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BITTERROOT Published by the Ravalli Republic Newspaper • September 28, 2011

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uncover the BITTERROOT published by the Ravalli Republic Newspaper Editor: Sherry Devlin Content: Anne Kazmierczak Production & Design: Jodi Lopez & Dara Saltzman Project Sales: Andrew Kilian Justine Morris

Uncover the Bitterroot 2011 is a publication of the Ravalli Republic, a division of Lee Enterprises. Copyright 2011 by the Ravalli Republic. This publication contains photos by the Ravalli Republic.

Photos above by David Erickson


Weather......................................................................... 4 Ravalli County and Geographic History...................... 6 Business of Living Business and Employment...................................... 7 Communications Providers..................................... 7 Essential Services..................................................7-8 Media.....................................................................8-9 County Offices............................................................ 10 Hospitals and Health Services Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Directory........11-12 General Health....................................................... 12 Specialties.........................................................12-13 Social Service Agencies and Programs General Assistance...........................................14-15 Health and Medical..........................................15-16 Disability Services.................................................. 16 Senior Services....................................................... 17 Veterans Services..............................................17-18 12-step and Support Groups 12-Step Programs.............................................18-21 Support Groups................................................21-22 Family living Family and Youth Services...............................22-24 Senior Services..................................................24-25 Public Schools............................................................. 25 Preschools and Childcare.......................................... 26 Churches.................................................................26-27 Sense of Place Arts.......................................................................... 28 Farmers Markets...............................................28-29 Libraries.................................................................. 29 Museums...........................................................29-30 Social Events.......................................................... 30 Animal Rescue Organizations.................................... 31 Natural Resource Agencies & Organizations.........32-33 Clubs and Groups Service Clubs....................................................34-35 Fraternal Organizations....................................35-36 Women’s Clubs.................................................36-37 Social Clubs............................................................ 37 Hobby Groups..................................................37-38 Outdoor Recreation Groups.................................38-39

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Ravalli County weather runs mild to wild, depending on the season and Mother Nature’s whim. Spring is typically the wettest season in Ravalli County. Rains in May and June, together with melting mountain snow, raise river levels to sometimes dangerous heights. Recreationists should keep careful track of river levels to ensure safety. Springtime temperatures are variable as well, with days peaking in the 40s - or the 60s. Lows are typically in the high 30s to 40s. In Hamilton, precipitation averages about 4.4 inches for the season. Summer weather is drier and warmer than the rest of the year. Precipitation falls to 2.14 inches from July 1 to Aug. 31, according to local weather experts. Particularly dry years portend forest fires later in the season. Extended day length, with sunset pushed back near 10 p.m., meets highs in the 80s for long, languid days casting for trout on crystal streams, sumptuous hikes to mountain lakes or taking in area cultural events. Nighttime lows in the 40s allow for deep sleep after active days. As summer ends, weather begins to change. Autumn weather can be highly variable, from golden bright days to cold, wet, grey. High temperatures drop back to the 60s and lows fall into the 30s. Mountain snow, melted off in July, begins to accumulate again in October. Autumn precipitation averages 2.34 inches between September 1 and November 15 at Hamilton. Topography and wind, always a factor in mountain weather, play an even more noticeable role in Autumn. Winter brings about 40 inches of snow to the Bitterroot Valley, with considerably deeper accumulation on slopes and peaks. Lost Trail ski area, at the south end of the county, receives about 300 inches of snow annually. Throughout the valley, daytime highs run from teens to 30s, while nights drop even lower. Whatever season you love, stay abreast of the latest weather information by checking the following websites: for general weather information and local forecasts, visit Area river levels are posted at hydrology. And snow pack levels can be found at For further information, contact the National Weather Service. 6633 Aviation Way, Missoula, MT 59808. 329-4840.


&Wellness Family Pharmacy

3804 Eastside Hwy in Stevensville, 777-5002, Caring for you and about you…Family Pharmacy is a full-service patient orientated pharmacy, offering a Certified Asthma Educator on staff, Diabetes Education and Custom Medication Compounding. Family Pharmacy also offers vaccines, health screenings, custom medications for your pet and a drive up window for your convenience . Chad Smith, Pharmacist and Owner, recognizes that everyone has unique healthcare needs and concerns. Chad and the staff of Family Pharmacy take the time to get to you know, not just as a customer, but as a patient and a person. Online, you will get current health news, drug information, and re-fill prescriptions online. Caring for you and about you, Family Pharmacy, your HealthMart Pharmacy.

Massage Therapy Melodee’s Melodee’s 924 Adirondac, Hamilton, MT 59840, Massage 406-360-9519 Now Open in Hamilton. Specializing in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy Massage, Reiki, and Sports Massage; it’s a great place to come relax or to help treatment for chronic pain. Massage Prices are $30 for 30 minutes, $50 for 60 minutes, and $65 for 90 minutes. Call to make an appointment.

New Horizons Physical Therapy

Looser, PT, CLT-LANA, CES 120 S 5th St, Ste 102, Hamilton, MT 59840 363-2570, Specializing in Women’s Health, Incontinence, Pelvic Pain and Lymphedema. Montana State Representative for Women’s Health through American Physical Therapy Association.

Public Health Nurse

205 Bedford Street, Suite L, Hamilton, MT 59840, 375-6670 M-F 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm County-wide health services, including family planning, services to pregnant women and their children, immunization clinics, school nursing, handicapped children’s program, communicable disease control, emergency preparedness services, and preventable health problems, are administered by the Ravalli County Public Health Department. Community health nurses also plan and coordinate community and school health programs. The Department contracts for the services of a Nurse Practitioner for the Family Planning Program. Œ

Rosewood Wellness

415 State Street, Hamilton, MT 59840, 375-0220, Rosewood Wellness Center & Spa specializes in a Mind, Body & Spirit approach to your wellness. Come relax in our tranquil atmosphere. Services offered: Massage ( Neuromuscular Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Craniosacral Therapy and Therapeutic Massage), Facials, Pedicures, Manicures, Tanning, Body Scrubs, Waxing, Body Wraps and Specialty Treatments. Auto Insurance and Workman’s Comp accepted. Gift Certificates available. //&

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RSVP Volunteers LEAD WITH EXPERIENCE Volunteers are one of the most valuable assets in the valley

354 Cooper Ln, Hamilton, MT

• Sunday Services 10:45 am & 6:30 pm • Youth Group – Sundays 4:30 pm • Precept Bible Study – Tues. 9:00 am • Praise & Prayer – Wednesdays 6:00 pm • AWANA – Wednesdays 6:15 pm

Special Need for more volunteers include Reading with children in the schools Friendly Visitors to the homebound

If you are 55+ and have the time to help call RSVP 363-1102 406-363-1102 / Website:

406.363.3735 Darrell Schoppa, Pastor

Coleen Reynolds, Secretary


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Geographic features define Ravalli County. Bordered by the Sapphire Mountains to the east and the Bitterroot range to the west, the county is bisected by the Bitterroot River, which runs its length. The Bitterroot Valley, named for the state flower that once grew plentifully on nearby hillsides, defines the heart of the county. The county seat is Hamilton, located on U.S. Highway 93 about midway through the county. South of Hamilton are the towns of Darby and Sula; north are Stevensville, Victor and Florence. Grantsdale, Pinesdale and Conner are smaller communities within the county. U.S. Highway 93 runs the length of the county. Widened from a dangerous two-lane to four lanes not many years back, the road serves to transport commuting workers as well as visitors to Western Montana. Two national forests, the Lolo and Bitterroot, share management of the county’s vast public land holdings. The Lolo has just 8,884 acres within Ravalli County, but the majority of the Bitterroot National Forest’s 1.6 million acres - 1.1 million acres - lie within county lines. Recreational opportunities, from fishing to camping, hiking and hunting, abound. The county was officially established by the Montana Legislature March 3, 1893, and is named for Father Antony Ravalli, who came to the area in 1845. Father Ravalli worked with the Bitterroot Salish, who requested establishment of St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville - Montana’s oldest town - in 1841. In 1891, the Salish were removed from the valley to the Flathead Reservation, about 100 miles north. With white settlement, the Bitterroot’s economy became grounded in agriculture. Apple orchards, grain and hay fields and cattle ranches spread. Copper king Marcus

Daly came for logs to supply his Butte mines with needed timber, and built his family a mansion in Hamilton. The mansion still stands, open to the public to discover the splendor of early Bitterroot history. To serve the budding industries, the town of Florence, named for the wife of prominent Missoula businessman A.B. Hammond, was established in the late 1880s as an agricultural rail post. Ravalli County population has grown steadily since 1960, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Currently 40,212 souls call the county home - about 4 percent of the state’s population. The median age of Ravalli County is 46. A quarter of the county’s population is 50-65 years old; 24 percent are over the age of 62. The county is 95.9 percent white, with a statistically equal number of men and women.

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THE BUSINESS OF LIVING Business and Employment

• Bitterroot Job Service. 274 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton. 363-1822. Provides assistance to both job seekers and businesses needing employees. • Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce. 105 E. Main St., Hamilton. 363-2400. • Trapper Creek Job Corps Center. 5139 W. Fork Rd., Darby, MT 59829. 821-3286. trappercreek. A free education and career training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor for eligible youth ages 16 through 24. The program’s mission is to teach young people the skills they need to become employable and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. Trapper Creek Job Corps Center is overseen by the Dallas Regional Office of Job Corps and is operated by U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service. State unemployment assistance. 406-444-2545.

Communications • Essen Communications Corporation. 1572 Blue Lupine Ln., Victor, MT 59875. 642-3333. Local and long distance landline telephone service and DSL internet service for the Bitterroot Valley. • Optimum. (888) 227-2129. HDTV, cable, internet and landline phone service. • Bridgemax. 1942 Birch St., Missoula. 542-5612. High speed internet service. • DirecTV. (800) 747-9294. Digital satellite TV. • Eagle Satellite. 2347 S. Ave. W., Missoula. 7213662. Satellite TV service.

