AARP driver safety class upcoming

AARP driver safety has a single class scheduled in Helena during July. Participants receive updates on the rules of the road and learn driving strategies to adapt to the effects of aging and to reduce chances of having a crash. The course was developed for participants age 50-plus, but is open to all ages. The course fee is $20 ($15 with AARP membership card). Auto insurance companies in Montana provide a multi-year discount to participants 55 years of age and older.

  • Friday, July 12, at First Interstate Bank-East, 2728 Colonial Drive, from noon until about 4:30 p.m.

To register for a class, call 406-457-4712. Find additional classes at aarp.org/driversafety.

Seniors can get information at event 

Area IV Agency on Aging staff will answer questions on community services for seniors including Area IV Agency on Aging services, Medicare, Medicare fraud, Medicaid, legal documents, and more at an event at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Helena Senior Center, 200 S. Cruse Ave. Call 406-447-1680 for more information.


Lewis & Clark Humane Society offering summer adoption promotion

The Lewis & Clark Humane Society is announcing a week-long special on kittens and cats. For the week of July 6-13, the cost to adopt kittens will be $50.  Adultto adopt and all adult cats can go to their forever homes free of charge.

As with years past, the shelter has seen an increase in cats and litters of kittens during the spring and summer months this year, and is currently at capacity.

The Humane Society’s Executive Director, Kelsee Dalton Watts says that this influx is something that they anticipate every year. 

If you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten, you may fill out the application online, or contact the cat adoption counselor at kaxline@lchsmontana.org.

Host families sought for exchange students

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with community high school is now looking for local families to host students between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Japan, Germany, Italy, Thailand, and Spain, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and are excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

For more information, call 800-733-2773, go online at www.ASSEhosts.com or email asseusawest@asse.com.

Family Promise, Carroll College provide help for homeless families 

When the doors of the dorm rooms at Carroll College closed behind students at the end of spring semester, they opened just days later to host homeless families in need of shelter.

Carroll College is one of 24 congregations and community organizations that partner with Family Promise of Greater Helena, a local nonprofit that provides a short-term program to help homeless families achieve long-term, sustainable housing.

Family Promise of Greater Helena is based on a national model in which local churches provide housing to homeless families, one week at a time. Congregation members provide home-cooked meals and company each night, after the parents in the program have spent their days either working or taking part in activities designed to help them achieve their financial goals. In addition to temporary shelter, the program provides financial budgeting, job search assistance and educational information, housing search assistance and help with accessing other resources.

Glenna Wortman-Obie, executive director of Family Promise, said Carroll’s participation in the program fills a summertime void for both the college and Family Promise.

Carroll College hosted families during June.

For more information, contact Family Promise of Greater Helena at director@familypromisehelena or call 406-465-9467. 


Students awarded Hunthausen scholarships

Reyla Williams and Kylee Longenecker have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Ray Hunthausen Junior Golf Foundation for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Williams will be attending Montana Tech to pursue a degree in biochemistry, while Longenecker will be attending Seattle University to pursue a degree in nursing. 

Funds for these scholarships are generated through the Hunthausen Classic golf tournament in memory of Ray Hunthausen, general manager and head golf professional at Green Meadow Country Club.

Carroll communication students second in nation in media competition

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Carroll College senior communication/PR majors Kelsie Watkins and Peri Dropping finished second in a nationwide media planning completion, entered by nearly 100 colleges and universities. Their success at the finals in Washington, D.C. earned them both $3,000 scholarships toward their Carroll degrees. The University of South Carolina won the event.

Funded and organized by the Washington Media Scholars Foundation, the competition paid all expenses to bring the final six teams and their advisers to Washington, D.C. for the final presentations.

In the final on June 13, the teams presented to five media professionals from major media organizations at the Newseum, a museum tracing the history of journalism.

Dropping and Watkins, who also debate together for the Talking Saints, received glowing reviews from the judges on their 20-minute presentation of their media plan to spend $4 million to support the opening of a new major league baseball stadium.

During the week, Dropping and Watkins toured national media companies including NBC, Politico and Google. The Carroll students shadowed media professionals from Scripps, the broadcast company that recently purchased KTVH in Helena, located on the Carroll campus. 

As they prepared to leave D.C. for home that Friday, Dropping and Watkins opened the Washington Post to page three and saw their names and photos with the words “Congratulations to the 2019 Media Scholars.”

Carroll College alumna awarded James Madison Fellowship

Carroll College announced that Sari Chabot, class of 2018, was awarded a prestigious 2019 James Madison Fellowship through the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. 

Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each fellow’s course of study toward a master’s degree. 

Chabot, from Missoula, graduated from Carroll College with a degree in history, political science and social studies for secondary education in May 2018 and will be pursuing her Master of Arts in American history beginning this fall at the University of Montana.

Only one James Madison Fellow is awarded per state annually, as such, Chabot was the only 2019 recipient from Montana and the first-ever from Carroll College.

Carroll student awarded Gilman Scholarship

Carroll College announced that Rebecca Whitesell is one of 395 American undergraduate students to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the summer of 2019. Whitesell, a psychology major from Arlee, will be a senior this fall and is currently interning in Santiago, Chile.

In Santiago, Whitesell is actively working alongside a female entrepreneur who runs Casa Esperanza, a residence for girls who are over the age limit to be in an orphanage and Hogar La Granja, an orphanage for underage girls who have experienced trauma and abuse in their lives.

Whitesell is the third Carroll College student in the past two years to receive a Gilman scholarship. Rachel Wall 2019 studied abroad in Morocco this past spring semester. Cierra Powell 2018 interned in Ecuador in the summer of 2017, served as a Gilman ambassador, and recently earned a Fulbright award to be an English teaching assistant in the Canary Islands beginning in September.

