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CHRONICLE May 31, 2018 I The Lovell Chronicle 13 Beemer retires BY PATTI CARPENTER Longtime physical edu- cation teacher Dave Beem- er is retiring after 36 years of service to the students at Big Horn County School District No.1. Beemer Started his teaching career in Kaycee, Wyo after graduating from Chadron State College in 1978. In 1982, he began teach- ing kindergarten at Fran- hie Elementary School and following the consolidation of Frannie, Deaver, Cowley and Byron schools into one district, became the physi- cal education and computer - SENATOR VISIT Dave Beemer teacher at Rocky Mountain Middle School in Dearer. He Dist. No. 1 continued to teach at theretirement years. middle school for 20 years Following a typical sum- moving over to the high mer of motor home travel school where he finished his with his wife, Beemer said teachingcareer this year.he plans to hunt and even do At Rocky Mountain High some guiding in the fall. He life - School Beemer taught said he will most likely coach time sports, health, fresh- if needed and do some sub- man physical education and stitute teaching, as well. weight liftingclasses. Beemer, who is original- Beemer has also served ly from Cody, said he looks as referee for football and forward to more time with basketball. Though a recent knee replacement surgery at the end of last year has kept him from performing those duties, he hopes to be fully recovered enough by next season to take on more ref- eree assignments during his family. He said he'd also like to Continue to explore some relatively close outdoor rec- reation areas, like Glacier National Park, by car and plans to take a trip to the Caribbean with his wife next January. COURTESY PHOTO U.S. Senator John Barrasso stopped by the North Big Horn Hospital Health fair on May 19 and is pictured here visiting with community members and hospital staff (l-r) Leslie Hoffman, Nick Lewis, Traey Jolley, Barrasso, Nick McColley, Brad Hickman and Dominique Maestas. Barrasso was instrumental in the development of health fairs across the state similar to the one held annually in Lovell. Cowley News I BY ANN BRIDGES mussen and family have is a busy time of year with 307-548-9661 moved into their new home. some bright sunshiny days i eabridges39@omail.com Derik, along: with' 'fami- ahead for our enjoym ' a ; ; ly members, has done most The Cowley mayor and of the building and still has REMEMBER WHEN town council are asking some outside finishing to Peggy Godfrey Rasmus- for public input from the do this summer. It is located shares the following was scared of the machine with hanging electric things that buried the curl into the hair. The hrmada Theatre was the scene of most first dates. Darwin Willis always gave Chase Tippetts and Courtney Child Child-Tippetts to wed June 9 The families of Court- ney Sue Child and Chase Daniel Tippetts have an- nounced the forthcom- ing wedding of the couple on Saturday, June 9, when they will be sealed "for time and all eternity" in the Payson, Utah, Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Courtney Sue is the daughter of Paul and Jackie Child of Provo, Utah, and Chase is the son of Josh and Aryn Tippetts of Lovell. A Utah reception will be held following the ser- vice from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 317 South, 250 West in Lindon, Utah, and a Wy- oming reception will be held at the Lovell Stake Center Friday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Late start led to long career for retirin BY PATTI CARPENTER Teacher Sandy Bush is retiring after 25 years of teaching at Lovell Elemen- tary School. In her first fYoear of teaching she taught urth grade. Though it was only a temporary one-year assignment, it led to a long career at the school. After substituting for an addition- al year, an opening became available for a kindergarten teacher and Bush taught kindergarten at LES for the remainder Of her career. Bush has a degree in early childhood education from Eastern Montana Col- lege (now Montana State University in Billings). Stie later earned a master's de- town citizens regarding a behind Amber's beauty sa- Cowley memories, us a free ice cream cone for proposed street improve-lon "Solutions" and is anoth- My-oldest memory is of each "A" we got on our re- ment project. There will be er welcome addition to the my great uncle Joe Meeksport cards. Shidler's dai gree in literacy and reading a meeting in June with the community. ' sitting on a bench in front of was next door to Darwin sfrom Walden University in date and time to be arranged. The passing of Memori- the hitching rail just visiting drug store. I wish I had one 2005. The streets are deteriorat- al Day seems to be the be- as he whittled. I remember of their tiny cream bottles. She considers herself ing and need to be replaced, ginning of summer events. Mother taking me to Char- The only sidewalks in a "late bloomer" since she and there are water drainage Everyone plans projects ley Mann's store and buying town were on Main Street,started college in her late problems in some sections to complete during warm some hard candy as a treat, so that is where we roll-30s, graduating from East- of town. The project would weather, places to go and Usually it was horehounder-skated using our clamp- ern in 1992. include new pavement of people to visit. Yards are be- candy, and I even learned on skates. Most of all I re- "By the time I started streets, curb and gutter and ginning to take on color as to like it. Stan Jameson had member faces of people long teaching I was about 40;' sidewalks throughout the 85 flowers are being planted, a barber shop and his wife gone but never forgotten said Bush. blocks within the city limits. Gardens are