WHEATLAND — The isolation that becomes an almost unavoidable circumstance in the life of a caregiver can result in feelings of oppression, frustration, and loneliness. Caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia is a full-time job. The effects on a person with this disease is devastating and progressive.

CASPER – Wheatland High School’s Thespian Troupe 605 brought home awards and accolades from the annual State Thespian Festival held at Casper Community College in December.

WHEATLAND — Did you know that Platte Paratransit, based in Wheatland, offers transportation for medical necessities such as dialysis treatment, chemotherapy, or other medical appointments to residents in Wheatland, Guernsey, and Chugwater? They also provide transit to a residence if the patient was transported to a hospital via ambulance after an injury, illness, or emergency, such as a car accident.

WHEATLAND — For two years the congregants at the Wheatland Church of the Nazarene have been without an in-person, local pastor. The former Nazarene pastor, who filled the pulpit for many years, moved on to Idaho, and members of the Wheatland church began joining those services via live-stream on Sundays. It can be uncomfortable for church members to be without a pastor; and finally, after two years, a man was called to Wheatland from Freetown, Indiana: Dale Braker and his wife June.

WHEATLAND — Members of the Wheatland Middle and High schools’ choirs entertained a full house on Tuesday at the annual Winter Choir Concert, under the direction of music instructor Chris Leathers, and piano accompaniment by Shelley Marker. Middle school choir, Middle School Combined Choir, Concert Choir, Treble Choir, and Entertainers all performed both traditional and non-traditional holiday music.

WHEATLAND — It was standing room only on Thursday night as families and friends filled the WHS auditorium to overflowing for the holiday band concert. The concert featured 5th through 12th grade bands directed by the festively attired Evan Bradley.

WHEATLAND — Amid plenty of activities and holiday fun throughout the community, Bomgaar’s sponsored a holiday pet photo shoot featuring the talents of Justin Herdt (DJ Majik) on Saturday.

WHEATLAND — Dance Wyoming underwent some changes in October as long-time studio owner and instructor Linda Fabian officially retired, passing the baton (and the keys) to new owners Mira Taylor and Summer Whelchel. While Taylor and Whelchel are new owners, they are not new to Dance Wyoming, and have been either teaching or managing for several years.

During a work session last week, Platte Co. School District No. 1 Board members discussed ways to clear up lines of communication with their constituents, particularly when emails are sent addressing the whole board.

WHEATLAND — Christmas lights twinkled around a huge buffet table as 4H community members and their families contributed a feast to a holiday potluck, followed by square dancing called by the inimitable Jarvis Windom. He has been calling square dances for 52 years. Windom is classically equipped with a turntable that spins “45” vinyl records. His leather-bound cases hold row after road of old-school square dance music. When is the last time you saw that?

WHEATLAND — The Platte County Historical Society will host a talk by Jean Krause, education coordinator at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum on Tuesday, December 19 at the Platte County Library. The free program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

WHEATLAND — Newly appointed Road & Bridge department head Chris Bookout is going 9-0 and his crew is right there with him. In the past 30 days the Road & Bridge crew have accomplished a sizable list of projects; mainly in preparation for what we all know can be difficult winter conditions.

WHEATLAND — Creative minds are firing on all cylinders at the Services for Seniors Activity Center. To spark the holiday spirit of crafting, activities coordinator Carrie Kafka and her loyal attendees repurposed used and cleaned coffee creamer containers to create whimsical North Pole characters, from Santa and Mrs. Claus, to snowmen, and elves.

WHEATLAND — If holiday anticipation has overtaken you like the Spirit of Christmas Past, there are many ways to transform the inner Ebeneezer Scrooge by donating resources to a few local charities such as the Food 4 Weekends Food Drive and the Lions Club of Wheatland Angel Tree.

WHEATLAND — In spite of the annual post-Thanksgiving snow storm and sub-freezing temperatures, hardy Wheatlandites forged ahead as the smoky, mouth-watering aroma of barbecued brisket and pork loin hung in the frosty air outside MB Rafter Arena on Saturday, November 25 for the 4th Annual Christmas Bazaar.

WHEATLAND — Platte County residents have always gone beyond in donating to causes that help others. However, in all the years of gathering items for Franklin Graham/Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child (OCC), never has OCC received such a donation that came from the closing of the Quilt Whisperer.

WHEATLAND — Wheatland Thespian Troupe 605 entertained nearly 200 people in Wheatland last week in an original performance under the direction of Kalyn Krotz and assistant director/costume designer Ton Winter.

WHEATLAND — Your first greeting when you enter Wyoming Hand & Physical Therapy is going to be from beautiful and friendly Riley, the clinic’s therapy dog; an Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix that is as sweet as can be. According to Lyndsie Drescher, MOTR/L Riley is their “Walmart greeter” and is present to make all patients feel secure, comfortable, and at ease.

WHEATLAND — The Platte County Historical Society will host a program about homesteading in the Platte County area during the late 1800s. Retired educator and president of the Platte County Historical Society, Rick Robbins, will share details about the development of the area prior to it becoming a county in 1911.

WHEATLAND — There’s good news for anyone who burned the turkey or just simply find themselves stranded or in need of a good home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving.

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