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 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 29, 2022 

Oceans of Possibilities at the Library this Summer

With school out and the days growing hotter and longer, the Big Sandy Public Library has launched its always popular summer reading program. The theme for this year's program is Oceans of... Full story

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 29, 2022 

5th annual Community Yard Sale made for a busy Saturday

The 5th Annual Big Sandy Community Yard Sale took place last Saturday, June 25th. Shoppers were greeted by two new options for sales this year. In addition to the standard yard sales throughout town, City Hall hosted a craft sale and Christ Lutheran... Full story

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 29, 2022 

Patching Cracks

The Old Testament history of the Jewish people records a major series of events that changes the religion, how people thought, and in some ways, the course of Western Civilization. This story takes place a few hundred years before the birth of Jesus....

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 22, 2022

BSMS Foundation Helps Center with Renovations

The Big Sandy Medical Services Foundation voted this week to donate $15,000 to the Medical Center’s kitchen renovation project. The money being given is the total amount raised by their fundraiser last year. Harry Bold explains: “The $15,000 we g...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 22, 2022

Patching Cracks

When I was a kid, my favorite books were the Choose Your Own Adventure series. These books usually told some sort of adventure story about time travel, monsters, knights, detectives, or some other exciting tale. Every few pages, when the main...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 8, 2022

Big Sandy observes Memorial Day

Big Sandy's Memorial Day observations took place May 30th. The holiday has been taking place in America for 154 years, after being instated to honor Union Soldiers killed in the Civil War....

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 8, 2022

Big Sandy Elementary year end Extravaganza

F.E. Miley Elementary School wrapped up the school year with their annual open house extravaganza. The well-loved tradition is an opportunity for parents and folks from the community to visit the...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 1, 2022

Mr. Thornton retires after 49 years

After the final day of school this year, the Big Sandy Schools Facebook Page posted a short video of "Mr. T's last walk out the door after 49 years." Kids cheered on and accompanied the well-loved...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 1, 2022

Hunter Snapp receives Welding Apprenticeship

Hunter Snapp, one of the 2022 graduates from Big Sandy High School, received a certificate of recognition from the Montana State Department of Labor and Industry for completing a Welding and Machining...

 

The story of Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman

Editor’s Note: This story was to go with last week’s article about the Montana Children’s Theater story. We did not have the room last week. Last week, the Montana Children’s Theater came to Big Sandy to work with our kids to put on a...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Patching Cracks

I got my first job when I was 16. I worked at a bakery/deli making sandwiches, serving customers, washing dishes, and doing other minimum wage-type restaurant work. Since then (for about 30 years), I have rarely had a stretch of time where I did not...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 25, 2022

MCT brings Johnny Appleseed to Big Sandy

The Montana Children's Theater wrapped up its week of work in Big Sandy with two showings of "Johnny Appleseed" (the musical retelling of the legend of Johnny Appleseed) and marks the first time...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 18, 2022

BSMC celebrates National Hospital week

National Nursing Home Week concluded last Friday with a community parade for the residents of the Senior Center. Celebrations took place all week with games, costumes, special meals, and other...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 11, 2022

Big Sandy School conducted Active Shooter Drills last week

Last Thursday, Big Sandy Schools conducted its annual active shooter drills at the High School and at FE Miley Elementary. I subbed at the elementary school and was a part of the drills that morning....

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 11, 2022

BSHS Ag Classes closing out the year with lots of projects

With the 2021-2022 school year nearing an end, the Big Sandy High School Ag Classes are working on some interesting projects that will soon be available for sale or auction to the community. The...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 4, 2022

Help Keep Our Town Clean-Bag Your Trash

Every Spring brings with it the powerful chinook winds that fill main street with tumbleweeds and knock out the power on occasion. Another consequence of the Spring windstorms is trash blowing from...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 4, 2022

Music Program rounds out Art Week with Dessert Concert & Spring Concert

The school music program played its part in last week's "Art Week" activities. Both the Elementary and High School made noteworthy contributions to the activities. Last week, the High School held a...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Patching Cracks

Around 17 years ago I was hired to work as a chaplain at a metal health facility for kids. I had been a youth pastor for a number of years and was decent at working with kids. That was about all I had going for me, apart from interviewing well. I...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 27, 2022

BSHS Band & Choir Show off their Talents

The Big Sandy High School Music Program put on a recital last Wednesday, April 20th, in preparation for the District Music Festival which took place in Havre on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd....

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 27, 2022

Missoula Children's Theater Returns to Big Sandy

The Missoula Children’s Theater is returning to Big Sandy to put on a performance of “Johnny Appleseed” with our local students. Rehearsals are open to children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. They will take place at the High School...

 

Patching Cracks

I have been preaching through the book of Acts at my church for the past 8 months, taking time off for a Lent and Christmas series. This past Sunday, I reached chapter 17 and began delving into Paul’s visit to Athens, in ancient Greece. While...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 20, 2022

BSA Gets a Special Easter Surprise

The clients at Big Sandy Activities received a special gift this Easter weekend. The clients received 21 baby chicks and a duckling as pets. Heather Pleninger, the Executive Director at BSA,...

 

Patching Cracks

A few times in my life, I’ve read a news story involving someone who was shot by a friend while “testing” their brand new bullet proof vest. I’ve also seen videos of the same stupid stunt. I will say confidently that I would not test out a...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 13, 2022

Big Sandy Easter Celebrations

Holy Week is the most important time in the church calendar year , which culminates in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Our community churches will be offering different options for worship and observance during Holy...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 13, 2022

BSMC Kitchen Staff Step in to help Senior Center

The news of the Senior Center closing for a deep audit this month has prompted many in the community to ask an important question: “What can we do for the seniors who depend on the center for their meals?” The answer has arrived as Big Sandy...

 

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