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Town Crier: Help Yourself

Town Crier: Help Yourself


St. Vincent de Paul sets hours

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is closed Memorial Day weekend. The store will be able to serve the community Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until further notice. The store is a great place to visit and shop. It is located at 301 E. H Street and can be reached at 237-2607. Local charities benefit from 100 percent of the profits. Consider donating unwanted items including but not limited to clothes, household item, books and jewelry.

Apply for transportation, childcare help

The Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund created in March to meet the needs of residents experiencing loss of employment or income resources directly related to COVID-19 grew to over $125,000 and has so far provided rental, mortgage and utility assistance to those in need.

This week, the board of advisers for the relief fund have moved to expand support from this fund to include Childcare and Transportation Assistance.

Residents seeking assistance are now able to apply for up to $350 per family. Interested parties can call 237.9367 to set up an appointment to “drive through” the United Way’s 350 Big Horn Road location and complete an intake form and provide an invoice from their licensed day care provider. Payments will be processed and made directly to those providers on residents’ behalf. Individuals will be served on a first come first serve basis.

Transportation support will be given both via gas cards and CATC tokens. Details and logistics are still be worked out, once available, information will be shared via the Facebook page as well as the COVID-19 resource page

Questions can be directed to or 237.9367.

The Natrona County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is still accepting donations with 100 percent of all funds benefiting families and individuals.

Food for Thought offers online marketplace

The Wyoming Food for Thought Online Marketplace will open at 5 p.m. on Mondays and close at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, with the Food for Thought Drive-Thru to take place on Fridays between 2 to 4 p.m. at the Food for Thought Program Center, 900 Saint John St.

Customers will start by selecting their drive-thru pick-up time via the Drive-Thru Time Window Registration form on our website. Upon receiving a confirmation email, a link to the Online Marketplace will be provided to shop.

SNAP users will also have access to this opportunity.

To learn more about the Food for Thought Online Marketplace and Drive-Thru, visit the website at or call 307-337-1703.

Wyoming Food for Thought Project works to create a strong and vibrant local food system. This is an integral part of ending hunger in the community. When every person has access to good and healthy food, the community is better for it; health issues go down, mental health improves and the community becomes stronger.

Online grief support begins

Rebuilding a life after the death of a loved one can be one of the hardest things with which an individual, family or loved one must contend. Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions is here to help with that part of the journey as well.

Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions offers new Grief Support Groups with two options.

An in-person support group will meet at Central Wyoming from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 23. An online Support Group will meet via Zoom from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through June 24.

Grief services are available to the general public as well as hospice families at no charge.

Please call Central Wyoming Hospice at 577-4832 to register, or if you’d like more information.

Habitat info by conference call

Habitat for Humanity is offering informational sessions via free conference calls for those interested in the home ownership program serving Natrona County. A variety of sessions can be registered for on Habitat’s website,

The next application cycle is from August 1 to August 31, 2020.

For more information or to set up a one-on-one appointment, e-mail Kelly Cooper at

Habitat for Humanity, The Heart of Wyoming is an equal opportunity lender.

Mobile food pantries

Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies has scheduled mobile food pantries across the state during May. Each household will receive a box of shelf-stable items, a bag of fresh produce and a bag of protein products. Please have space cleared in your vehicle before you get in line. These pantries will feature the new drive-thru model that will protect the public, the staff and volunteers during this time of social distancing. Nearly half of the mobile pantries are still in need of volunteers. Dates, times or locations may change due to weather or logistical concerns. Please check the website for more information and any updates at All volunteers must be pre-registered. Volunteers will assist with set up, food distribution and cleaning up after the events. To volunteer, call Myriam at 232-4020.

  • May 29, time TBA. Evansville, Aspen T. Park;
  • May 30, 1 to 4 p.m. Thermpolis, middle school.

No date for book sale

The Friends of the Library group is anxious to see you at their sales. They are closely monitoring the situation, and while they are eager to reopen and resume regular programming, they will only do so when it is safe for the customers. Book sales are one of their favorite events, but they can’t give you an exact date for the next sale because they will only hold one when the timing is right (and safe). Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Expanded sites for student meals

NCSD Food Service is now providing takeaway breakfast and lunch meals, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to all individuals 18 years and under at the below-listed locations.

Any individual 18 years and under can come to pick up the meals, you do not need to be on Free and Reduced Lunch. There is no application process or questions asked, they are here to help.

They are asking for individuals to assist in following the Casper Natrona County Health Department’s social distancing guidelines.

Individuals may pick up meals for their siblings and family members 18 years and under to help assist in maintaining social distancing.

