March 8th, 2006

Martin L. Schofield

Funeral services for Martin Luther Schofield, age 84, were held Thursday, March 2, 2006, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Casper, WY, with Pastor Mike Struck officiating. Interment followed in Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery with military honors by the Natrona County United Veterans Council and the Wyoming Army National Guard. Schofield passed away on February 27 at the Wyoming Medical Center from complications of diabetes.

Martin was born on August 3, 1921, at the family home in Midland, SD, the son of Harry C. Schofield and Flossie Belle Shawl Schofield.

Kenneth W. "Bill" Kennedy

Kenneth William "Bill" Kennedy, age 78, of Wall, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs.

At Bill's request, there was no visitation or funeral service. Graveside services were held Monday, March 6, at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis with Pastor William Savery officiating.

Kenneth William "Bill" Kennedy was born January 31, 1928, in Philip, SD, the son of James and Hazel (Guptill) Kennedy. He grew up on a farm-ranch in the Grindstone area and attended the Cottonwood School for three years before moving into Wall.

Dolores B. Sharp

Dolores B. Sharp, age 84, of Long Valley, South Dakota, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at her residence in Long Valley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 7, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Music for the service was provided by Jessica Green, Tyler Sharp, Boyd Porch, John Kaiser and Carl Bauman. Eulogy was given by Marty Sharp. Ushers were Terry Gropper and Perry Guptill.

Joy Klima holds painting classes for all levels

Form, colors, background, highlights, technique – all these and more are what Joy Klima teaches. She teaches painting.

Her classroom is a spacious room in her basement converted into a studio and gallery. Her students are anyone who wishes to learn and/or improve their artistic skills. Her classes consist of two sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall, that meet for four consecutive Saturday mornings.

This year’s spring session has just concluded, and Klima is already inviting students for next fall’s session.

You Bet!

Almost everyone dreams of winning the lottery. Why not, since almost everybody takes a chance with “Lady Luck” every once in a while. Hey, sometimes simply getting out of bed can be a gamble.

We learn from the cradle to do things that are ruled by randomness. We love board games that include dice or a stack of cards where one commands “Go directly to jail, do not pass Go.” For fun, “Life” is based on chance, and to some degree, that could be literal.

Marlis Doud – Master Gardener for fun, community betterment and profit

It’s an annual labor of love – not to mention perennial – when Marlis Doud plants over 2,000 seeds, which will later be transplanted as seedlings and relocated from her basement to her 12’x16’ greenhouse.

Doud has been raising plants for an estimated 30 years now, but this is only the fourth year she has been doing so on the grand scale of using a full-fledged green house.

Courthouse employees concerned with new library and restroom plans

Haakon County Courthouse employees weighed in with concerns to the proposed new library and restrooms plan at the Haakon County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, March 7.

Register of Deeds Karyl Sandal, Director of Equalization Rita Merrill, Treasurer Patti Rhodes, and Sheriff Larry Hanes met with the commissioners in regards to the proposed new restrooms that would be connected to the new library. The commissioners have outlined these details at numerous meetings during the past year.

Hayes community performs five-part comedy “A Bad Year for Tomatoes”

“She’s the one!” ... The Hayes community play shows how it can be “A Bad Year for Tomatoes.” The actors portraying the hilarious, but more-real-than-not assortment of townspeople are Vince Bruce (in back) and, from left, Crystal Neuharth, Laura Yost, Annette Hand, Levi Neuharth and Jennifer Neuhauser (seated). Not in this scene is Clint Alleman.

What extremes would you go to in order to get the small-town, nosey busybodies out of your hair? For comedy-loving communities like Hayes, Midland, Milesville and Philip, that might be an unfair question.

The make-believe residents of the hilarious community of Beaver Haven aren’t really that fictional. Yes, there is a jack-of-all-trades who romantically falls for the craziest lady in town. Yes, the town gossips have a permanent target on a weird woman who is a real ... well ... witch. And, yes, the newest celebrity in town wants nothing more than to be unrecognized and live in peace.

March 1st


I overheard two people who were purchasing lottery tickets. One asked if they should include their other friends, because if only those two won, the others would be upset in not sharing the $99 quadrillion winnings. The second person joked that if they won that much money, they could afford to buy new friends.

In all seriousness, though, the lottery wouldn’t be enough. And, definitely, my wallet, checkbook, and wildest dreams wouldn’t be enough.

I can pay a mechanic to fix my car. I can trade any modest skills of mine for a paycheck from an employer.

Velva (Billie) G. Baker

Billie Baker of Carson City, Nevada, died on February 10, 2006 in Carson City.

She was born June 21, 1911 in Philip, South Dakota, to Jess Baker and Elsie (Garrett) Baker.

Billie graduated from Philip High School. She attended and graduated from a teacher’s college in South Dakota and taught elementary school there for two years.