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6 The Lovell Chronicle l July 9, 2020 continued fromwpa eone‘ moved to Lovell, helping to build Big Horn [GA in 1977, now the Red Apple. He worked as a mason for some 15 years until the economic crash in the late ‘80s. With local work dry- ing up, he had a decision to make: follow the work or become a full—time dad, with “Little Joe” now at home. “I decided to be a full— time dad,” he said. The fam— ily added Kimmy in 1991. “I had a small glass business and did remodel— ing, roofing and concrete work,” he said. “I was fix— ing things and building things. My earlier com- mercial work taught me to do things right. In that line of work you’re inspected all the time. You had to do things right. You couldn’t cut any corners.” In the meantime, he and Pam had moved to By— ron and raised their fami— ly in the small, quiet com— munity - except on Friday nights. The family home is next to the longtime By— ron and Rocky Mountain High School football field, though he joked that he coul see onl half of the field from his hackyard be— cause the stands are in the way of the other half. . Mooney was elected to the town council and served two terms, not- ing that it was that council under mayor Brook Abra- ham that got the famous Byron fireworks started, moving the display to By- ron Day after a Y2K display just after midnight on Jan. 1,2000. ‘ When the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, patriotism welled up in Mooney once again, and at the age of 51 he attempt- ed to re-enlist in the Ma- rines at the Marine Reserve Center in Billings. “They just looked at me,” he said, “but I became good friends with the first sergeant there.” That friendship led to Mooney’s leadership in the Young Marines youth orga- nization. Cody had the Yel- lowstone Young Marines, and then the Buffalo Bill Young Marines group was formed, with many mem— bers from Powell. He soon became involved in the organization. “Fred Zier spoke to the Young Marines one year, gave them a pep talk and a COURTESY PHOTO Joe Mooney of Byron served in the US. Marine Corps in the late 1960s and earl ‘70s includin three years of active duty that invo ved duty stations at both Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. devotional,” he said. “Then he scheduled me the next year and two, months lat- er I was the commanding officer.” That led to his long- time work with the Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program, which for years has provided Christ- mas toys to hundreds of children in the Big Horn Basin. “1 am glad that’s still going,” he said. “I had no idea of the monster I was creating. I learned that people love to give. That’s the greatest blessing I had. ‘One time I met a 16-year—old girl while on a toy run in Greybull who was surprised there were so many needy kids in the area,” hersaid. “I said, ‘You have db‘idea.’ It was her birthday the day before, and she went home and gave us the $60 she had re- ceived at her birthday par— ty the day before. That was such a blessing. “Another time someone gave us a hundred—dollar bill, telling us, ‘You helped me in a time of need.’ Those are the kind of cool things you learn - life lessons.” Mooney is proud to say that several of the Young Marines he worked with have gone on to serve in the Army, Navy, Marines or Army National Guard, and others into police work. Around the same time, Mooney became involved with the Gideons Interna- tional, helping to provide Bibles for local motels and raise money for efforts to spread the Gospel around the world. He also pastored the Burlington Community Church for six years. Pam works part—time at Aldrich Lumber in Powell. Son Joseph, wife Samantha and two kids live next door in Byron, and Kim and fam— ily are moving to the other side of Joe and Pam’s home, adding one son and soon another child to the fami— ly mix. Mooney remains a member of the US. Marine Corps League in Billings and American Legion Post 26 in Powell. But mostly, he plays grandpa to his t ree grandchildren. “I’m Grandpa Daycare,” he said with a laugh. Free webinar for retailers July 14 Attention retail— ers! Do you want your tourism season to last ear—round? Would you ike it to last through COVID—IQ? Learn how to Lovell Library Family History Time, every Monday, 1-4 PM North Big Horn Hospital Hometown Healthy Living, every Tuesday, 7-10 AM, NBHH Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 AM TOPS Wyo 318, every Tuesday, 5 PM, New Horizons Care Center Narcotics Anonymous, Wednesdays, at 1131 Shoshone Ave, in basement, 7 PM, contact 307—254-3953. Friends of the Library, lst Wednesday, Lovell Library, 10 AM Contact Sharie Loegering, 307-548v7002 