Letters to the Editor 8/29

Thanks to all who made our event fun and profitable

Dear Editor,

Madison Valley Medical Center Foundation was the recipient of a generous donation from Wayne Black of Ennis True Value.  Thanks also go to all the community members who agreed to be “dunkees” at the dunking booth that Wayne sponsored Sat. August 24 at the tent sale.  Betty Klein, Ennis Volleyball coach, generated the most revenue by being dunked repeatedly by her family and team.  Wayne Black, himself, was a close second.  Sheriff Schenk and Commissioner Hart were front-runners as well, but Betty Klein will receive a prize from True Value for her community minded participation. Steve Elliott, the ice cream man, treated attendees to ice cream for a donation to the Madison Valley Medical Center Foundation.

As chairman of Madison Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees and a Foundation board member I want to thank all who participated to make the event both fun and profitable.

Dottie Fossel


Thank you for all of your thoughts and actions

“Thank You” are two very simple words but they only touch the surface of what we feel in our hearts for all the kindness, flowers, food, cards, memorials and hugs we received from everyone at the passing of our mother, Dode. We are truly humbled by the out-pouring of love and support during this time of loss.

We want to start by thanking all of the nurses, doctors, staff members and Purple Ladies at the Madison Valley Medical Center who made Dode’s final days much easier.  You made sure not only her needs were met, but ours were, too. Your compassion is beyond measure.

To Father Keith Axberg for the numerous prayers and comforting words you provided during this difficult time. To all of the staff at the Ennis Schools who so graciously made sure the memorial service went off without a hitch and made it something Mom would have really enjoyed. To Duane and Cam Leach for providing the touching service and interment. To Tana Bowles and Jaimie Roberts for the beautiful musical tributes, including playing the Notre Dame Victory March at the end of the service. To the members of the Madison Valley Woman’s Club, Episcopal Church Women and members of the MVMC Auxiliary for providing the cookies, coffee and punch after the memorial.

To Bill Toner and Cindy (McGowan) Martinson, your words and stories about Dode were a perfect tribute and truly showed the kind of person she was and the love she had for everyone.

A special thanks to Keith and Faye Kneeland and Gary Kinney who made the memorial service and the service at McAllister all that we hoped it would be and more.

We are so blessed to live in the “Last Best Place.”  You made us all feel that our loss was yours, too, and for that we are eternally grateful.

The Families of Dode Barnett – Vurnie Kaye Barnett; Holly, Jerry, Scott Clark and Stephanie Houston; Angie, Todd, Brandon Knowles, Caitlin and Jason Holmlund.

Very much enjoyed our first Madison Valley Medical Center Auxiliary Home Tour

Dear Editor,

I would like to say a big, “Well Done!” to the Madison Valley Medical Center Auxiliary for the Home Tour on August 17.   I had been on home tours elsewhere before, but to say this exceeded my expectations would be an understatement.  We were blown away!  We saw stellar examples of Western art, architecture, and furnishings in pristine almost wilderness settings, several of which must be among the most beautiful anywhere.  It was a rare and wonderful privilege to see them.  We had visitors at the time, and it was a thrill to be able to show off our valley in such style!

I would also like to say thank you to the owners who opened their showplace homes to us.  It is for a very good cause – our wonderful hospital.  All the proceeds go to the hospital, since this event is planned and executed by a dedicated team of volunteers, and made possible by the generosity of the homeowners.

This was our first time on the Home Tour, but we won’t miss it again!

Martha Crawley


Thank you for your help

We would like to thank the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department for taking care of our tree that was struck by lightening on Aug. 11, while we were on vacation. We would also like to thank the person who called the fire department – we don’t know who you are. Thank you also to Bill, Peggy and Marcus Buyan for keeping tabs on our property after the fire department left. Thank you all so much.

Joe and Julie Tezak


Why did it take so long?

Dear Editor,

If you want to know why it took so long to get firefighters to the Eureka fire, you need to ask Rep. Steve Daines why he voted to cut the federal firefighters budget.  His vote cut manpower, and firefighter equipment.

His Washington, D.C. office phone number is (202) 225-3211. His Billings office phone number is (406) 9691736.

You could all also ask him why he doesn’t have an office in Bozeman, Mont.

Judith M Wiancko


What it means to live in a small community

Dear Editor,

What does it mean to live in a small community?  It means something different to many, but after the disaster storm on Aug. 1, 2013, it left me with a whole new meaning.  I have lived in Twin Bridges most of my 66 years and I now see Twin Bridges residents in a new light.  I have never seen so many teens come out to help so many.  They never asked what they were going to get paid or whine about how their back hurt!  They just kept loading and loading up limbs.  A fair amount of fuel was used for vehicles that they never asked to be paid for either.  So, to the teens of Twin Bridges area, my hat goes off to all of those who helped over a period of two to three days.

My daughter and her family were here from Oregon with three exchange students – one from Denmark and two from Italy.  All they wanted to know was, “Where do we go to help?”  After one place was cleaned, they went on to another. My daughter and family have dealt with flood disasters before so they knew what was in store for the days ahead.  My grandson wanted to know where my chainsaws were and I had to say that after my dad (Bill McMillin) passed away, we sold them all—who knew that someday they would of come in so handy.

Thanks to the very generous owners of the Wagon Wheel for providing food for all of the volunteers.  I know it was greatly appreciated by all.

So, to anyone who doesn’t know what it is like to live in a small community, I hope someday you will experience the feeling of true friendship and caring; but I hope it won’t be because of a disaster.

Janie McMillin Wasmann
Twin Bridges



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