Daily Archives: November 26, 2013

Giving programs open for business

by marlys good’

With “Black Friday” just around the corner, and the frenzy of holiday shopping beckoning people to “get it” in time for Christmas, people are reminded of the numerous ongoing programs right here in Greybull that go far to help those in need of a special lift to provide a happy holiday for their family and loved ones, and for those who have no one near to help lift their spirits at this time of year.

Some of the residents at Bonnie Bluejacket Nursing Home and Wyoming Retirement Center, cut off from family and friends, have very few visitors and need someone to help brighten the holiday.

Patti Hoff of Bank of Greybull said they have a “gift book” that includes of 36 residents of the two nursing homes and a few gift suggestions for each.

Stop in, check the list and sign one of the duplicate copies (including your phone number). Take the other copy, purchase, wrap and tag your gift(s) and return to Bank of Greybull by Thursday, Dec. 19.

Shopko is focusing on Toys for Tots this year. Manager Andy Smith said, “Both bins are almost full already.” That just means the bins will be emptied and made ready for more gifts.

Also involved in the program is Ron’s Food Farm where two bins are on site, and Big Horn Rural Electric in Basin.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program originated in 1949 with a mission to collect new, unwapped toys and distribute them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the communities where the campaigns are conducted.

Toys and gifts for children of all ages, up through and including teenagers, can be dropped in the bins. Gifts for older children could include jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings), CDs, videos, anything age appropriate. Age-appropriate books are also welcome.

The Salvation Army, complete with ringing bells and familiar black kettle, will be in front of the Herb Asp Community Center Dec. 7 soliciting donations. All money received stays right here in Greybull.

Donations can also be sent to: Salvation Army, Box 495, Greybull, WY 82426, or left with Kathy Smith at Greybull City Hall or contact Kay Mattis.

Smith said volunteer bell ringers are needed. If you have an extra 30 minutes or an hour or so on Saturday, call Kathy at City Hall, 765-9431. Your help would be appreciated.

BPOE 1431 is once again coordinating the Christmas Baskets program in conjunction with Ron’s Food Farm and the generosity of the community. Donations to the Food Baskets can be dropped off or sent to Big Horn Federal, 33 N. Sixth St., Greybull, WY 82426.

Churches, the senior center, schools and other charitable organizations are gathering names of families who might need one of the baskets, which will include everything needed for Christmas dinner, from meat to dessert. The baskets will be delivered a couple of days before the holiday.

For further information call BPOE 1431, 765-2500 and leave a message, or Louise Wrage, 765-4458 or 765-2514.

The Greybull Food Pantry at the Community Outreach thrift shop can always use donations of non-perishable food items. Especially needed are canned meats, macaroni and cheese, easy-to-fix meals, canned fruit and paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.). All items will be appreciated.

The thrift shop is also supporting the Veterans Hospital in Sheridan. If you would like to help brighten life for the veteran residents, you can donate postage stamps, western novels, new or gently used, pre-paid phone cards (20-30 minutes, no high minute value), or playing cards directly to the thrift shop.

Donating to one, or multiple of these programs, will ensure a happier holiday for many, many people in this community and beyond.


Modulars to ease overcrowding at GES

by nathan oster

Two new modular classrooms that were brought in to ease the overcrowding at the Greybull Elementary School are in the process of being adapted for their intended purposes and could be in use by sometime next month.

Joe Forcella, the district maintenance supervisor, said Monday that he and custodian Brant Ogg were busy setting up the classrooms.

“We’re just waiting on the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) to approve the water and sewer plan, and once that gets done, we should be able to move a lot faster,” said Forcella, adding that if all goes according to plan, the relocation process could begin within a couple weeks.

“It will be a lot of moving around, which is huge,” said GES Principal Brenda Jinks. “But any change is huge.”

In the end, it’ll be worth the trouble, she said.

“We’ve been doing DIBELS testing in janitorial closets because that’s all we have left. There is no other place for that to occur. Given that how can we, as educators, say that those results are even valid.”

As of Nov. 1, the elementary school’s enrollment was 221 students.

The two largest classes are the second and third grades, which as Nov. 1, had 43 and 46 students, respectively.  While there have been three third-grade classrooms — led by Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Michelena and Mr. Harder — since the start of the year, there are just two second-grade classrooms. With 43 students, each of them exceeds the recommended 16-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio.

The two modular classrooms are expected to free up space inside the main GES structure. They are being set up to house the two fifth-grade classrooms (led by Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Curtis), as well as occupational and physical therapy.

