AARP Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays continue in June

AARP Montana continues to sponsor Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., on June 13, 20, and 27. Coffee or tea for AARP members and a guest are free when an AARP membership card is shown.

Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays happen at the Fireside Coffee House, 1446 Euclid Ave.

For more information, email mt@aarp.org or phone 1-866-295-7278.


Climate change group opening Helena chapter

Citizens Climate Lobby is opening a new chapter in Helena to address climate change by empowering citizen engagement.

Citizens Climate Lobby is a fast-growing national organization with more than 300 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 Wednesday, June 14, CCL Helena will hold an introductory meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oakes St. Expect education, discussion and concrete action items.

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


Learn more about the VA, services

The next Montana VA town hall and health fair in the Helena area will be June 14 at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Rec Hall.

Join VA leaders and staff experts, and local community service providers to learn more about the VA and the services provided to veterans and family members in the Helena area.

This event is open to the public. Local health care providers with questions about providing care in the community to veterans are also encouraged to attend to learn more.

For more information, visit https://goo.gl/f9pXQQ.


Gump Memorial Table Tennis tourney June 24

The eighth annual Helena Forrest Gump Memorial Table Tennis Tournament will be held on June 24 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oakes St.

Players of all levels and ages who love ping pong/table tennis are welcome to play.

Call the Helena Table Tennis Club /HTTC at 443-0843; or e-mail the HTTC at HelenaTableTennis@gmail.com by June 21 to register. 



MDT holding roundabouts open house June 22

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is conducting an open house and informational meeting to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to construct roundabouts at the intersections of Highway 279/453 (Lincoln Road) with North Montana Avenue and the northbound Interstate 15 (I-15) ramp terminals at the Lincoln Interchange.

The open house is Thursday, June 22, at the Jim Darcy School cafeteria, 990 Lincoln Road West, and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation at 6. Project team members will be available during the open house and after the presentation to discuss the proposed improvements.

For more information, contact Great Falls District Preconstruction Engineer Steve Prinzing at 454-5899 or Project Design Engineer Blair Nordhagen at 444 9128. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Great Falls office at P.O. Box 1359, Great Falls, MT 59403-1359, or online at: www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml



L&C Republican Women award scholarships

Lewis and Clark Republican Women awarded their Annual Cyndi Forbes Memorial Scholarships on June 2 in the Capitol rotunda. John Forbes presented the $1,000 scholarship to Hannah Johnson, who will be attending Montana State University, and Olivia Hopkins, who will attend Montana Tech, received a $500 scholarship. 


Student recognized at awards dinner

Alex Kurki, son of Albert Kurki and Kathleen Helland, Helena, was recognized by Lawrence University at its May 22 annual honors and awards dinner. 

Kurki received the $550 Mojmir Povolny Prize in Government, which recognizes an outstanding senior government major. He also received the $250 Lantern Community Service Award, which recognizes a student who has furthered the well-being of people and/or communities through service or social activism. He is a 2013 graduate of Capital High School.


Area students earn UM scholarships

Students at the University of Montana received $5 million in scholarships during the 2016-17 academic year. The following Helena-area students are among the recipients of more than 2,000 scholarships awarded.


  • Jada Cunningham, a Helena native studying pharmacy at UM, won a $1,000 Sidney J. Coffee Scholarship from UM’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy. She is the daughter of Judy and Don Cunningham.
  • Michael Gantz, a UM pharmacy student from Helena, won a $1,250 Rosauers Scholarship from UM’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Gantz is the son of Robert and Rosanne Gantz.
  • Mariah Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Capital High School, won a $200 Robert M. Burgess Memorial Scholarship from the Russian section of UM’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. Johnson, the daughter of Bart Johnson and Audrey Hinman of Helena, graduated with high honors and an English degree in May.

Jefferson City

  • Colton Kreamer, a UM pharmacy student from Jefferson City, won a $1,500 Montana Pharmacy Association Grants-In-Aid Scholarship from UM’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy. He is the son of Jeffrey Kreamer. 


Christopher Lustgraaf, of Helena, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi on May 12. He earned a Ph.D. in experimental and social psychology.


Jordan Lee Petersen, of Helena, has been named to the spring 2017 dean's honor list at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.


Daniel M. Hansen, of Helena, graduated May 28 from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Hansen earned a bachelor of science degree in finance.