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PetSmart donates plush animals to Shodair

PetSmart representatives Jamie Basham and Kyland Santos delivered 440 stuffed animals to Shodair Children’s Hospital on Monday. Each stuffed animal represents a customer who donated $5 to Shodair. Becca Dudek, CMN manager, and Shodair Foundation Director Keith Meyer, far right, accepted the donation. Meyer said the stuffed puppies, kitties and bunnies will be given to patients this holiday season.


Wreaths Across America week

Montanans will gather on Monday at 10 a.m. in the state Capitol rotunda to honor veterans in a ceremony coordinated among all 50 states to kick off annual Wreaths Across America week. Oro Fino Chapter and Montana State Society Daughters of the American Revolution are sponsoring the WAA program so that the ceremonial wreath may be placed in the Montana Capitol for the holiday season. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey E. Ireland, Montana National Guard, will speak on the theme “Remember, Honor, and Teach” during the program to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who served. Charmaine Lindgren, DAR Chapter chaplain, will give the invocation and lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Capri Gray, vocalist and cantor at the Cathedral of St. Helena, as well as Oro Fino DAR member, will lead in the singing of the national anthem and sing “For All the Saints” and “On Eagles Wings” during the ceremony. Jane Lee Hamman, Montana State DAR Regent, will emcee the event, which will be followed by a reception with cookies made by Oro Fino Chapter Daughters.

The public is also invited to a wreath ceremony at Fort Harrison on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. 


LWVHA to hold Christmas social

The League of Women Voters Helena Area will gather for the annual Christmas social at Free Ceramics Studio, 650 Logan St., Monday at 6 p.m. Bring food to share. Invite your spouse, friends and anyone interested to learn about the LWVHA mission.

Citizen's Climate Lobby to meet

The Citizens' Climate Lobby Helena will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St. The group will view a recent CCL speaker’s video of Maj. Gen. Rick Devereaux on national security risks, green power and climate change. Devereaux is a volunteer of the Asheville, North Carolina, Citizens' Climate Lobby chapter and an executive vice president of Texzon Technologies, a pioneer of electromagnetic wave propagation, energy storage and electricity distribution.

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

Massage for a cause

Linda Faul, LMT is offering drop-in chair or foot massages from 3-5:30 p.m. for $1 a minute on Dec. 13 and 20 at her office at 111 N. Last Chance Gulch. The proceeds will be donated to Helena Food Share. Call 431-8683 for more information.

Montana vintage travel films available on internet

Four 30-minute vintage Montana travel films have been added to the Montana Historical Society’s “MHS Moving Image Archive” YouTube playlist. They are: “Escape to Montana’s Glacier Park,” “Explore the Old West Trail Country,” “Montana: Land of the Big Sky” and “Old West Trail Country, Your Land and Mine.” They can be found on the internet by searching for the film names.

The Montana Historical Society had the 40-plus-year-old travel films conserved and digitized through grants from the National Film Preservation Foundation. A fifth film, “Red Sunday, the Battle of the Little Bighorn,” is currently being conserved. It can be viewed now on the internet, in its unrestored form, by searching for the name. All the films won national awards -- for example “Explore the Old West Trail Country” was judged Discover America Travel Organization‘s Outstanding Regional Travel Film Produced in the U.S. in 1973. "Red Sunday" received the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Outstanding Western Documentary Film Award of 1975-76. For about 10 years, the National Park Service made "Red Sunday" the official film of the Custer National Battlefield, showing it daily in the visitor center. The five films were sponsored by the Montana Travel Department.

Bob Henkel of Helena and James Graff of Billings, producers of the films, donated prints of the films to the Montana Historical Society.

Montana conservation seedling orders upcoming

Now is the time to get orders in for trees and shrubs from the Montana Conservation Seedling Nursery (MCSN) while supplies last. The MCSN produces tree and shrub seedlings for use in various conservation projects. Their goal is to produce and distribute, at a nominal cost, quality seedlings for non-ornamental conservation plantings in rural Montana.

Orders from landowners with 10 or more acres will be given priority before March 1. Landowners with less than 10 acres (non-program) can place orders anytime, but these orders will not be processed until March 1, pending species availability. MCSN’s website has species’ descriptions to help in selecting the best species for your needs.

You can order trees and shrubs online at In order to get free shipping of your trees to your local Extension Office or Conservation District, place your orders before March 15. The trees are delivered to the designated drop sight in April.

A conservation planting plan must be completed and approved prior to receiving the trees and shrubs. The planting plan form is available on the website. Contact your local Extension Office or Conservation District for assistance in completing your conservation planting plan.

Master of Accountancy offered at Carroll 

Carroll College has announced the establishment of a new Master of Accountancy program. The first-of-its-kind program for the college, the master’s program is delivered in a hybrid format with 90 percent of the classes conducted online with several in-person residencies. Full-time students are able to complete the program in one year. 

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The Master of Accountancy (MACC) degree is designed to be accessible to both full-time and part-time students, as well as those who are already professionals in their communities, by providing a comprehensive program that is flexible for students in various geographic locations. The specialized curriculum at Carroll College is designed not only to prepare students to take the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam, but also provides a specialized, forward-thinking curriculum focused on ethics, forensic accounting and integrated or sustainability reporting. 

In 1997, Montana was one of the early adopters of the 150 credit hour requirement to become a certified public accountant. With the new MACC, Carroll students have the ability to earn a master’s degree while meeting the 150 hour requirement and gaining the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary for a successful accounting career. 


U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Robert J. Durrant graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Durrant is the son of Bradley Durrant and Denise Gutowski, both of Helena. 

Durrant is a 2008 graduate of Capital High School.


Ethan Charles Holmes, son of Bruce and Nanette Holmes of Helena, earned a $383 Robert M. Burgess Memorial Scholarship from UM’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. Holmes, a 2016 graduate of Capital High School, is a sophomore at UM majoring in political science and minoring in Russian studies. 

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