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2014 communications grant award

The Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits announced that Family Promise of Greater Helena Inc. will receive the 2014 Excellence in Nonprofit Communications Grant Award. An event celebrating this grant award will be held on Thursday, June 26, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Family Promise Day Center at 2814 N. Cooke St. Representatives of nonprofit organizations and members of the public are invited to honor Family Promise and learn more about its vital role in Helena. RSVP by Friday, June 20, to Bill Pratt, BSI’s projects coordinator, at 443-5860 or

Six area communications businesses will provide pro-bono services valued at around $45,000 to improve the communications of Family Promise. They include: Allegra Marketing, Print, Web & Mail of Helena; Articulink Services; Cinch Design and Communications; John MacDonald Consulting, LLC; Johnson & Associates Inc.; and Signs Now of Helena. Funding is provided by the Treacy Foundation, the Mountain West Bank Endowment of the Montana Community Foundation and individual donors.

Family Promise of Greater Helena collects donations of overnight accommodations and meals for homeless children and their families, providing support and resources until the family can regain sustainable independence. For more information about Family Promise, visit

Student news

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

One hundred and fifty-one young women from all over the state of Montana attended the 66th annual Montana American Legion Auxiliary Girls State from May 31 to June 5 on the campus of Carroll College.

The high school junior girls gained first-hand experience in learning how our local and state government works by campaigning for the many top state positions. After being elected, these young women were able to “shadow” Montana’s elected state officials.

Two Girls Nation senators were elected to go to Washington, D.C., in July to participate with representatives from other states and present their bills. Other delegates took part in the judicial system by participating in a district and appellant mock court trials; sat in the state House and Senate chambers; and had workshops on the correct use of credit, Internet safety and higher education options.

Local Montana American Legion Auxiliary Girls State elected officials are Girls Nation senator Tess Gallagher of Clancy (Butte High) and secretary of state Anna Maronick of Helena (Helena High).

Electric Co-ops send youth to Washington, D.C.

The Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association and electric cooperatives across the state sent 27 high school students on an all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2014 Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., from June 14-20.

Vigilante Electric chose Bailee Field of Townsend to go to Washington, D.C.

The students, who were chosen by their respective cooperatives after completing an essay or other application requirements, got spend a week in Washington, D.C., experiencing history, learning more about how cooperatives work and what they do, visiting with their congressional delegation and enjoying a theater production.

Art contest

Glacier National Park and the Glacier National Park Conservancy announce the winners of the recent statewide annual park pass artwork contest.

Ryann Thomas, sixth grade student at C.R. Anderson Middle School, was recognized for third place. All winners receive a gift certificate from the Glacier Conservancy that can be redeemed at any Glacier National Park Conservancy sales outlet or their online store.

The winning artwork will be available to view on the park’s website,, by clicking on the “For Kids” section.

Collegiate success

Helena College University of Montana dean’s list

(An asterisk beside a student’s name indicates a 4.0 GPA)

  • Boulder: Shandyce Day*, Alex Martinez
  • Clancy: Garry Gant, Pamela Hanna, Quinn Kurokawa, Erin Louden, Madeline Scherting*
  • East Helena: Taylor Amestoy, Sara Churchill, Courtney Gomez, Michael Gunderson, Casey Harris, Dalton Hildenstab, Matthew Martinka*, William Massey, Stacia Medvec, Andrew Murphy, Marsha Paine, Jodi Rudolf, Jonathan Smith, Lisa Thompson*, Mattie Westphal
  • Helena: Lonnie Albers, Knute Albright, Christopher Anderson, Graysen Anson, Angela Austin, Dustin Barnes, Alton Bazinet, Frank Belgarde, Thomas Bisom, Tamara Blackford, Lance Bocquin*, Maria Bocquin, Brandon Brown*, Carmon Bunker, Angela Burdsall, Lindsay Burns*, Sydney Carpenter, Cortnee Carter, Brady Chriske, Curtis Christianson, Ashley Clark, Emily Clark, Emily Cossitt, Courtney Crawford*, Dylan Dickson*, Edward Dimock, Austin Duncan, Erik Evans, Cynthia Farr, Rachal Flewellen, Sandra Floyd*, Lauren Fox*, Bradley Fredrickson, Gerrad Frick, Aaron Gams*, Brittaney George, Sarah Halvorson, Katelyn Hare*, Molly Heiman*, Travis House*, Amber Huggett, Hannah Hult, Lisa Irvin, Matthew Jackson, Suzanne Jackson*, Hannah Johnson, Daniel Kandt, Justin Kelsey, Chris Kerins, Arley Ketchum, Kyle Knight*, Ryan Knowles, Rhonda Knudsen, Alexander Koch*, Wenruizi Koch*, Kelsie Kruse, Myra Kuykendall, Mathieu Lebahn, Michael Lineaweaver, Samuel Lowry, Kendra Lunday, Lindi Mandy, Justin Marks*, Esther Merritt, Reece Miller*, Ann Mills, Kelly Mosier, Dennis Murphy, Marcia Murphy*, Maria Murphy*, Danielle Nisbet, Joseph Paulsonmorgan*, Jes Peavey*, Larissa Podobnik, Greta Pollock*, Colin Prendergast, Connor Prendergast, Jennifer Quackenbush, Kristi Rambo*, Timothy Reed, Andrea Rodriquez*, Jason Russell*, Arin Sabine, Katrina Salois, Gary Salveson, Gina Sanford, Patrick Sassano*, Kale Schmidt*, Emily Schroeck, Cari Schwen*, Alisa Scow, Shane Selva, Amber Skillman, Karlissa Skinner*, Amanda Steichen, Allison Stout*, Matthew Strachan, William Strout, Devin Sullivan, Gregory Thompson, Andrew Tobel*, Tannin Trafton, Shayla Trumpower, Nicolas Turner, Jessica Wald, Elijah Walker, Wendy Watts, Nathan Welch, Brianna White, Colton Williams*, James Wong*, Kristina Woods*, Christina Wooley, Francis Youngblood*, Joshua Zier*
  • Jefferson City: Jonathan Heslep*, Taylor Stanich, Steven Younker
  • Montana City: Karlina Hayes
  • Townsend: Harley Breker*, Leota Gormely, Joshua Mostad, Kristeena Porter*, Samuel Watne, Meagan Watson

