Daily Archives: May 3, 2012

‘The Wall – A Pilgrimage’ on stage this week

Seven aspiring Greybull High School actors and actresses will present “The Wall – A Pilgrimage” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Greybull High School auditorium.

The cast includes Cesar Garay as “Billy,” Sammi Stewart, “Mrs. Pearson,” Matt Dillon, “Mr. Pearson,” Alex Preis, “Janie,” Emma Nelson as “Aunt Clarissa,” Ezra Hanson as “J.D.” and Lynae McBride as “Lisa.”

“The Wall” is the Vietnam Memorial.

The “Pilgrimage” is the journey the Pearson family takes to the Wall 20 years after their son “Billy” was killed in the Vietnam War. Each shares what has happened to him/her in the ensuing 20 years.

“Billy,” the fallen soldier, never actually appears. Garay acts as the host soldier, in full uniform, at the Memorial. “The family sees him, talks to him – he is like a surrogate Billy,” explains director Ted Menke.

Mother (Stewart) is the drive behind the pilgrimage, saying the family “needs to go back and close the doors we have had in our hearts all this time.”

“Billy’s father (Dillon) fights it, doesn’t want to go, stands apart from the group, and after all the rest have spoken, comes out and says his goodbyes.”

According to Menke, “I thought this (subject) was very important at this point in time, when the country (is trying) to withdraw from wars, get over things.

“I think Vietnam veterans, as well as those from the Korean War and World War II, will understand; they will have had some of the same experiences.”

In fact, Menke said the play is relevant to “anyone who has lost someone who kind of needs to sit down and talk about it.”

Admission is $2 or donations of canned goods to benefit the Community Outreach food bank.

Public meeting May 11 for ski area grant

by karla pomeroy

Antelope Butte Foundation presented a draft agreement to the county for the county taking ownership of the Antelope Butte Ski Area facilities, which will then be leased to the foundation for operations.

Chairman Jerry Ewen said the agreement has been sent to the county attorney’s office for review. “She’ll bring back some recommendations and we’ll review those and take action at another meeting,” Ewen said.

Board member Barbara Burbridge said the foundation also has a public meeting set for May 11 for the State Loan and Investment Board grant. The hearing notice is published in the legal notices of this newspaper. She said the commissioners need to approve the date because the grant has to be funneled through the county.

The commissioners set the meeting at 7 p.m., May 11 in the commissioners meeting room. There will be a short presentation by the Foundation prior to taking comments and questions from the public.

The foundation will be seeking $1.5 million. Funds will be used for the renovations of the facilities.

Intersection’s steel supports coming down

by nathan oster

The traffic flow and appearance of the intersection of Greybull Avenue and Sixth Street will be in for a big change possibly as early as today (Thursday, May 3) with the dismantling of the steel supports for the signage and traffic light.

Officials from the Wyoming Department of Transportation and S&S Builders, which is the primary contractor for the downtown streets projects, reported during Thursday’s meeting with business owners that it should take one to two days to complete the task.

Motorists should expected 15-20 minute delays while a crane is being used to take down the supports.

A new support system for the signage and traffic light will be installed at the end of the project. Until then, the intersection will function as a four-way stop.

Discussion at Thursday morning’s meeting at the chamber office focused on beautification, the bump-out in front of the Bank of Greybull and the next phases of the construction.

Betty Koller and Brenda Peterson, who serve on the town’s tree board, asked about the fate of the only tree on the north side of Greybull Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets.  It is located directly in front of The Box — and will be coming down as part of the project.

Koller asked if any arrangements had been made to either replace it or add some other elements to beautify that side of the street.  “That’s a concern, I think, of the whole community, and the tree board.  There should be some beautification added in — whether it’s planters or some other thing.  It will look pretty stark down there if nothing is added to replace that tree.”

Paul Koenig of WYDOT and Kurt Countryman of S&S Builders said the contract does not call for trees, planters or any landscaping elements, and they suggested that it would be up to the town to add those things later, if it so chooses.

Koenig said it wasn’t that WYDOT refused to put plantings into the plan.

“No one asked,” he said.

Sue Anderson, executive director of the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce, said the four-sided, memory brick planters will help somewhat, noting that the plan is for them to be placed on the bump-outs.

Koenig said contractors got off to a good start, but did encounter a problem in front of the Bank of Greybull, where the existing slope of the sidewalk required some modifications to the original plan in order to make the new sidewalk ADA compliant.

