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Articles from the October 27, 2021 edition

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  • Janacaro-Hensleigh Hopes to See Project Completions Through With Re-election

    MARY JANACARO-HENSLEIGH, Whitehall Mayor|Oct 27, 2021

    I would like to thank the Ledger’s editor for giving the candidates an opportunity to write our own front-page article. Many of you already know me but, with all the new faces in town, many of you do not. I am a fifth generation Montanan, growing up on my grandfather’s cattle ranch in Milligan Canyon. My family moved into Whitehall when I was in 7th grade. I graduated from WHS class of 72’ and Carroll College class of 77’. I moved back to Whitehall in 2005 and started serving on the Planning Board and the Parks, Trees and Cemetery Board....

  • Fall Festival Brings in Visitors From All Over

    Oct 27, 2021

    The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce's Annual Fall Festival was held at the Whitehall Community Center on Saturday, October 23rd. The event brought in over two dozen vendors and hundreds of shoppers looking for the perfect holiday gifts. To the left of the photo is the Whitehall Garden Club, who managed the Non-Profit Pie Auction and Pie By the Slice with ease and grace....

  • Importance of JVRAD Question on Ballot

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 27, 2021

    While the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District (JVRAD) question on the ballot is not a binding vote, it will help guide the Town of Whitehall in the direction its citizens want. The Town of Whitehall is currently not included in the JVRAD. Funding for the Ambulance District annual budget and improvements will be from an initial proposed annual assessment of $29 and imposed on each residential lot or parcel within the district which contains a dwelling unit and on developed commercial properties. As of mid-summer, the residents who do not...

  • JVCF Short & Sweet Invitation

    Oct 27, 2021

    The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation would like to invite all non-profits to attend our “Short & Sweet” grant giving event on Thursday, November 4 at the Community Center at 7pm. The non-profits who applied for grants should be in attendance, as well as other non-profits interested in the drawing for the two $1000 Mystery Grants that we have available to give this year. JVCF will be serving pie and ice cream for all in attendance. Mark it on your calendars!...

  • Carnival & Haunted House Bring in Crowds

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 27, 2021

    GIGGLES AND SCREAMS: Screams Come True opened to sold-out crowds this weekend, while the Main Street Green Carnival brought in hundreds. Both events are brought to the Whitehall community by Gold Junction Presents, as well as the generosity of many local businesses. The carnival wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Whitehall PTSA and Whitehall Garden Club....

  • Clarification of Master Plan

    Roy McBride, WTIF Board Chair|Oct 27, 2021

    The Whitehall Tax Increment Fund (WTIF) Board is happy to be working with Stahly Engineering, Headwaters RC&D, and Jefferson Local Development Corporation to complete a Master Plan. It will be a great asset to the WTIF district for future projects. We appreciate all the work that has been done so far; however, the WTIF Board would like to clarify some confusion. The WTIF Board allocated $20,000 for the proposed Master Plan. Because the funds came from the WTIF Board, the Master Plan can only be...

  • Thought Provokers: 10/27/2021

    Oct 27, 2021

    The thermal shock of turning on a light is allegedly what wears it out, yet the light in the refrigerator seems to require very little replacement. Because of streaming, we all have a movie that we watched for the very last time on DVD or Blu-Ray, and we didn’t know it at the time. Considering we only recently invented recording devices, and even now not everything we do is recorded... there is a high chance that when the “coolest thing anyone has ever done in the history of the world” was done, no one saw it. The cowbell is something you d...

  • Dear Editor: More Talk than Action

    Janie Payne|Oct 27, 2021

    To the Editor: Between January 1 and September 27 of this year, at least 19 states enacted 33 laws that make it harder for Americans to vote—and more will come out of GOP-held state legislatures unless we end the filibuster and protect our voting rights. So far, I’ve seen more talk than action in the way President Biden has handled our voting rights crisis. He’s advocated for voting rights legislation and asked Congress to take action, but he failed to do one very obvious thing needed to win this fight: support ending the filibuster. The Jim Cr...

