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75 Years Ago

January 16, 1941

New skating rink filled yesterday ready to freeze

A committee from the Lions Club has been active this past week in getting the new ice skating rink in shape for the first hard freeze. The location, which is just west of the Chevrolet garage, was clear this week and an embankment thrown up on the west side and the fire department filled it with water yesterday.

The rink is ideally located almost in the heart of the city and if the weather man will just show a little cooperation, it should not be long before Pine Bluffs skaters will have a place to show off their skill on the steel blades.

Four-ounce egg has two shells

An egg brought in from the A.J. Droessler farm north of town last week was an oddity in more ways than one. The egg, which weighed four ounces, twice the weight of an ordinary egg, was encased in two soft shells – one within the other.

When broken, the freak egg was found to contain a normal single yolk egg inside the inner shell with water filling the space between the two shells.


50 Years Ago

January 14, 1966

Homemaker of Tomorrow named in local high school

Miss Leola Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sheirl Brown, has been named 1966 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. She was high scorer in a written exam Dec. 7 by senior girls and is now eligible for state and national honors.

Test papers of all school winners in the state are being graded, according to Miss Zella Gillaspey, home ec teacher.

A $1,500 scholarship from General Mills, sponsor of the annual search for the American homemaker of tomorrow, will be awarded the highest ranking girl in the state competition. Runner-up will be awarded a $500 educational grant.

This spring, the state homemaker of tomorrow and her school advisor will join winners and advisors from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in a tour and will compete for national honors.


25 Years Ago

January 10, 1991

Residents given warning on hot ashes in bags

Laramie County Fire District #5 has some safety tips for those using fireplaces or wood-burning stoves.

Please do not put hot ashes into paper sacks or cardboard boxes unless they are completely out and cold!

They also suggest putting hot ashes into a metal bucket and dousing them with water, making sure the ashes are completely out before putting them into a dumpster or trash cans.

For your own safety, please do not leave hot ashes inside. Put them in a metal bucket outside your home or garage.

The fire department would greatly appreciate your following the above rules when disposing of ashes.

Students write letters to troops

Before Christmas, a school in Denver learned that some soldiers in Saudi Arabia wanted to hear from American students. One student in that school is a nephew of Liz Barkell, and his mother sent the soldiers’ addresses to Liz.

As a substitute teacher, Liz was aware of writing activities in Pine Bluffs Junior High , so she asked Helen Boyd if she and her students would like to write to these soldiers.

Most of the students chose a name and about 20 letters have been mailed at this time.

Before Christmas, a care package of candy canes and assorted games was sent to the airborne division. This week, a box containing hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and Dum Dum suckers will be sent.

Cody Brown begins term as ST Princess

Cody Rae Brown, daughter of CarlaLee and Jim Conine, was elected of 1991 activities of Cheyenne Saddle Tramps. Serving with her will be Michelle Hoffman, queen, and Kathy Miller, attendant, all members of the equestrian group.

Riding her quarterhorse, Zero, Cody has participated in events of the saddle club and has a collection of belt buckles, trophies and and awards she won by participating in their gymkhanas and shows.

Cody said her other interests as a seventh-grader at Burns Junior High School is creating beadwork, Indian-type, for her bridles and halter, which she has shown at fair displays. She also fashions saddle bags in leather and has made pen holders, desk name plates and other items of leather.


10 Years Ago

January 12, 2006

Burns Town Council renames park

A special request by former mayor Don Phillips, amending a town ordinance, was a topic of discussion at the Burns Town Council meeting. Phillips spoke to the council concerning a name change for the park across from the football field, A-6 Park.

“In honor of Councilman Bob Steege, I would like to request one of the parks be changed to “The Bob Steege Memorial Park,” Phillips said. “As we all know, Councilman Bob Steege was very active in the Town of Burns and he was also on the Laramie County Recreation Board.”

Phillips said Steege loved to work in the town parks.

“If you couldn’t find Bob, all you had to do was go to one of the parks or the football field. He would be mowing or picking up trash,” Phillips added. “He always took it upon himself to see that the parks were always looking their best.”

Phillips told the council he would be willing to pay for a plaque to be placed in the park so there would be no cost to the town.

Council member Don Myers told Phillips that the council and mayor had already discussed renaming the A-6 Park in honor of Steege.

“We have discussed the issue right after the funeral and we think it would be nice to put up a sign over the entry way into the park,” Myers said. “We think Bob would like that since he did so much with all the parks.”

The motion to rename the A-6 Park to The Bob Steege Memorial Park was passed unanimously.

Pine Bluffs Library reopens

The Pine Bluffs Library reopened after being closed over a month while improvements were made. According to Tony Rumpf, Community and Media Relations for the Laramie County Library System, the $34,000 improvement project, paid for by sixth-penny money approved by voters in November 2003, created a larger bathroom, added new carpet throughout the building and installed a new roof and sidewalk.

“The redesign will create one large ADA-compliant/handicap-accessible facility,” said Rumpf. “By doing this, this will also create a much better storage area for staff where we can keep audio-visual materials, serve as a workroom, etc.”

Pine Bluffs Branch Specialist Mary Cushing said the library looks more open and spacious now.

“I think our patrons will be pleased with how it looks,” she said. “I think it looks bright and cheerful.”


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