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Tessa Schweigert

Everyday, we depend on the Powell Volunteer Fire Department to put out fires. On one day each year, we expect them to start some.

On July 4, firefighters faithfully light fireworks that explode in the sky and commemorate Independence Day. It’s a tradition Powell firemen have carried on for decades.

But now it’s time to pass the torch.

Teens from around the Cowboy State are beginning their summer with lessons on American government, citizenship and patriotism during the 72nd session of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

Section of old PHS renovated as main structure is demolished  

More walls keep tumbling down at the old Powell High School as demolition of the three-story section progresses.

Demolition will continue for a couple more weeks. Folks can drive by to watch the progress and say goodbye to the 57-year-old building.

Hanlin, Wetzel named co-valedictorians  

In Powell’s early days, when the landscape was mostly barren and homesteaders were just beginning to settle here, Powell High School started in 1914.

Powell had just become an official town five years earlier. Eight students graduated from the first class of Powell High School, then a one-room school.

Park County Boundary Board to consider change  

Kids from Mammoth Hot Springs will likely never sit in Powell classrooms, but they may soon be part of the Powell school district.

The Powell community is invited to join Alice as she follows the rabbit and meets the unique characters who dwell in Wonderland.

Powell High School students will present a theatrical production of “Alice in Wonderland” at 7 p.m. Friday at the PHS auditorium. Local elementary school students will see the play on Thursday.

Teens raise thousands of dollars for kids through Make-A-Wish

People in Powell often pitch in to help one another. It’s easy to list a wide variety of ways folks help out in our community — Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes, the Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic, Powell Troop Support, the Christmas Basket Program, the Backpack Blessings project and so on.

PHS students raise money for little girl in Cowley, young boy in Casper 

Powell High School students are raising money to make wishes come true for two young children.

Daizy from Cowley, who celebrated her third birthday this week, and 3-year-old Amani from Casper each want to go to Disney World. PHS students hope to raise thousands of dollars for each child’s trip through the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Wyoming.

Stalled by questions, the Park County Fair Board has continued to be at a standstill in its efforts to raise $500,000 for a new multi-use facility at the fairgrounds.

In a letter to the Park County Commission sent Friday, the board said its fundraising timeline has been delayed due to questions over whether the fair board can offer 100 percent tax deductibility for donations it receives. So far, the board has received three donations totaling $1,750 toward the new building, but is waiting to deposit the money.

As Americans, we enjoy the right to elect leaders in our government. It’s a privilege many of us participate in every election cycle.

We also have the opportunity to hold public office — a chance few take.

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