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Hay sculpture contest

Last year's winner of the Hay/Straw Bale Contest is shown. Entries are open for this year's contest with cash prizes to the top three sculptures. See details in accompanying brief.


Helena Blues Project at the Ox

The Helena Blues Project has reunited to play at Staggering Ox, 400 Euclid Ave., on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6-9 p.m. beginning Oct. 4 and continuing through March. The Staggering Ox continues to support live music this season with String Beings Bluegrass Jam Session every Tuesday night, live music on Wednesdays and Fridays, plus an open mic night on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. There is no cover charge, and all ages are welcome.


Pathways Buffet program continues

Helena Community Connections, Inc. continues Pathways Buffet, which is education and a catered lunch at noon at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 Broadway. Reserve your lunch by calling AARP at 877-926-8300 or online at no later than noon, Monday, Oct. 2. 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. Pathways Buffet programs occur on the first Wednesday of the month. Topics include history, safety and practical information for an enriched quality of life. The Oct. 4 program will be presented by Kimme Evermann, State Health Insurance Program, DPHHS, and will feature a discussion on “Medicare Re-Enrollment Options.”


Estate planning topic of Bridges program

My Destiny is a Helena Community Connections’ Bridges program on estate planning by Marsha Goettings, PhD, MSU Extension Service. Two different workshops will be offered on the same day. Session One: 1-3 p.m., Goettings will present “Wildflower Reflections – General Estate Planning.” Session Two: 6-8 pm, Goettings will present “Financial and Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Other Cognitive Diseases – Prior to Diagnosis.”

Register for free series at AARP 877-926-8300 or online at For information call Fran at 442-1038. The series will be offered on Monday, Oct. 9. Refreshments will be provided. Please refer to the Facebook page, Bridges HCC. Both sessions will be offered at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 East Broadway (across from St. Peter’s Emergency room). Access is handicapped accessible. 


VA offering drive-thru flu shots

The Fort Harrison VA Medical Center is hosting its seventh annual drive-thru flu clinic for veterans Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Immunizations will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in parking lot A next to the Administration Building. Veterans enrolled for VA health care and VA employees can receive their flu shot at no cost.

The Lewis and Clark County Health Department will also be present that day to provide flu shots for family members and non-enrolled veterans from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The county will accept most health insurance plans or charge a flat fee for vaccination.

Flu vaccinations will be available at all Montana VA locations across the state beginning Oct. 3. Contact your local VA clinic to see if walk-in service is available or if you need an appointment to get vaccinated.


Reclamation announces Canyon Ferry Dam Road closure

Access across Canyon Ferry Dam will be closed to all traffic Oct. 3-5 from 7:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. The temporary road closure is due to required maintenance work being conducted on the dam.

Montana State Highway 284, at both sides of the dam, will be closed to allow Reclamation to safely conduct crane operations necessary to complete repairs to the dam infrastructure. Travelers must seek alternate routes, north and south of the dam during the closure period.

For more information please contact the Canyon Ferry Field Office at 406-475-3310, or visit Reclamation’s website at


Straw bale sculpture contest upcoming

The Lewis and Clark County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the second annual Hay/Straw Bale contest. The contest is open to all residents in the Lewis and Clark County Farm Bureau Area; including areas of Avon, Helmville, Lincoln and Boulder.

  • No entry fee. (Entry form must be submitted by below deadline to be judged)
  • Participants can be individual or team of participants.
  • Participants are responsible for designing, transporting and putting up their displays, as well as removal after contest.
  • Participants must arrange their own venues to display their sculptures (including obtaining permission from the land owner).
  • All hay sculptures must be in place and ready for judging by early morning on Oct. 15.
  • Must be displayed along major roads or highways for visibility.
  • No size requirements. The hay sculptures must be made of at least 85 percent hay or straw.
  • Prizes will be cash of $250, $150, $50 to the top three sculptures.

For entry forms, email Karl Christians at or call 431-1580.


Order plum, cranberry puddings for holidays

Old fashioned plum puddings are for sale again this year at St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral. These tasty, traditional desserts made annually by the St. Anne’s Guild are $10 each. Served as the signature finish to your holiday dinner or given as savory gifts, plum puddings are sure to delight. Cranberry puddings are also available for $13 each.

Call 431-7464 by Oct. 15 to order your puddings for the holidays. They will be ready for pick up in early November.

Proceeds benefit various ministry and community service projects at St. Peter’s.


Program will focus on empowering youth

Former East Helena resident, Kezia Lovelady will be facilitating a discussion of a document that assists in strengthening and empowering youth through conversation.

This event will be held in the Fireside Room of the Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 S. Oakes, on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. Lovelady will be graduating in December from the University of Montana with a degree in organizational communication and a minor in nonprofit administration. She serves communities in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho by facilitating children's virtue classes and junior youth empowerment programs. Some of the concepts that will be discussed at this event are: The Period of Youth, Forces of Society, and Features of a Junior Youth Group, the last of which refers to a universal spiritual empowerment program for youth ages 11-14. Following the program, there will be information available about an upcoming Junior Youth Summit that anyone 11-14 years old is welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the Baha'is of Helena and is free and open to the public.


City of Helena will change water source

Beginning Oct. 1, the Tenmile Water Treatment Facility will be off-line for maintenance. The facility is expected to come back online in mid-November, approximately eight weeks of shutdown.

The Missouri River Water Treatment Facility will meet the city’s water demands while the Tenmile plant is offline. Water from the Missouri River may taste and smell different from residents’ normal experience. The water is safe to drink and meets all regulated water quality standards. If you have concerns regarding odor or taste of your water, call 457-8555.

This upgrade will allow the city of Helena to continue to provide quality drinking water to city residents and businesses.

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Toastmasters Area 16 announces contest winners

Toastmasters Area 16 recently 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 them immediately before the contestant speaks. Humorous Speeches are a 5- to 7-minute prepared speech on any topic.

The Table Topics winners: First Place, Wayne O’Brien, City of Gold Toastmasters; Second Place, Dianne Burke, Helena Toastmasters.

The Humorous Speech winners: First Place, Wayne O’Brien, City of Gold Toastmasters; Second Place, Neal Blossom, City of Gold Toastmasters; Third Place Heather Snyder, Helena Toastmasters.

Winners progress to a division contest on March 7 in Columbia Falls. The division represents western Montana. Winners progress to the district competition held in Helena on Oct. 27-28. The district represents Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and parts of Minnesota and Wyoming.

Toastmasters Area 16 is comprised of three clubs in Helena and one club in Butte. There are 82 members in the clubs. Toastmasters Area 14 also has clubs in Helena and Butte. For more information on Toastmasters, contact Kent Barnes at 443-6051.


Talking Saints win on home turf

Carroll College debate teams swept to victory at the Carroll BP World Debate tournament held on Carroll’s campus, Sept. 15-17. The field included teams from New York, Washington, Idaho and Montana. 

The Talking Saints placed three of the four teams in the finals, with the fourth from Northwest University in Seattle. 

The event was won by Carroll juniors Jonathan Groux of Salem, Oregon, and Nick Taffs of Helena. Also in the finals were first-years Josh Mansfield from Pocatello, Idaho, and Teigen Tremper of Whitefish, plus Parker Gunderson of Billings and his partner Jackson Richards of Spokane, Washington. 

Mansfield and Tremper were honored as the best novice team. 

Mansfield was named the top speaker in the tournament, just ahead of Groux, who was second. Other Talking Saints ranked in the top 10 included Gunderson in fourth, senior Luke Kendall of Hamilton in fifth, Tremper in sixth, and Taffs in ninth. Gunderson was named top novice speaker. 

The tournament was preceded by a World Debate workshop led by Dr. Steven Llano of St. John’s in New York. Llano is a professor of rhetoric and one of the nation’s most respected coaches. 

“We call this event a teaching tournament,” said Carroll coach Brent Northup, “because of all the training that takes place during the weekend.” 

Some of Carroll’s top teams did not compete, and instead helped administer the three-day event. 

Carroll also sent three students to Colorado College on Sept. 22-24 to compete against some of the nation’s finest universities in speech and interpretation. Michael Fuller, a sophomore from Helena, and Jacob Rosen, a senior from Huntington Beach, California, both advanced to championship rounds in impromptu speaking. 

The season starts slowly for the Talking Saints, with the bulk of the semester’s competition bunched between mid-October and Thanksgiving. During that time the team will travel to Calgary, Spokane, Denver and Portland. 

This year’s Talking Saints roster consists of 27 students who attended high schools from throughout the West from Arizona to California to Washington to Glendive, Montana.


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