With the space that is created by those moves, the school will be better able to better allocate space to fit the needs of the students, said Jinks.  The fourth-grade classrooms, led by Mr. Hunt and Mr. Boyer, won’t be moving, nor will the third-grade classrooms of Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Michelena.

But Mr. Harders class will be relocating, eventually settling into the room now occupied by Mrs. Curtis’ fifth-grade class.  Resource rooms will also be moved around, with some teachers gaining considerable classroom space.

Jinks said her hope is that all the moving around can be completed before the holiday break, which begins Friday, Dec. 20.

Four generations compete in Rock & Roll marathon

The Rock & Roll Marathon held Nov. 17 in Las Vegas drew four generations of Petersons, including the family matriarch Jeane Peterson of Emblem, her daughter Carol Peterson Lowe of Basin, her granddaughters Kimberly Lowe Thueson and Traci Fritz-Lowe (Eric) and great-granddaughter McKenna Thueson, all of Las Vegas.

Peterson, a lively, energetic 84-year-old, was the oldest competitor.

“She did wonderful,” said daughter Carol. “She was cheered all the way along the route.”

Carol said the “family participation” was her daughter-in-law Traci Fritz-Lowe’s idea. “Tracy has been running a few half marathons, and decided it would be a good thing for all of us to do.”

Carol and Jeanne went down a week early so they could attend the Western Regional Band Competition. McKenna, 14, and her 16-year-old brother Michael are members of the band. Said a proud Carol, “The band is pretty outstanding. They were chosen to participate in the 2014 Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade.” The Thuesons also have an 11-year-old son, Isaac.

While in Nevada she and Jeanne visited Carol’s son Darrel Peterson, his wife and daughter.

All four generations had fun at the marathon. Carol said, “We’d like to do another; I’m already excited about next year.”


William Walace Zane

ObitWilliamZaneSept. 5, 1927 – Nov. 12, 2013

Funeral services for William Walace Zane were held Nov. 23 at the Kingdom Hall in Cody. William, 86, died Nov. 12 at Powell Valley Hospital.

He was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Basin, the son of John Parker and Nance Winford Brown Zane. He was raised and received his education in Basin and graduated from Basin High School in 1948.

He married his high school sweetheart, Frances Minnie Ruhl, in Billings, Mont., in 1948.

The couple lived in Greybull until moving to Powell in 1950.

William worked as an electrician from 1960 to 2000.

A Jehovah Witness, William loved his family, was loyal to his friends, and loved reading the Bible.

His wife Frances Minnie Zane on Oct. 23, 2005, and his parents, John Parker and Nance Winford Brown Zane, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son Robert Lois Zane; daughter Elizabeth Anne Zane Murphy; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Arthur Sheldon Kitzerow

Aug. 26, 1933 – Nov. 14, 2013

Services with military honors for Arthur Sheldon Kitzerow were held Nov 25 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. Art, 80, died Nov. 14 at his home in Sun City, Calif.

He was born Aug. 26, 1933, in Crosby, Wyo., the son of Edward and Rose Kitzerow, one of three children. He was raised and received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School.

When he was in the fifth grade, Art met the love of his life, Marjorie Ruth Scott. They exchanged wedding vows on March 13, 1954.

He enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean War and served as a cook. His service took him to California and he and Marjorie made their home in Carson where they raised their two children, Jeff and Susan. Following his discharge Art went to work for PPG in the paint and glass industry. He retired after working for PPG for 35 years.

After his retirement he and Marjorie moved to Sun City, Calif., where they have resided for the past 30 years.

Art and Marjorie were active in the Calvary Hill Church in Menifee.

Art loved to fly and was an aerobatic pilot. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol for many years and reached the rank of captain. He was also an observer aboard planes on Search and Rescue missions.

His daughter Susan Teal and his brother Carl Kitzerow preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Monica Kitzerow; his sister Carol Christensen of Casper; six grandchildren and four great-granddaughters.




Herman J. Batenhorst

Feb. 18, 1926 – Nov. 20, 2013

A memorial service for longtime Basin resident Herman J. Batenhorst will be held Friday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Basin. Herman, 87, died Nov. 20 at Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody.

He was born Feb. 18, 1926, in Stuart, Neb., the son of Lucy and Herman F. Batenhorst. His family moved to Orchard Bench in Basin when Herman was 11 years old.

Late in his senior year at Basin High School, Herman enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve. After graduation he was sent to the University of Colorado for training. After he received his honorary medical discharge from the Navy, Herman attended the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming where he studied building construction. On completion of his studies, he joined his father and brother in the building construction business.

