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The Bitterroot Aquatic Center was established about 18 years ago when a $1.8 million bond and levy were passed for construction of the facility. In 2006, another levy was passed for $100,000 to cover the rising costs of operations. Now, according to the center’s manager Fern Schreckendgust, the center is ready, if not over-ready, for an upgrade and the time is ripe since the first bond is set to be paid off next year. According to Schreckendgust, the number of people and organizations using the pool has steadily increased over the years to the point that it is difficult to

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By Michael Howell Tiny, a huge Belgian draft horse that was rescued by Jasmin Shinn (center) of 1 Horse At A Time Draft Horse Rescue, is now happy to spend time visiting with residents and staff of Discovery Care Centre in Hamilton, bringing them great pleasure. Christin Rzasa photo.

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To say that the prospects for Tiny’s future have changed over the past 18 months would be an understatement, yet the essential purpose of this draft horse’s life has remained the same. A giant of a Belgian, Tiny was bred to haul and deliver goods for his human handlers, but these days, what he delivers is a thousand times lighter and infinitely more important. Thanks to the kindness and

determination of one Bitterroot Valley resident and the charitable organization she created, Tiny now delivers smiles—and a whole lot more. On a recent afternoon, Tiny and his handler, Jasmin Shinn (of 1 Horse At A Time Draft Horse Rescue, a 501(c)3 charitable organization), stopped in to visit with the staff and residents of Discovery Care Centre in Hamilton. Despite a chilly wind sweeping out of Blodgett Canyon and low clouds threatening rain,

the less-than-desirable weather failed to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm. At 18.2 hands tall (a little over 6 feet at his shoulder), Tiny towered over the residents and even Shinn. Several people remarked on the enormous size of his hooves—“I wonder what size shoes he wears…”—and his calm demeanor—“He’s so QUIET!” For nearly an hour, the gentle giant’s presence under the portico at the Centre’s entrance was magnetic. Staff members and residents alike came and went in a

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steady stream. Aside from being occasionally distracted by the verdant lawn surrounding the patio area, Tiny patiently greeted each admirer, cautiously investigating the faces and laps of the crowd, many of whom were wheelchair-bound and wrapped in blankets against the cold. He carefully nuzzled the “cookies” they offered and tolerated endless pats and strokes to his face and muzzle. See HORSE, page 3

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He said the cost of these projects continues to go up and if put off will become more expensive down the road. According to Finance Officer Craig Shepherd, the Cost of Living rate hikes will generate an additional water usage revenue of $13,349 and additional base rate revenue of $18,169 for a total increase in charges of $31,518. Sewer usage with a COLA increase will add $11,272 in additional revenue and the increase in the base rate will generate an additional $16,414 for a total increase of $27,686. The council approved the annexation of a 69.96 acre parcel located along the river south of River Park and changed the property’s zoning classification to See HAMILTON, page 4

In search of roadkill By Michael Howell

A few citizen scientist volunteers were out collecting data along Highway 93 in the Bitterroot last week documenting the number and kinds of animals

Stevensville third graders Afton Fleck, 9, and Cora Masar, 8, proudly display their entries in the ever-popular Pumpkin Contest that was part of the Scarecrow Festival on First Friday. Afton said his entry, which appeared to be somewhat of a self-portrai, was named “Deadly Scarecrow.” Cora went for a mushroom motif. Victoria Howell photo.

At its last meeting in September, the Hamilton City Council approved increases to the monthly base rate charge and usage charge for both water and wastewater. Each will increase by 2.4%. The new rates became effective on September 25. Public Works Director Donny Ramer stated in a memo that small incremental increases in the water and sewer rates on a regular basis were preferable to putting off any rate increases until a large increase was required to meet the rising costs involved in the services. He said the Public Works Department was working on replacement projects throughout the water and sewer systems to try and minimize the long-term maintenance and operation costs.

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Citizen scientist cyclists Heather Hicks, Elise Rose and Ben Goldfarb were out in search of roadkill along Highway 93 last week as part of the Montana Connectivity Project. The volunteers were paired up with FWP on the project by a group called Adventure Scientists that pairs outdoor enthusiasts with research scientists. Michael Howell photo.

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needed family changing rooms will be added. A new entrance is also planned so that people can enter the pool area to watch their children or grandchildren without having to pass through the bathroom/changing rooms. Office space, which currently does not exist, will be added, providing a space for lifeguard classes and CPR training. Schreckendgust said that the center was literally busting at the seams with activity. All the program time for pool use is always full, leaving people competing for time and space at the facility. She said the remodeled facility would provide opportunities for additional programming including kayaking, scuba diving, and deep water running. Although used by people living all over the county, the center was established as a Park District basically covering the Hamilton and Corvallis School Districts. Voters are being asked to approve a $5,840,000 (11.84 mills) construction bond as well as a $350,000 (9.23 mills) operating levy. If passed, the owner of home with an assessed value of $100,000 would see a tax bill of about $15.98 a year for the bond and $12.46 for the operational levy. The term of the bond is 20 years.


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With cold and flu season here, it’s important to make health a top priority. Ravalli County Public Health is helping communities prepare for the upcoming flu season by offering flu vaccines to children, adults, and seniors. The Centers for Disease Control recommends vaccination against influenza for all people over 6 months of age by the end of October. The flu shot protects you and it protects those around you. Flu can be especially serious in seniors, young children, pregnant women, and people with conditions like asthma and diabetes. During the 2018-2019 influenza season, a total of 13,576 cases, 767 hospitalizations, and 38 deaths (one pediatric) due to influenza were reported from all but one county in Montana. There were 569 reported cases in Ravalli County. Peak influenza activity occurred during the week ending February 23, 2019. The majority of influenza outbreaks were reported in long-term care facili-

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state doing these roadkill surveys. Making the ride through the Bitterroot last Thursday, were local cyclist Heather Hicks and Spokane wildlife enthusiast Elise Rose accompanied by award-winning environmental journalist, Ben Goldfarb. Goldfarb is researching a book about the science of road ecology and how roads affect the natural world. The data on roadkill, as well as detailed environmental observations, will be submitted to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Department of Transportation to aid in their

ties and schools. According to Angelia Allen, Public Health Director for Ravalli County, “We only get reports on the individuals that go into the doctor and test positive for the flu. We can comfortably say we only see the tip of the iceberg for disease activity. This means that there is more flu activity occurring in our community than what the numbers report. The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get the influenza vaccine, practice good hand washing, and staying home when sick.” Healthy children 6 months through 8 years of age getting flu vaccine for the first time should get two shots, one month apart. A seasonal flu vaccine walkin clinic will be held Thursday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. “We will be offering vaccines for everyone 6 months and older,” said Allen. They will also be offering the high-dose flu vac-

cine for individuals 65 years and older. “This vaccine is made with four times the amount of antigen, giving older adults a better immune response.” You can also call (406)3756672 to schedule an appointment at the Public Health office, located at 205 Bedford Street, Suite L, Hamilton. Vaccinations by appointment are available Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary for Walk-in Wednesday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Most insurance plans are accepted and pay full cost for the flu vaccine. Check with your insurance company first to verify coverage. The cost for the seasonal flu vaccination without insurance is $10. The flu vaccine is free for Medicare recipients. Cash, check or insurance is accepted. It’s never too late to protect yourself and those around you. Visit Public Health or call your healthcare provider for more information about the flu vaccine.

efforts at protecting wildlife. According to Hicks, more than 365 million animals are killed, 29,000 humans injured, and $8.4 billion in damages is incurred every year in the United States as a result of wildlife-vehicle collisions and Montana has the secondhighest incidence in the nation. From 2019 to 2022, Adventure Scientists volunteers will cycle 11,000+ miles of Montana’s roads, recording all roadkill they encounter “Our partners at the Montana Department of Transportation and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will use the data to add value to a suite of other data sources to make informed decisions on the planning and

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NOTICE OF PARK DISTRICT BOND ELECTION AND MILL LEVY ELECTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Park District Commission (the “Commission”) of Ravalli County Park District No. 2, Ravalli County, Montana, also known as the Bitterroot Aquatic Center (the “District”), that pursuant to a resolution duly adopted at a meeting of the Commission of the District on July 19, 2019, a special election of the registered voters of the District will be held in conjunction with the general election on November 5, 2019, for the purpose of voting on (1) the question of whether the District shall be authorized to issue and sell general obligation park district bonds of the District in the aggregate principal amount of up to Five Million Eight Hundred Forty Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($5,840,000) for the purpose of paying the costs of designing, constructing, equipping, and furnishing improvements to the Bitterroot Aquatic Center, including enclosing the existing outdoor lap pool and splash pad; remodeling and enlarging locker room and bathrooms; constructing an addition to include a family bathroom, entry space and office space; updating pump room equipment; making site improvements; related amenities and improvements (the “Project”), and paying costs associated with the sale and issuance of the bonds; and (2) the question of whether the District shall be authorized to levy permanently 9.3 mills per year, currently producing approximately $350,000 annually, in addition to the existing mill levy of the District, to be used by the District to pay for the operation and maintenance of Bitterroot Aquatic Center, as improved by the Project. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate or rates to be determined at the time of sale and be payable semiannually during a term of not more than twenty (20) years. Assuming a 20-year term and an annual interest rate of 4.50%, it is estimated that, as of the date hereof, the mill levy to repay the bonds would add approximately $15.98 annually in property taxes to a home in the District valued at $100,000 and approximately $31.96 annually in property taxes to a home in the District valued at $200,000. A levy of 9.3 mills pursuant to the mill levy election, as of the date hereof, would add approximately $12.56 annually in property taxes to a home in the District valued at $100,000 and approximately $25.11 annually in property taxes to a home in the District valued at $200,000. If either question fails to gain sufficient voter approval to pass, then the Commission will not proceed with either the issuance of the bonds to finance the Project or the establishment of the mill levy pursuant to the mill levy election. The elections will be conducted solely by mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible qualified electors in the District on October 18, 2019, and, to be counted, must be returned by each voter, to the Ravalli County Election Administrator’s Office by mail or in person to the Ravalli County Election Administrator, Ravalli County, 215 S 4th St, Suite C, Hamilton, Montana 59840, during regular business hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), weekdays (exclusive of holidays), October 21, 2019 through November 4, 2019, or between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 5, 2019. 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The chatter was non-stop, and conversations ranged from horses the staff members now own to those that residents had known in past lives. Discovery resident Tim Burks raised Quarter Horses when he lived in California. He commented knowledgeably on Tiny’s physical attributes, reminisced about the pleasures—and pains—of horse breeding, and joked with his friend, Jerry Anderson, about the logistics of getting up on Tiny’s back (“…a slingshot and a two-by-four…”). Anderson himself team-roped in rodeos around the Northwest for about fifteen years in his younger days. One woman talked about raising Arabian horses and another spoke fondly of feeding treats to a neighbor’s Tennessee Walking Horses. During the visit, Shinn answered a hundred questions about Tiny, mainly regarding his upkeep and his past. It was arthritis in his back legs that brought an end to the nineteen-year-old’s career as a carriage horse in Wisconsin, according to Shinn. “He was having problems with his hind legs—he was in pain—so he couldn’t…do his job any more, for as much as they were asking of him.” Tiny was then sold to a guest ranch in Montana, but he is what’s known as a “hard keeper,” and his new handlers found it difficult to keep weight on him. Shinn explains, “They had so many horses…they usually don’t do pain management,” and the pain exacerbated by his labor kept him from eating as much as he needed. The ranchers sent Tiny to the auction in Billings, which is where Shinn found him. She bid actively against a “kill-buyer” (an agent who buys horses for the meat market) and ended up paying “…a lot of money for a rescue horse.

