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  • Kristine Erinn Presents Writing Class This May

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Author|May 4, 2022

    For the month of May, come to Settings by All Things Montana (11 North Main Street) on Wednesdays from 7 PM-8 PM to learn how to write your own story and so much more. You will learn skills from Kristine Erinn, a self-published author with an English Major and a Creative Writing minor. For $10.00 a person per week, she will help you enhance and create any written works. We will have 15 minutes of inspired writing every day of class, so please bring a journal/notebook and something to write...

  • Hello and Welcome, 2022

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 5, 2022

    Thank you for sticking it out with me this first year as I write for the Whitehall Ledger. I have heard nothing but compliments and excitement for my articles. I highly appreciate all of the support! I never thought I would be writing for any paper, but I am so proud to be a part of this beautiful local paper. This new year I will be stepping up my game and better prepare myself for this amazing opportunity. I will start interviewing my four to five candidates at the end of each month for the next month. Unfortunately, this month will not...

  • Thanksgiving Thanks

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 24, 2021

    Hello readers! Please accept my apologies for another week without a Name to a Face article. This has been a very active little town this past week, and I am so blessed and honored to be a part of all of it. Since this is the week of Thanksgiving, I wanted to take some time to tell you all how thankful I am for all of you, this article, and the opportunity that Liz has given me with the Ledger. I am so blessed to be able to interview you and present such articles for you. This article is meant...

  • Name to a Face: Tom Harrington

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 3, 2021

    Where have you seen Tom Harrington? The real question may be where haven't you seen him? He is behind the scenes of most Veterans and American Legion projects, front and center when it comes to committees and economic development projects, and off to the side watching as Whitehall grows under his and the Jefferson Local Development Corporation's tutelage. Born in Germany to a US military family, Tom spent much of his life traveling with his father's deployments internationally, as well as in...

  • Spooky Spectaculars for Your Haunted Season

    KRISTINE ERINN|Oct 27, 2021

    Ready for a few more flicks to help get you in the haunted magical mood for Halloween? With this being the final installment of these frightful suggestions, the Editor of the Ledger has also chimed in, as she is well-known for her love of all things scary. First off, Kristine's all-time favorite, the Halloweentown franchise. The Halloweentown series of four films is the ultimate watch for any witch lover. This Disney creation started as a series, which gained momentum and became a series of...

  • Name to a Face: Jim Buterbaugh

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 27, 2021

    You've seen Jim Buterbaugh all over town, we're sure: he's active with the Whitehall Community Center and the Veterans, he's at the Cardwell School maintaining the building often, he's one of the faces of Whitehall's Tactical Civics group. Soon he will be on the ballot, as he plans to run for County Commissioner in 2022. He's a man about town. Jim's childhood revolved around travel. Born into a military family, his life began in Las Vegas before his father was stationed in Germany, then to...

  • Name to a Face: Dana Brunet

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 20, 2021

    Where might you know Dana Brunet from? She's the smiling face behind the deli counter at the Peppertree. She's the helping hand who gave you a tow a few years back when your vehicle broke down. She's the lover of stars and stripes clothing, known for her patriotism and love of her country. That's Dana Brunet. Dana has been in Whitehall for nearly two decades. After a decade living off the grid with her husband Kevin near Boulder, the Brunets began Whitehall Truck and Towing in 2005 and have...

  • Spooky Spectaculars for Your Haunted Season

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 20, 2021

    Ready for a few more flicks to help get you in the haunted magical mood for Halloween? TWITCHES: Twitches is a Disney classic which should be on everyone’s list of MUST-SEE Halloween specials. Twitches and Twitches Two are hilarious and fun Halloween specials from the 2000s. Perhaps a bit scary for really young audiences, but a great laugh for everyone else. They have some tragedy but tons of the classic Disney chaos as twin witches Alex and Cameron discover their powers and their supernatural destiny. With a little bit of magic, danger, and...

