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  • Bear Paw Meanderings

    Robert Lucke|Jan 3, 2018

    I have given this recipe for scalloped potatoes to many people. Most of them have raved about it. I cooked it for Christmas Day and proclaimed it to be the best scalloped potatoes I have ever eaten. Part of it is the fact that it has plenty of ham in it. It also has plenty of whipping cream in it, lots of onions, lots of cheese and just plain old dry mustard. But the single most important ingredient of all is the brown sugar and while the recipe calls for a cup and a half, I think that two cups is not too much. Anyway here is what you will...

  • A Book Review: Farm Stories, a fading dream

    Robert Lucke|Dec 6, 2017

    I have just finished one of the most delightful Big Sandy books I have ever read. I liked it because it takes place in the 1940’s and it is plotted between Havre and Big Sandy. As the story opens Loretta Johnson is born in 1947. Her family dreamed of farming, As a matter of fact the book is entitled, “Farm Stories, a Fading dream”. If you love a ration of pictures to go with the stories, this is the book for you as each page is overloaded with pics. I have to laugh when I see those pictures as I could have been in some of them. Brambles, The U...

  • Senior Center News

    Robert Lucke|Dec 6, 2017

    Contact the Senior Citizen Cooks at 378-2405. If you need a meal on wheels, contact the Senior Citizen’s center before 10:30am. Meal menus are as follows: Wednesday, November 29 pineapple pepper chicken with veggies, salad and dessert. Thursday, November 30 cabbage rolls, salad, dessert or cheeseburger pie for the Lunch of the Week! Friday, December 31 tomato soup, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and salsa along with a dessert. Monday, December 1 Shepherd’s Pie with salad and dessert for yet another Lunch of the Week! Tuesday December 2 Birth...

  • Bear Paw Meanderings

    Robert Lucke|Dec 6, 2017

    I got a card the other day from a farm lady who thinks a lot of my writing and especially loves to hear about the times my family and I stayed out at Clear Creek around Christmas time. I love to think about those old cherished and true stories as well. There were not four wheel drive vehicles in those days so it was a rare weekend that we could even get in. Always we had a bunch of decorations to make a Christmas tree and there was always enough wood to stay warm and always a lot of food to eat. Often we missed church services but we figured...

  • Big Sandy Christmas Stroll Saturday, Dec. 2

    Robert Lucke|Nov 29, 2017

    December 2nd promises to be the best Stroll Day ever in Big Sandy no matter what the weather. There is so much going on that it will take more time than you have to see it all but what you do see should make you all agog and atwitter and certainly all into the Christmas spirit! The Stroll all starts with Santa at the Mint. Have breakfast with your kids and get their pictures taken with Jolly Old Saint Nick and elves he has specially chosen himself to help him pass out goodies to kids of all...

  • Big Sandy Food Bank at Christmas

    Robert Lucke|Nov 29, 2017

    In this land of plenty called the Golden Triangle there is nothing worse than going to bed with an empty belly and yet that happens. However, it does not happen as much as it used to with the advent of the Big Sandy Food Bank which used to be run out of the Methodist Church basement and now is run at the Big Sandy Church of God. According to Pastor Eric Sietsema, there are about fifteen families that have real needs for food and that translates into around 70 people in our community that would not make it through the month without help from...

  • Big Sandy Student Art Show at The Mountaineer

    Robert Lucke|Nov 29, 2017

    Don’t miss the Second Annual School Art Show at “The Mountaineer” office December 2, Stroll Day. Big Sandy art teacher Jessie Jaramillo has put together a show of her students work that they have been doing since the first of the year. The work is from K through 12 and is about every subject known in the Big Sandy area. And there is plenty of it. You will see everything from pastels to pencil drawings and many different mediums and subject matter that is just simply all over the place. You will be amazed at how full “The Mountaineer” office wi...

  • Strong Winds are a thing of the Plains in Montana

    Robert Lucke|Nov 29, 2017

    Last week on Thanksgiving day it was in the sixties in many parts of Montana. Strange to say the least because for some time now it has been cold with even snow on the ground when Thanksgiving rolls around. It is the wind, those wonderful Chinook winds that cause the temperatures to go up. Just before Thanksgiving early one morning I was awake and heard the winds start up and noticed that the house was getting very warm. I saw that around 5am the temperature outside was almost 50 and the winds had died down. I was sad because I had hoped to...

