Climate change topic of discussion

Join a facilitated discussion about climate change at noon on Tuesday, March 7, in the Lewis and Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch in the large meeting room. John Hoffland, who holds a master’s degree in environmental studies, will provide information about the current status of efforts to curb climate change nationally and internationally. Participants will then select questions for discussion and leave with a list of positive actions they can take. Hosted by the Democratic Action Club, the meeting is free and open to the public.


Coffee, tea Tuesdays continues

AARP Montana will continue to sponsor Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Coffee or Tea Tuesdays will continue through spring. Coffee or tea for AARP members and their guests will be free when a current AARP membership card is shown.

Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays happen at Dirty Dozen Donuts, 1433 11th Ave.


AARP Driver Safety classes upcoming

AARP Driver Safety will hold two classes in Helena during March. Participants receive updates on the rules of the road and learn driving strategies to adapt to the effects of aging and to reduce the 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.

  • Wednesday, March 15, at Hunter’s Pointe Retirement Residence, 2801 Colonial Drive, 11:30 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Limited seating is available.
  • Saturday, March 18, at St. Peter's Hospital in Conference Rooms 2 & 3, 2475 Broadway, 9 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m.

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



American Legion Oratorical Program winners announced

William Southworth, a senior at Capital High School, won the Helena American Legion Post No. 2 Oratorical Program and was awarded $400. Maggie Kerr, a Helena High senior, placed second and received $300. Rebecca Bryan, a Helena High sophomore, placed third and was awarded $200. James Blanchard, a Helena High sophomore, placed fourth and was awarded $100.

Each contestant delivered an eight- to 10-minute prepared speech on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution. Following the prepared orations,each of the speakers then had five minutes to prepare to deliver a three- to five-minute talk on an assigned topic.

Winners of the district contest will move on to compete in American Legion State Department Oratorical Contest on March 11, at the Helena College University of Montana.


Spelling bee winners going to state

The 52nd annual Lewis and Clark County Spelling Bee was held on Feb. 24 in the Helena Middle School Auditorium. Twenty-eight students from seven county schools participated in the county bee.

From left, Mike Lashinski was runner-up, Elsie Harrington placed first, and Shilah Parsons placed third at the 52 annual Lewis and Clark County Spelling Bee. Photo provided

Elsie Harrington, an eighth grader at Helena Middle School, was the county grand champion for the second year in a row. Harrington represented Lewis and Clark County in the Montana State Bee last year and placed fourth. Another Helena Middle School student, Mike Lashinski was the runner-up. Both students will be representing Lewis and Clark County in the March 18 State Spelling Bee in Billings. The third place winner, Shilah Parsons, is a sixth-grade home school student.


Credit unions offering scholarships

Students and adults in Helena and surrounding areas who want to further their education are being offered two $1,000 scholarships from the Gates of the Mountain Chapter of credit unions.

The People Helping People Scholarship is available to both traditional and non-traditional students that live in Lewis and Clark County, Powell, Broadwater, Gallatin, Jefferson, Cascade, Park, and Silver Bow Counties.

To get an application, students can stop in to Rocky Mountain Credit Union, Helena Community Credit Union or Vocal Credit Union, all of which serve communities in the counties listed. Alternatively, they can contact Jalena at Vocal Credit Union, 442-1421 ext. 111.


Music scholarships available

The Helena Kiwanis Club is accepting applications for the Weber Music and the Key Club Scholarships, which are awarded annually to graduating seniors at Capital High School and Helena High School. The Weber Music Scholarships are for seniors at each school who have been active in a music program at their school, in their community, and who have shown a commitment to music through the use of their talent.

The Key Club scholarships are for seniors at each school who have been active in Key Club. There will be one $1,000 scholarship awarded at each school for each of the music and Key Club scholarships. See your music teacher, Key Club adviser, or career counseling center for information.


Trap shooting team sign-ups begin

The Helena Hotshots Youth Shotgun Trap Shooting Team will hold sign-ups starting March 11 at 10 a.m. at Helena Trap Club. You can sign up throughout the year.

The first parent meeting will be held at the trap club March 11 at 10 a.m., and practice will begin on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the club.

