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  • Our Town 100+ Years Ago: May, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|May 22, 2024

    8+ YEARS AGO - May, Part II: Late May 1898 had headlines about the Naval warfare near Cuba, dozens dead after a tornado swept through Clinton and Jackson counties in Iowa and parts of western Illinois, and five masked men made off with $25,000 of valuables when they held up a passenger train near Cuba, Alabama. Whitehall had many good things happening, some of which people were unhappy about. The following articles are taken as written from the May 20 and 27, 1898 editions of the Jefferson...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 5/25/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|May 22, 2024

    May 25, 1999 Candidates for three four-year Whitehall Town Council positions, one in each of Whitehall's three wards, have until July 1 to file for office and be part of the Nov. 2, 1999, general election. The terms of council members Chuck Buus in Ward 1, Avia Timberlake in Ward 2, and Terry Ross in Ward 3 expire at the end of the year, and the ward positions will appear on the November ballot. Buus said he would not be a candidate for the town council in 1999, and both Ross and Timberlake...

  • FFA Thanks You For the Support

    May 22, 2024

    FFA THANKS YOU FOR THE SUPPORT: When we first rechartered our chapter, we knew there would be many hills to climb without knowing anything. Our officer team was going in completely blind, from not knowing how to run a meeting to running our very first Whitehall FFA chapter banquet in 30 years. This team did an amazing job. Let alone we had some incredible members who stepped up and helped the whole way. We had several members compete throughout the year who did phenomenally well for the little t...

  • Jefferson Valley Museum Opening for 29th Season

    ARLENE WEBER, Jeffferson Valley Museum|May 22, 2024

    The Jefferson Valley Museum will open for its 29th season on Saturday, May 25th, and will be open for visitors on Monday, May 27th. Regular open hours are noon to 4 PM, Tuesday through Sunday. Displays are always being updated, so even if a visit was made within the past couple of years, there will be new items to see. Museum volunteers are often at the museum on Monday afternoons, and this is a good time to drop off artifacts or learn more about the museum. The last day of regular operation...

  • Between the Stacks: 5/22/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|May 22, 2024

    The library's new website is up and running! The new web address is https://www.mywhlmontana.com, which is short for My Whitehall Library Montana. The Friends of the Library are funding the site, which includes monthly calendars, information about programs, links, and more. As we organize it, we will post new things, including new pictures. If you have pictures to share with us, please send them to jferriss@mtlib.org so we can post them. Eric Beal from the Montana Veterans Affairs Division will...

  • Jefferson Valley Early Education Coalition Addresses Best Fit for Families

    RHEA ARMSTRONG, Rocky Head Start|May 22, 2024

    On Monday, May 13th, early childhood educators and partners met to discuss how local programs can best meet the needs of pre-kindergarten children and their families. The newly formed coalition discussed many future issues but agreed to focus on two current primary needs: alerting families of a June deadline that limits education options and creating a one-application system so families could apply for all Pre-K programs for which they are eligible. The Whitehall Elementary School hosted a screening for its Transitional Kindergarten class on...

  • Alpaca Playdate for Rocky Head Start Students

    May 22, 2024

    Rocky Head Start students toured Heart & Soul Alpacas and Guest Cabins in Silver Star on Wednesday, May 18th. The children got to pet, hug, feed, and love on all of the beautiful animals at the ranch....

  • Mark Your Calendar: The Fairytale Continues

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|May 22, 2024

    Dust off your fairy wings, polish your troll tusks, and let your imagination soar! Whitehall's Whimsical Wonders are thrilled to announce the second annual Enchanted Faire, a magical event where the whimsical meets the wonderful. On Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 11 AM to 3 PM, the Main Street Green (next to the historic Star Theatre) will transform into a mystical wonderland, inviting wizards, fairies, gnomes, and woodland creatures of all ages to join in the merriment. Unleash Your Creativity:...

