Drop off your electronics for recycling today

A data-secure electronics recycling collection event, hosted by 406 Recycling and in partnership with Good Samaritan Thrift Store, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Sept. 27, at 3067 N. Montana Ave. 

The event will include collection for most office and non-kitchen household electronics and includes guaranteed data-destruction. A $10 donation for Good Samaritan is encouraged; charges apply for older style CRT and console televisions ($1/inch) and broken LCD screens over 36 inches ($15). Microwaves are also accepted for $10 but should have glass trays removed ahead of time.

Businesses are welcome but should to call ahead if bringing large amounts of material, 406-449-6008. For more information, visit 406Recycling.com.

Helena Civil Air Patrol plans open house

The Helena squadron of the Montana Civil Air Patrol is having an open house Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Fort Harrison at the Regional Training Institute (RTI) building 0401.

People from the Helena community and surrounding areas are invited to attend to hear about the program, see what the volunteers of Civil Air Patrol do and how you and your children can join in the activities.

CAP youth engage in many activities including youth flight orientations, leadership training, drill and ceremonies, customs and courtesies, fitness, and training in emergency response so they are ready to serve the local community in search-and-rescue and disaster relief missions.

Other activities include aerospace and aviation, safety, search and rescue, high frequency and very high frequency tactical radio communications, medical training and citizenship to teens and adults.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, or contact Spencer Gilchrist at sgilchrist@mtwg.cap.gov.

Bridges Buffet series continues

Helena Community Connections’ Bridges Buffet program continues its fall season at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 2330 E. Broadway.

What does hunger look like in Montana? Are seniors affected? One in nine Montanans are at risk of food insecurity and more than 8% of Montana seniors live below the poverty level. Is there a connection between hunger and economic insecurity? Gayle Carlson, executive director of the Montana Food Bank Network, will answers these questions. Carlson graduated from Michigan State University and holds a master’s degree in adult education and distance learning. 

A $5 program donation is suggested along with non-perishables for Helena Food Share. Register at www.bridgeshcc.org or phone AARP at 1-877-926-8300 no later than noon on Monday, Sept. 30. For more information, call Alyce Brutosky, Bridges Buffet program coordinator, at 458-8144. Bridges programs occur in handicapped accessible facilities. The programs are life enrichment for those over the age of 50.

Watch Montana Painters Alliance on location in Lincoln Oct. 3-5

Members of the Montana Painters Alliance — many of them nationally and internationally recognized painters — will be painting local scenery in and around Lincoln beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. During the group’s semi-annual “paint out,” the artists are on location from morning until late in the day Oct. 3-5. Lincoln residents and visitors are encouraged to watch and interact with them. Saturday evening, works created by the MPA artists will be informally exhibited, and for sale, in a “Tailgate Salon” at the Sculpture in the Wild, 1970 Sculpture Way. The Salon event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free.

Visit www.mtpaintersalliance.org/ to learn more.

Pet blessing, adoption event set for Oct. 5

St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral will partner with the Lewis and Clark Humane Society to conduct a combined pet blessing and adoption event downtown in Hill Park on Fuller Avenue in downtown Helena on Saturday, Oct. 5.

All members of the community are invited to bring their pets to receive a blessing for their pets’ continued health and ongoing life. All types of pets are welcome.

The community is also invited to come and meet a future family member through the adoption of a dog or cat from the Lewis and Clark Humane Society. The pet blessing will begin at 11 a.m. and the adoption event will run from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Helena Alumni Team hosts Halloween party

The Helena Alumni Team of the MSU Billings Alumni Association invites area alumni and friends to a Halloween party on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Bert & Ernie’s, 361 N. Last Chance Gulch.

Guests can learn more about Helena’s haunted history through stories from local mediums and historians, Ellen Baumler and Shanda Tompkins. Costumes are optional.

Tickets are $5 and include appetizers and a drink ticket. Purchase tickets online at msubfoundation.com/shop

The Helena Alumni Team is the first to form in Montana. Alumni teams engage with Montana State University Billings through friendship, networking and service. Helena-area alumni are encouraged to join the Helena Alumni Team to reconnect with their alma mater alongside other graduates.

