Employees donate more than $43K

D.A. Davidson Companies and its associates have given the American Red Cross $43,261 to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Employees enterprise-wide raised $23,261, and D.A. Davidson Companies contributed another $20,000. Pictured from left, Larry Martinez, president of D.A. Davidson Companies; Diane Wright, Montana Red Cross executive director; and Karen Brandvold, Davidson vice president, director of corporate services.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall Fest set at St. John's

St. John's Lutheran Church, 1000 Helena Ave., invites the public to attend the annual Fall Fest on Sunday, Oct. 15, starting at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A gift basket silent auction and assorted items up for bidding will be available with all proceeds going toward the building and restoration fund for church improvements. Activities, crafts for children and a large harvest-themed bake sale will be offered as well. A soup/rolls/dessert dinner will begin at 5 p.m. with a free will offering appreciated. For more information, call 442-6270.

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CCL meeting upcoming

Citizens Climate Lobby is a national organization with more than 400 local chapters among all 50 states, including four Montana chapters. CCL works to promote bipartisan support for carbon fee and dividend legislation to reflect the real cost of carbon-based energy and promote clean, renewable alternatives, while providing a dividend to citizens.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, CCL Helena will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St Paul's United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St. Expect education, discussion and concrete action items.

For more information, contact John at 475-0079 or go to: citizensclimatelobby.org

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Mining project focus of community meeting

The Department of Environmental Quality will present an update on the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex project to the Lincoln Community Council on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Library -- Lincoln branch, 102 9th Ave. S. in Lincoln. 

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LWVHA to hold monthly meeting

The League of Women Voters Helena Area will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at noon at Perkins Restaurant. A guest speaker from the elections office will talk about voter fraud during the lunch meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Montana Forest Products Week events

The seventh annual Montana Forest Products Week will be recognized in the Helena area on Oct. 20 with tours of Marks Lumber and Marks Miller Post and Pole, 30 Lump Gulch in Clancy, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free lunch will be provided.

The tour will give people the opportunity to watch as the sawyers break down the logs on the head rig, screen bark for landscape material and how every part of the log is utilized. Nothing is wasted. 

Members of the public interested in attending the tour should RSVP to Margaret Gottlob at margaret@markslumber.us or 406-933-5794.

In addition, ExplorationWorks! is partnering with Montana Forest Products Week by offering its second annual Walk in the Woods on Oct. 16 in conjunction with the Montana Discovery Center. Third, fourth, and fifth graders in the Explore Squad after-school program will visit Park Lake to learn about the effects of forest fire, how to take tree measurements, and how to identify healthy trees. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Edventure Passes available from library

Your Lewis & Clark Library has announced the expansion of the Edventure Pass to include the Montana Historical Society and the Original Governor’s Mansion.

This past July, through a donation from the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation, the library purchased two ExplorationWorks family passes that can be checked out by patrons. 

There are two passes available to each the Montana Historical Society and the Original Governor's Mansion on the days they are open. The Montana Historical Society pass admits four adults and six children, while the Original Governor’s Mansion pass admits up to 10 people. Patrons can only reserve the Edventure passes once every 30 days.

Patrons interested in checking out the passes can visit the Library’s website at: www.lclibrary.org/Edventures. Patrons can select the date they would like to use the pass and request the pass if it available on that date. Once the patron enters their library card number and password, they will receive a confirmation email. Patrons pick up their passes from the Library and then take them to ExplorationWorks, the Montana Historical Society, or the Original Governor’s Mansion and present them to the staff.

For more information visit lclibrary.org.

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Toastmasters Division A announces contest winners

On Oct. 7, Toastmasters Division A held two speech contests in Columbia Falls -- Table Topics and Humorous Speech. Table Topics are 1- to 2-minute impromptu speeches on a topic given to them immediately before the contestant speaks. Humorous Speeches are a 5- to 7-minute prepared speech on any topic.

The Table Topics winners: First Place, Tricia Parks, Bitterroot Toastmasters, Hamilton; Second Place, Wayne O’Brien, City of Gold Toastmasters, Helena; Third Place, Elizabeth Depke, Kalispell Toastmasters, Kalispell.

The Humorous Speech winners: First Place, Neal Blossom, City of Gold Toastmasters, Helena; Second Place, Wayne O’Brien, City of Gold Toastmasters, Helena; Third Place Dixon Rice, Kalispell Toastmasters, Kalispell.

The Division represents western Montana. Winners progress to the District Competition to be held in Helena on Oct. 27-28. The district represents Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and parts of Minnesota and Wyoming.

For more information on Toastmasters, or to find a club, visit https://www.toastmasters.org/.

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Town Pump raising money for food banks

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The Town Pump Charitable Foundation hopes to raise more than $3 million in its 16th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana, including the Helena Food Share.

About 80 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need” campaign this year. The campaign has raised more than $26 million for food banks statewide in 15 years, including about $5 million in matching grants from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. As part of this year’s campaign, the Town Pump Charitable Foundation will match up to $500,000 in contributions to participating Montana food banks made now through Nov. 30, 2017.

Locally, the Foundation will match up to $30,000 on behalf of the Helena Food Share, and all funds raised in Helena and East Helena will remain in the Helena area.

The money is often used to purchase perishable food items such as milk, bread, fruit and vegetables. Also, the funds are becoming more crucial in helping many food bank organizations simply stay open through payment of rent, utilities, and space for storage, refrigeration and freezing.

Donations for the campaign are being collected at Helena Town Pumps, Comfort Inn Suites, and Lucky Lil’s, Montana Lil’s and Magic Diamond casinos. Donations also can be made directly to Helena Food Share, P.O. Box 943, Helena, 59624.

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Carroll receives Humanities Montana grant

Carroll College has been awarded an Opportunity Grant of $500 to fund the 2017 Carroll College Undergraduate Literary Festival that features creative work and literary criticism by students from Carroll, other Montana colleges, and community members. The festival includes a keynote by a nationally acclaimed author. All events, on Nov. 8-9, are free and open to the public.

Humanities Montana is the state’s independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, civil conversations, and public issues. 

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Grant cycle for Montana Wildfire Relief Fund open

The Montana Community Foundation, Inc. (MCF) has announced the opening of the grant cycle for the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund, a charitable fund dedicated to supporting wildfire relief efforts following the wildfire season in Montana. Launched in early September, the fund has grown to more than $400,000.

Applicants must be either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, an exempt governmental unit or, if neither, provide a fiscal sponsorship agreement with an organization who is a 501(c)(3) or exempt governmental unit. Grants will be between $5,000 and $15,000. Only one application is allowed per organization.

Successful grantees will have the following characteristics:

  • Preference will be given to rural, volunteer fire departments or other organizations representing first response to fighting wildfires in Montana in 2017.
  • Provide a direct benefit to Montana residents.
  • Do not support projects, programs, or activities that are partisan or sectarian.

Grant requests are reviewed by a grants committee comprised of MCF staff and board members, nominated members of Montana communities affected by wildfires, and wildfire experts from government agencies and other qualified organizations. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 10.

To apply for a grant, access the online application at mtcf.org/grants. Online applications are strongly preferred. For questions, contact MCF Director of Operations & Grants Jessica Stewart-Kuntz at 406-441-4950 or jessica@mtcf.org.

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