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Credit union donates backpacks

Staff of Vocal Credit Union recently helped students at Broadwater County Schools and White Sulphur Springs School kick off the new year by delivering 50 backpacks stuffed with pencils, lanyards and rulers, providing much-needed materials for children. More than 16 million kids in the U.S. live in extreme poverty and arrive on the first day of school without the very items they need to learn, with reports of teachers spending up to $500 per year out of their own pockets on classroom tools.


Pathways Buffet program continues

Helena Community Connections, Inc. continues its popular Pathways Buffet (formerly Lunch ‘n Learn), which is education and a catered lunch at noon at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 Broadway. Pathways Buffet programs occur on Wednesdays, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6. Topics include history, safety and practical information for an enriched quality of life. The Sept. 6 program will be presented by Ellen Baumler, Montana Historical Society, and will feature a pictorial presentation based upon her recent book, “Helena: The Town that Gold Built.”

Reserve your lunch by calling AARP at 877-926-8300 or online at no later than noon, Monday, Sept. 4. A contribution of $5 and nonperishables for Helena Food Share are suggested. AARP Montana covers one half of the cost of the lunches. For information call Alyce at 458-8144.


Coffee, tea Tuesdays in September

AARP Montana continues to sponsor Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Coffee or tea for AARP members and guest are free when an AARP membership card is shown.

Free Coffee or Tea Tuesdays happen in September, October and November at the Firetower Coffee House, 422 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena.

For more information contact or phone 1-866-295-7278.


No garbage pickup on Monday

The City of Helena Solid Waste Division will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in recognition of Labor Day. If your garbage is normally picked up on Monday, you will need to put your container out on Tuesday, Sept. 5, by 7 a.m. for collection. The Transfer Station will also be closed on Sept. 4.


Montana History Foundation awarded grant

The National Park Service awarded a national grant to the Montana History Foundation this week. It was one of 12 selected out of 47 applicants. The History Foundation wins alongside the ranks of major institutions, such as the Air Force Space and Missile Museum Foundation and the University of Arkansas. 

Out of the 12 winners, The History Foundation is the featured project in the National Park Service’s grant news release. This is the first time The History Foundation has been awarded a grant from NPS and it is the only recipient from Montana. 

The History Foundation will use the $25,000 grant for a three-day workshop next spring to bring experts and community members together for training and education using innovative and integrated technology to preserve Montana’s cemeteries.


Eastgate Volunteer Fire Department receives grant 

Sen. Steve Daines has announced $312,000 in funding for the Eastgate Volunteer Fire Department to recruit more firefighters. 

“At a time when you literally can’t escape the smoke in Montana, we are reminded of the importance of the brave folks willing to step up and serve their communities,” Daines stated.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Fiscal Year 2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program is designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards, and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness. 

The SAFER program is comprised of two portions or activities: the Hiring of Firefighters Activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity. The Hiring of Firefighters Activity awards grants directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help increase the number of firefighters. 

The Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity awards grants to help create a more favorable working environment for volunteer firefighters by increasing the number of trained, certified and competent firefighters capable of responding to emergencies.


Lewis and Clark County has board openings

Augusta Solid Waste Management District: The board generally oversees the management and operation of the Augusta Solid Waste Management District; 3-year terms. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the Augusta Solid Waste Management District.

Lewis and Clark County DUI Task Force: Seeking one business owner representative to serve a 2-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; 3-year terms.

Scratchgravel Solid Waste Management District: Seeking one member to serve 3-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 2-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.

City-County Consolidated Planning Board: Seeking one county resident as a representative to serve a 3-year term. The board performs planning functions for the city and county, and shall be the sole Planning Board to serve either or both governmental entities.

Forestvale Cemetery Board: Trustees must reside in School District Numbers 1 or 3 and will serve 3-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.

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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 Dist. No 1; 3-year terms.

Historic Preservation & Tourism Committee: The council shall consist of seven members who have a demonstrated interest in protecting or promoting the heritage resources of the city and/or the county. Three of the selected members shall have professional expertise in the disciplines of history, planning, archaeology, architecture, architectural history, or other historic preservation-related disciplines such as cultural geography or cultural anthropology. Three members shall have a demonstrated interest in the arts or culture and tourism and economic development in the City and the County and one member of the selected members shall be an architect. Three at-large members to reside outside the City limits, but within the jurisdictional area of the council to be appointed by the county commissioners; three at-large members to reside within the four city limits to be appointed by the mayor of the city of Helena with city commission concurrence and one at-large member to be selected jointly by the county commission chair and the mayor and submitted to their respective commissioners for final approval.

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


Helena author honored by magazine

Highlights magazine has honored author Heather Bode, of Helena, with a Pewter Plate Award for her article titled "Life Behind the Lens," which was published in the August 2017 issue. The article was named “Best of the Issue” by the editorial, art and production staff. The article is about motion picture camera operator Erik Brown.

Bode taught elementary school prior to the birth of her second child 14 years ago.

“I’ve enjoyed combining my knowledge of classroom needs and writing for children by producing teachers’ guides for classroom magazines,” Bode says.



Kyer Fredrickson, from Capital High School HOSA, will attend the 11th Annual Washington Leadership Academy (WLA), Sept. 16-19, in Washington, D.C. WLA features dynamic workshops and interactive activities to teach HOSA state and chapter officers to be better advocates of HOSA’s mission and vision.

While in D.C., delegates will spend a morning on the hill visiting with Montana congressmen and their staff members to discuss HOSA’s mission and Montana’s health care issues.

Montana HOSA: Future Health Professionals is one of seven Montana Career and Technical Student Organizations operated through Montana Office of Public Instruction. The organization provides opportunities for students to develop their knowledge, leadership and workforce skills to meet the needs of Montana’s healthcare industry.

For more information about Montana HOSA contact Martha Robertson, state director, 243-4746, or go to



Austin J. Asbury, of Helena, graduated from the U.S. Army basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, on Aug. 24. He was part of the Alpha Co., 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment. As part of his graduation, he was honored by receiving the Army Physical Fitness Award out of 200 recruits. He was also one of five in his platoon to be selected by his drill sergeants for a promotion. He is presently attending his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in construction and masonry at Gulf Port, Mississippi. He is the son on Jim and Gail Asbury.


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