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Volume 96 • B I G T I M B E R P I O N E E R Wednetdiy, Fcbnnry22, 1984 Serving Big Timber and Sweet Grass County, Montana N a 25 250 • Why do BTGS students like to read? All the answers are on p*#e 3 • Duane and Pun Braaten joined an exclusive club recently. Details on page 4 • Save those papers and cans, folks. Find out why on page 6 ■ i The Missoula Children's Theatre presentation o f'Johnny Appleseed\ hoj a delight to cast members and audience alike Above the \appleseeds\ steal the scene as Prescott (Jayleen Purcell standing a t left), Michael Shooner as Johnny, standing center, and Rupert (Cory Conner, standing right) ponder the thought Lewistown case tried here The Sweet Grass County District courtroom and a local jury are being used for the trial of a Lewistown man, Leroy “ Jake” Lemon, charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault The trial began Tuesday and continues today (Wednesday). Lemon Is on trial for the Feb. 13, 1983 alleged kidnapping of Koralyn Lemon and assault on her. In February of last year the Lemons were separated, they have since been divorced. Mrs. Lemon testified Tuesday afternoon on the day in question she was asked by an acquaintance,1' John Sweeting, to retrieve a brief case locked in Jake Lemon’s pickup. She had the keys to the vehicle, and proceeded to do as Sweeting requested She says she did not then know, nor does not know now, what was in the brief case. Continued on page 4 Nickolas Grosfield featured in Colorado news article Little Nikolas Grosfield, two year old son o f Lorants and Syd ney Grosfield, was the subject of a full page article in the February 5 edition of the Rocky Mountain Newt, a Denver, Colorado daily newspaper. Nicky underwent reconstructive surgery at the Denver Children’s Hospital in November to correct an inborn airway problem. The op eration was performed November 21 by noted physician Dr. Nigel Pashley. The tracheal tube was left in place until the February 3 to make sure the operation was suo- ccsfuL The breathing tube had been with Nicky since shortly after his birth The operation was successful, the youngster's father told The Pioneer but the day after the tracheal tube was removed Niko las developed some other pro blems, and the device had to be reinserted. Nicky and his parents traveled back down to Denver last weekend for still another operation. The young child was in surgery four hours Monday and in intensive care for several days following. The newspaper article pictures the little boy with Dr. Pashley. The reconstructive surgery involv ed cutting the scarred cricoid (the ring of cartilage that forms the larynx) in half and expanding it with tiny plugs of cartilage taken from Nickolas’ ribs. A brace is placed against the cricoid until it and the rib cartilage fuse. Dr. Pashley told the Rocky Mountain News reporter there is a fairly high death rate from the tracheal tube. “If a child has a tracheal tube in longer than a year, there’s a 25 percent chance of him dying from it,\ the surgeon said. The danger lies in the tube being pulled out or becoming clogged with mucus. The Grosfields have combatted this problem by instal ling an intercom system in their home and in Nikolas’ crib so that his breathing can be constantly monitored. They must also fre quently clean mucus from the boy’s throat with a suction ma chine. When little Nicky was bom February 23, 1984, his throat was almost squeezed shut. But most of Dr. Pashley’s patients requiring this operation have had the air passages badly scarred as a result of treatment given a baby bom prematurely. In these instances, a breathing tube needed to force air into a baby’s- ..undeveloped. lun§s- can cause extensive scarring as it presses against the cricoid. This pan of the airway is the most susceptible to damage because it is the narrowest part. Often, even after the child’s lungs have developed, a youngster is unable to breathe because of swollen air passages. Then a tracheal tube must be inserted below the damaged Iarnx. The Denver doctor has develop ed a formula that enables doctors to more closely match respirator tubes with the size of a baby's tiny throat. He has also written guide lines to alert physicians to poten tial developed problems in the air way due to a too-tight tube. All this with the hope of preventing the need for most operations such as the one Nicholas underwent. Another solution Pashley has worked on is an alternative to inserting a tracheal tube. Two needles are inserted into a child’s throat with a bronchoscope and using them as a guide, the larynx’ cricoid ring is quickly spliced with a scalpel. The cricoid springs back and the airway is opened. Pashley says this technique has been successful 83 percent of the time, but unfortunately little Nicholas Grosfield was part of the IT percent in which the technique did not work. News Briefs Heifer winner Bob Bums was the winner of a drawing for a valuable purebred Simmcntal heifer at the MATE Show in Billings Bob received word Monday his ticket had been drawn and the prize will be de livered next October. The drawing was sponsored by the Simmcntal Association. Big Game Seasons Meeting Representatives of the Montana Department of Fish. Wildlife and Parks will be here next Monday, February 27 to present the tenta tive big game reasons for 1984. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 pm. at the Courthouse: Season dates and bag limits will be discussed with particular refer ence to hunting districts in the Billings region ( hunting districts of the 500 series). New Directors Rodeo Promotion Association 1984 Directors are Jane Weller, Bill Hibnes, Ken Laubach, Jon Mack, Shirley Halverson, Pauline Mack, Sonny Faw, Dan Halver son, Gary Bainter, Sherry Daw son, Mable Halverson, Lyle Toresdahl, Randy Ronneberg and Buzz Finn. Student Directors are Julie Halversoa Monte Finn and Russell Pederson. BTGS celebrates “ I Love To Read” day Danny Simser, left, and BTGS teacher Mrs. \I Love To Read' day. I love to read Reading is thinking. . . . Reading is going into another world . . . . Reading is having an adventure of a lifetime . . . . Reading takes you from 6 million B.C. to 6 million A.D .......... Reading makes you a character . . . . It is a famous author’s style of explaining something. . . . It’s a lazy day in the sunshine . . . . It’s relaxed . . . . It’s exciting, And it’s all in a book. J.R. Ross 8th grade LaFond took overa book display during last Tuesday’s (Photo courtesy Linda Johnson} Why is it important to read? “So my Mom won’t have to read to me.” Brock Olson Kindergarten “So I can learn import ant things.” Dorson Fink Kindergarten “So my Daddy won’t say, ’Not now, Keith, not now,’ when I ask him to read.” Keith Luttschwager Kindergarten More essays page 3 February 14th the students in Big Timber Grade School celebrated “I Love To Read Day.” Various activities were planned including a book exchange. Students brought a book they enjoyed from home and exchanged it with one of their choice that another had brought from home. Students were encouraged to dress as their favorite story character. A parade of characters was formed which moved through each room. This led to reports on their favorite character and book. Another activity was a school-wide sustained silent reading time. Unknown to the students anyone who checked out a book from the library that day got their name in a drawing for a paper back book. Mark Clayton seas the lucky fellow. Students also wrote on different aspects of reading. The results, which are printed in this newspaper today, show a definite love for books, not only for their entertainment value but for the importance the skill of being able to read benefits individuals. We can certainly be proud of our students' deep insight into life and their roles in education. They know where they are going and how to get there! Try to catch the bulletin board in Citizen’s Bank for some of the fun activities students did with reading and art —Linda Johnson BTGS Reading Teacher The old man The old man looked at the jumbled mess of letters. The small child in his lap made words that sounded like music. The words lingered in his memory. The child wrote something and left. The child wrote “I love you.” “Only if I could read,” the old man murmured. Susie Connolly 8th grade