The focus of the project will shift next week to the sidewalk on the north side of Greybull Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets.  Countryman said S&S crews will do what they must do, then get out of the way to allow the town to complete infrastructure, such as moving a fire hydrant and modifying water lines.

While that is taking place, S&S crews will be focusing on the west side of Sixth Street, directly south of the Bank of Greybull.  Work on the other two corners (in front of Probst Western Store and the Historic Hotel Greybull) will follow.

Koenig and Countryman said their hope is that the most impactful work on Greybull Avenue and Sixth Street in the downtown area will be done prior to the Days of ’49 celebration, which is scheduled for June 7-9.

To address concerns about the limited parking in the downtown area, Cody Beers, a public involvement specialist for WYDOT, said the highway department is just waiting on a notice to proceed for the paving of the parking lot where the old gas station used to sit at the corner of Sixth Street and First Avenue North. That lot is empty, staked and ready to be paved.

“We’re trying to find out what the schedule (for that paving) is going to be — and if they aren’t going to get in there for a couple more weeks, we’re just going to pull the stakes and let folks park in there,” Beers said.

Beers added that the removal of the steel supports at the intersection “will improve the situation there as far as the work crew getting its work done.”

Jack K. Nisselius

Nov. 23, 1920 – April 19, 2012

Funeral services for Jack Nisselius, longtime editor and publisher of the Gillette News-Record, were held April 28 at the First Baptist Church in Gillette.  Jack, 91, died April 19 at the Close to Home Hospice and Hospitality House.

He was born Nov. 23, 1920, in Newcastle, the only child of Arthur and Hazel Kimball Nisselius.  From his infancy until he was in the third grade, the family lived in Gillette. The family moved to Spearfish, S.D., where they resided until Jack entered his junior year of high school, at which time the family moved back to Gillette.

He graduated from Campbell County High School in 1928. He then attended the University of Wyoming for two years. Jack transferred to the University of Missouri where he graduated with a degree in journalism in 1942.

Jack served in the U.S. Army from June 1942 until June 1946 when he received his discharge at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

He married Christine R. Rutherford on Nov. 14, 1943 in Cleburne, Texas.

He was recalled into the Korean conflict in November 1950 and served 18 months.

In the time between the two wars, Jack joined his father in The News-Record. A long-time friendship with Bruce Kennedy (late publisher of the Greybull Standard) led to a partnership and a group of newspapers was formed. The two were partners for 20 years until Bruce’s death in an automobile accident.

Jack was an active member of the First Baptist Church, a 60-year member of the Lions Club, member of the Chamber of Commerce, served four years on the Campbell County Heath Care Foundation and a member of the Wyoming Press Association, serving as president in 1972.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and son, James “Jim” Nisselius.

He is survived by his wife Christine of Gillette; daughter and son-in-law Judy and Scott Tenney of Sheridan; daughter-in-law Barbara Nisselius of Gillette; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bonnie Lee Miller

Sept. 1, 1946 – April 30, 2012

Longtime Big Horn County/Basin, Wyoming resident Bonnie Lee Miller, age 65, passed away at her home in Basin, Wyoming, on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Bonnie was born Sept. 1, 1946, at Greybull, Wyoming to Albert Ira and Wilma May (Collingwood) Good. She was born and raised in the Big Horn Basin. She received her schooling in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1964.

Bonnie married Douglas Albert Miller on Jan. 14, 1965, in Cody, Wyoming.

After her marriage to Doug, her early interests laid with her children and the family farm. Many days were filled with long, hard work tending to the crops, which she took great pride in. After many years of tending the family farm, she ventured into other work in town at various places that included Probst Western Store, Country Wide Auction, Greybull Livestock Auction, and her latest employment at Overland Express. She enjoyed visiting with the many customers that she came into contact with on a daily basis.

