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  • Whitehall Saddle Club Annual Wreath Auction Brings in Over $5K For Local Causes

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 15, 2021

    The Whitehall Saddle Club held their annual Wreath Auction at the Mint Bar on December 11th, after bidding at the Whitehall Community Center during the Christmas Stroll. Thirty-four wreaths were displayed and purchased via silent or live auction, with proceeds going to numerous local causes, such as the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department, VFW, the Whitehall Saddle Club, and more. The top-earning wreath of the evening was made by Kathy Anderson, with proceeds going towards Mindy Bowman's...

  • JVCF Grant Funds Available for Non-Profits

    JOHN KREIS, Jefferson Valley Community Foundation|Dec 15, 2021

    The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation has received grant funds from The Dennis and Phyllis Foundation by way of Montana Rail Link. The Jefferson Community Foundation is soliciting applications from area nonprofits for community service projects that could be greatly enhanced by additional funding. The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation has always tried to help and support nonprofit organizations that benefit the area we all call home. When we all are involved together in the improvement of our community, the community moves forward...

  • Dear Editor: Climate Change

    DON LEPINSKY|Dec 15, 2021

    Dear Editor, The science has been conclusive for decades. The polar ice caps are melting. Sea levels and temperatures are rising. Forest fires, hurricanes, droughts, and flooding are increasing in intensity and frequency. The human-induced climate crisis is real and is escalating out of control. The federal government is not taking the crisis seriously enough. The Democrat mitigation policies and spending included in “Build Back Better” is a positive step, however, would it not be better if congress considered a stand-alone bill mitigating the...

  • Dear Editor: Lying

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Dec 15, 2021

    Dear Editor, This may be controversial. This might cause a bit of a stir. It could even be esteemed to be a bit negative; but when, if ever, is it okay to lie? Much less, to our kids? For example, one of our kids comes up to us, asking what we think of their artwork. If it’s poorly done and even ugly as sin, do we lie and tell them what a beautiful picture it is? Sure, it might boost their psyche for the moment, but what happens when one of their peers, who are usually more brutally honest than most adults, tells them it sucks? They come c...

  • Dear Editor: Patriotism

    DAVE TORGERSON|Dec 15, 2021

    Dear Editor, As a kid raised on a farm in northern Minnesota, I attended the last one-room schoolhouse of all eight grades. Graduating eighth grade and starting high school I recognized how privileged I was at Sunnyside school where I listened to classes for all eight grades. First graders were partnered with older students and given the privilege of raising and lowering the flag. We were taught respect for the flag, by making sure it never touched the ground and folding it properly until raised the following day. By listening to the lessons...

  • Thought Provokers: 12/15/2021

    Dec 15, 2021

    If Wile E. Coyote could afford all of that high-end gear, why didn’t he just go buy dinner? Most modern adults are less equipped to survive in the wilderness alone than average 10-year-olds from 200 years ago. It’s not the roof of your mouth, it’s the ceiling. As you climb up the social ladder, people become less and less funny. Wealthy people have a poorer sense of humor, while poorer people are usually hilarious. The truest genius in MENSA is the one who convinced people to pay a recurring fee to be labeled a genius. Cheesecake has no charact...

  • Name to a Face: Larry Feight

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 15, 2021

    He knows everything there is to know about electrical fences...but that chapter of his life is coming to an end and a new one is about to begin. Larry Feight, who has been working in electric fencing since 1982 and has owned High Country Ag since 1987, has sold his business. While this sounds like he might be on the path to retirement, he won't quite admit that thus far. "I'm tired," Feight said with a laugh. "But I'm still sticking around to help train the new owner (Elliott Perfili) and keep t...

  • Dear Jo: 12/15/2021

    Jo|Dec 15, 2021

    Dear Jo, I am just sick of ugly sweaters! I have actually seen some of my own sweaters on people at these dumb parties!! What the hell?! It is literally insulting. I wore one of my best, favorite sweaters just to show people how dumb this ugly sweater idea is and they gave me the award for the ugliest sweater! I am furious. How do I let my friends know that I was insulted at the party and am determined not to go again? Signed, No Ugly Sweater Dear Sweater, If you can’t beat ‘em, (and you can’t), join ‘em. You just wear your not ugly sweater and...