Essential Services • BitterRoot Bus. 310 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-7484. Sharna Paddock, transit coordinator, BitterRoot Bus provides transportation throughout the valley Monday – Friday from 8am to 4:30pm. Each Tuesday, the bus travels to Missoula. Everyone may ride, but reservations are required. Fares are based on pick up and destination points. BitterRoot Bus is

a service of the Ravalli County Council on Aging and has been providing public transportation since 1999. • Bitterroot Taxi. 375-9399 or 381-9399. • Darby City Hall. 110 S. Main St., Darby, MT 59829. 821-3231. • Hamilton City Hall. 223 S. 2nd St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-0180. • Missoula International Airport Shuttler. 543-9416. • Missoula/Ravalli Transportation Management Association (MRTMA) iRide Vanpool. 2820 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula. 327-8707 or 327-8515. www. • NorthWestern Energy. www.northwesternenergy. com/. (888) 467-2669. Providing electrical and gas service to residential and business clients.

Church Directory

Meeting at Hamilton’s Senior Center (Corner of Adirondac and 4th) Sunday Service: 10am Engaging Children’s Ministry Provided 375-5196, PO Box 1664, Hamilton /

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â&#x20AC;˘ Ravalli County Airport. 215 S. 4th St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-9149. Ravalli County Airport was built in 1934 and has two 400-foot wide, quarter-mile runways. The airport is â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the busiest small airports in the state,â&#x20AC;? according to Ravalli County. â&#x20AC;˘ Ravalli County Extension Service. 215 S. 4th St., Ste. M, Hamilton. 375-6611. Provides education and assistance with agriculture, natural resources, community and youth development. â&#x20AC;˘ Ravalli County Federal Credit Union. 501 N. 1st, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-4631. â&#x20AC;˘ Stevensville Airport. Contact Ron McCan. 777-2073. A private and commercial airstrip located three miles east of Stevensville. Offers charter air service, scenic flights, propeller shop, flight training, aircraft mechanics, fuel sales, hanger rentals, aircraft rental and maintenance. The airport is supported by leases, fees and fund raisers; it receives no municipal taxes. â&#x20AC;˘ Stevensville City Clerk. 206 Buck St., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5271. â&#x20AC;˘ Victor Fire District. P.O. Box 243, Victor, MT 59875. 642-3180. Victor Fire District is served by Victor Volunteer Rural


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Media Newspapers â&#x20AC;˘ Ravalli Republic. 232 W. Main St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3300. Daily newspaper of the Bitterroot Valley; owned by Lee Enterprises. â&#x20AC;˘ Missoulian. 500 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula, MT 59801. 523-5250. Daily paper based in Missoula, covers all of Western Montana. â&#x20AC;˘ Missoula Independent. 317 S. Orange St., Missoula. 543-6609. Free weekly with focus on people, politics and culture. â&#x20AC;˘ Bitterroot Star. 215 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-3928. Locally-owned weekly




Fire Department and Quick Response Unit. Victor Fire District owns and operates Victor Ambulance. This dedicated volunteer group provides emergency responses to fires, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents and medical calls. Any district resident interested in becoming a firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician should contact the district office. Volunteer training is 7pm each Wednesday at the Fire Hall, 121 Tudor St.; the Board of Directors meet the second Wednesday of each month.

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Radio stations • KUFN 91.9 FM. Montana Public Radio broadcasts from the University of Montana campus in Missoula with a tower in Hamilton covering the lower Bitterroot Valley. Montana Public Radio is a National Public Radio affiliate featuring local and national programming including news, children’s programming, classical, jazz, world and folk music along with cultural treasures such as “A Prairie Home Companion.” Contact them at University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. 243-6400 or (800) 2436400. • 97.9 FM. The Ranch plays country music and features the “Scott and Paula” morning show. Contact P.O. Box 663, Missoula, MT 59806. 541-1071. • K-107.9 FM. Valley FM is a Hamilton-based station featuring local news, weather and country music. Owned by Mountain Broadcasting. 725 Strand Ave., Missoula, MT 59801. 542-1025. • 102.5 FM. Mountain FM targets 25-54 year-old adults with a pop-rock format. Owned by Mountain Broadcasting. 725 Strand Ave., Missoula, MT 59801. 542-1025. • KMZL 91.1 FM. SOS Radio - Contemporary Christian broadcasting at 91.5 Darby and 90.3 Bitterroot Valley. 2201 S. 6th St., Las Vegas, NV 89104. (800) 804-5452. • KLYQ 1240 AM. KLYQ Radio is Hamilton’s News Talk station at 1240 on the AM dial, with Montana News weekdays from 6am to 7:30, Local News 7:30 to 8am, The Event Show every Friday at 8am and the local Talkback call-in show from 8:30-10am weekdays. KLYQ also airs play-by-play games for the Hamilton High Broncs. Syndicated talk shows include Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Dave Ramsey. 139 Bitterroot Plaza Dr., Hamilton MT 59840. 363-3010.

Local Television Broadcast Channels • KECI. NBC - 340 W. Main, Missoula. 721-2063. • KMMF. FOX/ABC - 5115 US Hwy. 93 S. 251-1360. • KPAX. CBS - 2204 Regent St., Missoula. 542-4400 • KUFM. PBS - University of Montana, Missoula. 2434101 • MCAT. Missoula Community Access Television - available throughout Optimum service area.

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Elenita Brown Dance • 777-5956

T he Sula Country Life Club meets September to May; 3rd Tuesday of most months

Catch up with neighbors & make new friends. Everyone is welcome to attend. Fundraiser’s, Bingo, Silent Auctions and much more! A LWAY S A F U N T I M E ! For more information:

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County offices

Ravalli County government offices, based in Hamilton, serve the entire county from Florence to Sula. Major contact numbers are listed below. For a complete list of county services, visit or call the county clerk’s office, 375-6555, from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Five elected commissioners govern the county’s 40,212 citizens. Although the county is divided into five districts, commissioners are elected at large, with terms overlapping so that about half the board is elected every two years. Commissioners meet daily at 215 S. 4th St., Hamilton, and can be reached at 375-6500. Current county commissioners (and their term completion dates) are: Greg Chilcott, 12/31/12; J.R. Iman, 12/31/12; Ron Stoltz, 12/31/14; Matt Kanenwisher, 12/31/14; and Suzy Foss, 12/31/14. The following county offices are located at 205 Bedford St., Hamilton MT 59840:

Hamilton Chief of Police Ryan Oster

Photo Ravalli Republic

• Emergency services. Phone 911 • Sheriff. 375-4060. • Non-emergency services & controlled burn information. 363-3033 or 375-4072. • Emergency management. 375-6655. • Animal protection and control. 363-7720. • County attorney. 375-6750. • District court. 375-6780. • Justice courts. 375-6755 or 375-6765. • Public health. 375-6670. Offices at 215 S. 4th St., Hamilton are: • Airport. 375-9149. • Clerk and recorder. 375-6555. • County commissioners. 375-6500. • Department of Motor Vehicles. 375-6585. • Elections. 375-6550. • Environment. 375-6565. • Extension. 375-6611. • Human Resources. 375-6519. • Planning office. 375-6530. • Superintendent of schools. 375-6522. • Taxes. 375-6600. • Treasurer. 375-6585. Other county offices include the department of revenue, 1707 N. 1st St., Hamilton, 375-2700; weed district, 329 Airport Rd., Stevensville, 777-5842; roads and bridges, 244 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, 363-2733; and fairgrounds, 363-3411, 100 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton.

Hospitals & Health Services

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. 1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-2211. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is a non-profit, fullservice critical access hospital with expanded medical staff and clinics, including a new orthopedic clinic. Services include: a surgery center offering general, cosmetic, podiatric, obstetric, ophthalmologic, orthopedic and urologic surgeries; state-of-the-art radiology services including 64-slice CT scan, high resolution MRI, digital mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry, fluoroscopy and PACS system; a rehabilitation center with 17 certified therapists, evidence-based rehabilitation equipment, the state’s only Hydroworx 2000 aquatic therapy pool and the only pediatric rehabilitation program in western Montana; a 20,000 square foot emergency department; a Hospice Center; a brand new sleep center; plus lactation services, medical social services, urgent care clinic and wellness initiatives. Marcus Daly offers community education classes in First aid, CPR, childbirth, infant sign language, EMS training, diabetes education, women’s health and baby sitter training. Contact MDMH at 375-4654 or for more information. The hospital also offers sports physicals. MDMH Department numbers: • Education. 375-4654. • Emergency and Clinical Decision. 375-4800. Emergency care plus additional monitoring, diagnostic evaluation and pain treatment for ER patients not requiring hospitalization. • Cardiology. 375-4665. • Inpatient Hospitalist. 375-4800. Jennifer Feighner, MD, Medical Director. • Laboratory. 375-4428. • Medical Social Services. 375-4436. • Mammography. 375-4426. Digital mammography with same day results. • Pharmacy. 375-4403. Open to all patients and the general public.

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• Radiology. 375-4426. • Rehabilitation Center. 375-4570. • Same Day Services. 375-4800. Pre-op assessments, post-op care, intravenous therapy, blood transfusions. • Sleep Center. 375-4801. • Surgery Center. 375-4688.

General Health Services • Bitterroot Clinic. 1224 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1100. Family and Internal Medicine. A service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. MDs: John Courchesne, Mandi Griffin, Lisa J. Milch, Michael Moran and Gary L. Smith; Susan Reynolds, FNP. • Convenient Care Clinic. 1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-0597. High quality professional walk-in medical care to diagnose and treat minor illnesses and non-emergencies. No appointment necessary. A service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Carol Calderwood, MD, medical director. • Corvallis Family Medicine. 1037 Main St., Corvallis, MT 59840. 961-4661. Full spectrum family medicine; a service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Yvonne Courchesne, MD, April Weinberger, MD, Nicolett Weston, FNP. • Family Medicine Center of the Bitterroot. 330 N. 10th St., Ste. A, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3627. MDs: Teresa Borino, H. Brett Heath, Randy Stewart. • Hamilton General Surgery. 1150 Westwood Dr., Ste. D, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-0345. A service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Luke T. Channer, MD. • Home Health Services. 1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-6503. Provides physician directed skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapy at home. Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance and direct pay accepted. Services are ranked no.1 in state and in top 3 percent nationally. • Life Span Family Medicine Specialists. 715 Main St., Ste. A, Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5522. Kirk Crews, MD. • Physicians Clinic. 1170 Westwood Dr., Ste.

B, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5101. Family and internal medicine, a service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Walker J. Ashcraft, MD, John P. Moreland, MD, Susan Reynolds, FNP. • Ravalli Family Medicine. 411 W. Main St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5104. Lawrence D. Brouwer, MD, Kathi Harder-Brouwer, MD, Allisun Jensen, PA-C. • Western Montana Health Clinic. Missoula. 5329700. Physical therapy, day treatment, case management.

Specialties • Aspen Hospice. 107 Bell Crossing W., Stevensville. 642-3010. • Bitterroot Cosmetics & Reconstructive Surgery. 715 Main St., Ste. B, Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-4477. Robert Alexander, MD. • Bitterroot Foot & Ankle. 330 N. 10th St., Ste. B, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-4214. Chad Dickemore, DPM. • Bitterroot General & Vascular Surgery. 1150 Westwood Dr., Ste. C, Hamilton, MT 59840. 3634574. A service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Frederick M. Ilgenfritz, MD. • Bitterroot Neurology. 1019 W. Main St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-9310. Stuart N. Kieran, MD. • Bitterroot Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. 1170 Westwood Dr., Ste. A, Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-4868. A service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Jeremiah Clinton, MD. • Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding. 599 Popham Ln., Corvallis, Linda Olson. 961-2999 or 880-6599. A non-profit medically coordinated riding program for adults and children. Medicaid accepted. • Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates. 300 N. 10th St., Ste. A, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5434. A service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Mark Calderwood, MD. • Blind and Low Vision Services. Missoula, (800) 601-5004. 329-5400. • Brain Injury Association. • Denture Center. 1780 N. 1st St. Ste. C, Hamilton. 363-6000.

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• Hamilton Obstetrics & Gynecology. 1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-4777. A service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital; Mary E. Camden and J. David Laraway, Mds. • Haven’s Horses. 376 Haven Ln., Hamilton. www. 381-6611. Equine-assisted therapy. Most insurance accepted. • Hospice Center and Services. 1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-6503. Licensed at home or in-center end-of-life care, including bereavement counseling for survivors. Medicaid, Medicare and insurance accepted. • International Heart Institute. 1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-4665. MDs: Bradley D. Berry, Steward M. Long, Matt Maxwell, Stephen A. Tahta, W. Stanley Wilson. • Ravalli Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. 1190 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-2391. Gregory Behm, MD. • Ravalli Urology. 1224 W. Main, Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-4888. A service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital; Matthew Munding, MD.

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• Specialty Clinics. 1150 Westwood Dr., Ste. E, Hamilton, MT 5984O. A service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Specialty Clinics provide neurosurgery, oncology and pain treatment services by appointment only. Chemotherapy is provided every Wednesday. • Neurosurgery. Richard Day. 327-4290 • Oncology. Drs. Linda M. Reis and Alan Thomas. 728-2539. • Pain Services. DOs Patrick Danaher and Steve Kemple, 541-7246. • Western Montana Addiction Services, Inc. 209 N. 10th St., Ste. C, Hamilton. 532-9140. Provides prevention, intervention, outpatient and residential care. • Western Montana Mental Health Center. (Riverfront Counseling) 209 N. 10th St., Hamilton. 532-9101. Case management, individual outpatient therapy, marriage and family counseling, medication monitoring, child services.

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SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS General Assistance • 211 (formerly First Call for Help). Phone 211. 211 provides free phone-based information about essential assistance services available in the community. • Commodity Center. 215 N. 6th St., Hamilton. 363-2134. Thrift store selling used clothing, household goods, books, etc. at low prices. • Darby Breadbox. 206 E. Tanner St., Darby. 8212081. Emergency food supplies. M, W, F 10am2pm. • Dept. of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). 310 N. 3rd St., Hamilton. 363-1944. Medicaid, food stamps, etc. • Haven House Food Bank. 316 N. 3rd Ste. 162, Hamilton. 363-2450. Provides a food box once a month. Open M, W ,F 10am–1:45pm. • Human Resource Council. 316 N. 3rd St., Hamilton. 363-6101. Serves the needs of lowincome through various programs. • LIEAP – Low Income Energy Assistance Program. 728-3710. Energy bill assistance Oct. 1– April 30. • Lighthouse Emergency Shelter for Families. 116 Bowman Rd., Hamilton. 239-8833 or 360-1107. • Literacy Bitterroot. 316 N. 3rd St., Ste. 156, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-2900. Provides free, confidential literacy and high school equivalency diploma instruction to Ravalli County residents over the

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age of 16. General Education Diploma classes are offered in partnership with local schools and online. Classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and academic skills for adults wishing to enter college or secure or retain employment are also available. Personal Employment Plan (career exploration) training is offered at 9-11am the last Thursday of each month. • Mental Health Crisis Line. (800) 273-TALK (8255). Montana Law Help, Montana Legal Services, 211 N. Higgins #401, Missoula, 59802. 543-8343 or (800) 666-6899. www. • Ravalli County Red Cross Disaster Action Team of the American Red Cross of Montana. 4479 Store Ln., Stevensville, MT 59870. Dallas D. Erickson, Disaster Chair, 7775862, 240-5277. Prevents, prepares for and responds to disasters and emergencies. Every 53 hours, Montana Red Cross volunteers respond to a disaster, most often house fires. • Riverfront Counseling and Support Center. 209 N. 10th St., Ste. A, Hamilton, MT 59840. 532-9101 ext. 3114. A non-profit community mental health center offering comprehensive behavioral healthcare for all ages. Psychiatric services, case management, rehabilitation and family services, 24/7 psychiatric crisis intervention, short-term crisis stabilization, and Eddie Meuchel therapeutic group home for adults. Private and public insurance accepted. A unit of Western Montana Mental Health Centers. • Section 8 Housing Assistance. P.O. Box 200545, Helena, MT 59620. 841-2830. Housing vouchers for low-income and qualified persons.

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• Supporters of Abuse Free Environments, Inc. P.O. Box 534, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-2793; 24-hour crisis line, 363-4600; email The goal of S.A.F.E. is to reduce domestic and sexual violence incidences and impact through direct services to survivors and by decreasing conditions that support violence against women. Services include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, advocacy, children’s support, support groups for adults and youth, prevention programs and work of the Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. • Salvation Army. 316 N. 3rd St., Ste. 161, Hamilton. 363-6101 ext. 248. Emergency vouchers for utilities, gas, prescriptions, food and shelter; rental assistance (eligibility requirements and restrictions apply); help with LIEAP/energy share; referrals. • Stevensville Clothes Closet. 3862 ALC Way, Stevensville. Provides free clothing, linens and kitchen equipment to Bitterroot residents in need. Hours are 1-4pm, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, except holidays. Donations are gratefully accepted during those same hours. Mail: 1384 Meridian Rd., Victor, MT 59875; Gail, 777-5694 or Molly, 961-4614.

Health and Medical Assistance • Bitterroot Prescription Assistance Program. 323 Explorer Way, Florence, MT 59833. 360-5496. • Donated Dental Services Program. (888) 4499670. To qualify, applicants must have a permanent disability or be over age 62; live within 150 percent of federal poverty levels; have no other means of obtaining dental care; and need extensive dental treatment. • Nurse First Advice Line. (800) 330-7847. 24/7 answer line for health and illness questions. • Ravalli County Public Health Department. 205 Bedford St., Ste. L, Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-6670. Judy Griffin, RN, public health director, gov. The Ravalli County Public Health Department serves a large cross section of county residents. Services include child and adult immunizations, family planning, maternal and child health, emergency preparedness and communicable disease surveillance.

Transportation to medical appointments • Disabled American Veterans Van. 642-3871 • Medicab. 327-1510

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• Missoula-Ravalli TMA Community Needs Van for Disabled Adults and Seniors. 542-2121 • Road to Recovery Cancer Treatment Transit. 363-5173

Disablilty Services • Americans with Disabilities Act Information Line. (800) 514-0301. • AWARE Inc., 205 E. Park Ave., Anaconda, MT 59711. 563-8117 or 432-6145. Services for Montanans affected by disabilities and/ or mental illness. Federal government website providing web links to federal, state and local government, non-profit and educational websites. • Disability Rights Montana. 245-4743 • Disabled Driver Evaluation and Training. 2827 Fort Missoula Rd., Missoula. 728-4100 • Opportunity Resources Inc. 316 N. 3rd St., Hamilton. 363-5032. Assistance with housing, transportation, recreation, jobs and case management. • P.L.U.K. Parents Let’s Unite for Kids (P.L.U.K.). (800) 222-7585. A private, nonprofit organization that offers parents of children with special needs information, support and training. Services are free. • Montana Telecommunications Access Program. 444-1486 or (800) 833-8503. Telephones for those with hearing, speech, vision, or physical impairments. • Montana Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. 771-9053. Schedule sign language interpreters, free telephones. • Montana Home Choice Coalition. 616 Helena Ave., Helena 59601. (406) 449-3120. Affordable, quality housing for seniors, adults, children and families with disabilities. • Montana Fair Housing. (800) 929-2611. www. Housing assistance for people with mental, cognitive and physical disabilities, including provisions for reasonable accommodations and modifications. • Montana State Home Buyer Program for the Disabled. 360-2211 • Montana Talking Book Library. (800) 332-3400. Alternative reading materials for people with visual,

physical or reading impairments. • Montana Warm Line. (877) 688-3377. M-F 5:30-9:30pm, Sat 1-5pm. Phone line for people with mental illness to talk to about issues in their lives. Not a crisis line. • Montana Work Solutions, LLC. 316 N. 3rd St., Ste. 106, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-7700. Provides employment and independent living services for people with disabilities. • MT Vocational Rehabilitation. 316 N. 3rd St., Hamilton. 375-0203. • MonTech. 243-5676. Offers individuals with disabilities introduction to assistive technology and provides low interest loans to purchase equipment. Payee Services: Bitterroot Payee Services, P.O. Box 1152, Hamilton, 370-8768; Council on Aging, 310 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton, 363-5690; Payee Guardianship Program, 2681 Palmer St. #K, Missoula 59808, (877) 327-7886 or 327-7886. • R.A.M.P. (Regional Access Mobility Program). 5233953 or 239-8650. Provides wheelchair ramps and other access for elderly and disabled. • Ravalli Services Corporation. 219 Pennsylvania Ave., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5400. msadowski@ A private, nonprofit corporation that provides community-based services to adults with developmental disabilities. Operations include three residential facilities (with a fourth to open soon), a day center, a work service location at 111 Old Corvallis Rd. and a thrift store at 950 N. 1st St. that helps support our corporation. RSC is one of the 20 largest employers in Ravalli County. • Special Olympics Montana. P.O. Box 3507, Great Falls, MT 59403. (800) 242-6876. Year-round state-wide programs of physical fitness, sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with differing abilities. • Summit Independent Living Center Branch Office. 316 N. 3rd, No. 113, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5242. A non-residential program providing advocacy, peer counseling, independent living skills training, self-directed personal assistance, information and referral for people with disabilities, their friends and family members. Main office is at 700 SW. Higgins Ave., Ste. 101, Missoula, MT 59803. 728-1630 or (800) 398-9002.

