DAR honored with national award

Jane Lee Hamman, left, the Montana State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Wreaths Across America state chair of Clancy, receives a DAR award from Carole D. Levering. 


Family Fun Fest event upcoming

Registration is now open for St. Peter’s Health 2018 Family Fun Fest, a wellness event to promote community resources to kids and their families. Family Fun Fest will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. A 1-mile fun run starts at Centennial Park at 9 a.m., followed by the Fun Fest in the Great Northern Town Center.

All runners registered by Aug. 2 will receive a free T-shirt. Those wearing a Family Fun Fest T-shirt also receive free admission to the Great Northern Carousel, the Helena Family YMCA pool and ExplorationWorks for a limited time on Aug. 11. Runners are welcome to register after Aug. 2 or on race day, but a T-shirt cannot be guaranteed to anyone registered after Aug. 2. All youth runners receive a free backpack. Parents/guardians of young children are welcome to run or walk with their child.

The Fun Fest following the race at the Great Northern Town Center will include games, information booths, outdoor recreation demonstrations, healthy snacks and giveaways. Kids can also take a shot at a Bighorns hockey player in the dunking booth, play street hockey, tour the Lewis and Clark County bookmobile and climb aboard an ambulance.

To register runners and for more information, visit www.sphealth.org.


RMCD 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 works with Food Share to make the program more accessible to those individuals picking up the food. There is no charge for the products. The supplemental food boxes are available:

  • Wednesday, July 25, from 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 26, 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 of age and older will be certified to receive the food by categorical income and residency eligibility. For further information or questions, call Rocky at 447-1680 or Food Share at 443-3663.


Campgrounds, marinas topics of Canyon Ferry public meeting

The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a Canyon Ferry public meeting on Wednesday, July 18. Topics of discussion will include information on campgrounds, marinas, the Shoreline Management Plan, Off-Highway Vehicle use and Aquatic Invasive Species.

The Public Meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the downstairs conference room at Montana Association of Counties (MACo), 2715 Skyway Drive, Suite A.

For more information on Canyon Ferry or other Reclamation programs or activities in Montana, contact the Canyon Ferry Field Office at 406-475-3310 or visit Reclamation’s website at http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao.


City of Helena has several board openings

City-County Planning Board: One resident of the city of Helena to serve on the City-County Planning Board. Term will begin upon appointment and expire Aug. 31, 2020. The Planning Board shall perform planning functions for the city and county and shall be the sole Planning Board to serve either or both governmental entities. Duties of this board will be to ensure the promotion of public health, safety, convenience, order, and the general welfare, and for the sake of efficiency and economy in the process of community development, the Board shall prepare a growth policy and serve in an advisory capacity to the local governing bodies establishing said Board.

Helena Housing Authority: One citizen to serve on the Helena Housing Authority Board. The term will begin Aug. 1, 2018, and expire Aug. 1, 2023. This nonprofit organization managers and sets policy for all public housing in Helena. The Housing Authority Board consists of five housing commissioners and two tenant representatives.

Helena Regional Airport Authority: One citizen to serve as a city representative on the Helena Regional Airport Authority. The term will begin upon appointment and expire Sept. 1, 2021. The Helena Regional Airport Authority was created by and receives its authority from the City of Helena/Lewis & Clark County Joint Resolution 10677. The Authority may plan, acquire, establish, develop, construct, enlarge, improve, maintain, equip, operate, regulate, protect and police any airport or air navigation facility or airport hazard to be jointly acquired, controlled and operated.

Lewis and Clark County Heritage Preservation and Tourism Council: One citizen to serve on the Lewis and Clark County Heritage Preservation and Tourism Council; the applicant must reside within the city limits. The term will begin upon appointment and expire June 30, 2021. Members of the council will have a demonstrated interest in protecting or promoting the heritage resources of the City and/or the County.

Police Commission: One citizen to serve on the Police Commission. The term will begin upon appointment and expire on May 1, 2021. The police commission shall administer such portions of Title 7, Chapter 32, Part 41, Montana Code Annotated. The board shall examine all applicants certified for the police force forwarded to it by the Helena Police Department as to their age, legal, mental, moral ad physical qualifications.

