NewsMay 27 2015

Presho HS reunion set

Posted by Lucy

By Jan Rabern

The 2015 PHS all-school reunion will take place on the last weekend in July. On Saturday, July 25th, the banquet will be held at the Christ the King parish hall, with the doors opening at 5:00, and the banquet beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Following the meal a brief business meeting will be held. The distinguished alumnus will be named, and the honored classes, those ending in "0" and "5", will be introduced. Guests will then be treated to a program featuring talented PHS graduates Diana Boe and Gordon Garnos.

This year’s event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first four-year graduating class of PHS. There were eight members of the class of 1915: Maella McKim, Hollis Andis, Donald Crawford, Maclin Walters, Pearl Fahrenwald, Elsie Beale, Edmund Harrington, and Kenneth West.

The PHS Association would like to extend a special invitation to members of the 1971 and 1972 graduates of East and West Lyman.

The Saturday evening meal will be prepared and served by the Catholic ladies organization. PHS alumni members are asked to provide salads and desserts.

On Sunday, a private room has been reserved at Hutch’s Café for a pay-as-you-go breakfast/brunch from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Make your plans now to be a part of the PHS Alumni activities. Come, share a meal, socialize and reminisce with your friends.

NewsMay 20 2015

Lyman holds Commencement

Posted by Lucy

Lyman School Board president Marlene Reuman presented twenty six graduating seniors with diplomas from Lyman High School during the 43rd annual Commencement held at the gym in Presho Saturday May 16. Seniors pictured after receiving their diplomas are l-r: Rachel Chester, Nick Hayes, Trey Gourneau, Gabe Grassrope, Lacey Hollenback, Emmitt Houchin, and Chelsea Iron Thunder.    

NewsMay 20 2015

To cancel or not cancel branding, that is the torturing question

Posted by Lucy

By Amy Kirk

A rancher who has to decide whether or not to cancel his branding is a perfect illustration of what a tortured man looks like.
Such a difficult decision is based on a variety of variables. It could be due to rain or snowfall the morning of branding day or heavy rain the night before making the roads and branding corrals too soupy and muddy to brand or even get to the branding corrals. Furthermore, more than a 50 percent chance for more rain or snow predicted compounds indecisiveness.
The decision to cancel a branding can be troublesome for the command decision maker. What looks like someone agonizing over deciding whether to unleash a nuclear war head is actually the body language of a ranch decision maker stewing over whether to go to through with his branding or cancel it. Sometimes it’s a hard call to make because there are many things at stake in making such a decision.
 Canceling has a domino effect on decisions and considerations to be made and the conflicts with rescheduling around the other brandings already set. The month of May especially, is usually booked solid with brandings every weekend and some on weekdays.
The first factor to consider cancelling is that wet hides on calves don’t brand up well. The biggest concern is taking into account how the calves will recover after getting branded, vaccinated, and castrated once they’re turned out if it’s overly rainy and muddy. The branding crew that shows up to help is also taken into account. Having enough people show up is highly depended on regardless when the branding takes place. Brandings need fly-taggers, vaccine gun runners, branders, cutters, and a lot of capable, able-bodied calf wrestlers. If a branding is canceled there’s always concern over whether enough people will make it to the rescheduled branding date.
 Rescheduling isn’t easy since every ranch picks a weekend to brand and usually keeps the same weekend every year. If one gets cancelled, branding back-to-back after someone else’s branding is doable, but makes for a longer day and sometimes not as many people show up. Brandings require a lot of people helping and usually the same crew of people show up to help every year. Brandings are dependent on the people who traditionally do a specific job every year and these people become highly valued and counted on.
There’s a lot of planning involved in order for neighbors to accommodate each other’s brandings so if someone has to cancel it can make rescheduling around the others a challenge since these springtime events usually take place on weekends. Delaying one’s branding whether for the next day or next week means extending the agony, stress, worry, and anxiety that builds prior to the big day. Knowing whose branding will get rained out is a crapshoot every year.
One concern that can have a damaging effect is muddy roads getting tore up from pickups and trailers driving on them to get to the branding corrals. Then there’s the minor detail of the food made up ahead in order to feed everybody who helped. Any food that can’t be frozen likely won’t keep, depending on when the branding gets rescheduled for. The cost and work involved to cook enough food to feed everyone is also figured into the equation; at least for the cook.
Branding time is proof that it’s not just women who can’t make up their minds.

NewsMay 13 2015

GLF host successful Spring event

Posted by Lucy

Gary Grittner (left) and his wife Connie present GLF chairman Herb Sundall with a check for $25,000, the amount they committed to the Foundation if the group could raise $50,000 within two years. The Foundation accepted the challenge at the 2014 Spring Event and exceeded the challenge by raising the $50,000 in just one year. The Grittner’s were among approximately 140 people who attended the 4th annual GLF event held at the Kennebec gym Saturday, May 9.

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