In those times when she was able to slow down, she enjoyed the needlepoint pictures that she made for her family. Her other interests that brought her joy were painting ornaments for her yard, building wind chimes, growing her roses, collecting toy tractors, and her dog, Gidget. Her greatest joys involved time spent with her grandchildren.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her mother, Wilma May Good.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, Douglas Albert Miller of Basin, Wyoming; her father, Albert Good of Greybull, Wyoming; her sons, Jay L. Miller (Tammy) and Doug Miller (Betty Runyan), all of Basin, Wyoming; her daughter, Honey Ann Miller of Greybull, Wyoming; her brothers, Leonard Good and Larry Good, both of Greybull, Wyoming; Jerry Good of Clyde Park, Montana and Tony Good of Gillette, Wyoming; her sisters, Donna Dalin and Cheryl Dalin, both of Greybull, Wyoming; five grandchildren, Bobbi Miller, JL Miller and Brittni Miller, all of Basin, Wyoming; Jacob Miller of Greybull, Wyoming, and Chantel Schmidt of Chadron, Nebraska; and one great-grandchild, Braxton Miller of Basin, Wyoming.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012, at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull, Wyoming with Pastor Kent Dempsey as officiant, followed by a reception at the Elks BPOE Lodge 1431 in Greybull, Wyoming. Cremation will take place after the services.

Memorials in Bonnie’s name will be received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. A beneficiary for the memorial fund will be determined at a later time.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

(Paid obituary)

Sherry Lynne Mowery

Jan. 13, 1962 – April 25, 2012

A memorial service for Sherry Lynne Mowery of Gillette was held May 2 at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Sherry, 50, died April 25, 2012, at her home.

She was born Jan. 13, 1962 in Basin, the daughter of Melvin and Betty Hallcroft Winterholler. She received her education in Basin and graduated from Basin High School in 1980. After her graduation, she lived in Jackson and Portland, Ore., before moving to Gillette in 2003.

Most of her time was devoted to raising her children.

Sherry enjoyed reading, especially about Amish culture, listening to the music of Frank Sinatra and Patsy Cline, and cooking.

Her parents and a son, Benjamin Roice, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, Michael Mayville of Gillette, and Stewart Mowery of Rapid City, S.D.; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Coleen Winterholler of Gillette; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Terry Tharp of Gillette and Peggy and Ron Lishner of Littleton, Colo.; and one grandson.

Her ashes will be interred in Mount View Cemetery in Basin at a later date.

Memorials and condolences can be sent in Sherry‘s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716.

Rev. Theodore (Ted) Cox

Feb. 29, 1928 – April 26, 2012

Longtime Hyattville/Big Horn County, Wyoming resident Ted Cox passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home between Basin and Greybull, Wyoming.

Ted Cox was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Olney, Illinois, the youngest of four children. His father was a job printer, printing such things as high school annuals, circus handbills, business forms and election ballots. Ted sometimes helped in proofreading.

Ted attended elementary and high school in Olney. He graduated from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, and held a Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York.

Ted enlisted and served in the U.S. Army in the occupation of Korea 1946-47.

Ted married Ruth Ann Johnston in Salem, Illinois on June 3, 1950, while they were students at McKendree. “We married on a Saturday; I conducted worship services on Sunday, and we began summer school on Monday (40 miles away). No way could I have succeeded without her. She kept me at my studies, doing all of my typing.”

Together Ted and Ruth served for the United Methodist Churches in Illinois, Colorado, New York, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Ted was chaplain at the Wyoming Retirement Center and Wyoming Pioneer Home.

Ted and Ruth Ann have five children and more than 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including some who were adopted or acquired through marriages. “I choose to accept them all as our own.”

Ted was an avid hunter and fisherman. His greatest passion was hunting elk. He hunted through hunting season 2008, with a final elk count of more than 50.

Ted and Ruth Ann loved to travel and visited six continents. Ruth Ann was a constant helpmate to Ted and was instrumental in him enjoying his final years.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Stuart and John Cox, and one sister, Mary Lou Cox.

Ted is survived by his wife Ruth Ann of Hyattville and his five children, Bob (Christine) Cox, Harold (Adriane) Cox, Don (Vickie) Cox, Mary Anne Cox (Evan Royal) and Brenda Cox Cowan (Steve) and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ted was a charter member of the Ten Sleep-Hyattville Lions Club. Memorial donations to either the Lions Club or the Hyattville United Methodist Church can be made in his name at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82410.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

(Paid obituary)

Thinclads skip Thermop, break through in Buffalo

by nathan oster

In hindsight, there was nothing “crazy” about Coach Jeff Sukut’s last-minute decision to bypass the Bobcat Invitational in Thermopolis in favor of a smaller meet the same day in Buffalo.

