Film screening of 'The Mask You Live In' at Myrna Loy

The Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will be hosting a catered reception and free screening of the award-winning film, "The Mask You Live In" on Tuesday, Jan. 30, with the  reception beginning at 6 p.m. at the Myrna Loy Center, 15 N. Ewing. Following the film, there will be a community discussion about the issues facing young men and boys in our community. 

"The Mask You Live In" follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s definition of masculinity. 

This is an all-ages event and youths and teens are encouraged to attend and to be part of the discussion. However, topics of domestic and sexual violence, bullying, and suicide are discussed in the film and may not be suitable for young children. For more information please visit mcadsv.com.

The film starts at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion set for 8:15. 


Program launched to help house homeless

Good Samaritan Ministries announces the new Hunthausen fund to house the working poor in the community. The fund is a hands-up approach to reducing homelessness and will pay first month’s rent and deposit to applicants who are precariously housed. Good Samaritan will start taking applications at the start of their new fiscal year July 2018.

The fund is a collaboration between Good Samaritan Ministries and the Hunthausen Family. The fund will be modeled after a fund of the same name operating in the Seattle area. Seattle’s Hunthausen fund is named after County Commissioner Andy Hunthausen’s uncle, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, who served a time in the area.

The Hunthausen Fund is for homeless individuals and families seeking one-time move-in cost assistance. 

  • Applicants who qualify must be precariously housed meaning homeless, couch surfing, living with family members, living in vehicle or tent, and any other inhabitable or unsafe conditions.
  • Applicants must have identified housing, been approved, and ready to move-in.
  • The housing assistance amount has both grant and loan portions. We ask that recipients pay back 50 percent of the assistance so other homeless households can continue to benefit from the services in the future.
  • Applicants may move-in to Lewis and Clark, Broadwater or Jefferson County
  • Housing must be permanent, we will not assist with move-in costs for transitional housing.

For more information, contact Good Samaritan Assistance Program, Corbin Bruursema or Theresa Ortega at (406) 442 0780 or online www.goodsamhelena.org.


American Legion 2018 Oratorical contest upcoming

The American Legion Lewis and Clark Post No. 2 of Helena invites area high school students, freshmen through senior, who are enrolled in an accredited high school program, to compete in the Annual High School Oratorical Scholarship program. “A Constitutional Speech Contest,” participants earn college scholarships at each level of competition.

The local competition will be held the evening of Feb. 20 at the Helena College, University of Montana at 6 p.m. Winners will receive scholarships from Post 2: $400 first place; $300 second place; $200 for third place; and $100 for fourth place, with expenses paid to the next level of competition where additional scholarships are available. The event at Helena College is open to the public.

District level students will earn $200 for first place, $150 for second place, and $75 for third place. At State level students earn $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, $450 for third place, and $400 for fourth place. The District, State, or State Department winners have a choice of scholarship options from certain colleges in Montana. The State Department winner goes on to National, where they compete for $1,500 for each level, plus $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 place winnings.

The prepared oration portion of the contest must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of United States citizens to our government. The prepared oration must be an original effort of each contestant and must be eight to 10 minutes in length.

The assigned topic discourse part of the contest is a three- to five-minute speech on one of four sections of the U.S. Constitution. The topic will be selected on the evening of the contest. Assigned topics for 2018 are Amendment 2, Amendment 3, Amendment 15 Sections 1 and 2 or Article 2 Section 4 of the Constitution.

High school students who are interested in entering the competition will find complete rules and contest information with their scholarship counselors, English and history teachers or by contacting the contest chairman Fred Verzani, by phone or text at 431-0593 or fred@flagandpole.com. Students are encouraged to acknowledge their interest of participation with the chairman prior to Feb. 15.


Taylor Hagan, of Helena, has been named to the fall 2017 dean's list at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. The dean’s list recognizes students enrolled in 12 or more graded credits who receive a term GPA of 3.60 or better.


Meaghan Canfield, Kellan Dean Elder and Cassidy Rose Maddio, all of Helena, have been named to the Gonzaga University dean's list for fall semester 2017. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 grade-point average to be listed.


Cameron Dole,  Toree Rensmon and Nicholas Wrigg, all of Helena, and Alyssa Schrull of East Helena have been named to the University of Jamestown dean's list for the fall semester of 2017. 


Joshua Barrows, of Helena, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year at Augustana University. The dean's list recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 12 credit hours with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher.