Articles from the April 26, 2023 edition


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  • Big Sandy High School Choir and Band excels

    Zoe Merrill|Apr 26, 2023

    The District Music Festival was held in Shelby Friday and Saturday. There were 12 schools participating in the district competition. Big Sandy has 37 members in the band and 37 in the choir. On Friday, both the Pioneer band and the Pioneer Choir performed. The whole band performed Friday morning at 10:30. They played Quantum Variations, Red River Valley, Drive, and a song with just a brief review for sight reading. The full choir sang Windy Night, Hitch Your Dream to the Morning Star, and...

  • School Board News MAP and ACT scores keep going up

    Zoe Merrill|Apr 26, 2023

    The School board met on April 18th for its regular meeting. Heather Wolery, Big Sandy Principal, reported using a graphs to show the current ACT data and some MAP’s data. The graphs showed Big Sandy has improved in all areas over the last year. The Booster Club reported the final designs for the mat in the gym were sent in. They are purple with Pioneers in yellow outlined in white. It was also reported that officers would be elected at the next meeting. Dan Schrock, Big Sandy’s School Superintendent, reported the wagon area design would be fin...

  • 4th & 5th Grade students go to Ag Day

    Erik Sietsema|Apr 26, 2023

    The 10th annual Chouteau County Ag Day took place last Thursday in Fort Benton. 4th and 5th grade students from all over the county were taken on a field trip to the Chouteau County fair grounds to participate in Agricultural themed eduction activities. Connor Echols, a 4th grader at F.E. Miley Elementary School, described the activities for the day: “There’s like different rotations” where you go to different learning stations. The stations covered things like “sheep and wool or how to bake bread.” Connor explained that his favorite education...

  • Loma couple offer Sweet Treats

    Erik Sietsema|Apr 26, 2023

    While visiting the annual flea market sale at the Loma Hall a few weeks ago, my wife and I stopped in to check out the food offerings at the concession stand and the vendors that surrounded that part of the hall. In addition to some old favorites, like the amazing gourmet rice crispy treats sold by Cassie Bahnmiller of Big Sandy, we discovered a new treat. Specifically, we discovered Sweet Treats. Sweet Treats is a local small business based out of Loma. It is run by Lynelle Showalter and her...

  • Green Acre

    Tyler Lane|Apr 26, 2023

    Are Your Pine Needles Brown, Red or Purple? It Could be Winterburn. Information from this article comes from Dr. Peter Kolb (MSU Extension Forester). During dry and cold winters, evergreen trees growing in windbreaks or other exposed areas are afflicted with a bad case of needle discoloration that ranges from brown to purple followed by needle drop. Often this is most prevalent on the south side or windward side of the tree, and in some cases only last year’s new needles are impacted and in other cases most of the older needles are d...

  • CASCADE QUARTET COMES TO BIG SANDY

    Apr 26, 2023

    The renowned Cascade String Quartet, cream of the Great Falls Symphony, will give a special concert at the Big Sandy Cultural Center, 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. Students are especially encouraged to attend. Free admission. The internationally-popular quartet will give our student musicians an up-close experience. Their educational and concert programs have delighted many Montana small communities, and Big Sandy is fortunate to have them visit our Cultural Center (next to the Bakery). Please note that SEATING IS VERY LIMITED so advance...

  • Montana Auctioneers Association Auctioneers take "The Day on the Hill" to Extremes

    Apr 26, 2023

    Monday April 17th eight members of the Montana auctioneers association met at the state capitol in Helena Montana. The idea was to go to the legislature with no agenda in mind only to mix and mingle with legislators reminding them of the importance of auctions and auctioneers in our state. At 1 PM the full Montana senate was called into session. The auction items were four flags that had been flown over the Capital two of which were Montana flags and two US flags. The group of auctioneers took their positions at the front of the senate and MAA...

  • Thoughts with Zoe

    Zoe Merrill|Apr 26, 2023

    "The roads are terrible!" I've heard that over and over. I may have said it over and over. Even so, it's a picture of our society these days. There is a way to fix the roads. There is a way to fix our society. A couple of weeks ago, I found this statement. "People will value you based on their point of view, their level of information, and their belief in you." I have known for some time we live in a world where man determines the value system. It's been brought home to me lately that people...

  • May 2 Vet Chat will share new PACT Act benefits & more

    Apr 26, 2023

    An informational meeting for veterans with free food, drinks and raffles is set for Tuesday, May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at B Social Bar & Lanes in Fort Benton, hosted by American Legion Henry Griesbach Jr. Post 26. There will be no pressure to join any organizations or groups, organizer Diane Jones said. Rather, the event is intended to help get the word out to local veterans about new benefits available through the recently-passed PACT Act and other topics of interest. They welcome and encourage all local veterans to attend. Signed into law by the...

  • EXILE ON MAINSTREET

    Craig Edwards|Apr 26, 2023

    Big Sandy's Main Street Puddle is no more. At least this is what I am told. Officially named the Joe Trepina Memorial Main Street Puddle, "Puddle" was paved over in October 2022. When I learned of this mainstreet paving project, I immediately called a meeting of our clandestine puddle organization "Citizens Recognizing And Promoting Puddle," otherwise known as C.R.A.P.P. We considered several strategies to save Puddle from the pavers. But our pleas to city leaders went unheard. Our attempts to...

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