Terrific News Tuesday

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • On the Road
  • Bynum Montana
  • Cascade Montana
  • Oh Christmas Tree
  • Consecutive Wins

On the Road:

This week’s “On the Road” segment is perfect for Valentine’s Day as it deals with true love!

The last wish for 91-year-old Joe Leifken before suffering a major heart attack was to take his wife to dinner one more time. Joe was gone just 10 minutes before medics restarted his heart. He woke up shouting ‘Ruth’s Chris” as in Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Read/Watch the rest of the story HERE.

Hello Bynum Montana:

On Sunday I happened to catch the Sunday Today Show with Willie Geist. Correspondent Harry Smith had been in Bynum, Montana, and reported about the school there:

In the small town of Bynum, Montana, students start each morning with a song and dance in what has become a tradition that helps build a “sense of who they are when they go out into the bigger world.” NBC’s Harry Smith reports for Sunday TODAY on the curriculum of kindness.

This is a really neat story – watch the rest of it HERE.

Cascade Montana:

Applause to the friends and neighbors of Joe and Judy Voss in Cascade, Montana, who raised money to send the couple to Los Angeles where they attended a taping of Wheel of Fortune and were able to personally visit with Vanna White. (GF Tribune)

Nice job Cascade residents!

Oh Christmas Tree:

The Kootenai National Forest in northwestern Montana has been selected to provide the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. (Missoulian)

The last time a tree came from Montana was in 2008, and that was from the Bitterroot National Forest. In 1989 a tree came from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana.

According to the Capitol Christmas Tree website:

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.

In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree. Since then, a different national forest has been chosen each year to provide “The People’s Tree.” This national forest also works with state forests to provide companion trees that are smaller Christmas trees for offices in Washington, D.C.

More information about the Capitol Christmas Tree can be found HERE.

100 Consecutive Wins:

The University of Connecticut (UConn) women’s basketball team notched their 100th consecutive victory last night by beating South Carolina 66-55. (ESPN)

This is an amazing run – congrats to the players and coaches.

## Happy Valentine’s Day ##



  1. Regarding Bynum. When I was growing up we use to hunt pheasants up the creek and dry wash. Amazing place to hunt. At one gate there was a straw cowboy with arrows in it and blood down it’s chest. The sign said, “The last person who didn’t close the gate.”

    At the very end was a cabin occupied by 2 rather eccentric sisters. I am sure they are gone now. Ownership changed and we no longer were welcome to hunt. Today grizzlies own the turf and they don’t cotton to pheasant hunters or puny landowners.

    • Craig – that’s a neat story. Thanks for sharing! -JmB

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