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Senior Services • Ravalli County Council on Aging. 310 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5690. Administers programs for the aged, their families and caregivers. Services include: dietary supplements, farmers market coupons, restaurant discounts, food commodities, case management services, Lifeline emergency alert service, durable medical equipment and telephone checkups. Contact Ravalli County Council on Aging about the following programs: Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group. Provides emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through twicemonthly meetings. Eldercare caregivers workshop for family or informal providers of in-home care to older adults. A six-week course focusing on self-care, communication and stress reduction. Participants develop personalized action plans. Congregate meals - free hot meals for seniors in a peer group setting. Meal sites in Florence, Stevensville, Victor, Hamilton, Darby and Sula. Meals on Wheels. Available seven days a week for seniors 60 and over and on a limited basis for those

under 60 leaving hospital care. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program investigates elder abuse complaints in nursing homes, adult residential care facilities and assisted living facilities. • Social Security. 500 SW. Higgins, Ste. 5, Missoula. 542-1665 or (800) 772-1213.

Veterans Services • Bitterroot Division Disabled American Veterans. 363-8396. Disabled American Veterans provides transportation to Veteran’s Administrationapproved medical appointments for any veteran that needs it. The Bitterroot DAV branch has four vans that travel 10,000 to 15,000 miles, transporting more than 300 veterans, each month. The agency is powered by volunteers. Anyone wishing to help, plus those in need of services, should contact the agency for more information. • Valley Veterans Service Center. 299 Fairgrounds Rd., Ste. 4, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-9838. Mon.Fri. 8am-4pm. Provides veterans with assistance filing Veterans Administration health, education and medical claims. Valley Veterans is a non-profit organization

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supported by donation jars located throughout the Bitterroot Valley. • Veterans Affairs. 2501 Reserve St., Missoula. (800) 827-1000 or 542-2501. A Service Officer for Montana Veterans Affairs Division is available to veterans and their dependents 9-10:30am the second Tuesday of each month at the Stevensville Town Council Chambers and from 12:30 to 3:30pm at the Hamilton Job Service office. She will also be at the Hamilton Job Service office every fourth Wednesday of the month from 12:30 to 3:30pm. • Bitterroot Chapter #938 of Vietnam Veterans of America. Meets at 7pm the first Wednesday of each month at 319 N. 3rd St. in Hamilton. An opportunity for Vietnam Vets to get or share information, lend a helping hand assisting veterans in dealing with the Veterans Administration. Contact George Mayer, 360-5435. • Veteran-to-Veteran (V2V) Outreach Group Meets at 8am. Fridays in the backroom of BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Informal group for discussing any needs of any veteran. Contact Dan Mayer, 360-5435.

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12-Step groups rely on a structured program of steps in a confidential group setting to help people gain control of their lives over substances or behaviors that have become unhealthy for them. Call listed numbers for specific meeting information. Al-anon, Alateen and Adult Children of Alcoholics groups help families and friends of alcoholics take control of their own lives and responses to the alcoholic in their life using 12-step principals. Call for meeting information. • Al-anon. 721-5818; Dorothy, 777-3209; Bert, 375-0181. • Alateen. Jane, 375-0422; Lynda, 961-8448. • Adult Children of Alcoholics. Susie, 363-8505. • Alcoholics Anonymous District 93, Bitterroot












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Valley. Bitterroot AA, P.O. Box 1015, Hamilton, MT 59840; Information hotline: (888) 607-2000; tape library: Dave, 381-1711. Alcoholics Anonymous is a structured 12-step program for people who wish to reclaim their lives from the power of alcohol. AA members meet regularly to support one another and reinforce AA objectives. Meetings are either closed, for members only, or open, for anyone interested in the AA program of recovery. Bitterroot groups meet daily. Open meetings: Sunday: 9am. It’s a New Day, Carriage House, 310 N. 4th St., Hamilton. 7pm Conscious Contact, Candlelight Meditation groups, Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton. 7:30pm Victor group, Senior Center, 242 Fifth Ave., Victor. Third Sunday each month, district business meeting, 4pm, Victor Community Senior Center, 242 Fifth Ave., Victor; Contact Jay at 360-9574. Monday: 9am. It’s a New Day, Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton. 5:30pm. The Solution, 209 N. 10th St. Bldg.

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3, Hamilton. 7pm. Lolo group, Convergence Ministries, Hwy 93 and Ann’s Ln., Lolo. 8pm. Attitude of Gratitude, Corvallis Methodist Church, Corner of Eastside Highway and Cemetery Rd. Tuesday: 9am. It’s a New Day, Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton. 5:30pm. The Way Out, 12 and 12 book study groups, Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton. 7pm. Darby group, Conner Wesleyan Church, 4674 Hwy. 93 S (south of Rye Creek Rd.), Darby. 7pm. Working with Others, First Baptist Church basement, 401 Church St., Stevensville. Wednesday: 9am. It’s a New Day, 12 and 12 book study groups, Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton. 7pm. Florence group, discussion meeting, Florence Fire Hall (west of stoplight), Florence. Thursday: 9am. It’s a New Day, Carriage House, 310 N. 4th St., Hamilton. 5:30pm. Talk story group, Faith Lutheran Church, 171 Lewis Ln., Hamilton. 7pm. Stevensville group, St. Mary’s Parish basement, 333 Charlo St., Stevensville.

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Support Groups • Co-dependents Anonymous. 375-0422 or 8213344. • Gamblers Anonymous. Bernie, 375-0222. Meets each Wednesday at 6:30pm, St. Francis Church, 411 S. 5th St., Hamilton. • Montana Narcotics Anonymous. (800) 9906262; Darlene, 546-0829; Phil, 821-3002; or Jamie, 529-4542.

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1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 3636503. Meets 2-3:30pm each Tuesday. • Low Vision Support Group. Diane Gray, 3295413. Meets at 1:30pm the second Tuesday of each month at Willow Court Apartments, 150 Skeels Ave., Hamilton. • Men’s Bereavement Breakfast. Marcus Daly Hospice Center, 1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-6303. Second Friday of each month, 9am, $3. • MS support group. LaRoy Williamson, 3601117 or Nancy Holzer, 363-1149. Meets 9-10:30am the first Tuesday each month at Willow Court Apartments, 150 Skeels Ave., Hamilton. • Parkinson’s Movers and Shakers. Susan Johnson, 363-2676. Meets quarterly at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 501 N. 10th St., Hamilton. • People First Action Club. 363-5242. For people with developmental disabilities, meets every Wednesday 3-4pm at Human Resource Council building, 316 N. 3rd St., Hamilton. • Surviving Suicide support group for friends and family members of victims of suicide. Meets at Noon the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Carriage House Annex, 310 N. 4th St., Hamilton. • Take Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS). Jerry Sue, 777-5355. Meets at 9am Thursdays at Community Baptist Church, 409 Buck St., Stevensville. 777-5573. • Veteran-to-Veteran (V2V) Outreach Group. Meets at 8am Fridays in the backroom of BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. Informal group for discussing any needs of any veteran. Contact Dan Mayer, 360-5435. • Bitterroot Chapter #938 of Vietnam Veterans of America. Meets at 7pm the first Wednesday of each month at 319 N. 3rd St. in Hamilton. Vietnam Vets share information and assist other veterans in dealing with the Veterans Administration. Contact George Mayer, 360-5435. • Women Helping Women. Conner Wesleyan Church, 5 miles S. of Darby at 4674 Hwy. 93 S., Darby, MT 59829. 821-3570. A Christian based support group encouraging better health, weight loss and friendship. Tuesday mornings at 9:30am.

Family living

Family and Youth Services • Bitterroot Breastfeeding Coalition. www. bitterrootbreastfeedingcoalition. The mission of the BBC is to increase awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding; educate, support and advocate for pregnant and breastfeeding women; and encourage breastfeeding as the normal feeding method for Bitterroot infants. Meets every other month. • Bitterroot CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Julie Crane, Director. 961-4535. CASA volunteers act as liaisons for children that have been placed in foster care. Assigned by district court judges, CASA volunteers act as guardians ad litem, representing children before the court. CASA volunteers work to ensure children are placed in safe, permanent, nurturing homes as quickly as possible. Volunteers are carefully screened and must undergo criminal records and other checks before service. Those interested in serving, fundraising or donating to CASA may call 961-4535. • Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources (B.E.A.R.). 310 N. 4th St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5410 ext. 121. B.E.A.R. is built on the foundation that nature helps kids deal with life’s stresses and adversity. Programs include: Venture O.U.T. - Intensive small groups and one-onone mentoring lets kids move Onward to new possibilities, Upward beyond expectations and Through obstacles; K.O.R.E. - Kids Outdoor Reaching Extremes - for youth to learn outdoor skills while serving their community; Sk8 Montana - kids travel Montana visiting skate parks and learning new tricks; summer camps for teens and tweens; family outreach and support; and monthly dinners and events. • Bitterroot Youth Home. 196 Providence Way, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-0619. Bitterroot Youth Home provides shelter for local children and youths in crisis. Courts, addiction service agencies and the Department of Family Services refer victims of abuse and neglect to BYH. Youths are provided a safe, caring place to stay and round-

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the-clock supervision until their lives are stabilized. Stays range from a few days to a year. • Celebrate Jesus. After school program for grades 1-6. Conner Wesleyan Church, 4674 Hwy. 93 S., Darby, MT 59829. 821-3570. Program runs concurrent with school calendar. Children are picked up at 1:30pm every other Friday at Darby Elementary School. Parents pick up at Conner Wesleyan Church at 5pm. • Child Care Resources. 105 E. Pine St., lower level, Missoula, MT 59802. 728.6446 or (800) 728.6446;; ccr@ Helps families in Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli counties find and pay for child care. Scholarships are available to low-income families. CCR also offers training to Ravalli County child care facilities to help with early intervention for children with special needs or challenging behaviors. Contact CCR for information about the 2012 training schedule. • Child & Family Services. 108 Pinckney, Hamilton. 363-1961. Foster care, adoptions, child protective services.

