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Montana winter is on its way! Remote car starters have gone from a technological luxury to a comfort must-have. Even start your car with your cell phone. Stop in, see our large selection, and get set for winter.

Specializing in low-voltage voice, data and fiber optic network cabling, as well as troubleshooting and repair of business phone systems. Call Dave Burda today.

Cover & Feature Photos by Lisa Kunkel Photography

Cathedral of Saint Helena Sunday, 5 December 2010 • 7:30 P.M. The Helena Symphony ushers in the holiday season with some of the greatest Christmas music of all time. Buy early! Our holiday concerts will sell out quickly!


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Helena // 465-6158


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Save money on auto, home and business insurance. As your Independent Insurance Agency, we will shop a large variety of America’s top insurance companies for you. This means the right coverage at the lowest possible price by a Montana agency that is built on customer service, second to none. We are committed to finding the best insurance coverage at the lowest rate for you! Call or go online for a free quote.

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cochrane insurance Q. What type of insurance do you offer? We

can write policies for your personal needs, home, auto, business and motorcycles, to name a few.

Q. How long have you been in the insurance business? Rick: I have been in the insurance business since 1989, Carrie has been in the insurance business since 1993, and John has been in the insurance business since 1997. The three of us are all licensed agents, not commissioned sales people. Our number one priority is customer service, and our client’s best interest always comes first.

Q. Why is Cochrane Insurance an independent insurance company? What can you offer that other insurance companies cannot? We are an independent insurance agency by choice. An insurance person that writes policies for one company is pretty limited. It is like having a shoe store that can offer only one size shoe. By being independent, we represent a variety of insurance companies but do not work for them. We work for the client. Because of this, we are able to write for over 30 different insurance


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1075 North Rodney, #106 Helena 442-6700 1-800-696-3896

Q. What obstacles do you encounter in the insurance business? We know that almost half the state of Montana is not insured. No one likes to pay insurance any more than they like to pay their taxes. However, most people find out their coverage is lacking after an accident. The majority of people have no idea what the details are of their coverage, they just know how much they pay each month. There are laws in place to protect people from purchasing inadequate insurance (also known as “twisting”) but when policies are purchased like a commodity or from a sales person who is not


familiar with the fine print, things may slip through the cracks.

Q. If a person is interested in comparing their rates to some other companies, what options do they have? We are available by phone at 442-6700, in


person at 1075 North Rodney Street, Suite 106. You can email us at or log onto We are the only insurance agency in Montana that does not have insurance sales people on commission. Our staff is always paid a salary rather than a commission. We designed it that way so that our clients’ best interests always comes first.

why be local? As small business owners, we understand how hard it is to stand out in a crowd. This publication was created with the idea that there

is power in numbers. If we work together as small, local businesses, we can all afford a high-quality, alternative advertising option that is both created and distributed by local businesses. Be Local/Shop Local is all about promoting and supporting locally-owned, independent businesses. It’s about making your hard-earned money go further, fueling the local economy, and helping to preserve the unique character of our community. Make a difference. Shop local.



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Enter to win an all expenses paid trip to your choice of Rome or London or choose $3000 cash. Tickets are three for $125 or $50 each. Purchase online or call the box office, 442-1860. $500 Early Bird drawing: Jan 29., 2011, at the Haydn and Mendelssohn concert. Trip drawing: March 26, 2011, at the Mahler concert.

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The Pierce Promise is offered exclusively by Pierce Flooring and Design. This warranty is designed exclusively for our customers to eliminate the confusion surrounding the various manufactures warranties and to help our customers shop with confidence in knowing their purchase with Pierce will be covered. We have a proven track record as a leader in business in Montana for over 80 years. That longevity is based on the way we have treated our customers historically. We are proud to continue that tradition.

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Back by popular demand, the Helena Symphony and Queen City Ballet Company join forces to bring you this Christmas favorite featuring professional dancers and a full, live orchestra. Hurry, get your tickets today—The Nutcracker is not to be missed!

8 West Lawrence St // Helena // 444-5004 //


WE ARE PROUD TO SERVE THE HELENA COMMUNITY We care about you and we care about this community. For over 30 years we have believed in the idea that nice does matter and have strived to make a difference. And we will always be here to lend you a helping hand along the way.



406-465-5925 Business phone systems for any size business or budget. Rated the best Unified Communications Solution.