They [the kill-buyers] take these big draft horses and they fly them to Japan—the Japanese pay a lot of money for them—for the meat.” Since the mission of 1 Horse At A Time is to “save…draft horses from going to slaughter,” Tiny was a perfect candidate. When he arrived at the Rescue, Tiny was in very poor condition. He was considerably underweight and suffering from arthritis in his stifles and osteoporosis in his spine. “The first couple of weeks he was with us,” Shinn says, “he was just lying down all the time because he was in pain…” As they do with all the horses that pass through their facility, the Rescue group first took Tiny to be evaluated by a veterinarian to identify his physical issues and determine whether they could be addressed using both conventional and alternative medicine. Employing the help of an equine cranial sacral therapist, an equine chiropractor and an acupuncturist—and plenty of pasture rest and good feed—Shinn and her group were able to improve the big Belgian’s quality of life dramatically. Tiny has since become the “face” of the Rescue and its ambassador to the Bitterroot Valley. In working with the draft horses over the past two years, Shinn recognized the positive effect their presence had on her own well-being, despite the tremendous amount of work running a rescue represents. “There’s a lot behind the scenes that people don’t see when they [look at] the pictures on Facebook,” Shinn says. “It’s a lot of work but I enjoy doing it. I do it for [the horses], and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, but at the end of the day—or at the beginning of the day—I go out there and say, ‘Hello, my treasures!’ It just immediately puts a smile on my face…and that’s why I do it…” Shinn and the Rescue group

thought that bringing joy to others would be a perfect new ‘career’ for Tiny. “Because I have all these draft horses…I know they have a therapeutic benefit,” Shinn explains. “Just from the ground— seeing them and touching them and being around them—I thought would be great. If I can come out to a senior home [like Discovery Care]…and put some smiles on some faces and make some people happy…That’s what I want to see.” Tiny appeared to enjoy the outing almost as much as the humans he visited. The Rescue’s goal is to find “safe, loving homes” for the draft horses they acquire, and since its inception, the rescue has re-homed over twenty draft horses (with a couple more “in the works”). But Tiny is a permanent resident at the Popham Lane facility, and Shinn hopes to keep him busy in his new vocation for as long as it works for him. He greeted shoppers at Murdoch’s in Hamilton last winter and visitors to the Daly Mansion during Daly Days in July. Shinn is hoping to coordinate more visits with therapeutic organizations around the valley and is currently planning an open house at the Rescue—“Beer and Brats at the Barn”—at the end of October. Interested parties can contact her organization through their website, www.1horseatatime. com, or on their Facebook page, 1 Horse At A Time Draft Horse Rescue. Besides monetary donations, Shinn said the Rescue also welcomes volunteers, not only to help with the physical work of caring for the horses, but even to spend time petting and grooming them. “Come brush them and get to know them!” Shinn urges. If you happen to see a giant draft horse around town, it’s likely just Tiny, delivering another payload of smiles.


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Putin gets what he wants, at USA expense By Bob Williams, Stevensville

What follows are gatherings of one person asleep at the switch, until Lavrov, Kislyak, and their recoding equipment got into our White House. July 2016, the GOP approves a Paul Manafort promoted, new platform plank, with no USA financed weapons in Ukraine, against Putin’s continuing intrusions into Ukraine territory by Russian military, artillery, and tank forces. 2016, Donald Trump campaigns to reduce impediments between USA and Russia. January 2017, soon after inauguration, without the State Department, President Trump and insiders draft substance of deal to remove Congressional sanctions laid against Russia. Costly, burdensome sanctions in response to Putin’s Kremlin wrongful annexation of Crimea, away from Ukraine, in April, 2014. January 2017, high ranking USA intelligence officials conclude: Russian Federation operatives reporting to Putin, interfered in our 2016 Presidential Election to favor Donald Trump. May 10, 2017, in surprise meeting in Oval Office, Putin’s Foreign Minister Lavrov, and then Ambassador to USA Kislyak, are assured by Trump that he is not concerned about Putin’s interference with our 2016 USA Presidential Election. Starting in 2017, Putin meets five times with President Trump, who never makes a deal with Putin to not interfere with our USA Elections. March 2018, the same Mercer financed institute that produced the soon debunked book “Clinton Cash�, produces poorly researched book, “Secret Empires�, smearing the Bidens about corruption in Ukraine in 2014. Late 2018, in New York also in Europe, Rudy Giuliani discusses Biden conspiracy theories with former Ukrainian prosecutors dismissed for being soft on corruption; Shokin, and Lutsenko. Early 2019, major USA newspapers report Giuliani’s ongoing contacts with shady, corrupt Ukrainians positioned by Russian interference with Ukraine 2004 elections. March 2019, Giuliani, longtime legal aid friend of wealthy, proRussian affiliates, and entangled, and likely financed by a few Ukrainians, “routes� to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a long document, theorizing wrongdoings by Joe Biden, also the American Ambassador to Ukraine. Trump and Pompeo may accept that long document as believable. Trump hears the Ambassador was undermining Giuliani’s attempts to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. In May, Pompeo recalls the USA Ambassador to Ukraine. April 7, 2019, Giuliani goes on Fox TV demanding that USA DOJ investigate corrupt dealings by Democrats in Ukraine. April 25, President Trump calls in to the Fox-Hannity show, calling on USA AG Barr to investigate Biden corruption in Ukraine. Mid-summer 2019, most major USA newspapers report evidence debunking theorized corruption by Joe Biden in Ukraine in 2014. In 2019, it’s reported that Putin interfered to some degree with every one of our 2016 State Elections. One of Mueller’s key findings relates to 2016 Trump Campaign internal polling data, being shared by Trump top deputy Campaign Director with an agent of an agent of Putin. July 25, 2019, President Trump by phone asks President Zelensky of Ukraine, to interfere with the 2020 USA Election cycle, work with the USA DOS and take calls from Giuliani and AG Barr, to investigate and seek evidence against Joe Biden, that would be used to prosecute, maybe smear, the top contender against President Trump. On the call, President Trump threatened to continue to withhold a quarter of a billion dollars of USA military aid, that the Pentagon, also the State Department, intended to help Ukraine defend against Putin’s attacks on eastern Ukraine. White House lawyers wrongfully sought to hide the call. National Security lawyers intervened to hide a record of that call. The Administration tried to hide that call from scrutiny by Congress. September 30, 2019, in early morning, I submitted 250 words of


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this article to the Ravalli Republic for consideration for a LTE. More importantly, USA AG William Barr flew to Italy, and the UK, to discover evidence that might discredit some of the intelligence findings Mueller relied on. Of course, the 428-page Mueller report concludes: “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 Presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.� USA AG William Barr, and John H. Durham, leader of DOJ inquiry into Mueller investigation origins, end run around USA Intelligence Officers, risked certain consequences harmful to the USA, to obtain open door with any Italian intelligence gathering operation. Unfortunately, we know only, that in private quarters, Barr watched an old tape, of long controversial, Joseph Mifsud. October 1, in Italy, Secretary of State Pompeo admits he was in on the 7/25 Trump-Zelensky conversation. October 2, 2019 State Department Inspector General Steve Linick warns of the mysterious package, delivered six months ago, with calligraphy indicating a forwarding address from the White House, and addressed to Secretary Pompeo and “Ruth�, and containing reportedly 40 pages of material. Giuliani admits some of the pages are material of his own creation, claiming that he as whistleblower disclosed corruption by Joe Biden. Bob Menendez, top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee, hammers that the pages “are long debunked theories and false statements� about the Ukraine Ambassador, and Joe Biden. House Oversight and Reform Committee member Jeremy Raskin sums it up. The pages are full of “disinformation and conspiracy theories.� Social media propaganda spreads much faster than factual news, and since “Secret Empires� tens of millions of Americans have long been repeating the recurring theme, become meme, become smear imagery that Joe Biden was doing crooked things in Ukraine. Giuliani, with one American financier, and business dealings with certain Russians, and certain Ukrainians, grossly ignored the facts, and theorized stories that Pompeo, Barr, and Trump have bought into. However, Giuliani was not investigating corruption, but instigating corruption, when he and others tried to force Ukrainian politicians to appoint wealthy GOP contributors to inside positions of the Ukrainian national natural gas company. There’s also tragedy in our President so coveting re-election that he leaned heavily on Zelensky, to interfere with the USA 2020 Election. Deep tragedy, with some irony, that our President was relying on fake news manufactured by Giuliani and associates domestic also foreign. And for me, dark national tragedy, when gasping at twisted truth uprights, sitting on a foundation with narrow footings and soft corners. That describes the Giuliani theorized material I have encountered in researching this article. Consider these ominous words from 2013-17 National Security Adviser Susan Rice: “Our domestic political divisions are, in fact, at the moment, our greatest national security vulnerabilities.� Will Trump Syria policy, like Trump Ukraine policy, help Putin get what he wants?

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Public Institutional. The land was purchased by the Bitterroot Land Trust with the intention of adding it to the city’s system of public parks. City Planner Matthew Rohrbach told the council that the goal of the zoning change and annexation was to transfer the land to the city’s park system as a natural park. Some improvements are planned to improve access and use of the area by installing a fenced driveway into a parking area, a toilet, a bridge over the ditch for non-motorized access and some signage. The approval of the annexation and zoning change are conditioned on adoption of an agreement on the best manner of incorporating the area into the city’s park system without a con-

servation easement as was used in the case of Steve Powell Park and a management plan for maintaining and operating the park as a natural area. The vote to approve the annexation and zoning change was unanimous. The council also passed a resolution establishing Residential Only Parking areas in the 700 block of South 4th Street and the 300 block of Baker Street. The council awarded a contract to Nelson Tree Service for tree removal and pruning. The cost of the contract is capped at $24,990 and is covered by a 2018 DNRC Urban Forestry grant. The council also approved the installation of Little Free Libraries in the city’s parks. The meeting date for the regularly scheduled council meeting for November 5 was changed to take place on Monday, November 4 due to a conflict.

