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CLE e December 18, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle I 15 Byron News First annual light parade small but bright BY PAMELA C077ENS HOPKINSON 307-548-2471 pamhopkinson@gmail.com What's a jingle jaunt? It is Byron's first annu- al Christmas 5K and one- mile event. In case you missed the recent Tur- key Trot, this is a chance to get in on some run fun. The Jingle Jaunt registra- tion begins at 8:30 a. m. on Saturday, Dec. 20., at the Byron Recreation Center. The first 30 participants to register will get a T-shirt. For early registration, call Victoria Dickson at 254- 9743. Is there such a thing as snow boots for running? It's just a thought that makes you go hmmmm. Many more folks have jumped on the lighting bandwagon and I think that you can see lights on every street in town. Elaine Abraham's beauti- ful display on the road out- side of town is a must-see. Her boys (men now) do a wonderful job of helping their mom put on a beau- tiful display for all of us to enjoy. The Lions Club will be awarding prizes of $100, $75 and $50 for the best lighting displays. Our first light parade in history was small but bright. The little lit up po- nies stole the show. I am sure there will be more en- tries next year and it will grow to be an anticipat- ed event. Santa arrived via sled/wagon and had the honors of lighting the big Christmas tree. Ex- cept for the gazillion lights that overloaded the circuit it was a brief and beauti- ful moment. More power will solve that problem. A free showing of the movie "A Christmas Carol" fol- lowed pictures with San- ta, cookies and hot choc- olate. Thank you to the Recreation Dept. and to all of the elves and sponsors who helped and donated to the party. We have a new busi- ness on our Main Street. Big Horn Co-op purchased the corner where the old gas pumps used to be. They installed new pumps and we now have a self- serve gas station again. If you become a member of Big Horn Co-op you can save on your per gallon charge. The application is available online and any- one can fill up using a ma- jor credit card. As a mem- ber of the co-op, you not only receive the savings at the pump, but also can receive a yearly dividend based on the gas you pur- chased. Check it out. We welcome the investment in our town. Santa is bringing a new home to the Tippetts family. What a fun and exciting venture for Je- rod and Christa. The prog- ress has been interesting to watch as they have pre- pared a permanent foun- dation for their new mod- ular home that is now in place on North Heart Mountain. They are hop- ing to be nestled in their new space by Christmas. Best of wishes to all, as you prepare for the Christ- mas holiday. CHRISTY VAUGHN MILLER Members of the Rocky Mountain FFA Club hamming it up at the airport, during their recent trip to the National FFA Convention held in Louisville are (back row) Lily Myers, Colton Wardell and TaiLyn Miller and (front row) Bonnie Bates, Sunshyne Tryon and FFA Advisor Christin Shorma. Rocky FFA team travels to nationals BY LILY MYERS, FFA REPORTER While others were at home handing out candy, or dressed up and trick-or-treat- ing, the Rocky Mountain FFA officers were at National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. Thanks to our District No. 1 school board, Miller's Fabrication, and everyone who took part in our fundraisers, we were able to have a fantastic experience. While in Kentucky, we had the opportu- nity to tour the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Churchill Downs Museum of the Kentucky Derby. We also got to listen to some very inspirational speeches from some wonderful people like Nick Vujicic, Jane Herlong and the National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown. There was also a career expo and an agri-science fair at convention. We learned so much about leadership, scholarships, hard work and more. We will be teaching these things to our chap- ter over the course of the year. Before we left, we learned that there were more than 64,000 people attending the convention. We hope to go back to national convention next year and have new, unique experi- ences. Again a massive "thank you" to our supporters. Governor announces app to combat drunk driving The Governors Council on Impaired Driving has announced the launch of the Drive Sober Wyoming smart phone app. This app gives those who have had too much to drink another way to find a ride home. The "Drive Sober Wyo- ming' app helps users phone or text a friend for a ride. The text message sends a map link with the approximate user lo- cation. The