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6 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 18, 203_4 BY DAVID PECK The venerable Hyart Theatre, and those who have lovingly cared for her over the years, were hon- ored Friday night by the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office during a banquet and awards cer- emony in Powell. According to Hy- art Theatre Board Presi- dent Mike Steenbakkers, the Hyart Redevelopment Corp. was honored by SHPO with a Preserve Wy- oming Award at the Com- mons in Powell, one of five entities honored with the award Friday. Two of the awards went to the com- munities of Newcastle and Cheyenne, and three went to individual projects like the Hyart. Steenbakkers said the award was given for the entire body of work done by volunteers over the years to preserve and upgrade the theater since the initial volunteer push to re-open the theater in 2004. "C ongratul ations ! ... The work you have all done to preserve the Hyart The- atre is truly exceptional, and we want to recognize your efforts at our Preserve Wyoming Banquet on Sep- tember 12," Wyoming State Historic Preservation Offi- cer Mary Hopkins wrote to the Hyart Redevelopment Corp. on Sept. 2. The awards were pre- sented Friday by Bobbi COURTESY PHOTO Posing with the State Historic Preservation Office Preserve Wyoming Award Friday night in Powell are (l-r) Jerry Capellen, Oliver Mitchell, Loretta Bischoff, Jack Brinkerhoff and Mike Steenbakkers. Unable to attend were board members Todd Wilder and Ronda Schroeder. Barasso, wife of U.S. Sen. John Barrasso. The sena- tor also attended the ban- quet Friday. "It was a pleasure to be with you as you received this well-deserved hon- or," Sen. Barrasso wrote to Steenbakkers Friday. "To be recognized for your substantial contributions to historic preservation in Wyoming is an impressive achievement. Your tire- less efforts to maintain, restore and protect our state's culture and histo- ry is truly commendable. As we look toward Wyo- ming's future, we contin- ually lean on you to pre- serve our past." The Hyart Theatre was built in 1950 by Hy and Virga Bischoff featuring the latest technology avail- able at the time. Featuring nearly 1,000 seats, it was a movie palace; considered to be the finest theater in a 500-mile radius. The theater was the entertainment hub for North Big Horn County for decades, and Loretta Bis- choff took over operations from her parents and ran the theater for many years, opening it up to school and community productions as well as movies. After a slowdown in the motion picture indus- try caused the theater to go dark for a few years, a community effort in 2004 to renovate the theater was a smashing success as the all-volunteer Hyart Re- development Committee purchased new sound and projection equipment and launched a restoration and refurbishment project that continues to this day. The theater was lat- er placed on the National Register of Historic Places. When a move to all-dig- ital projection by the movie industry again threatened the future of the Hyart, the community rallied once again to come to the aid of the theater. The "Go Digi- tal or Go Dark" campaign in the spring of 2013 raised more than $125,000 in just a few weeks to convert the theater to a state-of-the- art 4K NEC projector - the only 4K projector in a wide radius, a 10,000 watt 7.1 surround sound audio system and a bright, new 40-by-20-foot screen. Attending the banquet Friday were Hyart Theatre Board members Steenbak- kers, Jerry Capellen, Jack Brinkerhoff and Oliver Mitchell, as well as Loret- ta Bischoff. "I was really pleased for Loretta," Steenbakkers said. "They recapped the history of the Hyart and the Bischoff family in the theater business includ- ing the Armada (prior to the Hyart), as well as the efforts at restoration over the years." ONGOING WORK Work continues at the theater. Under way this week is the replace- ment of the worn, chipped tile in front of the theater with new sidewalk featur- ing multi-colored pebbles. Steenbakkers said the original tile was breaking up and was impossible to replace. The next hurdle is a new roof. The current roof has been patched many times over the years and is now "at the end of the line," Steenbakkers said, adding, "It has been patched so many times it needs to be replaced." Estimates range from around $40,000 for an overhaul to $110,000 to $115,000 for a complete