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Long Time Poet Published for the First Time

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A long time poet here in Billings has been published.

Dorothy Traeholt first began writing poems when she was communicating with her brothers, who were fighting in WWII. Now, years later, Traeholt continues to write poems about her life living at Marquis Grand Park and about memories she has.

"The Old Ice Cream Tub" Is Dorothy Traeholt's poem about her memories churning ice cream with her family as a child. After reading many of Dorothy's poems, Pam Henrichs, Activity Director at Marquis Grand Park Senior Living Facility, convinced Dorothy to submit this poem to Creative Forecasting and it was selected for the July 2013 issue.

"Dorothy's poem that she wrote not only affected us as staff members but affected, touched all the residents and they all shared part of their memories," said Henricks. "Brings back the good memories, it all goes back to your family and your heritage, and that's why I was so touched with it."

"I was especially pleased to find out so many residents have memories of this old ice cream process and that just made me feel good," said Traeholt. "If it makes somebody smile then I'm pleased."

Henricks has submitted many of her residents' poems over the years she's worked as an activities director, but Traeholt's was the first one to be published. To celebrate, Henricks hosted an ice cream social to honor the resident poet.

Traeholt's family traveled from nearby areas just to hear her read her poem, and celebrate at the ice cream social. Her poem "The Old Ice Cream Tub" is featured in the July issue of Creative Forecasting.