One of the highlights of the Troy students' McCall field trip was feeding a herd of wild elk. The sidetrip brought a big smile to the face of Sophia Kiesecker, while fellow Salvador Mindez and Clint Heuitt. Submitted photo
The Troy students recently enjoyed a "Lifetime Sports Field Trip" to McCall, Idaho. Teacher Mr. Beyer had not yet been to the area, so he was really looking forward to the trip. He was pleased that family members were able to attend. Included during the two-day trip in addition to skiing and school lessons, were some additional activities, like tubing, ice skating, a hay ride to see elk and a community theater production.
The trip was a great success. Most of the parents were able to attend and share in the process of learning skiing with the students. Mr. Byer said the kids made great progress in their skills, due to instructors at Brundage Mountain. The fun began with a trip down the slopes on inner tubes at the activity barn, with Mr. Beyer leading the way at breakneck speed. Giggles and laughter were heard near and far, with a few screams from Connie (teacher's aide).
The group attended an evening performance of "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Alpine House playhouse. The cultural event didn't seem to harm anyone and a discussion was held after the play by students and parents.
As a fitting end to the adventure all were loaded onto a hay wagon, pulled by a pair of draft wagon, out to feed the wild elk. Mr. Beyer said even though everyone had seen elk many times before "we certainly had never seen them up close and personal." He said in a herd of 40 or more they counted seven branch antlers and a few spikes. They were feeding so close from the wagon that Melanie Kiesecker was nibbled on her behind.
The next day everyone packed up and headed home. There was a group of students from La Grande at McCall at the same time, along with several other busses of school children from other areas.
A Valentine party was held for the Troy students, with parents and grandparents also attending. Cards, cookies and treats were given. Among those attending were Connie Curry, Sue Zeller, grandparents Lester and Claris Kiesecker, Deb Huitt, Melony, Troy and Hans and Al Nork.
Connie's book report: After five consecutive New York best selling novels, author Catherine Coulter is a major player in contemporary suspense. "Hemlock Bay" continues her streak.
FBI agent Dillon Savich is on a challenging case involving the kidnapping of two teenaged boys, when trouble boils up in his personal life. His younger sister Lily has crashed her car into a redwood at California's Hemlock Bay. It is apparently her second suicide attempt since the loss of her young daughter some seven months before. But Lily insists her car crash was definately not an attempt to take her own life, and when Dillon investigates he uncovers a possible motive for murder. Lily's husband or in-law whould have benefited from her death since she inherited some paintings worth millions of dollars. Read this book; Sue Zeller thought it was good.
(Connie almost did not review this book because it had some poor customer reviews, but her mother Sue convinced her to do this book as she really enjoyed it.
Assasination wierdness continued from past column (this gets really wierd): The secretary of Pres. Lincoln (who was elected in 1860) was named Kennedy. The secretary of Pres. Kennedy (who was elected in 1960) was named Lincoln. Both were assassinated by southerners. Both were succeeded by southerners named Johnson. Andrew Johnson who succeeded Lincoln was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson who succeeded Kennedy was borh in 1908. John Wilkes Booth who killed Lincon was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald who killed Kennedy was born in 1939.
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