Written by Jaimee Green, NEMHS
For many, the holidays are about time kept traditions and tapping into the true spirit of the holidays. It’s about awakening the feelings of joy and selfless giving that resonate from within our hearts. Many people look for ways to offer gifts that express emotion and heartfelt meaning.
During the busy holiday season, Northeast Montana Health Services is asking the community to pause and remember friends and loved ones by lighting bulbs on the Memories of Love trees in their honor.
NEMHS is holding their 17th annual Memories of Love project to remember those who have brightened and enriched the lives of others. Each bulb on the Faith Lutheran Home and Poplar Hospital Swing Bed tree that is lit is representative and dedicated to the honor or memory of those special loved ones who have touched the lives of others. Every penny raised during the month- long fundraiser goes directly toward benefitting the lives of the residents who call those facilities home.
“There are over 150 bulbs between the two trees and it is our goal to see every one of them lit up. It’s a tender example of the timeliness of honoring and remembering loved ones during the holiday season. This time-kept tradition tugs at the heartstrings of everyone who participates in it,” said JoAnn Hibl, director of nursing for Faith Lutheran Home.
For those who donate each year, the event has become something they look forward to each year.
“I started giving when a dear friend of mine passed away. Later, when I lost my mom and dad I thought this was a great way to remember them while also serving a greater purpose,” said Kathy Doornek, a community member and employee of NEMHS.
Sharon Bravard, a Poplar resident, has participated in the Memories of Love since it began by recognizing different people each year. In the past, she has donated for specific loved ones and other times provided her donation for all of the military soldiers and other community members.
“At Christmas, I felt this was a worthy cause to continue giving to because it allows NEMHS to provide things for their residents they would otherwise be unable to,” she said.
For Violet Zimmerman, the project is a way to hold on to the memory of her late husband, Richard, and son, Mark.
“Christmas was always a big deal for Richard and every year I try to make it a point to get up to Faith Home and see the tree lit up in part, in memory of him,” Zimmerman said.
In 2006, a Ponderosa pine was purchased by Irene Tjon and her sister, Ellen Sievers, in memory of their late sister, Patsy. The tree was planted near the sidewalk entrance into Faith Lutheran Home and serves as a memorial that is decorated with lights every year.
“Faith Home was so good to her we thought it was important to make a contribution to the Memories of Love that would last from year to year,” Tjon said.
This year, trees are displayed in the lobby at Poplar Hospital and inside Faith Home, along with the real tree outside. Bulbs will be lit and cards will be placed on each tree with the names of those people being honored and memorialized as they are received.
To honor a loved one, a card can be filled out at either location and are available at the front office and on or near the trees themselves. A mailing is also being sent out to the surrounding community.
Bulbs can be purchased at varying prices with white bulbs costing $10, green, $25, red, $50, blue, $75 and gold, $100. All other monetary donations are accepted as well.
“I think our community has always rallied behind this project because so many people have a story associated with our facilities. Many have had a loved one who called Faith Lutheran Home or Poplar Hospital’s Swing Bed home and want to make a difference in the lives of those individuals who live there today,” said Nicole Paulson, director of nursing for Poplar Hospital.
In the past, the money has been used to purchase needed furniture, for the Alzheimer’s unit, resident dining room renovation and the purchase of a television, popcorn machine, sonic tub and decorations for the rehabilitation room.
For more information, contact Joby Flynn at 653-6421 or Jaimee Green at 768-6172.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:10
Written by The Herald-News
A Heartfelt Thank You To The Wolf Point Community
This past month, a benefit was held that demonstrated the strength and love that comes from living in a small town community. People give freely and generously when it is for one of their own. It is astonishing to see the kindness, encouragement and support that develops when a member of the community is facing an unfortunate obstacle of life. It is this love, support and generosity that one finds hope and courage to face the days ahead. We want to send a special thanks to our family, Rocky, Nyla, Bill and Marlyce, for organizing the event. As well as Robert Toavs and everyone else who also donated their time, assistance and items for the auction. We are blessed to have such a wonderful support system. So, to the community of Wolf Point, THANK YOU! We are sincerely grateful and proud of where we come from. God bless you all. Happy holidays. - The Hardy Braaten Family
You are invited to attend a Bridal Shower for Samantha Sibley, bride-to-be of Zach Branson, Friday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m., Wolf Point Assembly of God Church 616 4th Ave.N.
