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CLE e January 29, 20151 The. Lovell Chronicle 15 COURTESY PHOTO Janet Greenhalgh, a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, invited former music teacher George Preis of Lovell to be her special guest at a rehearsal with the choir held on Dec. 18 in Salt Lake City. Music student and teacher reunite BY PATFI CARPENTER Janet Greenhalgh said she was thrilled to see her former music instructor, George Preis, once again when he traveled to Utah to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during a practice session held on Dec. 18. Greenhalgh, a member of the choir, invited Preis to be her special guest at the rehearsal. Preis was her music instructor from fifth grade through high school. The two had not seen each other for more than 30 years. "He is the one who in- spired me to love music, and it was payback time for me," said Greenhal- gh. "It was such /a treat to meet him in Salt Lake and to enjoy a wonderful evening. We enjoyed a lot of catching up, good food and the Christmas glow of Temple Square. "Seeing him in the loft, which still had the mag- ic of the decorated stage from our Christmas Con- cert with the Sesame Street Muppets, while sing- ing Christmas music with the choir, was a memo- rable experience. The di- rector that evening, Ryan Murphy, commented on his great bass voice when he introduced him. He was so appreciative and thrilled to be there." Greenhalgh grew up in Lovell, graduating from Lovell High School in 1977. She is the daugh- ter of Royal and Ruth Bi- schoff. She now lives in Utah. Amanda Walker Walker joins staff at LHS BY PATTI CARPENTER Amanda Walker has joined the staff at Lovell High School as an English teacher. Walker is a graduate of the University of Wyoming. She is originally from Cowley, graduating from Rocky Mountain High School in 2005. This is her third teaching po- sition since graduating from col- lege. She taught for one year at Wind River High School and for one year at Hanna-Elk Mountain High School. "I love to read and write, and English was always my favorite subject in school," she said. "I had great teachers at Rocky who taught me to love the subject and who showed me what a great job teaching could be." Walker said she is thrilled to' be back "home" and living near her family and friends again. She is the daughter of Willie and Jodie Bridges. Walker is married with two children, Alex, 4, and Gabe, 1. Her husband, Brian, is also a teacher. "I love this community and the kids here are just amazing," she said. "There's a lot of commu- nity interest. Parents take educa- tion ' very seriously here and they want to help out." Byron news Old man winter sends another chill BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 307-548-2471 pamhopkinson@gmail.com We are proud of our young people who work to develop a talent to share, whether it is in sports, music, art, FFA or other endeavors. Afton George and Jamie Kite returned last Thurs- day from two musically packed days in Sheridan where they practiced several hours on Monday and Tues- day before performing at a concert on Tuesday evening. The two had been chosen follow- ing tryouts, which took place in No- vember. They were sent music to work on for weeks before two days of intense choir practices, which includ- ed the familiar music as well as new songs. The 180-voice choir was cho- sen from music students across the state. Also performing was the fifth grade group from Lovell Elementary School, which included Chance Abra- ham and Kane Ferguson from Byron. Congratulations. On Friday there seemed to be a change in the weather and the crisp- ness in the air seemed to be return- ing. I thought I could hear Old Man Winter laughing as he sent the chill. "Ha! You thought you were going to get by with a mild winter," he said. A mild winter in Wyoming is when it gets up to a sunny 30 degrees and you can run out to the car with- out the final outer layer and feel OK about it. I still hold out hope that this icy snow will melt and I'm a little jeal- ous of the warm Chinook wind that Cody gets. I hope we can be done with winter weather soon. That hope is not based on any weather forecasts or almanac reading; it is just me looking at gar- dening catalogues and thinking of the great gardens that Bert and Nora, Alan Bair, Joyce Zarate and others are going to plant this spring. I had a taste of my ineptness in the world of "the cloud" during the past few days. My son-in-law, Adam, suggested I update my iPhone, so I agreed. He suggested I discontinue email on my phone since I was taking up space with something like 16,000 of them. Who has time to go through and put that in order? So going for- ward I went to look up something in my notes on my phone and it was empty, no notes. The blood drained from my head as I thought of all of the important little prompts I had so carefully kept that were gone out into emptiness. Then, to add to that, my contacts disappeared. Now I was real- ly feeling faint. My "life" had disappeared before with a number and no name. It was like there was a bad elf in my phone and it was picking on me. I called Adam and he came over and, after a flourish of this and that, it was all bet- ter. It was like waking up from a bad dream. Everything was back to nor- mal. Then there was the relief and gratitude I felt and how I felt like I must now be the slave to the guru for life because he saved my information, but I got over that and made him some homemade soup instead. The problem had something to do with the