Weather necessitates schedule changes for festival

Rain, snow and colder weather in the Lincoln-area high country provided relief from fires, but caused some schedule changes for this weekend’s “Festival in the Wild,” a celebration of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild and the work of artist-in-residence Patrick Dougherty.

The park along Montana 200 on the eastern edge of Lincoln has become a focal point for visitors to the area. A walk-in, woven-willow sculpture by the North Carolina-based artist and a corps of volunteers is taking shape.

The weekend festival will still feature music at 4 p.m. Saturday by Americana band Back Adit, but the performance will be moved indoors to the Montanan Steakhouse in the middle of Lincoln. Food and beverages will be available.

A “community weave” and tours on Saturday and Sunday at the park on the east edge of Lincoln will proceed as planned, but the music set for Sunday in the Teepee Burner has been canceled.

An auction to raise money for the sculpture park still will occur at the Montanan Steakhouse starting at 5 p.m. Friday.

After the auction Dougherty will talk about his work, including the massive piece now taking shape at the Lincoln sculpture park.

The official launch of the Lincoln installation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, followed by music by the Steven Gores Band. 


RMDC to have extra food for seniors

Rocky Mountain Development Council will have supplemental foods available to Helena-area senior citizens at the Helena Food Share, 1616 Lewis. RMDC is happy to work with Food Share to make the program more accessible to those individuals picking up the food. There is no charge for the products.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28, from 8-10:30 a.m.

Foods consist of canned fruit, vegetables, meats, juice, cereals, dry milk, evaporated milk, cheese and peanut butter. Persons 60 years and older will be certified to receive the food by categorical, income and residency eligible. For further information or questions, call RMDC at 447-1680 or Food Share at 443-3663.


St. Peter’s Hospital offers parenting series

St. Peter’s offers a free eight-week Prepared Parenting course taught by a variety of clinical professionals to help parents-to-be with all preparations and expectations surrounding a new baby. The series covers recognizing the signs and symptoms of labor, breathing and relaxation skills, pain management options, caesarean deliveries, boot camp for new dads, breastfeeding basics and more.

St. Peter’s offers the Prepared Parenting series six times per year and registrants should be at least six months pregnant. The next session runs from Oct. 5-Nov. 28. For more information on upcoming session dates or to register call St. Peter’s Wellness at 447-2527 or visit www.stpetes.org.

St. Peter's is a designated Baby Friendly® hospital. The Baby Friendly Initiative recognizes hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.


Helena students among royalty at pow wow

Three local students are representing the 19th annual Last Chance Community Pow Wow being held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall.

Verl Reece, Lead Boy Dancer, is a Traditional Chicken Dancer and a member of the Cree Tribe. Reece is 9 years old and lives in Helena with his parents, Vanessa Sandoval and Omar Buenalaya.

Sapphire Ferguson-Jetty, Lead Girl Dancer, is a 12-year-old Jingle Dress Dancer. She attends Helena Middle School and is the daughter of Laura Ferguson and Mike Jetty.

The Jr. Miss Last Chance Princess, Mariam Daniels, lives in Helena with her parents, Autumn Daniels and Ben Rose. Daniels is an 11-year-old Jingle Dress Dancer, and a member of the Ojibway Tribe.

For more information, contact the Last Chance Community Pow Wow at 439-5631, lccpw@hotmail.com, Facebook, or the website lastchancepowwow.com.


FAFSA applications available in October

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available at FAFSA.gov Oct. 1. Montana students and families should prepare to complete this application before priority filing dates at Montana schools.

For most Montana postsecondary schools, the priority FAFSA filing date is Dec. 1.

Reach Higher Montana is reaching out to Montana students and families to provide assistance. Contact the Reach Higher Montana Advisor in your area by visiting ReachHigherMontana.org, look for a FAFSA filing event at your local high school – check the calendar on the website, or call 877-265-4463.

In order to complete the FAFSA, students and parents should have the following information available:

  • FSA ID – get a Federal Student Aid ID at fsaid.ed.gov. Both the student and one parent (if the student is under the age of 24) will need a FSA ID.
  • Social Security numbers (students and parents)
  • 2015 federal tax returns. You can utilize the IRS data retrieval tool, but will need your tax returns for exact address information used.
  • W-2s if you did not file taxes
  • Additional asset information (savings and checking account balances, real estate, excluding the home in which you live, money market funds, stocks, other investments)
  • Untaxed income information (child support received, payments to retirement, health savings plans and tax-deferred pensions)


CTI receives YouthBuild grant

Career Training Institute has received a three-year YouthBuild grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. YouthBuild targets services to 16- to 20-year-olds who have dropped out of school and do not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency.

YouthBuild is a comprehensive nine-month core program that prepares young people to achieve academic and vocational success. YouthBuild Helena offers education, construction skills training, life and employment skills, leadership training and community service projects for qualifying youth.

CTI will accept applications until Dec. 1. Eligible applicants will be invited to attend Mental Toughness in mid-December. Mental Toughness is designed to select youth who are ready to positively transform their lives over the nine-month core program that is scheduled to being on Jan. 3 and run through Sept. 28, 2018.

Applications can be picked up at CTI’s front desk. CTI is located at 347 N. Last Chance Gulch. For more information about YouthBuild, contact Jasyn Harrington or Lisa Newman at 443-0800.


Applications being accepted for leadership council

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is accepting applications to serve on the 2017-2018 Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council.

Committed to addressing childhood hunger in Montana, the Council will consist of seventh–12th grade students from across the state. Last year, the council engaged 19 students from 13 different communities in service, including tribal and rural communities.

Students selected to serve on the council will lead projects to build awareness, raise money, and feed kids across Montana. Efforts culminate during End Childhood Hunger Week, April 16-22, 2018, when council members execute projects in their schools and communities.

Past projects include food donation drives, classes on healthful and simple meals, community fundraisers, school pantries, and the MontanaEats app.

For more information and to apply, prospective members can visit www.fightchildhoodhunger.com/. Applications are due Oct. 13. Space is limited, and preference is given to early submissions.


Girl Scouts receive STEM grant

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming has received a grant from FIRST® -- the national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) advocacy nonprofit -- to create access to hands-on STEM learning experiences for underrepresented and underserved girls in Montana and Wyoming.

The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, which currently participates in FIRST Lego League activities, will use its grant to fund additional FIRST Lego League teams for up to 120 girls on 15 all-girl teams across Montana and Wyoming.

FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants program addresses equity, inclusion and diversity inequalities in STEM. Evaluation criteria for the 2017-18 grant included community need, demographics, diversity; execution strength, track record reaching targeted students and the value of the activities proposed. 

For more information, visit www.gsmw.org or call 800-736-5243.



Quinten J. Lelacheur, a student at Carroll College, has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Cadet Initial Entry Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The training is a 30-day outcome-driven event that trains and educates cadets on basic military tasks and develops the critical thinking skills necessary to become a U.S. Army officer. 

The cadets graduate with greater discipline and physical conditioning and with newfound self-confidence, initiative, leadership skills, decision making and collective team cohesion.

Lelacheur is a 2016 graduate of Broadwater High School.