Lovell Riders, Inc. lst Friday, 7 PM, call 307-548-9918 for location BHC 4-H Leader’s Council, 2nd Monday, rotating locations, 6:30 PM BHC School District No. 2 Board, 2nd Monday, board room, 7 PM BHC Weed and Pest board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 12:30 PM, W&P office, 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, American Legion, Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 PM Lovell Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 PM Robert Boyd Stewart American Legion Post 11 regular meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 7 PM, Lovell Fire Hall Diabetes Support Group, 1st Wednesday, New Horizons Care Center, 4 PM 1:. nflv COMMUNITY CALENDAR CLUB 8: BOARD MEETINGS harness these opportu— nities and increase your sales with Tom Shay in his upcoming webinar, “End— less Summer: How Your Wyoming Tourism Sea- 5 E u. 9 Lovell Woman’s Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 PM Contact Deanna Wagner, 307-548-7793 Stroke Support Group, lst Thursday, NBHH Physical Therapy Department, 1 PM BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Thursday, board room, 7 PM Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner 6:30 PM, lodge meeting 7:30 PM Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce, 3rd Monday, noon, Brandin’ Iron Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 PM, 307-664-2235 Care Givers Support Group, 3rd Tuesday, New Horizons Care Center, 10 AM Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 PM, NHCC multi—purpose room Lovell—Kane Area Museum Board, 3rd Thursday, 7 PM, Lovell-Kane Area Museum North Big Horn County Health Coalition, Quarterly, noon, rotating locations, 307-548—2254 Byron Lions Club, 307-548—7543 Pindroppers Quilt Club, check Mayes Fabric for details. 0 9 . G15 9 H email numea¢nrpmmo®nnmllmnt son Can Be Year-Round Despite COVID-19” on July 14 at 9 am. Register for this free webinar on their website www.wyomingsbdc.org. HAZEN BEGINS AS SD#2 SUPERINTENDENT continued from page one Hazen mana ed a school of just over 00 students, and for the first time, he delegated tasks to an as— sistant principal. With an increased number of stu- dents under his care, there was also a greater vari- ety of experiences. With the school having stu- dents that came from both wealth and poverty, the socio-economic status of his students was more var- ied than in Lovell schools, and just as the students differed along those lines, so did their parents. “You just had more va- riety of issues and view— points,” Hazen said. “It re— ally was just exposure to more.” And then, of course, toward the end of Hazen’s tenure, came COVID-19. A pandemic is never a good thing, but the experience it can give one as an admin- istrator is an entirely dif— ferent matter, Hazen said. “It was, professional— ly, a ver good thing,” Ha- zen sai . ‘When some of the social distancing mea- sures were ‘ust starting to be put in p ace, I had staff move to their rooms and start usin Zoom, where we could elp each oth— er still but plan for bein shut down. Alot of my sta f members were ultimate— ly happy, because they felt prepared.” Admittedly, Hazen ex- lIgected his time in Colum— ia Falls to be quite a fair deal longer. “I didn’t expect this to ha pen within a year’s time,’ Hazen said. “You think maybe you’ll come back around in a number of years, and you’ll have your shot. It happened much faster than any of us anticipated. That’s how life goes sometimes. ” BEGINNING AS SUPERINTENDENT As of Thursday, July 2, l—lazen was pretty sure that 7 his first two days as super— intendent didn’t look like the typical two days. Dis- trict administrators didn’t need to know who Hazen was or what he was about. It’s common knowledge. Instead it was straight to the deep end. That’s the unique ben— efit Hazen brings to this position. He knows the district, and the district knows him, inside and out. “I’ve held a lot of po— sitions within the district. I’ve coached a number of things. I’ve been a teach— er in the district. I’ve been a principal in the district. I’ve been a special educa- tion director in the dis- trict,” Hazen said. “That’s given me at least some in— si ht in how a number of di ferent entities with- in the district run. That might make me better at understanding what our“ employees in our system need in support and what they should be expected Please welcome ALI WAGNER, FNP-C to North Big Horn Hospital Clinic. . Special Interests: - Pediatrics, including teens - Women’s Health - Family Medicine She and her nurse, Kaycie Mangus, are now seeing patients. Call 307-548-5201 to schedule an appointment. North Horn ‘lfospimf District NORTH BIG HORN HOSPITAL CLINIC 1 1 15 Lane 12, Lovell, wv . 