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Library adds new Flipster digital magazine service Patrons of North Valley Public Library in Stevensville will be able to access 71 digital magazines using Flipster starting on November 1. Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library. North Valley Library is able to provide you with this new digital resource, thanks to the Montana legislature reinstating State Aid funding through 2023. North Valley Public Library has Flipster versions of magazines such as Acres U.S.A, Astronomy, Atlantic Audubon, Backyard Poultry, Birds & Blooms, Car & Driver, Consumer Reports, Cosmopolitan, Discover, Eating Well, Field & Stream, Gun Digest, Mother Jones, National Review, Newsweek, Outdoor Life, Plane & Pilot, Readers’ Digest, Rolling Stone and more so patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to Android phones and tablets, Apple phones and tables, and Kindle Fire

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tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere. Flipster offers an easy, browse-able reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links for quick access to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability. Library Director Denise Ard says, “This is a way for our library to offer 77 additional magazine titles that we do not have room to display at the library. With our subscription, you also have access to back copies. We are offering magazines on all topics and interests. It is fun to browse magazines on a tablet and convenient to take a screen shot of information you need rather than take notes.�


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Hamilton Senior Center activities

Monday: Lunch 11:45 a.m.12:30 p.m., Toenail Care by appt. 1st & last week; Bingo 1st & 3rd week, 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday: Toastmasters 6:30-8 a.m.; Western Line Dancing 10-11 a.m.; Clogging 1-4 p.m. Wednesday: Lunch 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Bridge for Fun, 10 a.m.; Bridge 1-5 p.m. Thursday: Stretch Exercise 9-10 a.m. Friday: Line dancing 10-11:30 a.m.; Lunch 11:45 a.m.12:30 p.m.; Pinochle 1st, 3rd & 5th weeks, 1 p.m. Saturday: Flea market, 2nd week, Sept-May 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Special Bingo 1st week, Oct-May, 12 noon; Sunday: Bridge 1-5 p.m. For info: 363-5181.

Stevi Senior Center activities

Monday-Friday: Free coffee, 8-11 a.m., Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Monday: Bridge, 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: Exercise class, 10-11 a.m. Tuesday: Quilters, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday: Paint with Sue, 1-3 p.m. (1:30 on 3rd Wednesday) Every Other Wednesday: Fiddlers at Lunch 3rd Wednesday: Special Birthday Lunch, 12 noon, with music. Blood pressures taken. 1st & 3rd Friday: Cribbage, 3-5 p.m. Friday: Pinochle, 12:15; Monday & Saturday, 7 p.m. For more information call the Center at 777-5681.

Victor Senior Center activities

Monday-Friday - Men’s Coffee, 8 a.m. Monday-Friday - Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Includes main course, salad bar, dessert, beverage. Donation 60 and over $3.50, under 60 $6 (RSVP 642-3320) Tuesdays: Bingo, 6 p.m. Wednesdays: Pinochle with snacks, 7 p.m. Fridays - Ladies’ Coffee, 10 a.m. Everyone welcome. Victor Senior Center is located at 246 5th Avenue.

Florence senior lunches

Lunch is available through the Council on Aging for senior citizens and others in the Florence area on Mondays at the Florence Fire Hall. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m. Prices are: 60 and over $3.50, under 60 - $6.00. For more information, call the Council on Aging at 363-5690.

Lolo senior lunches

Lolo senior lunch group (60+) meets Thursday at 11 a.m. at local restaurants for food, friendship and fun. There is a $4 voluntary contribution but no one is turned away. Congregate lunches

through MAS and CBS. Call 9262135 to schedule your lunch.

Golden Agers

The Golden Age Club is located at 727 S. 5th in Hamilton. The club’s business meeting is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. All members are asked to attend to review activities and plan new ones. Cake and ice cream is served. Card games (pinochle, multibid racehorse) are played on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday and 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 1 p.m. There is a $2 charge per person. Exercise classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. Blood pressure is checked every third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. Guests are welcome. The hall is also available for members to use for personal activities. A monetary donation to cover hall expenses is expected. For more information call 363-0142.

AA meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the following times and places: Monday: 7 p.m., Spirit of Christ Catholic Church, 5475 Farm Land Road, Lolo Tuesday: 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish basement, 333 Charlo Street, Stevensville Wednesday: Big Book Study Meeting, 7 p.m., St. Joseph Mission, 224 Linder Street, Florence Thursday: 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish basement, 333 Charlo Street, Stevensville Friday: Discussion Meeting, 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mission, 224 Linder Street, Florence 3rd Saturday: Women’s Group, 9:30 a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 224 Linder Street, Florence Sunday: Big Book Study Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Victor Senior Center, 243 5th Ave. Check for local meetings by calling the hotline 1-888-607-2000 or by visiting www.aa-montana. org.


Stevensville Al-Anon Group meets each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the small dining room at the Living Centre, 57 Main Street. Anyone who is affected by the compulsive drinking of a relative or friend is invited. For more information call 239-0878.

Narcotics Anon

Narcotics Anonymous meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Parish Center, 411 S. 5th, Hamilton (north entrance).

Free Indeed

Free Indeed, a faith-based addiction support group, meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 230 3rd Avenue in Victor. Contact Donald Layman at 203-8579 or Pastor Jim Landis at 642-9849.

Gamblers Anon

Gamblers Anonymous meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, 411 S.

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Overeaters Anon

Overeaters Anonymous meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church (west door), 1220 W. Main, Hamilton. For more information call 3632512.

Morning TOPS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a weight loss support group, meets in Stevensville every Thursday at the Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck Street. Weigh-in starts at 8 a.m. and meetings start at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are fun while learning to eat healthier and lose some pounds. Guests are always welcome. Call Becky at 642-6368 or Margie at 375-5439 for more information. Check out the website at www.

Evening TOPS

The evening TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Kootenai Creek Village Clubhouse. For information call Judy Burke at 777-2743.

Exercise classes

The following sessions, all by donation, are held at St. Francis Pastoral Center, 411 S. 5th: Mondays: Zumba Gold & Chair Zumba, 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays: Chair Yoga, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays: Zumba Gold, 1st, 3rd, 4th Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays: Tai Chi, 4 p.m. Fridays: Tai Chi, 1 p.m. Indoor Walking: Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m.12 noon. Please log in, 16 laps is a mile!

WIC clinics

Ravalli County WIC is a nutrition education program that serves pregnant, post-partum, and breastfeeding women, children from birth to age 5 and women whose pregnancies have ended early. WIC also welcomes dads, grandparents, and foster families. The WIC program is offered In Hamilton Monday through Thursday 8:30-4:30 at 205 Bedford Street, Suite P, District Courthouse Building in Hamilton. The Stevensville clinic is open on Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church, 216 College Street in Stevensville. The Victor Clinic is the second Tuesday of the month at the Victor Nazarene Church. The Darby clinic is open every month on the third Monday of the month at the Darby Library. Income guidelines are 1-$23,107; 2- $31,284; 3-$39,461; 4-$47,638; 5-$55,815. For each additional family member add $8,177. Call 406-802-7180 for more information or see on Facebook; www.


Soroptomist International of Hamilton invites you to join them at their meetings the first and second Thursday of every month, at noon, at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Soroptomist is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. For more information, contact Dixie Dies at 961-4812.

Lions Club

The Hamilton Lions Club welcomes you to attend its meetings the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. The club strength – besides being low key and getting a lot done – is helping provide assistance for glasses and hearing aids in Ravalli County. Contact Dixie Dies, 406-3810922, for more information.

BPL storytime

It’s never too early to introduce your baby or toddler to the wonderful world of books and reading. Together you will discover the joy of songs, finger plays, simple books and bouncing rhymes. The toddler storytime for babies through age 2 meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library. Toddler storytime lasts approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call 363-1670.

DCPL storytime

Learning to read begins before children start school. Your public library promotes early literacy and social development with weekly programming for children. The Darby Community Public Library offers a weekly Children’s Story Time every Tuesday at 11 a.m. for all children under five years old with a caregiver. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play at your library, 101-1/2 S. Marshall St. Call 821-4771 or email: staff@ for information.

NVPL storytime

Story Time is an enriching early learning program for toddlers and preschoolers that takes place on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the North Valley Public Library’s Community Room. Each week has a different theme, and children can listen to entertaining stories, participate in fun songs and learning activities, and create a cool craft! Each Story Time includes a healthy snack and some time to play with new friends. Older and younger siblings are always welcome. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call 406-7775061 or visit northvalleylibrary. org. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Sapphire Quilters The Sapphire Quilt Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Stevensville Senior Center, 100 Mission Street. Join this fun group of people to learn about quilting. Beginner to expert quilters welcome. For more information call Anna Arntz at 707-481-3233.

Fiber Arts Guild

Big Sky Fiber Arts Guild meets the last Saturday of every month. If you are a wool spinner or work with fibers, contact Marty at 777-2421 for location or information or visit

Knitters Guild

The Knotty Knitters Guild of the Bitterroot meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Yarn Center, 110 Pinckney Street, Hamilton. This knitters guild is friendly, fun, and includes knitters of all levels, from beginners to master knitters. All are welcome.

Doll Club

The Bitterroot Blizzard Doll Club meets monthly, usually the second Thursday of the month, to share a passion for dolls, bears, toys, miniatures and paper dolls. Members rotate hosting the meeting so call or email for the time and location of the next meeting. Contact Kay Schrader, 406-3607214, schrader1501@blackfoot. net.

Model train club

The Bitterroot Valley Model Railroaders (BVMRR) run their trains in the basement of the Kohl Building, downtown Stevensville on the First Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m., or by special request. The club has added two new displays to its layout site: a new roller coaster and a new carnival ride. These additions should be particularly enjoyed by smaller children. If interested in joining the club, contact Tony Oberting at 273-0006.

Radio Club

The Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club meets on the third Monday of every month at BJ’s

Restaurant in Hamilton starting at 7 p.m. Come early and enjoy a meal and fellowship.

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Draft Horse and Mule Club

The Bitterroot Draft Horse and Mule Club meets every second Monday of every other month at 7 p.m. at Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck Street, Stevensville. Members drive everything from mini, to mule, to draft horse. Haven’t driven but would like to learn? This is the club for you! Don’t have a horse but would like to get involved? There is always welcome help and there is always a spot on a wagon somewhere. Members do rides as well and have events scheduled throughout the year. For more information call Claudia at 406642-3477.

Three Mile bingo

Bingo is held every first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Three Mile Community/Senior Center, 1064 Three Mile Creek Road. Proceeds go to build a new center. For information call 7773710.

Toastmasters Club

Effectively formulate and express your ideas! Bitterroot Toastmasters Club (BTC) meets Tuesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th Street, to support personal development and empower communication and leadership skills. The words we speak convey a great deal! Do you mean what you say when you communicate during a job interview or with your boss, coworkers, and family? Wouldn’t you like to feel more confident, credible, and concise in your speaking presentation? Bitterroot Toastmasters can help! BCT members are given opportunities to wear different hats and fulfill many roles. Visit the website at or call Mike Turner at 406-360-7262 or Jeanine New at 303-929-2430 for more information.

