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CHRONICLE December 27, 2012 (The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Byron news BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 548-2471 pamhopkinson@gmail.com What more could one ask for than a gather- ing of friends with Santa and rides on miniature po- nies? Our Christmas par- ty Thursday evening be- gan with a siren through town as Santa arrived via fire truck. Some may ask why a fire truck? Some say it sprouted from childhood memories of bundling up to watch Santa arrive by this mode of transportation on Main Street in Lovell. That was back in the day (as my kids would say). It is now a tradition in our little town, this being the first year of many more Santa arrivals. Many fam- ilies gathered in front of the lit tree in the center of town to welcome Santa. Af- ter a Main Street ride with sirens blaring, he stepped off the fire truck and made a beeline for the front door of the former school fol- lowed by all of the children running, clapping and hop- ing to be first in line. San- ta gave every child a home- made popcorn ball, and each child had pictures taken as they visited with the patient and jolly old elf. Miniature ponies were at the other end of the caf- eteria saddled up ready for their journey carrying ex- cited children on a joy ride. The miniature donkey was a favorite. Carl Jones also gave mule powered wagon rides. Those brave enough to be in the cold 'b'u:ndled un- der fur blankets enjoyed an old-fashioned ride around town to look at the beauti- ful Christmas light displays. Back inside there was a gin- gerbread man cookie dec- orating booth manned by Simmone and Sienna Rausch. The children art- fully decorated cookies, the- oretically to take home for Santa, but most were eaten on the spot. Another favorite area was the Grinch station. Summer Lofgran and her daughter Sadie operated this area, and the children loved the idea of being blind- folded, flapping their arms, spinning around and taking three steps to pin a heart on DAVID PECK Lauryn Marchant, age 5, and Charlotte Bair, 4, ride a miniature horse and donkey in the former Byron school cafeteria during the Byron Community Christmas Party last Thursday night, Dec. 20. People thronged the school building to meet Santa Claus, take in a hay ride, ride ponies and enjoy lots of goodies. the Grinch. Before the party was over, that Grinch was overflowing with love. The Gingerbread hous- es that were entered in the contest were on display and each entry was awarded a cash prize, thanks to the Byron Recreation Dept. A group entry included leaders Summer Lofgran and An- gela Butler along with Jea Nayha Gruell, Cole Lofgran, Sadie Lofgran, Marianece Nuttal, Kaylyn Nuttal and Grace Wassmer and single entries decorated by Lexi Sanders and her daughters Atley, Colette and Patty and Simmone Rausch and her daughter Sienna were all in the competition. The over all winner was Angela But- ler. Thank you judges Pat Damon, Jeanie Petrich and Dotty White. Hot Chocolate flowed freely and a table laden with a wonderful variety of cook- ies and breads as well as na- chos and a popcorn machine popping fresh munchies de- lighted the crowd. It was a night to remember. It really does take a vil- lage to throw a great com- munity party. Many thanks go out to those mentioned above, as well as the fire department. Thanks for remembering and seeing the vision Trendsetters, The Lightening Station, Charles and Amy Hessen- thaler, Jack and Sydney Hessenthaler, Hopkinson Studio and Postern Capi- tal, who provided fund- ing for decorations and re- freshments. Thank you Chuck and Cheryl Brightly, who were in charge of San- ta pictures and the many who. helped with set up and take down, including Bran- don and David Hessenthal- er, Mitchell Lofgran, Bert Sullivan, Glen Hopkinson, Adam Huish, Curt Abra- ham, Jeff Noall and Riley Abraham and the popcorn ball crew, Rosie Betan- court, Nora Sullivan, Dotty White and myself (slaving over the stove making the caramel and enjoying every minute). Thank you to Mayor Marie McCollam for con- tributions to the food table and volunteering to be the pony pooper-scooper (good sport) and to the Carl Jones personal crew who actually did do the scooping. We ap- preciate Dave Peck from the Chronicle arriving to docu- ment the event in pictures. And last, but definite- ly not least, a most gra- cious and sincere thank you to the Honorable Mr. San- ta, who has a special invi- tation to attend our event next year. Perhaps Mrs. Santa and a few favorite elves could come along in 2013. May your dreams be merry and bright. Merry Christmas. Nationally renowned cowboy storyteller Waddie Mitchell comes to Powell Jan. 24 Cowboy storyteller Waddie Mitchell is coming to town in January, and tickets are available now. The nationally acclaimed cowboy sto- ryteller and poet will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Nelson Perform- ing Arts Center Auditorium. His appearance is the entertain- ment portion of the Jan. 24 and 25 Spring Roundup 2013, a risk management and business-focused conference for agricul- ture producers. Mitchell performed at the 2002 Olym- pics and Super Bowl game. He's appeared on every television network and been fea- tured in a National Geographic video. He's recorded with Warner Brothers and the Western Jubilee Recording Company. In 1985, he founded the National Cow- boy Poetry Festival in Elko, Nev. Not long after that, he appeared on Johnny Car- son's Tonight Show. Last year, Mitchell received the Na- tional Storytelling Network's