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• Child Development Center. T-214 Fort Missoula, Missoula. 549-6413. Provides family services for children at risk for or diagnosed with a developmental delay. • Emma’s House. P.O. Box 2034, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-7216. Free, confidential services for children and families where there are reports of child abuse or neglect. Conducts forensic interviews, medical exams, crisis intervention and victim counseling. Engages in victim advocacy, community outreach and education. Services by referral only. • Healthy Montana Kids. (877) 543-7669. Free or low-cost health coverage for children birth to 19. • Lighthouse Emergency Shelter for Families. 116 Bowman Rd, Hamilton. 239-8833 or 360-1107. • Local Living Family Center. 5501 N. Hwy. 93, Florence, MT 59833. 273-0142. The LLFC works to support families and help community members advocate against child abuse. The Local Living Family Center is a program of Women’s

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Opportunity and Resource Development, Inc. 2525 Palmer St., Missoula, MT 59808. 543-3550. • P.L.U.K. Parents Let’s Unite for Kids (P.L.U.K.) (800) 222-7585. A private, nonprofit organization that offers parents of children with special needs information, support and training. Services are free. • Ravalli County school Superintendent. 215 S. 4th St., Ste. B, Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-6522. • Ravalli County Juvenile Detention Center. 205 Bedford St., Ste. O, Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-6775. • Ravalli County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program. 205 Bedford St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-6685. Food vouchers for pregnant, postpartum and nursing mothers and children birth to 5 years old. • Ravalli County Youth Court. 220 S. 3rd St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-6805. • Ravalli County Youth Suicide Prevention Alliance. P.O. Box 397, Victor, MT 59875. 360-2708. Offers suicide prevention training as well as support for family and friends of suicide victims. Suicide rates in Ravalli County and Montana are among the highest in the nation. Because 65 percent of completed suicides in Montana result from gunshot wounds, the Alliance also offers gun locks at no charge. Suicide prevention training is noon the first Wednesday of each month. Surviving Suicide support group meets at noon the second and fourth Wednesdays each month. Both are free and meet at the Carriage House Annex, 310 N. 4th St., Hamilton.

hour crisis line. 363-4600; email safe@cybernet1. com. The goal of S.A.F.E. is to reduce domestic and sexual violence incidences and impact through direct services to survivors and by decreasing conditions that support violence against women. Services include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, advocacy, children’s support, support groups for adults and youth, prevention programs and work of the Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. • Teen Bible Study and Fellowship Group. Open to all teens. Meets each Thursday at 7pm. Call 821-3570 for current location. • Trapper Creek Job Corps Center. 5139 W. Fork Rd., Darby, MT 59829. 821-3286. trappercreek. Job Corps is a free education and career training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor for eligible youth ages 16 through 24. The program’s mission is to teach young people the skills they need to become employable and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. Trapper Creek Job Corps Center is overseen by the Dallas Regional Office of Job Corps and is operated by U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service. • Waldorf Inspired Parent-Child Group. Meets Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm for creative play, songs, stories, crafts, cooking, baking and nature walks. All families, expectant parents and children birth to 6 years are welcome. For more information and location contact Kim at 369-0213.


• South Valley Child and Family Center. 515 Madison, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3450. www.svcfc. org. Founded in 2002 to enhance the physical and mental well-being of Bitterroot Valley children and families. SVCFC provides autism spectrum disorder support, parenting classes, a 10-week family wellness and weight-loss program and community suppers four nights a week from October through April. Meals are prepared in conjunction with Hamilton Middle and High Schools. The Center relies on community volunteers.

• Adult Protective Services. 108 Pickney St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1961.

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Community Senior Centers • Darby. 106 N. Main St., Darby. 821-3275. • Hamilton. 820 N. 4th St., Hamilton. 363-5181. • Stevensville. 100 Mission St., Stevensville. 7775681.

• Ravalli County Council on Aging. 310 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840. 3635690. Provides resource information and assistance, Medicare and Medicaid counseling and payee services through Social Security. Donated durable medical items can be checked out from the free Community Loan Closet. The Council on Aging also administers Congregate Meals - free hot meals for seniors in a peer group setting; Meals on Wheels; and a Long-Term Care Ombudsman program that investigates elder abuse complaints in nursing homes, adult residential care facilities and assisted living facilities. • The Golden Age Club of Hamilton. 727 S. 5th St., Hamilton, MT 59840. A senior social club for those aged 50 and above. Not connected to any agency or organization. Hosts dances at 7:30-10pm each Friday. Admission $5 couples, $3 singles, bands rotate. Non-members of all ages welcome. Other events include monthly business meetings, card games, holiday dinners and birthday parties. Annual dues are $6. All events are non-smoking and non-alcoholic. Contact Bob Olson at 363-0142 for more information.

Public schools

• Florence-Carlton, District 15-6. The district has approximately 856 students in its three schools at 5602 Old Hwy. 93, Florence 59833. District Office, 273-6751; High School, 273-6301; Middle School, 273-0587; Elementary School, 273-6741. More information at www.florence. • Stevensville, District 2. Stevensville High School, Middle School and Elementary School serve 921 students on a single campus at 300 Park Ave., Stevensville 59870. 777-5481; www. • Lone Rock School District. 1112 Three Mile Creek Rd., Stevensville 59870. 777-3314; www. • Victor School. Victor School is a K-12 school with approximately 345 students. 425 4th Ave., Victor 59875. 642-3221;

• Corvallis, District 1. P.O. Box 700, Corvallis, 59828. District Office, 961-4211; Corvallis Primary School, 961-3261; Corvallis Middle school, 961- 3007; Corvallis High School, 9613201; • Hamilton, District 3. The district has three elementary schools, a high school, middle school, Head Start (preschool) and a 700-seat performing arts center. About 1,600 students attend district schools and programs. District Office, 217 Daly Ave., Hamilton 59840. 3632280; • Head Start. 81 Kurtz Ln., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1217. For low-income children ages 3-5. • Darby, District 9. 209 School Dr., Darby, MT 59829. District Office, 821-3841; Junior High and High School, 8213252; Elementary, 821-3643; www.darby.k12.

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Preschools and Childcare

• Evergreen Montessori Preschool. 201 Daly Ave., Hamilton. 363-7279. • Evergreen Kids Corner. 201 S. 8th St., Hamilton. 363-1688. • Sunny Spot Montessori. 106 Shady Ln. Hamilton. 375-1155. • Two Creeks School. 126 W. Main St., Hamilton. 363-4740. • Grace Lutheran Childcare & Preschool. 275 Hattie Ln., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-7563. • Cuddle Bugs. 103 Lyndale Ave., Apt. A., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-4220. • Little Rascals Play Center. 1704 N. 1st St., Ste. C, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-4470. • Sonshine Preschool & Daycare. 165 White Birch Ln., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3439. • West Wald Daycare. 404 Wyant Ln., Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-9243. • Child Care Resources. 316 N. 3rd St., Ste. 160, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-4599. • Assembly of God Childcare & Preschool. 601 W. Main St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-6502. • Creative Minds Child Care. 283 N. 2nd St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 961-4033. • Kid Country Child Care. 459 Skalkaho Hwy., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5698.

Baptist • Florence Baptist Church. 5431 Old Hwy 93, Florence, MT 59833. 273-2772. • Highway Baptist Church. 225 Eight Mile Rd., Florence, MT 59833. 273-2041. • Community Baptist. 409 Buck Ave., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5573. • First Baptist. 402 Church St., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5677. • Galilee Baptist. 208 Higgins Ln., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5194. • Lifeway Baptist Church. 3909 Hwy. 93 N., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-3570. • Big Sky Baptist Church. 201 S. 4th St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3781. • First Baptist. 354 Cooper Ln., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3735. • New Hope Southern Baptist. 869 Sleeping Child Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-4109. • First Baptist. 105 W. Missoula Ave., Darby. 821-3234.

Bible • Lone Rock Bible Church. 1142 Three Mile Creek Rd., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-2592. • Christ’s Bible Church. 319 S. 5th St., Hamilton. 363-3390. • Cornerstone Bible Church. 280 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton. 363-5075.

Calvary Chapel


• Calvary Chapel of the Bitterroot Valley. 700 N. 4th St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3431.



• St. Augustine. 206 E. Ravalli St., Hamilton, MT 363-4090.

• St. Joseph Catholic Church. 224 Linder St., Florence, MT 59833. 777-5474. • St. Mary’s Mission. 401 W. 4th St., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5734. • Our Lady of the Bitterroot Roman Catholic Chapel. 316 B St., Victor, MT 59875. 642-9528. • St. Francis Catholic Church. 411 S. 5th St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1385.

Assembly of God • Light of the Valley Assembly of God. 103 N. Kootenai Cr. Rd., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5859. • Hamilton Assembly of God. 601 W. Main St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-2510.

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Christian and Missionary Alliance

• Our Savior Lutheran Church-LCMS. 184 Pine Hollow Rd., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5625.

• Canyon View Church. 195 Skalkaho Hwy., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-4244.


Church of Christ

• Hamilton Church of Christ. 701 Adirondac Ave., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1713.

Community Church • Charlos Heights Community Church. 1700 US Hwy. 93 S., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-2896. • Corvallis Community Church. 310 S. 2nd St., Corvallis, MT 59828. 961-3443. • Florence-Carlton Community Church. 20075 Old US Hwy. 93, Florence, MT 59833. 273-6811. • Victor Community Church. 258 S. Martin St., Victor, MT 59875. 642-3458.

Disciples of Christ • First Christian Church. 328 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1213.

Episcopal • St Stephen’s Episcopal. 203 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-0028.

