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m WEELE s school year ends in Sidney, staff mem- preparing for next school year. year will bring many changes since School will feature 6-8 grade stu- Elementary School will be Central Intermediate School will have has started," said Brent Leibach, Intermediate School principal, on "Staff members have done as much as get ready for the move and still take is sometimes but everybody is doing i best to make it work." - Bill Nankivel said all but six of Central's staff mem- have a new room or building next school Sidney School, and physical education teacher and music teacher Janet Spracklin will of their days at the middle school. smoothly," Leibach said. "I definitely the staff for its attitude." PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE West Side Elementary School librarian Dawn Greenwood packs books to be taken to Central Intermediate School. Nearly all teachers at Central and West Side will be In dif- ferent rooms or buildings next year. Leibach said Monday is the target date for hav- He added custodians will move items from West ing Central's teachers in their new classrooms. Side to Central. He feels teachers will prepare their rooms during the summer months. "The main process will really start in earnest Monday," said Bill Nankivel, West Side principal. Nankivel said teachers and library staff have been busy packing in preparation for the move. He thanks community members for supplying boxes. "I think most people are pretty well packed," Nankivei said. "I'm sure we will work on it (the move) all summer, but we're planning to get most of it done in the next couple weeks." Nankivel commends West Side's staff for its spirit. "Everybody has a pretty dam good attitude," Nankivel said. "Change is sometimes tough, but everybody is doing their best to make it work." "I guarantee the first day of school next year, this place will be ready," Leibach said. "Because that's the way teachers are." Some of the employees of the administration will start moving in at West Side Monday All of the office's personnel are expected to be located at West Side within a couple of weeks. Administrators will also be moving soon after the school year ends. Leibach will become the assistant principal at Sidney High School. Current assistant principal Rollie Sullivan will serve as the new principal at Sidney Middle School. Nankivel will become Central's principal. Gary Arnold, the current middle school principal, will teach eighth- grade history and manage Title I along with other federal programs. BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Some of the bravest individu- als in Montana will converge in Sidney June 12-14 for the Mon- tana State Volunteer Firefighters Convention. "We're hoping for about 200 people," said Rob Gilbert, Sid- ney fire marshal. "Plus, all of Cs will be there, too." include Conrad, Plentywood, Big Sky, Glasgow, Chinook, Roundup, Bigfork, Plevna, Cor- e W1 e is today The Sidney Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annu- al breakfast from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday (today) at the Sidney "We started going after this one three years ago," Gilbert said. Hosting the convention takes a lot of work such as finding speakers, vendors and trainers. The event will start at 8 a.m. June 12 with a golf scramble at Fire Hall. the Sidney Country Club.. One of the highlishts is ,a vallis, BainvilleandCuibertson. parade from St. Ma s .... Oilbert event isChurch to the Richland County held every other year. Hosts are Fairgrounds from 4:15-5 p.m. determined by bids and votes. June 13. The last time Sidney had the event was in the late 1980s. See Conventioo, page 3A e PHOTOS BY BILL VANDER WEELE (Top photo) Teachers Tammy Beyer, left, Kelly Johnson and Principal Brant Leibach tell how great Central Inter- mediate School is to passers-by Thursday night. Leibach told students earlier this year, if they scored 26,000 accelerated reading points, he would spend a night on Central's roof. "It's a remarkable amount of points, I thought I was pretty safe," Leibach said. Stu- dents, however, scored 26,800 points. (Left photo) Leibach looks for a place on the roof to camp out. sa BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader Freedom Fest, which includes F 16 jets, will be a military tribute held July 4 at Sidney Summer Fest. An Honor Guard presenting of the colors starts the tribute followed by the raising of the American flag, a 21 -gun volley, a few words from a military dignitary and then the lowering of the flag for the playing of "Taps." The flag will be raised with the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner." After that, two FI 6 jets out of Great Falls will fly over. After the Freedom Fest, the night will continue with rock and roll music. "Like it or hate it, rock and roll is very Ameri- can. It is a creative expression of freedom and who we are as Americans. Rock music is free- dom. This event is a celebration of freedom, sup- porting our troops and rock music. I invite people to have a good safe time this July 4," said Tom Pavek, the event organizer. The Freedom Fest will also have a local soldier PowerPoint presentation during the Jaycees' fire- works display. It will feature all local soldiers who axe serving or have served in our armed forces. "We have brave men and women on the line out there, and I like the idea of supporting our troops because they make freedom possible," Pavek said. e Sidney the ! Hunke ).m. ~' many is somewhat with the of several sum.mer for BY ELLEN ROBINSON rosurgeons preformed the risky Herald-Leader brain surgery at the Children's Four-month-old Jackson Hospital in Oklahoma. The Thogersen, son of Helle and baby's head was three times the Ben Thogersen, had brain sur- size it should be. gery last month at the Okla- The medical team placed dis- homa City Children's Hospital. solvable sugar screws in the Jackson was born Dec. 29 skull after opening it up. There with the four sections of his were some complications with skull already fused. Infants the surgery. usually have four separate sec- "He was so chubby it was tions of skull that create the hard for them to get the "soft spot" on the baby's head. catheters in him. That took a Doctors discovered the baby's few hours," Helle said. condition, known as Sagital The surgery lasted six hours. Craniosynestosis, at his two- The baby lost half of the blood week appointment. It's the in his body and had four blood abnormal .growth of the front transfusions. and back of the head which puts Jackson had a blood clot in his pressure on the brain and spine, leg after the surgery, which was Doctors are unsure why this cutting off blood to his foot. occurs. They saved his foot by wrapping "This was the worst experi- it in warm diapers to dissipate ence of my life. I knew some- the blood clot. He could not thing didn't look right in the handle blood thinners after the ultrasound, but the doctors said that it was the position he was in. I could see it though. It is so hard to see a baby go though that," Helle Thogersen said: One of the top pediatric neu- SUBMITTED PHOTO surgery. Ben and Hoile Thogereen with baby Jackson in the hos- "We go to checkups everypital. Ben, an officer in the Army, received emergency three months until he is 18 leave because of the operation. months. At that point we will will have a MIR every year as a "I've seen progression since know if it is taking," Helle said. part of a John Hopkins study the surgery. He was slower Then after the first year, he until he turns 20 years old. before the surgery, but now he is picking up. We don't think he will have additional complica- tions," Holle said. Jackson's father, Ben, is an officer in the Army stationed in Iraq. "His job is very important and they weren't going to let him come home, but with the seri- ousness of the surgery Jackson was going to go through, Ben got a two-week emergency leave. He is based in Oklahoma but we are both from Sidney," Holle said. Many area people sympa- thized the challenges Jackson and his family faced. The Sidney High School soft- ball team had a "The Bravest Eagle" shirt made for Jackson. Jim Thogersen, Jackson's grandfather, is one of the soft- ball coaches at the high school. The team presented the shirt to him at the softball banquet. "Jim was so stressed about the baby and he still kept his at practice. We wanted to him," said Ashiee AnvLk, a soft- ball team member. Sawyer Brown Live in Concert Saturday, August 2nd 8:15 Presale prices p,m, i } & Rodeo office in Sidney. Mail-in and/or Ticket Packages 1 telephone orders. Please add $1 per ticket. Containlng:l Fri. night,1 concertrodeo ticketticket'& 11ThurS.fair buttonnight & 1 433-2801 e-mail: $20 general $25 Reserved t Total Cost ,~3~$12_ ~ i