Contact Gillette Vaira, director of alumni relations, at 406-657-2253 or gillette.vaira@msubillings.edu for more details.

2nd-annual Long Table Dinner set in Augusta

The Augusta Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that the second-annual Long Table Fall Dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Round Up Barn Wedding & Events located at 2802 Montana Highway 21 in Augusta.

Tickets for the Long Table Fall Dinner are on sale and available for purchase at Allen’s Manix Store, the Western Bar and The Buckhorn Bar in Augusta. Tickets are $25 for 11 years old and up; $15 for 10 years old and under.

The purchase of your ticket includes two adult beverages (21 years old and up), live music from Montana musician John Floridis and a locally sourced menu featuring pulled pork, corn on the cob, salads, rolls and dessert. Cocktail service will start at 6 p.m., followed by a family-style dinner at 6:30 p.m. Additional event highlights include a silent and live auction.

Earlier this summer, Augusta was hit by massive floodwaters for the second year in a row and the Augusta Chamber of Commerce paid for sand, organized community cleanup events and more.

The dinner raises money for the chamber to help ensure funds are in place to help mitigate challenges and  promote the community.

For more information, visit the Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AugustaMontanaChamber.


Montana Science Olympiad youth competition open for registration

Registration is now open for the Montana Science Olympiad, one of the state’s largest and longest-running science competitions for youth. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Montana State University in Bozeman.

At the event, middle and high school teams from around Montana will compete against other schools in rigorous, standards-based challenges across a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topics. The top middle school and high school teams will go on to compete at the national Science Olympiad in North Carolina next May.

This year, as part of MSU’s Year of Undergraduate Research, the Science Olympiad will honor MSU’s student researchers, many of whom are former Science Olympians or current Montana Science Olympiad volunteers.

Teams can choose from 14 different events for middle school and 14 for high school. New contests this year include astronomy, food science, detector building and chemistry lab, among others.

Students compete as teams, not individuals, and teams must be affiliated with a school. Coaches can be teachers, parents or community members. New teams are encouraged to join. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 18.

The Nov. 26 event also requires more than 200 volunteers and relies on sponsorship from industry partners. Potential volunteers as well as business and organizations interested in sponsorship can email mtscioly@montana.edu.

For more information, visit montana.edu/smrc/mtso.

Tree-care pros volunteer service for MT veterans

On Sept. 18, 60 volunteer tree workers from more than 20 tree care companies, Montana cities, service organizations, nurseries, landscape companies, veterans’ organizations, and veterans from across Montana gathered in Helena to donate a day of service for Montana Veterans at the Fort Harrison State Veterans Cemetery and VA Medical Center.

Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance is an opportunity for tree-care professionals throughout the country to unite one day each year and provide tree care to keep veterans cemeteries and other veterans facilities safe, beautiful places for all those who visit.

About a dozen volunteers led by Mike Hiel, from Gardenwerks of Helena, removed sod from more than 40 young trees at the cemetery and added mulch. The mulch ring will avoid injury to the young trees from weed eaters and lawn mowers -- the two most common causes of death to young trees.

Four new trees were donated by the Montana Nursery and Landscape Supply of Helena and planted at the cemetery by the volunteers and cemetery employees.

Jason Stringer from Tree Amigos Tree Care in Great Falls organized the volunteers using bucket trucks and chippers to prune and remove trees. Tom Molitor from Big Twig Tree Care in Belgrade lined out volunteer tree climbers and their chippers and grapple truck to prune and remove trees. The VA grounds crew used their equipment to help haul large logs to the disposal area. The green ash tree logs removed during the day were separated so that veterans could come to the VA and utilize the wood for firewood.

At the end of the day, about 40 trees were pruned and removed and the debris was cleaned up.

