YWCA receives donation

Big Sky ABWA and Soroptimist International of Helena have made a joint donation of $4,092 to the Helena YWCA. The donation is made possible by proceeds from the 2017 Salute to Women Luncheon. The money will go directly to help provide safe transitional housing for women and children who are experiencing homelessness by providing services to help them move forward. Pictured from left, Jo Berg, Cacey Maser, Cindy Zimmerman, Kellie McBride, Melissa Domme, Lindsay Borgan, Sherry O’Donnell and Julie McGrath.

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Light the Night fun run on tap

The fourth annual Light the Night 5k race will take place Saturday, May 6, at 8:40 p.m. Rivals Athletics hosts the race with all of the proceeds going to support Helena athletic clubs. This year the money will be going to the Helena Lion's Swim Club, Mount Helena Gymnastics Booster Club, Helena Home School Warriors and the Helena YMCA. Last year's race raised $4,000. For more information, visit https://runsignup.com.


Lunch ‘N Learn series continues

On Wednesday, May 3, at noon, the Helena United Methodist Ministries in collaboration with AARP continues its monthly Lunch’N Learn program addressing second chapter living. The program features “Healthy Living” by Linda Christopher who will explore with us “Seven Areas of Wellness."

Lunch is served at noon with the program immediately following. Donations of $5 are invited to match AARP’s contribution to the cost of lunch by Chili O'Brien’s. Nonperishable contributions to Helena Food Share also are encouraged. A registered nurse will be on hand to provide free confidential blood pressure screening at this event. The Covenant United Methodist Church is located at 2330 E. Broadway.

Reserve your lunch by calling 877-926-8300 or online at AARP.org/MT by the close of business on Monday, May 1. For information or registration assistance call 442-6501.


Benton Avenue cemetery clean up slated

The 19th annual clean up of the Benton Avenue Cemetery will be Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. until done. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, shovels, shrubbery trimmers and rakes. A barbecue lunch will be provided for all workers. 

Benton Avenue Cemetery, established in 1870 by Lewis and Clark County, is the oldest remaining Protestant cemetery in Helena. Burials also precede 1870 because many were removed from other sites and reburied here. 

For many years, Benton Cemetery was also used as the County’s poor-farm cemetery. Although plots were sold by the county, no provisions were made for perpetual care of the cemetery except as provided by families of those buried there. 

In 1922, the cemetery was deeded by the county to the Benton Avenue Cemetery Association consisting of family members of those who owned plots in the cemetery.  

For more information, call 458-5731.


Appraisal event coming to western Montana

It's time to go digging through your attic for that garage sale find or family heirloom. Your special artifact could be worth more than you know. That’s why the Montana History Foundation and Gallatin History Museum are teaming up to bring two antiques appraisers to Bozeman to check out your treasures.

Celebrity appraisers Timothy Gordon and Grant Zahajko are regularly seen on a national antiques appraisal show on PBS. They will meet with visitors at the Gallatin History Museum on May 13 as part of a fundraiser for the MHF and Gallatin History Museum.

For $15, the public can bring in treasures to find out their value. This could be a painting, sculpture, sports memorabilia or any other object or oddity. There are only two stipulations: a limit of two items per person and no firearms. 

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Gallatin History Museum, 317 W. Main. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at 406-522-8122 or online at www.gallatinhistorymuseum.org/montana-antiques-appraisal-fair-ticket/


Helena student finalist in chefs challenge

Sodexo, has announced the five student finalists in the 2017 Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge. This year, elementary school students from Sodexo-served school districts across the United States were tasked with creating healthy comfort food options that children or adults will enjoy. The public is invited to view student video submissions and vote for their favorite recipe on http://sodexoinsights.com/. Voting closes midnight on April 30.

Out of nearly 2,500 entries from students, the recipes from these five Sodexo Future Chefs: Healthy Comfort Food Challenge national finalists rose above all the rest:

  • Greydyn Gildroy, Helena Public Schools (Montana) Recipe: Pretend Soup
  • Tylee Creps, Academy School District (Colorado)(Recipe: Tylee’s Famous Granola Cups
  • Kayla Kilincoglu, Shelton Public Schools (Connecticut) Recipe: Zucchini Waffles
  • Madison Bigej, Canby School District (Oregon) Recipe: Cauliflower Tots
  • Emily Dustin, Richland School District (Washington) Recipe: Apple Sushi


Program will explore invasive insect

Similar to the pine beetle infestation, Helena is facing great tree loss with the introduction of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This invasive species, first discovered in the U.S. in 2002, is making its way across the country, killing tens of millions of ash trees along the way. The EAB has not yet been detected in Montana, but it is now in Denver and experts believe that it is only a matter of time before it arrives here. This pending infestation will greatly affect the Helena community, since roughly 60 percent of Helena’s trees are green ash (a favorite of the EAB), and more than 99 percent of all untreated green ash trees will be lost. It is now time to begin planning and preparing for this “green menace,” which will result in the need to remove and replace thousands of Helena’s trees.