Men’s Bereavement Breakfast

Marcus Daly Hospice sponsors a Men’s Bereavement Support Breakfast on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Marcus Daly Hospice Dining Room. This breakfast creates a special opportunity for men coping with the death of a spouse or loved one to gather and share their journey of healing. Informal discussions are led by a trained Bereavement Facilitator and address such issues as dealing with grief, loneliness, forming new relationships, single parenting. A donation of $3.00 is appreciated for the meal. For more information call Marcus Daly Bereavement Coordinator at 363-6503.

County recycling

The Ravalli County Recycling drop-off site, 759 US Hwy 93 (across from Don’s Home Center) is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and Mondays, 3 to 6 p.m. Call Janice Lee at 360-9895 to volunteer or for more information.

Clothes Closet

The Stevensville Clothes

Sunday Worship AM Worship at 12:0011p.m. In this Church there shall In this Church there shall be no no outcasts. be outcasts. Closet is a non-profit, free store that serves the people of the Bitterroot Valley by accepting donations of children and adult clothing, shoes, linens, small appliances and kitchenware. They then sort, wash and offer the goods free to the community. The Clothes Closet is located at Middle Burnt Fork and ALC way. It is open for shopping and for donations Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The Clothes Closet is especially in need of household goods and clothing. For questions about donations or directions call Gail Fisher at 369-0394 or Molly Hackett at 961-4614.

Family Shelter

The Family Shelter of the Bitterroot meets on the third Friday of each month at 2 p.m. at Canyon View Church, 195 Skalkaho Road. Everyone is welcome.

Breast cancer support group

The Bitterroot Valley breast cancer support group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Daly Leach Memorial Community Room, 1010 W. Main, Hamilton. All are welcome. For information contact Judy Rothie, (406) 564-8613.

Pregnant/new mom groups

Postpartum Support Circle and Baby Bistro (breastfeeding support) meet on the second Thursday of each month and a Prenatal Support Circle meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. All meetings are held at 109 N. 4th St. Suite 104 in Hamilton from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, call Sheehan at 6426527 or email

Dementia Caregiver Group

Are you a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia? You’re invited to join in an informal group on the second Friday each month at 1 p.m. at The Living Center Chapel (second floor), 63 Main, Stevensville to share your concerns and experiences with others in a same or similar situation. If you would like to attend, your loved one is welcome to visit with facility residents with staff supervision during the meeting time. For more information contact Kati Aiken at Ravalli County Council on Aging, 363-5690.

Parkinson’s support group

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Suicide support group

A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 12 noon at Riverfront Mental Health Center, 209 N. 10th, Suite A (blue building), Hamilton. The group is hosted by Ravalli County Suicide Prevention Alliance. For information email: or phone 375-4095.

Family History Libraries

The Family History Center has two locations here in the Bitterroot Valley: Hamilton and Stevensville. Come research your family history with specialists who are happy and ready to assist you in finding your ancestral records. They can also help you organize photos and stories about people in your family tree. The Family History Center has free access to genealogical sites. You are invited to come and have fun discovering your family history at either of the two Family History Center locations. Hamilton Montana Family History Center Located inside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 401 N 8th Street Hamilton, MT 59840. Ring the bell at the WEST entrance for admittance (up high) Tuesday 11am-3pm Wednesday 11am-3pm and 6pm-8pm Thursday 11am-3pm You may call and schedule private or group appointments by calling 406-363-5146 Stevensville Montana Family History Center Located inside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 100 Middle Burnt Fork Road Stevensville, MT 59870. Ring the bell at the EAST entrance for admittance Monday 12pm-4pm Tuesday 9am-4pm Wednesday 6:30pm-9:00pm Thursday 12pm-4pm Friday 12pm-4pm You may call and schedule private or group appointments by calling 406-777-5018.

Music Jam

An acoustic music jam sponsored by the Bitterroot School of Music is held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rooted Music located at 100 Skeels Street, Suite A in Hamilton. All acoustic instruments are welcome as is anyone who would like to sing or just come and enjoy the music. For info contact Rooted Music at 406-363-5491.

Drum Circle

African Drum Circle takes place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Center for Spiritual Life, 328 Fairground Road, Hamilton. Bring your drum, rattles, and other instruments and be part of the fun. No drums? No worries! There are instruments to share. By donation. For information, contact Jerry at 381-7220 ( or on Facebook at CSLBitterroot or visit the website: CSLBitterroot. org.

Meditation Exploration

Experience various meditation techniques, shared by experienced teachers. Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 6:30-8 p.m. at The Center for Spiritual Life, 328 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. By donation. For more information like on Facebook: CSLBitterroot, or visit: Contact Luanne Cathey, 830-4408,

Three Mile Coffee Club Three Mile Coffee Club meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at 1064 Three Mile Creek Road. Everyone is welcome. Good coffee, conversation and get to

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 know your neighbors. All ages welcome. For information call Colleen at 777-3710.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the Victor Volunteer Fire Department support group. This group provides food for the Wednesday evening meetings of the Victor Fire Department. Support group members are responsible for one week per month only. What you decide to make is up to you, serving about 20 people. Soups, stews, casseroles, etc. and a dessert. Call Sharon at 642-3844 for additional information.

North Valley Library board

The North Valley Public Library Board of Trustees meets the third Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. at the library at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. Meetings are open to the public and public input is welcomed. The agenda is posted on the front window of the library and on the library’s website at least 48 hours prior to meetings: https://www.northvalleylibrary. org/docs

Quantum Group

The Quantum Group of the Bitterroot is a group of ordinary people determined to learn about quantum theory. They study relevant material (no equations), discuss it and teach one another this most important field of science. The group meets every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Community Center in Hamilton. New members invited and welcomed. Visit the website at www// Quantumgb or e-mail blaise. favara@gmail or call 363-0683 for more information.


Bitterroot MomLife is a gathering of moms with kids of all ages, meeting twice a month September-May on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Lone Rock Bible Church, 1142 Three Mile Creek Road, Stevensville. Come join in for “grown-up” conversation, brunch, activities, crafts, speakers, Go Deeper discussions and free childcare. For more info call the church office, 777-2592.

Center for Spiritual Life

Center for Spiritual Life holds Sunday Services at 328 Fairgrounds Road, across from Hamilton High School. Come hear inspiring ideas and uplifting music. Meditation begins at 9 a.m., service begins at 9:30 a.m., stay for fellowship in the Social Hall at 10:45 a.m. For further information call Dave Schultz at 381-2355, visit, or on Facebook: CSLBitterroot.

Course in Miracles Study Group

There are now two meeting times for the Course in Miracles study group. Join one of the weekly ongoing and deepening discussions of A Course in Miracles, a journey of spiritual transformation. The morning class meets Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 12 noon; the evening class meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m., both at The Center for Spiritual Life, 328 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. By donation. More information on Facebook at CSLBitterroot, or visit, or call Selma (AM) at 381-6480 or Ken (PM) at 3812067.

Saturday bingo

Special Saturday Bingo is held every third Saturday of the month at Victor Senior Center. Doors open at 12 noon, play at 1 p.m. $1 per card. $1 admission. Must be 18 to play. Snacks and coffee available. Everyone welcome. Call Glenda at 360-3074 for more information.

Socrates Cafe

Socrates Café takes place every other Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room of

the Bitterroot Public Library. Join in the philosophical discussions. Bring questions to be selected and discussed at the meeting. You are invited to examine, learn and think with others. Learn how others view the world. Together generate community, understanding and change together. Tea, coffee and cookies are provided.

Laundry Love Hamilton

Laundry Love Hamilton, a monthly laundry event for homeless and low-income individuals/ families, takes place the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fast & Fluffy, 115 Pine Street, Hamilton. 3 loads per individual/family. Check in with a Laundry Love Hamilton volunteer to sign in and receive your washer card. All laundry detergent, fabric softener and quarters will be supplied by Laundry Love Hamilton. Laundry guests must remain on site. Laundry Love Hamilton is made possible by donations, business sponsorships, fundraisers and volunteers. For more information or to inquire on how your business/organization can help, contact Laundry Love Hamilton by email: laundrylovehamiltonmt@gmail. com.

Pickleball schedule

The courts at the Ravalli County fairgrounds in Hamilton are open Monday and Wednesday from 12-3 and 6-9 (new times). Courts at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton are open Sunday through Wednesday from 9 to 5 for members (members can access nets). Courts at Lewis & Clark Park in Stevensville are available sun-up to sundown seven days a week for Bitterroot Pickleball outdoor members (except Wednesdays 7:30-1 for park watering). Email for more information.

Audubon Calendar sale

The Bitterroot Audubon 2020 Calendar is here! Bitterroot Audubon has the perfect calendar for your family and a perfect gift for you to send to loved ones. It is lightweight, packs easily and shows off the beauty of the Bitterroot so well with some photos of our stunning avian friends that live here. The photos were taken by talented Bitterroot photographers with drawings of birds by Lone Rock 4th graders. The proceeds from calendar sales stay here in the valley for Bitterroot Audubon’s work on conservation, education and scholarship projects. You can’t find another calendar that does that! Help a local non-profit help the valley’s habitat and wildlife! Make sure to get your calendars at the Stevensville Farmers Market and the Hamilton Farmers Market and at these stores: Florence Ace, Eastside Ace, Valley Drug and Variety; Corvallis Merc, Hamilton Gifts, Chapter One, Bitterroot Drug, and Robbins on Main.

Bridge classes

Bridge lessons offered for anyone wanting to learn the game or brush up, having played in the past. Weekly classes start the evening of October 2 and end December 11. Call Pam for more information, 961-3899.

White Ribbon Week volunteers needed

October 20 to 25 is White Ribbon Week in Ravalli County. The White Ribbon Campaign, sponsored by the Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, is a communitywide effort to raise awareness about domestic violence. We all have a role to play in ending violence against women. Wearing a ribbon is a simple way to send the powerful message that we all deserve to live in homes that are safe and free from violence. This year, the Coalition is committed to distributing 10,000 White Ribbons to Ravalli County residents. To meet that goal, your help is needed. Groups of individuals are

needed who are willing to fold and pin White Ribbon cards. For more information, to request ribbons, or to help meet the distribution goal, contact Jamie Ogden or Karissa Carmona at

Literary Paint a Pumpkin Contest

What do you get when you cross a pumpkin with your favorite book character? A literary pumpkin, of course! Decorate and paint a pumpkin to look like your favorite book character. (Sorry, carved pumpkins not accepted.) Enjoy viewing the pumpkins displayed around the library and vote for your favorite. Drop off your pumpkin starting October 1 and no later than October 20 so you can get votes. Voting begins on October 21. Go to the library’s website to see examples! Three winners announced on Halloween. This contest is open to all ages, even adults! North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call 406-777-5061 or visit All library programs are free and open to the public.

