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SME offers College Scholarships

The Central Wyoming Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is offering several scholarships of up to $2,000 to college level students currently pursuing a course of study which could be applied to mining or mineral extraction. Example curriculums include Engineering, Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, GIS or similar. Applicants must have graduated from a Wyoming high school and must be currently enrolled full-time in a college or university for the 2021-2022 academic year. They must also have attained sophomore level or higher, including graduate levels, and have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants will also be required to write a short essay on a relevant subject as specified in the application. Application forms or additional information can be obtained by email request at The deadline for application is Nov. 31. The scholarships will be awarded in January.

Christmas shopping at Methodist Thrift

Ho, ho ho! It’s here! We’re ready! We have an exciting assortment of ways to fill Christmas lists, decorate, and sparkle, ready to take your breath away! All year long, the United Methodist Thrift Shop has saved extra special items that are perfect for gift giving in order to have an affordable celebration. Fill your tree with beautiful ornaments, dress up for those parties in sparkles, beautiful jewelry to wear or give as gifts. Baking your gifts? Planning a get together? There are so many kitchen items to help. There is a huge selection of coats and warm clothing to keep you toasty. Fill stockings with items to light up those special faces!

You’ll find us at 2111 East 12th in the Beverly Plaza Shopping Center, near Big Lots and the Dollar Store. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. All proceeds are to help support local charities Interfaith and Holy Cross. Give our neighbors a hand and shop with us.

Weekly Grief Share meetings set

Grief Share is a support group to support and encourage you during your grief journey. After the funeral, when the cards and flowers stop coming, most of the people around you return to their normal lives. But your grief continues and you feel alone.

Often, friends and family want to help you, but don’t know how. That’s the reason for Grief Share. Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and have successfully rebuilt their lives. We understand how you feel because we’ve been in the same place. We will walk with your on the long path through grief toward healing and hope for the future.

We will meet weekly at Highland Park Community Church, 5725 Highland Dr., Casper, starting Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m., in room. 1327. There is a $20 fee for the book (scholarships available). For more information please call Vickie Obermueller at 262-8024 or The Healing Place at 265-3977.

Confidential Zoom suicide grief support groups

Due to COVID-19, there are no in-person suicide grief support groups at this time. However, there are Zoom support meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month that are announced and with invitation on J.R’s Hunt; for life Facebook support page. Join the page and watch for the announcement invitation and join. These are confidential and closed to the public. You must join via the Zoom application/invitation to attend. If you have problems, they can also FaceTime you into the meetings. Once you join the Facebook group you may message with any questions.

Poverty Resistance open

Poverty Resistance Food Pantry, 450 S. Wolcott, Casper has re-instituted social distance at the pantry. The agency is also limiting the number of patrons inside the pantry to six at one time. This is necessary because new COVID cases have sky rocketed and Wyoming’s overall vaccination rate is among the lowest in the country. For more information contact Mary Ann Budenske at 307-215-4732 email her at or message her on Facebook.

Parkinson’s exercise group

This exercise class is open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease and focuses on improving balance, endurance, safety, and managing symptoms. It is open to all ages and the class can be tailored to meet varying exercise needs. The cost of the class is $5. The group meets Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Therapy, 2546 East 2nd Street, Building #500. If you have any questions call 577-5204 or 237-1200.

Updated food pantry list

  • Casper Community Church food pantry, 249 N. Wolcott, Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. Eugene, 307-462-6821
  • Oasis Food Pantry, College Heights community center food pantry, 1927 South Walnut, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 307-224-4104 (X 7)
  • Faith Assembly of God food pantry, 4301 Casper Mountain Road, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 265-9121. Staff is providing pre-made boxes at the front door of the church during pandemic.
  • First Church of the Nazarene food pantry, 2020 S. Jefferson, Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. 258-9646
  • First Christian Church, sandwich ministry begins Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon in breezeway at First United Methodist Church downtown. Info:
  • Holy Cross
  • Center Inc. food pantry, 1030 N. Lincoln, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. 577-1041
  • Mountain View Baptist food pantry, 4250 Poison Spider Road, Wednesday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 234-4381 or
  • Joshua’s Storehouse food pantry, 334 S. Wolcott St., Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grab and go format. 265-0242
  • Wyoming Rescue Mission serves weekday breakfast, 6:30 to 7 a.m., lunch, noon to 12:30 p.m., dinner, 6 to 6:30 p.m. Weekends and holidays brunch, 11 a.m., dinner 5 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Glenrock, second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 506 West Birch, St. 15 (downtown), 1 to 5 p.m.

Mary Ann Budenske: 307-215-4732 or


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