  • Dear Editor: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    Charles Haddon Shank|Oct 27, 2021

    Dear Editor, Having just read approximately the first half of The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as posted on the United Nations website ( I can affirm, with all the positivity I can muster, it SOUNDS pretty good, at least to some extent. Gender Equality: YES! Ending Poverty: YES! Protect the planet: YES! Promote peace: YES! All these are lofty goals, but do we really need governmental assistance in these matters? In this agenda, “the rule of law” and “universal law” come up frequently. With all conspir...

  • Go Ask Jo: 10/27/2021

    Jo|Oct 27, 2021

    Dear Jo, I live in a small town, which means everyone pretty much knows everyone else. Generations know generations. There is a home here in town that not only looks like a junkyard, but is home to a dog that has bitten people, and killed at least one dog that I know of. How does the town not do something about it? How can someone have such a negative effect on neighbors and not have to answer for it? Help! Signed, Dog Tired Dear Dog Tired, The squeaky wheel gets the grease, it is said. It sounds like both the owner and the dog need a little...

  • 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...

  • Connecting Point: Respect and the Republic

    Bill Lanes|Oct 27, 2021

    The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield was well known for his: “I get no respect”: “When I was a kid, I got no respect. I played hide-and-seek. They wouldn’t even look for me,” he quipped in his gravelly voice, his eyes sort of bugging out. “When I was a kid, I got no respect. I told my mother, I’m gonna run away from home.” She said, “On your mark.” Dangerfield passed away in 2015 after open-heart surgery, and the States lost a great comedian. Almost all of the old-timers in the public service sector, tell me they have experienced a long...

  • Dylen Carter Mead, 29

    Oct 27, 2021

    Dylen Carter Mead, 29 of Whitehall, MT left us on October 21, 2021. Dylen was born in Ft. Collins, CO to Rick and Sherre Mead on May 24, 1992. Dylen loved to play and watch sports, receiving many awards in Football and Basketball. After graduation in 2010, he spent some time in Seattle, WA, then in Southern California, eventually making his way back home to Whitehall, where he could hike, snowboard and just hang out with his friends. He is survived by his parents, Rick and Sherre Mead, his brother Suede Mead, his grandparents Dick and Mary Lou... Full story

  • Glenn Kirkpatrick, 85

    Oct 27, 2021

    Glenn Kirkpatrick, 85, of Whitehall, Montana passed away on October 6, 2021, at St. James Hospital in Butte, Montana. He was born in Ten Sleep, Wyoming in 1936 to parents Mary and Harold Kirkpatrick, and had three half-siblings: Dallas, Eddie & Mary Jane, all who preceded him in death. Glenn is survived by his wonderful wife Lois of nearly 65 years (November 12, 1956, in Cody, WY), and three children: Harold (husband George Robles and their son Emilio Robles-Kirkpatrick), Dean, and Wylea. Glenn... Full story

  • Otto William Bausch, Jr., 91

    Oct 27, 2021

    "My life spanned from the Model-T to the Tesla" was one of his favorite sayings. Junior was born in Waterloo (where he lived his entire life) to Otto and Sophia Bausch, the youngest of eight siblings. He was married to Mildred Wucetich Bausch for 67 years. Through this union three children were born: Mike (Cathy) Bausch, Lori (Carter) Butori and Mark (Denise) Bausch. Grandchildren are Whitney (Mary) Bausch, Cole (Bryann) Bausch, Kallie (Tom) Nerlin, Kaleb Bausch, Megan Bausch, Dale (Danni)... Full story

  • Creating Fiction from History: 10/27/2021


    Mary and Jane Donner were born exactly one full minute apart, during a tornado on May 27th, 1896, in St. Louis, Missouri. For their parents, Robert and Miriam, their unique entrance into this life was merely a harbinger of what was to follow! Though the Donner's property was scarcely affected by the fury of the enormous "dust devil", they quickly decided to join the Westward Expansion and, uprooting from Missouri, took the Frisco from St. Louis to Kansas City. There they boarded the Kansas Pacif...

