November 2017 • A special publication by the Havre Daily News
celebrate holiday season Pam Burke ~ Havre Daily News
North-central Montana communities of Havre and Chinook have longheld traditions of community-mindedness for the holidays, and this spirit of togetherness and support begins Thanksgiving weekend, when volunteers, donors and neighbors come together to hold a variety of community events from free Thanksgiving dinners to pre-Christmas kickoff events, fundraisers for local nonprofit organizations, craft and art sales, and face time with Santa.
Community Thanksgiving in Havre Havre’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Jude Parish Center, 440 7th Ave. Sponsored in full by an anonymous donor, this decades-old event serves more than 600 free meals — at the Parish Center and through home deliveries — each Thanksgiving. Many locals come to the meal, bringing family, meeting friends or making new friends across the table, but people also come from far and wide, as well — some visiting and some in town for other reasons. More than one occasion has seen stranded travelers taking part. Many diners
come just for the experience. A professional chef takes the helm in the kitchen, supported by kitchen staff at Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods and a full crew of volunteers. Diners are treated to succulent turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, fresh vegetables, corn and rolls, fresh from the oven, followed by a slice of pumpkin pie.
Chinook’s Thanksgiving Dinner & Holiday Kickoff Thanksgiving in Chinook will include a Community Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, traditional trimmings and desserts served noon to 2 p.m. at the Chinook Senior Center, 324 Pennsylvania. The meal is free, but donations are accepted. Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner and enjoy the company. The Chinook community enriches Black Friday with a hometown holiday celebration, closing down the main street and creating the perfect atmosphere for holiday socializing and shopping. With a festive mood in the air and friends and family home to visit, the town of Chinook fills the day after Thanksgiving with a Christmas
stroll, a Festival of Trees and the annual Parade of Lights. Main street in Chinook is blocked off from 1 to 7 p.m. allowing people to roam through the heart of town, stopping by businesses and vendor booths, checking out the holiday fare at Wallner Hall, behind the Methodist Church, 337 Ohio, and taking time for some cheer with neighbors and visitors. This year will include horse-drawn wagon rides 1 to 3 p.m. and, along with music at businesses, the Bell Choir performing at First Bank of Montana, 337 Indiana. Even the local museums get into the spirit. The Blaine County Wildlife Museum will be open 1 to 6 p.m., and Blaine County Museum, with its exhibits of prehistoric to more recent times, will be open 1 to 6 p.m. Santa will be at the Chamber of Commerce office, 313 Indiana, for pictures with children 3 to 5 p.m. Later he will be the honored guest in the Parade of Lights, which gives individuals, groups and businesses a chance to most-impress onlookers and judges with their floats aglow with Christmas lights that mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The Festival of Trees fundraiser auction of fully decorated trees
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Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Santa prepared to throw the switch turning on the lights at the 2016 Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Havre's Town Square.
VISIT Havre & the Hi-Line
Welcome Welcome our Canadian neighbors and friends … to Havre.
Our area is rich in history of the American West. Havre was settled more than 100 years ago, after James J. Hill forged the Great Northern Railroad, now Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, across the Great Plains. Havre quickly became the transportation hub of the area, providing goods and supplies to the area trappers, miners and military stationed at Fort Assinniboine. Area museums and attractions set the stage for a visit, showcasing and re-creating local history. The Havre Daily News is pleased to bring this community tourism information guide for visitors to the area. Recreation can be found in town at city parks, the golf courses, historical attractions and art venues. Western hospitality is no catchpenny phrase in Havre. Hospitality and friendliness are a charming part of the town’s personality, as genuine and as real as the surrounding hills. Havre is a town where visitors are warmly welcomed whether the stay is an hour, a day or a week. Outstanding outdoor recreation oppor-
tunities beckon with camping and fishing in Beaver Creek Park located in the Bear Paw Mountains and at Fresno Reservoir. Beaver Creek Park, 10,000 acres in size, provides a beautiful natural recreation area. Historical and archeological sites await visitors, including the bison kill site, on the western edge of Havre, and Fort Assinniboine, one of the largest forts in the nation built at the end of the Indian Wars just south of Havre. The arts also embrace Havre, from art shows to theater productions performed by local actors and concerts and shows by nationally recognized talent. A variety of attractions also exist in surrounding communities. Numerous museums, historical sites and other attractions are all awaiting within a few hour drive of Havre. A smiling welcome awaits visitors, who can use this guide to find activities, accommodations, shopping, restaurants, taverns and services while they enjoy Havre and the Hi-Line.