307-548-5201 -www.nbhh.com I! to do. It’s important for me to understand what peo— ple need to do the best job they can.” That can be a down- side, as well. The district knows him well, sure, but not as superintendent. The district’s administra— tion team knew Hazen as a first year teacher. Now he’s the boss. “I have to strike a bal— ance between being the CEO of the district and be— ing approachable and a fa- miliar face and colleague and friend, and whatever these relationships were,” Hazen said. “There is a bal— ance there, and my hope is that I understand the pro- fessional side of the job.” Then again, it’s noth— ing entirely new, Hazen said. He’s moved up the ladder within this district before, and he’s done this juggling act before. It’s right, Hazen said, that he begins his career as superintendent in the town where his story as an educator began. “We spent 11 years here previously. Eleven years is basically a third of my life. I’ve spent as much time here as any place I’ve ever been,” Hazen said. “From my family’s point of view, we’re all excited to be back. There’s a comfort and feeling of home. This is where I’ve come up as an educator.” THE CHALLENGES AHEAD What education will look like in the upcoming months may be an unprec— edented problem, but in addressing it, Hazen said his most important task is recognizing the team and resources he is surround— ed b . ‘We’re not in this alone. Everybody is go- ing through this,” Hazen said. “I don’t think my ap- proach is going to be that I have every answer, or that I’m going to do this alone. We’re going to collaborate with many people. We’ll get guidance from coun— ty health, we’ll get guid- ance from the state and we’re going to use all of that, with community and stakeholder input, to make a plan that will be right for our community.” The district may be in difficult times as it navi- ates COVID-19, with the uture of state funding for education remaining er- ilous to predict. But, it s an exciting time for education as well, Hazen said, noting that within difficulty lies opportunity. “This is the catal st for innovation. We’re orced into it. We have no choice but to innovate,” Hazen said. “We’re forced to be different.” It’s likely that the steps taken b educators to- day, suc as those taken by those in Lovell, could C a nge education far into the future. smoll “COVID—19 has shown us to a certain extent that there are things that make us adapt and change all of our rules from what they have historically been, some to the good and some to the bad, but I think it gives us better context to what is work— ing and what hasn’t been working,” Hazen said. “As much as we all wish COVlD-19 would go away, there are going to be some long—lasting effects that are positive for education— al practices.” One of the benefits Hazen said he’s recog- nized is that COVlD-19 has increased awareness for teachers in understand— ing the challenges some of their students face, cre— ating a more holistic un- derstanding of education. From grading students to determining eligibility to attendance, COVID—19 is forcing educators to re-evaluate nearly every buildin block of the edu- cationa system. “Some things it opened up two ways, we were see— ing into student homes at times, and better under— stood what certain fami— ly dynamics and realities were, where we had po- tentially six kids sharing one computer, all of the inequities and issues that created,” Hazen said. “And on the reverse side, it also put staff in an uncomfort— able position where we were a fish out of water. Most teachers and edu- cators are wired in a way where we are in educa— tion because we want to help people, so a lot of us stepped up into that.” The crisis may also have long—lasting impact on the use of technology within the classroom, ac- cording to Hazen “One of those poten- tial ramifications is just our understanding and utilization of technology and when we do re-en- ter the classroom,” Haz’eh’ said, “how we can leverage some of those skills now to make that environment even more effective.” Whatever the fu— ture has in store, Ha— zen is grateful to be do— ing it here, in the town that formed him as an ed— ucator. He recognized the district’s previous super— intendent, Rick Wood— ford, for takin him un— der his wing, ut Hazen said he has also returned from Montana with a bet— ter understanding of him— self and What he uniquely brings to the table. , “Rick was an unbe— lievable mentor to me. I learned a tremendous amount from him,” Hazen said. “But, I’m not a carbon copy of him. I’m my own person. I have my own style of doing things. I’m going to be myself. That’s why the board hired me.” Gd 1 deals