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By Helen Austin
PCN Correspondent 

Whitewater News and Opinion for March 7 and 14, 2018


March 14, 2018

3-7. Get well wishes to Dallas Green. Ashley and Jeanie went to Billings to visit him. Justin Austin came home to Whitewater to help at the ranch as Dallas is sick. Like many small towns, we Whitewater folks help each other like a family. That was really true when on Monday, February 26, the water and sewer lines froze up and even worse, the gas lines froze and our heat quit! Pat Dunbar and Steve Young used machines to thaw the pipes. Thanks!

As I said, Monday was a really bad day. The gas lines froze up and there was no heat for about eight hours. There was a rumor that there was a problem at the gas compressor station in Whitewater. Anyway, gas crews worked very hard and got the gas turned back on. My furnace got turned back on at about 10:30 p.m. Thanks to the workers and at least it wasn’t 30 or 40 below like it was earlier this winter.

Happy birthday to all February birthdays, including my granddaughter, Rhonda in Medicine Hat, Canada.

There will be a soup supper and Lenten Services each Wednesday in March. Supper at 5:30 p.m. and church starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Helen A.

3-14. Get well wishes to Ashley Green and children, Sympathy to the family of Rhoda Johnson (my friend.)

Sympathy to all the wildlife and animals. The snow is so deep that there is no food for them. Can’t the BLM, FWP, and the ranchers and farmers feed them more? If hunters want wild deer or antelope meat, then they should feed them this winter.

Well, we got even more snow! Monday, March 5, the schools were closed in Whitewater, Malta, Saco, Glasgow, Hinsdale, and Dodson! We had a real blizzard that Sunday! It snowed and the wind blew hard; you couldn’t see your hand in front of you. It sure has been a tough, hard winter in Montana. Here in Whitewater, many had water and sewer freeze-up, including mine! We just got it thawed. Even worse, the gas lines (our heat) froze and we were without heat for eight hours. Gas was off in hundreds of houses! Count your blessings that you have heat and water. These are like the winters we have when I grew up in Whitewater.

Once again, thanks to the snow plow drivers including Jason Hellie and son and the county maintainers.

Let’s keep hoping for spring.

Congratulations to Helen DePuydt on the birth of the new great-grandbaby. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Brian DePuydt of Saco.

Welcome to Kalvin Reichelt who is working at the Austin Ranch. Kalvin was raised here and graduated from Whitewater High School. All four of the Reichelt boys played basketball at Whitewater.

Thanks again to Pat Dunbar for thawing my sewer. Pat’s mom is Shirley Dunbar and when I visited Shirley, she said: “I see an eagle in my yard!”

Later she said:

“Our horses are playing an old game called ‘Dog in the Manger’ with the eagle!”

In other words, the animals were keeping the bird from eating his prey. “It was funny,” she said.

It was good to hear from Shirley. She is a lifelong resident of Whitewater.

If you have any news, call me at 406-674-5576.

Take care,



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