app user designates friends to contact with one tap of the icon. Taxi ser- vices are listed by town and can be contact- ed from a drop-down menu. The laws, penalties and cost of a DUI icon quickly lets the app user know the risk of driving drunk including steep monetary costs, the loss of driving privileg- es and jail. The app also allows anyone to report an impaired driver on the road to the Highway Patrol. "I applaud the Wyoming Governor's Council on Impaired Driving. This is a smart way to prevent drunk driving and to improve safety. We want people to make good choices and this makes that easier," Governor Matt Mead said. Drive Sober Wyoming can be down- loaded from your smart phone or by scan- ning the QR code. The QR code can be found on www.drivesoberwy.com and on posters and drink coasters coming soon to all Wyoming locations with a state liquor license. Posters are available to the public and can be requested through the Gover- nor's Council on Impaired Driving website at www.wygcid.org. State Vietnam War reunion set for June The Wyoming Veterans Commission and key partner organizations will host a statewide Wyoming Vietnam Veterans Wel- come Home Reunion June 4-7, in Casper. This event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War and is part of the national effort to recognize the veterans that served during that conflict. "Many Vietnam veterans have never been properly thanked for their service. This is a great opportunity for our state to pull together and welcome home those who served during this controversial war," said Wyoming Sen. James Lee Anderson, one of the event's chairmen. The Welcome Home Reunion will fea- ture a welcome home ceremony, icebreak- er reception, benefits and services fair, parade, motorcycle rally, BBQ, memorial service and many other activities. Digni- taries and distinguished Vietnam War vet- erans from Wyoming will be invited to at- tend and speak at the reunion. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to support the reunion's activities and events. Interested volunteers or sponsors can send in their name and contact information to wyvet@wyo.gov or call the Wyoming Vet- erans Commission at (307) 777-8152, and be added to the reunion mailing list. For more information about the re- union, visit the official website at wvvr. wyo.gov or the Facebook page at www. facebook.com/WVVReunion, or call the Wyoming Veterans Commission. From Our Files Fire breaks out in school, in '39 100 YEARS AGO, DECEMBER 19, 1914 The Cowley Weekly Progress The Progress this week received a $25 consignment of large wood type, and is now prepared to print large posters, sale bills, theater and basket ball posters and in fact anything requiring large black-faced type. 75 YEARS AGO, DECEMBER 2/, 1939 The Lovell Chronicle The long expected fire in the Lovell schools arrived on Tuesday of this week when a Christmas tree in the 7 th B room caught on fire from an unknown cause. Approximately $100 in damage was suf- fered, including the burning of the Christ- mas tree, presents already placed around it, window shades, windows and damage to walls and floor. 50 YEARS AGO, DECEMBER 17, 1964 The Lovell Chronicle Headline: No Injuries in Main Street Mishap. A car driven by Mr. and Mrs. John Owen was damaged to the extent of over $300 Sunday in a collision on Main Street with a car driven by Rue Liggett. There were no serious injuries, but Mrs. Owen received two black eyes. 25 YEARS AGO, DECEMBER 2/, 1989 The Love, Chronicle Having celebrated their 70  wedding anniversary in July, Lena and John Doerr of Lovell have the memory of many fond Christmas seasons to look back on, as well as a lot of other memories besides. John, 93, and Lena, 91, came from Kind, Russia, to the United States in 1913. Cowley News NFL player with Cowley ties injured BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK great-great-grandparents 307-548-6901 are Russell and Margaret Smith. Brett is also a cous- Note: We have a guest in of our current postmas- writer this week, Dean ter Jan Mollenbrink. Miller. When reading the Brett's great-great- Sunday Billings Gazette grandfather, Russell, was two weeks ago, Dean ran a cowboy at heart, often across the headlines in the working and gathering cat- sports section and saw the tle in the fall and taking headline, "Injury likely will them to summer pasture end Wyoming native's NFL in the spring. Their home career." Under that, "Steel- was where Mike Gams now ers" Keisel who starred for lives. Greybull Buffs hurts left Minnie Gams, who is tricep in loss." The article John Gams' mother and was written by Ron Cook, of