Daughters of the American Revolution

Jane Lee Hamman, Montana state regent, talks with President General Ann Turner Dillon at a 2017 NSDAR reception in Washington, D.C. See accompanying story.

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Pay your own price yard sale

A yard sale for music and miscellaneous items is taking place on Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Music Makers Conservatory, 1016 Custer Ave.

A special feature is “pay your own price” merchandise -- with some exceptions.

Music, music books, a Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and even a NordicTrack exercise machine. And much, much more.

The event is presented by the Helena Music Teachers Association, which comprises over 40 members, offering private or group music lessons on all instruments and voice. Visit www.helenamta.org for more information.


Coffee, tea Tuesdays continues

AARP Montana continues to sponsor Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays, from 9-11 a.m., Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Coffee or tea for AARP members and guest are free when an AARP membership card is shown. Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays happen at Fireside Coffee, 1446 Euclid Ave.

For more information contact mt@aarp.org or phone 1-866-295-7278.


Take a walk

Join us every Thursday at noon at Tread Lightly, 335 N. Last Chance Gulch, for a community walk. We'll start at the store for a 40-minute stroll in downtown Helena. Break up your workday, enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, catch up with old friends, and make new ones. Plus you can sign up for weekly prizes and, if you make it to seven walks, you'll get a free T-shirt. 


Benefit trap shoot upcoming

The second annual Big Hearts under the Big Sky Trap Shoot is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Helena Trap Club. All skill levels are welcome. Registration fee includes 25 targets, refreshments and a barbecue luncheon following the event. The tournament will be comprised of teams of five -- build your own or enter your name into a blind draw and be assigned a team. The cost is $30 per person or $140 for a team of five. Register online at www.bigheartsmt.org or call MOGA at 449-3578. If you'd like to become a sponsor, contact Samantha Erpenbach at 406-439-1237 or samantha@kempevents.com.

Proceeds benefit Big Hearts under the Big Sky. Created in 2008 by the Montana Outfitter and Guides Association, Big Hearts provides men and women who have provided military service to our nation, children who face the challenge of life threatening illness and women who are battling breast cancer the opportunity to enjoy a Montana outdoor adventure at no cost. 



Montana DAR travels to D.C.

Montana State Society Daughters of the American Revolution had 14 daughters participating in the 126th annual Continental Congress at NSDAR Constitution Hall and the Grand Hyatt led by State Regent Jane Lee Hamman, of Clancy and Oro Fino Chapter. Hamman participated in two National Board of Management meetings, joined other national officers in a service project to wash the Vietnam Memorial Wall, walkway and lights, a Founders Tribute wreath laying ceremony at 1776 D St., and National Officers Club annual meeting and banquet during 10 days in Washington, D.C.

Hamman presented the Montana state report, with Outstanding Junior Niki Venable, of Lewistown, holding the state flag.

Accepting the state Vietnam War Commemoration award and nearly 100 other National Society awards for outstanding historic preservation, education and patriotism service during 2016 by Montana Chapters and individual daughters, Hamman noted, “the dedication and innovation of daughters serving their communities across Big Sky Country is the heart of our beloved society.” Hamman assisted the National Chair at the Constitution Week table during Service to America Night.

Other Montana daughters participating included Honorary State Regent Cathy Lane of Kalispell, HSR Peggy Salitros of Billings, State Vice Regent Leigh Haislip Spencer of Great Falls, State Chaplain Janice Hand of Bozeman, State Treasurer Dorothy Oliveira of Helena, State Registrar Riva Amundson of Kalispell, Outstanding Junior and Page Niki Venable, Silver Bow Chapter Regent Helen Brown, Julia Hancock Chapter Regent Nancy Schultz of Lewistown, Bitter Root Chapter Registrar Janet Loran of Missoula, Mount Hyalite members Wanda Hoy and Page Jenni Hoy, and Haley Salitros Lancaster from Vincennes, Indiana.


Ballet student wins Vegas competition

Queen City Ballet Student Mathilda Inman, under the direction of Artistic Director Campbell Midgley, was recently crowned Miss Teen Sheer Talent 2017 in Las Vegas. Inman, a sophomore at Helena High, spent the week in Vegas at the 2017 Sheer Talent National Competition and Workshop.

Inman has been with Queen City Ballet since 2015 where she has earned roles in the company’s production of Nutcracker and Cinderella. She is the daughter of Phil and Erin Inman of Montana City.

For more information on Sheer Talent visit: https://www.sheertalentltd.com/index.php/2017-nationals.html. For more information on Queen City Ballet, visit: https://www.queencityballet.com.



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International Mathematical Modeling Challenge

The team from Capital High School recently took second place in Meritorious category in the third annual International Mathematical Modeling Challenge. Twenty-seven countries/regions were invited to participate, and 49 teams competed in the challenge. All teams worked at their own schools during a five-day period between March 13 and May 8. Each team was given a modeling problem and then constructed their solutions. This year’s problem, Jet Lag, asked the teams to create an algorithm that suggests the best place(s) to hold a meeting given the number of participants, their home cities, approximate dates of the meeting and other information that the meeting management company may request from its clients.


Bennett Tabaracci, of Helena, was named to the spring 2017 honor roll list at Spokane Falls Community College. To receive honor roll status, students must be full time and earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher.


Savannah Smith, of Helena, graduated from Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado, during the Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony on May 13. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.


Kelsey M. McElwain, of Helena, received a B.A. degree in psychology during the 2017 Commencement Ceremonies of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, held on May 14. McElwain, the child of Michael T. McElwain and Kathleen M. McElwain, studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, while at HWS.


Samuel Roddewig, of Helena, was named to the spring 2017 honor roll at Spokane Community College. To receive honor roll status, students must be full time and earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher.


Jennifer Betchie, Natalie Cardenas and Andrew Jeseritz, all of Helena, and Melissa Ravndal, of Townsend, have been named to the spring 2017 dean's list at Eastern Washington University.


Army Reserve Lt. Col. Kevin F. Phillips has retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after serving honorably for 32 years. Phillips was last serving as administrative law chief with 80th Training Command, Richmond, Va.

Phillips is the son of K. "Jane" J. Phillips, of Helena, and Deborah H. Deforrest, of Ruffs Dalve, Pennsylvania.

He is a 1984 graduate of Capital High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1988 from the University of Montana.


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