planted withRela had a beauty shop. I got who each made a difference Bush credits the late Derik and Amber Ras- fresh vegetables to enjoy. It my first perm there, and I in our town. Brownie Brown for telling her about the one-year as- signment that led to a 25- Allred retires from LES after 28 years of teaching year career in teaching. Brown was a school board reading. I love to see the light that comes on when Geraldine AIIred they get it." ing presented itself to be- with reading. She has been a trustee at the time and told come a Title One teacher, reading recovery teacher for her that the short-term po- She took the Title One posi- 18 years. She said she finds it sition was coming available, tion, where she spent the re- very rewarding to see a stu- leading to her first teaching mainder of her Career at LES. dent's confidence build as he job only two months out of She said she enjoyed the op- or she develops better read- college. portunity Title One teaching ing skills. "I actually loved teach- afforded her to work with Mlred also taught sum-ing fourth grade, especially, small groups of children to mer school for more than the Wyoming history part, improve their skills. 25 years and has served said Bush. "I love one-on-one on several committees at Bush was raised in teachingS' she said. "I espe- the school. She was namedLovell. She had three chil- cially enjoy working with "outstanding educator" atdren at the time she started children who struggle with LES, along with many oth-teaching. er awards and honors during "I was very lucky to find a job right here in my home- town;' she said. Bush estimates she has taught at least 500 children Sandy Bush them, the more they learn;' said Bush. She noted that most children get a head start on learning some of these skills in pre-school before enter- ing kindergarten, and the few that don't require extra attention to catch up. "What's difficult is that some kids come in to kin- dergarten knowing noth- ing, while others already know the alphabet, sounds and can read;' said Bush. "The more they're exposed to, the more they are able to pick up and learn. "We're definitely the foundation at this leveli' said Bush. "If you give them a good foundation for learn- ing. they will love to learn and have a much greater chance of being successful later on:' Bush also taught mi- grant and regular sum- mer school in the sum- mer months for more than 20 years. She said she liked summer school because the classes were smaller. Bush said the staff and students at the school are like an extended family to her and she will miss them. "We're so close to ev- eryone here,' said Bush. "I in her many years of teach- guess that comes with being ing. She said she's seen a lot part of a close-knit commu- of changes over the years, nity. I m really going to miss from teaching two half-day that closeness." sessions in the first 10 years Bush said she enjoys of teaching kindergarten to following the accomplish- a shift to full days. ments of her many students "In those half days we only had enough time to teach letters and sounds over the years. "It's such a joy to go to athletic events and con- certs and to see students I have had over the years grow upS' said Bush. "Being in a small community I get to watch my students grow up. I get to see what occu- pations they end up in and their many accomplish- ments. What's really fun is when they get married and I get their kids in kindergar- ten and then I get the sib- lings alsoY Bush said she plans to spend more time in the local mountains during her re- tirement fishing and spend- ing time with family, friends and her grandchildren. BY PATTI CARPENTER Retiring teacher Geral- dine Mired has spent most of her life in Lovell schools -- as a student in her youth, then as a substitute teacher and all 28 years of her teach- ing career. Allred, who re- tired at the end of the school year, said she's always loved teaching and children, so choosing to be an educator was a logical career choice for her. After attending Ricks In 2001, Allred became College for two years, she earned her bachelor s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young Univer- sity in 1977. She later earned a master's degree in read- ing instruction from Walden University and an endorse- ment in administration. Allred substitute taught at all grade levels for 13 years - NEW PROVIDER until her youngest child a reading recovery spe- graduated from school. She cialist, following training landed a job at Lovell Ele- at Montana State Universi- mentary School, where shety. She said she became in- began her career teachingterested in this specialized third grade. She later taught training after encountering second grade at LES for a few students in her reg- three years, until an open- ular classes that struggled her career. Mired said she will miss the "unique little personali- ties" of her students and will also miss working with the staff at the school. In her retirement, she plans to do some quilting and to spend more time in the family's fabric store and, of course, to read. Kelly Kolar, MMS, PA- C, a new provider at the North Big Horn Hospital Clinic (left), and her nurse Kaycie Tippetts chat with Jeff Pearson, during an open house partyheld at the clinic in May introducing Kolar to the community. PATTI CARPENTER PHOTO and counting:' she said. "We only had enough time to teach the real basic stuff. Once we got into full days, the days became much more structured. Our whole day was filled up and we were able to teach much more." Bush said her students are like "sponges ' able to "soak up" nearly everything presented to them. She said kindergarten students fin- ish their first year of school able to read at a level four and to write a dictated sentence. "The more you give