  • New Whitehall Food Pantry Open and Ready to Serve

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 15, 2021

    It's been a long time coming," Cara Sacry said with a smile. Sacry, along with Konnie Smith and several others have been working several years to bring the Whitehall Food Pantry into its own building. Previously located in a small space at the Trinity Methodist Church, the Whitehall Food Pantry now has a new building on Division Street, near the entrance to the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds. The building is due to a large donation by a Whitehall resident who has since passed. The new building began...

  • Chamber Corner: How to Get More Involved

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 15, 2021

    The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Borden’s conference room. New officers and board members were elected, while several vacated their positions with much respect and gratitude. Chamber President Alison Richardson relinquished her position to incoming President Pamela Polachi from Settings by All Things Montana. Polachi moved up from the Vice President seat, which will now be filled by Elizabeth Pullman of the Whitehall Ledger. Lorie Steerman will remain as Chamber Treasurer. New Chamber b...

  • Barbara Scott (Adams) Hill, 79

    Dec 15, 2021

    Barbara Scott (Adams) Hill, 79, our dear Mom and beautiful Texas belle, went to be with our Lord Jesus and our Dad, on December 2, 2021, in Billings, MT., after several years of challenging health issues, COVID-19 being the final one. She was born on January 15, 1942, in Houston, Texas to Ernest and Louise Adams grew up in River Oaks, was an Allegro Debutante, and attended Saint John's School through high school graduation. She then obtained an Associates of Arts Degree from Bennett College,...

  • Linda Crane Hicks, 70

    Dec 15, 2021

    Linda Crane Hicks, age 70, of Cardwell, Montana, died in her home on December 5, 2021. Linda was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota, on June 10, 1951. Linda grew up in Butte, MT with her parents Ray and Pat Crane, four sisters and two brothers. She went on to attend Butte Business College and then started her career as a Dental Assistant. Linda pursued her career in Billings, MT, where she met the love of her life and best friend, Farley Hicks. Linda later moved to Sheridan, MT, where she made...

  • Gary Frank Malyevac (Jake), 81

    Dec 15, 2021

    Gary Frank Malyevac (Jake) passed away suddenly in his home, which was his final wish, on December 12, 2021. Gary was born in Butte, MT, to Frank and Mabel Malyevac. Gary struggled with health issues the past few years, which prevented him in doing what he loved most, working with his hands. His greatest skills were working both with wood and leather. Prior to retirement, Gary worked for the Butte School District as an Industrial Arts Teacher (27 years). For all of the kids that passed through...

  • Kurt Charles Klemo, 64

    Dec 15, 2021

    Kurt Charles Klemo, born February 24, 1957, in Butte to Jack and Mary Lou (McCarthy) Klemo, passed away unexpectedly at home on November 3, 2021, in Roswell, New Mexico at the age of 64. Kurt worked many years at 400 Penn Plaza and Pioneer Bank in Roswell using his diverse construction and property management skills before retiring in October 2021. Those of us who knew Kurt are aware of his love for hunting and fishing with his family and friends in Montana and New Mexico. He had a big smile,...

  • How to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

    DR. TALI BERLINER, ThePsychologyGroup.com|Dec 15, 2021

    Don’t you wish you could press pause on the grieving process during the holiday season? I remember wishing I could do just that during the first (and several) holiday season following the painful loss of a loved one in my life. I recall being conflicted as there were times when I wanted to participate in the excitement and joy but simultaneously either didn’t want to participate at all or felt guilty for celebrating. That conflict still exists many years later. Grief is complicated and unique for everyone. While accepting loss becomes eas...

  • Connecting Point: Joy for a Weary World

    BILL LANES|Dec 15, 2021

    ‘Tis the season for joy. In the last couple of years, I’ve been sincerely questioned if I truly have felt this way, and I have concluded that in these times people are feeling more stressed than in the past. I’m not pretending to ignore current difficulties; however, I have a different perspective due to my faith in Jesus Christ. I purposely choose joy over woe, and not just because it’s the “Christmas” season. By now you’ve heard the familiar sounds of Christmas songs either over the radio or other forms of media. Communities are preparing for...