MSU-Billings dean’s list

  • Clancy: Brianon Nordhagen
  • East Helena: Dauneen Durrant
  • Helena: Joseph Andriolo, Matthew Blodgett*, Rodger Hulbert*, Olivia Johnson, Robert Leslie, Pamela Longmire*, Gert Marais, Richard Thompson, Jessie Weaver, Kyndal Williams
  • Townsend: Ryan Reddick, Kylie Wahrman
  • White Sulphur Springs: Josie Berg*

Minnesota State College — Southeast Technical president’s list: Joseph Henderson of Helena

Barton Community College, Great Bend, Kan., dean’s list: Heather Boxley and Travis Boxley of Helena

Dakota State University graduates: Kimberly Ann Heggeset of East Helena and Kallen John Kleinschmidt of East Helena

Bonhomme Scholarship recipients

Nicole Loraas of Helena recently received a $2,100 Bonhomme Scholarship from the University of Montana. Loraas, a 2011 Helena High School graduate, is the daughter Brian and Julie Loraas of Helena. She is a junior at UM majoring in elementary education.

Emelyn Falley of Helena also recently received a Bonhomme Scholarship from the University of Montana. Falley, a 2012 Helena High School graduate, is the daughter of Scott and Jean Falley of Helena. She is a sophomore at UM majoring in elementary education.

Coming up

Lincoln rummage sale

On Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, the Lincoln community will join forces and hold a townwide rummage sale. Maps are available at Lincoln businesses. For more information, call 438-0005 or 362-4131. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Montana Secular Summit

The first Montana Secular Summit will be held begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Helena College. This event is being held to build a network and build awareness among all secular, atheist or humanist Montanans.

Keynote speaker is Dr. David Orenstein. Events include a presentation from ACLU Montana and the Secular Coalition for American and more. Admission is $20. Tickets may be purchased at or at the door.

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Mount Helena Gymnastics fundraiser

On Saturday, June 21, starting at 11:30 a.m. Panda Express at will donate 20 percent of sales to the Mount Helena Gymnastics Booster Club Inc. Present the voucher available at www.helena or mention the fundraiser, and Panda Express will make a donation. Take-out is included in this fundraiser. Panda Express is located at 3075 N. Sanders St. and can be reached at 449-8898.

Lewis and Clark Humane Society celebrates 50 years

Lewis and Clark Humane Society has provided compassion, shelter, spaying and neutering and adoption services to the homeless animals in the Helena community for 50 years now. The shelter will be celebrating in a variety of ways throughout the year starting with an open house on Saturday, June 21, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be tours of the shelter and 50 percent off adoption fees, and snacks will be available. The Helena community is invited to attend the celebration at 2112 Custer Ave.

For more information, call 442-1660 and ask to speak with Development and Communications coordinator Kelsee Dalton.

Tanzania relief presentation

The Rev. Erick Oguta will give a presentation and preach at Helena Nazarene Church at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 22. Oguta will speak about Christian ministry and relief efforts in Mowanza, Tanzania. He will also preach on Wednesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. Helena Nazarene Church is located at 117 Valley Drive and can be reached at 442-7386.

The Downsizing Process

Donna Tennison, an organizing specialist with Trio Estate Sales, will present “Making Choices in the Downsizing Process” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at Touchmark, 915 Saddle Drive.

Space is limited, and reservations may be made by calling 449-4900. Touchmark is located at 915 Saddle Drive.

Urban Hen presentation

The city of East Helena is hosting an urban hen presentation given by Brent Sarchet, MSU/Lewis and Clark County Agricultural Extension Agent at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24. The one-hour presentation includes topics such as breed selection, housing requirements, proper feed nutrition, and bird health management with a short question-and-answer time at the end. The presentation will take place in Room 101 at City Hall, 306 E. Main St. in East Helena.

Thank yous

Van’s Thriftway owner aids DAR group, new citizens

Thank you to Paula Vander Jagt, owner of Van's Thriftway, for her continuing community support. The Daughters of the American Revolution have counted on the beautiful cakes she has donated from the Van's bakery for the Naturalization Ceremonies over the years. It is a pleasure to work with her and her bakery staff to make the new U.S. citizens feel welcome after their swearing-in ceremonies, at least once per year, and sometimes more than one time per year.

Thanks, Paula and Van's Thriftway for contributing greatly to the success of the naturalization receptions!

Kathy Dreyer

Secretary, Oro Fino Chapter, Daughter’s of the American Revolution


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