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www.LovellChronicle.com December 24, 2009 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Speech team shows promise for 2010 BY BRAD DEVEREAUX The 2009-10 speech season began Dec. 12 at the "Thershoni" Invite, hosted by Thermopolis at Thermopolis High School. The Rocky Mountain/ Lovell Speech team start- ed the season on a positive note, taking first place in their class at the opening tournament. Peter Moncur took first in novice drama and fourth in novice poetry, Randy Carter sixth novice humor, Chaelynn Averett fourth in humor and Eliz- abeth and Emily Borkholz fifth in duet. Coach Deb Fink said the team returns a lot of talent from last year, and she is looking forward to the rest of the season get- ting under way. But the team has some waiting to do, with their next contest Jan. 8-9 at Northwest Col- lege in Powell. i Six students are re- turning to the speech roster this year, Emily and Elizabeth Birkhoklz, Candace Orton and se- niors Stepfanie Thomp- son, Chaelynn Averett and Jack Farwell. New speech team members in- clude Traci Averett, Ran- dy Carter and Peter Mon- cur, Fink said. Thompson is the team captain. The team has been practicing since Novem- ber, and everyone on the team is working on their own original material in the areas of student con- gress, humor, oratory, po- etry, drama, duet and de- bate. Every student on the team is involved in at least two different catego- BRAD DEVEREAUX The 2009-10 speech team members are (back row, l-r) coach Deb Fink, Emily Birkholz, Chaelynn Averett, Candace Orton, Traci Averett (next row, l-r) Stepfanie Thompson, Jack Farwell, Elizabeth Birkholz, assistant coach Patti Hutchinson (front row, l-r) Peter Moncur and Randy Carter. ries, Fink said. The team competes in Class 3A, because students from Rocky Mountain and Lovell are eligible to join the team. Patti Hutchin- son joins coach Fink as an assistant coach this year. Coaches say the team is looking good already, and that students are get- ting better at taking and giving constructive criti- cism to their teammates. Getting feedback about their spoken pieces and about the way they pres- ent themselves is crucial in a sport where appear- ance and hand move- ments are crucial to a stu- dent's score. Fink said the team is looking for volunteers from the community to lis- ten to the speech team's material and give feed- back to help students im- prove their delivery. If in- terested, contact Fink at Lovell elementary School. The team lost Kris Hutchinson and Stepha- nie Cuch to graduation at the end of last seasdn. They will be missed, Fink said, but a strong core of experienced players is back this year, along with some fresh talent that will make a good team for the 2009-10 season. Fink in- vites the public to come watch the team at any of their meets, or at the open house scheduled for March. Jan. 8-9 - NWC in Powell Jan. 22-23- Worland Feb. 5-6 - Casper Natrona Feb. 20 - Greybull Feb. 26-27- Buffalo March 11-13- State in Riverton Visitation up at Bighorn Canyon NRA BY KATIE GRAY Visitation to the Big- horn Canyon National Recreation Area was up by nearly 30,000 visitors through November, com- pared to last year, with numbers from December still to be calculated. Visitation numbers from January through No- vember of 2009 stand at 208,309, well above last year's total visitation (Jan.- Dec,) of 178,533. Park Ranger Christy Fleming said the increased totals may be due to con- tinuing higher water levels in the lake. "When the lake is up, we usually get more visitors to the park and visitor cen- ter," Fleming said. She added that new util- ities at the Horseshoe Bend Campground also may have played a role in the visita- tion increase. Visitation totals in re- cent years: 2003:228,701 2004:149,011 2005:195,519 2006:177,414 2007:2!3,063 2008:178,533 2009:208,309 Correction Wrong name printed A photo caption in last week's Chronicle incor- rectly stated that Connie Marchant and her daughter Julie Crumrine were light- ing a candle at the Compas- sionate Friends candlelight ceremony Dec. 13 in memo- ry of Travis Marchant. The two were lighting a candle in memory of Justin March- ant. The Chronicle regrets the error. BRAD DWRr.AVX K. Kringle hands a candy cane to Helen Regnier during a visit to the North Big Horn Senior Center Wednesday, Dec. 16, for the center's Christmas/ birthday party. St. Nick traveled around the room spreading Christmas cheer while the Lovell band played Christmas tunes for the crowd and a few raffles were held. Swing choir to perform on Billings TV Friday BY DAVID PECK Want to hear a little Christmas music with a local touch? The Lovell High School Swing Choir has been selected to ap- pear on the Sounds of the Season broadcasts in the coming days on Billings TV stations KSVI-ABC6 and KHMT-Fox4. The swing choir was asked to participate in a recording session that in- cluded several Montana schools, director Linnea Dickson said. The choir went to Billings on Dec. 8 to record the music and had five songs ready to per- form, four of which had been performed at the Dec. 3 concert at LHS. Dickson said the choir expected only three of the songs to be used in the broadcast, but the produc- er liked the choir so much that the choir was asked to sing all five numbers. "They said we were by far the best group they'd heard," Dickson said, add- ing that they couldn't guar- antee that all five numbers would be used in the pro- gram. Dickson said only groups of up to 18 members could record due to the size of the studio, but that was perfect for the swing choir, which has 18 members. The swing choir sang Silent Night, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Allelu- ia, Carol of the Bells and Down, Down The Chim- ney. Sounds of the Season is scheduled to air on Christ- mas Eve at 10 p.m. on KSVI, on Christmas Day at noon on KHMT, on Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. on KHMT and on Dec. 27 at noon on KSVI. Dickson said the choir was invited to record