Foursquare • Dayspring. 5527 Old US Hwy 93, Florence, MT. 273-4650. • Crosspoint Christian Fellowship. 76 Woodside Cutoff Rd., Corvallis MT. 375-5196. • New Life Foursquare Church. 303 Cole Rd., Darby. 821-4571.

Interdenominational • United Methodist-American Baptist Federated Church. 211 N. 6th St., Hamilton, MT. 363-2465.

Lutheran • Faith Lutheran Church-ELCA. 171 Lewis Ln., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-2964. • Grace Lutheran Church. 275 Hattie Ln., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1924.

• Bitterroot Church of The Nazarene. 150 S. A St., Victor, MT 59875. 642-3838.

Non-denominational • Crossroads Christian Fellowship. 1302 US Hwy. 93 N., Victor, MT 59875. 961-5299. www. • Bitter Root Cowboy Church. 828 Ponderosa Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-2853. • Riverside Christian Center. 390 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-4148.

Pentecostal • House of Praise. 2189 Meridian Rd., Victor, MT 59875. 642-6885.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) • Stevensville. 100 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville. 777-5793. • Corvallis. 957 Eastside Hwy., Corvallis. 9614053. • Family History Center. 401 S. 8th St., Hamilton. 363-5146.

United Methodist • Stevensville United Methodist. 216 S. College St., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5443. • Corvallis United Methodist. Eastside Highway and Cemetery Rd., Corvallis, MT 59828. 9613099.

Wesleyan • Hamilton Wesleyan Church. 185 Golf Course Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-2485. • Conner Wesleyan Church. 4674 Hwy 93 S., five miles south of Darby, MT 59829. 821-0049. Sunday worship at 11 a.m.

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Sense of place Uniquely Bitterroot

Arts, museums and recurring events give a place its character. These are some of the Bitterroot’s:

Arts • Artists Along the Bitterroot. A collective of Bitterroot artists working in a range of media. Annual open studio tour the first weekend each June. Individual studios open year-round by appointment. See website for studio list. • Hamilton Performing Arts Center. 327 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton. 363-2280 ext. 500 or 375-6060 ext. 6294. A 700-seat performing arts venue administered as part of the Hamilton school district. Available for use by arts organizations, non-profits and businesses. Contact Denise Shoemaker at 363-2280 ext. 513 for rental information.

newsletter. Meetings are at 10am the second Thursday of each month at the Bitterroot Star office in downtown Stevensville. Interested artists and supporters are welcome. • Stevensville Playhouse. 319 Main St., Stevensville. 777-2722. stevensvilleplayhouse. org. Stevensville Playhouse, Inc. is a community supported volunteer-run small town theater producing community theater productions and summer children’s workshops.

Farmers Markets • Bitterroot Valley Growers’ Market. 9am -1pm Saturdays, May to Oct. at Caffe Firenze in Florence. The market features all locally grown products. “There’s everything from eggs to baked goods.” Vendor spaces are free. Call Eric or Suzanne at 777-0709 for more information.

• Hamilton Playhouse. 100 Ricketts Rd., Hamilton. Hamilton Playhouse was renovated in 1995 from what was originally a two story school house and later Rocky Mountain Lab. It is the home of the Hamilton Players, a non-profit community theater organization. The auditorium seats 186 and faces a proscenium stage. • Stevensville Art and Sculpture Society (SASS). SASS is a non profit arts group organized for the active promotion, display and production of fine arts and crafts within the public setting. SASS encourages artistic development through an artist network, exhibitions, public art projects, workshops and

• Hamilton Farmers Market. From 9am to 12:30pm every Saturday, May through October, at Bedford and Third streets in front the Ravalli County Museum. The Hamilton Farmers Market is a cooperative of 90 Ravalli County vendors offering high quality fruits, vegetables, eggs, emu meat and locally raised beef. Ready-to-eat foods such as fresh baked goods, jellies, honey, sauces and full meals are also available. Local craftspeople also offer their wares. • Stevensville Farmers Market. Saturdays, 9am1pm from May to mid-October at the Main Street parking lot between Rocky Mountain Bank and North Valley Library. Market Master: Roger Flatmo 546-8554. Stevensville Farmers Market offers fresh vegetables, baked goods, jams and jellies.

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Produce changes as the weeks go by. Locally grown peaches, blueberries, cabbage, beets, zucchini and peas are available in season. Market vendors accept senior and WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons.

Libraries • Bitterroot Public Library. 306 State St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1670. Provides Bitterrooters with library services and activities that support learning, reading and freedom of information. Patrons have access to high speed and wireless internet, audio and e-books, online databases, books, traditional media and a special Montana collection. A copy machine, fax machine and friendly staff round out the offerings. • North Valley Public Library. 208 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-5061. • Darby Community Library. 101 ½ S. Marshall St. Darby, MT 59829. 821-4771. Provides free library services to help meet educational, recreational and cultural needs of the community. Hours are Mon., Tues. and Fri. 10am - 6pm, Thus.

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10am to 8pm, and Sat. 10am to 2pm. The library is closed Sundays.

Museums • Daly Mansion and Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. 251 Eastside Hwy., Hamilton. 363-6004. The Daly Mansion was remodeled in 1910 by famed architect A.J. Gibson for the family of Hamilton founder Marcus Daly. The 24,000 square-foot manse has 25 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and seven fireplaces. The 46-acre grounds include an arboretum. The mansion is owned by the State of Montana and managed by the Daly Mansion Preservation Trust. It is open year-round. Tours run 10am-3pm, on the hour, May through October. The grounds are open until 5pm. • Darby Historic Visitor Information Center. Open 8:30am - 4:30pm. Mon.-Sat., Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. The Darby Visitor Center has a storied history. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it served as a district ranger station, schoolhouse and hotshot fire crew building before being restored and converted into a museum and visitor center. Displays tell the story of pre-WW II foresters on the Darby Ranger District. Visitors can purchase maps, brochures, and books. Firewood permits are also available. The Center is run by the Friends of the Darby Historical Center, a volunteer non-profit organization. • Darby Pioneer Memorial Museum. US Hwy 93, Darby, MT 59829. 821-3753. Open daily 1-5pm, June 1- Sept. 15. Darby’s Pioneer Memorial Museum is housed in a 1886 homestead cabin. The building was moved from Tin Cup Creek to its current location in 1953. Displays of early pioneer artifacts and photographs make up its collection. • Fort Owen State Park, Stevensville. Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks, Missoula, MT 59804. 542-5500. In 1850, Major John Owen established the fort as a regional trade center. Period furnishings and artifacts are displayed in the restored barracks. There is no fee to visit the 2 acre park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Owen Day is celebrated each July 4.

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• Ravalli County Museum. 205 Bedford St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3338. brvhsmuseum. org. Housed in the original Ravalli County Courthouse, the museum displays the art, social and natural history of Ravalli County, plus houses the National Senior Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Permanent exhibits highlight Lewis and Clark, “A Walk Through the Bitter Root,” Native American history and Rocky Mountain Laboratory. Traveling exhibits change with the seasons. Museum archives include over 36,000 Ernst Peterson negatives and prints and Bertie Lord’s local history/photography collection. Open Tue., Wed., Fri. 10-4, Th. 10-8 and Sat. 9-1. Closed Sun-Mon.

• Free Acoustic Music Jam Sessions. Sundays 2-4pm at Hamilton Grange, 1436 S. First St. just south of town. Everyone is invited; players of all levels are invited to bring acoustic stringed instruments to play old-time country, swing, cowboy, folk, standards, etc. Audience welcome.

• St. Mary’s Mission. 401 W. 4th St., Stevensville. The first Catholic Mission in the northwest and the first permanent white settlement in Montana, established in 1841 by Father Pierre DeSmet. Four years later, Fr. Antony Ravalli, the state’s first physician, arrived. The complex includes a chapel/residence and log house/pharmacy, restored and furnished with items built by Fr. Ravalli. Also on the grounds is the cabin of Salish chief, Victor, now an Indian museum.

• Legion Bingo. First and third Thursdays each month. The fun takes place at 7pm at the Stevensville Senior Center. Free popcorn, cash prizes. Sponsored by American Legion Fort Owen Post 94; proceeds support Legion youth activities.

• Stevensville Historical Museum. 517 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-1007. Th.-Sa. 11am-4pm, Sun. 1-4pm. Memorial-Labor Day. This history museum focuses on Montana’s oldest community, missionaries who settled the area, communities along the Bitterroot River and the once-resident Salish people. An early kitchen, wash-room, parlor and school are furnished with authentic items. • Victor Heritage Museum. Old depot building, Victor, MT 59875. 642-3997. Open 1-4pm. Tues.-Sat., from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A volunteer-run museum of Bitterroot Valley settlement and railroad history. Annual events include a summer ice cream social and chocolate tasting fundraiser and auction in December.

Social Events • Bitterroot Valley Good-Time Jamboree. First Saturday each month from 7 to 9:30pm at the Hamilton Grange, 1436 S. First St., Hamilton. For more information call Clem, 961-4949.

• Friday Night Community Dances. 727 S. 5th St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 7:30-10pm. Put on by the Golden Age Club of Hamilton, the dances are open to all ages. Admission: $5 couple, $3 single, bands rotate. Non-members welcome. Nonsmoking and non-alcoholic. Contact Bob Olson at 363-0142 for more information.

• Ravalli County Fair. Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3411. Office hours: M-F 9am - 5pm. Established in 1893 the Ravalli County Fair has a family focus. No dogs, smoking or alcohol are allowed on the fairgrounds.

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ANIMAL RESCUE • AniMeals. 1700 Rankin St., Missoula, MT 59808. 721-4710. Open Tues.-Fri. 8am to 5pm and Sat. 11am to 4pm. AniMeals is a non-profit animal food bank and no-kill adoption center serving individuals, shelters and rescue groups throughout Western Montana, including the Bitterroot Valley. AniMeals also provides pet food delivery to home-bound pet owners. • Feral Cat Rescue. P.O. Box 1018, Hamilton, MT 59840. 381-6580. feralcatrescuemt. org. Tamara Ritchson, President. Feral Cat Rescue is a non profit animal welfare organization that focuses on feral and stray cats in Ravalli County. Feral Cat Rescue runs a trap-neuter-return program along with a cat food bank. FCR also fosters cats and facilitates adoptions of spayed and neutered working cats/barn cats as well as domestic felines.

