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FALLON County Pao fctimes@midrivers.com 406-778-3344 VOLUME 100 ISSUE 21 BAKER, MONTANA 59313 $1.00 FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016 District Champs Spartan girls track team - Back row: (I -r) Savanah Burkhalter, Elisa Hautala, Lexi Hartse, Madison Reddick, Amber Durden, Scotti Robinson, Melissa Breitbach, Hannah Gonsioroski. Front: Skyler Robinson, Morgan Miller, Alivia Schultz, Mariah Miller and Maleah Graham. Photo by JJ Robinson Divisional Champs Spartan tennis team - (I -r) Anna Espeland, Savannah Davis, Sam Smith, Haylee Barkley, Brooklyn Rlden- hower, Pam Tronstad, Sheyanne Janeway and Ashley Rost. Photo by Terry Curry TAKE NOTE Blood drive Baker Community Blood Drive will be Wednesday, May 25, from 1:00-6:15 p.m. (note the change in time) at the Baker Senior Citizen Center, 420 W. Montana Ave. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Please call Ella Arnell at 406-778-3829 to make your appointment to donate. Remember to bring your ID. eat a good meal and drink lots of fluids. Memorial Day services Memorial Day services will be held at Bonnievale Cemetery in Baker at 9 a.m., May 30. A service will also be held at the Community Union Cemetery in Plevna at 11 a.m. Speaker for the service will be Pastor Jim Biswell, Medicine Rocks Church, with the American Legion honor Guard. Times Office closed The Fallon County Times will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memo- rial Day. Deadline will remain the same. Tuesday; at 2 p.m. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Volunteers needed for MHS Rodeo Finals Volunteers are needed in the following areas for the Montana Iligh School Rodeo Fi- nals the week of June 8-12. Please call 406-778-2451 or stop in at the Fair Office at 3440 S. Hwy 7 in Baker for more information. Chaperones: Shooting Competition at Gun Range - three are needed for Wednesday, June 8,6 p.m. to finish Movie night at Longfellow - four are needed, Wednesday. June 8,6-10 p.m. Formal dance, exhibit hall - three are needed. Wednesday. June 8,6-11 p.m. Showers at Longfellow - four per shift, Thursday, June 9; Friday, June 10; and Sat- urday, June 11,6:00-8:00 a.m. and 7:00-8:30 p.m. Ticket Seller - one, and ticket takers - four per shift: Friday. June 10. and Saturday, June 11,4-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 12,9 am. - 1 p.m. Stalls to open - three per shift, Wednesday, June 8,8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stalls to close - three per shift, Saturday, June 11,1-7 p.m.; and Sunday. June 12,1- 4 p.m. Manure - haul out of barn and stalls - two per shift, Wednesday. June 8, through Sun- day, June 12,7-9 a.m. Sawdust - open container. Wednesday. June 8. through Sunday. June 12.7-9 a.m. Local review Study Commission Submitted by Sandra Kinsey Fallon County Study Commission Member As local government review commissioners, we were elected by the electors of Fallon County to perform a series of tasks that may well have profound and long term effects on the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Fallon County. Moreover, as study commissioners. we are serving as representatives of all the citizens of the community. As we all know, not all of our citizens have the time, interest or pa- tience to familiarize themselves with local government structures and operation. In tak- ing the responsibility to do this task, we are acting not merely for ourselves, our associates, and our friends; but we are acting for all the citizens who live, work and rear their families in our community. We are representing the people. Our function as a representative member of the study commission is set forth statu- torily in Montana Code Annotated Section 7-3-172. The purpose of a study commission SEE STUDY COMMISSION, PAGE 7 Two retiring teachers arrived in Baker 44 years ago By Angel Wyrwas Both LaDonna Freimark and Brenda McPhee came to Baker 44 years ago to begin their teaching careers with Bakci Schools. This year they are both retiring from the profession that has filled much of their lives. Single women just graduated from college, LaDonna and Brenda lived together the first two years in Baker and have been friends ever since. \There were no rooms in Baker at that time, housing was sparse: said Ladonna, and Brenda and I were sharing the same new teaching experi- ences.\ LaDonna knew from fourth grade on that she wanted to be a teacher. She grew up and graduated high school in Nide, City. She stayed in Miles City and attended Miles Community Col- lege for two years. LaDonna finished her education with a bach- elor of science degree front Eastern Montana College (now MSU-Billings). \It was well known then as a teacher school,\ said LaDonna. \I wanted to be an elementary teacher for fourth grade.\ During the time she graduated. larger cities were letting teachers go. \There were just too many teachers,\ said LaDonna. \It was very hard to find a job. My family was originally from Baker. Both my grandparents lived here and my dad even m graduated from Baker high School. So my uncle said I should put in an application in Baker. I did. It was late in the sum- iner, August, when I got the call from Baker. They said the lady teaching third grade was waiting to see if she got a new job in Guam. If she did get it. I could have her job. It wasn't fourth grade, but I was happy to be teaching elementary students.\ She liked third grade so much she continued teaching it until the third grade was relocated to Longfellow School sc%eral years ago. \I did put in a kw applications elsewhere :Mei sev- eral years in Baker, just to see something different. but atter a fess years at one school other schools wouldn't hire von. They said I already had a job, they were hiring teachers that needed a job.\ LaDonna continued teaching in Baker for the rest of her career. \It was close to Mile, City and my family and I really liked the Baker School system,'said LaDonna. When third grade relocated, LaDonna began teaching second grade. \I wanted to stay at Lincoln Elementary. Lincoln is my family,\ said LaDonna. She says the two grades are very dif- ferent, though. \Second grade is a reinforcement of what the students learned in first grade,\ LaDonna said. \Third grade they begin learning new material again.\ LaDonna loved teaching because of the students. \Kids are kids,\ she said. \Every day is different and you don't know what each day will bring. Most everything has changed since I first started teaching. Kids today lime a sense of entitlement. They are more outgoing and bold %% ith %%hat they say to teachers and adults than 40 some years ago.1 think our world made some of that necessary.\ \A% a teacher it is important to me that my students 1101 fall behind because I want them to be all they can be,\ said LaDonna, \but it is much harder now. The new reading and math programs are all encompassing. I think things move so fast now to get so much crammed in their heads. It's unfortunate that we've lost the extra time to build exploring skills in ele- mentary school.\ Right now. LaDonna is going through boxes and books in her classroom that she has collected over the last 44 years. \You just start teaching one day and you turn around and it's 44 years later.\ said LaDonna. \I will miss the kids, it will be a hard change.\ She laughs as she says her hobby for the past 44 years has been grading papers and she will have to find a new one. \I am slaying in Baker for now: said LaDonna. \I plan on substi- tulnnit for the school and getting my house in order.\ Brenda made her way to Baker from Spokane, Washington. After graduation, it was a familiar story there. \There were just too many teachers at that time,\ said Brenda. \I got the listings for the whole Pa- cific Northwest. It was alphabetical and Baker was near the top.\ She planned On staying a few years to get some experience, but the peo- Brenda McPhee plc were so nice. \It was a bit of a shock to go from a large city to such a small town, and one without trees I might add.\ said Brenda, \but Baker was such a wonderful community that it was easy to stay.\ SEE MCPHEE, PAGE 7 11111r \liW iimsaart Ic LaDonna Freimark Visit Our Website at www.FallonCountylExtra.com

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