last year, as well, but was un- able to do so. SOUNDS OF THE SEASON KSVI-ABC6: Christmas Eve. at10 p.m. and Dec. 27 at noon KHMT-Fox4: Christmas Day at noon and Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. Cowley sews Hoarfrost crystallizes Cowley last week DRUE TEBBS.MEEK 548-6901 The definition for hoar- frost is: frozen water va- por deposited in clear still weather on vegetation and other objects. Last week in the mornings when it was so cold, the hoarfrost on the trees was gorgeous. It looked like white Christmas lights and it shimmered and clung to the limbs and there was a mist in the air. When the temperatures rose, the hoarfrost floated to the ground like falling cold stars. It was so beauti- ful. Some of the outdoor decorations are spectacu- lar this Christmas season. Midway between Cowley and Deaver, the Moore fam- ily has outdone themselves this year. One of my favorite fea- tures is the helicopter hov- ering midair with its vari- ous colored lights flashing. Mr. Moore places it in dif- ferent places each year and has added some snow- men and a lovely manger. His whole yard and home shines bright as travelers pass through the night. When one drives from Lovell to Cowley the first lights are those of the Mar- ge and late Bob Stevens' home. Their son Rollin told me that he went to the base- ment this season and found various intriguing decora- tions and didn't spend one dime on any of the lights, but he also said he spent plenty on extension cords. Their roof has a Santa beginning his climb to the chimney and every window is covered with lights. The sides of the roof line have icicle drop white lights, and the bushes and trees are covered with bright green, red, gold and blue. Espe- cially beautiful are the 70, or 80-year-old lilac bushes that have been trimmed down and covered with net lights. What an entrance to Cowley. Early in December Lila Steed flew into Boston and drove to Lakeville, Mass., to help celebrate the 50-year reunion of the first gradu- ating class of Apponequet High School, which opened its doors to students in 1960. One of the highlights of the celebration was the pro- duction, or revival, of the play "Arsenic and Old Lace." Lila, as a senior, played Aunt Abby in the 1960 ren- dition, and two other origi- nal cast members were able to attend to watch the new version, put on by the 2010 senior class. The new cast took their bows after the third act and the three original charac- ters joined the 2009 cast onstage, coming from the cellar to take their bows with the cast. A reception was held after the play and Lila said that it was total- ly a blast. She mentioned that the 1960 characters all came in costume and Lori Sibbett sewed Aunt Abby's clothes for her. Lila sure knows how to have a good time. Christmas Day is near and families gather. We are fortunate to live in America and be free to celebrate how we choose. The year 2009 is coming to a close. Let us remain connected to one another with our close ties and our blessings. Let us be more charitable, pray for those who are lonely and try to ease their loneliness, and endeavor to try to comfort those who are in mourning at this time. Let us pray for our soldiers and our country as we live in these harrow- ing times, and embrace our families and find peace and jqy. Merry Christmas. Town hall holds holiday hours GARY GRUELL 548-2220 This past Saturday, the Byron Bar hosted a benefit for Randy Keyes. The auc- tion was well attended and lasted for several hours. When I asked approximate- ly how much money was raised on the event, I was declined that information. I can say that participants were very generous, and since I must speculate, the money raised was substan- tial. Randy made a brief ap- pearance and seemed to be overwhelmed with the support of his co-workers, friends and the community on his behalf. In observance of Christ- mas and New Year's, the Town Hall will close Wednesday, Dec. 23, and reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Mon- day, Dec. 28. Town Hall will be closed again on Wednes- day, Dec. 30, at 3:30 p.m., and will reopen Monday morning on Jan. 4, 2010. By now, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shop- ping should be done unless you are like me and still need to take care of your soul mate, companion or sig- nificant other. Then there is the inevitable assembly on Christmas Eve that still awaits us all. That's when those treats for Santa come in handy. All the hard work in preparing for Christmas Day seems not to matter when you see the smiling faces of the little ones and the joyous look of each oth- er. For those traveling this holiday season, may your journey be happy and safe. For those entertaining guests, may you enjoy their company and the Christmas cheer be shared by all. Although this week's column is short with little news presented, I person- ally would like to extend a Merry Christmas to all. Have a great and safe week. Seior center chater Thanks for Christmas tunes and cheer The staff at the Senior Center would like to say thank you to everyone who either attended or enter- tained at the recent Birthday/Christmas party, held last Wednesday, Dec. 16. The Lovell High School Band gave up their lunch hour to entertain at the event, playing several numbers and leading the packed house in a number of Christmas carols. A huge thanks to band director Dane Mickelson and all his band members. A big thanks also to Santa Claus for putting his toy making on hold in order to pass out candy canes to at- tendees. Gifts were given to all seniors who had a Decem- ber birthday. Two special door prizes of a Christmas wall hanging and a lovely cake also went to two lucky people. The center staff wish- es all of you a most joyous Christmas. The center will be closed both on Christ- mas Eve Day and Christ- mas Day itself. Newcomers Club met for cards the next day for their final time before Christmas. Arlene Ross again took high score in bridge, while Car- oline Boltz snapped up the highest score in pinochle.