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• Montana Companion Animal Network, Inc. 458 Warp Dr., Corvallis, MT 59828. 361-3029. Montana Companion Animal Network was founded in 2008 to actively assist Montana shelters and rescue groups in finding homes for pets so to limit the need for animal euthanasia. The group offers community education and outreach, a free pet finder website, assistance to those who might otherwise have to surrender their pets and promotion of spay/neuter programs. Volunteer and foster help is always welcome. • Western Montana Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc. P.O. Box 1168, Corvallis, MT 59828. 360-8473. Western Montana Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation helps horses and people in difficult times via rehoming. Horses and donkeys are fully rehabilitated (if necessary) and placed with qualified adopters. • Willing Servants. P.O. Box 98, Hamilton. 3632898. Helping people and horses in need.

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Natural Resource Agencies and Organizations • Bitterroot Conservation District. 1709 N. First St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5010. The Bitterroot Conservation District is a quasi-governmental organization, answerable to the state legislature and Bitterroot Valley residents. It was formed in 1941 to conserve soil and water resources of Ravalli County. Anyone wishing to do work in a riparian area must first obtain a permit from the District. • Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor’s Office. 1801 N. 1st St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-7100. The Bitterroot National Forest is comprised of 1.6 million total acres total, half of that wilderness. Much is heavily glaciated peaks and steep canyons; 1.1 million acres is within Ravalli County. Forest recreational activities include rock climbing, trout fishing, hiking, back packing, off-road vehicle use and horseback riding. Contact specific ranger districts for trail and land use information. All offices are open M-F 8am - 4:30pm and closed on federal holidays. • Stevensville Ranger Station. 777-5461. 88 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870. • Darby Ranger Station. 821-3913. 712 N. Main, Darby, MT 59829. • Sula Ranger Station. 821-3201. 7338 Hwy 93 S., Sula, MT 59871. • West Fork Ranger Station. 821-3269. 6735 W. Fork Rd., Darby, MT 59829. • Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. (Bitter Root RC&D).

1709 N. 1st St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5450 ext. 5. Bitter Root RC&D is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization working in Missoula, Ravalli and Mineral counties. It’s main service is acquiring and administering grants. The goal of the Bitter Root RC&D is to promote conscientious development of natural and human resources while maintaining or improving the quality of these resources. It has been active since 1965. • Bitterroot Water Forum. P.O. Box 1247, Hamilton, MT 59840. 375-2272. brwaterforum@ Bitterroot Water Forum is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing and restoring the Bitterroot watershed through education and hands-on projects to ensure clean, abundant water for all. Some key challenges the group hopes to address are water quality and quantity, valley development and preserving natural habitat. • Calf Creek Wildlife Management Area. http:// A MT FWP site with 2,333 acres of elk winter range. Hunting at Calf Creek is by foot, horseback, or mountain bike. Summer use is primarily to observe raptors and songbirds. The site is open to public use May 15-Dec. 1. Vehicular access is limited after Sep. 1. • Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Kohl Office Building, Ste. 107, 115 W. 3rd St., Stevensville. 777-5552. Designated in 1963 as migratory bird habitat, the 2,800 acre site offers photography, hunting, fishing and education. Commonly seen wildlife include white-tailed deer, muskrat, bald eagles, osprey,



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waterfowl and songbirds. There are 2.5 miles of trails and a scenic drive. • Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office. Fort Missoula, Bldg. 24, Missoula, MT 59804. 329-3750. There are 8,884 acres of Lolo National Forest located in Ravalli County. • Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks. 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula, MT 59804. 542-5500. MT-FWP maintains 13 public fishing access sites along the Bitterroot River. Contact the department or check the fwp website for a complete list. • Painted Rocks State Park. 17 miles south of Hamilton. The 293 acres park offers boating, camping and fishing in a pine forest setting. The no-fee park has 25 camping sites, vault toilets and potable water. Pack-in/pack-out is required; there is a 14 day camping limit. Trailers are limited to 25 feet. • Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association. P.O. Box 238, Hamilton, MT 59840. Tony Jones, President. 381-0587. Ravalli County Fish & Wildlife Association began as a sportsmen’s club in 1896 and has worked since that time to sustain the natural resources of Ravalli County and ensure that area sportsmen have a voice in local resource management. The group continues to focus on conservation concerns that impact sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts. • Skalkaho Wildlife Preserve. A MT FWP preserve near Skalkaho Pass. Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks. 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula, MT 59804. 542-5500. fwp. An isolated, mountainous 23,000 acre wildlife preserve of dense spruce, subalpine fir and lush meadows. The area is closed to hunting. Birds occupy the area in spring while elk are frequent autumn residents. Black bears are common year round. The preserve is closed to vehicles Oct. 15-Dec. 1. Mountain biking and cross-country skiing are allowed. • The Teller. P.O. Box 548, 1288 Eastside Hwy., Corvallis, MT 59828. 961-3507. www.theteller. org. The Teller is a 1,200 acre non-profit wildlife preserve and conservation organization located in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley that serves as a model of land stewardship practices. The Teller

mission is to inspire, educate, and demonstrate conservation by utilizing hunting, fishing, historic preservation, organic farming and land restoration practices. • Threemile Wildlife Management Area. A Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks managed site nine miles east of Florence. The 6,059 acre site is accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles between May 15 and December 1 whenever roads are dry. Motorcycles and ATVs are prohibited at Threemile; mountain bikes are allowed. Threemile was established to provide winter range for elk along with compatible recreational opportunities, such as walk-in hunting. The site is favorable for bird watching. Threemile is closed Dec. 1-May 14. • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 1709 N. 1st St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-5010. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance to benefit the soil, water, air, plants and animals for productive land and healthy ecosystems. NRCS works with landowners, conservation districts, governments, groups and individuals to promote stewardship of private land. • USDA Ravalli County Farm Service Agency. 1709 N. 1st St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1444. The Farm Service Agency administers farm commodity, disaster and conservation programs and provides credit to producers unable to obtain commercial credit, especially beginning, minority and women farmers. It is a customer-driven agency dedicated to achieving an economically and environmentally sound future for American agriculture.


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and legislative issues pertaining to rural life. Meetings are the second Monday of each month at the Grange Hall, 130 Dutch Hill Rd. Call Bob Thorson at 961-3405 for Grange information or Scott Nicholson at 369-0749 for hall rental. • Friends of the Hamilton Schools Foundation. P.O. Box 1514, Hamilton, MT 59840. A private, non-profit organization established in 1993 to support Hamilton students and schools through college scholarships and classroom mini-grants. The Foundation awarded $45,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors in 2011 and is actively seeking new donors. • Hamilton Garden Club. 1657 Simpson Ln., Corvallis, MT 59828. 961-3819. Maintains downtown planters and community and memorial gardens; promotes children’s education. Meetings are the second Monday of each month. • Hamilton Lions Club. P.O. Box 1564, Hamilton, MT 59840. 370-4975. Hamilton Lions Club provides financial assistance to low/moderate income Ravalli County residents for eye exams, eye glasses and hearing aids. It also sponsors a Lions Club ski bus each winter providing low cost transportation and discounted lift tickets. All proceeds go back to the local community. Regular meetings are Tuesdays at Noon. Hamilton Lions is the oldest service club in Ravalli County and the second oldest Lions club in the state. • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP Volunteer Center. 310 Old Corvallis Rd., No. 200, Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1102. RSVPmontana. org. RSVP provides persons 55 and older the opportunity to help meet critical community needs through volunteer service to diverse organizations, public agencies and faith-based groups. Volunteers mentor youth, organize neighborhood watches, help with blood drives and immunization clinics and lend their business skills to community groups. RSVP service is free. The nationwide program is more than 30 years old. • Rotary Club of Hamilton. P.O. Box 278, Hamilton, MT 59840. Marilyn A. Morris. 370-3677. Rotary Club of Hamilton is part of an international group of men and women who work for peace on the local and international level. The group meets at BJ’s Restaurant at Noon each Monday.

Fraternal Organizations • Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Victor Lodge #43. Above Farmers State Bank, 103 Main St., Victor, MT 59875. Jerry Hinman, Secretary. 821-3702. The Masons are an ancient men’s fraternal origination in the pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment. With the use symbols and allegory the group promotes friendship, morality and brotherly love. • Bitterroot Valley Elks Lodge No. 1651. 203 State St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-3031, Bitterroot Valley Elks are a 70-year-old fraternal organization that helps support Bitterroot Valley communities. Contact Dan York, 777-0496. • Hamilton Rainbow Assembly #2 of the International Order of Rainbow. Frances Jackson, Secretary. 363-0768. The Assembly is a service organization for girls 11-18. The group throws parties for residents of Sapphire Lutheran Home, does highway clean-up and has won honors in the Corvallis Memorial Day parade. • Ionic Masonic Lodge #38 A.F.&A.M. 115 S. 3rd St., Hamilton, MT 59840. Ionic has been in existence since 1889. Officer Practice and fellowship is 7pm each Tuesday; stated meetings are the second Thursday each month. All Masons are welcome. To learn more about Masonry, contact: Cliff Gibbons, 961-5642; Ted Baker, 5468517; or Harley Loose, 546-8730. • Order of the Eastern Star. Founded in the 1860’s as an adjunct body of the Masons; women and men may both belong. The group supports local and national charities, especially those dealing with children’s health issues. Eastern Star has over two million members globally. Leona Chapter #31 (Hamilton) was chartered in 1903 and meets at 7:30pm the first and third Thursdays of the month, September-June, at Masonic Hall, 115 S. 3rd St., Hamilton. For more information, contact the chapter secretary at 363-0768. Naomi Chapter #19 (Victor) meets at 7:30pm the first and third Wednesday September-June at the Masonic Hall above Farmers’ State Bank, Victor. • Stevensville Garden Club. c/o Mary Baughn. 5122 N. Hoblitt Ln., Florence, MT 59833. 777-4196 or 207-0334.