Circle of Ex- cellence Award, and this year he was pre- sented the Nevada Arts Council's Heritage Award. Tickets to Mitchell's Jan. 24 perfor- mance in Powell are $20 apiece. Those who purchase a Spring Roundup regis- tration and two Waddie Mitchell tick- ets by Dec. 31 pay only $75 for the whole package. Tickets can be reserved online at http:// www.northwestcollege.edu/roundup or by calling Stacy Gilman at 307-754-6062. They're also available in Cody at the Irma and the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, and in Powell at Dan's Boot and Saddle and at the Northwest College Waddie Mitchell Bookstore. Tickets will be sold at the door, how- ever, advance reservations are recom- mended because of limited seating. Mitchell isn't the only one with name recognition at the Spring Roundup 2013. The two-day conference boasts a lineup of names familiar to those in the agriculture industry. More information is available at http:// www.northwestcollege.edu/roundup. Judges needed for Jan. 4 and 5 forensics tournament More than 300 stu- dents from nearly 15 schools will be debating, persuading and enter- taining their audiences at the 42nd Annual Trap- per Rendezvous Forensics Tournament for Wyoming high schools Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5, at Northwest College. Because the tourna- ment is so large, 50 judges are needed every round to score all the events, which include humorous, poetry, dramatic and duet inter- pretation, extemporane- ous speaking, oratory and three forms of debate. To help people feel more comfortable with judging, the NWC Fo- rensics Department will hold 45-minute judging workshops on Wednes- day, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. in Room 118 of the Oren- dorff Building. To find out more about judging forensics, contact Becker at 307-754-6118 or Robert.Becker@north- westcollege.edu. Cowley news The story continues about the Olsons visit to Cowley BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEI( ' 548-6901 A few weeks ago I began writing about Carl and Amanda Olson, who came to town in 1929 because Carl was traveling to the oil fields to find work during the De- pression and their truck broke down and Carl had to stay in Cowley for three days. Last week I left off with the arrival of Amanda Olson and the children, who traveled from Montana to join Carl Olson and to begin a new life in Cowley. The day after their arrival they took their few belong- ings and the Smith family loaned them a few dishes and they moved into Orson Frost's "labor dobby house," which had two rooms, a cook stove, table, chairs, two bunk beds, one bed, one small oil lamp and two blankets. They had to sleep with their coats on as covering. Amanda had to v ash the boys' clothes Saturday eve- ning after they went to bed, and the boys stayed in bed until the clothes dried. These conditions lasted about one month, then her older children started school Nov. 11 and that left her alone with the twins. Her daughter Dagney was a freshman in high school and met new friends very fast. Mrs. Olson said she walked the floor and wished she had never come to such a place. Mrs. Rebecca Taggart Frost came to the house and brought the family some canned vegetables and apples, and she told Mrs. Olson that she would talk to her broth- er-in-law about the family moving into his five-room farm house that was only one mile from Cowley. Carl Olson had walked to Lovell many times to look for a house for them to rent and was unable to find a home or another job. One day a man called to Carl as he was walking back home and introduced himself as Bishop Marchant of the LDS Church and the bishop told Carl that because of the Depression there was little chance for steady jobs. Bishop Marchant offered the church's aid and Carl asked if the church could help get his storage out as they couldn't pay and were in danger of losing their furniture and other be- longings. Bishop Marchant told Carl to meet him in town the next day and he would have the money and a truck to help him move it to this Hinckley place one mile from Cowley. That was on Dec. 12. The twins were two-years old and it was their birthday. Mrs. Olson was so happy to have her sewing machine, her organ, clothes, bedding and all their belongings. They had a five-room house that had a stove, table and chairs and they were indeed a grateful family again. Next week the wrap:up of the Olsons' time in Cowley and Lovell will be addre 'se :" Zeller graduates from BYU-Idaho Kent R. Zeller, of Lovell, graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho on Dec. 14, 2012 with a Bache- lor's degree in communications and a minor in industrial organizational psychology. His emphasis in communica- tions was conflict management. He is the son of Gene and Virginia Zeller of Lovell. Winland graduates from Chadron State College Patrick Winland of Cowley graduated from Chadron State College during commencement exercises held on Friday, Dec. 14. Winland was awarded a master of education degree. CSC conferred degrees to 181 graduates during two com- mencement ceremonies. The commencement speakers were Dr. George Griffith, CSC professor of English and humanities, and Dr. Ron Hull, senior adviser to Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and professor emeritus of broadcast- ing for the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Please submit wedding and engagement announcements to us via emaih Ic_news@tctwest.net; fax:307-548-2218; or send to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell, Wyoming 82431