  • Pioneer News

    Robert Lucke|Nov 29, 2017

    Wednesday, November 29 FFA District at Judith Gap. Wednesday, November 29 junior high at Gildford, Montana. Friday, December 1 wrestling at Cascade. Breakfast and Lunch menus for the end of November. The December lunch menus were not available at Press Time. Wednesday, November 29 breakfast is peanut butter and jelly, fresh fruit, assorted cereals along the milk and juice Lunch includes a sandwich bar along with assorted soups, salad bar and milk and buns Thursday, November 30 for breakfast is a breakfast burrito, fresh fruit, assorted...

  • Bear Paw Meanderings

    Robert Lucke|Nov 29, 2017

    I think I write this column every year around Christmas time but it means a lot to me so here I go again. I love the Christmas lights that are up all over this time of year. Just look at Big Sandy. Thanks to the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce and many joyous volunteers, the town just pops at Christmas and is lovely and gives even more meaning to the birth of the Christ Child and all that has meant for so many generations. I think I can remember the first Christmas lights to be strung in Havre. I think they were on the big brick Clack...

  • Senior Center News

    Robert Lucke|Nov 29, 2017

    Contact the Senior Citizen Cooks at 378-2405. If you need a meal on wheels, contact the Senior Citizen’s center before 10:30am. Meal menus are as follows: Wednesday, November 29 pineapple pepper chicken with veggies, salad and dessert. Thursday, November 30 cabbage rolls, salad, dessert or cheeseburger pie for the Lunch of the Week! Friday, December 1 tomato soup, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and salsa along with a dessert. Monday, December 4 Shepherd’s Pie with salad and dessert for yet another Lunch of the Week! Tuesday December 5 Bir...

  • A trilogy of Thanksgiving traditions

    Robert Lucke|Nov 22, 2017

    Midge Edwards said that her family lived for a long time in west central Minnesota. She was a Geyer and her father passed away when she was very young so her mother, who knew that there were relatives in the Big Sandy area, decided to move to Montana. A tornado tore through their home place in Minnesota so they moved to the Big Sandy area in 1946. Midge was in high school and had her mother, a brother and three sisters living with her. Before they knew it they were living with a bachelor uncle...

  • "Visions of Christmas Past" Big Sandy Christmas Stroll News Auction and Honoring Elaine Courtnage

    Robert Lucke|Nov 22, 2017

    This year the Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce decided that instead of auctioning off craft items, they would honor Elaine Courtnage by auctioning off some things that meant a great deal to her. The family of Elaine has started a scholarship fund at the Big Sandy High School in Elaine's honor. The scholarship is to help those going into the arts and nursing. Marlys Edmonds, speaking for the Chamber of Commerce, said that all funds from the donated items will go toward that scholarship fund. Items...

  • Hi-Line Funeral Services of Montana

    Robert Lucke|Nov 22, 2017

    Hi-Line Funeral Services of Montana is located in Havre but specializes in services for the entire Hi-Line and towns southeast of Havre as well. The company is known for it's friendly and helpful workers who have lived in this area for many years. More than that the organization is well known for its compassionate care for the family who has just lost a loved one. More about that but brief history of the owner of Hi-Line Funeral Services of Montana, Greg Kirkwood. Greg came to Montana in 1965...

  • Bear Paw Meanderings

    Robert Lucke|Nov 22, 2017

    I have interviewed many people about their Thanksgiving dinners through the years. I have yet to tell anyone of my Thanksgiving disaster. I think that if they did have one, they buried it, because it was so horrible. In my family there were two fairly terrible episodes. One occurred when I was a child and the other occurred at my house in Somers when I was an adult. The Thanksgiving incident at Somers as it is called in my family to this day happened when I had bought a large Thanksgiving turkey and it seemed like things were going well until...

  • Senior Center News

    Robert Lucke|Nov 22, 2017

    By Robert Lucke Contact the Senior Citizen Cooks at 378-2405 and remember when ordering meals to go, order them before 10:30am on the day you need the meals. Happy Thanksgiving from all at the Senior Citizen Center! Lunch menus for the coming week are as follows: Wednesday, November 22 - Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixings. Please note the cost of that dinner is ten dollars and, of course, it is the Lunch of the Week! Thursday, November 23 - Closed, Happy Thanksgiving Friday, November 24 - Closed, Happy Thanksgiving Monday, November 27 -...

  • Pioneer News

    Robert Lucke|Nov 22, 2017

    Due to an early deadline for publishing this issue of “The Mountaineer”, we were not able to get any school news. We will catch up with that next week. Here are breakfast and lunch menus for the coming week. Wednesday, November 22 - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, November 23 - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving holiday Friday, November 24 - NO SCHOOL Monday, November 27 - Breakfast is oatmeal, blueberries, fresh fruit, assorted cereals along with milk and juice. Lunch is shrimp poppers, peas, mixed fruit, salad bar along with buns and milk. Tue...