  • Spooky Spectaculars for Your Haunted Season

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 13, 2021

    Ready for a few more flicks to help get you in the haunted magical mood for Halloween? THE WORST WITCH: A modern day family comedy, this is a fun light-hearted show for all ages. About a little witch who doesn't know a thing about the magical world, this series follows her as she grows and learns, with a few friends by her side, to explore all types of mystical adventures. Geared towards a younger audience, The Worst Witch is found on Netflix, with several seasons available to enjoy. It's a...

  • Name to a Face: Bruce Denny - Fencing and Family Man

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 13, 2021

    Bruce Denny began his time in this world June 3, 1941 in Laurin, Montana and made quite the entrance when he arrived. Thought to be stillborn, and with attendants dealing with his mother's already rough condition, he was placed in a shoebox and covered with a dish towel, to be dealt with at a less chaotic time. However, with a wiggle of his toes, a nurse saw that he was indeed alive. What could have been a terrible mistake was quickly corrected and Bruce began his adventurous life as one of...

  • Spooky Spectaculars for Your Haunted Season

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 6, 2021

    It’s that time of year where you’re itching to get out the pumpkins to carve, candy to scarf and find tricks to play. It is only the first week in October however and some might feel it’s too soon to bring out the cobwebs, potion bottles, and ghosts. I’m here to get you in the spirit with a few fun flicks which will help get you in the magical mood. First off, Good Witch. It is easily accessible on Netflix, Hallmark, and many other platforms. This show is one of the best for a feel-good holiday show. It isn’t specifically a Halloween...

  • Name to a Face: Colton Anderson

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 29, 2021

    Colton Anderson is the man behind the scenes, quite literally. While you may not know his face, you've enjoyed his work. As the owner of the Star Theatre, Anderson works to bring in the latest in entertainment to the big screen, as well as helps behind the scenes of many Whitehall events, including Beats & Eats, Shakespeare in the Park, and Screams Come True. Anderson moved to Whitehall in 2005, becoming part of the Sacry family when his mother married Steve Sacry. In 2007, he found a job...

  • Name to a Face: Whitehall Schools Lunch Staff

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 11, 2021

    DONNA CASTANON Donna Castanon is the dishwasher for the kitchen; she has worked for Whitehall Schools for six years. Outside of work, she loves to do paper crafting when she gets a chance. She can’t wait to get back to a normal routine and is excited to see all the kids smiling. BARB BOWMAN Barb Bowman has been working at the school for fifteen years; she is currently the Cook’s Helper. She loves spending time with her family when she isn’t working. Barb loves seeing all the kids with...

  • Name to a Face: Meet the Whitehall School Custodial Staff

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 4, 2021

    SCOTT PREVOST: Scott Prevost is the Maintenance Supervisor and has been at the Whitehall school for two months. When he's not working, he likes to hunt and fish. He loves to see the little kids who are innocent enough to say whatever is on his mind. Scott also enjoys that some of the older kids are willing to help wherever they can. He is looking forward to meeting and seeing all the new faces this school year. CRAIG WIDNER: Craig Widner is the custodian for the Junior High. He cleans...

  • Creating Fiction for History: April and June

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 4, 2021

    From a distance, these two little girls look like sisters. In reality, April and June were the best of friends. Born to well-off families, April and June lived right next to one another. They grew up playing together on the front lawn, walking with their mothers in the park, and going to the circus to see the incredible animals. Today their mothers could not wait any longer. Each girl was dressed in her finest clothes with hair all done up. The two met outside, ready to play, but April and June...

  • Creating Fiction from History

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 28, 2021

    Elizabeth was a gentle young woman who lived in town. She took care of her aging father who had run the bank for thirty years. He had lost function in both his legs and now Henry was bound to his wheelchair in the house. He had been a kind man and now he sat lonely, counting money into different piles like he used to do. Elizabeth had spent these past few years dedicated to taking care of her father. She used to go out around town and socialize with all the women. She was content to take care...

  • Name to a Face: Dan Hagerty

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 21, 2021

    Dan Hagerty is a Montanan through and through. Born in Colbon, where his family has been for generations, he grew up in Jefferson County, attending school at Clancy Elementary and Jefferson High School in Boulder. In his Junior year, he began working full-time in the janitorial department at the Boulder River School and at the hospital in Boulder. This was the jump start to his career in dealing with people and mental health; he worked there for almost nine years. With his father working in law...

