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 By Kristine Erinn    Community    June 23, 2021 

Name to a Face: Joey Grisafe

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...

 

Name to a Face: Julie Kieckbusch - A Fan Favorite

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...

 

Name to a Face: Holly Harper

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...

 

Name to a Face: Merri Van Ausdol

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...

 
 By Kristine Erinn    News    May 19, 2021

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

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...

 

Name to a Face: Rhea Armstrong "Caverns Master"

Rhea Armstrong may have been born in Butte, but she is a true Cardwell native. Her family has always been in the region; her great grandparents originated their homestead in Milligan Canyon....

 

Name To A Face: LaDonna Knox

LaDonna Knox was born in Midvale, Utah, near Salt Lake City; where she lived until about a year ago. After attending Midvale Elementary and Hillcrest High School, she worked for a medical surgeries...

 

Name to a Face: Jefferson Valley Hospice

The Jefferson Valley Hospice, a wonderful organization based in Whitehall, has been active in our community since March of 1983. It all started with a hospice training course where thirty-two people s...

 

Name to a Face: Pamala Bowed - The Ice Cream Lady

Pamala (pronounced Paw-Maul-Uhh) Bowen was born in Blackfoot Idaho to hardworking parents. She was born a high-functioning autistic child but she has never let anything stop her. Her family moved to I...

 

Name to a Face: Lonna Johnson "Wizard with the Scissors"

Lonna Johnson was born in Butte, but was raised in Whitehall. As far as she knows, she was in the first kindergarten class to be held at the Whitehall schools, making her an original Trojan! She grew...

 

Name to a Face: Shelly Heppler

Shelly Heppler was born in Billings, Montana into a loving family. She lived in Lockwood, just outside of Billings, while going to elementary school. She completed high school at Helena Helena, after...

 

Name to a Face: Lexi Bowman - Little Warrior

Lexi Bowman was born in Bozeman, Montana, in 1999. She was raised in Whitehall with her two siblings. When she was born, Lexi suffered from a lack of oxygen, resulting in her having Cerebral Palsy...

 

Name to A Face: Gina Ossello "Getting It Sold"

Gina Ossello was born and raised in Butte, Montana, where she attended elementary through high school. As a young girl, she always enjoyed horses, both for enjoyment as well as for competition. During...

 

Name to a Face: Pam Polachi "Local Rock Lady"

She's the smiling face of Settings by All Things Montana and a rock hound for the ages. She is Pam Polachi. Pam Polachi was born in Red Lodge, Montana, in 1965. After a quick stint in California, her...

 

Name to a Face: Tayla Andrews "Post Lady"

Tayla Andrews was born in Canada to ranching parents. Her traveling life began at the age of two when she was whisked away to Kansas where her grandparents lived in order to assist them; also, her fat...

 

Name To A Face: Chris Proffer

Chris Proffer has been a proud member of our Whitehall community for 24 years and has made quite a name for herself. Chris, known throughout Whitehall as the Dysfunctional Quilter, started her sewing...

 

Name to a Face: Jim Stearns

Jim Stearns has been a proud member of the Whitehall community for 15 years, but his ties to Whitehall go back far longer. Jim was born in Butte, Montana in 1947 due to Harlowtown not having a...

 

Name to a Face: Arlene Weber

Arlene Weber is the first generation in her family to be born in Montana, though her family has been here since 1910. Her father was born out of state; he would often tell her stories about his home s...

 

Name to a Face: Bob Casagrande

Bob Casagrande was born and raised in Montana. He was raised on his grandparents ranch (The Salvagni Ranch) and was there every summer. He officially took roots in Whitehall in 1969, which was the...

 

Name To A Face: Laurell Ovitt, Nature's Artist

Laurell Ovitt is best known for her gorgeous original artwork, which she sells at the Whitehall Farmers Market and around town. However, there is much more to her than just her art. Laurell is a 4th generation Montana native who originally grew up...

 

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