Capital High students show off their scholarship certificates from the Montana Community Foundation. From left, Elijah Rose, Caleb Noble, Emily Buschini, Mikaela Latka, Annelise Helbling, and MCF President & CEO Mary Rutherford. See accompanying story.

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Register now for Family Fun Fest

St. Peter’s Family Fun Fest, to promote youth health and fitness, will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. A 1-mile fun run starts at Centennial Park at 9 a.m., followed by the Fun Fest in the Great Northern Town Center. Register runners by Aug. 3 at for a free T-shirt. Those wearing a Family Fun Fest T-shirt get free entrance to the Great Northern Carousel and ExplorationWorks for a limited time that day. Runners are welcome to register after Aug. 3 or on day of the race; however, a T-shirt cannot be guaranteed unless registered by Aug. 3. All runners receive a free backpack.

Parents/guardians of young children are welcome to run or walk with their child. A health and wellness fair follows the race with limited free health screenings, educational booths, fire truck and ambulance tours, and refreshments. Kids can also take a shot at the Helena Bighorns in the dunking booth, play street hockey, try out the climbing wall and see free demos from the local dance and karate studios. 

To register runners and get more information, visit



Area IV Agency on Aging in Townsend

On Tuesday, July 18, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Townsend Senior Center, 516 2nd St., Area IV Agency on Aging staff will be available to provide information on community services available to seniors. Area IV staff are able to help individuals and their families/caregivers understand how to use community resources and services, offer benefits and fraud prevention counseling on Medicare, and advocate for long-term care residents. This event is free.


Backpacks for Kids program ongoing in July

Throughout the month of July, Cenex Zip Trip will raise money to help prepare local kids for the new school year. Cenex Zip Trip is partnering with The Salvation Army for the annual Backpacks for Kids campaign.

Backpacks for Kids is an annual Salvation Army family services program providing backpacks full of school supplies to local families in need. The goal is to provide school supplies for children, so they’re ready to learn when they report for the first day of school this fall.

Cenex Zip Trip customers are encouraged to make a donation at the convenience stores. Everyone who donates can add their name to a special flyer that will be displayed in the store. As a thank you for their donation, contributors will receive a coupon for a free 20 oz. fountain soda or 16 oz. coffee.

Over the last six years, Cenex Zip Trip has raised more than $250,000 for Backpacks for Kids. In 2016, Cenex Zip Trip raised more than $77,000. For the 2017 campaign, the reach will be expanded to also include Kalispell, Butte, Helena, Great Falls and Havre.

Participating Helena-area Cenex stores: 1318 Euclid Ave.; and 3100 N. Montana Ave.


Montessori teacher honored with award 

Jodi Majerus Delaney, fourth-fifth grade Montessori teacher at Broadwater Elementary School in Helena, is the winner of the 28th Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award honoring the Montana History Teacher of the Year at the fourth-sixth grade level.

Born and raised in the Conrad/Valier area, she graduated from Conrad High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Carroll College in Helena. In 2015 she received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Montana in Missoula.

Delaney and her class will attend a ceremony at the state Capitol in Helena on Wednesday, Nov. 8, Statehood Day. They will ring the Montana Statehood Centennial Bell at 10:40 a.m., the exact minute Montana became the 41st state 128 years ago.

Delaney will receive a plaque and $2,750 from the Montana Television Network, the Montana History Foundation and the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers. The money may be used for the purchase of Montana history materials for her classroom or library, field trips, speakers or anything else that will enhance Montana history teaching in her classroom.


The City of Helena has board openings

City-County Planning Board: One citizen to serve as a city representative on the City-County Planning Board. Term will begin Sept. 1, 2017, and expire Aug. 31, 2020.

The Planning Board shall perform planning functions for the city and county and shall be the sole planning board to serve either or both governmental entities. Duties of this board will be to ensure the promotion of public health, safety, convenience, order and the general welfare, and for the sake of efficiency and economy in the process of community development, the board shall prepare a growth policy and serve in an advisory capacity to the local governing bodies establishing said Board.

Helena Housing Authority: One citizen to serve on the Helena Housing Authority Board. The unexpired term will begin upon appointment and expire Aug. 1, 2021. 

This nonprofit organization manages and sets policy for all public housing in Helena. The Housing Authority Board consists of five housing commissioners and two tenant representatives.

Helena Regional Airport Authority: One citizen to serve as a city representative on the Helena Regional Airport Authority. The term will begin Sept. 1, 2017, and expire Aug. 31, 2020.

The Helena Regional Airport Authority was created by and receives its authority from the City of Helena/Lewis & Clark County Joint Resolution 10677. The Authority may plan, acquire, establish, develop, construct, enlarge, improve, maintain, equip, operate, regulate, protect, and police any Airport or air navigation facility or airport hazard to be jointly acquired, controlled and operated.

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Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council (NMTAC): Two residents of the city of Helena to serve on NMTAC. The unexpired terms will begin upon appointment and expire March 31, 2018, and March 31, 2019. Interested persons should have knowledge, expertise and interest in promoting nonmotorized transportation.

The general purpose of the council is to advise and make recommendations to the City Commission regarding matters related to nonmotorized travel and traffic calming, including the impact commission actions may have upon bicycling, walking and traffic calming. 

Applications are available at /commission/boards and committees, requested by emailing or by calling 447-8410 and can be submitted electronically or mailed to the City Clerk’s Office, 316 N. Park Avenue, Room 323, Helena, MT 59623. The deadline for all board applications is 4 p.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017.



Helena students receive scholarships

The Montana Community Foundation (MCF) awarded $458,700 in scholarships to 146 Montana students for the 2017-2018 academic year, approximately $50,000 more than last year. In Helena, 15 students received scholarships totaling $21,300.

Each year, MCF awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to deserving students across Montana. While qualifications for each scholarship vary, each student is required to go through a competitive application process to be considered. Some scholarships are renewable, meaning students can apply to receive funding for multiple years.

Students can begin applying online for MCF scholarships at the start of each year, Jan. 1. With a variety of scholarships to offer, MCF urges all students to dream big and take part in its scholarship application process.

For more information and to learn how you can contribute to these scholarships or begin a scholarship fund of your own, visit or call 443-8313, and find us on Facebook.



Josephine Meis, of Clancy, received a DDS-Dentistry degree from the University of Iowa at the close of the spring 2017 semester.


Bailie Walker, of Helena, has been named to the dean's list at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for the spring 2017 semester.


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