Individuals 18 years and younger can pick up meals at the following locations: Oregon Trail Elementary, Sagewood Elementary, Pineview Elementary, Poison Spider School, Roosevelt High School, Bar Nunn Elementary, Mountain View Baptist Church, Cottonwood Elementary, Evansville Elementary, Journey Elementary, Boys & Girls Club main branch, Paradise Valley Elementary, Casper Rec Center, Midwest School, Verda James Elementary, Raven Crest, 4701 Tranquillity Way; Casper Housing Authority, 145 N. Durbin; Kids Campus, 12 Curtis St., Evansville; Seton House, 919 N. Durbin, and 3420 Provence Ct.

Signage will be outside to direct individuals where to pick up the meal.

Making handmade masks

A caller without computer access has asked how to make a homemade mask. The Wyoming Medical Center recommends using at least a double layer of tightly woven cotton fabric. This provides the best balance of filtering capability. Tying strings are preferred over elastic straps, but either is acceptable for use by the hospital.

There are myriad suggestions on social media. One particularly ingenious one comes from a man in Virginia, who suggests men use a dry sweeping pad meant for dusting floors and attach Duct tape on either end. For those who don’t want to rip their faces off, there are lots of other suggestions.

Many are using a large, square cotton bandana. Fold it in thirds, flip it over and fold it in thirds again, add round hair ties or rubber bands a third of the way in on each end, and then fold each end in to the rubber band. Many try to fold in one end into the fold of the other end, to make the “package” of material a bit neater, but this can be a little tricky. The key is to keep nose and mouth covered. Someone in the health care field suggested that wearers of glasses may want to wash the glasses in shaving foam, rinse and dry and that keeps the glasses from fogging up. Neck gaiters also work as masks, as do handout spirit towels with booster sayings on them, which fans probably have in abundance in their game bags or linen closets. Stay safe, Wyoming.

Updated food pantry, soup kitchen list

  • Casper Community Church food pantry, 249 N. Wolcott, Eugene, 307-462-6821, Saturday 9 to 11 a.m. food pantry closed temporarily.
  • Oasis Food Pantry, College Heights Community Center food pantry, 1927 South Walnut, 224-4104 (ext. 7), Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Faith Assembly of God food pantry, 4301 Casper Mountain Road, 265-9121, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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, 258-9646, closed this week.
  • Holy Cross Center Inc. food pantry, 1030 N. Lincoln, 577-1041, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Mountain View Baptist food pantry, 4250 Poison Spider Road, Wednesday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 234-4381,
  • Joshua’s Storehouse food pantry, 334 S. Wolcott St., 265-0242, grab and go, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, call for apptointment if you are shut in, limited delivery, (Kim’s cell, 307-215-6683)
  • Restoration Fellowship food pantry, 411 S. Walsh Drive, 235-9100, every Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Salvation Army food pantry, 441 S. Center St., 234-2002, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon. The Salvation Army is reaching out as well. Check their Facebook page, for details.
  • Salvation Army, 441 S. Center St., is now serving breakfast from 9 to 10:00 a.m. and lunch, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday, 11 a.m. sack lunch and hot meal, 234-2002, grab and go.
  • First Christian Church, King’s Corner, 112 S. Beech Street, Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, sack lunches provided, canceled for now, 234-8964.
  • First United Methodist Church, Kings Corner, 112 S. Beech Street, hot meal, 5:50 p.m.. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Sunday, canceled for now, 234-9385.
  • Central Wyoming Rescue Mission serves breakfast, 7 to 8 a.m.; lunch, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Glenrock, second and fourth Wednesday of every month, 506 West Birch, Ste. 15 (right downtown). Noon to p.m. temporarily curbside pickup. 277-7151.

Mary Ann Budenske: 307-215-4732 or

Poverty Resistance open

Poverty Resistance Food Bank, 450 S. Wolcott, is committed to serving people in need throughout the county. They are maintaining their normal hours of operation 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

First, don’t come for food if you are sick. It is okay to have a non-sick friend or relative pick up for you during this outbreak.

Second, hand washing stand at the door. You must wash your hands prior to picking up food. This is as much for your health as for the volunteers.

Third, social distancing — that means you need to stay about six feet away from others in the pantry. People might have to wait in their cars during times there are a lot of people coming in but, again this is as much for your health as for the volunteers.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Mary Ann Budenske: 307-215-4732 or

Curbside parking permits

The City Council and city manager recently authorized a temporary permit program to allow reserved parking spaces downtown, in order to accommodate curbside services to restaurants and cafes during the COVID 19 health crisis. The permit allows for adjacent businesses to sign up for two reserved spaces to better accommodate their customer’s pick-up orders. When the dine-in prohibition ends, the private use allowance of those permitted spaces automatically ends.