  • Jefferson County News & Notes

    BRUCE BINKOWSKI, Jefferson County Events Coordinator|Oct 27, 2021

    • Ballots were mailed to Jefferson County registered voters on October 15 for the election of Mayor of the Town of Whitehall and a public vote for the Town of Whitehall to start the process to be included in the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District. This election will be conducted by MAIL BALLOT ONLY. The regular polling places will not be open. The place of deposit and the days and times when the ballots may be returned to the place of deposit before election day and on election day are: Jefferson County Clerk and Recorders office at 1...

  • As Halloween Nears, NFPA Reminds Everyone to Keep Fire Safety Top of Mind

    LORRAINE CARLI, National Public Fire Proection Assoc.|Oct 27, 2021

    Halloween is a peak time of year for spooky celebrations and activities, but it also presents some truly scary fire safety hazards. As the holiday nears, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is encouraging everyone to take simple precautions that can help ensure the holiday remains festively fun. “It is exciting to be able to trick or treat, wear costumes, and celebrate Halloween, particularly after last year, when most events and activities were canceled due to the pandemic,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and...

  • Whitehall Community Christmas Cantata Returns!

    Oct 27, 2021

    HALLELUJAH! The long-awaited Community Christmas Cantata is back! Everyone who loves music and singing and the joy of fellowship is invited to join in on the fun. The cantata this year is Hark the Herald and will be under the direction of Janet Heilig and Norm Tebay. Rehearsals began Sunday, October 24th at 7PM at the First Christian Church. There will be practice on Halloween day. The performance will be December 19 at 7PM at the church. New singers are always welcome!...

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: October 1895

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Oct 27, 2021

    Late October 1895 was a busy time for Whitehall. Crops were in, the town was growing and short on water (no sewer or water system yet served the community) and kids were back in school. The following are articles as written in the October 17 and 25, 1895 editions of the Whitehall Zephyr. A Long Felt Want: Now that the bustle craze has returned, Shorty Davis, who possesses inventive genius of extraordinary merit, has come to the front like a god of glory, and filled a long felt want by inventing...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: October 31, 1996

    CATHERINE ELLERTON, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 27, 2021

    OCTOBER 31, 1996 On Wednesday, October 23, the Tobacco Root Girl Scout Service Unit hosted its Annual Investiture and Rededication Ceremony. Approximately 125 people attended, drawn by the Girl Scouting program which has grown 25 percent to include 50 girl members and 13 adults. There were two special presentations at the ceremony. Rosalie Lofftus was awarded the highest honor a cadet can receive, the Silver Award. Rosalie, a senior Girl Scout this year, completed the requirements for this honor last year while she was still a cadet. The other...

  • Between the Stacks: 10/27/2021

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Oct 27, 2021

    This Thursday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. will be our second Holocaust Project program. Team leaders will meet at 5:00 p.m. for committee reports and planning then the program will open to the public at 6:00 p.m. Due to some scheduling changes we will be discussing everyone’s books for the last two months. Our speakers are coming in November and dates will be announced in later columns. Our little Reader’s Theater group will be giving its performance at 3:45 p.m. on November 4th at the Library. These 2nd and 3rd graders have worked hard to learn...

  • Jefferson County Museum Completes Online Archive of 1885-1925 County Newspapers

    Oct 27, 2021

    The Jefferson County Museum has successfully completed our project of putting Jefferson County Newspapers from 1885-1925 online at The Jefferson County Commissioners, Bob Mullen, Leonard Wortman, and Cory Kirsch approved the funding for this project. Jefferson County Museum Board member, Jamie Guenther, initiated the project well over a year ago. The following newspapers are now searchable online: Basin newspapers: Basin Times (1894-1896), Basin Progress (1896-1900),...

  • Veteran's Day Program Slated at WHS November 11

    Oct 27, 2021

    The Whitehall Schools invite all veterans, active service personnel, and community members are invited to the Veteran's Day Program on November 11th at 10AM at the Varsity Gym. Please fill out this form and return to the school before November 5th if you wish to include yourself or another veteran to be honored in this year's roll call....

  • Volleyball Senior Night

    Oct 27, 2021

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