new roof. The lush theater car- pet in the building is also worn, Steenbakkers said, and is in need of replace- ment. He said it is far too expensive to match the car- pet perfectly, so the theater board is looking into spe- cialty theater carpet that would be burgundy like the original carpet. Third on the project list is giving the marquee a facelift with new lights, paint and lettering. Completed in recent years was a restroom up- grade for about $10,000 and a new popcorn ma- chine for $12,000. Fall Cent$ible Nutrition classes are starting soon for eligible participants. "If you are tired of your grocery bills go- ing up, and would like to eat healthier for less money, then the Cent$ible Nutrition Program is for you," Director Kristy Mi- chaels said. "This is a fun hands on program that you don't want to miss. Join our free class- es and receive a free cookbook, comput- erized diet analysis, kitchen gadgets and much more. "Join us for healthy foods, fun, cook- ing, great nutrition information, and infor- mation on how to budget and menu plan. In addition, participants in the fall classes will learn how to make their own unique, inexpensive holiday gifts." Classes will be held on Wednesdays from Sept. 24 through Oct. 29 at the Lovell Annex from 9-11 a.m. For more informa- tion or to register, contact Michaels at 307- 765-2868 or kmichae2@uwyo.edu. Senior Center Chatter Alzheimer's Walk will be great fun Saturday PHYLLIS BRONKEMA The North Big Horn Senior .Center is finally down to the wire. The Alzheimer's Walk for the Cure, jointly sponsored by the Center and North Big Horn HospitaL is fi- nally about to take place. It will be held this coming Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8-10 a.m. Everyone is hop- ing for clement weather, but sunny, rainy or snowy, the hosts and participants are prepared to have a good time. Bret Savage will be back as MC for the event. Besides his usual humorous com- ments and jokes, he will also announce nu- merous door prizes and fun laps. Each par- tic;punt's registration/donation of $15 will enable them to drop into the dining room any time during the walk to enjoy a con- tinental breakfast of cinnamon rolls, fruit, coffee and juice. Anyone can still buy quilt raffle tickets, join the 50/50 raffle or buy the $5 Walk for the Cure flowers. Many of you in the community already walk for good health. Why not come to the Senior Center track and walk there? Ev- eryone is invited, and we look for a great turnout. Thanks for your support. Extreme Weight Loss filming Saturday People interested in participating in the nationally televised "reveal" of Jennifer Snell of Lovell via ABC's Extreme Weight Loss series are reminded that filming will be done this Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. in the 200 block of East Main in front of the Hyart Theatre. The block will be cordoned off from 7:30 a.m. to noon during the filming, and traffic will be diverted. All people entering the "reveal" filming area will be photographed and must sign a release waiver in order to be shown on TV. Taking photographs will be forbidden. Saturday?, Sept. 10am-6pm ne :t to ow own in Cowle Home Decor, Clothing, Hats, Purses, Silversmith Jewelry, Belts, Children's Slippers and more. Apply now for Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest, deadline Dec. 5 Information, including fact cards and posters, has been sent to school counselors at Greybull, Basin, Burlington and Lovell high schools for the Elks National Founda- tion's 2015 Most valuable Student Scholar- ship Contest. Awarded will be two $50,000, two $4,000 scholarships. In addition to the na- tional awards, 10 $1,000 Wyoming Elk State Stipends will be awarded. Interested seniors can go on line to re- ceive applications at www,ELKS.ORG/ENF/ SCHOLARS/MVS.CFM. Applications must be mailed to Greybull Elks Lodge, 622 Grey- $40,000, two $30,000 14 $20,000 and 480 bull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426 before Dec. 5. OPEN MON,-SAT. 10-6 CLOSED SUNDAY alzheimer'$ assoct ton" , Every someone new is diagnosed with ALZHEIMER'S Join us for the Lovell Walk To End Alzheimer's 20 from 8-10 am North Big Horn Senior Center 757 Great Western Ave., Lovell Join us September 20 for our Walk To End Alzheimer's! Walk to End Alzheimer's Tickets: $1 ea. or 6/$5 Drawing will be held at the Walk Sept. 20 at the Senior Center. Need not be present to win. Good Luck! !