Growing Friends of Helena is hosting a presentation and discussion about the Emerald Ash Borer on May 4 at the Lewis and Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. Entomologist Dr. Laurie Kerzicnik from MSU will provide information about the EAB and discuss treatment options as well as the expected impact to our city. This presentation is free and open to the public.


DOR seeks awards nominations

The Montana Department of Revenue is seeking nominations for this year’s Alcohol Education Summit awards. These awards honor individuals or groups who’ve worked toward a reduction of alcohol abuse in their communities, and across the state.

There are several nomination categories: Outstanding Community Program of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Prevention Specialist of the Year, State Certified Alcohol Server Trainer of the Year, DUI Task Force of the Year, Community Coalition of the Year, and Outstanding Service.

Call Lisa Scates at 444-4307; or 444-6457; or email LiScates@mt.gov or KCollins@mt.gov for a detailed description of each category and a nomination form. Submit nominations by June 1. Award recipients will be honored at the 2017 Alcohol Education Summit in August.


Textile festival seeks entries

The fourth annual "Festival of the Thread" is calling for original fiber, fabric, thread, yarn, mixed media textile works executed by the artist to be entered for a juried exhibition to be held Sept. 1-3. Artists must be from Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Entry deadline is July 1.

All art must be for sale and there is a $25 entry fee for up to five works. There will be a 25 percent commission on works sold. Visit www.thefestivalofthethread.com for submission guidelines. Sponsored by the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts in Livingston, Montana - Gateway to Yellowstone National Park. This September festival will include the Festival of the Thread Textile Exhibition artist opening Friday evening, fashion show, and live performance of “You Never Can Tell” by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks Saturday evening.


DPHHS wants to hear from Montana Centenarians

Governor’s Conferences on Aging scheduled for Kalispell, Glendive

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) wants to honor Montana Centenarians at the 49th annual Governor’s Conference on Aging in September. The event takes place in two locations this year in Kalispell and Glendive. Centenarians will be honored at noon luncheons on the first day of each conference.

DPHHS is asking Montanans who will turn age 100 as of Dec. 31, 2017, or those who are already over the age of 100 to submit their name and a brief profile. All Centenarians who submit information will receive a recognition proclamation from Governor Steve Bullock.

Centenarians, or friends or family members, are encouraged to supply DPHHS with the following information by Aug. 1, 2017, so they can be recognized.

(NOTE: The first five items are required in order to receive a certificate.)

1. Centenarian's Name.

2. Contact person (who to send certificate to).

3. Contact person’s phone number and email address

4. Mailing address (where to send the certificate).

5. Birth date of Centenarian.

6. Are they a World War II Veteran?

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7. Where were they born?

8. If not born in Montana, what is their story on how they got to Montana?

9. What is the secret to their longevity?

10. What has been the most amazing event in their life that they would like to share?

11. What is their favorite quote?

12. Anything else they would like us to know about the centenarian?

13. If planning to attend either of the centenarian luncheons, please provide a picture of the centenarian when you send in the information above.

Please send Centenarian information to:

Governor’s Conference on Aging-Centenarians, DPHHS-SLTC, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210; or email jstoeckel@mt.gov.

Or submit your information online at Montana Centenarian's Program or http://dphhs.mt.gov/SLTC/aging/centenarians.

Or individuals can call toll-free 1-800-332-2272 and ask for the Office on Aging or 444-4077.


Thrift store gets high praise

Good Samaritan Thrift Store in Helena is one of the nine “incredible thrift stores in Montana where you’ll find all kinds of treasures” featured by Only In Your State, www.only inyourstate.com.

The website had this to say about the Helena store: “Good Samaritan Thrift Store is a local nonprofit that helps the community by providing financial and in-store assistance on an emergency basis. They were named Helena' Best Thrift Store in 2016 by the Best of Helena awards. They sell everything from bedding and linens to luggage and picture frames.”

The store is located at 3067 N. Montana Ave. in Helena.


Local host families needed

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. 

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 800-733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application.  



Claire Longsworth,of Montana City, has been named to the fall 2016 honor roll at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Students qualify for the academic honor society by maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.75 during the semester.



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