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First Community Bank is excited to be close to opening their new bank branch on the corner of Lincoln Road and North Montana Avenue near Bob’s Valley Market in the North Valley. I was able to take a preview tour this past week and it is truly a very well done building. They were proud to say that the contractors and sub-contractors were all from the Helena area for the project. The spacious lobby has a huge skylight which makes it very bright and welcoming. It has several drive-through lanes and will be fully staffed with a branch manager, loan officer, tellers and more. This gives residents from the North Valley a great option for banking near where they live. First Community Bank is based in Glasgow, and has bank locations in eight communities. They have been in business for 125 years and offer a full line of banking services. They encourage you to check into their personal and commercial account options. Call 449-9300 for more information.

Free-run daycare for dogs

SkyHi Kennel is a behavior and training based boarding and daycare kennel in Helena. They offer several services, such as positive reinforcement board-and-train, outdoor daycare, indoor free-run daycare, and training consultations. They are the only free-run training and boarding facility in the Helena area. They provide the dogs in their care a space to play, a quiet comfortable place to rest, and plenty of attention to feel safe and at home while you are away. Their kennel is truly unique and their highly trained staff care about providing the best service possible for you and your dog. Give them a call at 406-502-2005, or on the web at

Chamber graduates 32 new leaders

The Leadership Helena program of the Helena Chamber just graduated the Class of 2019 with 32 graduates. This stellar program offers a full nine months of leadership training and community awareness programming that takes participants to the next level in their career. With the completion of this year’s class, the chamber will be accepting applications for the next class. Check out information on the chamber’s website and the application can also be found there. The class starts in September and meets monthly through May. Mike Mergenthaler is in charge of the program and you can also contact him at 447-1941.

The Helena Chamber is gearing up for the summer season to greet visitors at the center at 225 Cruse Ave. Volunteers are needed to fill various shifts from 9 a.m. through the day up to 4 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Alana Cunningham at 442-4120 or email her at Share your love of the Helena area with visitors and assist them in enjoying all the area has to offer.

Amazing tours by train or boat

Speaking of tourism, the Last Chance Tour Train and the Gates of the Mountains boat tours will be starting the first of June. These are amazing tours and a great way to entertain your summer guests or just get out and enjoy some fresh air. Check tour times and costs at or call 442-1023 for the Last Chance Tour Train tour info and check out or call 458-5241 for the Gates of the Mountains boat tours.

Salon offers beauty treatment

Crafted Aesthetics is located at 1221 Echelon Place here in Helena. They are a beauty treatment salon offering customized treatment plans for your skincare needs. They offer such services as dermaplaning, botox, facials, and much more. Check them out on Facebook under Crafted Aesthetics or call at 461-0974 for more information.

Food and wine fundraiser

The 16th Annual Wine Crush & A Taste of Helena is Helena’s premiere wine and food tasting event. It features wine makers from around the globe and culinary delights from Helena’s finest restaurants. Each year, over 400 guests from Helena and beyond attend. The elegant evening also features an exciting live auction, a silent auction, and vibrant live music. Proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena. The Wine Crush is this coming Saturday, May 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Helena Civic Center. Featured entertainment will be The Growlers. Tickets can be purchased online at

Cathy Burwell is president/CEO of the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce.


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