grandmother to Mike, re- the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. calls jumping into Russell's BY DEAN MILLER pickup and pretending to Brett Keisel injured his drive as Russell towed the left tricep and is out for the pickup behind his road season, and likely his long grader. Minnie remembers NFL career. He played 12 the bucking horse Rus- years for the Pittsburgh sell rode in to town to get Steelers and played college the mail. Russell trained football at BYU. He became his horse to stretch out by a fan favorite and grew a tapping on its leg. This al- beard and was known as lowed Russell to get in the "Da Beard." The article saddle and then the horse stated that Keisel might be would rise to its riding po- a mountain man from Wyo- sition, which made it easier ming, but he found a home to mount the horse. for life in Pittsburgh. Not Russell was very active one player has been more in the Cowley Riding Club, active in community ser- and worked on the develop- vice or charity work in the ment of the rodeo grounds. area. The article added, Many might recall him car- "He's a Pittsburgh Steeler." rying the flag in the Cow- Some of you will recall ley Days parade, along Brett and his brother Chad the side of Earl and Jan played for Greybull Buffs Shidier. Jan was Russell's in the 1995 state basketball sister. Russell also worked tournament against Coach for Big Horn County Road Tim Winland's basketball and Bridge for many years. team, who won the tour- Most of us remember Rus- nament for Rocky Moun- sell and his family and the tain. Some of Rocky's play- memories of his pioneer ers were Austin Marchant, families are dear to our Cory Lange, Kevin Hatch, hearts. Brandon May, Tobee Chris- Dean was told that tiansen, Matt. Miller and Russell and his wife raised Travis Peterson. nine kids in a small three: Keisel played foot- room cabin. It's hard to be- ball for Greybull in 1996 lieve that with all the nice when his uncle Ben Smith new homes being built in coached Rocky Mountain Cowley, and more coming, and his team won the state that a couple could raise championship that year. that many children in such Brett Keisel's a small home. WYDOT surveys state residents The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the Uni- versity of Wyoming has begun making telephone calls to Wyoming residents to complete a customer satisfaction survey for WYDOT The calls are being made on weekday evenings, Sat- urday afternoons and Sunday evenings. The survey in- cludes up to 30 questions and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The goal is to get responses from a sample of approx- imately 900 Wyoming residents, and the calls will con- tinue until that number is reached or until the end of December. WYDOT contracts with UW to conduct the survey ev- ery two years to measure residents' satisfaction with the department's performance, and identify areas where im- provement is needed. WYDOT apologizes for any inconvenience the calls may cause, and thanks residents who choose to partic- ipate for providing the department with their valuable feedback. Senior Chatter Remember to support the food bank BY PHYLLIS BRONKEMA Before you know it, we will be leaving 2014 behind and welcoming 2015. It's a time of the year when every- one begins to take stock of all the things they are grateful for during the past year, not the least of which is all our readers and faithful supporters of the North Big Horn Se- nior Center. The most recent event the Center had the pleasure of being a part of was last Friday's Parade of Homes host- ed by the Lovell Woman's Club. As was mentioned last week, the Center was one of the stops on this year's tour, inviting people to view all recently completed Christmas quilts. Verna Hawkins and her crew of helpers remained at the Center all the way into the evening welcoming peo- ple and explaining what had gone into the making of the quilts. Denise Andersen wishes to thank the ladies for do- nating so much of their personal time to the cause. Incidentally, Caroline Boltz, who had two Christmas quilts displayed, won the door prize of the day, a fun but different type of Christmas quilt, which was pretty fitting. If you are anything like the writer of this column, you may keep forgetting to bring non-perishable items to the Center to share with our local food bank. If so, here is a suggestion: go to your pantry right now, select several items and put them right into your car to be donated the next time you are out and about. I just did that myself. It should work! May all of you have a very merry Christmas and a blessed and profitable new year.