Spectacular selection of unique Christmas decor, delicious candy, and great gift ideas. Don’t miss the new jewelry arriving daily. Free gift wrapping always available to complement your purchases.


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2010 holiday inspirations Stop dreaming and start sewing with the NEW stylish 3 series

Discover a new level of creative freedom!

Or ... Spice things up with the Bernina 8 Series

The possibilities are endless!

Or ... Perhaps it’s time to warm up to a new Aurora

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upcoming classes Sew You Want to stitch lounge Join us in our stitch lounge and a cute apron. Perfect class for the beginner Sew All brands welcome make sewer or a holiday gift for the “Chef ” in your life.

at this class where you will learn the basics of using your machine, threading, winding a bobbin, cleaning, oiling, selecting stitches and changing your needle. Class Dates: Mon/Nov 29 1-4 Class Fee: $18 Instructor: Priscilla Hedgecock

Multi-Hooping with Templates Learn to perfectly

place your designs time and time again. If you want to do large designs with basic software, this is a great class for you. Learn some tips and tricks of multi-hooping using templates. No software required. Class Dates: Tues/Nov 30 1-4 or 6-9 Class Fee: $18 Required ETO Collection: Asian Blossoms Instructor: Dawn Schneider

Christmas Countdown Create the

cutest holiday quilt called “The Stockings are Hung.” Learn applique techniques and stitching with the machine for “hand embroidery” Class Dates: Wed/Dec 1 12-4 Class Fee: $18 Instructor: Julie Dess

Cutwork Workshop

Learn the ins and outs of your cutwork software and the use of your cutwork tool. Class Dates: Thur/Fri Dec 2 & 3 1-4 or 6-9 (Two sessions, same time both days) Class Fee: $33 Instructor: Dawn Schneider

software club

Digitize the cutest little snowman picture ever, then stay for a festive holiday party and embroider the snowman onto your project. Class Dates: Mon/Dec 6 1 or 6 Class Fee: $20 Instructor: Dawn Schneider

Crazy patch pillow Come use a Bernina Serger and create a cute, crazy patch pillow. This is a perfect holiday “Make-n-Take” that you can test on our Bernina Sergers. Class Dates: Wed/Dec 8 10 & 2; Thur/9 11am Kit Fee: $15 Instructor: Jenny Yannone

beer & Brauts Nite December 9 5:30-8pm. Men’s Night at The Sewing Palace! Shop for all those special holiday gifts on her “wish list.” FREE gift wrapping that evening for all the guys. All regularly priced items will be 15% off that night!

Class Dates: Sun/Dec 6 1-4 Class Fee: $18 Instructor: Julie Dess

WATERFALL SCARF Make a beautiful scarf with snippets of fabric and thread. Class Dates: Mon/Dec 13 10-2 Class Fee: $22 Instructor: Carol Haulbohm Ready, Set, Serge Create a cute holiday gift bag for under your tree. Learn how to use your serger in so many wonderful ways. Class Dates: Mon/Dec 13 5:30-8 Required Book: Ready, Set, Serge by Georgie Melot $22.99 Class Fee: $15 Instructor: Ileen Kockler wool whimsey tablerunner

Tis the Season for quilting and other comforts coming your way. You’ll love this wool appliqué table runner. Class Dates: Wed/Dec 15 1-4 Class Fee: $18 Required Book: ’Tis the Season by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks Instructor: Julie Dess

Trendy Lilly Apron This jaunty apron design lends itself perfectly to today’s hottest fabrics. Large scale florals and graphic designs. Sign up early! Class Date: Fri/Dec 17 12-4pm Required Pattern: Lilly Apron by Busy Bee Quilt Designs $8.95 Class Fee: $22 Instructor: Jenny Yannone Kid’s Day Camp Full day kid’s day camp during Christmas break. Have fun creating a fun quilt that stuffs into an attached bag. Class Date: Tues/Dec 28 9-5 All day Class Fee: $30 Required Pattern: The Sleepover Quilt $10 Instructor: Julie Dess

8 Series decorative pillow Come in and

test drive a new Bernina machine. Create a small project to take home and learn about the wonderful Bernina machines. Class Dates: Thurs/Jan 6 10, 2 and 6 Kit Fee: $10


443-5724 1103 Helena Ave Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5 Sun 12-4

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