Sharing Tree donations needed

Stevensville Sharing Tree is now accepting donations of new warm winter clothing. There is a need for new winter coats, hats, gloves and snow boots for ages 0 to 18 - all sizes. For tax-deductible monetary donations, make checks payable to Sharing Tree and mail to P.O. Box 747, Stevensville MT 59870. If you would like to volunteer, people are needed to help with picking up gifts from the banks and churches this year. Contact Linda Page at 406-2141839 or Beth Perkins at 406-2075748 for more information or to schedule a pick up or drop off.

Holiday bazaar vendors wanted

St. Mary’s Mission Parish will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar & Craft Show on Saturday, November 9th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Center, 333 Charlos, Stevensville. Interested vendors can contact Phyllis Green at bitterrootcraftdesign@gmail. com or text 916-296-3435.

Wed, October 9 BRHA board meeting

The Bitter Root Humane Association will hold their regular monthly business meeting on Wednesday, October 9 at 5 p.m. in the meeting room at Bouilla, 111 S. Third Street, Hamilton. The public is invited to attend.

Square dance lessons

Ray Dunbar will be teaching beginning square dance lessons starting Wednesday, October 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bitterroot College, Hamilton. The Wednesday night classes run through December 4 (no class Nov 27th). No experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to laugh a lot! It is desirable to have a partner. First session of classes will teach you basic moves and then some. You can register at the first class. Cost is $24 per student. Seniors 65+ are free!

Thurs, October 10 Women Newcomer Club

Are you new to the Bitterroot Valley? Have you recently retired? Have you been here for a while and would like to meet new people? If so the Bitterroot Women Newcomer Club welcomes you at their Thursday, October 10 meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the First Christian Church, 328 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. After a business meeting, there will be a tour of the

Bitterroot Aquatic Center. A no host lunch will follow. For more information, call Bonnie at 716773-6106.

Plus level square dance classes

Plus level Square Dance class is held Thursday starting October 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through December 5 (no class Nov 27th). Mainstream knowledge a must to proceed to Plus level. Partner is desirable. Register at Bitterroot College (375-0100) or at first class. For more information, call Ray Dunbar at 370-4414. Cost is $24 per student. Seniors 65+ are free!

Friday, October 11 Ski Patrol Gear Swap

Have outdoor gear you want to sell? Kids outgrowing their gear? Lost Trail Ski Patrol’s 48th Annual Ski/Snowboard/Outdoor Gear Swap will take place Friday and Saturday, October 11 & 12 at Bitterroot College, 103 S. 9th Street in Hamilton. Consign clean, gently used ski, snowboard and all manner of outdoor sports gear on Friday, October 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. and come back Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and shop the amazing bargains. You will find gear for all ages – kids, young adults, adults – with great deals! New this year – make a $25 donation to Lost Trail Ski Patrol and shop one hour before the doors open to the public on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Lost Trail Ski Patrol takes 20% of each sale to fund lifesaving efforts, you keep the rest! Come support the Ski Patrol so they can keep supporting you! Thanks to the Ravalli County Public Health Department and the Rapp Family Foundation, a limited number of free children’s helmets are available on Saturday (free helmets not available during early bird shopping). For more information check out Ski Swap – Lost Trail Ski Patrol on Facebook.

Sat, October 12 Colors of Cancer Fun Run

The annual Colors of Cancer 5K Fun Run hosted by the Daly Hospital Foundation on Saturday, October 12 at the Canyons Athletic Center in Hamilton. All are invited to participate; runners, walkers, strollers, families, and fur friends! Honor your color of cancer and join the fun (costumes encouraged)! Partake in the colorful run, emotional and celebratory Survivor’s Walk, warm-up stretching classes and a high-light of our month-long campaign to raise funds for cancer services at MDMH. Breakfast vendors will be on site. Register online at mdmh. org/give by Tuesday, October 8th to ensure you get a t-shirt. Event Day Schedule: Registration 8:30 a.m., Warm-Up Stretching Classes 8:30 a.m., Race Begins 9 a.m., Emotional and Celebratory Survivor’s Walk 10:30 a.m. Help heighten the awareness of cancer in our community. Proceeds from this event and the others during October will be matched by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and used towards cancer services at the hospital. For more information visit, follow on Facebook or call the Daly Hospital Foundation at 406-375-4674.

Weed District Mud Run

The Ravalli County Weed District is holding its annual 5K Mud Run on Saturday, October 12 from 2 to 11 p.m. at the Hamilton Airport. This year there will also be a huge haunted house, mud wrestling pit, foam pit, glow in the dark paint slide, a pumpkin decorating contest with Amazon gift cards for prizes, a free s’mores and hot chocolate bar and so much more! There is also a kids’ course for the little ones. Over 50 Trapper Creek Job Corps students in costume will be assisting. Proceeds from this event will be used for conservation projects in Ravalli

County. Adult admission is $35.00 and youth (10 and under) are $10.00 each. Get signed up now at or call 406-7775842 for more info.

Weed series

“Rethinking Weeds, from Bothersome to Beneficial” will take place Saturdays, October 12 and 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at North Valley Public Library, 208 Main, in Stevensville. Is the presence of prickly weeds in your yard a nuisance? Tired of picking weeds over and over, just to have them come back? Perhaps a change of perspective is all you need! Join Herbalist Andrea Buchanan for a series that will change the way you view weeds, and possibly even your life! Each class, you will learn about a common weed that grows in the area and discover how it can be a helpful ally. Learn how to harness the plant’s useful properties and medicinal uses (one of them helps relieve pain!) and craft a remedy out of the plant to have on hand to care for you and your family! For more information contact the library at 777-5206.

Irish music benefit concert

“A Night in Ireland” will take place Saturday, October 12 at the Bedford Building, Hamilton. Singer/songwriter Mark Daly, from Cork City, Ireland, will perform in concert. Tickets are $22 per person and include free finger foods. Craft beer and wine will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Canyons Athletic Club in Hamilton, online at hamiltontkd. com or call or text (406) 3605420. Proceeds benefit the Dragon Brigade.

Mon, October 14 Stevi school menu Monday: Breakfast - Blueberry Waffles, fruit & milk; Lunch - Tater-tot Casserole, mixed veggies, fruit cocktail, bread & butter, milk Tuesday: Breakfast - Egg Wraps, fruit & milk; Lunch Chicken Nuggets, tossed salad, apple slices, bread & butter, milk Wednesday: Breakfast Strawberry Pop Tarts, fruit & milk; Lunch - Burrito, black bean & corn salad, Mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk Thursday & Friday: MEA Conference - No school.

Canning class

Canning your Garden Bounty: Safely Preserve Veggies in a Pressure Canner. Monday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Stevensville. Come update your canning methods for safely preserving high acid and low acid food preservation methods. Katelyn Andersen, MSU/Ravalli Extension Agent, will teach the difference between a hot water bath and a pressure canner, top canning mistakes and how to prevent economic loss and botulism. Hands-on experience with afternoon workshop focused on tomatoes. Register online a https:// fall-class-schedule.

Rotary Club

The Hamilton Rotary Club will meet on Monday, October 14 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. The meeting is open to the public, and visitors are welcome. For further Rotary Club information, call 363-2960.

NAMI family support group

Bitterroot NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is sponsoring a support group for family members that have a loved one with mental illness on Monday, October 14 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Cornerstone, 280 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton. If you have a loved experiencing challenging from mental illness come join others to be a part of solving the problems that you are currently having. Facilitated by

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 trained leaders. For more information call Arlene at 239-1708 or Donna at 381-9884.

Green Thumbs Up Green Thumbs Up Garden Club will meet on Monday, October 14 at 2 p.m. in the meeting room of the Hamilton Library. Fall is a good time to care for and store your garden tools. Clean

them up, sharpen as needed, treat wood handles, etc. Speaker Andy Roubik will cover all areas of caring for garden tools. Bring at least one of your favorite garden tools to share with club members and guests; tell why you love it, a source for it, etc. Also to be discussed is what members want/ need to find out about gardening in the Bitterroot Valley for future programs. For further information,

call Jean Israel at 363-5399.

Tues, October 15 Bitterroot Hemp Cooperative

The Bitterroot Hemp Cooperative will hold its monthly general meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ravalli County economic Development

Authority, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. This month’s meeting will cover current activity within the cooperative including the latest updates from the Hemp Advisory board. All BHC owners and interested people are encouraged to attend. For more questions or more information, contact BHC directly at: Bitterroot Hemp Cooperative, 612 N 1st. St, STE 2-188, Hamilton MT 59840, (406)

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Ravalli County Economic Development Authority will hold its regular monthly Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 16 from 2:15 to 2:55 p.m.,

and the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, October 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the RCEDA office, 274 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton. These meetings are open to the public.

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Elks Dinner

The Hamilton Elks Lodge has reopened and Wednesday night dinners will once again be served. The first meal will be on October 16 and includes chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, salad and dessert. The bar opens at 3 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Coffee is also available. The cost is $11 members and $12 nonmembers. Call 363-3031 for more information.

Sat, October 19 4-H Alumni benefit yard sale

4-H Alumni will hold an Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main, Hamilton. A flea market, Christmas items, bake sale, pie and coffee will be featured.

Radio Club

The Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club will host a radio demonstration for Cub Scouts in Florence at the Florence High Scholl Football Field, south end, on Saturday, October 19 at 3 p.m. All volunteers are welcome. The

Train & Toy Show The Hamilton Train & Toy Show will take place Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hamilton Senior Center, corner of Adirondac and N. 4th. Admission is $3; children with parents are free. Model trails, railroad antiques, collectible memorabilia, books and much more will be for sale and trade. Everyone welcome. Plenty of free parking.

Victor senior bingo

Beginning Saturday, October 19th, the Victor Senior Center will be hosting bingo the third Saturday of the month. Doors will open at noon with a $1 admission charge. Bingo will begin at 1 p.m. with $1 per card. Bingo will run through May.