Just six teams attended the Crazy Woman Invitational — and of those six, Greybull was the only one from this side of the Big Horns, and while the weather was far from idea, the meet was over in less than four hours. The Thermopolis meet was called midway through.

“When I went to make entries (for Thermop), I noticed that there were going to be a lot of teams there,” said Sukut. “The big schools keep crashing these 2A meets … it’s kind of become a pet peeve of mine.

“So we went to Buffalo — and boy, I’m glad we did. We turned in some good performances over there — and some kids placed who had never placed before, which was fun to see.”

Topping the list of high achievers in Buffalo was Calder Forcella.  A freshman, he uncorked a 132 foot, 8 inch throw to win the discus and set a personal record. His best effort prior to that was a 119-9.

Forcella came close to becoming the boys’ team’s first automatic qualifier, but fell just a couple feet short of the 135-9 standard.

Sukut believes that if Forcella can throw like that at regional’s he’ll earn place and earn a spot in the field for the state meet.

The only other winner for the Buffs was Lindsay Kern, who dominated the shot put competition, throwing 34 feet, 3 inches, her best effort of the season.

She also placed second in the discus with an 81-7 heave.

Among the other highlights of the meet for the Buffs:

• Mackenzie Bollig, a freshman, posted her best time of the season in the 100 meters, finishing seventh in 14.5 seconds.

• Megan Euerle improved by more than a foot in the long jump, soaring 12-4 to capture sixth place.

• In Sukut’s own words, it was “a nasty day to run a mile,” — but Jake Gifford made the most of it, earning an eighth-place finish with a 6:40.3.

• His times weren’t personal bests, but Wyatt Good placed in both hurdle races, taking fourth in the 110s and seventh in the 300s.

• Autumn Hopkin didn’t place, but she did post a personal best in the discus, posting a 59-5.

• McKenna Powers placed second in the 800, second in the long jump and third in the triple jump. While none of her distances and times were personal bests, Powers still topped the team in points scored.

• Chris Ogg and Wyatt Nielson scored points in the hurdles, with Nielsen finishing seventh in the 110s and Ogg earning a fourth-place finish in the 300s.  Ogg also placed eighth in the long jump.

• Julian Wiley was fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 400.

• Forcella wasn’t the only thrower who excelled in Buffalo.  Oscar Gomez, also a freshman, notched a second in the shot put and a third — with a personal best — in the discus.  Logan Jensen rounded out the scoring in the throws with a  personal-best, 110-foot throw in the discus.

As a team, Greybull ranked fifth in both divisions.

“We got a meet in, and while the competition wasn’t as rigid as it would have been in Thermopolis, it still turned out well because kids got opportunities to place and gain a little confidence,” Sukut said.

The Buffs will stick to their plan to go to Thermopolis this Friday, Sukut said. On tap is a meet billed as “a pre-regional qualifier” that will feature mostly 1A and 2A teams.  For the Buffs, it’ll be their last opportunity to qualify automatically before the regional meet.

 

BOYS DIVISION — Buffalo 156, NSI 108.5, Big Horn 101.5, Sheridan 60.5, Greybull 55.5, Tongue River 55.

110 HURDLES — 4, Wyatt Good, 19.2.  7, Wyatt Nielson, 22.6.

1,600 METERS — 8, Jacob Gifford, 6:40.3.

400 METERS — 5, Julian Wiley, 59.2

300 HURDLES — 4, Chris Ogg, 50.0.  7, Good, 52.5.

200 METERS — 7, Calder Forcella, 25.9.

SHOT PUT — 2, Oscar Gomez, 37-6 ½.

DISCUS — 1, Forcella, 132-8.  3, Gomez, 112-5.   4, Logan Jensen, 110-0.

LONG JUMP — 4, Wiley, 16-5 ½.  8, Ogg, 15-1 ¼.

 

GIRL DIVISION — Buffalo 144, Sheridan 125.5, Big Horn 124.5, NSI 56.5, Greybull 47.5, Tongue River 39.

100 HURDLES — 7, Mackenzie Bollig, 14.5.

800 METERS — 2, McKenna Powers, 2:47.3.

SHOT PUT — 1, Lindsay Kern, 34-3.

DISCUS — 2, Kern, 81-7.

LONG JUMP — 2, Powers, 14-4.  6, Megan Euerle, 12-4.

TRIPLE JUMP — 3, Powers, 29-9.  6, Bollig, 26-1 ¾.