Permits are extended through the city manager’s office. Please contact Fleur Tremel, assistant to the city manager at 235-8258 or for more information on how to apply for a permit.

Free online dance classes

Enjoy free online dance classes at

Garden in place

Due to virus concerns, the Wyoming Plant Company garden center is now offering succulent classes as take and make at-home projects. Choices include succulents in a tea cup, dish gardening and vertical gardens. They supply all materials. Prices vary. If interested, please stop by the garden center at 358 S. Ash St., or call 262-2963 to reserve your take and make.

NAMI family to family


NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, eight-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. NAMI Casper has canceled the class set for April with no start date at this time. Contact Amy Freye at 860-908-2233 or NAMI Casper at 234-0440 for more information.

Jonah Banks close lobbies

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Jonah Bank has elected to close the lobbies temporarily. Customers are asked to use the drive-ups to transact business. Drive-up hours remain the same, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,Monday through Friday. If they need to speak or meet with their Jonah banker, please call the branch.

UW extension changes private pesticide procedure

The University of Wyoming Extension has implemented an online process for those seeking private applicator pesticide licenses in light of the University of Wyoming suspending all in-person activities until May 15 due to COVID-19 concerns.

Extension pesticide training coordinator Jeff Edwards said those interested can go to, click the Private Applicators tab and have two options under Licensing. All of the required files are linked in the website, said Edwards.

Option 1. Self-study and take-home workbook: Download or print the core manual, print the Private Applicator Workbook, print the private applicator license application, read the core manual, complete the take-home workbook by answering questions in the workbook, completely fill out the private applicator license application and mail the completed take-home workbook and the private applicator license application to: Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Technical Services Division, 2219 Carey Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002

Option 2. Electronically scan and email the completed take-home workbook and the private applicator license application to the Wyoming Department of Agriculture at

No visitors at detention center

Effective immediately the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled all public visiting at the Natrona County Detention Center. Professional visitors will be subjected to a health screening prior to the admittance into the secure portion of the facility. The cancellation was re-evaluated on April 6, 2020.

Upon recommendation of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control, it is asked that community members practice social distancing and avoid public gatherings.

No changes to CATC/the Bus

ATC/The Bus does not anticipate any changes in service or schedules at this time due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CATC/The Bus will continue to monitor this outbreak and they will pass along any new information that becomes available.

At Casper Area Transportation Coalition (CATC), their first priority is the safety and health of passengers, employees and community members. With the emergence of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in many regions of the country and as near as the central Colorado Rocky Mountain region, CATC has moved to upgraded bus cleaning protocols and frequency. They are taking this proactive approach to protect passengers, employees and community members.

CATC/The Bus’s upgraded protocols include the wiping down of all touch surfaces in each bus paying particular attention to the operator’s area and boarding door area of each bus twice daily along with disinfectant treatment of each unit every evening at the end of the service day. The staff and operators have all been trained in these procedures. All products used are approved by the USEPA as environmentally safe and have been determined to be the most effective products for eliminating the virus on environmental surfaces.

They are working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD) to monitor the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and they will make changes to their cleaning and disinfecting protocols based upon their recommendations moving forward.

You can keep yourself and others healthy by not traveling when you are sick, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, avoiding touching your face and eyes, and washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.

Poverty Resistance Food Pantry

The Poverty Resistance Food Pantry, 450 S. Wolcott, was founded in 1987, and is committed to helping reduce hunger in the community.

Community support in the form of small donations has been critical in allowing the pantry to remain open and serving low income folks.

The organization is run by volunteers logging in more than 190 hours a month. Total food distributed in 2019 was 537,122 pounds.

The organization provided 30,357 food baskets in 2019 and served a hot lunch to more than 50 individuals a day. The pantry is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The food pantry is supported by private donations and small fundraisers. Mary Ann is one of the original founders of the organization and continues to raise funds for the program.

When you see Mary Ann out and about face painting little kids, please drop some spare change into her jar. Buy one of her painted rocks or some of her art.

Drop some cash in the donation box at the pantry, or mail a check to the pantry.

For more information about Poverty Resistance Food Pantry email Mary Ann Budenske at, Friend her on Facebook or phone her at 307-215-4732.

Caregivers support canceled

The Caregivers Support Group Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2020 has been cancelled. All future meetings have been cancelled at this time due to COVID-19 concerns. They will announce future meetings in the Town Crier or you can call Jerri at 577-5204. Stay safe and well.

Parkinson’s exercise canceled

Rocky Mountain Therapy has cancelled the Parkinson’s exercise classes scheduled on Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. due to COVID-19 concerns. Watch for updates as to when classes will resume. Stay well and safe and they’ll see you soon.



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Community News Editor

Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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