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When they saw the star,
they were filled with joy!

They entered the house
and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.

Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh

–Matthew 2:10-11

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Burke County Tribune

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Johnston Motor Co. closing their doors December 31st
Fourth generation owner, Ron Johnston, stands behind the counter at Johnston Motor Co., which will be closed on December 31st. The business has served the community of Lansford for 87 years.

By LaVonne Erickson
On Wednesday, December 31st, the community of Lansford will lose a business that has been serving that community for 87 years. That business is Johnston Motors Co. which began in 1927 and was known as the Johnston Garage. Ron Johnston, a fourth generation owner of the business, has decided that it is time to retire, kick back, and enjoy life.

In 1927, Ward Johnson and his son, Beryl, started the business known as Johnston Garage. The business consisted of mechanical repairs and was operated seven days a week. The two men operated the business until 1933 when Ward’s son, Leon, joined the business. It was then that they added the Farmers Union bulk delivery, which Beryl delivered until he retired.

Sometime in the early 1940’s wind chargers were added to the business. These wind chargers were sold, erected, and serviced by Johnston Garage. It was in 1944 to 1946 that the wind chargers gave way to Kohler generator power plants.

The business expanded to include the sale of J. I. Case from 1943 to 1945, and from 1945 to 1950 they sold G. E. appliances.

A third generation member was added to the business in 1947 when Beryl’s son, Ivar, joined them as a mechanic.
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Opdahl Grocery, Kjelshus Take Top Prize in Chili Cook-off
By Ginny Heth
There was a ‘hot time in the old town’ on Saturday as Westhope Community Club hosted the First Annual Chili Cook-off!
May 10th was chosen as Community Day for Westhope with city-wide rummage sales happening throughout the day as well as the annual Presbyterian Women’s fund raiser serving sloppy joes, pie and coffee. They also had basket- and purse-mania, a silent auction type activity that is fun for all. Included this year in the day’s activities was the Trini Tree Frogs Youth Group detailing the insides of cars. They had a great turn-out for their fund raiser, even having to turn away a couple of cars that arrived after their time was up. Maybe they will have to plan another day of car cleaning since people were so happy to have someone to take on that task for them!
Meanwhile, all around town people’s homes were beginning to smell a lot like a Mexican restaurant as pots of chili were started in anticipation for the Chili Cook-off. Around 3:00 p.m., the Gateway Community Room began buzzing with activity as the ten contestants brought their chili in for tasting......some contestants even brought their own Mexican ambience including table cloths, decorations (even some hung on the wall!) and music!!
Ten entirely different pots of chili were there for the tasting when it began at 4:30 p.m. coming from Westhope Farmers Union (Kevin Schroeder, cook); Westhope Fire Department (Ryan Ellsworth, cook); Double EE Service (Ben Cartwright, cook); John Gruenberg, M&D Pizza (Heather Lee, cook); Presbyterian Children (Lola & Randy Kimpland); Rachel Gruenberg; Kim & Lance Kjelshus; Opdahl’s Grocery (Barb Opdahl, cook); and Westhope Ambulance (UB & Sylvia Schlieper, cooks). There were white chilis, red chilis, and no bean chilis. Some were quite spicy and some were just flavorful, with out the bite! Many contestants included ‘add-ins’ such as sour cream, onions, chips, crackers and cheese to make their offering more enticing. Community Club provided corn bread to make sure everyone had a way to ‘cut the heat’ between bowls of chili, coffee & water with the water being the most popular thing!
In all, nearly 100 people voted and there was a tie for first place! Opdahl’s Grocery and Kim & Lance Kjelshus are the proud winners, sharing a traveling trophy for the year and prize money. Coming in a close third (only one vote separated the three chilis!) was Westhope Ambulance with UB’s Road Kill Chili, who took home a small cash prize as well.
Plans are already in the works for the 2nd Annual Westhope Community Day Chili Cook-off, so get those recipes tweeked, plan on a few decorations for your table (Opdahl’s & the Kjelshus’ both had very nicely decorated tables -- whether that had anything to do with the winning or not.....) and take a chance at bragging rights for next year!!


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