Applications are available at www.helenamt.gov /commission/boards and committees, requested by emailing dhavens@helenamt.gov or by calling 447-8410 and can be submitted electronically or mailed to the City Clerk’s Office, 316 N. Park Ave., Room 323, Helena, MT 59623. The deadline for all board applications is 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Helena Pre-Release Center Screening Committee*: The city of Helena is seeking one interested citizen to serve on the Helena Pre-Release Screening Committee. The person appointed must either live or work within a 1-mile radius of the Helena Pre-Release Center located at 805 Colleen St. This screening committee reviews applications for residency at the pre-release center.

*Interested persons may obtain an application for the Helena Pre-Release Center Screening Committee from the City Clerk, Room 323, City-County Administration Building, 316 N. Park Ave., or at the Helena Pre-Release Center, 805 Colleen St. Further information may be obtained by calling the Pre-Release Program Director at 447-3277 or the City Clerk at 447-8410.


OPI announces grant recipients

The Montana Office of Public Instruction has announced 16 recipients of federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. These grants fund after-school and summer programs. The OPI received 40 applications and awarded over $3 million to the 16 successful applicants this year. The grants run for five years. In total, Montana now has 47 grantees and 107 centers operating across the state. 

Area schools receiving include: Boulder Elementary and East Helena Elementary


Leadership Montana announces class of 2019

Leadership Montana has announced the selection of 44 community, business, education, healthcare, nonprofit and government leaders from across the state for the Class of 2019. These community members make up the 15th class of the program.

Leadership Montana presents an annual seven-session program of leadership development, education about issues facing Montana today, and opportunities for networking and collaboration. This year’s class will begin in September 2018 at Big Sky for the Orientation and Retreat and conclude with graduation in Billings in April 2019. Other program sites this year will include Philipsburg, Butte, Hamilton, Missoula, Helena, White Sulphur Springs, Great Falls and Glasgow.

Participants from Helena include: Craig Aasved – Shodair Children’s Hospital; Hannah Cail – Montana Legal Services Association; Nate Linder – NorthWestern Energy; Christopher Oliveira – Crowley Fleck PLLP; Jan Stoddard – Montana Department of Commerce; Lisa Troyer – PacificSource Health Plans; and Mark Meredith – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana


DAR recognized with national award in DC

The Montana State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) state Regent Jane Lee Hamman recently accepted a second place national award for Best Single Chapter Commemorative Event, at the National DAR Continental Congress held in Washington, D.C., June 22, on behalf of the Oro Fino DAR Chapter of Helena. 

The chapter had sponsored a Wreaths Across America Statehouse Ceremony at the state capitol building on Dec. 11, 2017, in the Montana Capitol rotunda. It was followed by the placement of nearly 500 wreaths at Fort William Henry Harrison VA Center’s Chapel and Cemetery, sponsored by the MIA-POW Foundation of Helena.


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Film being shot in Anaconda casting locals

An independent film company is shooting a coming-of-age drama, "Mickey and the Bear," and is looking for local folks who would like to be in the movie or serve as extras. 

The open casting call is July 13 from 2-5 p.m., and July 14 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hearst Free Library, 401 Main St., in Anaconda. The company is looking for a variety of people: veterans age 60-plus; young adults ages 17-25; young athletes ages 17-25; middle-aged men and women; elderly men and women; and all other ages.

Can't make the open call? Send your name, a clear photo of yourself (selfie, family photo, etc.), your phone number and an email to: mickeycasting@gmail.com.

The shoot takes place from Aug. 20 until the end of September.



Joshua Barrows, of Helena, has been named to the spring 2018 dean's list at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the spring semester of the 2017-18 academic year. The dean's list recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 12 credit hours with grade-point averages at 3.5 or above.


Rebecca Ries-Roncalli, of Helena, has been named to spring 2018 dean's list at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. Students eligible for the dean's list must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours within one semester and have a quality grade point average of at least 3.5.


Tanner J. Kontny, of Clancy, has been named to the spring 2018 dean's list at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.


Two area students have graduated from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, in the spring 2018 semester. Miri'ikai Ayn Walter, of East Helena, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in sociology. Kasey Catrina Womelsdorf, of Helena, graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies (education).


Helena student earns WWU scholarship

Western Washington University student Audrey Barber, daughter of Jeff and Denise Barber of Helena, has received the $1,000 WWU Alumni Association Scholarship for Undergraduate Students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The WWU Alumni Association Scholarship for Undergraduate Students is awarded to students selected by the Alumni Scholarship Committee.

Barber graduated from Helena High School in 2018. She is a National Honors society member, Helena Education Foundation Distinguished Scholar and AP Scholars award recipient. 

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