By Marie Hoyer Antiochus IV Epiphanes lived in the second century BCA. He despised the Jewish people, outlawed their religion, and desecrated their sacred temple in Jerusalem. Later the Jewish [...]

Christmas Customs

By Marie Hoyer There are various customs during the Christmas season which add to the event. One of these is the Advent calendar anticipating Christmas Day. The calendar is comprised of 25 little [...]

Chouteau County Country Christmas

Fort Benton December 5 9am-3pm: Santa’s North Pole Outlet Mall All children (K-6th grades) are invited to purchase new presents from $.25 to $3 at North West Physicians Billing – Santa will visit [...]

Child’s Christmas Tree

By Marie Hoyer When parents are putting up a Christmas tree, chances are the children may want to have one in their playroom or bedroom. It would be very meaningful and part of the fun if the [...]

71st Montana Winter Fair

“A celebration of agriculture and our Montana lifestyle!” January 23-24, 28-31 The 71st Montana Winter Fair is a great excuse to get out and enjoy the exhilaration of learning, being entertained, [...]

Johnny’s Family Candies

What’s at the heart of Johnny’s Family Candies? Why, it’s right in the name – family. Over twenty years ago, Doreen Caquelin made a batch of chocolate covered cherries for her father, John [...]

Mexican Traditions

By Marie Hoyer In the south-western area of the United States many Christmas customs are patterned after those in Mexico. Farolitos, or luminaries, are small paper bags filled halfway with sand. [...]


By Marie Hoyer A new holiday was established in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karanzaa in the United States. It is the first specific non- religious holiday to help African Americans reconnect to their [...]