  • Get Tickets Now: Royal Mad Hatter Tea Party

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|May 22, 2024

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and all creatures of whimsy, you are cordially invited to an enchanting affair like no other! On Saturday, June 22nd, the Enchanted Faire proudly presents a Royal Mad Hatter Tea, a magical experience fit for a Queen (of Hearts) and her court. Join our delightfully "Mad" hostesses, Kathy Ross and Dorie Westhoven, as they welcome you to a world of wonder and whimsy. This spellbinding event will feature two exclusive tea seatings; the first will be held at...

  • Dueling Pianos Fundraiser a Huge Success

    May 22, 2024

    Saturday night at the Whitehall Community Center was the place to be for the Dueling Pianos fundraiser. Over 110 people attended the fundraising event, which (after expenses) will net just over $9500! These funds will then be split between the PRCA Rodeo (July 19-20), the Bulls Broncs & Barrels Rodeo (July 27th), and the tennis/pickleball court fund. “All positive comments about the show,” said organizer Gina Ossello. “There was fantastic interaction between the performers and the crowd, with...

  • Interpretive Programs Begin at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 22, 2024

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is kicking off its summer interpretive programs this month with talks highlighting everything Montana’s first state park offers. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall, along Montana Highway 2. For more information about the park, call 406-287-3541, ext. 9. May 24 - Not Just A Cave: Although the park is famous for its caverns, there is much more to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. On Friday, May 24, park staff will present “Not Just A Cave,” highlighting the wildlife habit...

  • Missouri Headwaters State Park Presents June Events

    Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 22, 2024

    Missouri Headwaters State Park will begin its summer speaker series next month, featuring musicians, historians, and other guests at events celebrating Montana. Each event will be held behind the park office starting at 7 PM. These programs are free to Montana residents, and an $8 entrance fee applies at Montana state parks for all nonresident vehicles. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and insect repellent. S’mores will be served after each program. Missouri Headwaters State Park is on Trident Road, about 5 miles northeast o...

  • WMS Band Awarded First Place in Concert Band 1A

    May 22, 2024

    The Whitehall Middle School Band traveled to Spirit Lake, Idaho, on Saturday, May 18, to compete in the Music in the Parks program. The group was awarded First Place in Concert Band 1A. Music In The Parks is an educationally focused music festival that allows school performing ensembles to learn from exceptional conductors in music education today. The festival's mission is to bring together student musicians and adjudicator-clinicians for performances, with the result being musical growth,...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Juicy Turkey Burgers

    May 22, 2024

    Turkey does not garner much attention outside of Thanksgiving or other holidays when a roasted turkey is the centerpiece of a large family meal. However, turkey is a lean, tasty, versatile protein source that can be used in many meals. Individuals interested in reducing the fat and calorie content of some of their favorite dishes can opt for turkey over red meat. This is the case for Turkey Burgers, from The New Trailside Cookbook (Firefly) by Kevin Callan and Margaret Howard. Turkey...

  • Our Town 100+ Years Ago: May, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|May 15, 2024

    8+ YEARS AGO - May, Part I: Front page headlines in May 1898 Jefferson Valley Zephyr editions featured war stories, states rights vs. the attempt to nationalize the military forces, banks in Montana and Germany in trouble, death on Montana roads from people being thrown from wagons, riots in Italy over taxes on flour; and, Butte being "infested with the toughest gang of crooks and hoboes every seen within the confines of Silver Bow county..." Whitehall finally gained a local undertaker named...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 5/19/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|May 15, 2024

    May 19, 1999 Voters in both Whitehall and Cardwell approved proposed increases in property tax mill levies during the May 18 school elections. Whitehall voters approved a $21,807 mill levy for the Whitehall High School by an 181-116 vote. Depressed gold prices claimed 28 more victims on May 18 when Golden Sunlight Mine announced it reduced its workforce by 28 employees. The mine employs 209, so the layoffs - about a 14 percent workforce reduction - will reduce the Golden Sunlight workforce to...

  • Between the Stacks: 5/15/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|May 15, 2024

    The 21st Century Friday students took a step back in time at the library. This month, they have been exploring pioneer life with the library staff as they made covered wagons and then discovered they could make butter by themselves. After "finger" churning for 20 minutes, the students opened their jars to see sweet, creamy butter lumps. They then learned to salt and wash the butter, how to store it, and how different it tastes from modern products. Their butter was then served with fresh honey...

