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A fundraiser is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Wolf Point High School to benefit the family of WPHS student Kevin Heser, who is fighting cancer.
The Wolf Point Optimist Club and Wolf City Rods and Rides are co-sponsoring the event, a dinner that will be served in the WPHS multipurpose room.
Chef Dustin Hunsaker of the Wolf Point Elks Club will prepare the meal. The Optimists will prepare a dessert bar. Take outs will be available. More information will be available in an ad in this issue of The Herald-News.
Wolf City Rods and Rides will hold a silent auction.
Donations of craft items and other auction merchandise will be accepted at Wolf Point NAPA. Items can also be dropped off at the WPHS multipurpose room between 4 and 5 p.m.
The WPHS music department will provide entertainment stating at 6:30 p.m.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Heser family and unable to attend the fundraiser can send donations to the Optimist Club of Wolf Point at P.O. Box 486, Wolf Point, MT, 59201. Write either Team Kevin or childhood cancer in the memo section on the check.
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Southside Elementary School had class perfect attendance nine times during the week of Sept. 2. Dianne Hoversland’s second-grade class had perfect attendance all three days. Kelli Vine’s first-grade class had perfect attendance on two days and others with perfect attendance were Cathy Madison’s first-grade, Daisha Douglas’s second-grade, Jocelyn Peters’ second-grade and Connie Bergen’s third-grade. Southside Sehool appreciates having students in school every day. Pictured are [not in order] from Hoversland’s class, Griffin Azure, Bobbi Baker, Alaycia Bauer, Zane Burshia, Ali Corpron, Jazmyn Eagle, Angelina Escarcega, Wade Follet, Phoenix Gendron, Linda Guldborg, Marina Headdress, Shiloh Headdress, Hayden Payne, Audrina Pipe and Mersadies Sutton. Not pictured is Quiarrah Rios. (Submitted photo)
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Melinda Truesdell, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, recently joined the staff of the Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center providing services in Wolf Point and other locations in eastern Montana.
She worked as a clinical RN, clinical coordinator and manager, and administrative supervisor for 21 years prior to accepting her current position.
Truesdell, who was born in Glasgow and raised in Hinsdale, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a master’s degree from Montana State University.
Appointments with Truesdell may be scheduled in Wolf Point by calling 653-1872.
Written by Jaimee Green
The Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation will host its' milestone 10th anniversary Spikes and Spurs Gala Sept. 27 at the Legion Hall in Poplar.
The "An Evening in the Wild West" themed gala will not only celebrate a decade of the charitable event, but will once again bring together local philanthropists in support of quality local healthcare.
"Our gala could not be held without the support of the generous group of businesses and community members who understand the importance of ensuring quality healthcare," said Beth Pickthorn, executive director for the foundation.
This event boasts an attendance of over 200 and raises funds to support life saving services and equipment for NEMHS's Trinity and Poplar Hospital campuses.
"The gala is the perfect opportunity to give back and support healthcare services in our community. And besides that, it's fun! When's the last time you dressed up and were able to enjoy peach champagne?" asked Sue Allmer, of KVCK Radio.
The legacy of the foundation's annual gala began in the fall of 2005, after a handful of Northeast Montana Health Services employees saw a need for hosting a fundraiser to supplement the medical needs of the two hospitals. Their goal was to create an event that would gather the community in a celebration that would be entertaining and fun, yet raise needed funds.
After seeing how beneficial the gala had been that first year, the foundation was created to bring philanthropic awareness for health care under a joined collaboration of community members. The foundation was formed Jan. 1, 2006.
A decade later, the Spikes and Spurs Gala is still going strong and is the largest fundraising event of the year for the foundation.
Ten years of gala fundraising has enabled the foundation to assist the hospitals greatly. The first money raised was given towards two new ambulances in 2007 with a total of $15,000 given. The foundation then pledged another $40,000 to the hospitals for the new digital mammography machine to be paid during 2008-2011. Other smaller projects were accomplished in each year, but it was the profit from the gala that assisted in a larger fashion.
The Spikes and Spurs Gala has made an average profit of between $40,000 to $50,000 annually to invest and donate. In the last three years, the foundation has been able to buy many items for the hospitals. They include laboratory refrigerators and plasma thawers for both locations; a drug analyzer machine for $15,000 and within the emergency departments, donations bought Bair Paw warming systems for both locations. Within 2½ years, because of successful fundraisers and games at the gala, they were able to give $65,000 to the Trinity Hospital campus for the new 4D ultrasound and cardiograph machine.
The Spikes and Spurs Gala has a history of being an enchanted, elaborate affair. Attendees have worn glamorous evening apparel or, as of late, era-inspired attire. Themes included Mardi Gras, Las Vegas, Black-Tie/Blue Jean, Roaring ‘20s and, this year, an “Evening in the Wild West."
The evening consists of drawings, silent and live auctions. A complimentary culinary chef and crew have been donated each year to serve a four-course meal. Entertainment and bands have also been a main attraction. This year, there will be a high energy performance from local group “The Belles of the West,” who will sing while the meal is being served. The evening's entertainment will be provided by Cold Hard Cash of Missoula.
The gala is raising money this year for Emergency Medical Services. They are in need of battery-powered cots. Also needed are laptops that are carried in the ambulance for transmitting vital information back to the hospital en route. This equipment will cost $35,000.
"It has been rewarding to have the community's support throughout the years," said Stephanie McGowan, this year's gala chairperson.
More information about this year’s Spikes and Spurs Gala and the foundation can be found at www.nemhscharitablefoundation.org.
Written by Bill Juve
Behold Roosevelt County Taxpayers. As the county commissioners sat in their positions of authority deciding what to do with the increased revenue from the oil severance tax, they decided the best use of our money was to give themselves and their cohorts another raise. All county employees have already been granted a cost of living raise. This oil severance tax money is a second raise.
With the stroke of a pen, the commissioners removed almost $400,000 a year from the county operating budget for their second raise. In 10 years, this will amount to almost $4 million. In previous discussions they have talked about what they perceive as a critical need, a new jail.
The question should have been: should we give ourselves another raise or use the money towards a jail or other pressing needs? You know which one won.
Their next action was to pass a resolution asking us taxpayers to allow them to raise our taxes to pay for a new jail. The second pay raise money would cover one-third of the cost of the estimated $12 million the commissioners are wanting for a new jail. Should this pass, all county employees will have money to pay the increase because they get an additional $3,600 a year. Will you?
Please keep in mind that in 2015 there will be a statewide property reappraisal, and if your property increases, your taxes to pay for this bond will go up.
There is no mass exodus of county employees going to work in the oilfield. The county may have less than 5 percent job vacancy with difficult recruitment, but this sure does not justify the $400,000 cost of another pay raise. They took your money with the stroke of a pen; they could put it back the same way.
Bill Juve, Taxpayer