Know Before You Go A little preparation will help simplify the process of entering the United States. Customs and Border Protection reminds travelers:
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 16 and older, to present a valid acceptable travel document that denotes both identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. by land or sea. U.S. and Canadian citizens under age 16 may present a birth certificate or alternative proof of citizenship when entering by land or sea. WHTI - compliant documents for entry into the United States at land and sea ports include: o U.S. or Canadian passports; o Trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST/EXPRES); o U.S. passport card; o State- or province-issued and enhanced driver’s licenses (when and where available). For more information, visit the WHTI website at GetYouHome.gov. A radio frequency identification-enabled travel document, such as a U.S. passport card, enhanced driver’s license/enhanced identification card or trusted traveler program card, expedites entry and makes crossing the border more efficient. Other programs that facilitate the entry process for international travelers coming into the country to visit, study or conduct legitimate business include trusted traveler programs, such as SENTRI, NEXUS and Global Entry. For more information about these programs, visit www.cbp.gov. The • • •
hours at the ports near Wild Horse are: Sweetgrass, MT: open 24 hours per day all year Wild Horse, MT: open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during winter hours Willow Creek, MT: open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all year
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Calendar of Events November 2017 November November November November
1- December 4 – Havre Jaycees Community Toy Chest & Coats for Kids Giveaway 1- December 21 – Cape Air Food Drive 4 – North Central Senior Citizens Bazaar, Rummage Sale & Food 8am-2pm 4 – Messiah Lutheran Church Bazaar – 11am-1pm – Bullhook Community Health Center “Dancing with the Havre Stars” 7pm – St. Jude Gym November 4 – Havre Art Assoc. Annual Show & Sale Van Orsdel United Methodist Church 9am-5pm November 5 – Havre Art Assoc. Annual Show & Sale Van Orsdel United Methodist Church 12pm-5pm November 5 – Daylight Savings Time Ends November 7 – Election Day November 8 – Montana Birthday November 11 – Veterans Day – Canadian Remembrance Day – First Lutheran Church Bazaar – 10am-1pm – Havre Youth Baseball 7th Annual Bowling Fundraiser 5:30pm – Harvest Moon Lanes November 17 – NMH Christmas Craft Fair – 3rd Floor Conference Rooms 9am-7pm November 18 – NMH Christmas Craft Fair – 3rd Floor Conference Rooms 9am-4pm – Havre Wrestling Club Cat/Griz Tailgate & Fund Drive 12:05pm Kick Off – Harvest Moon Lanes – Havre Eagles Club Thanksgiving Dinner – 6pm November 19 – Community Thanksgiving Service – 7pm – Grace Chapel November 23 – Thanksgiving – Chamber Office Closed – Community Thanksgiving Dinner – 11am-2pm – St. Jude Social Hall November 24 – Chamber Office Closed – Black Friday – Parade of Lights, Christmas Stroll, Festival of Trees - Chinook November 25 – Community Tree Lighting – 5pm – Town Square – Santa Run – 4:30pm; Registration 4pm at Norman’s – SubZero SuperHero Plunge – 3:30pm; Registration 2:30pm – Festival of Trees – 7pm – Boys & Girls Club – Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show – 10am-4pm November 25 – Pictures with Santa – Noon-3pm – Holiday Village Mall November 25 – Pictures with Santa – Noon-3pm – Holiday Village Mall November 30 – Community Nativity Exhibit – 5pm-9pm – 1315 Washington Avenue The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
December 1 – Community Nativity Exhibit – 2pm-9pm – 1315 Washington Avenue (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) December 1-3 – Chouteau County Christmas December 2 – St. Jude Bazaar – 10:30am-2pm – Holiday Spirit Stroll through Havre Beneath the Streets – 1pm-4pm – Live Nativity Scene – 5pm-7pm – Van Orsdel United Methodist Church December 2-3 – Winterfest Craft Show – Holiday Village Mall – Pictures with Santa – Noon-3pm – Holiday Village Mall December 3 – Piano & Pipes Christmas Concert – 2pm – First Lutheran Church December 5 – Tree of Remembrance Service – 6:30pm Holland & Bonine Funeral Home December 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 8 – The Montana Shamrockers – 7pm – Elks Club – Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus – 4pm-7pm – Cape Air (Havre Airport) December 8-10 – Montana Actors Theatre presents “Robin Hood – A Christmas Panto” 8pm – MSU-Northern Theatre December 9 – Lunch with Santa – Noon – Boys & Girls Club – Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show – 10am-4pm; Auction Art 11am-1pm; Pictures with the Grinch – 1pm-3pm – “Dinosaur Christmas” Party – 2pm-4pm – H. Earl Clack Museum – Cowboy Christmas – 5pm – MSU-Northern Armory Gym December 9-10 – Pictures with Santa – Noon-3pm – Holiday Village Mall – Christmas at The Cottage – Noon-3pm High Line Heritage House Museum December 14-17 – Montana Actors Theatre presents “Robin Hood – A Christmas Panto” 8pm – MSU-Northern Theatre December 16 – Atrium Mall Trade/Craft Show – 10am-4pm – Jaycees Open House – 1pm-4pm – HRDC Fireside Room December 16-17 – Pictures with Santa – Noon-3pm – Holiday Village Mall December 21 – Winter Begins December 21-23 – Montana Actors Theatre presents “Robin Hood – A Christmas Panto” 8pm – MSU-Northern Theatre December 24 – Christmas Eve December 25 – Christmas Day – Chamber Office Closed – Community Christmas Dinner – 11am-2pm – Havre Eagles Club December 26 – Chamber Office Closed – Boxing Day (Canada) – HHS Alumni Holiday Hoops Basketball Games 6:30pm – Havre Middle School December 31 – New Year’s Eve