The Helena Hotshots Youth Shotgun Trap Shooting Team will hold sign-ups starting on March 11 at 10 a.m. at Helena Trap Club. Photo provided

Through a variety of fun, team-based shooting tournaments in our Scholastic Clay Target Program, we provide student athletes aged elementary through college, with a supportive environment teaching skills that emphasize positive character traits and citizenship values. Throughout all training, practice and competitions, we instill a commitment to safe firearm handling, teamwork and leadership.

Call John McDunn at 406-410-0565 for more information.


Montana Tech announces science fair winners

The 32nd annual Montana Tech Regional Division II Science Fair was held Feb. 27 at Montana Tech. The Tech campus hosted more than 375 students from 23 schools across Southwest Montana. The fair promotes an student interest in science and engineering, provides an experience for students through exposure to professional level judges, provides public recognition of students for their independent research efforts, and offers an increased public awareness of the importance of science education.

Montana Tech’s fair is one of the five regional fairs in Montana, and is known for its quality judges and volume of community sponsored prizes awarded to young researchers. 

The top six project winners will have the opportunity to participate in an all-expense paid, five-day science camp at Montana Learning Center. The winners include Sam Lane, Townsend Middle School; Macey Bauman, Townsend Middle School; Rebekah Cook, Ennis School; Ella Lee, Ennis School; Jakob Ritzdorf, Kalispell Middle School; and Cami Yovich, Chief Joseph Middle School.

For the full list of all awards earned at the fair, visit http://institute.mtech.edu/division-ii-awards/


4-H club donates $3,000 for new sale arena

The Canyon Creek Stock 4-H Club is no stranger to the Lewis & Clark County Fair. The club, founded in 1947, is the oldest operating 4-H club in the county. Club leaders, Lisa Grady, Katie Selby-Grady and Andrea Corbally oversee the eight members ranging in age from 5-17.

This year the club held their 13th Annual Sweetheart Spaghetti Dinner and Fundraiser at Canyon Creek School. The club decided they would donate $3,000 to the Lewis & Clark County Outdoor Committee for the replacement of the sale arena to be used during the fair.

Canyon Creek Stock 4-H Club members, from left, Dustin Velin, Trey Sanford, Andi Spatzierath, Trevor Velin, Cash Corbally, Karson Bollinger, MacKenzie Velin and Vinessa Sanford. Photo provided

The Canyon Creek Stock Club presented a check to the Outdoor Committee in February with the hope that the arena panels can be replaced for the 2017 Last Chance Stampede and Fair. 


Applications sought for rural fire department grants

AAA MountainWest is seeking applications for its seventh annual Rural Fire Department Grant program. Ten grants of $1,000 each are available and will be awarded in April, along with one AAA Premier Membership to each fire station. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 17.

The AAA MountainWest Rural Fire Department Grant program aims to recognize, honor and reward the youth safety education efforts of departments across Montana.

The purpose of the grant is to support safety education programs for children ages K-12 offered through rural and volunteer fire departments.

Awards will be based on:

  • Age appropriateness
  • Scope of training
  • Likelihood that training will continue in the future
  • Financial need

To apply for the grants, rural and volunteer fire departments must complete an application and write a brief narrative detailing their current safety education efforts, the techniques they use to share their messages with kids and the ways in which the grant might help expand their safety education programs.

Applications are being mailed out to more than 250 departments throughout Montana. If a department does not receive an application, or has questions about the program, they can contact Denice Harris at 447-8130, or via email at dharris@mtw.aaa.comApplications are also available online at AAA.com.


Stepping On classes available

Worried about falling and the toll it might take on your life? Stepping On is a seven-week falls-prevention class for adults 60 and older. Class slots are now open. 

Classes start March 17 at Pure View Health Center, 1930 Ninth Ave., on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The first class is 9 a.m.-noon.

The April class session starts April 21 at Helena Senior Center, 200 South Cruse Ave., on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon. The first class will be 9 a.m.-noon.

September classes begin on the seventh at the Helena Senior Center, 200 South Cruse Ave., on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The first class is from 9 a.m.-noon.

Stepping On helps participants gain balance, strength, confidence and knowledge.

For more information, call Rocky Mountain Development Council at 447-1680 to leave your name on a list to be contacted to register. Cost is $30 and registration is required. Discounts are available.



Samantha J. Martin, of Helena, has been named to the dean's list at Boston University for the fall 2016 semester.