ENNIS – The Ennis Community Children’s School has been a part of the community since 1982, when it was first founded to serve the needs of Ennis’ youngest members. Their mission is to increase children’s perception of the world and become enthusiastic learners. One way they are looking to do that is through an outdoor learning environment.
Patsy Eckert has been painting since she was 14 years old.
“Art promotes creativity and imagination,” she said.
HARRISON – On Saturday morning, April 29, in a field north of Harrison, Tyler Dixon, Jeff Gerhardt and Larry Leonard carefully walked towards a burning blue four-door sedan. The car was engulfed in flame and throwing plumes of gray smoke into the warming sky.
Mark Odegard still remembers his first time in Ennis – as a child in 1945, driving through on a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Later, his family would come out for a week every summer to fish and stay in the Riverside Cabins. After school and a career that took him all over the world, he made a more permanent move to Ennis in 2005.
The Madisonian is excited to introduce its new editor John Taylor. Taylor assumed his new role on April 26, after the previous editor, Geoff Hamill, transitioned over to the West Yellowstone Star, The Madisonian’s sister paper.
Brian Brocious has lived in the Madison Valley for eight years after moving from his home state, Michigan. A desire for wide open spaces and access to the great outdoors just steps from his front door is what sent him west. “I enjoy the public land access,” he said. “I can be in the mountains or on the water within minutes.”
Winter has been on the ground for seven months, with our first snowfall back in September. After the last dumping from Mother Nature the second week of April, I told myself if I ever meet a groundhog named Phil, who knows what might happen.
Authors’ Note: This piece is excerpted from a report Clyde Fickes wrote in May 1944. It appeared in “Volume 1 – Early Days In The Forest Service.” His words are excerpted with light editing. Fickes retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1947. He died at age 103 on Dec. 29, 1987 – from an accident on the dance floor.
“I’m just so thankful that I got the opportunity to be a senior companion,” said Ronna Devereaux. “It’s just a wonderful program to keep people in their homes and make sure their needs are met, and to be able to visit with them and get to know them.”
In 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition paddled, poled, and cordelled eight dugout canoes up the Jefferson River. Today, Churchill Clark, the great-great-great-great grandson of Captain William Clark has returned to the Jefferson to carve a new dugout canoe with Tom Elpel at River Camp, near Cardwell.