TWENTY YEARS OF BELLS — From the left, Jean Baringer, Jan Carter and Director Diane Hould will present 20 Years of Bells at the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad on March 27, 3 p.m. Baringer and Carter are the two remaining original players. Some special work went into making this picture, using two cameras, two cities and three locations. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler/Barb Endler
Twenty years ago the First Presbyterian Church of Conrad purchased two octaves of hand bells.
The first bell choir practice was held on Feb. 27, 1991. Those in attendance were: Director Jayne Brown, Jean Baringer, Jan Carter, Gladys Dunahoo, Helen Elliott, Phyllis Hammermeister, Becky Steckler and Edie Thompson. The “Good Vibrations” praised the Lord in public for the first time on Easter Sunday, April 7, 1991.
Since that time their have been several additional choirs formed – Kids of Paradise, grades 6 – 12, Joyful Noises, grades 3 – 5, and another adult choir, Monday’s Miracles.
“Because of many donations and memorials our hand bells have increased to five octaves and we also have four octaves of hand chimes,” comments Carter.
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
This past Tuesday congressional candidate Steve Daines (R) was in Conrad on his campaign swing through the area.
An earlier try to get here had been snowed out.
An avid shooter and hunter, one of his stops was at the Shooting Sports Club.
He had heard about what had been accomplished and wanted to see for himself the facility that has made a name for itself all across Montana.
“Conrad should be very proud for what they have done here with all the volunteers that contributed their weekends to make this possible,” he said.
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
Cathy Roach DeBoo, of Valier, remembers clearly the phone call she got from her brother and the day he said, “I can’t run anymore.”
Mike Roach, of Fairfield, suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease because of the famous baseball player that was diagnosed with it in 1939.
ALS is a serious neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, disability and eventually death. Worldwide, ALS occurs in 1 to 3 people per 100,000. In the vast majority of cases (90 to 95 percent) doctors are unsure of why ALS occurs.
ALS most commonly occurs in people between the ages of 40 and 60. It occurs slightly more often in men before the age of 65.