Daily Archives: July 20, 2012

Local chefs to cook up HATS dinner

by marlys good

A newly added raffle, entertainment by Riders in the Sky, silent auction and what else will the Hands Across the Saddle gala offer this year?

The “Heads and Tails” game added last year was so popular it gets a rerun. The prize this year for the last man (or woman) standing is a display case with T-shirts (autographed by Wilford Brimley) and tickets from the first three HATS event (Red Steagall, Baxter Black and Gary Morris).

This year the meal will be “cheffed” by masters of the art, Greybull’s own Chris Dalin and Robb Howe. There will be roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, a tasty corn dish, salad, and strawberry sundaes all served up quickly, efficiently and with a smile by the Riverside Rebel volleyball team, overseen by Coach Lindsay Schaffner.

Both the American and Wyoming flags, first flown at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, will be flown at the Herb Asp Community Center and auctioned (mounted in a display case) during the evening.

Selling of the raffle tickets will be under the direction of saleswoman supreme Jessica Hunt and John Cundall, who is returning to Greybull to help with the charity benefit.

The dinner will be preceded by an a cappella rendition of “The National Anthem” by Taylor Preciado, 2011 GHS grad. Bill Brimley and his band High Water from Billings will furnish music for the dinner and the dance.

Veteran auctioneer Lloyd Franks, happy to be at the helm this year, will cry the auction.

The oil painting by Ann Hanson, “High Water,” on display at Bank of Greybull, is an original, not an “original print,” as reported in last week’s issue. Another “original” is the raised panel walnut chest lined with aromatic cedar crafted by Terry Wood that is on display at Big Horn Federal.

Up for grabs is a National Final Rodeo Las Vegas getaway.  The package not only includes two tickets for the opening weekend, but airfare from Billings and three nights lodging at the Golden Nugget Casino. More items will be listed next week.

HATS tickets are available at Ron’s Food Farm, Greybull Building Center and the Basin Chamber of Commerce office.

Any donation to help offset the expenses of the annual gala, or to HATS itself, would be appreciated.

Pool committee leaning toward GES site

by nathan oster

Greybull area voters will be asked two separate taxing questions this fall dealing with the construction, operation and maintenance of a swimming pool, and as those votes draw nearer, the committee spearheading the project continues to refine its vision for the facility.

In a July 10 meeting with the swimming pool committee, Jim Bauer of Bauer Group Architects presented concept plans for the final two sites under consideration: the site of the existing pool as well as a site between the Greybull Elementary School playground and the tennis courts.

Bauer said the proposed pool at either location would be similar to the existing one, describing it as “an effective and usable facility without being over the top.” It would be a 25-meter pool with six lanes, 1- and 3-meter diving boards, and a zero-entry area.  A future slide area would also be incorporated into the design.

The proposed pool would be slightly larger than the existing one, which is about 10,000 square feet, and it would not have a basement.  Everything, including the filtration and mechanical systems, would be on the main level.

The concept for the proposed pool also includes a workroom for staff, a family restroom and public restrooms outside of the shower/changing rooms, expanded concession area and seating for approximately 35 spectators. When all of that is factored in, the site of the proposed pool comes to around 13,380 square feet, which is “17 to 20 percent” larger than the existing one, Bauer told the committee.

One additional feature that would be possible at the elementary school site, but not at the existing site, is an outdoor patio area. The patio would be on the southeastern corner of the pool, which would give parents views of both the playground and the pool.

By the end of the July 10 meeting, the committee favored the elementary school location, citing its location adjacent to both the park and the elementary school playground, as well as the concrete walk path which kids and families could use to get to the facility.

Bob Graham, a member of the town council and the swimming pool committee, said in an interview Tuesday that the committee recognizes the advantage of the existing site, including its location on the middle and high school campus. But there are uncertainties about that site as well, including whether the School Facilities Commission would allow the district to utilize parts of the existing facility. “All of their money is tied directly to the elimination of that facility,” Graham said. “They have the money to tear it down…that we know.”

Two other sites were evaluated earlier in the process, but did not make the final cut. One of those sites on Greybull River Road in the vicinity of the Art Schutte Sports Complex, while the other was on the north end of the current Buff Gym.

Graham said the Greybull River Road site was ruled out because of its location, as the committee felt kids would have a hard time getting there. As for the gym site, Graham said parking would be a concern, noting that it is already limited in that area and that it would be further reduced by an addition to the gym.

Graham said that the committee will meet again as soon as it hears from Bauer, who is finalizing numbers and making revisions to the floor plan that were suggested by members of the committee last week.

Meanwhile, Graham said the two taxing initiatives are on track for the fall general election ballot.  The school district will put forward a $5.2 million bond issue that would pay for the construction of the pool.

A second tax question brought forward by the county’s municipalities will ask voters countywide whether they’d support a sixth cent of sales tax.  Each community has identified a project that would be paid for by the additional penny.  As it stands now, Greybull’s would take $2.4 million of the total generated by the tax, with $2 million going for operation and maintenance of the pool for the next 20 years and $400,000 available to earmark for construction.

Geckos advance to state tournament

by nathan oster

The Greybull Geckos won the game they needed to win and are one of three teams from their district — Powell and Cody being the others — that will be playing in this week’s State Babe Ruth Tournament in Gillette.

“We had a great tournament,” Coach Joe Forcella said of his Geckos, who won the game they needed to win, 20-8 over the Cowley, before dropping an extra-inning, 4-3 heartbreaker to Cody and an 18-8 decision to Powell at their district tournament in Powell. “We opened with Cowley and started off slow, but once we found our bats, we pulled away with ease.”