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The Stevensville Garden Club aims to stimulate interest in horticulture, beautify the town, encourage neighborhood cooperation and stimulate civic improvement. Outreach is through First Fridays, exhibits, special meetings and assisting other groups. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at the Baptist Church at Buck and Ravalli streets. • York Rite Bodies of Hamilton Chapter 18-Royal Arch Masons, Sula Council 13-Cryptic Masons and Crusade Commandery 17-Knights Templar. Masonic Lodge Building, 115 S. 3rd St. 363-0768. York Rite Bodies provides financial support for medical research in auditory processing disorders, stem cells, cardiovascular disease and eye disorders. It also helps fund a Montana clergy Holy Land trip each year. Hamilton York Rite Bodies meets at 7:30pm the second Wednesday each month, February through November.

Women’s Clubs • Bitterroot Women Newcomers Club. The Bitterroot Women Newcomers Club provides friendship and promotes civic and social opportunities for new residents. Monthly meetings include a social time, general meeting and guest speaker or field trip. Any female Bitterroot Valley resident may join. Annual dues are $12. Members receive a newsletter and may bring a guest to the monthly potluck dinner. • Bitterroot Connections. www.discovermbn. com. Sue Gust. 360-0820. A sub-network of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network, meets Noon-1pm the second Thursday of each month at Hamilton Perkins Restaurant.

• Bitterroot Empowerment. Jane Foster. 531-9556 or 777-2280. A sub-network of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network, meets Noon-1pm the first Thursday of each month at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton. • Bitterroot Moms Club. Daytime group geared for moms and children. Occasional evening events. For more information contact Ashley at • Canyon View MOPS. Mothers of Preschoolers is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and developing mothers’ potential. Meets at Canyon View Church the first and third Wednesdays each month from 9:30 to 11:30am. For more information, contact Jen at 375-9183. • Bitterroot Woman’s Club. C/O Cathy McCormick. 1133 Meridian Rd., Victor, MT 59875. 961-8492. cathym@montanamadeonline. com. The Bitterroot Woman’s Club focuses on community improvement through volunteer service in conservation, beautification, home life and public affairs. The group supports education through scholarships. GFWC BWC meets from September through May. • Soroptimist International of Hamilton. P.O. Box 1012, Hamilton, MT 59840. 369.9105. Soroptimist International is a worldwide women’s organization whose mission is empowering women through education and support. The Hamilton chapter has been active since 1974 and meets at BJ’s restaurant (at the corner of Hwy. 93 and Fairgrounds Road) the first, second and third Thursdays of each month. • Women Helping Women. Conner Wesleyan Church, 5 miles S. of Darby at 4674 Hwy. 93 S., Darby, MT 59829. 821-3570. Women Helping

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Saturday of every month. If you are a wool spinner or work with fibers, contact Shelley at 777-5205 or Marty at 777-2421 for location information.

Social Clubs

• Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club. Dallas Erickson. 4479 Store Ln., Stevensville, MT 59870. 7775862 or 240-5277. Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club meets the third Monday each month at 7pm at BJ’s in Hamilton. Anyone interested in HAM radio operation is welcome. Dues are $12 per family.

• The Golden Age Club of Hamilton. 727 S. 5th St., Hamilton, MT 59840. A senior social club for those aged 50 and above. Not connected to any agency or organization. Hosts dances at 7:30-10pm each Friday. Admission $5 couples, $3 singles, bands rotate. Non-members of all ages welcome. Other events include monthly business meetings, card games, holiday dinners and birthday parties. Annual dues are $6. All events are non-smoking and non-alcoholic. Contact Bob Olson at 363-0142 for more information. • Bitterroot Toastmasters. Bitterroot Toastmasters Club meets Wednesdays from Noon to 1pm at Perkins Restaurant in Hamilton. Meetings are designed to build confidence and skills in communication and leadership. Guests are welcome. Contact Douglas at 381-3214 for more information. • National Active and Retired Federal Employees. Hamilton Chapter #876 meets for lunch the second Wednesday of each month, October-May, at Perkin’s Restaurant, to review national legislation affecting employment and retirement. Membership is open to civilians eligible to receive an annuity or survivor annuity from any agency of the U.S. government. Benefits include legislative representation, a monthly magazine, internet updates, and health, life, dental and long-term care insurance. Contact Fred Jackson, President. NARFE Chapter #876. 363-0768. • Sula Country Life Club. P.O. Box 86, Sula, MT 59871. 821-0187. The Sula Country Life Club began as the charitable Ladies Sewing Society in 1897. It evolved into the co-ed Country Life Club in 1915. The original purpose was to raise funds to help furnish the Sula school. Promoting fellowship is still a goal. Meetings are the third Tuesday of most months, September to May. Funds raised go to the local community.

Hobby Groups • Big Sky Fiber Arts Guild. Meets the last

• Bitterroot Quilters’ Guild. P.O. Box 943, Hamilton, MT 59840. bitterrootquiltersguild. com. Facebook: bitterroot quilters guild. The Bitterroot Quilters’ Guild promotes quilting and provides quilts for humanitarian purposes. The group offers educational programs and workshops and funds scholarships for students. Meetings are at 6:30pm the fourth Wednesday of the month, September through June, at Canyon View Church, 195 Skalkaho Hwy., Hamilton. Smaller groups have other meeting times; check the website for details. • Bitterroot Valley Ragtime Society. Meets the first Saturday of each month from 4 to 6pm at the Hamilton Pub in Victor. There is no charge for membership; all are welcome. Come listen or play vintage American music from the ragtime and early jazz era. For further information call (916) 759-3168. • Green Thumbs Up. c/o Peter and Helen Allen, 131 Deer Haven Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840. 3750331 or 381-3585. Green Thumbs Up is a local group of gardening enthusiasts that meets the second Thursday of each month except summer, usually at the Bitterroot Public Library. The group is open to all gardeners, regardless of expertise. • Knotty Knitters Guild. The Yarn Center, 110 Pinkney St., Hamilton, MT 59840. 363-1400. The Knotty Knitters Guild seeks to further the growth and knowledge of hand kitting techniques, patterns and history through knitting activities. Membership is open to anyone interest in knitting and fiber arts. The Guild meets at 7pm the third Tuesday of each month. Open knitting is from 11:30am to 1pm each Thursday; non-members are welcome.

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• Li’l Britches Dirt Dabblers. Virginia Coleman, 381-5566. A newly formed garden club focusing on home gardening and houseplants. Meets first Tuesdays Sept.-June. Everyone is welcome. • Sapphire Quilt Club. P.O. Box 768, Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-1070. The Sapphire Quilt Club was established to promote knowledge of quilt making and history and to provide “sunshine quilts” to those in need. • Tired Iron Club. Clark Carpenter, secretary, 363 3827. Darrel Sperry, President. 961 3894. The Tired Iron Club is dedicated to showing antique farm machinery and tools at local parades, fairs and events. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month. New members are welcome.

Outdoor recreation • Bitterroot Audubon Society. Kay Fulton, President. 642-3794. Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, wildlife and their habitats. The group offers educational programs and field trips, advocates for political and personal actions that promote conservation and works with other Audubon chapters. Meetings are at 7pm the third Monday of each month, September through May, alternating between the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge north of Stevensville and U.S. Forest Service Headquarters in Hamilton. The Bitterroot Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. • Bitterroot Aquatic Center. 59 Kurtz Ln, Hamilton. 375-8200. Indoor and outdoor pools with waterslides, water exercise classes and swim lessons. Open year round. Chair lift for wheelchair users. • Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen. P.O. Box 1083, Hamilton, MT 59840. www. Karen Philips, outreach chair. 961-0101. Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen is a chapter of the non-profit Back Country Horsemen of America. Members share

knowledge, perform trail work and advocate to keep trails open to stock use. BCH originated in Montana in 1973 to perpetuate common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country. The Bitter Root chapter was the third formed and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in a few years. A monthly potluck and business meeting is the third Thursday of each month at Corvallis School; summer meetings are at various trailheads. Check the website for details. • Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club. Michael Hoyt. 360-3803. The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club is a 20-year-old non-profit that promotes Nordic skiing and outdoor recreation through educating the public about the health and recreational benefits of such activities. The club cares for the Chief Joseph Ski Trails and Gordon Reese Cabin near Lost Trail Pass. • Bitterroot Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club. P.O. Box 265, Hamilton, MT 59840. www. Bitterroot Ridge Runners is a group of about 250 enthusiasts dedicated to promoting and preserving snowmobile use in Western Montana. BRR works with the state and Forest Service to groom 60 miles of trails that provide access to the continental divide and high country. Additional information on activities, routes, projects and membership are available on the website.

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• Five Valleys Pony Club. Wendy Livoni, 323 Rummel Ln., Hamilton. 961-3371. Pony Club teaches youths stable management, basic veterinary care, equine nutrition, trailer safety and tack care and English riding. Competition is an important part of our program. Members learn self-reliance and teamwork. Pony Club has more than 600 clubs and centers throughout the United States. • Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot. 961-5392. A social and educational group committed to promoting the art and science of fly fishing. The club hosts an annual fly fishing clinic each May, coordinates a Bitterroot River clean up and more. FFB meets monthly and hosts members-only fishing trips. FFB recently published a local fly fishing guide, “Fly Fishing the Bitterroot.” • Hamilton Trap Club. Hamilton Airport. C/O Dick or Cheryl Wallis. 546-3856. Every Wednesday and Sunday from noon until dusk or before.

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• Montana Longears Association/Montana Mule Days. Marilyn Stromberg. 1016 Fletcher Ln., Stevensville, MT 59870. 777-2331. Montana Longears promotes the riding/driving/use of mules and donkeys. The group puts on a three-day family event - Montana Mule Days - each year. Members may own mules and donkeys or just love them. • Ravalli County Off Road User Association. RCORUA was formed to promote and protect responsible off-pavement vehicle use. The group works with state and federal agencies to conduct trail maintenance, road inventory and planned events. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 663 Grantsdale Rd., Hamilton. For membership information, consult the website. • Sapphire Arabian Horse Club. sapphireahc. org. Wendy Hauser, President. 544-2926. Meets the first Thursday of each month to share love of the breed and horsemanship. Check the website for meeting location, which varies.


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Uncover the Bitterroot  

The Bitterroot Valley's annual guide to valley-wide community resources. It will be kept year-round by residents. This informative booklet...

Uncover the Bitterroot  

The Bitterroot Valley's annual guide to valley-wide community resources. It will be kept year-round by residents. This informative booklet...