Area students named to MSU spring semester honor rolls

Montana State University has announced its undergraduate honor rolls for spring semester 2019.

There are two MSU honor roll lists: the president's list and the dean's list. To be eligible for the lists, students must be enrolled in 12 college-level credits.  Students with a 4.0 GPA for the semester were named to the president's list. An asterisk follows their names. The dean's list includes students earning a GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester.

Augusta: Justin Patch, Faith Taylor

Avon: Samuel Forbes, Will Senecal

Boulder: Darcie Bullock, Breanna Humphrey, Jacob Smith

Clancy: Alexandra Althof*, Dominic Bair, Elijah Barbee, Cory Bowlby*, Ryan Canty, Bailey Clark*, Erik Goughnour, Taylor Higley, Kamden Hilborn, Amber Houser, Derek Jenneskens, Thomas Jergeson, Emma Martin, Evan Martin*, Gregory Martin, Conner Nash, Kaylee Ottman*, Jered Padmos, Jeremy Reynolds, Dane Rieger*, Elizabeth Rieger*, Kristyna Rudio*, Alexander Seburn, Ryan Seyler, Sydney Temple*, Nicholas Van Horssen*, Trevor Wilkerson, Maia Zaluski

East Helena: Braumlee Albertson, Britta Binde, Christopher Bokovoy, Austin Brown, Alexia Caldwell, Thomas Frost, Jarred Hunsaker, Brodie Long, Kyle Miller, Kaitlyn OMalley, Shelbi Rioux, Julie Rockenbaugh, Mackenna Schmolke*, Kelsey Soltis, Amber Thurston, Timberly Tierney, Emily Walter, Darby Winfield

Helena: Thomas Adamson, Emma Anderberg, Riley Ashby, Kira Axline, Travis Ball, Jonathan Ballard, Rachel Baranek, Olivia Bauman, Rebecca Blair*, Janae Bodner*, Jaret Boyer, Jessi Boyle, Mettalise Bracht-Bedell, Jason Brandt*, Isabelle Brus*, Emily Buschini, Benjamin Bushnell*, Nathaniel Camaret*, Matthew Campbell*, Emmalea Chan, Lauren Clinch, Jeremiah Coon, Levi Coon*, Colter Curey*, Marisa Curtin, Hanna Dartman, Hannah Davis*, Konnor Donaldson, Hannah Dreesbach*, Emily Dummer*, Rylee Dunn, Zoe Erickson, Glenn Falcon*, Jennifer Fife, Sheldon Fladland, Justin Fruh, Mariah Garza, Jocelyn Gates*, Natalie Gates, Colin Gillespie, Rebecca Good, Victoria Good, Emily Griffiths, Olivia Haider, Giles Hardy, Cole Hasquet, Kallie Herrera, Quinton Holmlund, Bailey Jacobson, Jordan Jakovac*, Quenten Jatkowski, Daniel Jose*, Kylie Kaufman, Margaret Kerr, Andrew Kilpatrick*, Grace Kimball, Ryan Kimball*, Tory Kirkeby, Katherine Kubicka*, Margaret Kubicka, Nathan Kynett, Grant Lambrecht, Emma Lamping, Brooke Lanier, Jenna Lauf, Rebekah Lawler, Brent Lloyd, Kaci Lloyd, Grace Ludlow*, Hannah Ludlow, Kyler Maharg, Jackson Maynard, Jessica Maynard*, Andrew McBroom, Madison McLaughlin*, Kaitlin McMahon, Meriel McNamee*, Mitchell McNeil*, Tara Medina Caplis, Jacob Michaletz*, Taylor Mix, Hannah Moncur, Nicholas Moreni, Connor Morrison, Keely Morrison, Mark Mousel, Adrianna Munroe, Connor Munsey*, Caitlyn Murphy, Alyssa Newhart, Mary Nickol, Bailly Noble*, Abigail Northrup, Erik Olson, Amber OMara, Carter Pappas, Seth Parrish*, Teresa Patten, Rachel Pavsek, Devon Pertarb, Jamelle Phillips, Tanlee Pipinich, Bridget Powers, Fiona Powers, Elliott Pryor*, Shelby Purvis, Seth Putnam, Lauren Roach, Katelynn Roberts, Paul Roberts, Meghan Robinson*, Rylan Rowsey, Gunter Roylance, Cooper Ryan, Celina Sanchez, Felicia Sappington*, Mark Sargent*, Ally Sather, Sydnee Sather, Kayla Schell*, Mathew Shea, Collin Shull, Emma Sihler*, James Sobonya, David Standberg, Blake Stanger*, James Starke*, Joshua Steiner, Alyssa Stewart, Kortni Strobel, William Stukaloff, Alessandra Stutz, Haaken Syvrud, Connor Tappe, Clara Thamke, Irene Thamke*, Shannon Thennis, William Tiddy, Alexis Tielking, Austyn Traxler, Jade Turner, Abigail Vandervoort, Brooklyn Vincent, Cody Vukonich, Matthew Vukonich, Seth Walton, Zachary White, Nathaniel Wordal, Alexa Wrigg*, Erica Zarling

Jefferson City: Keenan Charlton

Lincoln: Karissa Ninahuanca

Marysville: Danielle Pipinich

Townsend: Tiffany Ashworth, Melanie Booth, Kaleb Crook, Nathan Gallegos, Lainee Hill*, Grace McDonnell, Joshua Mostad*, Baylee Watson*, Trevor Webb*

White Sulphur Springs: Jacob Berg, Joshua Phillips*, Dayna Weitz

Whitehall: Wyatt Coulter

Wolf Creek: Carissa Workman

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