Justin Bacus got the win, surrendering just four runs in his 2 1/3 innings of work.  Kade Osborne followed with 4 1/3 strong innings of his own in relief, in which he gave up just three runs, before Zach Zeller came in to get the final out.

Dawson Forcella had three singles, Bacus had a double and three runs batted in, and the trio of Calder Forcella, Treston Tracy and Osborne each had two hits and two runs batted in to propel the Geckos to the win.

“I was very happy with our young players,” Forcella said. “They raised their level of play and hit the ball well.”

The game of the tournament may well have been the Cody-Greybull showdown on Friday morning. The Geckos sent one of their aces, Calder Forcella, to the hill.  He didn’t disappoint, allowing just three runs on nine hits in seven strong innings.

In spite of Forcella’s efforts, however, the Geckos found themselves down by two runs going into the top of the sixth inning. Osborne led off with a single.  Zeller followed with a line-drive double to center. On the relay, Osborne came in to score, making it 3-2.  Zeller later scored on a passed ball, knotting the game at 3-3.

“You could feel the momentum shift our way,” Forcella said of the sixth-inning rally.

The Geckos held Cody scoreless in the bottom of the frame, then went to work in the top of the seventh.   With two outs, they had the bases loaded and Calder Forcella was coming up. With the game on the line, Forcella made solid contact, hitting a line drive up the middle that was snared by the Cody pitcher for the out.

“He made a clutch play out of pure self defense,” said Forcella. “Calder hit a line drive that an inch one way or the other would have driven in two runs;  instead the wind left our sail.  Going into the extra innings, each team used up their pitchers and had to come with someone new.

“We battled and couldn’t get runners in scoring position.  Cody managed to get the runners where they needed and scored on a deep fly (in the bottom of the eighth) to end the game.  It took a lot out of us.”

Greybull finished with seven hits, with Zeller and Riley Hill each collecting two.  Hill was credited with the team’s only run batted in.

The Geckos finished up Saturday morning with Powell, a team that had upset Cody.  After playing three innings of “good ball,” the wheels fell off for the Geckos as Powell plated four runs in the fourth and 10 more in the fifth to cruise to the win.

“The error-fest hit us,” Forcella said.  “We had 13 errors from all the starters.  We know we can beat Cody and Powell.  Hopefully, we will have another chance to meet them at the state tournament.”

Riley Hill, Justin Bacus, Skylar Thomas, Zeller and Osborne handled the pitching chores.

Offensively, the Geckos had just five hits, with Calder Forcella and Zeller each collecting two.

With the back-to-back losses, the Geckos saw their record fall to 14-7.

Utah golfers win Security Bank Invitational

by nathan oster

Jordan Lee and Dan Johnson of Salt Lake City topped 30 other teams to win the net title at last weekend’s Security Bank Invitational at Midway Golf Course.

Lee and Johnson finished the two days of competition with a net score of 123 (59 on Saturday, 64 on Sunday), one shot better than the team of Curt Massey of Worland and Dave Williamson of Greybull who carded a 124 (62-62).

Aaron Grosch and Andrew Anderson, both of Worland, were third with a 125 (60-65), followed in fourth by the Basin duo of Carl Olson and Ryan Baumeister (61-64).

Mike Larchick of Basin and Brent Walk of Mountain View rounded out the top five with a 126 (63-63).  They won a score card playoff with Bob Fink of Greybull and Chuck Hopkin of Basin, who also shot a 126 (65-61).

The course also recognized the two teams with the lowest gross score.  Jeff Vail and Bryan Barthelmess, both of Worland, ran away with that title, carding a 135 (68-67).  In second was Grosch-Anderson pairing, with a 141 (69-72).

Thirty one teams participated in this year’s tournament, which was hosted by Security State Bank.

Golfers also walked away with some nice pin prizes, which were handed out for, among other things, being closest to the pin on the short par threes and ripping the longest drives on certain holes.

The tournament also featured a derby, in which local golfers were paired with out-of-towners.  Jeff Vail and Mike Yeager won the derby.  Michael McColloch and Anderson were second, followed in third by Hopkin and Ryan Tobin.

Erna Irene Spencer

Oct. 23, 1926 – July 13, 2012

Memorial services for Erna Irene Spencer were held July 18 at the Shell Community Hall with Pastor Becky Anderson officiating. Irene, 85, passed away Friday, July 13.

The daughter of Art and Erna Dockery Collingwood, Irene was born Oct. 23, 1926, at the family home in Shell. She attended the Whaley Country School in Shell Valley and Greybull High School.

She married Joseph T. Spencer Nov. 5, 1944. The couple moved their young family to Rawlins in 1955 and resided there for 30 years. Irene was employed at Leroy’s Oil Company for 20 years.

Joe and Irene moved back to Shell in 1982 to spend their retirement years. Irene was known as the “Avon Lady” to many in the Shell area. She also served as a bookkeeper for Shell Water Users.

Irene, or “Reenie“ to close friends and family, loved to knit, cross-stitch and garden. She was a member of the Shell Community Church and truly missed her friends when she was no longer able to attend.

Her husband in 1994 and her second son Tom in 1969 preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sons, Jim and Ron; twin daughters, Jean and June; two brothers, Don Collingwood and Norman Collingwood; two grandsons, J.J. and Tyler Spencer and two great-grandchildren, Cody and Taylor Spencer.

Burial was at Whaley Cemetery. Memorials are being received in Irene’s name at Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the Shell Community Hall and the Whaley Cemetery.

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