to children who are...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 24, 2021

This year, Gardeners have a local potting soil supplier

With the arrival of Spring, Big Sandy's gardening and landscaping communities have a local source for buying high quality soil. For the last couple of years, Dan Matthew has been selling Glacier Gold...

 

Patching Cracks

A few weeks ago, I made a peanut butter sandwich for my son for lunch. He took his sandwich with him to his room, where he ate and played. Because he’s a typical four year old, it didn’t take long before he forgot about the sandwich and wandered...

 

Patching Cracks

I deal with a handful of hard deadlines every week. By Sunday morning, I have to have a sermon written. By Monday morning, I need to complete two articles and a column. Monday through Thursday I have to have the kids out of bed, dressed, fed, and...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 10, 2021

Melissa Han brings a broad knowledge of subjects to Big Sandy Schools

"I like to watch kids learn new things and be productive and find themselves and find what they like. I like to foster their curiosity and their wonder of the world. How they see things," explained...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 10, 2021

Captain America is raising money for a vet in need

Visitors to The Grocery Store last Thursday morning were treated to an unusual service: Captain America was helping customers load groceries to help support veterans. In this case, the man in the...

 

Patching Cracks

When the British first introduced the game of golf to India, after building their first golf course, they discovered a problem with the natural environment. The indigenous monkeys around the course were fascinated by the little white balls. They bega...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 10, 2021

LeaAnn Williams handcrafts soaps

LeaAnn Williams is growing a local business selling homemade organic soap, shampoo, shaving cream, body butter, lip balm, and other self-care products. The soap making project began three years ago...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 3, 2021

Homecoming 2020 cancelled

The 2020 homecoming, which was postponed to this year due to last year’s Covid lockdowns, has been cancelled entirely. Michelle Danruther, speaking on behalf of the Homecoming Committee explained: “We had planned on it being in the third week in...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Patching Cracks

If you turn on a tv, open a web browser, pick up a magazine, or look at any medium that presents you with an advertisement, you’ll encounter all manner of messages and ideas. One of the unifying themes in all advertising is the idea that you...

 

Spotlight on Kira Witmer, the HS Special Ed teacher

While substitute teaching at the Elementary School last week, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a cup of flavored coffee from Kira Witmer. Later, over the weekend, I learned that the coffee was...

 

Wesley Cox Outmaneuvers a Bigger Wrestling Opponent

In a surprising upset on Friday, February 12th, Big Sandy's 110 pound Wesley Cox wrestled against and pinned 160 pound Jaxon Coates of Cascade, Montana in the third round of their match, despite...

 

Central Montana in the Deep Freeze is nothing new

Wednesday morning the thermometer dipped below 30 degrees for the first time this winter, and many locals weren’t ready for the chill. My experience of the cold morning started when I walked out into thecold to start my car so it could warm up a...

 

New Hours and services at Big Sandy Library

By Erik Sietsema The Big Sandy Public Library has changed its hours of operation, is compiling a community cookbook, and has upgraded some services in order to better serve the community. The new...

 

Best Diesel Mechanic in MT is in our backyard

Jim Taylor Motors in Fort Benton employs the "best diesel mechanic in the state", at least according to Nick Brock, internet manager for the dealership. I visited the dealership to speak with the best...

 

Big Sandy Small Business Highlight: Complete Small Engine Repair

After retiring and moving to Big Sandy, Ron Baumann opened a small engine repair business, bringing along 44 years of experience to serve our community. "The average farm has 10 to 12 pieces of...

 

Sonny Phillips shines as a 3-point star for the Big Sandy Pioneers

Fans attending the Big Sandy-Chinook basketball game 2 weeks ago were treated to a heart warming display of sportsmanship, courtesy of the Chinook Sugar Beeters and the Big Sandy Pioneers. In the...

 

Patching Cracks

I woke up at 2:30 this morning. After tossing and turning for 30 minutes, I finally gave up on trying to get back to sleep and got up. I’ve got to admit that I wasn’t all that happy about getting up many hours before the alarm. After finally...

 

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