Helena-area officials to speak at Chamber of Commerce lunch

Join the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at Jorgenson’s Inn and Suites, 1714 11th Ave., to hear from the city of Helena commissioners, the mayor, city administrator, and the Lewis and Clark County commissioners and county administrator. Come to hear about the latest projects, progress and other issues currently affecting living, working and doing business in Helena and Lewis and Clark County.

Tickets are $20 for Helena Chamber members, including Helena Leaders Network members, and $25 for non-members. Lunch provided by 4B’s Restaurant. RSVP online at www.helenachamber.com or call the Helena Chamber at 406-442-4120. 

League of Women voters set to meet

The League of Women Voters Helena Area will hold their monthly meeting at noon Tuesday, March 19, at the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. Clara McRae and Amanda Penley, high school students who spoke to the Legislature on gun legislation will be at the meeting. The meeting is open to all.


Talking Saints team member qualifies for nationals in Alabama

The Carroll College Talking Saints’ Michael Fuller is headed to nationals in six events.

Fuller, a junior from Helena majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, won four events and took second in his other two at the National Individual Events qualifier held the first weekend of March at Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Oregon. His success qualified all six of his events to the National Individual Events Tournament at the University of Alabama, April 5-7. Fuller qualified for national championships for the third consecutive year.

Fuller took first place in Poetry, Dramatic Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation and Informative Speaking, while placing second in Prose Interpretation and Persuasive Speaking. 

Fuller competes in interpretation events, which are similar to theater auditions, with 10-minute excerpts from published prose, poetry or drama. He also competes in platform events, which are student-written speeches, either persuading or informing an audience on a topic. 

While Fuller is preparing for nationals, Carroll’s four top debate teams are preparing for a national warmup in Tacoma, Washington, and then for the national debate championships at Clemson University in South Carolina on April 13-15. 

Supplemental food available to seniors

Rocky Mountain Development Council Inc. will have supplemental foods available to Helena-area senior citizens on March 27 and 28 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Helena Food Share, 1616 Lewis St. Foods are shelf stable and consist of canned fruit, vegetables, meats, juice, cereals, milk, cheese and peanut butter. Persons 60 years and older qualify by meeting income requirements and by being a state of Montana resident. For more information, call Rocky at 406-447-1680 or visit www.rmdc.net.

Humane society volunteer honored

Helena-area resident Chris Martin was recently honored as an Unsung Hero by the Petco Foundation and dog trainer Victoria Stilwell for his work with the Lewis and Clark Humane Society.

Martin travels to the shelter and sets up a mini photography studio to capture each pet on camera as a way of telling their stories. 

Lewis and Clark Humane Society will receive a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation in honor of Martin.

In its second year, Unsung Heroes is an online video series that showcases the dedication of individuals to helping animals, which can be viewed at petcofoundation.org/unsunghero.

High school teams compete in weld-off

The Helena High School American Welding Society Club held its 7th annual Weld-Off against Capital High School on Jan. 17. Students dug through scrap metal, choosing pieces that would work for their project, then created their piece.

First place from HHS consisted of Byren Stoner, Tessa Wood, Taylor Lawrence and Jack Strong.

The second place team from CHS consisted of Kolton Metz, Lucas Trefzger, Tent Grande and Dustin Knutson.

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Dillon Ostberg, Colin Beatty, Garrett St. Clair and Jesse Mace from CHS came in third.

The fourth place team from HHS consisted of Kyler Nelson, Elizabeth Black, Sean Isaacson and Isaiah McLellen. 

Helena students qualify for GeoBee state competition

Charlie Snellman, a sixth grader at CR Anderson, and Isaac Ries, a home-schooled seventh-grader, have qualified as semifinalists in the National Geographic GeoBee state competition to be held at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman on Friday, March 29.

State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students who come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Charlie is the son of Beau and Laura Snellman, and Isaac is the son of Jonathan and Beth Ries, all of Helena.

MATHCOUNTS state competition features top area Mathletes

The Montana state MATHCOUNTS competition featuring the top 102 middle school Mathletes in the state will be held today, March 15, at Montana Tech in Butte. The competition starts at 9:30 a.m. with students taking three rounds of closed room written tests in the Student Union Building. The fourth round is a fast paced open elimination contest called the Countdown Round. This is similar to a Jeopardy game with the top 10 students competing for final ranking. The Countdown Round will begin at 1 p.m. in the Montana Tech Library Auditorium.  School and student awards will be announced following the Countdown Round.

Helena-area students competing:

CR Anderson: Walker Bennett (8), Connor Bushnell (8), Adam Grasmick (7), Henry Gross (8) and Elisabeth Shockley (8).

Montana City: Makenna Campbell (8), Sandra Schuele (8), Robert Stimpson (8) and Jeri Wilkerson (8).

Townsend: Jonah Wishman (8)

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