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Suicide prevention workshop

Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society for key women educators, hosted a workshop on suicide awareness and prevention. Jamie Eastwood of Breathe Let’s Start a Conversation instructed QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) a gateway program that teaches people to recognize the signs and how to ask someone if they are thinking of suicide. Co-facilitators were Abbie Collussi and Jess Hegstrom of the East Helena Suicide Prevention and Awareness Coalition.


Rummage, cookie sale Saturday

Covenant United Methodist Church of Helena will hold its annual rummage and home-baked cookie sale on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds of the sales go to missions.

The church is located at 2330 E Broadway, across from St. Peter's Hospital.


Pumpkin Sunday at Grant-Kohrs

Are you looking for a fun, family activity? On Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1-4 p.m., join Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site for an afternoon of harvest themed family fun.

Children, 14 years old and under, are invited to “pick” the perfect pumpkin out of the pumpkin patch and paint it for the season. Activities include pioneer toy making, tractor drawn hayrides, and more. Heritage apple cider and soap making will offer ways to experience days gone by.

Pumpkin Sunday is free. For more information, call 406-846-2070 ext. 226 or visit


Legion Post hosting annual surf 'n turf

American Legion Post 42, in Townsend will hold its sixth annual surf 'n turf event on Saturday, Nov. 4,  at the Post, 211 Broadway St., from 4-7:30 p.m. Dinner includes choice of entrée, bake potato, salad, and dessert. A no-host bar will be included.

Cost of dinner: surf 'n turf is $45; surf is $30, and turf is $25. Lobsters are flown in fresh from Maine. Limited to 100. Tickets must be prepaid by Oct. 28 and can be purchase at the Post or from Commander Jen Dalrymple or Sharon Doig. Proceeds fund children and youth activities. 


Helena College students receive scholarships

Opportunity Bank of Montana recently awarded $3,000 in scholarships to three Helena College students. The students were required to submit an essay, transcripts, and letters of reference and demonstrate community involvement.

Alyssa Magee is pursuing a degree in nursing. She graduated this year from Capital High School as valedictorian. She has spent her past few years coaching eighth grade girls volleyball, and was voted team captain and Most Valuable Player on her own volleyball team. She also participates in many community activities with her church, such as choir, peer mentoring, and volunteering in the nursery. Her plan is to obtain her RN license at Helena College and complete the online program to acquire her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Courtney Radke graduated from Helena High School with a 3.64 GPA. She grew up in Helena and has been a part of several after-school programs, daycares, and most recently taught science camps at ExplorationWorks. In high school she created, and became president of the Spanish Club. Through this role she organized various community events and volunteer work to earn money for a class trip to Spain. After losing her father to a heart attack while they were hunting in the backcountry, she said it only strengthen her dream to become a trauma nurse. Radke’s plan is to obtain her RN degree in order to work in a pediatric trauma hospital.

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Wyatt LaPraim graduated from Capital High School with a 3.28 GPA. In high school he participated in Student Council and Speech and Debate. He was elected junior and senior class president. He put together a variety of fundraising events in order to pay for a graduation speaker and a senior class picnic with prizes for his class. In Speech and Debate, LaPraim was elected debate captain his senior year. He comes from a family of seven and is involved with his church. LaPraim plans to obtain a degree in industrial welding and metal fabrication from Helena College. He has already earned several welding certifications.

Opportunity Bank of Montana awards these scholarships annually.


Artists beautify city traffic signal boxes

Eight traffic signal boxes in Helena are being covered with original designs purchased from Montana artists. The Helena Public Art Committee spearheaded the project to transform the utilitarian boxes from targets for vandalism to local artwork displays.

Designs were solicited through a Call for Art and top designs were purchased from artists Megan Hart, Amy Jean Miller, Kelli Rochelle Lawson, Jessica Glenn, Tiffany Knopf and Kelsey Allison.

The designs were transferred to vinyl wrap and are being installed on boxes at the following locations:

  • North Park and Lawrence Street
  • North Park and Sixth Avenue
  • Benton and Neill Avenue
  • Last Chance and Sixth Avenue
  • Last Chance and Lawrence Street
  • Rodney and 11th Avenue
  • Rodney and Sixth Avenue
  • Rodney and Helena Avenue

 Visit to learn more about the work of the Helena Public Art Committee.


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