Articles from the November 30, 2023 edition

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  • Helping Hands, helping the community

    Gary Honodel|Nov 30, 2023

    Anyone who wanted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, or anyone alone for the holiday, had an option to have that meal and enjoy some company. Platte Valley Helping Hands a local non-profit organization offered Thanksgiving dinner, for no charge, at the Platte Valley Community Center on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. They also delivered meals to area homes. The volunteers working with Helping Hands last Thursday provided 173 delicious meals in our area. Helping Hands was organized in 1996,... Full story

  • Saratoga PD hires more staff, discusses raises

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Nov 30, 2023

    The Saratoga Police Department was a top subject for the Saratoga Town Council during their November 21 meeting. The governing body approved hiring three new employees and discussed raises for current dispatchers. Other matters discussed by the council included the fate of the wading pool at the municipal swimming pool and brownfield studies for the old police department. PD Staffing Issues Police Chief Mike Morris made a presentation on staffing issues at dispatch services under reports from his department. Chief Morris said he has two...

  • Shop 'til you Drop!

    Joshua Wood|Nov 30, 2023

    When it comes to birthdays or holidays, a hand-made gift from a child will always carry a special place in the hearts of parents and grandparents. While that warm and fuzzy feeling can be great, sometimes children want the feeling of buying something for a loved one. That’s where Bridge Street Bargains and their annual Kids’ Shopping Day comes in. For the past several years, the all-volunteer thrift store has hosted a day where students from Saratoga Elementary School are able to shop for fam...

  • Jingle while you Mingle

    Joshua Wood|Nov 30, 2023

    On the night of November 9, downtown Saratoga resembled something similar to a Hallmark movie as people milled in and out of businesses with shopping bags in tow as they participated in the inaugural Jingle Mingle. The shopping event was sponsored and developed by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce and its CEO, Amanda Knotwell. According to Knotwell, the idea of the Jingle Mingle first began in September. “I was out visiting businesses and stopped in to Strong Tower Designs,” sai...

  • Come in out of the cold for free, hot meal Dec. 4

    Dick Perue|Nov 30, 2023

    Come in out of the cold and gather at the table for a warming meal of lasagna, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drinks Monday, Dec. 4th, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Saratoga Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Third & Bridge streets. All are invited to enjoy a delicious, free hot meal, along with fun and fellowship at this monthly event sponsored by the “Gather at the Table” committee. The sponsoring committee urges everyone—especially the hungry, lonely, depressed and those dreading winter—to gather with friends and family to eat and cha...

  • Snowy Range road closes for the season

    WYDOT issues notice|Nov 30, 2023

    Wyoming Highway 130 through the high country of the Snowy Range has officially closed for the season. Due to drifting and blowing snow, Wyoming Department of Transportation crews in Laramie and Saratoga decided current road conditions warranted closing the section of WYO 130 for the season. Also known as the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, the 12-mile section of WYO 130 tops out at more than 10,800 ft. in elevation and closes annually each fall when lack of travel and deep snow accumulations make plowing the highway impractical. The closure spans mil...

  • BLM Christmas tree permits available

    Nov 30, 2023

    Permits may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday from all BLM Wyoming offices except the Wyoming State Office and Newcastle Field Office. The cost for a permit is $7.50 to $10 per tree, depending on location. Up to a maximum of five Christmas trees can be purchased by an individual for personal use. The permits are also available online at A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM-administered lands only. Permits for trees on U.S. Forest Service-administered land can be obtained at you...

  • Advent Wreath Liturgy

    Compiled and written by the Rev. Matthew Kozlowski|Nov 30, 2023

    First Sunday of Advent Celebrant: Today we light the first candle of the Advent wreath. Each candle has a meaning. This first candle is HOPE. The candle is lit. Scripture: Psalm 33:20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Prayer: Eternal God, as we await the coming of our savior, give us the courage to hope. Give us grace to see your plans of redemption for our lives, for this community, and for the world. Through Jesus Christ, the source of our redemption and hope. Amen...

  • Advent: A Season of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love

    Rev. Peggy Hotchkiss|Nov 30, 2023

    Six years ago this week, on Saturday, December 2, 2017, I stood with a group of friends on the edge of a square in Bethlehem, Palestine. People from all over the world had journeyed to Bethlehem to visit the place of Christ’s birth and to witness the lighting of Palestine’s Manger Square Christmas Tree. Manger Square is located in front of the Church of the Nativity where, tradition holds, Christ was born. The tree had been set up in the square, which also held a small set of bleachers and a performance stage. There were performances by sin... Full story

  • VFW awards local students

    Jason Campbell|Nov 30, 2023

    The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy audio-essay scholarship program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. First established in 1947, each year nearly 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. Post 6125, here in the Platte Valley, recently chose...

  • Patriot's Pen essay

    Kellan Swanson First Place Winner|Nov 30, 2023

    Since the beginning of America we have always been willing to fight for what we believe in. Starting from the patriots of the late 1700’s fighting the Red Coats to create a new home, to our military battling terrorists for the past twenty years, America has never failed to inspire me. To me, to be inspiring means that you are strong, independent, and brave. These are all qualities of America and that is why the U.S is an inspiration to me. America is young but we are one of the most feared countries in the entire world. Even after our first d... Full story

  • Voice of Democracy speech

    Tyrell Brown First Place Winner|Nov 30, 2023

    There is no patriot more noble than the American soldier. Whether active duty or a veteran, they are the physical embodiment of the word patriotism and a great representation of our democratic values. They have enough pride and love for America to give themselves to its cause. They are willing to sacrifice everything, to pay any price, and to bear any burden to defend the American ideals of liberty and equality whenever and wherever those inalienable rights may be challenged. They are willing to put their lives on the line for our Democracy. Th...

  • Cowgirls Run Past Chadron State on Education Day

    Nov 30, 2023

    1LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 21, 2023) – In front of a regular-season record crowd of 7,550 fans, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team showed out on Education Day, defeating Chadron State, 78-32, Tuesday morning inside the Arena-Auditorium. Well over 5,000 elementary aged students were in attendance for the UW route. “What an amazing crowd for our players to play in and have the opportunity to compete in front of a record-breaking crowd,” said Head Coach Heather Ezell postgame. “But it came down to, I t...

  • Tangling with Tango

    Joshua Wood|Nov 30, 2023

    On November 4, for one day only, the hot springs at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort weren’t the only things heating up. In the Saratoga Room, just past the Silver Saddle Room, five couples learned Argentinian Tango. The class, which was taught by Amy Beaudet and Ilya Lisenker, was sponsored by the Platte Valley Arts Council. “When I first got onto the Platte Valley Arts Council, it came up as a possibility of bringing tango to the Valley. I think one of the long-time members had brought it up...

  • Valley, Sweet Valley

    Joshua Wood|Nov 30, 2023

    The famed author and satirist Mark Twain once said “write what you know.” Former Saratoga local and author Sarah “S.E.” Reichert did just that with the Sweet Valley series, her newest romance trilogy. Reichert, a graduate of Saratoga High School, spoke at the Saratoga Branch Library on November 21 to a group of dedicated fans about her newest series which begins with “Raising Elle,” released in May 2023. No Place Like Home “The book is loosely based in the Valley and I think if you know your way...

  • Around Our Area

    Nov 30, 2023

    Photo ghonodel/Sun Staff The 27th Annual Platte Valley Helping Hands Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner was held at the PVCC on November 23. Volunteers, like Susan Dyer, served 173 people on location on by home delivery. Story on page A1....

  • A Carnival of a Time

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