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Sun, October 20 Sustainability Fair The 8th annual Sustainability Fair will be held Sunday, October 20 at Wildwood Brewing, 4018 Hwy 93, Stevensville. Vendors will display their products

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The Elks National Hoop Shoot free throw contest for boys and girls ages 8 through 13 will be held Saturday, October 19 at the Corvallis High School Gym. Registration will be from 9 to 10 a.m. in the gym with the contest shooting to begin at 10 a.m. For more information contact Alan Cosper at (406) 396-6413 or email at “acosper@earth link. net. The Elks National hoop shoot is a free throw contest for both boys and girls ages 8 through 13. Beginning at the local Elks Lodge, winning contestants advance through District, State, Regional and National competition. The program is free to all contestants. The Local Bitterroot Valley Elks Lodge helps sponsor contestants and their families at every level of the competition. One boy and one girl from each division (ages 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13) will win a national title at the National Finals in Chicago and have their names inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Two National champions will receive the Getty Powell Award for the most baskets made during the National Finals. For more information about the contest visit

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‘Colors of Cancer’ kicks off month of events

By Michael Howell

October is Colors of Cancer month in the Bitterroot and it began in earnest last Tuesday at the Colors of Cancer “Food Truck” Lunch held in the Emergency Department parking lot at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Proceeds generated from this Food Truck Lunch and all other Colors of Cancer events during October are donated to the Daly Hospital foundation and matched by Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. According to MDMH marketing director Amy James-Linton,

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Sprinkle Pink campaign was very successful in focusing the community on the need for breast cancer screening, but it became evident quickly that the community needed to become more aware of all kinds of cancer screening that is now available and can help detect many kinds of cancer in the early stages. Just like for breast cancer, there are screening tests for other kinds of cancer, including lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, melanoma of the skin, bladder cancer, kidney and renal pelvis

“With cancer becoming so prevalent,” she said, “it makes it very important for the community to have access to cancer screenings of every sort. We addressed that by expanding Sprinkle Pink into the Colors of Cancer.” Linda Dobbs, an oncology nurse who serves on the Board and had dropped by the Food Truck Lunch, said the event meant a lot to her. “The increased awareness on the part of the public as to what risks are out there and how to manage it, means a lot,” she said, “and coming together as a

The kick-off event for the Colors of Cancer month-long campaign was a Food Truck Lunch held in the parking lot of the Emergency Room Center at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Food vendors including O’leary’s Kitchen, Mineshaft, Red Rooster & Snow-To-Go, Taste of the Old World, Big Sky Grub Truck, Goody Goo Goo Gumdrops and Wings & Things served up delicious goodies and all the proceeds went to one of the color teams competing in the Daly Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraiser. Michael Howell photo. recycle the “funny money” to be used again. “That’s the kind of problem it’s nice to have,” commented Duce. She said another good sign was the number of new teams that had been added, a new Grey Team and a Lime Green Team. More students were getting involved as well. She said that members of the Corvallis Volleyball Team

had formed a Lavender Team and were holding a bake sale. She said Hamilton held a Pink-Out fundraiser. “For me this is all about the grassroots efforts,” said Duce. “People who want to support the hospital and the community. It’s just beautiful. The donations to each color, i.e. each type of cancer,

are earmarked and tracked for expenditure on screening tests or equipment that directly address that type of cancer. Many events are planned throughout the month. Pint Nights are planned at Higher Ground Brewery this Thursday and at Naps restaurant on Saturday. A Wild Windy’s Bake Sale is scheduled at Canyons Athletic Club

Shannon Urso and Mary Woods, both members of the Daly Hospital Foundation Board, are pictured here with one of the Cancer Survivor Quilts that are being auctioned off to raise money for the hospital. Handprints were collected by American Heritage Girls from cancer survivors who participated in the 5K Survivor’s Walk and the May Survivor’s Dinner as well as at the Farmer’s Market. Thirty-six handprints were incorporated into four different throw-sized quilts. Michael Howell photo. the hospital made its first efforts focused on raising money specifically for breast cancer screening in 2011. She said it quickly morphed into the Sprinkle Pink campaign and went community wide in 2012. Breast cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer today. The statistics are staggering. It states on that 271,270 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2018. James-Linton said that the

cancer, and many others. The statistics, again, are startling. It was estimated that in 2018, 1,735,350 new cases of cancer would be diagnosed in the U.S. and 609,640 people would die of the disease. JamesLinton said that one out of every two people alive today will get some form of cancer in their lifetime. This realization led the Marcus Daly Foundation to push to expand Sprinkle Pink into the Color of Cancers campaign.

community to help support those people who have cancer and have to deal with it and need the support system, that’s a wonderful thing.” Marcus Daly Foundation board member Stacie Duce, who helped organize and manage the event, said that the turn-out was great. Things were going so well, in fact, that they had run out of the “funny money” used to keep track of vendor sales. The solution was to tally some of the totals and The public enjoyed an evening of bingo in Stevensville on First Friday, an event planned by the Pink Team, which is raising money to help women afford mammograms and other breast cancer prevention and treatment. Aubrey Howell photo.



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on Wednesday, October 9 and a barbeque is being hosted by Valley Drug in Stevensville the same day. There is a Pink Lady’s Night planned at Hamilton’s Market on Thursday and a Sprinkle Pink Tennis Tournament is set to run Oct. 11-13 at Canyons Athletic Club. Registration has opened for the 5K Fun Run/Survivor’s Walk on Saturday, Oct. 12. An Art and More silent auction is being held at Marcus Daly Hospital on Oct. 24-25. The Turn & Burn Barrel Race is set for Oct. 27 at the Sapphire Event Center in Corvallis. For more information about the upcoming events visit MDMH. org/events and for questions about Color Teams call the Daly Hospital Foundation at 406-375-4874.

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By Jean Schurman Sports Editor

Darby rolls over Troy

Midway through the season, the Darby Tigers are right about where coach Jeff Snavely would like them to be. With a 3-2 record, the Tigers still have to face the stronger half of the conference in the next three games. They will play Flint Creek, Charlo and Mission in the next three weeks. On Friday night, Darby was host to the Troy Trojans. The scoring barrage began just 74 seconds into the game when senior quarterback Nelson Smith raced in for the score.This was after Darby made two quick first downs to get into scoring range. Another minute and a half and Darby scored again, this time on a fourth down and 10 to go. Smith connected with Jordan Anderson for the score. Just 13 second later, after a turnover by Troy, Nelson connected with Anderson again for a 40 yard touchdown pass. Darby continued to roll over Troy and went on to win, 70-16. Nelson completed 10 of 16 passes on Friday night, including four touchdown passes. Snavely said that Nelson works well in

Colter Kirkland of Hamilton crosses the finish line at the Hamilton Golf Course. Jean Schurman photo.

Hamilton runners win own meet Darby’s Deric Parks evades a Troy Trojan during Darby’s win over Troy. Jean Schurman photo. the pocket and can pinpoint those passes in tight areas. “He (Nelson) calls those

passes ‘dropping a dime.” “He did that several times,” concluded Snavely.

Victor quarterback Carson Varner pitches the ball to Skyler Weberson in the game against Seeley-Swan. Jean Schurman photo.

Hamilton boys, Corvallis girls golfers finish third

The Hamilton boys finished in third place at the state Class A golf tournament in Laurel on Friday. Laurel won the championship with a two-day total of 665. They were followed by Billings Central with you 669 and Hamilton in third place with 676. The Corvallis girls finished in third behind Laurel (744), and Whitefish (761). Corvallis had 805. Hamilton’s Tristan Hanson finished fifth with 158. He shot a 78 on Thursday and 80 on Friday. Bryce Reed was sixth with 161, (83 on Thursday and 78 on

Friday.) Tanner Hanson finished eighth with 162 (81-82). Max Cianflone and Jackson Heath finished down in the pack. Cianflone shot a 194, and Heath shot a 198. Corvallis’ Macee Greenwood finished in second place behind Hannah Adams of Laurel who shot a 165 (83-82). Greenwood had an 83 on Thursday and an 88 on Friday for a score of 171. Keelee Storrud of Corvallis finished eighth with a score of 197. Jasmine Oyler of Stevensville finished 10th with 198.

Hamilton did some rolling of its own on Friday night. The Broncs defeated Columbia Falls, 56-7. Carson Rostad threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 19 of 27 passes. Rostad also had 105 yards rushing on four carries including one 63 yard touchdown run. Landon Duce had 11 carries for 115 yards. He had two touchdowns; one for 21 yards and one for 26 yards. Jaiden Klemundt also threw for a Bronc touchdown to Tucker Jones for 40 yards. Tristan Lewis had the last touchdown of the game, a two yard run. Tyson Rostad kicked six of seven PATs. Florence played Eureka at home on Friday night. The Falcons were without starting quarterback Colby Kohlman and back up quarterback, Pat Duchein. Eureka won, 34-14. Ian Willford threw a 61 yard pass to Cadence Waller for Florence’s first score and then hit Waller from 74 yards out for the second TD. Stevensville lost to Ronan, 48-26. Corvallis lost to Whitefish, 31-7, and Victor lost to SeeleySwan, 52-0.

The Corvallis and Stevensville boys soccer teams played to a 2-2 tie on Thursday. Stevensville scored both their goals in the first half. Carlos Morales passed the ball to Chance Lester who hit the net at the five minute mark. Eleven minutes later, Morales teamed up with Luke Gross for another Yellowjacket goal. Corvallis took the second half over. Luke Sangster scored the first Blue Devil goal in the half. Caleb Warnken and Eduardo Mutushita teamed up for the second goal to tie the game.

Corvallis took 11 shots on goal and had four saves. Ben Schreiber had six saves for Stevensville. Stevensville took 14 shots. The Hamilton girls lost to Loyola, 5-3. Rylee Wiediger scored first for Hamilton off a Katie Frederick assist at six minutes. Wiediger scored again at 45 minutes. Their last goal occurred when a Loyola player knocked the ball into the goal. Hamilton took six shots on goal while Loyola had 18 shots. Lexi Bremen had nine saves for Hamilton. Loyola had six saves.

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with 17:42.47, Brinson Wyche of Corvallis with 17:54.24, and Stevensville’s Wes Brown with 17:54.81. Hamilton’s Brynnli Poulsen was first in the girls’ race. She had a time of 19:19.30. Rose Day of Corvallis was second with a time of 20:48.24. Her teammate, Anna Jessop, was third with 21:24.18. Vandree Old Person of Browning was fourth with 21:31.68 and Lilli Day of Corvallis rounded out the top five with a time of 21:43.90.

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Volleyball update The Lady Pirates of Victor are in a building mode this year. Second year coach Sky Mitcham has a strong class of freshmen to build from with some seniors and juniors that have had experience. Madi Barta is a senior and handles much of the setting duties. Joining her is Haylea Wemple, another senior and Ashley Buchanan, a junior with good floor sense. Sophomore Bella Scichilone may be small but she is driven and works hard for the hit. Madi Bahr, another sophomore, is tall and figuring out how to block. Freshmen Abby Kay and Virginia Dahl-Brown are both quick and competitive. Although this team hasn’t had much success in the tough conference, they are learning and growing. Victor played Plains on Saturday and lost in three sets.