A great big thank you to my family and friends for making my 90th birthday so special. All of you mean so much to me. - Margaret Brown
It’s A Girl
Lexus Faith ComesLast was born Nov. 28 at 9:01 p.m. at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow to Chrystal Rose ComesLast and Taylor Wade ComesLast of Poplar. She weighed six pounds, 14 ounces and was 19½ inches long. She joins three brothers, Ryan, eight; Hunter, six; and Jaden, two. Her grandparents are Carlos (Faryl) Pedraza and the late Francine Buckles and LeRoy and Sabrina ComesLast, all of Poplar.
To Wed In January
Samantha Sibley, daughter of Craig and Alicia Sibley of Wolf Point, and Zach Branson, son of Larry and Beulah Branson of Lustre, have announced their engagement and upcoming nuptials. The couple is planning a Jan. 11 wedding in Glasgow.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:41
Written by The Herald-News
It is that time of the year and the winter holidays are in full swing.
During the month of December, the city of Wolf Point will hosts several events to help citizens get into the holiday spirit.
Wolf Point Lions Club/Walleyes Unlimited Lighting Contest
The Wolf Point Lions Club and the Wolf Point chapter of Walleyes Unlimited will be sponsoring a Christmas lighting contest. Judging will take place Sunday, Dec. 15.
If you live within the city limits or in either of the housing areas, your home will be judged. If you live out of town, but within five miles, and would like your home judged, call Lion Dave at 650-1612.
First-prize will be $125 and second will receive $75. Six honorable mentions will receive $50. All prizes will be awarded in Wolf Point Chamber Dollars.
Christmas Trees At Marvin Brookman Stadium
The Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede Committee is selling Christmas trees at Marvin Brookman Stadium from 4 to 7 p.m. The dates will be Dec. 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 and 20.
Anyone who would like to reserve a tree can call Christy at 653-3800 or Jack at 650-7160.
Northside Elementary School Caroling
Northside Elementary School will host a caroling event Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. Children and adults are welcome to come to the school where they will sing Christmas carols. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
Festival Of Trees
Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation is once again sponsoring the Festival of Trees fundraising event, Dec. 6, from 1-7 p.m., at the old Bryan’s building on Main Street. The building will be transformed into a winter wonderland with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, which will be sold at the end of the evening.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation and the hospitals of Poplar and Wolf Point. Unwrapped toys and gifts, for children up to 17 years old, can be dropped off at the Giving Tree. Children can get their pictures taken with Santa Claus from 4 to 7 p.m.
Parade Of Lights
The Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will host the annual Christmas Parade of Lights, Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade will be “Christmas.” Participants in the parade must line up at 5: 30 p.m. at the bus loop at the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School.
Optimist Club Radio-thon
The Optimist Club of Wolf Point’s annual radio-thon to raise funds for the angel tree will be Friday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. on KVCK.
Funds raised through pledges and challenges are used to purchase gifts for children on the angel trees whose angels are not picked up or not returned. This ensures that each child selected for the angel tree will be receiving a gift.
Optimist Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 7, is the much awaited annual Optimist Christmas Bazaar at the Wolf Point High School gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlights of the bazaar, in addition to all the vendors, will be the Optimists’ cookies and candy by the pound and the ever-popular salad bar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Do your Christmas shopping and get your baked goods all in one stop.
Once again children will have the opportunity to make their own stuffed animal at the club’s My Teddy and Me table. This year the animal choices will be wolf, reindeer or dinosaur.