Herman loved the outdoors and spent time working on a tugboat in Alaska. When he returned to Basin he met Sylvia Snyder of Lovell and they exchanged vows June 18, 1955, in Lovell. The couple made their home in Hyattville where Sylvia taught first and third grades. In 1956 they settled in Basin in the home Herman, his father and his brothers built.

He spent many years working with sportsman’s organizations. He was a member of the Basin Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, Basin Eagles Aerie 3086, BPOE 1431 Lodge of Greybull, and served on the Basin City Council.

In his spare time he golfed, hunted, fished and tended his garden. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their accomplishments.

Before Herman became ill he spent many winters in Oregon enjoying the ocean, the rivers, and pursuing the elusive fish with his son, Mark.

His parents, Herman and Lucy, and two brothers, Arthur and Henry, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Sylvia; two sons, Mark (Melanie) of Central Point, Ore., and Tom (Karen) of Cody; one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Jack Lindsey of Greybull; his sister, Madonna Hartman of Billings, and two grandchildren


Five Buffs on all-conference grid team

by nathan oster

The Greybull Buffs put five players on the Class 2A West all-conference football team.

The Buffs who made the squad included seniors Kason Clutter and Bryce Wright and juniors Calder Forcella, Fabian Davila and Wyatt Nielson.

Greybull finished fifth in the conference this season, going 3-4 in conference play and 3-5 overall.

Lovell, which won the conference, put nine players on the team, including Dillon Pickett, who was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.

Other postseason awards went to Cade Covington of Mountain View, who was named the conference’s offensive player of the year; Lyman’s Ryan Martin and Mountain View’s Trystin Walker, the conference’s linemen of the year; and Mountain View’s Brent Walk, who earned coach of the year honors.

The full squad is as follows:

LOVELL (9): Seniors Dillon Pickett, Colin McArthur, Hyrum Hopkin and Morgan May; juniors Drake Welch, Daniel Strom, Aaron Monterde and Nash Jolley; and sophomore Beau Green.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (8): Seniors Brennan Walk, Trystin Walker, Garrett Moretti, Levi Harmon and Ethan SAlsbury; juniors Cade Covington, Calbe Flake and Austin Housekeeper.

LYMAN (7): Seniors Tui Magalogo, Landen Bradshaw, and Ryan Martin; and juniors Chris Sorensen, Drew Rollins, Clayton Peden and Brandon Jaggi.

THERMOPOLIS (6): Seniors Kaden Haun, Zack Larson, Dylan Shaffer, Skylar Thomas; junior Logan Key and sophomore Tyler Cornwell.

GREYBULL (5): Seniors Kason Clutter and Bryce Wright; juniors Calder Forcella, Fabian Davila and Wyatt Nielson.

BIG PINEY (4): Seniors Garrett Formo, Jake McAdams and Jamie Moreno and sophomore JD Fear.

PINEDALE (3): Senior Dakota Cox, junior Steven Winer and sophomore Caleb Raney.

KEMMERER (2): Senior Garrett Julian and junior Robert Webster.



Forcella was the only Buff named to the 2A all-state team, earning the recognition for the second straight year.  Forcella started at quarterback for the Buffs and also got a lot of reps on defense this season.

The rest of the all-state team is as follows:

BURNS: Travis Romsa, Preston Goehring, Wyatt Berg.

BIG HORN: Connor McCaferty, Colter Carzoli, Christian Mayer, Mason Lube, Miles Novak, Ryan Kobielusz, Seth Kite.

NEWCASTLE: Merritt Crabtree, Phil Jagelski, Wade Gordon.

WHEATLAND: Critter Ruwart, Jace Loyd, Taran Whelchel.

GLENROCK: Devon Parkinson.


WRIGHT: Stormy Roy.

MOORCROFT: William West.

LOVELL: Dillon Pickett, Colin McArthur, Hyrum Hopkin, Daniel Strom.

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Cade Covington, Calbe Flake, Brennan Walk, Austin Housekeeper, Trystin Walker.

LYMAN: Tui Magalogo, Landen Bradshaw, Ryan Martin.

THERMOPOLIS: Tyler Cornwell, Kaden Haun, Zack Larson, Dylan Shaffer.

GREYBULL: Calder Forcella.

BIG PINEY: Garrett Formo.

PINEDALE: Steven Winer.

KEMMERER: Garrett Julian.

Big Horn, which won the 2A title by beating Mountain View, had the coach of the year in Michael McGuire and the offensive player of the year in Connor McCaferty.  Pickett was the 2A defensive player of the year, while Romsa of Burns picked up the lineman of the year award.



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