Alex Banks finds his voice at age 70

August 9, 2013

SHERIDAN — At age 70, Alex Banks hobbled on crutches into singing class weeks after the class started having had hip replacement surgery. “I went with my friend Jack Vernon to take singing lessons at Sheridan College,” Banks said. “I don’t know what possessed him to go but I went along to give him a Read More

Living through changes in telephone technology

August 2, 2013

SHERIDAN — “Telephone technology was so much different when I started as a telephone operator,” Wilma Hahle Deeds said. She worked as an operator for the Mountain Bell telephone service in Sheridan for 19 years and nine months. Deeds grew up during the early years of telephone technology when callers simply picked up the receiver Read More

The school bus

World War II essentially killed dad’s business of moving dirt and building reservoirs. His help was drafted and getting parts was difficult. Consequently dad operated a ranch 13 miles south of town where there was no phone or electricity. However, there was a path to the outhouse and a coal oil lamp to do homework Read More

Summer — a great time for friends

July 26, 2013

SHERIDAN — Summer is a terrific time for gardeners to show off their gardens whether vegetable, flower or a combination of both.   With cooperative weather — and possibly shade trees — an outdoor party is a lovely way to mix, mingle and enjoy pleasant weather without the worry of wear and tear (and spilled Read More

An open, inviting porch

I have always wanted a porch. A place to drink lemonade with friends and family, a place to watch the grandkids run through the sprinkler, and a place to enjoy the outdoors and work a crossword puzzle. There are many beautiful porches around Sheridan, but I remain confused about one thing, why would a person Read More

Full-service in a self-service world

July 19, 2013

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — If you pull into the Sheridan Farmer’s Co-op in Sheridan for gas, don’t be surprised when Harold Ruzila steps to your vehicle and asks what you want. He is Farmer Co-op’s gas attendant. His job is to fuel your vehicle, wash your windshield, check the air pressure Read More

The trouble with ‘me’

Sometimes I don’t like me. I get kind of whiney. Well, OK, I get a lot whiney. Then I want to leave me and go to Mexico. But I know that I would be taking me with me and somehow “me” would find something to whine about in Mexico too. I wonder who this person Read More

Growing your own hops for home brew

July 12, 2013

SHERIDAN — Some years ago, a hobby beer brewer said “Anyone can make wine, but it takes skill to brew beer!” “Some college mates and I first brewed beer when we were in college,” Sheridan resident Bill Rathburn said. “We brewed it in a crock and covered it with a tablecloth. It wasn’t very good Read More

Life in the cavalry barn

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

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