Fort Peck Youth Recreation Create Your Ornament
The Fort Peck Housing Youth Recreation will be holding a Create Your Own Christmas Ornament function Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Wolf Point Community Center, located at the Head Start Building. All youth and their families will be given a chance to create their own decoration for their Christmas tree.
Frontier Christmas Concert
Frontier School will hold their annual Christmas Concert Thursday by kindergarten through eighth-grade students, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the school gym. Students in grades kindergarten through four will be singing carols to celebrate the Christmas season. Students in grades five through eight will be performing in the band, as well as the North Pole Musical. The evening will have appearances by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, snowmen and toys dancing to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. In addition to the music, there will be a bake sale in the cafeteria, following the concert. The concert is free and members of the community are encouraged to attend.
High School Christmas Concert
The Wolf Point High School band and chorus will be presenting a Christmas concert Monday, Dec. 16, in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free.
Lights! Camera! Christmas!
The Wolf Point Junior High will present their Christmas
play, Lights! Camera! Christmas!, Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the auditorium, at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the play is free.
In addition to the festivities in Wolf Point, other cities in the area will be holding their own events throughout December.
•Dec. 7 – Santa Day, Santa Arrives, Hayrides and Bazaar
•Dec. 5 – Phillips County Historical Society Festival of Trees
•Chamber drawings each Saturday in December at 2 p.m.
•Dec. 7 – Breakfast with Santa
•Dec. 8 – Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights
•Dec. 14 – Free Movie with Santa and Treat Bags for the youth
•Dec. 8 – Sunday with Santa
Dec. 8 – MonDak Christmas Celebration
•Dec. 14 – Christmas Matinee and Santa Visit
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:08
Written by Al Stover
The echoes of lasers firing, engines revving and Pokemon shouting filled the upstairs lounge of the Elks Club.
What followed were sounds of laughter, cheers and Paul Gysler standing tall in a sea of video game enthusiasts with an Xbox 360 controller in his hand, moments before the beginning of the 16-player Halo: Reach match.
“I want it to get real loud in here,” Gysler said.
The Optimist Club of Wolf Point sponsored the first RezCon event, Nov. 30.
The event featured over 20 gamers of all ages from Wolf Point, many of whom brought their own video game consoles, games and accessories.
Video game conventions have become popular in recent years and have been held in large cities all over the world. One of the most well-known conventions is the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Calif.
After hooking up consoles to televisions and establishing connections to the internet, gamers plugged in their controllers and logged on to play Halo: Reach. Players were sorted into teams before competing against other teams on a large map.
Gysler, who created the concept of RezCon, organized special rules for each match.
The first contest was Halo Dodgeball, where players had to stay at their own bases and were given rocket launchers before shooting at the other players. After players informed Gysler that their characters were spawning in enemy areas, which conflicted with the rules of the contest, he changed the match to a five-minute free-for-all.
When Gysler was not playing, he was engaging with other players and providing commentary on the match.
Some gamers would switch to the Wii after playing three Halo: Reach matches. Some of the multiplayer games people played on the Wii included Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Mario Strikers Charged.
Dylan Fasthorse, a participant at RezCon, enjoyed meeting new gamers and getting to know them while playing on the same team.
During gameplay, players shared stories of some of their favorite gaming memories and defeats.
While some gamers went home, others played Call of Duty: Black Ops and fought zombies.
T.C. Billy was another gamer at RezCon. Like Fasthorse, Billy had fun meeting and interacting with other gamers. He added he would be at the next RezCon.
Gysler believed the event went well and thought it was a great group of people who did not have any problems interacting with each other. He mentioned that after setting up the event, he wanted to play with the other gamers.
“It was an intense effort getting to this point,” Gysler said. “I’m pretty happy how it turned out. We had a lot of help.”
Gysler added that he will be looking to set another RezCon event before Christmas and a third one in January.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:03
Written by The Herald-News
Since February, Montana’s Sage Grouse Advisory Council has been working overtime to create a management plan for the bird whose habitat spans central, northern and eastern Montana.