January 2018 January 1 – New Year’s Day – Chamber Office Closed January 12-13 – Montana Actors Theatre presents “Dinner with Friends” 8pm – MSU-Northern Theatre January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Chamber Office Closed January 17 – Chamber Annual Meeting – Noon – Duck Inn Olympic Room January 18-20 – Montana Actors Theatre presents “Dinner with Friends” 8pm – MSU-Northern Theatre January 25-27 – Montana Actors Theatre presents “Dinner with Friends” 8pm – MSU-Northern Theatre January 27-28 – Havre Chamber of Commerce Arctic Games Fishing Derby & Raffle Fresno Reservoir or Beaver Creek Reservoir
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Holiday: New event kicks off the holiday season donated by community members and businesses will begin at 7 p.m. at the Chinook Eagles Club, 305 Indiana. The taco dinner will be served 5 to 8 p.m. Funds this year will go toward building the indoor arena at the Blaine County Fairgrounds. They have the building itself but are raising money for site preparation and installation.
Havre’s Christmas Kickoff After feasting on Thanksgiving and rushing for sales on Black Friday, Saturday, Nov. 26, rings in Christmas season with a community celebration in the heart of downtown Havre, attracting the largest crowds of the weekend. What started out as an evening Christmas tree lighting ceremony has grown to include several activities centered at Town Square on First Street. Before the lights come on, a few other events are set to kick off. For the second year, the SubZero SuperHero Polar Plunge fundraiser for local Special Olympics athletes will start registration in Town Square at 2 p.m. Teams, which have raised monetary pledges that will help cover Special Olympians’ expenses, will channel their own innerathlete to brave a jump into a trough of icy water at 3:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. runners and walkers will take off from Town Square in the third annual Santa Run/Walk. Participants, dressed as Santa or an elf, run or walk a mile-long course. Kids can get in on the action, too, whether they run or not. Signup begins at 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes of the adult and youth participants, as well as for fastest times in the men’s and women’s divisions. The longstanding tradition and highlight of the day — the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony — starts at 5 p.m. Havre High School choir members will lead the crowd in singing Christmas carols, while vendors offer foods and drinks to help keep people warm while socializing around fires. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to make a stop and help turn on the lights adorning the living Christmas tree. The chance for prizes is available to everyone at the tree-lighting event, with drawings for this year’s four Super Certificate winners and four “kids baskets” filled with goodies.
Havre's Festival of Trees At 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, following the downtown tree-lighting ceremony, the 10th Annual Festival of Trees will take place at the Boys & Girls Club’s Multipurpose Center, 500 First Ave. Organized by the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line, the Festival of Trees raises money for the club’s youth after-school and summer programs. With all the club's expansion and remodeling projects complete, this year's funds will go toward expansion of services. Individuals, groups and businesses fully decorate and then donate Christmas trees created with imaginative themes or unique twists, like a popular movie theme or a “tree” made from a fully stocked wine rack. During the evening event, which includes hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, a no-host bar and games, the trees are sold to the highest bidder in a live auction and donated items are won in games or sold at auction. Past donations included a handmade quilt, an African photo safari, one night at the Fort Benton River House, an armoire, a fire pit and grill, baked goods and a lot more. This year's item list already includes a
seaside vacation, a TV stand with a fire place underneath and a quilt. Tickets to the Festival of Trees can be purchased by calling 406-265-6206 during regular business hours. Though 240 tickets are sold each year, they sell out well before the event, so people are encouraged to call right away.
Beyond Thanksgiving weekend Holiday Village Mall, Atrium Mall host events For those people with shopping in mind, the local malls will be hosting activities throughout the season, along with sales and some expanded hours for Black Friday. Holiday Village Mall will have its Winterfest Craft Show Dec. 2-3; events at the H. Earl Clack Museum; and plenty of opportunity to get a picture with Santa each weekend starting Nov. 25-26. Some mall stores will be open the evening of Thanksgiving Day, and others open early Black Friday. The Atrium Mall is planning artisan, crafts and baked-goods fairs every Saturday in November and December until Christmas. The annual Action Art Raffle Dec. 9 will feature live music and artists creating original art while bystanders watch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The artwork is raffled off to ticket-holders.
