Articles from the November 24, 2021 edition

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  • Celebrating Thanksgiving in Big Sandy

    Zoe Merrill|Nov 24, 2021

    Thanksgiving is mostly a time to eat with extended family members. People travel home to celebrate together. Traditionally every family has its meal. Gramma makes something; others make a salad, two or three pies are served. Usually, there are two types of cranberries, the real kind and the jelly kind. Mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and homemade rolls are on the menu. We always make too much, so there can be lots of leftovers. In Big Sandy, there have already been two Thanksgiving meals...

  • Thanksgivings in Big Sandy over the years

    Erik Sietsema|Nov 24, 2021

    The American Farm Bureau Federation released its analysis of Thanksgiving meal costs for this year with the total cost of the meal rising around 15%. In particular, the cost of turkey has increased by 24%. Various news sources are running headlines about the increased pressure to the average family's pocketbook. Serious sounding headlines dealing with supply chain bottlenecks, inflation, and even whether or not folks should eat together given Covid concerns. Stack that on top of worries folks...

  • Frank Lenning shaping the math minds at Big Sandy High School

    Erik Sietsema|Nov 24, 2021

    Frank Lenning is a passionate math teacher and is dedicated to teaching kids to the best of his ability. Anyone looking for proof of this claim needn't look any farther than the teacher's parking area in the school lot, where you will see Frank's van parked at nearly any hour of the day or night. Frank's long hours are a product of his class prep work and availability for tutoring math help. My conversations with our new math teacher quickly turned to teaching and often returned to the subject,...

  • Green Acres

    Tyler Lane|Nov 24, 2021

    Christmas Tree Care There are many “tips” to caring for a Christmas tree that propose to make it last longer or stay greener. In truth, all a tree really needs to maintain freshness is adequate water. Longevity is easily achieved by using the proper tree stand and keeping the water level in the stand above the base of the tree. The following tips will help to maintain the freshness and aroma of a live Christmas tree this holiday season. Use a tree stand that holds enough water for the size of the tree. The rule of thumb is one quart of water pe...

  • Arlene F. Fisher Ophus

    Nov 24, 2021

    Arlene F. Fisher Ophus, 82, passed away at Northern Montana Hospital on Nov. 17, 2021, after seeing all her children earlier that day. She was born to Frank and Ethel Fisher in Fort Benton. Arlene attended school at Lone Tree School and Big Sandy High School and married Lester R. Ophus on October 10, 1955. Together they had seven children. Arlene took great pride in her yard and her garden but most of all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her finest memories were adventures... Full story

  • Getting By

    Janell Barber|Nov 24, 2021

    With the beginning of the holiday season comes gatherings centered around delicious and anticipated food. Let the focus be enjoying social interactions and tasty morsels of food and not about getting sick from foodborne illnesses. Below is a list of reminders to keep food safe during the hecticness of the holiday season. • Start with clean hands – wash with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling any food. Not only does this reduce the spread of bacteria, but it is also key to not spreading harmful viruses since vir...

  • Patching Cracks

    Erik Sietsema|Nov 24, 2021

    This morning I found out that our adult Sunday school teacher wasn’t going to make it in for his class. Our regular backup was out of town, so I was the fallback teacher. I wouldn’t be truthful if I said I was excited. I enjoy taking the time before church to review the sermon material and get my mind focused on the service. Still, I got up, went to church, and taught the class without any preparation. I am not a fan of not studying in depth in advance of teaching anything, but I was blessed by the folks in the room and found a ton of thi...

  • Senior Center News

    Nov 24, 2021

    Thursday, November 25- CLOSED Monday, November 29- Goulash, veggies, garlic Toast, and fruit. Tuesday, November, 30- Apple Bacon Pork Roast, Fried potatoes, veggies, and dessert. Wednesday, December 1- Bourbon Chicken over rice, veggies, fruit with cottage cheese. Recipe of the week: Green Bean Casserole Ingredients • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans green beans, drained • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup • 1 (6 ounce) can French fried onions • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Pla...

  • Thoughts with Zoe

    Zoe Merrill|Nov 24, 2021

    This time of year, when the bright colors of fall have fallen off or blown away, driving to work is rather dull, with faded goldfields, brown dirt, dry grass, and dead stems. Usually, I'm a little behind on a Monday. Monday is the Mountaineers' most hectic morning, and I have always told myself to get there earlier. Still, I delayed either because I was enjoying my morning sleep or enjoying a slow cup of coffee while reading my bible. It is also always possible I have left a responsibility from...

  • Big Sandy School Board Meeting

    Zoe Merrill|Nov 24, 2021

    The student Council would like to bring Amberley Snyder, a motivational speaker, to Big Sandy High School. Snyder was in an accident, driving without a seat belt and over-corrected after looking down at a map. She was driving to compete in a horse-riding competition, which she still does today, even though she has been paralyzed from the waist down since 2010. Booster club reported on their activities, already reported on by this newspaper; however, they also said that during the Halloween Carnival at the F. E. Miley school, the sixth graders...

  • First Grade shares Thanksgiving thoughts

    Nov 24, 2021

    Georgia: "I'm thankful for god, my family and my sister." Belle: "I'm thankful for my land my friends and my family." Charlie: "I am for candy, friends, and my sister." Kiley: "I am thankful for family, my house and my brothers." Aliyah: "I am thankful my grammas, my family and my sister." Charlotte: "I am thankful for my mom, dad and friends." Kiki: "I am thankful for my family, God and Jesus." Payton: "I am thankful for my family, God and my house" Hudson: "I am thankful for my dad, my mom,...