Wreaths

Trisha Miler walks through the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville during the Wreaths Across America event Dec. 16. Miller first placed a wreath on the grave of her father, Ralph Zettlemoyer, who passed away in 2011 from what was later found out to be effects of Agent Orange exposure from his time in Vietnam while serving in the Army.

Josh Galemore, Casper Star-Tribu

Crime-fighting Santa

A man dressed as Santa Claus helped the police apprehend a shoplifter earlier this week. The man, who only identified himself as “St. Nick,” saw someone stash something on his Christmas tree lot and then alerted the police officer who was searching for the thief. According to the man in the red suit, this was his third time stopping a shoplifter in his 36 years donning the outfit.

Arts awards

The Governor’s Arts Awards have served to recognize substantial contributions to the arts, with special consideration given to statewide contributions. This year, Gov. Matt Mead selected ART 321 /Casper Artists’ Guild, Patrick Patton, a retired professor of music, choral instructor and conductor in Casper, Leslie O’Hashi, director of Bodylines Dance Theatre in Cheyenne and Susan Moldenhauer, an artist, community arts builder and retired director of the UW Art Museum from Laramie. Congratulations to the all recipients.

Wreaths

Last weekend, a group of volunteers gathered at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery to participate in the Wreaths Across America event to place wreaths on every grave of a U.S. veteran. The feat, decorating some 3000 graves with wreaths, had never before been accomplished. Thanks to the group Natrona County Republican Women for organizing the event and to all the volunteers who showed up to honor our nation’s veterans this holiday season.

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