Florence def. Arlee 25-11, 25-9, 25-13 Arlee: Kills:7 (Saige Koetter 5). Assists: 7 (Jerny Crawford 7). Aces: 2 (Saige Koetter Rhied Crawford 1). Digs: 22 (Emily Fiddler 13). Florence: Kills:33 (Jacklyn Balfourd and Emma Stensrud 9). Assists: 26 (Kasidy Yeoman 14). Aces: 11 (Kolbi Wood 4). Digs: 25 (Kolbi Wood 9). Blocks: 2 (Rylie Morton 2) Noxon def. Darby 25-27, 25-22, 22-25, 25-13, 15-10 Noxon: Kills:47 (Riley Richter 13). Assists: 43 (Emily Brown 26). Aces: 0. Digs: 79 (Chelsea Vohs 18). Blocks: 5 (Avery Burgess 4). Darby: Kills: 25 (Amber Anderson 11). Assists: 25 (Kimber See VOLLEYBALL, page 12

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Obituaries George Cunningham

George Cunningham of Stevensville, Montana passed away on June 19, 2019, at the age of 95. Born in 1924, George was the only son of Orin and Sarah Cunningham. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Susanne, and his two sons, Ken of Reno, Nevada and Keith of Vista, California. Born in Watseka, Illinois, George grew up next to the famous race track in Speedway, Indiana, but his ties to the Bitterroot Valley go back to both sets of grandparents. His maternal grandfather, George May, owned the first mercantile in Stevensville and lived in the large yellow Victorian home on Park Street, as well as owning a farm on what is now the Metcalf Refuge. George’s mother, Sarah May, was born in Fort Owen. His father, Orin, moved to Stevensville as a young boy and grew up in the parsonage next to the Methodist Church where George’s grandfather, Charles Cunningham, was pastor. As a child, George spent many adventurous summers exploring the Bitterroots with his grandfather May, often camping in his pup tent under the large spruce still located on the old farm. After serving in WWII, George settled in southern California where he attended Long Beach State University and Whittier College. It was there he met the love of his life, Susanne. In 1948, the two eloped and were married in Yuma, Arizona, a union that would last 71 years. George had a long and satisfying career as a mathematics teacher in California at both the high school and college levels. The family lived in Anaheim

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and traveled extensively, including many summers camping and fishing at Rock Creek Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains. George was awarded six National Science Foundation summer scholarships which sent the family packing for colleges throughout the US. In 1970, the family hosted a Swiss exchange student, which began an ongoing friendship with their extended Swiss family. Shortly after retiring in 1985, George and Sue left southern California to re-establish their connections in the Bitterroot Valley and Stevensville. Here they lived for the last 34 years of George’s life, enjoying some of their happiest times. Although legally blind, many early risers in Stevensville may recall the lanky older man walking his “morning mile” in downtown Stevi. George was a loving, devoted husband and a spectacular dad. His beautiful tenor voice could be heard many Sundays at the Stevensville United Methodist Church. And, when not singing, his whistling delighted many a neighbor and friends. His hobbies included camping, fishing and antique clock collecting and repair. Known for his kindness, George’s many friends and all who knew him agree the world has lost an exceptional man. George passed peacefully the afternoon of June 19 after calling both sons and daughtersin-law that same morning to say good-bye. George was a humble man and following his wishes, no formal memorial service will be held. We thank George for the impact he made on our lives and will miss him always.

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Stevensville – Terry Leon Hicks, 81, of Stevensville passed away due to cancer, Sunday, October 6, 2019 at his home in Stevensville. He was born on July 8, 1938, in Casa Grande, Arizona, to Leon and Anna (Griffith) Hicks. Terry served in the Army National Guard and was a building contractor for most of his career. He was a very active member in his Church, enjoyed Rock hunting and lapidary work. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Hicks, daughter Sandy Hicks, and brother Wallace Hicks. Terry is survived by his loving wife, Betty Hicks, whom he married in 2003, sons Rick Hicks, Stevensville, Michael (Aspen) Hicks, Huson, and seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will

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Schlapman 15). Aces: 10 (Madison Conner 3, Mariah Lingo 3). Digs: 35 (Madison Conner 13). Blocks: 12 (Amber Anderson 5). Stevensville def. Ronan 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 15-8 Stevensville: Kills:46 (Aliyah Anderson 15, Kennedy Praast 9). Assists: 39 (Maddie Weber 35). Aces: 16 (Bella Wandler 5, Maddie Weber 4) . Digs: 62 (Cassi Kopsa 27, Daphne Engel 11). Blocks: 12 (Aliyah Anderson 6, Rachel Carter 2, Kennedy Praast 2). Ronan: Kills:36 (Madeline McCrea 16) . Assists: 30 (Hannah Rowe 15). Aces: 7 (Madison Clairmont 3) . Digs: 66 (Regan Clairmont 21). Blocks: 4 (LaReina Cordova 2). Noxon def. Victor 25-18, 25-15, 25-5 Noxon: Kills: 26 (Emily Brown 7). Assists: 24 (Riley Richter 16). Aces: 2 (Richter 2). Digs: 14 (Richter 6). Blocks: 2 (Alivia Hill 2). Victor: Kills: 7 (Madi Bahr 3). Assists: 5 (Bahr 2, Ashley Buchanan 2). Aces: 6 (Bahr 2, Virginia Brown 2). Digs: 58 (Bella Scichilone 32). Blocks: 0. Darby def. Hot Springs

the opportunity to apply for the license. Bids must be submitted electronically to the department. The electronic form (Retail Alcoholic Beverage Competitive Bid Form) can be found at https:// To submit a bid, the bidder must complete and submit the electronic bid form, pay a $100 processing fee plus service charges, and attach an irrevocable letter of credit from a financial institution for at least the bid amount. Visit the department’s website at or contact our call center at (406) 444-6900 for more information including the minimum bid amount for each license.

25-12, 25-11, 25-21 Hot Springs: Kills: 4 (Katelyn Christensen 11, Lily Winn 7. Assists: 20 (Sydney Jackson 18). Aces: 10 (Katelyn Christensen 4). Digs: 41 (Sage Jackson 9, Savannah Roosma 7). Blocks: 6 (Katelyn Christensen 2, Lily Winn 2). Darby: Kills: 9 (Libby Schlapman 3). Assists: 7 (Annie Rennaker 4). Aces: 7 (Ashley Bishop 5). Digs: 18 (Madison Conner 7). Blocks: 4 (Libby Schlapman 2). Butte Central def. Stevensville 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22 Butte Central: Kills: 33 (Cassidy Strizic 8, Maci Reopelle 8). Assists: 30 (Emma Keeley 17). Aces: 12 (Sophia Burton 3, Marissa Anderson 3). Digs: 69 (Reopelle 19). Blocks: 11 (Avery Kelly 6). Stevensille: Kills: 44 (Maddalena Margini 17). Assists: 41 (Maddi Weber 40). Aces: 6 (Daphne Engel 2, Aliyah Anderson 2). Digs: 74 (Cassi Kopsa 17). Blocks: 11 (Margini 5). Columbia Falls def. Hamilton 25-14, 25-18, 25-12 Hamilton: Kills:16 (Emma Ellis 5). Assists: 13 (Taryn Searle 6). Aces: 3 (Camas Cratty 2). Digs: 34 (Emma Ellis 8). Blocks: 0 Columbia Falls: NA.

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Indian Summer, 2019 edition

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My favorite part of the year has arrived. As the seasons roll through every year I tend to revel in the parts of each one that I appreciate most: I delight in the first clean snows of winter, the hoar frost that covers the bare branches of riverside willows and hillside brush as clean shafts of sunlight break through the mist that rises from the river to reveal the like

crystal jewels left frozen in its wake; that’s before I’ve had more than enough to do with winter – and I’m glad it’s over. Then comes spring, with the trees and bushes that were covered with hoar frost at the beginning of winter now budding out and showing the promise of new leaves. The river stirs from its winter slumber and comes alive – the little, then medium-sized, and then bigger stoneflies, the long-awaited skwalas come out. The days get longer, sometimes brighter and warmer. This is the season of rebirth. It feels good to be alive. Summer, and runoff, and salmon flies, and hatches of other insects that bring the familiar rings of rises from feeding trout as the days get longer and warmer, the lush look of the valley as everything turns green... ahh, yes. I love summer. But as summer fades with the seasonal storms and shifts in the weather that occur around the fall solstice, we see the beginning of the idyllic days that end all too soon. There are days that are pleasantly crisp, leaves that turn color, just a few at first, and then bursts of brilliant orange in the cottonwoods and deep reds in the willows and water maples while the aspens and larches in the high country show us their gold. This is Indian Summer in the Bitterroot. And it is here now. This is my favorite time to fish. There is a pleasant urgency to it, as I know it won’t last -

even in the midst of an afternoon that seems to linger and hang on as I let myself be immersed in it. Leaves are turning color everywhere. The river is in excellent shape. The trout are fat and aggressive. There are good hatches to fish. The summer tourists have returned to their jobs and their schools; my neighbors are woodcutting or hunting; I can enjoy the river’s last burst of beauty before it fades. There is never enough of it. As the nights turn chillier and the days grow noticeably shorter, winter continues to close in one day at a time. You can’t help but notice that, in the midst of beauty that you wish would last forever. And so, if you’re like me, you fish. You fish just as much to get out as you do to catch trout. You fish to store up enough of something you find out there to get you through the winter, even though it is hard to define exactly what that something is. Perhaps it has to do with just savoring the sweetness of it all just one more time, because you know that before too long it won’t be there to savor any more. For me, this is a time to reflect. The world, on the river in autumn, seems almost overripe with beauty. So I stuff one pocket of my fishing vest with a handful of fresh local apples and head, in a lazy hurry, for the river. I step into the stream and feel the tight chill of the current pull against my waders. Half-absorbed in the rhythm of casting, I become immersed in my surroundings. I stop and look up, occasionally, and do a oneeighty or a three-sixty, just taking it all in. I take a tart Macintosh out of my pocket and feel it break against my teeth. On some days there are fish. They, too, are resplendent in their autumn colors. The browns, as their spawning time nears, are nearly luminous. The rainbows range from golden to bright magenta on their sides. And the cutthroats seem to beg the question: just how beautiful can trout be? And why are they so beautiful in the first place? And why are we equipped to perceive and appreciate such beauty? These are small but important questions. The answers, if we let them, can be comforting and at the same time humbling. There will be a time when it will finally seem too cold to go fishing. That’s part of the poignancy of each day, when the time comes to take down the rod and slip it into its cloth sack, and then into the long metal tube. This may

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be my last day on the river – this year. So I savor each day, savor each moment that I am drawn further into this world of Indian summer days and trout fishing, grateful that I can be rejuvenated by doing something that I love, something that touches the inner core of my being. And winter is not the dull, final death of it. The stored

remembrances of the brilliance of autumn give us hope that lasts beyond the cold of winter. A favorite poem reminds me: “The autumn leaf is emblazoned with spring’s belief.” Odds and ends There are still a few tickets left for the TU Banquet on October 18 at the Bitterroot Inn, $50 each for a grand evening celebrating the river and supporting local Trout Unlimited. Tickets are available at local fly shops or on-line. Hurry. You’ll be glad you did. This year (my bad) I missed a deadline, so in place of the classes I usually offer through Bitterroot Valley Community College, I am offering a full slate of fly tying and fly fishing courses through the shop. There are advantages to this: class sizes will be smaller and there will be more attention given to personal instruction while fees will be comparable; the fly tying courses will take place at a well-lighted, purposebuilt bench; a fully equipped fly shop will be the lab setting for all courses. Stop by the shop, Chuck Stranahan’s Fly Shop, next to the Chamber of Commerce and Safeway, before October 15, email me at, or call 363-4197 to get learn more or to enroll. Author and flytyer Chuck Stranahan can be reached at or visit his fly shop at 109 E. Main in Hamilton.