Trustees from New York AA visit Helena

Christine Carpenter and Nancy McCarthy, both Class A Trustees visiting from Alcoholics Anonymous’ national office in New York, met with Helena-area professionals Sept. 20.

Class A Trustees are nonalcoholics who have experience working in an occupation that brings them in contact with those who suffer from alcoholism. Seven Class A Trustees serve on the corporate board of Alcoholics Anonymous, a nonprofit corporation and, by virtue of being nonalcoholic, are able to provide the organization with identifiable names and faces to help its public outreach efforts.

Carpenter and McCarthy stopped in Helena as part of a seven-city “barnstorming” trip across Montana during which they met with professionals from the fields of corrections, treatment, legal and judicial, human resources, the military and the clergy, among others. Their visits are intended to help build relationships and to “Bridge the Gap” between the clients of those professionals and the life-saving program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Carpenter is an attorney who served as a judge on the Boon County Adult Drug Court for over 15 years, which is where she first became involved with AA. McCarthy has served in various positions with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole, assisting with numerous drug and alcohol programs.

Professionals interested in learning more about Alcoholics Anonymous or the Bridging the Gap Program can visit AA.org, and btgchair@aa-montana.org.

Talking Saints open season with 35 awards

The Carroll College Talking Saints opened their season by earning more than 35 awards at two early tournaments at home and in Powell, Wyoming.

The new Carroll first-years competed in the Carroll Teaching Tournament on Sept. 13-15, sweeping the top three awards in novice debate and also winning five speaker awards. The experienced Carroll teams served as judges and hosts for visiting schools from South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

Stefan Fiandeiro of San Jose, California, and Brady Clark of Madison, Wisconsin, won debate on a narrow split-decision over teammates Roisin O’Neill of Portland, Oregon, and Hellie Badaruddin of Missoula. Finishing third were Rylie Weeks of Kalispell and Vinny Gallardo of Butte. Vinny, Hellie and Ryan Vosen of Kalispell tied for second-best speaker in the event.

A week later in Powell, Wyoming, Sept. 20-21, the upperclass squad, along with four first-years, warmed up by winning 30 awards at the Trapper Rendezvous at Northwest College. Carroll won the second-place sweepstakes award, finishing a close second to the University of Utah.

All five Carroll debate teams were among the eight teams advancing to the semifinals in debate. Carroll finished second, third and fourth in British Parliamentary debate, with a team from Idaho State winning the event. Carroll speakers won seven speaker awards in debate, with sophomore Taylor Potts of Great Falls honored as the tournament’s top speaker.

The Carroll team of Badaruddin and O’Neill was the top novice debate team, and also earned a spot in the open debate semifinals.

Led by Teigen Tremper, a junior from Whitefish, Carroll also won more than a dozen awards in speech and drama in Powell. Tremper finished second in debate, second in dramatic interpretation, and second in impromptu speaking. She was also a finalist in extemporaneous. Eleanor Ferrone, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, won four awards including a first-place finish in prose interpretation. Senior Michael Fuller of Helena, finished third in both poetry and dramatic interpretation. Potts added a third-place impromptu trophy to set next to her debate awards.

National Guard offers career path, benefits

The Montana Army National Guard’s mission is to provide well-trained and ready soldiers able to deploy to support the state and nation in operational environments at home and abroad. Army National Guard soldiers serve in support of civil authorities during domestic emergencies (natural and man-made disasters) as well as serving as an operational reserve in support of contingency operations around the globe.

Most Army National Guard Soldiers serve one weekend per month and two weeks per year to maintain training and readiness to execute their state and federal missions. While most guardsmen are part-time soldiers who pursue civilian education and careers, there are many full-time opportunities available for current members.

The MTARNG has units in communities across the state and career opportunities for both enlisted and officers in the following fields: infantry, armor, aviation, logistics, engineers, intelligence, medical, communications, military police, chemical and human resources.

Service in the Army National Guard offers education benefits, healthcare coverage and competitive pay. Contact your nearest Montana Army National Guard Recruiter or visit www.montanaguard.net to see if you qualify.

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