  • The Mint receives large Collection of Trophies

    Robert Lucke|Nov 15, 2017

    Bear Paw Mountains rancher Micky Kane had an idea one day. Kane was a very good hunter and loved the trophies he could bring home from his various hunts. But his house was filled with trophies and there were seemingly more to come because that is the way of a trophy hunter, there are never enough and there is that one full mount of a record breaking moose or a Kodiak bear ready to attack, again another record breaker. What to do with all his mounts was his question? Then it came to him. Add...

  • "Visions of Christmas Past" Big Sandy Christmas Stroll News Other activities going on in town

    Robert Lucke|Nov 15, 2017

    Several vendors will be out and about participating in the December 2 stroll in Big Sandy. It might be a sun shiny day with temperatures in the 50’s and it might be cold and snowy but whatever the weather, there will be plenty of people strolling and plenty more tempting those strollers with their wares. Take the Senior Citizen Center in the middle of downtown Big Sandy. They will be having their famous cinnamon roll and bake sale starting at 9am that day and lasting until all the baked goods are gone. Here is a tip from the Senior Citizens Coo...

  • Guest Interview: Gwen Kane

    Gwen Kane and Robert Lucke|Nov 15, 2017

    Go to the elementary school in Big Sandy or Big Sandy High School when Gwen Kane is there and you will find that already pleasant teachers, administrators more pleasant and smiling more simply because Gwen Kane is substitute teaching that day. If there was a born teacher, it is Gwen. Makes us oldsters want to be young again just so we can take some classes from her. We, at "The Mountaineer" had wanted to interview Gwen for quite a while now and when we asked for the story, Gwen told us that she...

  • Whither the Weather Go-est, so Go-est ?

    Robert Lucke|Nov 15, 2017

    Oh, no, “The Mountaineer” is going to try and predict the weather once again. Recently on the street one wag was talking to another and the one said, “Why don’t they just give up. They are worse than the National Weather Service!” I imagined that the two were talking of a recent weather story that was written at “The Mountaineer” and was none too accurate. I had to laugh because although our story was none too accurate, we got it from the National Weather Service so we could not possibly be worse than they are. We don’t knock the National Weath...

  • Bear Paw Meanderings

    Robert Lucke|Nov 15, 2017

    Some friends of mine are going to spend Thanksgiving at their cabin northeast of Missoula and feast on prime rib instead of turkey and dressing. I thought about that for awhile and decided it was a good idea. There should be a turkey in the mix for Thanksgiving or Christmas but serving good beef is great too as Montana owes a lot to the cattle that graze it’s coulees and great meadows that make Montana what it is. I have thought about what I am going to do for Thanksgiving this year. I am having trouble getting around so a minimal feast s...

  • Senior Center News

    Robert Lucke|Nov 15, 2017

    Contact the Senior Citizen Cooks at 378-2405 and remember that for orders to go call them in before 10:30am the morning you need them. Menus for the coming week are as follows: Wednesday, November 15 breakfast casserole with bacon and fruit for the Lunch of the Week! Thursday, November 16 meatballs over mashed potatoes veggies, salad, bread and dessert. Friday, November 17 smorgasbord Monday, November 20 chicken strips, fries, salad and dessert Tuesday, November 21 taco salad and dessert Since it is getting toward Thanksgiving, here is a dish...

  • Pioneer News

    Robert Lucke|Nov 15, 2017

    Thursday, November 16 high school basketball and wrestling practice begin, Thursday, November 16 girls basketball travels to Missoula to watch some college basketball. Friday, November 17 junior high basketball hosts Turner Saturday, November 18 junior high basketball hosts Fort Benton. Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21 Science Olympiad in Bozeman Monday, November 20 at 8am University of Montana representative visits Big Sandy. Monday, November 20 Vo-Ed meeting at 6pm. Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26 NO SCHOOL...

  • Louvar will serve with the Coast Guard

    Robert Lucke|Nov 8, 2017

    November 11 is Veteran's Day all over the United States and we live the dream of veterans who have given their all for their country. It is a day on the Big Dry of Montana to hear about long ago heroics and sell Buddy Poppies, attend memorial services and go to potlucks to honor servicemen and women. Meanwhile somewhere out in the Pacific Ocean between Costa Rico, Hawaii and Alaska, Matthew Louvar is living the dream for he joined the Coast Guard after graduating from high school and is...

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