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AARP Driver Safety class upcoming

AARP Driver Safety has a single class scheduled in Helena for November. 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.

The class is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17, at First Interstate Bank-East, 2728 Colonial Drive, from noon until about 4:30 p.m.

To register, call 457-4712. Find additional classes at


Bridges program to focus on caregivers

Helena Community Connections, Inc. announces its new Bridges program careMpower on Nov. 8, noon-1:30 p.m., at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E. Broadway. This event is a monthly free catered lunch and program for volunteer caregivers focused on a program provided by LaDawn Hightower titled, "Stand Up Caregivers!" The program is co-sponsored by St. Peter's Hospital, DPHHS Office on Aging and AARP Montana. Register for the free lunch by noon on Monday, Nov. 6, by calling AARP Montana at 877-926-8300 or register online at click date on calendar, look for event, register. Call Alyce for information or registration assistance at 458-8814. Call DEAP at 1-800-224-6034 to apply for rapid reimbursement of respite care expense.


Applications being accepted for ServeMontana scholarships

The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact has announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is offered to 100 Montana students attending Montana Campus Compact member institutions who have demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community service by volunteering at least 100 hours during the last year.

The application form, guidelines, and FAQs can be found online at

Applications close Jan. 31, 2018, and early submissions are encouraged.


Helena College receives grant

Helena College University of Montana, has received a $1,000 Humanities Montana award to fund a Native Montana Pop-Up Museum for a photo exhibit showcasing Native Americans in Montana, both in the past and present. The project is a collaboration between Helena College and the Helena College Native American Studies faculty/historian Laura Ferguson, and the Montana Historical Society.


Winter CSA shares available

Strike Farms, of Bozeman, is offering a 14-week Winter Vegetable Subscription (also called a CSA) filled with local and organic produce to people in Helena. The program runs through the end of January. Pick-ups take place on Wednesdays at Hub Coffee, 314 N. Last Chance Gulch from 4-6:30 p.m. Cost of a subscription is $400. Visit to learn more and sign up.


Toastmasters announces speech winners

On Oct. 28, Toastmasters District 78 held two speech contests in Helena: Table Topics and Humorous Speech. Table Topics are 1- to 2-minute impromptu speeches on a topic given to each speaker immediately before the contestant speaks. Humorous Speeches are a 5- to 7-minute prepared speech on any topic.

The Table Topics winners were: First Place, Lindsay Hayes, USD-area Yappin' Yotes, Vermillion, S.D.; Second Place, Wayne O’Brien, City of Gold Toastmasters, Helena.

The Humorous Speech winners were: First Place, Neal Blossom, City of Gold Toastmasters, Helena; Second Place, Orlinda Worthington, Gallatin Valley Toastmasters, Bozeman; Third Place, Jeff Magrum, Bismarck Toastmasters, Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Toastmasters District 78 is comprised of 93 Clubs and about 1,500 members in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and parts of Minnesota and Wyoming. The City of Gold Toastmasters meet Mondays at 6:50 a.m. at the Life Covenant Church. For more information on Toastmasters, or to find a club, please visit


CHS educator named outstanding teacher

Terri Norman of Capital High School has been recognized as the 2017 MBEA Outstanding Secondary Business Teacher of the Year. Norman has taught at both the middle school and high school levels within the Helena School District for the past 20 years, advises the Capital High School Business Professionals of America chapter, is the facilitator for Capital High School’s Montana Behavioral Initiative Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and is actively involved in Special Olympics Montana and the Tri-County area where she serves as a local program coordinator for the Capital High team and an adult mentor for the State Youth Activation Committee.


Lewis and Clark County board openings

Augusta Solid Waste Management District: The board generally oversees the management and operation of the Augusta Solid Waste Management District; three-year terms. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the Augusta Solid Waste Management District.

Forestvale Cemetery Board: Trustees must reside in School District Numbers 1 or 3 and will serve three-year terms. Trustees have the responsibility of maintaining the cemetery; performing all acts necessary or proper; and to establish policies and procedures for management of the cemetery.

Forestvale Historic Preservation Committee: The board reviews and approves all development proposals related to the Forestvale Cemetery and are responsible for assuring compliance will all relevant local, state and federal regulations and requirements pertaining to the Cemetery’s designation on the Federal Register or Historical Sites. Members must reside within Forestvale Cemetery District; generally described as School District No. 1; three-year terms.

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Lewis and Clark County DUI Task Force: Seeking one business owner representative to serve a two-year term. The DUI Task Force members shall be appointed by the Lewis and Clark County Commission and will include representatives from a cross section of the community, such as, but not limited to, government officials, law enforcement, public health, school personnel, church, civic, and community groups, and citizens at large.

Lincoln Solid Waste District Board: The board generally oversees the management and operation of the Lincoln Solid Waste Management District. Seeking two citizens who live in the Lincoln Solid Waste District; three-year terms.

Open Lands Citizens Advisory Council: Seeking on citizen to serve on the Open Lands Citizens Advisory Council as an at large member. The primary purpose of the program is to conserve resources on private lands in Lewis and Clark County that fulfill the objectives of the bond measure. The BOCC appointed the Citizens Advisory Committee on Open Lands (CAC) to make recommendations on project applications.

Scratchgravel Solid Waste Management District: Seeking two members to serve a three-year term. The Scratchgravel Solid Waste Management District consists of seven members: five serving staggered three-year terms appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, one member appointed by the Board of Health, and one county commissioner.

Transportation Coordinating Committee: Seeking one county representative to serve a two-year term. The committee shall work closely with the city, county, and state to develop and keep current urban transportation planning, design and construction in the Helena area.

Applications are available at or by calling 447-8304 and can be submitted to the Lewis and Clark County Commissioner’s Office, 316 N. Park Ave., Room 345, Helena, MT 59623.


Talking Saints take on three cities, two countries

In a tale of three cities, the Carroll College Talking Saints Forensics Team won awards at three separate tournaments in two countries held in Denver, Calgary and Spokane, Washington, on Oct. 20-22.

Seniors Tori Hill of Sidney and Becca Poliquin of Hamiltion, won the Rocky Mountain Championships in British Parliamentary debate held at Denver University, defeating a field of 80 teams from 10 states – including top-rated teams from South Carolina, Texas, Kansas, Alaska and California.

Senior Freddy Gray of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and junior Frank Stumbo of Shelley, Idaho, also finished in the top 20, losing out on a tie-breaker, which kept them from advancing to the elimination rounds.

In Canada, first year Josh Mansfield of Pocatello, Idaho, was named top speaker at the University of Calgary Fall Open held at the University of Calgary. Mansfield and partner Teigen Tremper of Whitefish, advanced to the championship round, losing to the University of Alberta in the championship debate. Three Carroll first year teams represented Carroll at the tournament.

Competing in Canada meant Carroll teams had to debate on Canadian topics, such as issues involving indigenous peoples of Canada.

In Spokane at Whitworth University, three Carroll students advanced to championship rounds in speech and drama events. Sophomore Kaia Roberge of Frenchtown, competed in the finals of impromptu and program oral interp. Sophomore Gordon Graham of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, made finals in prose interpretation.

The semester concludes with events at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, and Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, in November.



Austin J. Asbury, son of Jim and Gail Asbury of Helena, has graduated from Advanced Individual Training in construction and masonry in Gulf Port, Mississippi. He received the Army Physical Fitness Award out of 150 recruits and received the second highest GPA of his group. He will be stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. Austin is a 2017 graduate of Helena Christian School.


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