  • IT'S BIGGER THAN SHE IS!

    Dec 15, 2021

    WINNER OF THE NINE FOOT CHRISTMAS STOCKING! Jordyn Andrews looks so tiny in comparison to her HUGE Christmas stocking! Jordyn won the Christmas stocking, supplied by the Cardwell General Store, during the Whitehall Christmas Stroll. Here she is with her loot at the Whitehall Community Library, where the drawing took place!...

  • Elfie Selfie Week 3 Winner

    Dec 15, 2021

  • Between the Stacks: 12/15/2021

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Dec 15, 2021

    What an amazing weekend! Congratulations to the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, Lorie Steerman and Rhea Armstrong for such a wonderful event. The library hosted 770 adults, youth, and children in seven different programs during the day. Our counter said 680 people came in on Saturday to enjoy a variety of activities. I want to thank my incredible staff, volunteers, Deanna Mydland of PBSKids, Friends of the Library and our own beloved Santa Claus. This year Santa had two elves, Kay Crusch and...

  • Christmas Light Contest Winners Announced

    Dec 15, 2021

    RESIDENTIAL WINNERS: (Above) Brent and Sandi Mabbott took first place honors with their Christmas light display. Second place: Nick & Mary Hensleigh; third place: Cindy & Rob Strub, and fourth place: Joanie Jones. The contest was sponsored by Northwestern Energy and judged by parade participants. Photo courtesy WHITEHALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TWINKLING TRACTOR (Left) Hans Buckner decked his tractor's halls for the Parade of Lights on Friday night. LEDGER PHOTO BUSINESS WINNERS: Settings by All...

  • Creating Fiction From History: 12/15/2021

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 15, 2021

    Josaphyna De Villiers was born on May 21, 1894, to Willem and Dominique De Villiers. Although she entered this world in these United States of America, Josaphyna was of French ancestry, with both sets of grandparents having migrated to these shores from the South of France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Her grandparents, both paternal and maternal, had kept a certain part of their heritage a secret, as they had, in a manner of speaking, been forced to leave the land of their nativity. They...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 12/19/1996

    CATHERINE ELLERTON, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 15, 2021

    DECEMBER 19, 1996 New ownership has come to the Whitehall Ledger. Glenn Marx, an advisor to Governor Marc Racicot, and his wife Terri, officially purchased the weekly newspaper Friday, December 13, and will formally take over operations on January 1, 1997. Marx said they are looking forward to the challenges and to becoming a part of Whitehall. The couple, along with their two children (daughter Anna, 11, and son Toby, 9) are purchasing a home in Whitehall. Marx said it has been a dream of his to own a community newspaper for years. For the...

  • Trojans Finish Busy Weekend By Placing 3rd in the Whitehall Alumni Dual Tournament

    STEVE SACRY, Whitehall Trojan Wrestling Coach|Dec 15, 2021

    Whitehall first hosted Columbus for a dual on Thursday night. Whitehall came out on top 48-24. Highlights during that match were victories by pin from Issacc Skogen, Ivar Radcliffe, Gavin Watson, Dane Hoover, Miles Hoerauf, and Leo Scafani. The tournament ran Friday and Saturday. Teams competing were Billings West JV, Townsend, Boulder, Conrad, Columbus, Skyview JV, Fergus County JV, Butte High JV, Bozeman JV, Dillon, Anaconda, Billings Senior JV, Great Falls High JV, Belgrade, Gallatin JV, Capi...

  • JVFA Thanks You For The Support!

    MICHELE FRANICH, Jefferson Valley Fine Arts|Dec 15, 2021

    Jefferson Valley Fine Arts would like to give heartfelt thanks to those artists who exhibited their wonderful talents, making our art show another successful event for the Whitehall Christmas Stroll. None of it would be possible without your participation. To the amazing group of volunteers, I can't believe how hard you work continually year after year to make this all come together. Thank you for being the civic-minded team players you are! The art exhibit would be a distant memory without...

  • Gingerbread Competition

    Dec 15, 2021

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