  • Creating Fiction from History: Railroad Wreck

    Kristine Erinn|Jul 14, 2021

    It was a load crash. Only a few people had heard it at the time because, well, there were not a lot of people around. Old Jimmy Hennson and his two sons rushed out of their little farmhouse across the tracks. Mrs. Van Oswald, the widow, came out of her small cabin near the tree grove with her four boys. And there was us: my father, my mother, my five siblings, and me. Penelope Grange. We had the field on the other side of old Jimmy Hennson and between us now was a small crash of wood metal and...

  • America: Home of the Brave

    Kristine Erinn|Jul 7, 2021

    Dear Readers, thank you for all your support and patience. It has been a long week and I fear I must disappoint you all with another week without a Name to the Face article. Emotionally it has been a draining week for this author and the time seems to have flown by. So thank you all for your patience. Instead today, I plan to talk about Us as a country. We have just celebrated July 4 and I believe it is only right to talk about unity. This past year and a half it seems like we have all been...

  • Name to a Face: To the Lost Ones

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 30, 2021

    Bob Casagrande was a family friend of the author, whom she had known since her birth. His passing this week hit her hard, but she took the picture at right just a few moments after learning he was gone. That inspired this article. You never know when true pain will hit you. No, not physical pain; I mean the type of pain which is harder to heal from. After a challenging year, no one expected to get hit with something this hard to deal with. In this type of situation, you grasp desperately for...

  • Name to a Face: Joey Grisafe

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 23, 2021

    Joey Grisafe may have been born in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, but he is a Montana boy at heart. The second oldest of ten children, Joey's family values have transferred with him to Whitehall. Joey's love of cooking started at a young age, and he found himself balancing between construction jobs and cooking positions by the time he was in his late teens. After thirty-three years in New Jersey, a family cabin in New York his father had built years before called his name. For a year he enjoyed the...

  • Name to a Face: Julie Kieckbusch - A Fan Favorite

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 16, 2021

    Editor's Note: This year the Whitehall School District is losing several well-known and loved staff. For the next few weeks the Name to a Face column will be dedicated to those who will no longer be gracing the hallways of WHS/WMS/WES next semester. We wish them all the best in their retirement! Julie Kieckbusch, born in Sheridan, MT, has had a passion for sports since she was little. A Sheridan Panther growing up, she spent her time heavily involved in basketball, volleyball, and track. Of...

  • Name to a Face: Holly Harper

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 9, 2021

    Editor's Note: This year the Whitehall School District is losing several well-known and loved staff. For the next few weeks the Name to a Face column will be dedicated to those who will no longer be gracing the hallways of WHS/WMS/WES next semester. We wish them all the best in their retirement! Holly Harper was born in Seattle, where she received her early education and excelled in many school activities. She loved softball, track, basketball, tennis, band, and choir. Not long after high...

  • Name to a Face: Merri Van Ausdol

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 2, 2021

    Editor's Note: This year the Whitehall School District is losing several well-known and loved staff. For the next few weeks the Name to a Face column will be dedicated to those who will no longer be gracing the hallways of WHS/WMS/WES next semester. We wish them all the best in their retirement! Merri Van Ausdol was born in Minnesota, with her early years spent in California. Her family moved to Bozeman, where she graduated from high school. Throughout her early life she was involved in choir,...

  • Name to a Face: Diane Larsen - Kid/Teacher Wrangler

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|May 19, 2021

    Editor's Note: This year the Whitehall School District is losing several well-known and loved staff. For the next few weeks the Name to a Face column will be dedicated to those who will no longer be gracing the hallways of WHS/WMS/WES next semester. We wish them all the best in their retirement! Diane Larsen was born in Glasgow, MT where she stayed until the end of second grade. By the beginning of third grade her family had moved to Culbertson, Montana, where she would eventually graduate. Her...

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