The urgency? This upland game bird has been declared “warranted” for listing as an endangered species by the federal government, but “precluded” from that designation while the feds deal with other matters. Montana is one of the Western states with significant sage-grouse populations that have not crafted a plan acceptable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bottom line: If Montana doesn’t do something to improve sage grouse numbers, it’s just a matter of time before the feds do.
A federal endangered listing would do to the booming oil and gas industry, and to traditional economies like grazing and farming, what the “endangered” status of the gray wolf, the grizzly bear, and the northern spotted owl did to natural-resource industries further west.
The 40-page state plan, released in November, has a lot of actions that it recommends be taken “where possible.” Hopefully, that wiggle room plays to the advantage of productive land use. But there is always the risk at being called onto the carpet by whichever bureaucracy ends up enforcing the plan.
It’s clear that the state plan is not as onerous as what the feds would concoct. At the same time, it’s stricter than the plan adopted in Wyoming, which was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for implementation in 2011.
From the perspective of someone responsible for utility rates, there are aspects of the plan which, I believe, could cost Montana consumers a large amount of money. Those should be reworked.
One key example is the plan’s recommendations that pertain to power lines. Raptors, eagles, ravens, really most types of birds, love to perch on power lines. From there those higher up the food chain have a better vantage point in otherwise treeless areas to identify their quarry, including sage grouse—a bird that is mostly defenseless and not particularly bright. The solution? According to the state management plan, it’s to underground power lines “when possible.” Or require them to have a one mile berth from sage grouse leks, as the bird’s breeding grounds are known.
This is highly unrealistic. Undergrounding lines costs many multiples of constructing overhead lines. It’s a practice that usually occurs only in dense, urban areas where there are many thousands of customers to spread the costs over. That’s not the case in rural Montana.
Re-routing power lines to avoid the minefield of sage grouse leks is similarly costly. A rule of thumb for the cost to construct significant transmission lines is $1 million per mile. When an otherwise straight line on a map begins zigging and zagging, the cost increase is breathtakingly rapid.
Oil and gas exploration would also face substantial new regulations in core habitat areas, which cover millions of acres in about a dozen counties. There, the plan calls for restrictions on the seasons and time-of-day during which operations would be permitted, as well as on surface occupancy and noise. Wind energy would be excluded entirely from core habitats.
In its restrictions on energy development, the state plan is symptomatic of the mixed messages that abound regarding land use in rural America. Nearly every politician lists independence from foreign oil as a national priority, but that priority disappears pretty quickly when wildlife management is involved. Government policies encourage renewables, but then preclude wind farms and transmission lines from locating in areas where the wind resource is bountiful.
On a very local level, Montana’s utilities have spent a lot of time and energy attaching special structures to power lines that allow raptors to perch without being electrocuted, but now their perching represents a threat to predation of sage grouse so great that those power lines are suggested to be buried. You just can’t win, can you?
I hope Montana can craft a plan that strikes an appropriate balance for land use, and keeps the feds from exercising the nuclear option of listing the sage grouse as an endangered species. At the same time, let’s be vigilant not to unilaterally bargain away the economic development opportunities that exist in rural Montana.
(R., Great Falls)
Public Service Commissioner representing 19 counties in northern, eastern and central Montana
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The Hi-Line District of the BLM is, right now, developing a management plan that will determine what happens to some of the very best intact and undeveloped public lands for decades to come.
This “Resource Management Plan” will include about 2.4 million acres of publicly accessible land that stretches from the Missouri Breaks all the way north to the Canadian border.
This is a hunter’s dream country — from Ponderosa pine coulees to sagebrush plateaus. Good habitat for elk, mule deer and antelope and spectacular habitat for multiple species in a thousand other such places.
Sportsmen across Montana are asking the BLM to conserve these lands to maintain the unique hunting opportunities they provide. They’re requesting that BLM managers sustain existing public access and focus efforts on conserving and improving the abundant wildlife habitat that exists here and protect these areas from development that would fragment these last intact backcountry landscapes. Fragmentation would reduce the quality of the hunting and other outdoor opportunities.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:01