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The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet Thursday, October 17 at FWP Headquarters in Helena. The meeting will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices. The meeting will also be audio streamed online at The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Here are a few of topics the commission will make final decisions on: • 2020 Fishing Regulations, Final • Fishing Access Site Forestry Management Projects • Region 6 Headquarters Land Acquisition Project • Repeal of Administrative Rule 12.6.301 Tagging of Carcasses of Game Animals • Adoption of Administrative Rule Pertaining to Kill Site

The Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC) will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Capitol Building, Room 152 in Helena. The morning portion of the meeting will focus on administrative business and a discussion about recommendations from April’s Science Advisory Panel on Mogulones crucifer. The Council will also discuss outcomes from the Eastern heath snail stakeholder meeting held on September 23 in Belt and vote for this species to

Verification • Adoption of Administrative Rule Pertaining to Two-Way Electronic Communication While Hunting • Shoulder Seasons in HDs 210, 211, 213, 214, 216, 217 and 451 • Trapping Setbacks for Roads and Trails • Elk Management in Areas with Brucellosis 2020 Annual work Plan The commission will hear the following presentations and proposals: • Upper Missouri River Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan, Proposed • Drought Closures and Status, Informational • Annual Rule Commercial

be the focus of the next Science Advisory Panel. In the afternoon, MISC will start planning the 2020 Invasive Species Summit, which will be held in conjunction with the North American Invasive Species Management conference. Also on the agenda is adoption of the Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program guidelines, which include feedback collected from former grantees and stakeholders. Other agenda items include new business related to pine shoot beetle deregulation, adaption strategies

Bait Seining Waters, Proposed • Update on Public Season Setting Scoping, Informational • Shoulder Season Fundamental Objectives Review, Informational FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements, call FWP at 406-444-3186. For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the FWP website at; under “Quick Links” click “Commission.” FWP’s website offers live streamed audio of each Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting. The public can also view a live television feed of the meeting at FWP regional offices. FWP Headquarters is located at 1420 E. 6th Avenue, Helena.

related to invasive species and climate change, and an update on Diorhabda, the Northern tamarisk beetle. MISC is a statewide partnership working to protect Montana’s economy, natural resources and public health through a coordinated approach to combat invasive species. All MISC meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Hester, MISC Coordinator at 406-4440547. Visit for more information.

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MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT, RAVALLI COUNTY In Re the Estate of: EDNA MARY RODGERS; Deceased. Case No.: DP-19-99 Dept. No. 1 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to John Scott Harrington, the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, at the Law Offices of Richard A. Weber, 345 West Main, Hamilton, Montana 59840, or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. Dated this 3rd day of October, 2019. /s/ John Scott Harrington Personal Representative of The Estate of Edna Mary Rodgers BS 10-9, 10-16, 10-23-19. MNAXLP


MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF FRANCES W. CLARK, Deceased. Cause No. DP-19-101 Dept. 1 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Belle C. Burrington, the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, at the Law Offices of LAWRENCE D. JOHNSON, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 500, Hamilton, Montana 59840, or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court . Dated this 3rd day of October, 2019 /s/ Belle Burrington, Personal Representative 2724 Whites Lane Victor, MT 59875 BS 10-9, 10-16, 10-23-19. MNAXLP

Kenneth Bransby Bransby Law Firm, P.C. 515 Main Street Stevensville, Montana 59870 Phone: ( 406) 777-1000 Attorney for Personal Representa-

MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY IN RE THE ESTATE OF:GEORGE H. WINDHORST, Decedent. Cause No.: DP-19-97 Dept. No.: 2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within four ( 4) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred . Claims must either be mailed to the Personal Representative, Bruce Windhorst, c/o Bransby Law Firm, P.C., 515 Main Street, Stevensville, Montana 59870, return receipt requested, or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. DATED this 3rd day of October, 2019. /s/ BRUCE WINDHORST STATE OF MONTANA ) :ss County of Ravalli ) The attached record, Notice to Creditors, consisting of l page, was signed before me on October 3, 2019, by BRUCE WINDHORST. /s/LISA RADCLIFFE WALLACE NOTAR PUBLIC for the State of Montana Residing at Florence, MT My Commission Expires April 09, 2022. BS 10-9, 10-16, 10-23-19. MNAXLP

MONTANA TWENTY-FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, RAVALLI COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF VALERIE A. WINN, ALSO KNOWN AS VALERIE ANN WINN, Deceased. Cause No. DP-19-100 Dept. 2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Mary McCluskey, the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, at the Law Offices of LAWRENCE D. JOHNSON, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 500, Hamilton, Montana 59840, or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. Dated this 3rd day of October, 2019 /s/ Mary McCluskey, Personal Representative 134 Martin Drive Corvallis, MT 59828 BS 10-9, 10-16, 10-23-19. MNAXLP


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Petition to Abandon Portion of Alley (known as Bear Trax) Between Lots 9-10 and 17-18 in Hughes Addition) The Board of Ravalli County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Commissioners Conference


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the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Belle C. Burrington, the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, at the Law Offices of LAWRENCE D. JOHNSON, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 500, Hamilton, Montana 59840, or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. Dated this 3rd day of October, 2019 /s/ Belle C. Burrington, Personal Representative 2724 Whites Lane, Victor MT 59875. BS 10-9, 10-16, 10-23-19. MNAXLP

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Room (3rd Floor) at the Ravalli County Administrative Center located at 215 S. 4th street, Hamilton, Montana. The purpose of this public hearing is to take public comment on the petition by Mavrick Enterprises, LLC to abandon a portion of an alley, known as Bear Trax (as described above) and to take action by Resolution. If you have any questions, or would like to make public comment due to your inability to attend the meeting, please contact the Commissioners through either of the following: 215 S. 4th Street, Suite A, Hamilton, Montana 59840 or phone 406-375-6500 or email Chris Taggart Commissioners Administrative Assistant BS 9-25, 10-2, 10-9-19. MNAXLP

NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE LSF10 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST, Plaintiff, v. UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF SONYA G. BALTZ; SONYA G. BALTZ, deceased, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF JOE M. GOLAY; JOE M. GOLAY, deceased; JOHN GOLAY; DOUG GOLAY; DAVE GOLAY; PEG ISYLER; PATSY GOLAY; MARGE L. BERG; MICHELLE R. STRAVENS; ROBERT KEVIN LINDER; JEREMY J. LINDER; WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.; and all other persons unknown claiming or who might claim any right, title, estate or interest in or lien or encumbrance upon the real and personal property described in the complaint for foreclosure adverse to plaintiff’s ownership or any cloud upon plaintiff’s title thereto, whether such claim or possible claim be present or contingent, Defendants Cause No. DV-17-401 TO BE SOLD AT SHERIFF’S SALE: On the 6th day of November, 2019 at 10:00 am on the front steps of the Ravalli County Courthouse, 205 Bedford Street, Suite D, County of Ravalli, State of Montana, that certain real property situated in Ravalli County, and more particularly described as follows: Lot 12-B-3, Amended Subdivision Plat No. 893, being a portion of Lot 12, Block 5 Ravalli Farm, a platted subdivision of Ravalli County, Montana, according to the official recorded plat thereof. 2001 Nashua Villa Tag Nos. IDA 196614 and IDA 196615 KNOWN AS 541 Chats Lane, Corvallis, MT 59828. Dated this 27th day of September 2019. STEPHEN HOLTON Sheriff of Ravalli County, Montana /s/ Steve Holton BS 10-9, 10-16, 10-23-19. MNAXLP Montana 21st Judicial District Court, Ravalli County In the Matter of the Name Change of Jordan Knickerbocker, Jordan Knickerbocker, Petitioner Cause No. DV-19-354/3 Dept. No.: 1 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE This is notice that Petitioner has asked the District Court for a change of name from Jordan Anthony Christian Knickerbocker to Jordan Anthony Christian Connelly. The hearing will be on November 27, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The hearing will be at the Courthouse in Ravalli County. Dated: September 25, 2019. /s/ Paige Trautwein, Clerk of District Court

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NOTICE OF ELECTION Notice is hereby given that the following elections will be conducted solely by mail ballot: Municipal Elections: City of Hamilton, Town of Darby, and Town of Stevensville Bond & Levy Election: Ravalli County Park District No. 2 (Aquatic Bond & Levy) Ballots will be mailed on October 18, 2019, to all active registered voters in each district and must be received, by mail or in person, by 8:00 PM on November 5, 2019, by the County Election Administrator at 215 South 4th Street, Suite C, Hamilton, Montana 59840. If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot, contact the County Election Office to update your information as necessary and receive a ballot. Sample ballots can be viewed on the Ravalli County website at

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on the north edge of Hamilton. There is no charge, and the public is invited. Park and enter the building on the west side. Contact Becky Peters for additional information at 369-5210.


Mon, October 21 Audubon

“Birds Tell Us That It’s Time to Act on Climate Change” is the topic of Bitterroot Audubon’s October meeting which will feature a presentation on the effects of climate change to Montana birds, and a discussion of potential climate and conservation solutions that may build a livable future for people and wildlife. The speaker will be Amy Cilimburg, one of the founders and currently Executive Director of Climate Smart Missoula. Amy was the Director of Bird Conservation for Montana Audubon for seven years, and was recently appointed to the Governor’s Climate Solutions Council. She’ll speak to current local climate resiliency and community efforts to take action on climate change through new, localized and statewide initiatives. And she promises to leave you with hope, not despair! Amy’s presentation is scheduled for Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot National Forest Headquarters on Hwy 93

Thurs, October 24 Will and Living Trust workshop

What WILL you do with your property? Have you been putting off creating a will because you do not have time, or you are not sure how, or think it will cost too much? A will is a legal declaration of your wishes regarding the disposal of your property. Ladies of Justice representative Marné Newton is conducting a workshop Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 pm about wills and living trusts at the North Valley Public Library. Creating a last will and testament is an important step to make sure your assets properly distribute after your death. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call 406-7775061 or visit northvalleylibrary. org. All library programs are free and open to the public.

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The Lolo Community Center is holding a Haunted House Fund Raiser starting October 27th and running through October 31st. This fundraiser is geared to help raise funds for much needed upgrades to the Center. The main focus of the Lolo Community Center is to help anyone who needs it in the Bitterroot Valley. In doing so, they have started their own food bank that is open to everyone. It is open the first and third Wednesday of every month. When funds allow they also help those in need with electricity bills or firewood. Additionally, if they cannot provide help they try to guide people to other helpful resources to get their needs met. If people would like to get involved with this organization they meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month. The Community Center is still looking for items to build the haunted house, people to help build the set and volunteers to act. Items they are looking for include

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