  • Frankman Named to Berry College Spring 2024 Dean's List

    BERRY COLLEGE|May 15, 2024

    Katie Frankman of Cardwell, Montana, was named to the Spring 2024 Dean’s List at Berry College. The Dean’s List honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester. Nationally recognized for academic excellence and as an outstanding educational value, Berry is an independent, coeducational, comprehensive liberal arts college of approximately 2,200 students. For more than a century, the college has offered an exceptional education that balances int...

  • Rotarians Visit Hatchery, Cash in Whitehall's Cans

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|May 15, 2024

    On May 8, 2024, four members of the Whitehall Rotary Club visited the federal fish hatchery near Ennis, Montana, to learn more about the proper care of trout stocked in the Whitehall historic fishpond each summer. Rotarians Karen Burtch, Candace Ahlin, Libby McBride, and Arlene Weber spent an hour with hatchery staff learning about the hatchery's process and better ways to keep the fish healthy once they are in the pond here in town. The club is obtaining the proper permit to transport larger...

  • Celebrating Mother's Day with Whitehall Public Transportation

    May 15, 2024

    DELICIOUSNESS: Whitehall Public Transportation’s Mother’s Day Breakfast fundraiser fed several dozen on Saturday, May 11th at the Whitehall Community Center. Pancakes, fruit salad, and more were served....

  • Butte SPIRIT Homes Bingo Night Fundraiser May 18th, Elks Lodge

    SEAN WISNER, Butte SPIRIT Homes|May 15, 2024

    On Saturday, May 18th, the Butte SPIRIT Homes will host its first major public fundraising event, a Bingo Night at the Elks Lodge, with a taco dinner at 5 PM and Bingo at 6 PM. There is no fee for entry. Taco bags are $5 each, and a set of 10 Bingo games is $10 - participants can buy as many as they wish. There will be a 50/50 and other games, contests, and numerous silent auction items. There will be a combination of cash and in-kind prizes, including gift certificates for restaurants around...

  • Physical Therapy: A Spring Essential

    JENELLE WHITE, Intermountain Health|May 15, 2024

    Why Physical Therapy Matters: Spring is here, and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get active comes with it. Whether you are a seasoned gardener, a weekend warrior, or a casual walker, you may benefit from physical therapy to keep your body healthy and pain-free. Physical therapy is wholistic health care that focuses on improving your movement, function, and quality of life. Physical therapists are experts in assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, such as sprains, strains,...

  • Wildfire Spring Cleaning

    DOUG DODGE, Jefferson County DES and Fire Warden|May 15, 2024

    Spring is upon us in Montana, and with it comes time for spring cleaning and improvement activities around the house. While we prune, plant, paint, and prepare for summer, it is critical to consider wildfire risk for all our springtime duties and to take a moment to reflect upon the question, “What can I do?” What can I do immediately around my home to reduce its risk of ignition? If you are considering replacing mulch around your house, remember that the first three feet of landscaping should be clear of flammable material. Wood chips, bar...

  • Hunting is a Valuable Tool in Managing Lions

    ANDREW CARPENTER, Writers on the Range|May 15, 2024

    Asking the public to decide if it’s a good idea to ban hunting mountain lions and bobcats is no way for a state to run its wildlife agency. We all have opinions, but most of us aren’t experts in managing wildlife. The state monitors lion populations to keep lions out of trouble, set hunting limits, and promote stable populations. Yet, an effort is underway to ban hunting and trapping lions, bobcats, and even lynxes, which are already protected by the state. Anti-hunting advocates are working to collect enough signatures to get a ban on the bal...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Éclairs

    May 15, 2024

    An éclair is a delicious French dessert with an eggy but airy pastry traditionally filled with custard and topped with a chocolate glaze. However, éclairs can be customized to feature many different flavors. Historians say acclaimed chef Antonin Caréme is attributed with making the éclair famous by modifying a cake recipe previously known as "pain la Duchesse." Éclair means "flash," and the name may suggest that these pastries were eaten in a flash. The most recognizable version of this popu...

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