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The Pony Bar will host its annual “Pink in Pony” cancer awareness fundraiser on Saturday, February 23 beginning at 4 p.m. Over nearly a decade, the event has raised nearly $100,000 to help local women get the cancer care they need. (R. Colyer)

Pink in Pony

PONY—Paula Wilson has been managing the Pony bar for 16 years, but has lived in Pony her entire life. This weekend, she’ll be at the bar like most weekends, but she’ll be accompanied by far more people than usual on a wintry Saturday.

Wildlife, like this red fox are plentiful in Yellowstone even during the winter, and fortunate to be outfitted in such sturdy and warm coats. The lack of visitors during the winter offers the animals more freedom to utilize roads without fear of disturbance.

Not a walk in the park...

YELLOWSTONE—There are only two types of motorized transport allowed into Yellowstone National Park in the winter: guided snowmobile trips and snowcoaches. From the time the park closes in October to its spring reopening in April, the majority of those who venture into the park will do so with guides.

Ann and Nick Novich: Sheridan’s Home Park Assisted Living provided us with photos of Ann and Nick Novich. “I had the great pleasure of taking Ann and Nick Novich out to lunch and snapped this awesome picture,” says Megan Ellis of Home Park. “They were married October 1951, have been married 67 years.” (Submitted)

Timeless love...

MADISON COUNTY — Valentine’s Day is upon us already, and nothing suits the day as well as a tried and true love story. We reached out to our readers to find some of the happiest couples around Madison County and they didn’t disappoint.

Montana Raptor Conservation Center’s Teresa Aldrich holds Bu, a Great Horned Owl, during a presentation at the Elling House on February 2. Chaco, a Swainson’s Hawk, rested happily on a perch during the entire demonstration.

Rapt(or) Attention

VIRGINIA CITY—Residents of Virginia City, Alder and Ennis got a visit from some special guests on Saturday, February 2, although they weren’t groundhogs as the day would suggest. In fact, they would probably happily eat a groundhog for breakfast.

Peter and Gracie Rosenberger have spent at least 20 Christmases at their cabin near McAllister, and their two sons practically grew up in the Madison Valley. McAllister has provided a refuge for the family in the wake of a car wreck that resulted in the amputation of both of Gracie’s lower legs in the 1990s. (Courtesy of Peter Rosenberger)

Windbreak

MCALLISTER—Like many, Peter and Gracie Rosenberger are only residents of Madison County for part of the year. But unlike most snowbirds, they leave their home in Nashville to spend the winters in McAllister, not the other way around.

Roland Thomas (left) and Monroe Gatewood oversee Winter Fest activities above the broomball bracket on Saturday, January 5. Attendees had such a good time they hardly felt the chilly temperatures.

Winter Fest draws a crowd

Virginia City hosted its annual Winter Fest on Saturday, January 5. The day included broomball played on the town ice rink, sledding, marshmallow toasting, a log sawing competition and a fire hose roll, plus a lunch provided by the Virginia City Elks Club.

Bozeman-based nonprofit Casting for Recovery provides fly fishing retreats to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, free of charge. In 2019, CFR will host three retreats in Montana and nearly 70 nationwide. The Montana retreats will take place in Ennis, Big Sky and the Lubrecht National Forest north of Missoula. (Courtesy of Lise Loselle)

In the flow...

ENNIS—Terri Hogan went on a retreat in 2011, a breast cancer survivor adjusting to life post-battle. She spent two and a half days at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky with 13 other women, all of whom were survivors just like her, with their own stories and struggles.

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