pass- word, username, email, cloud, down- load...those are the words but really who knows. It's magic. I have a problem knowing that my important details are in a cloud. If everyone has their stuff in a cloud, what about when those clouds start moving around bumping into each other and all of our stuff gets mixed together and there is a rainstorm of data? I think I might be a dinosaur in this new world. I like hard copies and a paper I can get my hands on with- out calling in the digital troops. The worst is that it then happened again that very day with my laptop. I had indeed suffered the agony and the ec- stasy of the tech world. It's all better now and I really do love the technol- ogy that I can actually use and sort of understand. It's like the weather Senior Chatter New class offered at Senior Center BY PHYLLIS BRONKEMA The North Big Horn Senior Center will be hosting a new quilting class taught by Verna Hawkins. The class begins on Monday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. in the quilting room at the Center. The group will be making a sampler-pieced block quilt. It will be a 12-week class, with one block being taught each week. Each participant will finish a quilt, and also make one patriotic block for a future quilt ofval- or, which will be put together at the Center. Materials re- quired for the class will be listed in the February newslet- ter. Also beginning in February will be free blood pres- sure checks offered by the Big Horn County public health nurse. The free checks will take place each Thursday of February, during the noon meal. The February birthday party will be on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and will include roast pork, the fixins and a wide variety of cupcakes made by volunteers. The Center has decided to offer one craft class a month, led by various volunteers. The angel tree orna- ment class was held on Jan. 26. The February class is still in the works and more information will be announced as it becomes"available. When the Newcomer's Club met for cards last week, the high score in bridge was won by Sheila Hansen, and in pinochle, Sharie Loegering won the top score. DeFuentes joins Navy BY PATI'I CARPENTER At 21, Saughn DeFuen- tes has joined the U.S. Navy, following in the foot- steps of .his father, Tim, a 20-year U.S. Navy veter- sic training in Illinois, he will complete six addition- al weeks of training in Pen- sacola, Fla. A 2013 Lovell High School graduate, DeFuen- an. ship out on Feb. 3 for ba- sic training in Great Lakes, Ill., said he is excited about all the possibilities the U.S. Navy has to offer. Fol- lowing eight weeks of ba- Saughn DeFuentes DeFuentes, who will tes has already earned his diesel mechanics certificate from Casper College, but said he will most likely be- gin his Naval career fueling jets on an aircraft carrier as part of the "grapes" crew. "Grapes" is a nickname for purple shirts the crew wears when fueling jets. "My dad was in the Navy for 20 years and I thought it would be a good way to get out there and ex- plore the world," said De- Fuentes. "My dad said he got to do a lot of things he couldn't do otherwise and I want to take advantage of that opportunity, too." DeFuentes said he es- pecially looks forward to traveling and hopes to be stationed in Europe at some point in his career. DUP news Members welcome 2015 BY DONNA M. SMffH 307-254-3303 White was the color of the day when members and guests of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers met on Jan. 12 and were greeted by Vice President Dorothy Winterholler. Thoughts about the value of work were shared by Shirley Busteed. Savanna Nash talked about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. An artifact, a 50-year- old ceramic pair of ice skates belonging to Savanna Nash, was shown. A pioneer history given by Sheraldean Jones began with her great-great grandfather, John Jones. Many mis- sionaries are numbered in his posterity. The family en- dured many hardships before going to Utah in 1861. They settled in Coalville, Utah, for two years before moving to Utah's Dixie. It was from there that Sheraldean's grand- father answered the call to come to the Big Horn Basin. "Stories from the'Museum" was the subject of guest speaker Sandy Messick. Thousands of histories are housed in the DUP Museum in Salt Lake City and a few of these were shared. Rebecca Winters died of cholera while crossing the plains on the way to Utah and was buried in Nebraska. Her grave was discovered in 1899 when the railroad was being built and her remains had to be moved. Her new tomb was made a national historic site in Nebraska by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Another remarkable history was told about Ruth May Fox. She was born in 1853 in England. Her mother died in 1855. She was brought to America in 1865. She mar- ried, taking over the care of 12 children when she was 20. She learned to type, was active in politics and wrote the song "Carry On." She became active in the LDS Church's MIA program and acted as General President until age 84. She remained active until her death in April of 1958 at the age of 104. A touch of Mexican refreshments were served by the hostess committee of Chris Petrich and May Emmett. Along with tortilla filled rolls and chips was a sauce using meat from a moose killed by Chris herself. Announcement was made of the next meeting to be held Feb. 9 in the Lovell Annex at 1 p.m. my eyes. Phone numbers were there in Wyoming; you never quite know attached to no names. Texts came in what's next.