Written by Chris Peterson, Hungry Horse News
The Collins family (left to right, in front) are Kanyon, 3, Keith and Aida, 10, (in back) Andrea and Griffin, 14. (Photo by Chris Peterson / Hungry Horse News)
A Columbia Falls family has given away most of its worldly possessions this holiday season to help those in greater need. The Collins family plans on working and living in Haiti, an impoverished island country still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake.
“We pretty much gave everything away,” Keith Collins said. “We kept our bed.”
Collins, his wife Andrea and their children, Griffin, 14, Aida, 10, and Kanyon, 3, will leave for Haiti on Dec. 31.
On a mission through Hope Church in Kalispell, the family will work with HaitiArise, a nonprofit building an elementary school and children’s village in Grand Goave.
Keith has extensive experience in construction — he worked on several high-end homes in the Whitefish area for years. He has dual Canadian and American citizenship — his family moved to Eastern Montana when he was young and his father found work there. Andrea is from Glasgow but has always had a Flathead connection — her grandparents had a cottage on Flathead Lake.
The couple has no trepidation about leaving for a country with a markedly unstable political past.
“When you know God has called you to something, you trust,” Andrea said.
The couple has been to Haiti for past projects, two weeks at a time on several occasions, but this trip is for six months. Andrea will home school the children while they’re away. The kids will trade in hockey skates for flip-flops.
Griffin has been to Haiti before and says he’s looking forward to returning. The weather is nice and the people are friendly, he said, and he likes helping others. He’s also an avid fly fishermen, and Haiti offers good ocean fishing for bonefish, permit and other fish.
The school and the village will serve orphans and freed slaves. About one out of every 10 children in Haiti has been a slave at some point in their lives, the couple said.
The Collins don’t fear unrest. HaitiArise has an excellent track record in Haiti — the nonprofit built a technical college there that was destroyed by the earthquake and has since been rebuilt.
The Collins also will have some local company — Hope Church will send a contingent of members in February to help on the project.
Andrea has set up a blog to share the family’s adventure at http://fivemangoes.stmnetwork.ca.
(Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted by permission.)
Written by Jaimee Green
Linda Heater (left), an LPN for Faith Lutheran Home, demonstrates stretches on the new Powermatic mat purchased through the FLH Foundation. On the right is Lauralee Bowker, RN.
Mary Boysun (left), LPN, reviews the cameras in the nurse's station with JoAnn Hibl, vice president of Long Term Care.
As the year comes to a close, the Foundation for Faith Lutheran Home met for one final meeting to discuss how they used their funds to enhance the long term care facility.
This year, the money was used to purchase 29 cameras for the security of the residents and the building, and to purchase a Powermatic power adjustable-height mat platform for the rehabilitation department. The mat is used by residents who need continual range-of-motion exercise in their weekly routine and cost $4,109.
"The fact that the mat can go up and down, with just the touch of a button, makes it easier for all the residents, no matter their height and size, to climb onto the mat. It also makes it easier on the staff who would normally have to bend and risk straining their muscles," said Geri Todd, the rehabilitation aide. Residents typically used the mat for up to 20 minutes for each rehab session.
Prior to getting the new mat in late October, staff had to use a refurbished mat, some 15 years old, which consisted of upholstered wood, modified to open out from its mount on the wall.
The camera system recently went live and has been allowing staff to monitor residents who want to keep their independence and enjoy the outdoors.
The cost of purchasing the cameras was $9,926. They have a resolution that is four-times greater than the old camera system as well as better night vision and weather resistance. Because they don’t need power installed in close proximity to power them, they can be placed anywhere around the facility. They can all be monitored and recorded from the centralized location at the nurse's station.
"I can't even imagine all of the things that we wouldn't have without the Foundation and all that they do," said Mary Boysun, LPN.
Current foundation members include Jerald Petersen, Allan Pipal, Jan Bryan, Bev Evans, Kay Presser, Marlin Reddig and Geri Bach.
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(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Tuesday, Dec. 30, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding one female inmate and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Dec. 23, and Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014:
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•Kyle Bruce Drury, 29, Libby, disorderly conduct, reckless driving and driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, bonded out;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Melissa Gould, 34, Minot, N.D., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Stuart Hamman, 26, Pensacola, Fla., contempt of court;
•Dustin Houg, 23, Glasgow, driving under the influence and driving a motor vehicle while privilege revoked, bonded out;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, Chattoroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Carlos D. Maynard, 43, Bakersfield, Calif., operating without liability insurance and driving without a valid license, released;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest;
•Michelle Parker, 41, San Diego, Calif., arrested on bench warrant;
•Delynn Richards, 48, Idaho Falls, Idaho, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and a stop sign violation;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Ben A. Smith, 25, Williamson, N.D., stop sign violation, released;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.
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(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department between Dec. 22 and 28. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
11:18 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 600 block of First Avenue South for a report of vandalism to the residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
1:28 p.m., officers responded to the Child and Family Services office on the 100 block of Main Street for a report of a man there who had a warrant. Officers arrested William Clark, 31, and Olivia Beaudry, 33, both of Wolf Point on warrants.
2:30 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Johnson Street for a report of vandalism to the residence. A window had been shot out with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
12:38 p.m., officers responded to the Amtrak depot for a request to remove an intoxicated male from a train and arrested Zackery Lund, 28, of Williston, N.D., for disorderly conduct.
Time not stated, officers cited Kyle Goodman, 19, of Wolf Point for careless driving and operating with an expired registration for a motor vehicle accident on Dec. 21.
6:44 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of East Front Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
11:06 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on the 400 block of Benton Street and arrested Dustin Houg, 23, of Wolf Point for driving under the influence, careless driving and driving a motor vehicle while license is suspended.
11:29 p.m., officers responded to the Elks Club for a fight in front and arrested Emanuel “Manny” Brown, 22, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
9:03 p.m., officers responded to Arlo’s Bar for a report of a person with a warrant and arrested Durand Zoanni, 30, of Wolf Point.
4:22 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of a violation of a restraining order. The investigation continued at press time.
8:28 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a cigarette theft and cited a 13-year-old Wolf Point boy for theft and possession of tobacco by a person under 18.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between Dec. 22 and 28: checks of wellbeing, none; civil standby, none; domestic disturbance, none; public assistance, 11; motor vehicle accidents, two; removal of unwanted individuals, 12; animal complaints, three; medical assistance, one; fire assistance, none; alarm, 10; assist other agency, none; unfounded report, 12; fireworks complaint, none; driving complaints, five; school requested assistance, none.
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Santa Claus arrived at Fort Peck Tribes Head Start with an escort by the Wolf Point Police Department, Monday, Dec. 22. He visited each classroom. Santa, assisted by elf Jaki Harada, distributes presents. Eric Onstad and Zane Lambert get their gifts. (Photo by John Plestina)