Concerts & Christmas • The MSU-Northern Community Orchestra and MSU-Northern Community Choir are joining efforts this year to present "Sounds of the Season" Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Havre High School auditorium. The ensemble will perform a selection of traditional and contemporary arrangements of well-known seasonal favorites. The concert is free, but will accept free-will offerings. Everyone is welcome to attend. • The Piano and Pipes Christmas Concert will begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at First Lutheran Church, 303 Sixth Ave. Local musical and choral groups and performers will come together for a concert featuring a variety of genres from Christmas tunes to classical music. Performers are welcome to sign up by calling Sue Ost at 406-801-1142. After the concert, everyone is welcome to refreshments and to stay to socialize. Cost for the concert is a free-will donation or a nonperishable food item — both will be donated to the Havre Food Bank to help feed families in need for the holidays and throughout the year. • The annual live nativity scene will draw crowds Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church, 410 Fifth Ave. Spectators can drive past the scene or stop along the street or sidewalk to take time to watch the scene unfold. Church volunteers set up the scene, which includes live animals, and take shifts enacting all the parts — through all weather conditions. • Havre Eagles Club members, with the support of volunteers and donors, will once again host the Community Christmas Dinner, 202 First St. Everyone is welcome to come eat 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day volunteers will be serving up a traditional meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, rolls and an assortment of fresh vegetables, as well as a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. The meal is free, though donations are appreciated and go toward funding the next year’s meal. For more information, call Tom Farnham at 406-265-9551.
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U.S. // CANADA
BORDER CROSSING BASICS What to Bring Americans visiting Canada and Canadians returning home from the south can make the crossing smooth by knowing the regulations they will encounter at the border. Keep receipts from all purchases handy. All plant, animal and food items must be be declared, as well as alcohol, firearms, tobacco and new vehicles. BE SURE TO BRING: Identification: Passports are best for both Canadians and Americans. Canadian citizens are required to present one of the following documents when entering the United States by land or water: • a passport; • a NEXUS card; • a FREE and Secure Trade (FAST) card; • an enhanced driver's license (EDL) or enhanced identification card (EIC) from a province where a U.S. approved EDL/EIC program has been implemented; or • a Secure Certificate of Indian Status. Vaccination records for pets: A certificate from a veterinarian must verify that animals older than three months are free of diseases communicable to humans and has been vaccinated for rabies. Consent to transport children with adults who are, and are not, parents or guardians. A letter of consent should be dated and include the children's names, ages, bordercrossing dates and destination. The consent letter should include addresses and telephone numbers where the parents or guardian can be reached. With married couples, when one parent is traveling alone with the children, the signed consent letter should include a copy of the absent parent's driver's license or passport. Parents with custody orders (joint, shared or sole custody) should travel with copies of the legal custody documents as well as the consent letter form the other parent. DO NOT BRING: • Obscene, treasonable or seditious materials, hate propaganda or child pornography • Certain birds and feathers • Debased or counterfeit currency • Used mattresses • Items made by prisoners • Reprints of copyrighted Canadian works • Matches made with white phosphorus
GENERAL LIMITS PERSONAL EXEMPTION: • Canadian residents who spend more than 24 hours in the U.S. may return with up to $200 per person (Canadian) in goods without paying any duty. Items include food, furnishings and luxury items such as jewelry and perfume. An exemption is allowable for young children as long as the materials are for their use. Exemptions may not be combined with or transferred to other people. Alcohol and tobacco purchases are excluded from the personal exemption, with specific limits governing their purchase. Exceeding the $200 requires duties and taxes to be paid on the amount over and above the limit.
24 HOURS = $200
Under 24 Hours = NO PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS Residents who spent 24 hours or more in the U.S. may return with up to $200 per person (Canadian) in goods without paying any duty.
48 HOURS = $800
Residents who spent 48 hours or more in the U.S. may return with up to $800 per person (Canadian) in goods without paying any duty. Some alcohol and tobacco products may be included.
Exceeding the allowable limit may cost both duty and taxes, along with varying provincial/territorial assessments. Residents age 18 or 19 and older (depending on province) may import limited amounts of alcohol without paying duty or taxes. The limit for importing alcohol without paying duty is one of the following: • 1.5 liters (53 imperial ounces) of wine, or 2 - 750 mil.; • 1.14 liters (40 ounces) of alcohol; • a total of 1.14 liters (40 ounces) of wine and liquor; or • 24 12-ounce cans or bottles (maximum of 8.5 liters) of beer or ale.
Residents over age 18 may bring in all of the following amounts of tobacco free of duty and taxes within your personal exemption: • 200 cigarettes • 50 cigars • 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco and • 200 tobacco sticks Source: http://help.cbp.gov