Life in the cavalry barn

July 12, 2013

On an 80-acre farm in 1940s Missouri my mother became a widow with four daughters ages 4 to 10. She stayed through WWII, but when the time came to put her girls in high school she was faced with a decision. With no school buses, it was necessary to board her girls in town during Read More

Don’t cherish living alone? Consider buying a house with friends

July 5, 2013

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — The statistics have been around for years: women outlive men. With the children gone and the possibility of finding yourself living alone, downsizing to manageable living space is a reality. But the prospect of living alone — particularly if you have spent years with a flurry of Read More

Granddad versus the automobile

Granddad was past 35 before he learned to drive a car. He thought a car should go anywhere a team and wagon would go. As a result, he needed a new car often. No one wanted his trade-ins. His cars were well used and abused. Henry Ford was selling new model T cars for less Read More

Sheridan woman has golden dreams

June 28, 2013

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — With July around the corner, many Sheridan County residents have the sounds of rodeo in their ears. But for resident Jacqueline Jones, it’s the crack of pool and pingpong balls that sound in her ears. Jones, who quickly introduces herself as Jacky, is training for the 2013 Read More

Travel bug at the Senior Center

The firs senior citizen day trips I know of took place in the 70’s and 80’s at the Tongue River meal site. At that time the Senior Center contracted with one of the restaurants in Ranchester or Dayton. My parents, Burl and Roberta Wilkes, were instrumental in getting the meal program started in the Tongue Read More

Scholarships available for Day Break

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Senior Center’s Day Break elder care program has announced the availability of scholarships for seniors who would benefit from a supervised day routine. The opportunity to engage in meaningful activities is essential to human health. Day Break can provide entertainment and companionship for individuals who are isolated and often alone. Day Read More

Sheridan: A place to play a lot

June 21, 2013

In 2004 my husband Bob and I started our grand adventure and it was called retirement. Our daughter told us about a small friendly town in northern Wyoming that promised to be just what we were looking for. With the beautiful mountains and plenty of cool clean air it sounded like heaven to two people Read More

A family history with deep roots

By Kirsten Arnold Wyoming Room – Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library SHERIDAN — In an age where families splinter and many family farms and ranches are sold to third parties, Ken Kerns talks about his history and how their family held tight to their heritage. His family tree has roots that run deep through the Read More

Center’s services making a difference

June 14, 2013

As the Development Director for the Sheridan Senior Center, I get excited when the time rolls around for our annual Operation Independence Campaign. We are so thankful that your contributions and support help those who utilize the Center’s services to find comfort, strength and camaraderie. There are many, many great stories that we hear and Read More

The four-legged company we keep

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERDAN — Sheridan is definitely a dog-friendly town. On a given day, you are likely to see a dog or more in a vehicle. Many businesses with drive-through window service may offer a treat to your four-legged friend in the vehicle with you. “It’s not in the entire world Read More

A memorable RV trip west

June 8, 2013

In April 2010, my son, Jamie, and daughter-in-law, Rita, invited me to go on a trip in an RV to California. Jamie, a pilot, flew me from Sheridan to Salt Lake City where Rita met the two of us with an RV ready to go. We were gone for two weeks to see the Pacific Read More

Take a trip and create some memory making moments

SHERIDAN — There are many memory-making moments we can have through life. Baking with a grandmother, barbecuing with friends or family, camping, dancing … there are as many different such moments as there are people to make them. We often need to carve out memorable moments. And once done, aren’t you glad you’ve done it? Read More

Sheridanaires preparing for annual Spring Follies

May 31, 2013

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Voices swell and rise from behind closed doors as the Senior Center’s Sheridanaires singing group rehearses for the upcoming annual June Spring Follies performance. This year’s theme “As Time Goes By” is the brainchild of Senior Center Activities director, Jane Perkins. “It’s too quirky how I came Read More

The threshing machine days

There was a shortage of manpower towards the end of World War II. Most young men were in the military. For this reason, a couple of my friends Bill “Ruff” Locke, Eugene “Ole” Oleson and I were recruited to work on the threshing machine crew. We did our best in between play sessions. The first Read More

Probiotics are the wonder bugs for your body

By Georgia Boley Registered Dietician SHERIDAN — Probiotic is the new buzzword in the health field. Actually, this term is new to some, but ancient to many. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that have taken up house in and on humans since the beginning of time. Many ancient cultures recognized that fermented foods and foods made Read More

Armed with knowledge: Fight the silent killer

May 24, 2013

May is Hypertension Awareness Month. Did you know the American Heart Association reports one in three Americans over the age of 20 has hypertension, also known as high blood pressure? By the time we reach our 50s the odds are 50/50 that we will have high blood pressure. There is no other condition as prevalent Read More

From the military to county magistrate

SHERIDAN — Many students work during the summer or part-time jobs during the school year but few can match the experiences of Duane Buchholz. In 1943, the Buchholz family came to Sheridan where his father worked for Peter Kiewit. “I did the usual things as a youngster,” Buchholz said. “(I) had a paper route, worked Read More

Applications available for December tax refund

May 17, 2013

SHERIDAN — Application forms for the annual December tax refund will be available at the Sheridan Senior Center June 3. Qualifications guidelines apply. For information, call Mary Anderson at the Senior Center Monday through Fridays at 672-2240. The refund is available to qualifying individuals age 65 years or older or individuals with disabilities who are Read More

The individual stories of community

By Sarah Aksamit Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Communities change, buildings move, stores shut down and open, people move in and move away and through all of this an area’s history is formed. But nothing defines an area like its people and their individual stories. The communities of northeast Wyoming are no different. They were Read More

Two years in the butler pantry

Imagine a 15-year-old Missouri farm girl going to work at Trail End (The Kendrick Mansion) in the spring of 1947. Duties included setting the table for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving the meals, cleaning up and washing dishes by hand, no dishwasher. Following breakfast I left the butler’s pantry to clean bathrooms daily, make beds Read More

The blonde hussy and burned cookies

May 10, 2013

I just returned home from having a wonderful Sunday dinner at the Senior Center. What a joy it is to have such a warm, friendly place to not only have a great meal but to visit and laugh with so many dear friends. We seniors are so fortunate to have such a delightful place to Read More

Community happenings for Seniors

• Interested in participating in acrylic art camp, basketball camp or Improvisation Skills camp? It’s not too late. Call the Senior Center at 672-2240 to sign-up or for more information. • Memorial Day Picnic at Poulson-Griffith Youth Camp May 30. There is a suggested contribution per person for lunch of $4. The suggested contribution per Read More

Make blood pressure control a goal

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Have you talked about a goal for your blood pressure with your health care provider? If not, do it at your next visit. One of three American adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. That’s 67 million people who have to work to keep their blood pressure Read More

Two improv workshops available at Carriage House Theater

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — The brief definition of improvisation is “To invent, compose, or perform with little or no preparation.” Sounds like a skill many can use in business, right? “What many people don’t realize is that improvisation helps us develop thought patterns that keeps things in order to solve problems Read More

The Wyoming bachelor’s life in the 1940s

May 3, 2013

I met George Alvin Dowdy at a horse sale in 1947. I was 14 and Dowdy was 18. The friendship lasted 50 years until he died in 1998. His uncle, Charley Dowdy, had married Bessie Wellman. They all lived at the Wellman ranch about 13 miles south of town. Charley Dowdy and Bessie Wellman went Read More

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